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Posting at the Breastfeeding Place

Not long ago I was asked by Trisha over at Intoxicated on Life to write a couple of posts for a series she was doing on breastfeeding. I thought about it for all of two seconds and said YES. This series turned into something bigger than anticipated and has become a website of its own: Breastfeeding Place. I am so excited to be one of the regular contributing authors to this site! It's been fun getting to write about something I love and am passionate about: breastfeeding! Amazingly, the information available for assisting mamas breastfeeding multiples (especially triplets) is almost non-existent. It certainly was lacking when I began breastfeeding over 21 months ago. I hope to join other … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Place – website launch!

If you’ve been around here long, you know that I’m pro-breastfeeding. So I’m super excited to introduce you to the: Breastfeeding Place This is a brand new website run by more than a dozen of us work-at-home-mamas, lactation consultants, medical professionals, etc. - with a combined total of nearly 70 years of breastfeeding experience!! Our goal is to provide a place to offer help, advice and support for women on their breastfeeding journey. Whatever your journey looks like and however long it lasts, I think you’ll find this site to be a wonderful resource for you. The ladies and I will be bringing you fresh data, stories, ideas and suggestions to make your breastfeeding experience … [Read more...]

Bon appétit, bébé! {Two Weeks of Food in Two Hours}

Hey, hey! Welcome back to our series on making real food for Baby. You can catch up on the previous posts in this series here: Bon appétit, bébé! Today I'll be sharing with you how you can make two weeks of baby food in only two hours. Yep. That's it. And I don't mean a "tablespoon-a-day's worth" like I've seen in other meal plans. I mean three hearty, generous meals a day for the next two weeks. Ready? The Method Behind the Madness Last week I shared that I went off a chart based on the foods "appropriate" for my babies' age group. I mainly did this because it helped me to think outside the box and not just serve them the same ol' same ol'. And then I checked which produce I wanted to … [Read more...]

Benefits of Breastfeeding Baby {Bonding}

Breastfeeding. Most of us have a love-hate relationship with it. Some of us hate it. Others of us can't imagine not having another baby to breastfeed.  Far from being the "most natural thing in the world," I found it to be the most difficult thing in the world. But it has also proven to be (quite possibly) the most rewarding thing.There are some amazing benefits of breastfeeding which I'll be sharing soon. But today is about the bonding that most times results from breastfeeding. (Certainly bonding can take place without a breastfeeding relationship and this is not written to minimize the bond between mother and child where breastfeeding does not take place.) Attempting to breastfeed … [Read more...]

Bon appétit, bébé! {How and When to Feed Baby}

In last week’s introduction to this series (Bon appétit, bébé!), I shared some of the questions I am most frequently asked with regards to feeding babies. So, I’ll begin by letting you in on the little journey I have been on for…oh, about 15 months now. Once upon a time, when the babies were two months old… I began dreaming of the day when their nourishment was not dependent entirely upon me. This was mainly due to the immense challenges I faced with breastfeeding all three babies and supply issues (you can read our journey on breastfeeding here). I read somewhere that babies often begin cereal at four months old so I figured I’d better get on this if I’m going to do it right! …Right? … [Read more...]

Little Daycare in the Suburbs, part 2

Welcome back! If you're just joining us, check out the first part of Little Daycare in the Suburbs. So. Why is it so hard to leave triplets with a sitter? Glad you asked! Here's why: It is physically exhausting. Loading three babies into highchairs (12 times), out of them (12 times), onto a changing table (18 times), off of it (18 times), into cribs (9 times), out of them (9 times), into the stroller (3 times), out of it (3 times)...it is exhausting. (That's a full-on workout!! And mine "only" weigh 22 lbs!) And of course they aren't all happily watching you cart one kid around...oh no. It often sounds like a daycare class. I challenge anyone who isn't rattled by crying babies to join a … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Triplets: A Battle of Love

**The response to this post has been overwhelming! I truly hope it is helpful to others to hear the struggles and victories of a mama who is breastfeeding triplets - against many odds. Please take a moment and "like" us on Facebook so that you can stay up to date with the goings-on here at Growing Up Triplets! And leave a comment to say "hey!" =) ** Today I’m guest-posting over at Intoxicated on Life. Trisha is running a series on breastfeeding – the challenges, joy, obstacles, paraphernalia and stories of dozens of women and their children. And she asked me to join these women and share my journey. If you’ve been reading Growing Up Triplets long, you know sharing what God has done for me … [Read more...]

What To Expect – In the NICU {an interview, part 2}

Welcome back! We’re discussing what parents can expect during a NICU stay and are interviewing a couple of wonderful nurses our babies had during our stay. If you missed Part 1 of this interview, you can catch up really quickly here. All caught up? Great! Ok, let's jump back in: So how beneficial is kangaroo-care, really? Mandy: Very beneficial! It can contribute to a decrease in hospital stay for your baby(ies). Just ask the nurse if it is a good day to hold your baby. There are some days where it is not the best day or time to hold the baby due to medical reasons, such as excessive apnea/bradycardia spells, recent work up for infection, general instability, blood transfusion, etc., … [Read more...]

I’m Not Super Mom

I can’t do it all - I'm not super mom. It’s true. Actually, I struggle to do most things. I fall into bed exhausted and many times I wake up still tired. And this is nothing new. I had a hard time “doing it all” when I was a teen…single…married and working. Even the months I was on bedrest with seemingly nothing to do, I found myself overwhelmed many times because of my limitations. And I still have limitations. Lots of them. They look different now than before I had babies. And now, with three M&M’s hanging on me during the day, it’s pretty dang difficult to accomplish much. And I’m sure my limitations will look different in 5, 10, 15, 30 years. Most days I accomplish little else … [Read more...]

What To Expect – In The NICU {an interview}

Thanks for joining us! We are currently in the middle of a series on Life with Multiples. Today we’ll hear from a couple of ladies who just happen to be two of my favorite nurses while the babies were in the NICU! While in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a good nurse is more than just a good nurse. She might be a shoulder you cry on, the person you (unexpectedly) share first milestones with, and most likely will become a good friend. Mandy was the babies' nurse the day we celebrated them turning one week old. And Laura helped me give each of my 4-lb babies a bath for the very first time. David and I were at the hospital as much as we could be, so we got to know our nurses really … [Read more...]