Tuesday, February 28, 2012

AAP updates breastfeeding recomendation

In previous recommendations, The American Academy of Pediatrics (The AAP) recommended an infant be exclusively breastfed (meaning no solids.. and if can be helped no formula) for 4-6 months. However, they have now updated their own recommendation. They are now recommending "exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months." They continue to recommend that Mummies continue "breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant."

In the article, The AAP brings up weight and size for breastfed babies as well. I am so happy that they included this.... Because most Pediatricians use the wrong weight/growth chart for breastfed babies. Most breastfed babies are compared to formula fed babies and their growth rates.... but breastfed babies grow at a far different rate than formula fed babies. The AAP states "Infant growth should be monitored with the World Health Organization (WHO) Growth Curve Standards to avoid mislabeling infants as underweight or failing to thrive." This is super important to know and understand. The "normally used" growth chart has formula fed babies in mind. If you compare a 3 month old breastfed baby to a 3 month old formula fed baby..... their weight differences could potentially be massive. In a  3 month old 2-3 pounds can mean a whole lot! Since babies are monitored with percentages..... these percentages can be
Take Pooker for example (she had "weight gain" problems at a young age.) At three months old she weighed 11 lbs. So according to the formula fed growth chart she was in the 10% but for the breastfed growth chart she was in the 15%.  When you look at it, for a small baby, 5% can mean the difference in being labeled "Failure to Thrive" and being considered healthy-but small.

All in all.... I am super happy about the changes the AAP has made in their breastfeeding recommendation. BUT... do not be afraid to take a copy of the WHO growth chart with you, on your next Pediatrician visit. It might come in hand! Or just book mark your fav breastfeeding page (Mummie's Nummies!) for a reference!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Foto Friday

"Foto" Friday is a play on phrase for Photo Friday. I take a million pictures each week, well maybe not a million...... but A LOT! So I thought it would be nice to share my favorite picture from the week. Each Friday, I will post one picture and each "Foto" will include a small caption. Some pictures will be related to breastfeeding, while others will not. I hope you enjoy "Foto Friday!" Do you like "Foto" Friday? Well come on over to our facebook page and our Facebook Group "Mummies Nummies Group" and join in! I love seeing your "Fotos."

This week Pooker and I took a late night trip to the Emergency Room. She had an allergic reaction to eye drops (for Pink Eye) and I about freaked out. She was covered with red, itchy hives. One spot was so bad it went from her shoulder to her wrist and she looked like she got burnt. So this picture was taken while she was being treated (She looks terrible, right?! HAHA. She was to the point of giddiness she was so tired.) After some benedryl and a steroid she was back on the mend.  

I created this scrapbook page using my My Memories Scrapbook Program. 

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Breastmilk for ear infections

We have heard how breastmilk is a cure for most. How, in most cases, it is simply "liquid gold."  I did a post back in July 2010 on other ways to use breastmilk. I will be honest and say that I have not tried breastmilk as a cure for anything other than.... well hunger and perhaps wounded nipples.

BUT I have come to a point, in my parenting life, where I am OVER ear infections! Poor Kit Kat had her first ear infection at 5 days old. (I KNOW RIGHT! Poor Nummie Lover!) At that point we were told that since she was so young (under 6 months) and had her first ear infection.... she would most likely be prone to them. (Oh happy day. Pooker went 19 months without a single ear infection.... and poor Kit Kat only had 5 days!)

Well.... truth be told.... the pediatrician was correct. My poor Kit Kat has had 5 ear infections (I think... give or take) and I am OVER the antibiotics! 

Where exactly am I going with this, you might be asking? Well Kit Kat DOES NOT have an ear infection (at the moment) but I fear one is coming. Kinda like you can see the tornado clouds looming in the distance, or hear the gust of wind coming before you feel it. You see.... earlier in the week Pooker came down with pink eye and an ear infection. (I was SHOCKED about the ear infection... the girl NEVER showed signs. She even told the Pediatrician that her ear didn't hurt.) So... being the Mummie I am, I asked her to check out Kit Kat's ears..... 'Cause what one has the other has! Well (luckily) Kit Kat's ears were good and she showed no signs of pink eye. 

BUT this morning...... she woke up with a cough. Yes, the dreaded cough! The cough that tells you, "something ain't right and something might be-a-comin'!" 

After TWO horrific (never before seen) allergic reactions to TWO separate eye drop medicines, an E.R visit and two Pediatrician visits (all for Pooker and ALL this week) this Mummie has had all she can handle! 

