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Breastfeeding and the Tire Garage

A few months ago, as I walked across the parking lot toward our local Michael’s craft store, a man approached me.

He looked to be about 75 years old or so, with white hair and a hunched-over posture. “Hey! You wanna see somethin’?”

Oh sh*t, are you serious? A dirty old man, in the middle of the day, on the ONE day I ever get to go out by myself for an hour?

He was. (Serious.) And he wasn’t. (A dirty old man.) He showed me a license plate on his car with characters on it I didn’t recognize. He explained that it was from Japan, and that his wife had had it shipped here for him. He explained that he had met her back when he was serving in the war overseas, and that he had brought her back with him and they were still married today. He told me that I’d never see another license plate like that again, and that I should take a look at it now, while I had the chance. And then, he pulled out an old, weathered photo of his wife, a very young Japanese woman in a flowered dress, and told me that she was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen, and that he only wished he had more years to spend with her. Continue reading

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Mama Baby Love Giveaway: A Breastfeeding Prize Package #BabyLove

 The selection of breastfeeding products at A Mother’s Boutique leaves me feeling like a kid in a candy store every time I visit, so I’m thrilled to team up with Ana B Social for this event! The timing is pretty great for me, too, because I’m about to welcome a brand new nursling!

Breastfeeding mamas, hold on to your hats – this is a GOOD one! 

There is something really special about that moment a mother first puts her newborn baby to her breast. A priceless moment filled with love. Though that moment really doesn’t need anything extra, we’re hosting a Mama Baby Love giveaway to make it even more special! We will outfit two mamas and their babies for their breastfeeding journey
Thanks to our generous sponsors, you can win some gift certificates from Annee Matthew ($100 ea) and A Mother’s Boutique ($50 ea) to use toward nursing apparel, as well as a nursing hat from Moboleez and breastfeeding baby apparel for your little one from One Creative Mama.

Our Favorite Things About the Prizes: 

  • The huge selection of bras and nursing apparel at A Mother’s Boutique
  • Annee Matthew nursing apparel has some of the most stylish nursing clothing anywhere!
  • One Creative Mama breastfeeding advocacy baby shirts speak for themselves and break the ice
  • Moboleez nursing hats make nursing in public so much easier and more convenient, especially helpful when you’re new to breastfeeding and a nursing cover just makes things harder
Purchase: You can shop Annee Matthew and A Mother’s Boutique for a great selection of nursing bras and nursing apparel. They carry some of our favorite brands like Cake Lingerie, Bamboobies, and Bella Materna. You’ll also find Moboleez hats and adorable baby apparel from One Creative Mama (pictured below).

Win The Package! Our sponsors are  gifting TWO of you with the entire package as outlined above.

Special thanks to AnaB Social for hosting this giveaway. Huge thanks to all participating bloggers as well! Giveaway ends February 27th at 12:01 am, open to US residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Thank you!

 

Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation of any kind for this post. AnaB Social, Eco-Babyz, and all participating event bloggers are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. 

 

 

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Happy Father’s Day!

I spend so much time thinking about motherhood and trying to be the most conscious, balanced, and present mother I can be to my son, that I sometimes forget that parenthood isn’t all about me. There is another realm of parenting out there with its own intricacies and nuances that make it quite different than my role, and very, very special.

Fatherhood! :D

I consider myself extremely fortunate that I’ve married a man that is a fantastic, engaged father, and I have a pretty top-notch dad of my own. They’re pretty great guys to have in my life, especially considering I’m raising a son who will likely be a father himself someday. Given the role models he has, I’m pretty confident that he’ll grow up knowing what a truly loving daddy is, and that just tickles me to no end.

So, I guess that’s what Father’s Day is all about, right? Telling these men that mean the world to me that I love them, I respect them, I value them, and I hope my son grows up to be like them. I really hope they already know, but I’ll tell them again today anyway.

My message to my husband? Thank you. Thank you for knowing that we were too young at 17 and 21, and for letting me go, even when I didn’t want you to. To college, to learn, to grow, to figure out who I was, and what I wanted. And now, almost 20 years to the day after you broke my heart (oh, the fragile heart of a 17 year old! :roll: ) I also thank you for getting smart and knowing when we ran back into each other that the time was right for us, for our family. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for the single most important thing in the world – our baby boy. I love you, and I can’t wait to see you turn into an even more incredible daddy as the years go by!

The day my husband became a daddy. You should have seen the bruises he had after my labor!

My message to my dad? Also a thank you. For more than I could ever write in a simple blog post. Thank you for being a dad that has never wavered throughout my entire life, a dad that has taught me so much and been there without fail every single time I’ve needed you, a dad that showed me that you don’t call off work and that the moulding should always line up straight. ;) And now, for spending so much time with my son. Your influence will undoubtedly make him a better man. Your support (especially at times like I wrote about here) means the world to me, and you couldn’t be more of a superhero if you had an actual cape and funny tights. :lol:

The proud grandpa. Sorry I made you wait so long, Dad!

 

Happy Father’s Day to the best two daddies a girl could imagine. I love you guys!

 

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The greatest gift…

Not too long ago, I celebrated a milestone that, at one time, seemed daunting and out of reach – one full year of breastfeeding. There was never really any question in my mind that I would try to nurse my baby, and I say “try” because that was the word everyone used around me during my pregnancy, and it was the word I used before I knew better. The common question was “Are you going to breastfeed?” and, after the skeptical look I always received, my answer was, “Yes! Well, I’m going to try, at least…” Nearly everyone had a story about why it probably wouldn’t work.

Now, I realize how dangerous that skeptical attitude can be when beginning a breastfeeding relationship with your newborn. But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about the positive effects of those who do support a new mother on her breastfeeding journey.

My parents are avid flea marketers, and one day my mom called and said, “Your dad bought you a present today. I’m not sure you’ll like it, but will you please tell him you do?”

Oh no, I thought. What on Earth could it be…

When I showed up at their house the day of my son’s first birthday dinner, she called me into the kitchen. “Here’s the present your dad got you at the flea market…”

It was a ceramic plate. THIS ceramic plate…

As my mom tells it, they were walking through the flea market, browsing tables, and my dad noticed a few older “gentlemen” noticing the plate. Apparently, they thought it was very funny, and they were laughing at it and making rude comments about it. (She didn’t elaborate, but it’s not hard to picture the scene.)

Well, don’t you know my dad walked right up between them and proclaimed, “Excuse me. I’d like to buy that.”

Of course, he was met with awkward looks.

“My daughter is celebrating her one year anniversary of breastfeeding her son, and I’m very proud of her. I think it will make a nice gift.” (I’m paraphrasing, of course, but that was the jist of it.)

My mom said he handed the man two dollars, and walked away, quite proud of himself.

But not half as proud as I am of him.

My parents watch my son while I work, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of their support, or so I thought. This act of thoughfulness was on a whole new level. It was unnecessary, and I have no doubt that it pushed my dad a bit out of his comfort zone. But he did it. For me.

I don’t know if my dad has even known another breastfeeding mother before. It was a pretty foreign concept to all of us when I decided to do it, but he never skipped a beat in conveying his approval.

I’m not sure about the value of the plate, but it doesn’t matter because I’ll never part with it. To me, it’s the best two bucks anyone has ever spent on me

Not only did my dad give me a very precious keepsake, but along with it an example of the unconditional love and support that come with good parenting. If I end up being any good at this whole parenting thing, I know who I have to thank.

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