Wean, don’t whine.

I’ve gotta admit, I’ve not been much of myself this past week. I’ve been a little more emotional than usual and it’s taken me some time to figure out why…my youngest, Lore, is weaning.

“Oh…”, you say…one of THOSE posts…

Yes. it is.

Lore, who is less than a week from turning 1, is my cuddly one. Out of my two daughters, she’s always been more cuddly and typically enjoys being held for long periods of time. I’ve gotten used to this and I enjoy it. Breastfeeding was SO HARD at the beginning and for about the first 6 weeks, I almost quit at least 6 times a day, but little by little, the pain and torture eased and it became easy. This time, nursing was actually enjoyable. Lore and I cuddled, we played, when she was sick or upset or hurting or just needed some intimacy, nursing is usually what she needed to calm her down. Quite frankly, as a mother, there’s just something so special knowing that by body is doing this amazing thing every day, all day long, and producing a life-sustaining necessity.

When my first daughter stopped nursing, it wasn’t too big of a deal. I never really felt “good at it” and by the time she was 9 months old, we had just moved across the country and I started a job where I didn’t get enough time to pump, so there was a noticeable difference right away. She realized this, and as the independent little person Sofie is, she just stopped cold turkey–she wasn’t interested anymore. So, from one day to the next, she stopped nursing and it was fine with me. I had been looking forward to it.

But it’s not that way this time.

I’m more sure of myself this time around and have gained a sense of self-confidence as a nursing-mother. I was prepared to let Lore nurse (almost) as long as she wanted. I even looked forward to getting home from work so the first thing I could do was cuddle with her and feed her. But now, she’s just not as interested and it was pretty sudden. No preparation, just BAM! all grown up–at least it seems that way.

I know our kids are supposed to grow up and it is a part of a healthy social/emotional/physical development to detach from mom. I just hadn’t prepared myself yet.

So my new mantra for this time is “Wean, don’t whine”. Appreciate all the good around me and how Lore is amazing and growing up and healthy and yes, again, amazing. I love seeing her grow up and this is a part of it.

How about you…were you ready for it when your little one stopped nursing? What were some perks to having a weaned baby vs. a nursing baby? Please add your comments below to add to the discussion!

Photo Friday: Nebraska Thanksgiving!

This year, I got a whole week off for Thanksgiving Break, so we went to our friend’s house in Nebraska for a few days. They live in a beautiful piece of land, complete with chickens, a horse, gardens, fruit trees, and lots of fresh air! It was a beautiful time with great friends!

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Photo Friday: Grinding Stones at Mesa Verde, Colorado

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Photo Friday: The Trees are Watching

I love Aspen trees; my second favorite to a Weeping Willow.

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Photo Friday! Park bench, Autumn colors

I love our neighborhood park. It has beautiful trees, plenty of benches to sit and relax and a nice area for families to spend time together.

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Photo Friday!

I see this mural on the side of a carniceria, or meat market, every morning on the drive to work.

This photo is begging for you to write a caption in the comments section!

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Being a Stay-at-home-dad

1Please welcome Nickie Altamirano, a stay-at-home dad and Denver-area portrait-photographer and wildlife-landscape-photographer-extraordinaire. Needless to say this is a big moment for me not just because he’s my first guest blogger, but also because this guest blogger happens to be my husband!

 

Here’s Nickie on being a stay-at-home-dad:

Early on in our marriage, we chose that we would sacrifice whatever was necessary in order for one of us to stay at home full time with our children. When Stacey, my wife, had our first daughter, I had just graduated from college and she had a stable, full-time job as a teacher, so it only made sense for her to go back to work and me stay home. It was what worked for us at the time and was the smartest move. It’s now been almost 4 years, and I am still a SAHD and Stacey is still teaching full time and it is still what works best for our family.

It’s not always been easy though…

Being a “stay at home dad” is the hardest thing these days. It’s not hard for me because of everything I have to do. Like feeding Lore, changing diapers, making sure Sofie is fed too, keeping the house clean, doing laundry, making lunches, helping them when they are sick, comforting Lore when she is teething…you see the point.

What is the hardest is, the stereotype I have to break. Not too many people understand why Stacey and I chose this family dynamic. Many think I am lazy and chose the easy way out. I even had a person tell me I wasn’t a man because I wasn’t the “bread winner”…so I tell to all those who have never experienced “being a stay at home dad”…don’t be quick to judge. Think twice about it before you say “being a stay at home parent is easy“.

I thank my wife, Stacey, every day for making huge sacrifices for our family because you can’t even imagine everything she does either.

So, lets all be a bit more understanding. I love staying home with my daughters and it is a honor every day I get to do it.

Crochet away!

Fall is upon us and so it is time to begin crocheting scarves again. Here’s a pic of the very beginning of a fall-colors-inspired infinity scarf. More to come as I make more progress…promise!

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WordPress iPad App Tutorial #6

WordPress iPad tutorialsHere is the sixth tutorial in the “WordPress iPad app” series:

Adding a Header (image) to your WordPress blog on the iPad app:

Adding a header image to your blog adds characters and personalizes it. This tutorial shows you how to add a header image to your blog.

WordPress iPad App Tutorial #5

WordPress iPad tutorialsHere is the fifth tutorial in the “WordPress iPad app” series:

Changing your WordPress Site Title on the iPad app:

When you create your WordPress blog, the default Site Title is your username. Usually, people want to change that to their actual site title. This tutorial shows you how to do that along with adding a tagline.

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