So I decided something, I decided action needed to be taken. Poor Pooker is on an antibiotic, a steroid and benedryl (The last two for her "never before seen or heard of " reaction to the two different eye drops.) I am not about to have both of them be on medicine again (that happened two months ago!) 

I decided to take preventable action! 

This morning in the shower I hand expressed (my possessed breast pump does not work anymore.) Now, this may not look like much.... (in all honesty it is not) BUT I am not using it as nourishment. OH NO! I am using it to PREVENT another darn ear infection in Kit Kat!  

Some people laugh when they hear this, while others freak out. But there is a large group of mummies who SWEAR by it! So here is what I will be doing. Kit Kat will get one drop, per ear, two times a day. If she does not get an ear infection then I will deem that as a SUCCESS!!! (I am also adding in some Probiotics, to her yogurt, just in case. 

 As always.... I will keep you posted! Keep those Nummie makers crossed for us! (or you can cross your fingers..... either way.)


Monday, February 20, 2012

Garmastan nipple cream ad

I really do not know how to begin this post. I have been sitting her for ten minutes thinking "how do I start this? Where do I even begin?" Well I still have no clue, so I guess I will begin with the image I am posting about.

(The following is what happened inside my mind when I saw the above ad.)

"Awwwwwwww! A Mummie holding her Nummie Lover! How sweet. Look at that chunky Nummie Lover.... Ummmmm... wait. What is wrong with her Nummie Maker? Oh the magazine censored the advertisement. Wait... what is this ad for anyways? Oh COOL! It is for a nipple cream called Garmastan. So awesome to see a magazine promoting breastfeeding. Wait.... what IS wrong with her Nummie Maker? What in the world is in the Nummie Lover's mouth? Oh good Nummie Makin' grief! It is a piece of paper from the Mummie's nummie maker! WHAT IN THE WORLD? "

(Then I saw the below picture.)

"Oh. My. Good. Gravy. The Nummie Lover ripped off the nipple!" (Then the item that is being advertised pops in my head again.... NIPPLE CREAM. That is when it hits me...) "Oh. My. Good. Gravy. The Nummie Lover RIPPED off the nipple! NIPPLE CREAM!!! BWWWAAAHAAAHAAAA! That is so funny!"

I saw this advertisement from The Alpha Parent. Thankfully she was able to do a bit of digging and found where this ad originated from.

Title: Torn Nipple.
Advertiser: Armila
Agency: MILK (Vilnius)
Country: Lithuania

Now...... I have no problem with the ad. I really don't. I think it is actually pretty funny and creative! BUT what I do have a problem with is the caption on the ad. The caption reads: “BREASTFEEDING HURTS”. The small-print on the ad reads: “See, your baby is hungry 12 times a day, and that much of breastfeeding makes your nipples very sensitive. They become sore and may even crack. But it will not be a torture if you use Garmastan before and after the feeding”.

I want to be fair here. Breastfeeding CAN hurt..... BUT if it does hurt then something is not right. May it be an incorrect latch, infection, biting or just the plain ol' "getting acquainted period." I will be honest....I had some nipple issues with Pooker. The girl did not know how to suck. PERIOD. She had no idea what to do or even how to do it. We had improper latch issues CONSTANTLY! My nipples were bruised... I am talking purple and black! I had some cracks (luckily no bleeding....THANK YOU!) and I did use my Lanolin cream. So I have kinda "been there.... done that." But to me... this ad is kinda scary. Using the word "torture" while talking about breastfeeding..... WHOA Mummie! I am sure there are a good number of Mummie's who would classify breastfeeding as torture.... but to promote your BREASTFEEDING related item AND use the word "torture"..... to me that is not the best way to reach out to your potential clients..... IF YOU ARE SCARING THEM AWAY!

Now I am not saying that I would have rethought breastfeeding, if I saw this ad before my Nummie Lovers were born. 'Cause it would not have made me re think that, not one bit. BUT I think it would have put the fear of pain in me! But I am sure that if you are on the fence, regarding breastfeeding, this might be enough to tip you to the "NO CAN DO" side. OR you might find yourself buying all the stock in this company that you can afford.

Either way..... for me...... I give an A+ on creativity (Come on.... the whole page stuck together until you tear it apart and Nummie Lover is holding "the nipple" in his mouth. That is creative! .... but an F- on the wording. Using the word "torture" is in bad taste.... pun intended!

