Learning New Techniques from Booby Tuesday!

Baby-Gooroo-Breastfeeding-Postitions-PosterToday I attended Breast Feeding Group and it was so nice being surrounded by others that wanted help and support. Not only did I feel at ease, I felt calm – which was nice, as it’s the first time I wasn’t thinking about work, deadlines, pressures, stepchild arriving and more! I just relaxed and calmed into the group, I even made a friend (cheers!). Most of you will know I have real issues with trust and therefore keep people at a massive distance from me. I have 3-4 people I talk to and can be truly honest with in my life, everyone else, kept at arms length.

So, I am going through the motions this week and trying to check the latch, the hold and that she is okay with feeding from me. I have learnt the following already:-

  • Bring the baby to the breast, not the other way round
  • Hold the back of the neck, not the head and allow movement
  • The chin should be on the breast, not the nose (a problem I had!)
  • Place the nipple on the nose and allow baby to tilt head and latch on
  • It is okay to feed from both breasts in one sitting
  • Most breastfeeding stories are myths – like not being able to have a glass of wine if breastfeeding or not being able to take anti-biotics or painkillers
  • The most important – breast feeding does NOT come naturally to everyone, but it is natural and designed to work for you and the baby, so keep going and praise yourself for trying and sticking with it

I really enjoyed my group and will be going back next week and as many weeks as I can, so I can be helped and supported along my journey.

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photo 1I was a very lucky girl to be thrown a baby shower by my lovely friends a couple of weekends ago. We visited a lovely place in Ipswich, Suffolk called Arlingtons. A lovely venue, really stunning and vintage inside with a huge staircase that takes you back to ‘Mr Darcy’ times! Once at the top, we had our own private room and it was filled with my friends and happy smiling faces. After the week i’d had, I needed some happy people to see!

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I walked in to a pink mirage of beauty – lovely pink balloons, pink gifts and of course pink flowers. It really looked stunning and made me well up I was so touched everyone had put in so much effort just for me and my bump. The Full Image of Groupwhole table and room looked stunning. Vintage style tea-cups, saucers, vases and jugs and just my ideal place to be spending a Saturday afternoon. My chosen godmothers were also there (looking fantastic in pink) and so was my mummy, my mother in law and my closest friends. 

Arlington’s really did make the afternoon special, bringing out pots of hot tea, jugs of cool water and lots of stunning cakes and sandwiches all on beautiful vintage cake stands. The presents sat in the corner (lots of them!) and I was lucky to get 3 Nappy Cakes as well as a baby swing, goodies for baby and me as well as the most beautiful clothes. 

CakeWhilst the lovely games started (guessing baby weight, time in labor) I was introduced to my 

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entertainment for the afternoon – Shooting Stars Video and Photography! My whole day was captured by the lovely Jennifer who turned the very classical affair into a more fun (but still classical) event! My video from everyone was so funny (and true!) and I watched it and just smiled (before crying) when I got home. I still can’t believe I am going to be a mummy again and still a bit shocked by it all. I was also blessed with a stunning cake and cupcakes set from the amazing Krumblies – just beautiful in artwork, taste and execution. 

A beautiful day for a beautiful princess to be; I felt very spoilt, loved and appreciated – just need my little lady to arrive now!   

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So, I am not a fan of the dentist (anyone who knows me knows the extent of this) and usually have an upset tummy for the entire week before hand knowing I am going to be seen by someone who will touch my teeth. Problem is, I have not great teeth and need them seen to. So today, I had a visit to the dentist (yeah!). I sat in the waiting room, nervously planning my will, and texting the hubby with my last requests, and I was called in. A big fat needle in the mouth and 15 minutes in the waiting room (yes, mascara covering my face, shaking and generally wanting to poo my pants) and then I had to have two fillings with NO sedation.
After 45, yes 45 minutes, a lot of explaining and drilling (why does it have to make that god awful noise) the fillings were complete, I had survived and I actually felt nothing. After being through a really bad child birth you think I would be okay, but no, I am still scared of the dentist. Bad news is – I have to go in two weeks for another filling. And then have to see the Hygiene person. Why God is obviously punishing me I have no idea, but it was nice knowing you all.

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