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amiracle4us SAID: IT’S THE FEELINGS OF THOSE MEMORIES THAT LINGER AND THOSE FEELINGS (AND UNREMEMBERED MEMORIES) THAT SHAPE HIS AND OUR FUTURES.

That is beautiful M — I love that!

Yesterday after spending some Mommy/James time at the pool together, we went upstairs to wash up and get ready for bed.  While I sat on the other side of the tub, I watched him play with his toys, and I looked (I mean, really looked) at my big boy and then just began to cry.. 
This sweet face that looks at me with so much love in his eyes, the snuggles he gives me when he’s scared or sad, these sweet moments of playtime with each other, the smile on his face when I come to pick him up from school… will he remember those moments as well as I will?  Or will I have to remind him when he’s older of what he was like when he was just a little boy?
Will the moments that we are creating now.. will any of them sink in his memory forever like they will with me?  
I read that young children DO form memories but that they fade over time.  Most adults can’t remember anything before age the age of three or four.  And I think that’s true.. it’s hard for me to recall anything at all from when I was James’ age and it simply broke my heart to think that he will one day forget all the beautiful moments he and I have shared so far together and as a family.
I suppose that if only one of us has the power to remember these things I’m so thankful it’s me.  I’ll just have to do my best to recognize those moments when they happen, capture them, and bottle them up so that I can tell him all about it when he’s older and hope that some of it will stick.

Yesterday after spending some Mommy/James time at the pool together, we went upstairs to wash up and get ready for bed.  While I sat on the other side of the tub, I watched him play with his toys, and I looked (I mean, really looked) at my big boy and then just began to cry.. 

This sweet face that looks at me with so much love in his eyes, the snuggles he gives me when he’s scared or sad, these sweet moments of playtime with each other, the smile on his face when I come to pick him up from school… will he remember those moments as well as I will?  Or will I have to remind him when he’s older of what he was like when he was just a little boy?

Will the moments that we are creating now.. will any of them sink in his memory forever like they will with me?  

I read that young children DO form memories but that they fade over time.  Most adults can’t remember anything before age the age of three or four.  And I think that’s true.. it’s hard for me to recall anything at all from when I was James’ age and it simply broke my heart to think that he will one day forget all the beautiful moments he and I have shared so far together and as a family.

I suppose that if only one of us has the power to remember these things I’m so thankful it’s me.  I’ll just have to do my best to recognize those moments when they happen, capture them, and bottle them up so that I can tell him all about it when he’s older and hope that some of it will stick.

Do you still exclusively pump? I searched the tag & came across your blog. My daughter was born early so I've been pumping only and trying to EBF that way. I'm worried eventually I'll have to use formula

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labellavitala

Hey there! I exclusively pumped for 6 months, but I don’t anymore.  My son is 2 years old now, but I’m expecting our 2nd boy in a month.  I’m hoping that i’ll be able to breastfeed this go round, but if not, i’ll try to exclusively pump again if it’s possible (with a toddler in tow)..  

My advice would be to stick to a regular schedule and to try taking fenugreek, it helped me increase my supply a lot (but once you stop taking it, it may decrease again).  Exclusively pumping is no joke.. it’s really really hard and there were times I felt like giving up but I was able to do it until my son was 6 months. 

How old is your daughter?  Hang in there, and don’t feel bad if you have to supplement with formula for a few days to increase your supply —  or if you have to use formula all together.  Yes, they say breastmilk is best, but so is a mother’s sanity ;)  and formula is actually very good these days, expensive.. but good :)

This site is also really really helpful: 

http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/exclusive-pumping/

Let me know if you have any questions!

Jenn :)

Interesting article and I can understand and appreciate the point, but geeze now I’m not doing this right either???

Being a parent these days is tough stuff.

Information overload = stressful momma.

Sometimes I feel completely, utterly, overwhelmed and I (can’t believe I) find myself asking God why he has given me so much to balance.  This article from Momastery helped clear my foggy glasses so I could see more clearly.  

God has blessed me with so much:  

  • a good, stable yet flexible job, with a recent promotion, and a raise
  • a home for my family,
  • a husband and best friend,
  • one bright, loving son, and another one on the way 
  • a church family and small group that emotionally and spiritually feed and support me
  • friends I can relate with
  • a family that truly loves me

Yet all of those things require my time and attention, and I never feel like I’m able to do all of them 100% well.  And so in the same breath that I thank him for my blessings, I begin to ask God why there is so much on my plate.  How could I possibly be more?  How am I supposed to do better than I already am?  Why am I not enough?

And through this article, I can hear God respond:

You are enough.  You are doing what I’ve called you to do and are who I’ve made you to be.  

But you’re not meant to do it all.  I intentionally created it that way.  And when you can’t do it all, look to me, take my hand, seek my face.  You will find me.  I will carry you.  

Let me carry you.

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