Sound off Mummies....... are you against this ad, semi for it (like me) or for it 100%?


Friday, February 17, 2012

Foto Friday- Meet the gang

"Foto" Friday is a play on phrase for Photo Friday. I take a million pictures each week, well maybe not a million...... but A LOT! So I thought it would be nice to share my favorite picture from the week. Each Friday, I will post one picture and each "Foto" will include a small caption. Some pictures will be related to breastfeeding, while others will not. I hope you enjoy "Foto Friday!" Do you like "Foto" Friday? Well come on over to our facebook page and our Facebook Group "Mummies Nummies Group" and join in! I love seeing your "Fotos."

This week we took a family "Foto"...... If you were peaking in our windows, you might have gotten a laugh. This was taken in our kitchen with our 10 second self timer set on our camera. I had to run into place, get everyone set and smile. Well.... it almost worked! Kit Kat thought daddy was more interesting! Hehe. BUT it is my favorite family shot so far.

I created this scrapbook page using my My Memories Scrapbook Program. 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Oprah Winfrey and Breastfeeding

WOW! I never thought, not in a million years, I would say what I am about to say. (Well okay.... type.) I am about as Giddy as I can get when you combine a celeb and breastfeeding. Okay... so are you ready? Ready to read what I never thought I would EVER type.... I mean the thought has never entered my brain... but I am about to type it....right.....now........

Oprah Winfrey is seen holding a Georgia Statewide Nurse-In Flyer (the flyers yours truly created)!!!!!!!! That is correct Mummies...... Oprah Winfrey is seen supporting breastfeeding! "Oh but where is the proof" you say? Here comes the real giddy part..... I have not one....... but FIVE proofs!

So here is the story. Last week, Oprah Winfrey visited Kingsland, Georgia for her LoveTown, USA celebration. The head "Mummie" of The Georgia Statewide Nurse-In, Nirvana, and her little Nummie Lovin' daughter went to the celebration. When Oprah Winfrey came up to greet them,  Nirvana's little daughter handed her one of our flyers..... Oprah took it and KEPT it...... and we have the pictures to prove it.

This is so exciting, for everyone involved. To have someone, as well known as Oprah Winfrey, have one of our flyers......the possibilities that could mean for our cause. For EVERY woman's cause to breastfeed in public.... without the fear or threats of being arrested.

As you know, I am working with the ladies to help make a change in our home state. But our home state (as Peachy as Georgia is... pun intended) is not alone. So many other states have a breastfeeding "protective law", that is either not ENFORCED or is found to be "subjective." OR have no law at all to protect breastfeeding Mummies. This is not just our fight, it is not just a state of Georgia problem. It is a national problem.

I am asking for help mummies. Will you sign our petition? Will you help us change our legislature? Will you help us prevent another Mummie being told she "could" be arrested for breastfeeding in public?


Monday, February 13, 2012

Thank you GIVEAWAY!

I have a special place in my heart for all of my readers (AKA "My Mummies.") I also hold a special place for Cookies, then Milk. Last year we were LUCKY to have a review and giveaway with Cookies, then Milk. Not only do they have Lactation COOKIES... but also lactation waffle/pancake mixes, lactation muffin mixes, lactation brownie mixes and hot lactation cereal packets. You can order original mixes, sugar free mixes, gluten free mixes, organic mixes, and dairy free mixes. Cookies, then Milk truly have something for EVERYONE!

Last week, Cookies, then Milk held a photo contest on their Facebook Page. I wanted to show my support, so I posted one of my favorite pictures of Kit Kat and I.
(This is our 24 month milestone picture. One I hold very dear to my heart!)

Then... one of "My Mummies" was super kind and rallied other Mummies to "like" our photo, so ours would win. I was so touched by this.... that I decided to "pay it forward." I decided that if our photo won, then what ever prize was awarded, I would GIVE IT AWAY! Much to my surprise........ it WON! You Mummies voted this picture the winner........ A picture that I love very much, a picture that (to me) captures every special moment, every struggle and every triumph.... Not ONLY with Kit Kat but with Pooker as well. I am truly touched and to be honest very humbled. Thank you all so very much.

Now for the fun stuff! THE PRIZES!!! (YES I did say PRIZES!!) 

You see the winner of the photo contest got THREE mixes of their choice! Now I could just let one winner get all three..... but I thought why not let three Mummies get one mix! 


