The Breastfeeding Shop…

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It’s your one stop shop! The first thing I added to my baby registry when I was pregnant with my first son was a hospital grade duel breast pump. It was one of the most expensive items on my registry, and also one I thought I was going to have to purchase myself. Six weeks shy of my little guy making his debut into world I would learn that I could get the same breast pump for free! I was ecstatic and also very upset that I had to find this information which took a lot of time. This is why I love a family run company such as The Breastfeeding Shop. They have a simplified process so that moms-to-be can apply and receive their hospital grade breast pump at little or no cost through their insurance. They provide an online form that you fill out. Once submitted they’ll take care of the rest. The Breastfeeding Shop works closely with Military Families and TRICARE Insurance as well!! So if you’re a Mom to be or knows one that you see that PUMP on their baby registry…..SHOW them this post and head over to The Breastfeeding Shop!

The Bonding Benefits of Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding has been one of my favorite parts of being a Mommy. The benefits my Baby and I have received have been so rewarding. While we know the studies of all the health benefits breastfeeding provides. One of the best benefits is the bonding Baby and you will develop. Breastfeeding coincides with baby wraps, carriers, walk, co-sleeping, and snuggle time. Each one of these activities allows you develop a deeper bond and while some may say you’re spoiling Baby, just know you can never give your Baby too much love. Co-Sleeping had been a staple with my first son, I never planned on co-sleeping with my children. However, breastfeeding and co-sleeping made the two work better during long nights. We also slept through the night better as we both were comfortable, Baby nurse through the night and I could cuddle him. While we would go for walks around the block or to a park. A carrier allowed my sons to stay close to me but also made it easier for them to nurse. The bonding we experience on our outings are memorable.TravelBreastPump

Breastfeeding is an amazing experience. While I got to enjoy the bonding my babies and I had. Aunties, Daddy, and Grandmas wanted to share that bond to. By utilizing a breast pump, they too could feed the Baby and bond with them. The Breastfeeding Shop is the perfect stop for a hospital grade pump. They work with your insurance to ensure you get the best pump and at little or no cost to you! Just fill out this form here and they will do the rest! Your Baby is only small for a short amount of time, make sure to bond and enjoy those special moments.

How to Get a Hospital Grade Breast Pump with No or Little Cost!

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One of the first things Moms-to-be add to their Baby Registry is a Breast Pump. Many new or veteran Mommy’s know the benefits of breastfeeding and will do whatever it takes to make it a smooth process. What a lot of Moms don’t know is that their health insurance will cover a breast pump with no or little cost. I didn’t know this when I had my first son, I had my pump on my registry and even had it purchased. It wasn’t until I did a little more research and made a lot of calls that I learned my planned covered a hospital grade pump, including the one I was gifted!! I immediately returned the pump, which was great for more diapers and other useful newborn products I needed.

So other Moms don’t have to make the calls and wait for call backs, there’s a one place stop shop to apply for your breast pump! The Breastfeeding Shop is a small business that all you have to do is fill out this form and they will not only obtain the prescription for a pump from your doctor but also check your insurance to see which pumps you qualify for! They specialize with working with Military Moms and Tricare Insurance but also check other insurances as well.

I wish I learned of The Breastfeeding Shop with my first son, by the time I had my second son it was time for a new pump. Filling out the form on the The Breastfeeding Shop’s site was a one stop shop. I received an email within days and selected which pump I wanted, my insurance paid for it all!!

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5 Tips that Make Breastfeeding in Public Easier

When I had my first son, a concern of mine was breastfeeding in public. In the beginning, I would pump and prepare a bottle. This took a lot of prepping, especially before I could produce enough to create a stock pile. While I didn’t care what others thought, it was me who felt the need to be covered and in a quiet spot to feed my child. Over time breastfeeding in public became second nature. I wish I would have had a list of tips that helped me from the beginning. I’ve put together 5 tips that make breastfeeding in public easier.

  1. Wearing a Sling or Carrier: There’s nothing more comfortable and natural then to have your child skin to skin with you, while wearing your baby it’s easy to adjust your bra so that you can feed your baby. This simple adjustable makes for easy feeding and most the time nobody around you will notice!
  2. Utilizing Nursing Rooms or Waiting Areas: A great resource you may find at your local mall or even amusement park is “nursing rooms” and “motherhood waiting areas.” These rooms are usually near restrooms, they are made for comfort and relaxing. One of my favorites is the “Baby Care Center” at Disneyland, their nursing area even includes rocking chairs!
  3. Using a Cover Up: Cover Ups are fun and come in so many different patterns. The best are made from a light thin
    Simplifying Breastfeeding in Public!

