Author: joyofmotherhood

Becoming a mom has made me think about my own mortality.

How is it having a baby changes so much in your life? Since my little man was born I have had this weird feeling of “what if something goes wrong and I die” A FEAR of leaving him alone!  Okay I know he wouldn’t technically be alone but the fear is real nonetheless.  It seems morbid but I can not seem to shake it.   I have even begun to think about writing a will and thinking about who I would want to guide over his life if his Dad and I were to both leave this earth. Sometimes it grips me when I am driving home from work or when I am sitting rocking him to sleep.   – Will he know how much I utterly Love him! – Will he grow to be a Good, Strong, Honest, Respectful, Loving man? – Who will teach him all the things I wanted to teach him? – Will he know all the little things he has etched on my soul since he was born – probably not. –  Who will tell him all about me and our time we had together and relive those memories with him – through pictures and keepsakes? – Who would keeps his Mom’s spirit alive? I am in no way ready to go anywhere – I want to live a long life and see this wonderful...

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I’m no Longer a Milk factory – we’ve weaned!

We have finally Weaned! ~ My little man has just turned 17 months and we have been slowing down and cutting back for the past few months.  I thought we would stop at a year but it worked for us so I kept going.  But when your little one can point and demand “Mulk” and say boobie well yeah it felt like we were approaching the end – plus lets face it he has 14 teeth now including 4 of those are molars.  So we had already widdled down to nursing only in the morning and before bed and two weeks before Christmas I cut out the morning feeding.  I think losing that morning nursing session was harder on me then him – my poor breasts were sore at work and so fill by the time the evening feeding rolled around, but my body adjusted and I was planning for the next hurdle, cutting out the night feeding.  I had a small stay at home vacation planned for the Christmas holiday and decided we would try to tackle ending the night feeding  and slowly wean off breastfeeding.  To my surprise I came down with bacterial pneumonia two days after Christmas (still recouping from it ) and that and medicine took care of the weaning for me and little man.  We had no choice – momma had to go on strong antibiotics and steroid...

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What if CHRISTMAS meant something more!

This Christmas will be my sons 2nd – but really the first he is somewhat aware of, since he was only four months last year and now at 16 months he is a bit more aware of what is going on around him.  This Christmas for me is especially fun to watch his little eyes light up with the “lights” and decorations he sees, and to try to enjoy his first realization of what a present is.  I am also thankful he is not yet at that stage of “I want – I want” (insert toy, video game, etc)  Which lead me to thinking, what if I could somehow try to curb that a little or at least try.  Commercialization of Christmas has been running rampant for years and it seems to get worse with each new December.  Now kids aged 4 are getting their own Ipads…. what?  Yep, someone I know is buying her four-year old his own Ipad for christmas.  I stop and I think how will I ever keep up – but wait a minute that is not what the whole season is about.  Not who can out do the other mom at the toy store or mall or kids screaming over what they want -want – want… Christmas is the celebration of Christs birth and a time to be thankful and gather with loved ones and we if we choose, show our love...

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Baby DNA and Newborn blood screening – their sample lives on!

DID YOU KNOW?? “…[M]ost parents are completely stunned when they find out that their child’s blood is being held by the State. They have no recollection and they think it’s unlawful. Newborn screening is the most widely performed type of genetic testing in the United States today. . . . Most states, including Connecticut and New York, do not require parental consent. . . .” Connecticut State Law mandates that all newborns delivered in Connecticut be screened for selected genetic and metabolic disorders. The Newborn Screening Program consists of three components: Testing, Tracking, and Treatment. Specimens are tested at the Department of Public Health (DPH) State Laboratory and all abnormal results are reported to the DPH Tracking Unit who reports the results to the primary care providers and assures referrals are made to the State funded Regional Treatment Centers. – All nice and dandy till you find out they can keep the blood samples for undisclosed amounts of times and give to third parties for testing.  I was able to find out that the law does state that a parent may refuse the test for Religious reasons here in CT, but that only helps if the parents are aware of the tests to begin with.  A majority of parents do not even know that this database of our children’s blood samples exists here in the United States and each state has their...

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Other Mommas Understand!

Okay so I couldn’t resist the cute little sign that made me smile!   I smile because I am now privy to the inside truth – it happens! Many a momma can attest to this little ummmm secret? Sometimes a laugh or a sneeze makes you pee, “I peed my pants” – granted ,Thankfully for me, it’s just been a little drop but none the less it has been happening since I gave birth.   I know-  I know the kegels – but to be honest I feel wierd doing the Kegels – and then truthfully it makes me have to pee more while doing them.  So- am I doomed to holding in sneezes or belly laughs?    No I read – That kegels may keep you in a constant circle of repair then fail, keeping you always having to do them sort of thing to increase your Pelvic Floor Muscles… I read you can get better results from doing deep squats a few times a day to increase your glute muscles that help support your PF muscles.   So I am in – I am going to give that a try and heck if it doesnt work at least it may help my glutes!!!  🙂 MS: I am ALL for scratching items off my to-do list! Before we get too carried away with our newfound freedom from Kegels, I want to get back...

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