Anyone 18 years of age or older, living the Continental United States and Canada.


All entries must be made by 6:00 PM (EST) on Friday, February 17, 2012. To be super easy...... all you have to do to enter is comment on this post. Any comment you want. You can type a song, share a story, leave a happy face..... anything you want. All you have to do is comment (MAKE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS so you can be contacted.) 


The winners will be notified by email, listed at the top of this post, on our Facebook page as well as our Google + Page. The winners have two days to contact us with their mailing address or another winner will be selected. The winners will be selected using RANDOM.ORG

We will enter the number of completed comments into the number generator at RANDOM.ORG and the first three numbers it picks are the winners! 

That's all Mummies. Thank you so much for voting for my picture..... this one is for you! 


Friday, February 10, 2012

Valentine's Day Foto Friday

"Foto" Friday is a play on phrase for Photo Friday. I take a million pictures each week, well maybe not a million...... but A LOT! So I thought it would be nice to share my favorite picture from the week. Each Friday, I will post one picture and each "Foto" will include a small caption. Some pictures will be related to breastfeeding, while others will not. I hope you enjoy "Foto Friday!" Do you like "Foto" Friday? Well come on over to our facebook page and our Facebook Group "Mummies Nummies Group" and join in! I love seeing your "Fotos."

This week we did our Valentine's Day "Foto" shoot! I considered myself lucky that Kit Kat not only smiled BUT looked into the camera as well!! hehe

I created this scrapbook page using my My Memories Scrapbook Program. 

My Memories is offering 10 dollars off to Mummie's Nummies readers! Click the link below and use code STMMMS4266 for your discount.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Georgia Nurse-In

Earlier in the week, I posted about a Mummie who makes Nummies, Nirvana and the Georgia Statewide Nurse-In. But I wanted to go a little deeper into that story.

You would expect the safest place to be is a church. You would expect the church to be accepting. You, however, would NOT expect the people within the church to "kick" you out, compare you to a stripper, and threaten to call the cops........ all because you were BREASTFEEDING your baby.

Well...... that is just what happened, a few months back, to Nirvana Jennette. No.... you did not read that incorrectly.... but please feel free to re-read it.....a few times...... makes you more angry each time you read it.... doesn't it? OHHHHH but it gets worse....much worse.

Nirvana decided to call her local police station and ask what would happen, if in fact the church called the police. She ended up calling two police departments. BOTH had HIGHLY upsetting answers. One police department said they WOULD cite her if someone complained about her breastfeeding and they would let a judge figure it out. The second department said that it all depended on which officer arrived at the scene if she would be arrested or charged with "Public Indecency." Nirvana has told me that the officers she spoke with (over the phone) were very nice, but the Sheriff's Department mentioned that the law is completely "subjective", but unless the woman was "running around with her shirt off squirting people with breastmilk, they would not arrest her"...... but the officer did express "concern" if other children were present. Yes.... the state of Georgia has laws protecting breastfeeding mothers.... but it seems as though they are not enough.

This story is hitting the local news stations like WILD FIRE! (As it should!) Here is a video interview with Nirvana telling her story (be on the look out for the paper flyers, two ladies are holding toward the end... I made those! Mummie's Nummies is semi famous! Hehe)

In another interview, Nirvana said "If we are supposed to be in a land of choices, equal rights, why should I stay home or be shunned or put off into a corner because I'm choosing what I think is the best thing for my baby." She also brought up a great point saying, "If we're going to be threatened with you know, you're going to be arrested for breast feeding that is a big deterrent to breast feed."

If the fear of being arrested, while feeding your Nummie lover WHILE out shopping one day, is in your head..... chances are you will be too afraid to breastfeed! OR you will be too afraid to go shopping....... Oh no! Baby will need to eat and I will be shopping.... I don't want to get arrested.... what do I do?! Either a ton of babies will be screaming, out of hunger, or the economy will take an even bigger DIVE since breastfeeding mothers will be too afraid to go shopping (meaning spend money) with their breastfed baby!

As of right now, there are three Nurse-In locations planned (with more in the making.) Below is one of the flyers for the event. One news outlet has said that there will be upward of 300-400 participants at the Atlanta and Savannah locations!

There is a petition, to help establish legislative change for the State of Georgia. Please (PLEASE) sign this petition. There is strength in numbers, I know we can right this wrong....... We just need everyone to help. This is not just a state of Georgia issue. This is an issue in every state, in every part of the world. Georgia can be a starting point.........we can be the first domino to set off the rest of the pack!

