Friday, September 4, 2015

Dear Jillianne: Third Time's the Charm

Dear Jillianne,

James is growing up! I knew when this time came it was going to be filled with mixed emotions for you. Just remember, I'm hear to listen to your confusing feelings about weaning! I remember crying and stroking June's hair the day she had her last drop of breastmilk. No matter the circumstances (voluntary or involuntary) weaning can be very sad. But I am so excited to see how your relationship with your son is going to evolve and become stronger than you ever thought possible! I'm so glad to hear that James' affection has not diminished! He's such a loving little boy and I know that is going to continue as he ages because of the examples his parents set for him.

And about the whole bra thing. They should make a holiday for the day women finally get to shove the nursing bra to the back of the drawer and pull out the more supportive, and definitely sexier, bras. Parties should be thrown, gifts should be given, and cake should be eaten. It's a great day!

We got to go to Budapest yesterday and finally do some fun things! Our first two trips there were quick and not filled with the touristy things. But yesterday we got to do so much!

We walked around Heroes Square. It's full of beautiful statues of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, not to mention a bunch of tourists!

I had fun posing with all of the statues. 

Jillianne. We found Tex-Mex. And I know what you're thinking, Mexican food in Hungary!? You're crazy. This place was amazing. The food was better than most of the places we ate at in Texas. And maybe it's because I've been without Mexican food for over a month, but I loved this. We're definitely going back the next time we're in Budapest. 

And just for kicks, this is June at the pool this week. We got her a lifejacket and new hat (she dropped her old one on a walk somewhere). You know that scene in A Christmas Story where the mom puts so many layers on her son that he can barely walk and move his arms? Yeah, I totally felt like that mom when I dressed Aleah. Reusable Swim diaper, UV shirt, lifejacket, sun hat with neck protection,  sunglasses, and water shoes. She was definitely the most dressed at the pool. But isn't she so cute!?

As I write this I'm sitting in a super cute cafe drinking the largest vanilla latte the sell while June is at nursery learning and playing with her new friends. A girl could get used to this! I can't wait for you to come visit and experience all of this with me! 

Is it cooling off there at all? The weather is so perfect today. Overcast with a small breeze. Now if our small town could just get some Pumpkin Spice Lattes it might actually feel like Fall! 

Oh and Mingo said Bailey is welcome to come over with you guys. Our yard is plenty big! 

Miss you! Szia! 
God Bless, 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dear Kacie: Weaned, 22 months

Dear Kacie,

After 22 months, James is weaned. Whoa. I never thought I would say that since I  thought he would never self wean off the boob. I've always believed to each their own when it comes to nursing and I am glad I chose to let him lead the way. I know I had my heart set on weaning him at a year old but miserable momma + miserable baby = not worth it. In the end I am blessed that I have been able to nurse this far.

I know that from your experience with June that weaning comes with bittersweet emotions. I thought that the second he weaned himself I would be doing a happy dance. You know that one you do when the kiddo has finally went to bed? But instead I bawled like a baby. It's times like this I wish you were still here so we could commemorate this moment with some Netflix with a pint of Ben and Jerry's or a Target trip.

 I will always cherish the bond that nursing brought for Little Man and me since we got off to a rough start. I thought James would love me less since we didn't have the bond through nursing but of course I was wrong. He cuddles more and comes up and gives me kisses without me asking. Such a sweet boy.

I also discovered how much I missed a normal bra! Last night Dear Husband saw me put my nursing bra in the laundry basket and he said, "You know you don't have to wear those anymore..." So I put one of my pre-pregnancy bras on this morning before heading to the dentist and I felt like a brand new woman. No snaps on my bra and not having to think about "Will this shirt be easy to nurse in?". It was weird!

So, how was your day? Can't wait to hear about another Hungarian adventure!

Love and Blessings,