Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Taking care of Mummie

Last week was......well....interesting? I have been MMIA (Mummie Missing In Action) for over a week.... and I can FINALLY explain why. I am FINALLY feeling better and at the point I can explain my absence. (Although if you are a "friend" of mine on FB you may already know part of the story.)

 So let's begin way back in the day.... when I was 13 years old I was "diagnosed" with Vasaovagal Syncope. Basically passing out, with no other health issues. My trigger is food...... not enough of it and too long in between meals. I say "diagnosed" because only blood was tested... and not the actual test was given. Fast forward 18 years (18 years...Holy Mummie's Nummies... really 18 years?! PLEASE tell me my math is wrong! Oh man.... it's not wrong.....) and we are at Friday July 20. I only had a piece of toast for breakfast, as we were going out to eat breakfast with some family before shopping, STUPID I know...... I should have known better. We were just about to our location when I began to feel very sick. I grabbed a hold of my husband (who was driving) and told him I was going to pass out. There was nothing he could do, but be there for me. Sure enough a few moments later I gave my warning of "I'm going out now" (nice warning huh? Seems to be my catch phrase when I pass out.) and down I went.

My husband parked the truck and tried to "revive" me... but he was unable to. A few smacks, water in the face and some vigorous shaking did nothing. I remained out while sitting in his truck, for what was 3-5 minutes. I finally came to with the help of some Coke and some Mellow Yellow? (Never had it before and I can't tell you what is so mellow about the yellow...... but it seemed to help.) What was so different about this "episode" was that I was out for more than a few seconds, I had "seizure like" shaking just as I went out, and (my most embarrassing moment) I lost bladder control.

 So with help, I was able to walk to the store bathroom and try to regain myself. (BIG thanks goes out to my SIL who helped dry my pants off with the air blowers in the bathroom. Nothing says "I Love You" like drying off some one's pants after they pee-peed on them self.... and then saying "Throw your panties away." Yeah I think we had ourselves a bonding moment.) We had breakfast and I had a nice relaxing shopping trip, wheel chair bound and escorted by my husband. (Hey... we were buying bedroom furniture...... I mean come on! I wanted that King Size Bed! It is a KING SIZE BED!)

 I recovered fairly well over the weekend, but decided to call my doctor on Monday morning. Just before calling I began to feel sick again......So they got me right in. My husband came home and took me to the doctor, where I had a semi episode there. Blood pressure dropped to 90/60.  My doctor was concerned so they called EMS and off I went to the hospital. After CRAZY amounts of tests.... I was admitted, as they found no reason for my episodes.

I was able to say good night to my little loves, via video chat. That was hard........ for the first  night I could not hug or kiss them good night. Yes.....very hard.

(Here I am in all my Yucky Glory)

 Here is a breakdown of what they did:
Cat Scan
Blood tests (12 viles in all)
Blood pressure monitoring (constantly)
MRI (That was bad!)
Artery sonogram
Heart sonogram
Neurologist visit

Everything was normal (well test wise... I clearly am not normal!) They were concerned a Seizure may have occurred.... but tests said nothing did, which was GREAT NEWS. So after being in the hospital for 2 days (and all bruised to prove it).... I was sent home with an appointment to go back to see a Cardiologist and have a Tilt Table Test done.

 Skip ahead one day and in we walk for the dreaded Tilt Table Test. Now I could not eat 4 hours prior to the test (test was at 8 am)... can we say TRIGGER!!! No food is my trigger.... so I was feeling pretty sick. Blah blah blah..... getting me ready...... blah blah blah..... more IVs (could not find a good vein since they went all "vampire" on me at the hospital)..... blah blah blah.... more blood pressure monitoring.... and here we go......... I was given a pill to lower my blood pressure (to try and induce an episode)......... a few moments later blood pressure was 60/40 and out I went. They lowered the table back down, I came to and blood pressure went back up. TADA positive confirmation of Vasovagal Syncope!

So no big surprise there... we "knew" I had it... but we now had a 100% confirmation.

So here is what I have to do:
NO skipping meals
NO small meals unless I snack every 3 hours with small meals
MORE salt in my diet (FRENCH FRIES ANYONE?!)
Drink more than just water, my body needs electrolytes. I am a water person...... but my body needs more it seems.
Continue taking my Zoloft, as it helps control Vasavagal Syncope. (OOPS... oh yeah I have been on Zoloft for 4 months now... CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG! I will share that story as well...... 'Cause I am not alone and neither are you!)

The big key is managing and controlling my episodes, they are not life threatening... unless I hit my head when I pass out. But I have a good 1-2 minute warning before anything really happens..... so I can always prepare for it (or try to avoid it.)

So what IS Vasavagal Syncope?
It is the most common cause of fainting. Vasovagal syncope occurs when your body overreacts to triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress (Or for me.... food.) The trigger results in vasovagal syncope — a brief loss of consciousness caused by a sudden drop in your heart rate and blood pressure, which reduces blood flow to your brain.

Symptoms are:
Skin paleness
Tunnel vision .Your field of vision is constricted so that you see only what's in front of you
Feeling of warmth (My blood feels like it is boiling and always starts in my arms)
A cold, clammy sweat

Vasovagal syncope occurs when the part of your nervous system that regulates heart rate and blood pressure malfunctions in response to a trigger, such as the sight of blood (or again lack of food.) Your heart rate slows, and the blood vessels in your legs widen. This allows blood to pool in your legs, which lowers your blood pressure. This drop in blood pressure and slowed heart rate quickly diminish blood flow to your brain, and you faint.