    Simplifying Breastfeeding in Public!

    material so that your baby doesn’t feel smothered and you’re not burning up! One of my favorite brands is Cover Me Ponchos. Their cover ups are super soft and light! The best part is their patterns don’t make you look like you’re wearing a cover up at all!

  4. Wearing a Nursing or Easy Access Bra: This may be a no brainer but not all bras are comfortable while nursing, especially when the let down hits….lol. I found sports bras were better for me, rather than nursing bras. I usually wore oversized shirts I could lift up, so a sports bra made for easy access. While, my good friend couldn’t go without a nursing bra. However, she usually wore shirts that buttoned up or tight tank tops. Buy a few different bras and see what works for you!
  5. Wear Clothes that are Comfortable: Just like the bra, find a wardrobe that you feel comfortable in. For me, oversized shirts and leggings worked the first six months. To be comfortable and stylish, I would wear a stretchy tank top, shorts, and a loose cardigan. If you wear clothes that are loose on top, it’s easy to adjust by pulling your top up or down. This makes for easy breastfeeding and no awkward moments, lol!

Those are the best 5 tips I wish I would have had before I started breastfeeding, I learned through trial and error! I’m glad I kept at it though, because the benefits outweighed the tough moments. If it’s still hard to feel comfortable to breastfeed in public, I recommend getting a breast-pump. Having a breast pump can alleviate stress and allow you to pump milk before an outing. My favorite company to obtain a breast pump from is The Breastfeeding Shop. This company is amazing and better yet, they will work with your insurance to help you get your breast pump for free! They make the process simple, all you have to do is fill out their form and they do the rest. Breastfeeding should be a cherished and bonding moment between you and your child, don’t let anything change that.

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Oh, Nesting…

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I’m in the 9th month of my pregnancy and just about two weeks shy of my due date! I figured I should get a few words in before the big arrival of Little Little. Especially since it’s looking like he may be here sooner than expected. I’m currently dilated to 4 cm and 70% effaced. My contractions have been more frequent, yet not too close together. I never was dilated with Baby Baby at any of my appointments, so it’s hard to even think my body is preparing itself without me being in active labor, lol.

Bumps & Cuddles <3

9-Month Bumps & Cuddles <3

The 9th month hasn’t been so bad, some days are better than others but for the most part my energy has been great. I tapered down on my running early July but stayed active in my Mommy & Me workouts up until now. I’ve kept the mentality if I feel good and I have the okay from my Doctor, then go for it. For a little bit mentally I was getting stressed, the saying one is one and two is twenty was floating around a lot. It was making me nervous about what I’m going to be venturing into next on my journey through Mommyhood. However, I’ve been able to relinquish my worry through prayer and I know that this gift I’ve been given to bring another child into this world is God’s plan, my plan and purpose.

The past two weeks I finished up last minute purchases, organized our home for the 100th time, and my family hosted a baby sprinkle for me. One of the biggest things I’ve tried doing is taking advantage of the time I get to spend with my husband and son. It’s crazy to think it’s not going to be just the three of us. I know the transition into a family of four is going to be a challenge. A learning experience, as always…but a precious one. I’m praying that I get to continue to feel these kicks for a couple more weeks but, we’ll have to see. When it’s time, it’s time <3

Family & Maternity Pictures

A few weeks ago we made our first trip back East since the move to California! It was a bittersweet feeling for me going back, I found so much of myself when I lived on the East Coast. It’s where I got my life together, finished my education, and became a Mother.

I love this! Precious moments year by year!

Awwww, I love this! The growth of our family in 4 years <3

We had so much planned for just a week and a half trip, from a Baby Sprinkle to a trip to Delaware! In between all of that we were fortunate enough to have Beckah, whose not only our good friend but a photographer in town shooting a wedding. She offered to take our maternity and family pictures. So, of course we jumped at the offer! If you’ve followed my blog you know that http://www.herewithyouphotography.com has captured all our family’s precious moments. From our gender reveal with Baby Baby, Engagement, to the Wedding! We love her work!

Here are a few or our favorites from the shoot:

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One thing I didn’t miss while on the East Coast was the humidity, lol! Besides that it was a fun trip and great to enjoy the little East Coast pleasures we don’t have here on the West!

“I’ll never want it back. The direction that you’ve gave me. Nothing can replace what I’ve gained. Time grabs me by the shoulders. No one know how it feels to move over.” -NFG

Hello Third Trimester! 

I’m two weeks into the third trimester of my 2nd pregnancy! Woohoo!