Will you help us? Will you be part of this? Will you help current and future breastfeeding mothers feel safe, help them know that they ARE protected, that they do not need to be fearful of being arrested.... just for the simple act of breastfeeding their baby? Will you stand beside fellow Mummies and their Nummie Lovers?

I know I will.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Georgia Statewide Nurse In

We have heard the term MANY times before: Nurse -In.  For breastfeeding Mummie's (past, present and future) the term brings a WAVE of emotion. It means that somewhere out there, a fellow Mummie was either harassed or mistreated while giving her little nummie Lover some Nummies. This can bring out the "Mama Bear" in all of us. But instead of directing it to our Nummie Lovers.... it is directed to the Mummie who needs us.

The term "Nurse -In" is pretty simple. It is a way for breastfeeding supporters to spread education about breastfeeding in public. Most states have laws protecting mothers who NIP (Nurse In Public) but not all states. The ones that do have these "protective" laws may not even enforce them. Which makes the law pointless.

Take a fellow Georgian, (I say "fellow" because we live in the same state) Nirvana. She was told to leave her church (because she was breastfeeding.) She was then told by her local police department that she could possibly be arrested for nursing in public; that the law is subjective.

Then take Cassie, also a fellow Georgian. Cassie was horribly harassed while breastfeeding inside her local Walmart.

Sadly, these kinds of events happen all of the time, all around our county and around the world. It is not right and it needs to change. It takes people who are willing to stand up to help make a change, people like Emma Kwasnica, Jessica Lister,  and Michelle Hickman. I am HAPPY to add Nirvana and Cassie to that list. Here is why:

We (I say "we" for a reason... and I will explain why in a bit.) are creating a statewide Nurse-In for the state of Georgia. In March 2012, a Nurse-In is planned for many parts of Georgia. We are gathering at courthouses and other state buildings in multiple Georgia counties. Our goals are simple:

*To establish legislative change in the State of Georgia, so that breastfeeding is exempt from all claims of public indecency. (The way public indecency legislation is currently written and left open to interpretation a mother could be arrested for indecent exposure. Currently Georgia state law allows a mother to nurse her child anywhere that mother and child have permission to be, but a law without enforcement protects no one.) New legislation shall also provide for a civil protective action for anyone subjecting a nursing mother to harassment or discrimination in violation of the current breastfeeding state law as well as protecting the mother from all indecent exposure laws.

*To have an official statement from the Governor in full support of breastfeeding and that the government supports mothers to do this in any way the mother is comfortable.

*To support various other organizations that normalize breastfeeding in all aspects of life (Mummie's Nummies, You Can Breastfeed Here, and North West Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition to name a few.)

There is a petition (that I hope all of My Mummies will sign, regardless of where you live) to help gain support, as well as a Facebook Group Your State Nurse-In, where you can go for more information.

Now for the"WE" part. I am HAPPILY involved in this Statewide Nurse-In! Below is the flyer I created for the Georgia Statewide Nurse-In. These flyers will be handed out to spread the word about the Nurse-In.

And these flyers (below) will be handed out, at each location, to the members of the Legislatures. 


Mummies.... we need your help. Not just those of us who live in Georgia.... but every Mummie.... everywhere. If we can make the Law more supportive here...... other states will (hopefully) follow! Spread the word, sign the petition, share this post, share the flyers, contact your Legislature. Do what ever you can.

You all rock, but you already knew that!


Friday, February 3, 2012

Foto Friday

"Foto" Friday is a play on phrase for Photo Friday. I take a million pictures each week, well maybe not a million...... but A LOT! So I thought it would be nice to share my favorite picture from the week. Each Friday, I will post one picture and each "Foto" will include a small caption. Some pictures will be related to breastfeeding, while others will not. I hope you enjoy "Foto Friday!" Do you like "Foto" Friday? Well come on over to our facebook page and our Facebook Group "Mummies Nummies Group" and join in! I love seeing your "Fotos."

My Pooker started her first EVER school this week.  Yes... Pooker is a big girl now.

I created this scrapbook page using my My Memories Scrapbook Program. 

