L in LaLa Land

February 29, 2012

What’s New in La La Land

Quick update, but this post will be loaded with pictures.  I haven’t posted since our trip to Oklahoma, but not much has happened. Well, actually that’s a lie.  We had Christmas, grandmommie visited, mommy turned 30, daddy had surgery, mommy had surgery, and Alex grows each day as a toddler.  His vocabulary is amazing!  I worry about music on the radio because he picks up EVERYTHING (but he doesn’t know what those words mean).  We’re getting out of the temper tantrum phase, so my nerves are a little better. I passed my MLT certification and start working at the hospital on Monday (yay! excitement!).  Daddy and I are even looking at houses, seeing that our commute is over an hour long for the BOTH of us.  Anyhow, here is the past few months in pictures:

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September 18, 2010

My Son is my Alarm Clock

Filed under: Daycare,Eping,Motherhood,Work — L @ 3:58 pm
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Ever since I started working at the hospital (630am-3pm), my son switched his schedule along with me and wakes up at 5am for a morning feed. It’s almost like he is making sure that mommy is awake. Unfortunately though, before I started at the hospital, daddy threw his back out. Like super bad. The doctor doesn’t even want him to lift our 13lb son! Thank goodness for family who has been a big help. I love being able to take care of my husband, but its starting to be a pain, and it’s only been ONE WEEK! Sometimes, I wanna nap but I can’t leave him alone with the baby. God forbid if he falls or even drops the baby when he has a muscle spasm.
In other news, I’m still hating the daycare. For one, they fed my lil man rice cereal because he hit 4 months old. I asked them not to and they want a doctor’s note (since she said closer to 5-6mths). What is THAT craziness?!? Then, when his teachers speak of him getting solids, they tell me “he won’t want your milk anymore” or “how will you keep up??”. My response has been, “we’ll do just fine thank you”. Luckily for me, the hospital has been very accomadating with my pumping situation (it IS a hospital). Other than that mess at the daycare, everyone loves my son. I hope they don’t spoil the mess out of him!
Working at the hospital has been awesome. I felt weird asking for breaktime (which I can work with the ones already provided) and a place to pump. My director (a man) went straight to a nursing mom and asked her for the info and showed me the way! There are a lot of mothers that work there and its cool to hear stories about the different stages. Plus, I’m geting to do something I love, and that is working in the lab!

September 2, 2010

Time to Make the Cookies

Filed under: Eping,Motherhood,Work — L @ 12:28 pm
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That’s what one of my students at my job said to me the other day. “Time to make the cookies”. He was referring to me taking the walk to my curtained room to pump my milk. I actually liked the phrase. Better than what another student told my boss, “oh she is milking” LOL. While I sit here “making cookies”, I am reminded of how my job, coworkers, and students helped me accomplish 4mths of breastfeeding. It wasn’t easy, but a little bit of determination and a good attitude will help you a lot. Everyone thought I was crazy for going back to work at 4wks. Even crazier for going back to school at 6wks postpartum. I was warned about nipple confusion and failing at breastfeeding. Thank goodness I have a thing about proving people wrong. When I home, my baby gets all of me and he truly loves his “daddy time” when I’m not there. Now that my schedule has changed, he’ll ignore me and look to daddy cuz I’m trying to get in on their time! Putting my 2wks in at work was really hard for me but I’m excited for the changes that are coming with it. Lil’ man just has to be ok with mommy being home from now on! 🙂

August 28, 2010

I am Changing

Filed under: Babies,Married Life,Motherhood,Work — L @ 1:20 pm
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So motherhood has definately changed me. I hope for the better as well. I like to think I have become a better partner for the hubby. Granted I’m currently still gone on my 15hr days but that will change in a week or so. I hope this new found time will help me with getting my butt in the kitchen and taking care of some household chores. Also part of my new lifestyle is my love for my son. I want to give him everything I can to help him with his development. Of course, that started with breastfeeding. Both the hubs and I talk to him constantly so that he can build his vocabulary. I also do some signs here and there. I’m even contemplating making his own baby food when he starts on solids. This was not me a few years ago! How has motherhood changed you?