28 weeks pregnant! Photo by: http://herewithyouphotography.com

28 weeks pregnant! Photo by: http://herewithyouphotography.com

There’s been a few similarities in this pregnancy that I experienced as I did with Baby Baby but, more recently there’s been a few differences. I’m thinking it’s because I’m on a different schedule this pregnancy and always running around. Little Little is a lot more active during the day and loves to stretch out! Whereas Baby Baby was active late nights and rested his feet on my ribs. It’s exciting yet painful however, I’ll learn to adjust for 10 more weeks. Lol.

29 weeks pregnant! Look at that belly!

29 weeks pregnant! Look at that belly!

I’m down to an appointment every two weeks now that I’m in the third trimester. I really feel like this pregnancy has flown by which has it’s ups and downs. While, I love being pregnant and enjoy feeling whole. Getting to the waddle stage is tough and even more frustrating with a toddler. At my 30 week appointment everything looked good though. Little Little’s BPM was a solid 140 <3 He’s on the smaller side and is expected to be between 6-7 lbs at birth. Which my doctor wasn’t concerned since Baby Baby weighed 7.6 lbs at birth. As for me, I weighed in at 118 and have gained a  healthy 15 lbs. I’m expected to pick up another 10 lbs the next few weeks which, I’m sure will come easy ;p All and all, as long as Little Little and I are looking good that’s all that matters.

 

My little Doctor's Appointment sidekick! He's the best when it's Mommy getting the shots ;p

My little Doctor’s Appointment sidekick! He’s the best when it’s Mommy getting the shots ;p

I’ve accomplished a lot this pregnancy when it comes to being prepared. It’s nice that we kept a lot around from Baby Baby and the only large additions have been things we need in double. Of course, the first on the list was a double BOB! hahaha. It worked out great since the new model was released this year =D My main goal before Little Little arrives is just to be organized and have all I need easily in reach. I’m nervous and excited to take on being a Mom of 2! More or less, a Mommy to a toddler and a newborn! =)

It’s a ….

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It’s a Boy!

BOY!

Baby Baby is excited to share his adventures with a Little Brother =) This also officially means I’m outnumbered, lol. Which I’m not too concerned about. I always saw myself as a boy mom so I’m very excited for Little Little’s arrival. I’m looking forward to a future of rational conversations, wholesale club trips and of course, sports! I’m not going to get too ahead of myself ;p I’m a little less than 17 weeks away from being a mom of two and I can’t wait!

Angels 5k & Fun Run

Angels 5k & Fun Run

Angels 5k & Fun Run

I love my 5ks! Especially after those trail runs, lol. They are bittersweet; the first mile is a breeze, the second I’m debating if I’m going to pick up my pace or die, and the third goes by so fast I don’t even realize I just past the finish line! Well, that’s the way I see my 5ks =) My most recent Angels 5k & Fun Run had to be by far my favorite run and course. I wouldn’t think at 20 weeks pregnant I would say that.

Post Run "bump" Pic!

Post Run “bump” Pic!

The event itself along with the charities the race supported was enough to get me to register, let alone it was at Angel Stadium! Go Angels! I did study the course a few days before the race, not like this always helps as the course could change but it at least gives me an idea of where I’m going.  Being pregnant (I forget sometimes) I wasn’t expecting to get a good time. This run surprised me though I did manage to maintain a 8 minute mile. The course was a nice flat surface with a slight dip when you ran through the dugout near the end of mile 3 inside Angel Stadium. I think I’m still in “awe” that I wasn’t running uphill, hahaha. The weather was calling for rain but started just after we finished the race. This run reminded me a lot of the OC Fair Run; awesome vendors,  great location and a whole lot of fun. I know I’ll be registering again for this run next year, this time with a double BOB ;p

Not to shabby for 20 weeks pregnant! I'll take it =)

Not to shabby for 20 weeks pregnant! I’ll take it =)

Halfway There

20 weeks and already filling so big! At least I'm halfway there =)

20 weeks and already feeling so big! At least I’m halfway there =)

I can’t believe I’m already filling out hospital paperwork again. This pregnancy is moving along faster than my first. I guess I just have a lot more to focus on and do. My anatomy scan was this past Friday and everything went well. Little Little is healthy and very active for 20 weeks! The experience is still very exciting and I’m learning something new everyday. Little Little tends to be a night owl and will start their kicks late night until I wake up early morning. I just love those baby kicks! We’ll see how long that lasts in a couple more weeks, lol. Baby Baby is starting to notice my bump and the little changes, he’ll run up and pat it with a huge grin. He’s going to be an amazing big brother.

We plan to announce Little Little’s gender within the next few weeks. I originally wanted to wait but we had so much fun announcing Baby Baby, I figured we’d do something similar =) We do have a lot going on right now so the less I can stress…I’m all about it. Between babymoon plans and daily adventures, I’m trying to take advantage of all the time I can get before Little Little arrives. Especially the time I get with Baby Baby while he’s still an only child!