Breastfeeding and Pregnancy Collide

First things first– I never realized how hard it would be to be pregnant and still breastfeed! Hello, PAIN, much? Let me say…it hurts. Bad. Bad Bad. All of you moms…you remember that breast tenderness from the first couple months of pregnancy, right? Combine that with a baby WHO HAS TEETH. Who can super-suck down 6 ounces in under 5 minutes? I kept thinking, “HOLY CRAP, WHO SWITCHED MY BABY WITH AN ALLIGATOR???”, even when he was just peacefully sucking.

But Gregory and I powered through for the first 4 weeks. Then, I started noticing that Gregory wasn’t satisfied when he was done nursing. He was also eating EVEN MORE food than he usually does, only happy once he’d gorged himself. And even then, he was fussy and hungry again an hour later.

Jesse and I came to the agreement/conclusion that perhaps my body wasn’t capable of fully feeding 3 people, all at the same time, especially when the all-day morning sickness took over. I was barely eating a normal day’s worth of food, much less enough to feed two children on top of that!

Side note: I know that the La Leche league is very adamant (even, dare I say it, judgemental?) about the fact that NOTHING gets in the way of breastfeeding, when done properly. Um, can I please meet these people? And tell them they are WRONG? I know my body, and I have worked hard at keeping my milk supply up this long. Sadly, the herbs that work best with my body (ex., Fenugreek) are NOT approved for pregnancy. They can actually cause miscarriage, seeing as they are uterine stimulants. So…do what I need to get my supply up, only to potentially hurt/kill my other baby? No. Sorry, LLL, not gonna risk it.

Anyways, at 10 1/2 months, he also wasn’t ready to start drinking cow’s milk. But every book/article I’ve read firmly states that a kid under the age of one should be getting at least 60% of their calories from milk.

So we decided to start supplementing with formula. It’s made me a bit sad, but mostly due to the fact that my little boy is growing up.

And, wow. He’s been such a different boy since we started supplementing. So much happier, so much sweeter and easier to work with…long and short, I’m very confident that it was the right decision. I’m glad that I’m able to swallow my pride and make the best choice for my baby! I’m glad I didn’t assume he was going through a “cranky phase”, instead recognizing that he was just HUNGRY! Hello, I’d be cranky and waking up all the time if my tummy was growling!

I’m still nursing G 2-3x/day, but I know that it won’t last forever. Everyone’s warned me– once you stop nursing full time, milk production goes waaay down, and quickly. But for now, it’s working. I nurse G in the morning when he wakes up (he’s so sweet and cuddly…:) ), at lunch time, and right before his night-time bottle.

One big downside? Enough formula to get us through just 6 weeks, giving him only 3-4 bottles a day (fulltime would be 6-8) is going to cost $200YIKES-A-ROONEY!!!. I can’t imagine why parents would willingly opt for formula from the get-go! That’s an extra car payment every month, for something that could be free! Doesn’t make sense to me. That’s around $2,000 for a whole year of formula!

Anyways, done with boob talk. Well, maybe. No promises. If it comes up again, ever so slightly, don’t yak in disgust.

Friends

This is like a dream come true for Courtney and I. Once I we got over the fact that there would be downsides to being preggo at the same time, we dreamed about the day when our boys would love playing with one another.

Looks like that day is already arriving! Apparently, they entertained one another for a long time yesterday!

Jesse's the one taking the pic, which is why G is looking at the camera. Jonathan was probably looking at Michael and turned at the last second. How sweet!

watching Topher

Pondering whether or not to eat the car. Notice, G's hand is living up to his nickname, "The Hummingbird".

"WOw, Jonathan! Is eating cars the secret to gaining weight?"

Secret language...apparently, they each got the memo!

Secret handshake

Laughing together, just like their dads!

Big belly vs. skinny arms

Sleepy Topher

Whenever the Unruhs come to hang out in the evening, they put Topher to sleep in his pack n’ play in the spare bedroom (soon to be Gregory’s room!). When they are getting ready to leave, usually as early into the morning as humanly possible while still waking for church, they have to get Topher up. He is one of the cutest sleepy-heads! I just had to take a picture of this happy, bleary-eyed, mohawked phenomenon!

