Baby, PCOS

One and Done?

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Any moms on the “one and done” committee?  For those who don’t know what that is, it’s when you have had one baby or child and make the choice to close up shop for good.

I find myself tip-toeing in and out of it every few weeks. Growing up and throughout college, I always envisioned myself with the husband, great career, gorgeous home, and two kids.  I’m also the oldest of four kids and it was fun growing up with siblings so, I wanted the same thing for my future babies.

Fast forward to last year when I peed on a stick and found out I was pregnant two weeks before my wedding day!  We were beyond excited (and a teeny bit nervous).  My journey with PCOS had been long and trying on and off for over ten years.  While one of my prayers was to find healing and be in optimal health, I really, really wanted to have a healthy baby naturally.  For it to have actually happened, was very surreal!

About 7 weeks into the pregnancy, the slight stomach bug feeling I had initially turned into full-fledged all day sickness.  I’m talking about throwing up, gagging at different smells, unable to drink water, or even swallow my own spit.  I had to hold my breath when going into the kitchen because I could smell the metal in the sink and the toaster oven, and it would send me into the bathroom dry heaving…..the worst!! I tried every remedy you could think of.  Some worked for a short time while others seemed to make me feel ten times worse.

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This went on for the entire 8 months of my pregnancy on top of working full-time.  I tried to remain grateful because I really was but, it really was rough physically and emotionally.  I thank God for my beautiful little boy and when I look at him how could I not want another one! He really is a miracle and what I needed at this time.  When I think about getting pregnant again though and potentially experiencing the same thing, I don’t know if I have it in me.

Maybe if I do not have to work full-time and I could comfortably afford to stay home longer than the four months I had with Benjamin, I might entertain the idea. Other days, visions of a cute, little girl run around in my head. Ultimately, if it’s God’s will then it will happen.  Only time will tell.

Are you a part of the “one and done crew”? If it was a conscious decision, what made you decide to stop at one? 


Baby, Eats

Choosing an Organic Baby Formula

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Along with all of the unbelievably joyful moments that being a new parent brings, also comes the worrisome, guilt-filled ones.  As someone who knows firsthand the benefits that eating the right foods can bring, I get consumed with what I am feeding Benjamin. With all that’s out here, I know I should be but it can be seriously overwhelming.

A recent dilemma I had was choosing a baby formula. It really should not bring this much anxiety to pick one, should it?

I have been giving Benjamin formula since birth, at the suggestion of the nurses at the hospital, and also breastfeeding.  He had digestive issues along with some constipation that was painful to even watch. We tried lots of different ones and finally settled on a Soy formula by Gerber Good Start.  After a few months though, I did not feel comfortable keeping him on the soy.

Then the hunt for a regular formula began.

Although very exhausting, breastfeeding was going pretty well so, I began to pump more hoping that I could have enough milk for him during the day while I’m at work.  Between working, nursing, and pumping I was getting really burned out, and I just wasn’t making enough milk.

I did some online research and reached out to family and friends who worked in the pediatric nursing field for some help.  Can I say I’m really surprised that there are no formulas without soy or dairy– ZERO. ZILCH. NADA.

Based on conversations I had with others and everything I read, I decided to go with Plum Organics and Earth’s Best Organic formulas.  They were both listed in the top three formulas online and recommended by almost everyone I spoke with.  What stood out to me was:

  • no corn syrup solids added
  • non-GMO ingredients
  • no added sweetners
  • organic lactose

I used Plum Organics organic formula for the past few weeks and I have no complaints! Benjamin drank it without frowning or spitting up (an issue he had when on soy sometimes).  The price point though ($42 for 32 oz), was hitting our pockets pretty hard especially since we were buying it every week.  I can definitely vouch for the great reviews though.

This week, I picked up Earth’s Best Organic instead.  It’s a little less expensive (about $41 for 35 oz) and has the same ingredients. We’re just a few days in but so far, so good.

I never expected this to give me so much angst but, I’m glad there are great options out there for moms like me who are very particular about what their babies put in their bodies.

I also make all of Benjamin’s pureed foods at home but, I have supplemented a few times with the Plum Organics  and Earth’s Best baby foods.  They are the only two brands of baby foods I trust to give my baby outside of what I make at home.

Which brands of organic baby formula and foods are your favorites?  


Baby

The Eco-Friendly Toy Guide

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah!

I love the holidays! Although I’m not into the whole commercialization of the season, I do like the Christmas music (Temptations and Boyz II Men are always on repeat), drinking hot chocolate, and just the whole holiday spirit in the air. This year was Benjamin’s first Christmas and I was all over the place trying to make sure it was a great experience for him.  I know he’s just six months old so, he won’t remember a thing but at least he’ll have pics to look back on.

My husband and I gifted him with some savings bonds (have to start early with the financial literacy!), clothes, shoes, and just a few toys.  It was a great day spent with some of my in-laws since we spent Thanksgiving in Florida with my family.

In my search for toys for Benjamin, I looked for ones that would be educational and safe for him since he is also at the stage where he puts everything in his mouth. I’m sharing some great eco-friendly toy companies that have toys for babies without all of the BPA’s, lead, and other toxic materials.

  1. Baby Earth 
  2. Green Toys
  3. Maple Landmark Toys
  4. Under the Nile

I know there are probably others out there but, these are the ones I am most familiar with.

Do you look for eco-friendly, natural, green toys for your kids? Which ones are your favorites?


Eats

Winter Wonderland + Birthday Reflections

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Hey loves!

Last week Saturday was my birthday and while I had planned on getting all cute to head out to dinner with my husband, Mother Nature had other plans.  Atlanta was hit with 4+ inches of snow the day before, which is a lot in this part of the country, some areas got much more than that.

After a slightly nerve-racking two hour drive home that evening, I was beyond tired and any chance of finding some last-minute outfit pieces were out of the question.  The morning of my birthday, the power was out and the snow was still coming down! Any plans for a dinner or anything were out of the question.  I was just grateful to be safe at home with my husband and son.

We decided to take Benjamin outside for a little to snap a few pics and let him see snow for the first time.

When your husband is a photographer, you just learn to take pics even when you don’t think your eyebrows look right and your hair is not done, and hope for the best.

As low key as this birthday was, it was one of my best ones ever. I am excited about all of the great changes to come and I am overwhelmed with gratitude when I think about how blessed I am to have a great husband, our miracle baby, health, and my right mind.

The snow on that day was icing on the cake because it reminded me of when I was growing up in New York and it would snow during the holiday season.  Learning to live in the moment has really changed my life for the better.  God has truly blessed me!