Our Breastfeeding Journey – International Breastfeeding Week

Our breastfeeding journey started on May 13, 2016 after 22 hours of labor. Charlotte came into the world on her own time but quickly latched right after thanks to the male (yup I said it) nurse in our L&D Room, he was super helpful and helped get her to latch immediately. We transitioned to our postpartum room, and that’s when things went a little south. It was extremely hard to get Charlotte to nurse on my own, and I was always pushing the little button in our room to ask for help. The first night her nursing was a hit or miss and one of the nurses said, “just give her a pacifier and get some rest.” “We’ll wake you when she’s hungry.” Well folks worst advice ever, because the next morning my child wouldn’t latch at all and it was miserable.
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Labor Day – Laguna Beach Trip

For Labor Day we decided to go to a Dodgers game and go to Laguna Beach for the holiday weekend. We started our weekend by getting up bright and early and heading to LA. Charlotte was the BEST baby on the car ride to LA she stayed asleep the whole trip. We booked both our hotels through Hotels.com our first hotel we stayed at was The Hilton Pasadena. We have stayed at this Hilton before and we enjoy the cleanliness and the location. It’s close to Dodger stadium and that’s all we really need, nothing crazy fancy. It was Charlotte’s first time in a hotel, and we all slept like babies that night after the game. This was also Charlotte’s first MLB game. She loves to watch baseball with her daddy at home, but I’m glad we got to take her to her first game. She was so well behaved, and even took a short nap while we enjoyed the game. Unfortunately the Dodgers lost to the Padres. Before the game we went to a restaurant called Islands Restaurant we have one of these in Las Vegas and have never been to it (big mistake). I had the best burger ever its called the Nalu Nalu Burger. It has roasted garlic aioli, which I just tried for the first time not too long ago and love, the burger also has sautéed onions and mixed peppers on it. Seriously the best burger I’ve ever had. So yummy. I’ve also been trying different beer’s our recently and have been enjoying IPA’s more. Never thought I would like a little hop in my beers but they’re different and yummy.

We booked a hotel on the beach in Laguna called Capri Laguna Inn on the Beach, since it was a holiday weekend it was very expensive, and not thinking about it I booked a queen size room instead of a king (Big Mistake). I mean we didn’t spend much time in our room anyways but I wish we would of gotten a balcony with a sliding glass door and a couch, or even an ocean view room. From just exploring Laguna if I ever stayed there again I’d stay at the Surf and Sand Hotel, much bigger and the amenities were way nicer. Eric had a headache and we had to go over there, because our hotel didn’t have a gift shop. Our first morning in Laguna we just strolled a mile down to the main shopping area, we had lunch at this cute little restaurant called Laguna Beach Brewery & Grille the service was really good, and they had plenty of seating indoors and outdoors, and had high chairs for kids. Even though Charlie fell asleep after a little milk and slept in her stroller, there were other children in the restaurant in high chairs. I ordered the Taco Culiacan, they were delicious and Eric ordered the Carnitas, which were also very yummy. After that we strolled around and went to this little kids boutique called Little Bohemian they had Bla Bla Kids Shop dolls and I just had to get one for Charlotte. We actually let her pick between the mermaid and the froggy princess and she picked the frog. She loves it. It’s so cute! That night we decided to get pizza for dinner from Gina’s Pizza and just relax. The next morning Eric picked us up some coffee and croissants from Koffee Klatch. We then got ready for the beach, our hotel has chairs and umbrella’s right there on the beach with a service guy it was so nice. Charlotte put her feet in the sand and loves it, it was so cute. She enjoyed some mama milk and then took a nice long nap right there next to the ocean. It was so peaceful and nice, Eric fell asleep too. After that we decided to change and get some lunch at Sapphire Laguna ok I know said that the other hamburger place I had was delicious, but this hamburger was also one of the best ones I’ve ever had, and they had garlic fries!! I ordered the Kobe Beef Havarti Cheeseburger and Eric got the Fish and Chips. We then stopped at this cute little gelato place right there next to Sapphire’s it was so good too. We headed back to the hotel and decided to go swimming in the pool. We did that for a little bit and then Eric went and grabbed us sandwiches and we sat up on the balcony of the hotel and ate with ocean breeze and sunset. It was beautiful and simple. I loved it.

I decided that night that with how bad traffic is always coming home from California to Nevada that I wanted to get up early and leave at 4am. We did just that, and didn’t hit any traffic on the way home either, it was so nice. Charlotte did amazing again. We even stopped at the Fashion Outlet’s in Primm, NV and enjoyed some shopping before coming all the way into Las Vegas.

Overall our second family trip ever was amazing and fun. I can’t wait to see where we go next!!

Breastfeeding Week – Our Story

 

In honor of breastfeeding week, I’d like to share our breastfeeding story! 
Breastfeeding has got to be one of the hardest and rewarding things I’ve done since becoming a mom. Feeding Charlotte what my body naturally provides her has been so amazing though. At first it was a challenge, I did so well the first few hours after having her and then at night time I gave her a pacifier and then she wouldn’t latch on again it was terrible. Eric was trying to help me compress the colostrum out and it just wasn’t working, lots of tears were shed. I didn’t want Charlotte to starve so I start supplementing and pumping to get my milk to come in faster. Pumping sucks! It’s hard on your nipples and it’s just honestly not natural. Once my milk came in I used a nipple shield for about a week and then one night at like 2am I couldn’t find the shield anywhere and so I just said the hell with it and just went for it without the shield and she latched on, and it was the best feeling ever (so I knew she was latched on right). From that day forward it’s been a breeze. I love watching Charlotte grow and get bigger and stronger just from me feeding her. This whole process also helps me watch what I eat, because what I eat she eats essentially. I’m also really nervous about not eating enough, I sometimes though feel like a garbage disposal. Haha.
I was told to give breastfeeding at least 3 weeks before quitting and I pushed through and made it possible. It made me so happy! So if you’re feeling like giving up just give it three hard weeks before you do! Also create a group of girls that you feel comfortable talking to about breastfeeding. My friends really helped me get through the 3 weeks, and even now I still reach out to them for support sometimes! 

I’m not too advanced with breastfeeding but if you have any questions or are looking for some suggestions I can always suggest a few different tips or places to seek help.  

PS. Sorry for the not so great photos, Eric just snapped them last night so I could post this this morning! xo