Jason’s Housewarming Party

We decided it was about time Jason hosted one of our community dinners. So we encouraged him to throw a house party, which was really an excuse to drink his home-brewed beer and home-roasted coffee. Josh and Heather, John Murray, Demetrios (without Debbie since she’s in the Ukraine!), Jenny and the Unruhs all came.

Later in the evening (when everyone had a bit to drink:) we all sang along while Jesse and Demetrios played Led Zepplin, Boston, Beatles, Eagles and even Jars of Clay! After a bit of practice in the other room, Jenny, Heather and I also sang three-part harmony to a Wailin’ Jennys song.

Topher learning how to stand

Topher learning how to stand

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Jason and Jenny...how cute!

Jason and Jenny...how cute!

More of the Topher Photoshoot

I am only posting the ones of Topher and I. You will have to go to Courtney’s blog for the rest of them (and believe me, you should!).

Courtney's Favorite

Courtney's Favorite

Jesse's Favorite (I think it looks like a sunscreen commercial for sun damage)

Jesse's Favorite (I think it looks like a sunscreen commercial for sun damage)

My Favorite :)

My Favorite 🙂

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Topher Photoshoot!

This last Saturday, Topher had a photoshoot with the same lady who did my family’s Thanksgiving portraits. You can read more on Courtney’s blog. You can also see bigger versions on the photographer’s blog.

I am sure that I’m biased, but Topher just might be the cutest baby in the world.

He looks like such a little man in this one!

He looks like such a little man in this one!

Love his facial expression in this one...

Love his facial expression in this one...

Untied shoelaces...love it...

Untied shoelaces...love it...

I wonder what he's thinking...

I wonder what he's thinking...

Family Photo :)

Family Photo 🙂

Topher Meets Clara

Actually, Topher and Clara have met quite a few times, he must have been too young to remember.

We don’t know when exactly he started playing this game, but it happened recently- usually he just lets Clara lick him until she gets too rough.

But from the looks of this, you might think he’d never met a dog before!

So super cute 🙂

‘Nuf Said

‘Nuf Said

“I’m a Christian!”

Yesterday, the newly-illumined Christopher had his first communion. I won the battle with Jesse for rights as to who got to take him up to the chalice for the first time (actually, Jesse is so nice that he pretty much conceded it to me within a few seconds). I had a lady in the choir take a few pictures for me.

Courtney handing Christopher off to me

Courtney handing Christopher off to me

I am singing hymns to Christopher to prepare him for communion ;)

I am singing hymns to Christopher to prepare him for communion 😉

Demetrios helping out

Demetrios helping out

Apparently, Christ's body and blood tastes a little funny to Topher

Apparently, Christ's body and blood tastes a little funny to Topher

Later on, we went out to Panera Bread with the Unruh family. While we were there, Topher woke up from his nap in one of the most cheerful and attentive states I have ever seen him.

This is how he woke up!

This is how he woke up!

A good Christian picture, featuring his new cross and his baptism clothes

A good Christian picture, featuring his new cross and his baptism clothes

Teaching Topher how to pray!

Teaching Topher how to pray!

Happy with Mommy

Happy with Mommy

Christopher’s Baptism!

Today was Christopher’s Baptism. Both the Unruh and the Voss families were able to fly in for the event. The Snells, Gaspards, Trants, Pothoffs and Katy and Curtis were also there. Everyone was joyful and excited.

Except for Christopher.

I knew it was trouble when Courtney handed me Christopher and said, “He’s cranky and he hasn’t slept or eaten. Good luck!”

I’ve decided that I am going to write a list of precautions for any future godparents out there. Hopefully these will save you much grief.

Things Not To Do As A Godparent During the Baptism:

1. Don’t light your sweater on fire with your godchild’s candle.

2. Don’t juggle the baby’s pacifier 15 times behind the priest’s back.

3. Don’t let the pacifier get lost in the altar

4. Don’t worry about getting the baby comfortable- he’s nude and being dunked. He’s not going to be happy.

5. Don’t expect to regain your hearing until the next day.

Here are a few pictures.

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I'm laughing at Christopher for scratching himself and screaming as a result

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The only time Christopher decided to stop screaming was after he became a member of St. Seraphim 🙂

Courtney retrieving Christopher after Fr. Joe churched him

I am aware that this looks as though Fr. Joe dropped Christopher- however, this is just Courtney retrieving him after he was churched

The ending prayers

The ending prayers