Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Surf: Snot Suckin' Mommas

It has been a really crazy busy week! With Mom in the hospital, hospital staff pushing us to make certain decisions and yet not updating us on jack squat, and my need to drive my sister to her appointments, in addition to taking her to visit Mom... Then Friday morning I got 1½ hour notice that they were moving Mom to a Skilled Nursing Facility when we hadn't finished deciding on one yet! Insane rush to get my sister and myself there in time to escort Mom and then the 3+ hours we spent trying to get her settled into her new place... Only to have her moved to another room later. It has been a rough week. Most days I get home SO drained it is ridiculous. I haven't cried for a couple of days, though, so that is a GOOD thing!

What? This is a Sunday Surf post? Ah, I should maybe share some links with you then, ya think?

  • Have you heard of the NoseFrida?? I had never heard of it, but I am not exactly a fan of the baby blue syringes the hospital gives you. I don't really even care for the First Aid kit one I got that doesn't actually go all the way up into the nose. So what about this thing? You suck the snot out of your kid's nose! I imagine you would have MUCH better control this way. You just gotta check it out! Anyone out there used it before? What did you think?

  • This week, mamapoekie published 20 Pregnancy Power Foods on Authentic Parenting. She really breaks down which foods pack the most nutritional punch, bite for bite! This is an awesome reference for anyone growing a lil bean!

  • Ready for another laugh? When I was a kid, I swore I'd let my kids eat cookie dough. (And I do!) Childless adults often say never about particular parenting practices. "My children will..." and the like. Check out My Top 10 "Oh, Now I Get It" Moments I am certain you'll be able to relate! And isn't humor really based on truth anyway?

  • My maternity leave only lasted 6 weeks after Sasha was born. I could have had a couple more weeks if I'd had a cesarean... not worth it. When I returned to work I pumped... and then found that I was dry by bedtime! So when Sasha was a couple of months old I learned a couple of things. 1) I did NOT need to pump quite as often as I had scheduled for myself. 2) Oatmeal is an excellent supply booster! I tried fenugreek. After doing more reading, I think I didn't take enough... though I did get that whole "maple syrup" smell that I'd heard mentioned by others. I started eating 2-3 packets of instant oatmeal (I know, awful, but it was SO convenient!) each day, usually as a snack in the evening. It boosted my supply. Plus I cut my pumping at work in half!

    Point being, I keep seeing a recipe mentioned and I wanted to keep it here for future reference. They are (drumroll please) Major Milk Makin' Lactation Cookies. I also recommend reading the attached article which offers some alternative recipes and suggestions on increasing milk supply.

I hope you enjoyed my reading! Please let me know if you have something that I simply must see! I'd also love to hear what you enjoyed about my links. And Happy Mother's Day!

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