August 24, 2010

I’ve Been Slacking

Yes, yes I know.  I’ve disappeared these past few days on this blog.  Well first I had a supply issue that I was trying to conquer (thanks Aunt Flo).  I freaked (literally broke down crying) because I had to supplement with formula one day but it really caught me back up.  Thank goodness my baby prefers breastmilk! So does the hubby, he goes “yea, that formula tastes NOTHING like breastmilk….eww!” LOL.  I’ve also had a mini freakout because this is the week I put my two weeks in.  I’m not ready to leave the benefits or the people here, but I’m so ready for my clinical rotations.  Thank goodness for stipend money!

This weekend, I got to see 3 of my preggo ladies and talk to my online preggo on the phone (I’ve never heard her voice before! LOL)  They are all great, minus the hormonal rollercoaster but do you know how hard it is to make a baby…FROM SCRATCH?!?!?  We talked about men (and boys), taking care of ourself for the little ones, sex, and of course breastfeeding (gimme a break, I just figured out I’m a lactivist).  The 3rd (my lil man) enjoyed being around the ladies and posted up with his little cute self (he gets it from daddy).  I would’ve NIP but I was in the center of the restaurant with 3 preggo ladies.  Plus, hubby isn’t too fond of it.  In my mind, nursing is very intimate between my child and I.  If I was in a booth and wasn’t having loud convo and didn’t have a bag of “mommy’s milk” handy, I probably would have.  Anyhow, I found out one of my preggos is having a boy.  I’m so excited for her!  Since all 3 are due in January, I’m thinking a joint baby shower.  However, I don’t want one to be jipped over the others.  Ahh decisions, decisions! What do you think?

August 9, 2010

Ack! I Sprung a Leak!

Filed under: Eping,Motherhood,Work — L @ 8:00 pm
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I've Sprung A Leak!

“You need the BP engineers over there to help cap it off?” ~my husband

I’m all for emptying the boob during a pumping session.  However, I don’t like to take up too much time during my “scheduled breaks” since I am supposed to be working.  So you can imagine my surprise when my super producer (the Left side) decided to fill up 2 bottles!  I can get anywhere between 4-6oz on the left side, today was 7.5oz.  At 20min in, I wrote my husband (yes, we have text convos while I pump to pass the time) saying that I didn’t think I was able to stop anytime soon.  To which he responded with the above quote.  When one bottle was full, I stop and restarted the pump on a new bottle.  45min later….well, you get the picture.  Maybe my LO is going through a growth spurt…or I just need to lay off the fenugreek.

August 7, 2010

Life Changes

Filed under: Married Life,Motherhood,Work — L @ 12:07 pm
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I always been a slight workaholic.  I go to school and work full-time.  I’m outside of my home approx. 15 hours a day.  That was all fine and dandy at the age of 22 when I was working on my undergrad and had two jobs.  I’m about to be 29, married with a new baby boy.  I have home responsibilities now.

As of September, I’ll be starting my clinical rotations for school at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta (and Fayetteville most likely).  I’m excited, but the bummer is that I’m leaving my current job (I already have senioritis tho).  With more time for myself (and my new family), I plan on re-vamping my business (StarLIT PR) and getting back into the thick of things.  I miss my friends out there, I miss my husband, and I definately don’t wanna miss out on my son.  Time for me to do ME!

My Run In With the Janitor

Filed under: Work — L @ 11:19 am
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Those that know me, know that I don’t like to cause conflict.  I’m actually more of a mediator than anything else.  Well here at work, our cleaning crew (really just ONE person) constantly buffs the floor and it seems like the bathrooms are never clean.  It got to the point where people wanted to cut the cord to his buffing machine!  Thankfully, a friend of mine who is also a friend of our janitor set it up so I could talk to him.  I hated voicing the complaints of others, but something needed to be done.  I told him the female issues and he explained what his day is like (which included cleaning the bathroom twice).  Turns out, we just have nasty females that utilize our bathrooms.  The janitor was really nice and let us know that we could come to him with our issues and we worked out a new schedule so that the women who were complaining could walk into a clean restroom during their break.  I was pretty proud of myself for being able to work that out. 

Ladies, clean up after yourself and men, check your chic’s bathroom in her residence….I never realized there are so many nasty females out there.  I won’t go into the details that I saw here at my job, but PEOPLE shouldn’t be doing certain stuff in public restrooms in THIS COUNTRY (and to think, it was offered as a place for me to pump).

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