Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Weaning, What No One Tells You (or at least no one told me)

Can we talk about weaning for a minute? No I don't mean When or How to wean, that's been discussed and argued over in every corner of the mommy-verse. No, I'm talking about what weaning does to the mother!
Do you know that since Bubby was born (nearly 10 months ago now) I have thought I was pregnant twice?!?
All because no one talks about the fact that weaning can (and often does) give the mother the Exact Same Symptoms as first trimester pregnancy! Morning sickness? Check. Bloating? Check. Cravings? Check. Emotional rollercoaster? Yup.
I'd have myself ready to take a test "just to be sure" ....and I'd start. Finally I went to Google and sure enough I wasn't the only one asking these questions!
It didn't help that it took three months for me to wean Bubby, stretching out the symptoms. For his sake I wouldn't have wanted to go cold turkey, but I think it wouldve been easier on me!

So tell me ladies, what did you go through when you weaned your children? Were you surprised or was someone nice enough to warn you?
What's your best symptom easing trick?

Two things that worked well for me when my breasts were really tender were the Earth Mama Angel Baby Booby Tubes (so nice!) And weird as it sounds, cabbage leaves in my bra! Both really helped when I was engorged or just plain really tender

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Teach Your Children Well

I was thinking about tradition today. It all started when I found myself humming a song that has a lot of memories attached to it for me. My first memory of it is when I learned it to sing with my extended family at my paternal grandfather’s funeral. After that it seemed that this song turned up at every wedding, funeral and family gathering we had. As a child growing up, it seemed to me it was a deliberate tradition, apparently it wasn’t! When my extended family came to celebrate my wedding with us I asked My Aunts and Uncles if we could sing “the song we sing at every family gathering” I got a lot of blank looks and was asked which song I was talking about! When I explained they were more than happy to comply but thinking about it today it makes me smile. This song has been sung throughout the years at all these gatherings because it means something. Our family is very music oriented so we always end up singing several songs and somehow this one always showed up, because it meant something, because it says something to us. Thinking about this today it makes me smile, isn’t that the way traditions should be? Doing something not because “we’ve always done it that way” but because it tugs at our hearts and has meaning for us. This is how I want Lil Buckaroo to see our family traditions and beliefs. Yes, we deliberately follow the traditions, commandments and ceremonies commanded in the Bible, but we do it because each one has meaning, a reason to be followed, and not just empty motions!  It’s Biblical too!

Deuteronomy 6:7                                                                                                                                                      And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Deuteronomy 6:20 And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgements, which the Lord our GOD hath commanded you?
21a Then thou shalt say unto thy son….
24 And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our GOD, for our good always, that HE might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.
25 And it shall be our righteousness if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our GOD as HE hath commanded us.
Deuteronomy 11:19                                                                                                                                                                       And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

What song was I humming you ask? It’s a song called Thank You Mom and Daddy that was made famous by Brush Arbour, not many people know it now, in fact I couldn’t find the lyrics online and had to ask my mom to send them to me!

If you're interested in listening to it, here's a video.