My Memories is offering 10 dollars off to Mummie's Nummies readers! Click the link below and use code STMMMS4266 for your discount.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mummie's Nummies graduate

What has happened? When did I enter a time warp? What happened to my first miracle Nummie Lover? I remember Pooker's birth like it was yesterday..... but really it was 45 months and 21 days ago. I remember the 41 hours of labor, the 40 minutes of pushing, the WIDE eyed miracle looking straight at me as I pushed one last time.
(Moments after being born... see... WIDE eyed)

(1 day old)

How she NEVER left our room, at the hospital. How could we trust someone with her, when it was a struggle to even have her? The fear of losing her as she stopped breathing at 3 days old. The rush to the Emergency Room, the ride in the Ambulance as they transferred her to Children's Health Care of Atlanta. The battery of tests her little body went through. The health issues, the medicine, the side effects, the Apnea Monitor wires worn 24/7 and the pain she experienced (for so long) at such a young age.

(10 days old. The white and black wires are connected to her chest and to the monitor that would sound when she stopped breathing. Oh yeah, and that is me too.)

Her extreme shyness that lasted for 2 years, the sweet moments only we saw, her silliness we call "Pooker'isms".... everything has been collecting, building to this moment. This day I never thought was coming, the day that was sooooo far in the future...... that is was so out of reach/out of mind. BUT this morning I found the day was here, and I was not ready.

Today my Pooker, the original Nummie Lover started Pre-K.
(Here she is with her big girl book bag and big girl lunch box. Her smile was contagious as was her excitement.)

We have been working for a week now on what to expect on her first big day. She understood that Mommy, Daddy and Sissy would drop her off, at school, but we would come and pick her up. (I even offered a special trip to McDonald's for lunch!)

She woke up this morning with such excitement. She told me "Mommy, I big enough now! I can go to school today!" Then she ran into Kit Kat's room (thankfully she was already awake) and said "KK I am big enough, I can go to school today. You can't, you're not big enough. But we can go to McDonald's after school!" Kit Kat then said "and Mickey too?" (For some reason she thinks McDonald's is where Mickey Mouse lives....maybe she is thinking Donald Duck? I don't know! hehe)

Pooker then asked me "Mommy, will you miss me?" I responded "Of course I will, my love." Pooker: "It's okay Mommy, I will be back."

OH my big girl! What happened! Where did my baby go?
She is acting like she is all ready to leave me.... LEAVE ME! MEEEEE! ME 
How did that happen?

I am happy to announce that as we walked into her classroom, my shy Pooker had returned. She no longer was Little Miss Big Girl, as she clung to my leg. This lasted for about 5 minutes..... then she realized her favorite cousin, Cooper, was there too. (The reason she is in this classroom...... the best way to get her used to not being with Mommy...... give her to "Peeper"..as she calls Cooper.)
We said our goodbyes and gave hugs and kisses. We waited until she had her back to us (playing with "Peeper") and we left. (Okay well I say "left" but I hung outside the door......waiting. Waiting for a sign, a cry, a whimper, anything.) But there was nothing. So I took a few more steps.... and repeated the above "leaving" process.

With my chin quivering...... I followed my husband and Kit Kat out the door and down the steps. Listening to Kit Kat say "That not fair!" as her legs were too short to easily manage the steps. (hehe....)

We all (minus Pooker) got in MeeMee (the mini van) and I sat there for a few seconds. "Are you going to be okay?" my husband asked. "Yup." More chin quivering. "Oh man..." he responded.

Yes, I did put MeeMee in reverse and drive away. (It took everything I had.) Only to hear my husband say "That window is  her classroom. She is in that window.".......More chin quivering and nose sniffs.

It is now 15 minutes before we leave to pick her up...... I feel like I have ants in my pants. Kit Kat has been asking "Where's Josy?" all morning. She is not used to this change either. OH MAN!! I just realized....I will have to go through this with Kit Kat?! OH HECK NO! How much is the "stop the whole growing process" bubble and where can I get it?!

** Disclaimer. I have worked with children most of my working life. I have been the teacher who calmed the sad and grieving parents. I have been the one to assure them that their baby would be safe (with me.) But their baby was in my care.... I knew they would be safe. But now... I am that parent. I am the one who is freaking out. My baby is in someone else's hands. Someone else is taking care of Pooker, keeping her safe, teaching her. It is my turn to put my first most precious cargo in someone else's hands. As a parent.... that is one of the hardest things to do.**

Our world just got a whole lot bigger.

Time to go get my baby..... I think I will be waiting in the car line for a while...... I see us being pretty early! (Or running in the building screaming "WHERE'S MY BABY POOKER?!!!")