Hi friends! Happy Tuesday.
Hope your week is off to a great start. I’m in the middle of a work stretch, but my long weekend is in view! Even though I work part-time (24 hours a week) I still feel like a busy little bee. It’s the best type of busy though, I love the things that keep me busy: working as a nurse, blogging, being a momma, being a wife, + working out.
Today I wanted to answer a few questions that I’ve been getting recently. Putting all the answers in one place seemed to make the most sense to me, so here goes:
What is your love language? Haha, this one was from my friend 🙂 Last year in our church group we took the quiz + I retook it the other day. My love languages are words of affirmation + quality time. One thing Drew + I realized last week is that we tend to show each other our love in the language that WE like to receive. I’ve been making a conscious effort to use his languages this past week. Drew’s main love language is acts of service. One night, I could tell he was pretty tired + feeling the stress of the impending work week. I did a few small things (cleaning the carseat from Max’s blowout, making dinner, shutting all the windows at the end of the night, etc). + he was SO happy. He kept saying thank you + telling me how nice I was. From this, I realized right away that instead of showering him with words of affirmation (my love language) it means tons more to him if I help to lessen his busy load.
Where does Maxwell sleep + what is his bedtime routine + did you sleep train him?
-Where: At 3 weeks, we moved Max into his crib in his nursery. We put the little bassinet into the crib, just so he would still feel snug. I cried the first night, but soon became very thankful for the move. Little babies stir so much that I was constantly waking up (during my already short stretches of sleep). Our pediatrician recommended doing it long before Maxwell learned how to manipulate us.
-Bedtime routine: Around 6-6:30pm I put Maxwell in his PJs + make sure he has a fresh diaper. He usually starts showing signs he is tired around 7:15pm + then we’ll take him upstairs. Drew 0r I rock Maxwell to bed in his dark + quiet room + then put him down. There are times that we can put him down when he is still awake + he’ll drift off. Sometimes it is easy peezy just like that. Sometimes he is a little bit of a squirrel + we have to go back in once or twice.
-Sleep training: Max started going to bed earlier and earlier on his own. At 8 weeks we were putting him to bed around 10pm. I was thinking, what the heck are theses moms talking about putting their baby to bed at 7?!!!! It seemed that week by week he scooted his bedtime up + lengthened his sleep stretches. He now goes to bed by 7:30pm. We have yet to do sleep training with him, we do let him cry for a little bit to see if he’ll self soothe before scooping him up during the night.
We had a really awesome stretch when he would just wake up one time a night + sleep for 12 hours (3 months-4 months). Now, most nights he wakes up to nurse/get comforted 2 times. Lately, we have experienced sporadic “challenging” nights, when he wakes up way more than normal. People have asked if it is sleep regression + I’m not really sure. He hasn’t been consistently doing it, maybe just once or twice a week. Max always eats fast + I can put him right back down during the middle of the night, so it is helpful for my sleep that I don’t have to be in there for too long each time.
How often do you pump? On a day when I’m not working, I’m down to one or two pumps. One in the morning after nursing him (this past morning I was able to get 7 oz from that pump) and once at night (around 4-5 oz). I’ve been skipping the night pump sometimes if I really don’t feel like it because I still have a really good amount stored up. When I have a workday I add two pumps during my 8 hour shift. I make about 16 oz from those at work pumps. I wrote a blog about pumping called Pump, Pump, Pump that has more information if you are interested.
Do you like your Medela Freestyle Breast Pump? Yes! It does the job + does it well. I’ve never used a different pump, so I guess I have nothing to compare it to. But, I really enjoy that I don’t have to be plugged into the wall + am free to walk or sit wherever.
Do you enjoy breastfeeding? I didn’t know if I would ever be able to say I “loved” breastfeeding. We had such a rocky start + the nipple pain lasted a looooong time. We also had all the reflux/pyloric stenosis scare, so feeding was just stressful. Now, I’m happy to report I do absolutely love breastfeeding Max. It is our little time together. Sometimes he stares up at me with those beautiful brown eyes, sometimes his little hand holds my breast, sometimes he softly closes his eyes + I can see his long eye lashes.
When did Max’s tongue tie get better? Max never had trouble latching or wanting to eat, the tongue tie was more a problem for me than him. The problem was that his tongue wasn’t elevating + causing lots of damage to my nipples. They told me that shortly after his tongue was clipped, I should start noticing improvements. I also had a prescription medication (thanks Jamie!) to use on my nipple because there was a legit crater in the right one, so I think that also aided the improvement. By 6 weeks, things started to turn around for us + the healing process was probably about 2 weeks post tongue clip.
What do you do for at home workouts? Lots of different workouts! I do everything from a yoga flow, to a TRX Suspension Trainer tree session, to a weightlifting session, to circuit training. Honestly, a lot of times I plan the workout right before I do it. I keep track of what body parts I focused on + make sure to hit the other ones the next workout. A couple people have asked if I can start sharing my workouts + I do plan to do that! My friends in the industry might be shaking their heads right now at the lack of planning, but I have to adjust to what is going on with Maxwell + if Drew is home or not. Just get in what you can is kind of the theme lately + I always know I can carve out 30 – 45 minutes to exercise.
What do you eat? I did a blog post here + here about what I normally eat. Drew + I joke that I’m fueled by peanut butter balls + chicken. My main food theory is moderation, wait to splurge until it is something you are truly going to enjoy + don’t eat anything in the break room at work (aka sweets) 😉
What protein/supplements do you take? I’ve been on AdvoCare for over 5 years now. I love the products + feel great taking them. Spark + Meal Replacement Shakes are my favorite products. SO many people have reached out to me about representing other brands, even though I don’t mention AdvoCare very much…I’m very happy with the products + not looking to make any changes.
Any tips for nightshift? Yes, prioritize your sleep. It is okay to say no to things that won’t jive well with your nightshift schedule. Also, you have black out curtains…right? Eat well + drink a lot of water. Don’t let staying up during the night negatively influence your healthy habits. Also, get off of nightshift as soon as you can 😉 I feel SO much better now that I don’t have to do them very often.
If you have any more questions feel free to email me or leave them on my Instagrams! I’ll do another round up of questions next month.