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20 Things I Learned in my First 2 Years of Motherhood

 

In honor of Mother's Day I put together a list of 20 things I learned in my first 2 years of motherhood.

 

 

In honor of Mother’s Day I put together a list of 20 things I learned in my first 2 years of motherhood. It’s been a wild, crazy, sleep deprived, fun two years. It’s hard to believe this was my 3rd Mother’s Day. I thought I earned it that first year after a month of sleepless nights. Ha, I truly earned it this past year! We had a great day starting with donuts for breakfast, a visit to the peach festival and sushi takeout. It was pretty much perfect.

 

20 Things I Learned in my First 2 Years of Motherhood 

  1. I have more patience than I thought possible.
  2. Bodily functions of your children are totally normal discussion topics.
  3. It truly is a love unlike anything I’ve ever known.
  4. PBS is my best friend. Sesame Street, Super Whys and Thomas & Friends, I couldn’t get anything done without you.
  5. Motherhood is not sexy. I’m talking to you saggy boobs and squishy stomach.
  6. I thought I was tired before I had kids. Then I thought I was tired when I had one. Turns out it was nothing compared to what I feel today.
  7. Going to bed at 8pm on a Friday night is acceptable.
  8. Motherhood is hard. Physically, mentally and emotionally hard.
  9. It’s okay to love your children differently.
  10. We’re all doing the best we can to make the best decisions for our kids.
  11. Each child is different.
  12. Date night is important. Like really, really important.
  13. Two kids is more than double the work. It’s also more than double the fun.
  14. I will learn all the words to Thomas & Friends. And sing them as a goodnight lullaby.
  15. I’m not as good of a friend as I once was. I don’t always remember important dates and find time to get together way less than I’d like.
  16. You will get your life back. It will be different but better.
  17. Watching your daughter laugh at your son is priceless.
  18. You can go so many days between showers that you forget when you last had one.
  19. Shopping for kids clothes is almost as fun as shopping for myself. Almost, but not quite. Shopping for boy’s clothes is just as much fun as shopping for girl’s clothes.
  20. The days are long, but the years are short. It’s a cliche, but it’s 100% true.

Maintaining My Milk Supply + A Giveaway!

Increase my Milk Supply, Mothers Milk Tea, Oat Mama Bars

 

Lawson had an unexplained weight loss when he was 5 months old. After a couple of stressful months, we figured out my milk supply had deceased. He wasn’t getting enough to eat, almost 20 ounces less than he needed. This time around, I’ve been more proactive with maintaining my supply. In addition to our traditional pediatrician, Sybil also sees a naturopathic pediatrician. The naturopathic pediatrician has been hugely helpful with Sybil’s stomach issues and providing recommendations for me to maintain my supply.

 

My initial goal with both Lawson and Sybil was to breastfeed them for six months. When we reached that milestone, I changed it to 9 months. These are the 4 things I’ve been doing to maintain or increase my milk supply. Sybil is almost 8 months old and still gaining weight like a champ so it’s working!

 

Oat Mama Bars

I came across Oat Mama on Instagram when I was breastfeeding Lawson. With Sybil I started eating them within the first month or two. I’ve consistently been eating them every day or so, usually as a snack. My current favorites are the creamy peanut butter chip. Now the best part of today’s post…head over to Instagram for an Oat Mama giveaway!

 

Water

I’ll admit drinking at least 75 ounces of water a day is hard for me. I love my Swell water bottles to keep it ice cold. It’s a daily goal of mine to drink enough water. I may fall short most days, but I keep trying.

 

Lactation Tea

The naturopathic pediatrician recommended Mother’s Milk tea. I rotate between Mother’s Milk and milkmakers lactation tea and try to start off my day with a cup and sometimes end the day with another. I prefer the taste of the milkmakers tea, but I drink both of them.

 

Supplements

Our naturopathic pediatrician also recommended Gaia Galactagogue formula supplements to help with my supply. I take 2 capsules a day and notice an immediate difference when I take them.

 

Lastly, while it hasn’t been an actual strategy, I do think Sybil’s lack of sleeping through the night has actually helped to maintain my supply. I’m not sure I would choose waking up multiple times a night for 8 months, but I try to remind myself that it seems to be helping.

 

Don’t forget to head over to Instagram to win a 7-pack of Oat Mama bars!

 

You may also enjoy: my breastfeeding story part I and part II

Dairy-Free Meals for Breastfeeding Mamas

When Lawson was born, I tried to limit dairy for the first month since I had read a lot of babies are sensitive to dairy. Come to find out, Lawson can eat pretty much anything.

With Sybil, I started out the same by limiting dairy. I cut out milk, butter, yogurt and cheese. We quickly discovered Sybil had a more sensitive stomach. She struggled with painful reflux and gas and still does at seven months old. I never imagined I’d be limiting dairy for so long. (I say limiting rather than eliminating since dairy is in so many items. I try my best not to cook with dairy but realize there’s likely some in items I eat when out.)

I’ve found a few go to dairy free meals that have become mainstays in our weekly rotation. Here are my favorites:

 

Crockpot Italian Turkey Meatballs (served with spaghetti squash)

 

 

Korean Beef over Rice

 

Dairy Free Meals

 

Rosemary Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad

Dairy Free Meals

 

Chinese Green Beans with Turkey

Dairy Free Meals

 

 

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas

Dairy Free Meals

 

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Dairy Free Meals

 

Slow Cooker Chicken (served with roasted carrots, broccoli and potatoes)

Dairy Free Meals

 

What’s your favorite dairy-free recipe? I’m always looking for something new!

Mitera Collection

Mitera Collection

 

If you’ve been around these parts for awhile, you may recall that I froze my eggs several years ago as a way to preserve my fertility. Earlier this week, I shared my story on the Mitera Collection blog. If you’re interested in hearing more, you can read the full article here. And if you know anyone that might be in a similar situation, please send it along. I am passionate about sharing my experience! If you have any specific questions, feel free to email me at erica@luvinthebubble.com. I would love to help.

 

And if you’re pregnant or nursing and need to step up your clothing game, be sure to check out Mitera. The Ellen dress is my fav!