Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Thank Your Lucky Stars

So besides costumes and pumpkin patches, life has happened as well. I've felt like a huge complainer lately. My sarcasm has turned quite bitter, and I'm trying really hard to just grin and bare it and see the good that is so very abundant. This is a long rambling update, so buckle in.

As of a week ago, my suckling child is no longer being nursed. After the serious drama that was my supply tanking, I dug my heels in and did everything I could think to help it rebound. Staying up late to power pump every night, tea, herbs, oatmeal, gatoraide, everything I could - and it worked! It was a ton of work but it paid off. However, a month or so after that was done, Echo herself decided that biting mama was a heck of a lot more fun then nursing. Five straight days where she would not nurse, only chomp, leaving me to pump while she took a bottle. At 8 months, I called it quits. It has taken me a lot to not go completely ape on my pump like unto Office Space.
Not nursing makes me sad, but its honestly been amazing to not have to worry about pumping, supply, or constantly being on a timer - counting down every 3 hours again and again. I quickly realized that I was my harshest critic when it came to breastfeeding and supplementing. It was good while it lasted, and I look forward to breast feeding my next baby, hopefully without, but maybe inspite of, all the drama.

The next biggest thing on the agenda is Jared, Echo, and I moved to Mandarin. Its a positive change for our little family, and at times a difficult one. But we have a whole lot to be thankful for. Our move drug on for absolutely ever. The entire month of October was transitional, moving here and there, packing things and sorting them and storage units and thrift store runs. Jared basically packed and moved the entire house himself, with me pitching in where I could with the baby strapped to my back.

My health has been a bit wack of late. Allergies like wow. Air purifiers blasting, contacts traded for Grannie glasses. Always kind of a delicate flower, rashes have been plaguing me. Itchy itchy eczema on my legs, abdomen, chest, elbows, and creeping now onto my shoulders. I've been to the dermatologist and at any given time I am slathered in various creams and potions, but I feel covered in it, and sometimes it gets me really down. However I refuse to let it stop me from wearing skirts and dresses and things that I love. So no, it's not contagious, and no, I can't really shave my legs right now. Just TRY and shame me for body hair people, I dare you. If a woman being any less then silky smooth and daring to bare her shins bothers you, you have bigger issues then I do.

And Disney! We cashed in for a pair of season tickets once again and we have been having such a Echo is a road warrior and sleeps like a charm in the stroller, although it does kind of cramp her  always on the move style. I am proud to say her favorite ride is Small World.

Oh and I was in a wedding! My dear friend got married to her sweetheart and had the most amazing wedding. A fantastic time was had by all!

(Depression)Cherry on top:

  •  Jared and I have had BOTH of Beach Houses new albums on blast lately (controversial - I think I like Depression Cherry more then Thank Your Lucky Stars?!) 

  • I am finally seeing my main man, Sufjan Stevens this weekend. *Praise Hands emoji all around* 

  •  I am unabashedly obsessed with little ol Bieber's video for Sorry. Takes me to my happy place and even now I can feel Jared's judgmental eyes boring  into me haha.

Shoot! Well that's October for ya. Over and out.

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