Common triggers for vasovagal syncope include:
Standing for long periods of time
Heat exposure
The sight of blood
Having blood drawn
Fear of bodily injury
Lack of food

Now since I was out for so long (as I was unable to lay down) it has taken a MUCH bigger toll on my body than normal. Today is the first FULL day I have felt more "normal" and like myself.  So woot woot to that!

I missed my babies, I missed being home, I AM SO not going through that again. Sometimes it takes a little kick in the booty butt to make you remember to take care of Mummie. Our bodies are important as well and so many people rely on us to be healthy. I guess I needed that little kick....... but mark my words..... I will NOT make that mistake again!

Remember to take care of YOU or your body might be doing some Booty Butt kicking!
Oh it does feel good to be back!


Monday, July 30, 2012

World Breastfeeding Week 2012

I am BACK! and I am BACK just in time! I was MIA last week, due to a medical issue (which I will share with you all........ later), but I am doing MUCH better now and it is a good thing! World Breastfeeding Week is almost upon us, The Big Latch On is only days away...... and the world does not stop for health issues!

Just this morning I was interviewed for a local AM radio station WBHF1450.... my first ever on air radio interview! I was so nervous! But so excited that they wanted to talk to me about The Big Latch On. What a great way to spread the word to my community!

My (awesome, amazing, supportive) husband even RECORDED it for me! (I heard you go "awwww!") He did not tell me he was doing this...... but I knew he was listening (VIA internet)....... pretty special huh?

SO here it is...... Mummie's first radio interview!

(Oh and please pardon my slip up of AARP and AP...... I MEANT to say AAP! But you will see what I mean!)
**You may need to turn up your volume......**


Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Boobs Have Sung

A breastfeeding journey breakdown:

974 days
23,376 hours
5,994 times you nursed (roughly)
101 times you got breastmilk'ed in the face
99 times I got breastmilk'ed in the face!
5 times your diaper "exploded" on me while you were latched on
6 times you tried to "eat" from daddy
3 bottles you threw at me when I "tried" to give you pumped Nummies
2 sippy cups you threw at me when I tried to give you pumped Nummies
2 inches: the length you got my Nip to
8: the number of breastmilk streams I saw at once
7 weeks: age when you stopped nursing at night and slept all night
24 months: our original goal
32 months.......... how old you were when YOU decided you no longer wanted your Nummies.

Yes, it is true. Kit Kat has self weaned. I need to type that again...... Kit Kat has SELF WEANED!! (Can I type it once more?) KIT KAT HAS SELF WEANED!!!

Am I sad? no.
Am I happy? no.
Am I proud? YES.
Do I miss it? No......Yes......No......Yes....NO... YES....... NES (We shall go with NES......combo of NO and YES.)

The journey we have rocked, is nothing short of amazing, exhausting, wonderful, frustrating, perfect, painful, funny, crazy, soothing......I could keep on going. In the 32 months, of our breastfeeding journey, I (WE) have experienced EVERY possible emotion. And we experienced them all TOGETHER.

My BIGGEST supporter has been Kit Kat herself. The way she looked at me when it was time to eat, the way she said "I wan eat you", the giggles, laughs and waves (yes waves! She loved to wave at her Daddy while she was latched on!)...... all of her "Kit Kat'isms" are the reason we made it to our goal (and then some.) She was my biggest supporter (followed by my amazing husband!) Kit Kat is the equivalent to the BIGGEST fan holding the big #1 Foam hand, stomping her feet on the bleachers, "hooting" and pumping her free fist at sport games. Yes...... she was what kept me going.

So if you do not mind......I have written a letter to my sweet girl. My hope is that one day, she will read this and understand what our journey meant. That one day she will experience her very own journey (with her own Nummie Lover)......one day have her very own biggest supporter.

A letter to my sweet Kit Kat,

From the moment I knew you were growing in me......I loved you. I loved you from day 1. I wanted nothing more than to keep you OVERLY safe and give you the best I could. Even before you were bigger than a bean...... I knew we would rock our breastfeeding journey together. I set pretty high goals for us, which is against what "they" say. But, my little Lover Bean...... you stepped right up the plate. Our first experience lasted for 2 hours! You latched on RIGHT away.... and refused to let go! I knew then........ we would met our goal. There were times you wanted sleep more than Nummies......and I of course got nervous! But when you were ready...... you were READY! You expected me to be ready and available at the exact moment, and if I was not.............. well let's just say it was not pretty. I learned VERY quickly you were not one of many patience. And my sweet love...... you are the same way to this day. But I would have it no other way.

I was asked many times when I would "stop" you from breastfeeding. Never once did we waver...... "when she is done, then we will stop" was my answer. It seems you have made it to your finish line. You did it at your own pace, you ran your race and you came in first. I only wish I could give you a medal........as I feel you so very much are deserving of one.

I want to thank you. Probably not something you would expect me to say. But thank you, Kit Kat. You  are an inspiration to me. You proved to me that it CAN be done, a newborn can nurse....an infant can nurse..... a talking toddler can nurse. It can be done...... and it is a natural progression. You taught me to be proud of my decisions, of my choices. You have shown me that I can be the parent I want to be...... that going with your "mummie gut" can be done.... and should be done.

Breastfeeding is more than providing nutrition, it is an accomplishment, a confidence booster/creator. Something that only I was able to give you........ in a way, it was my special gift to you. You allowed  me to give you this special gift, and I will forever remember every moment we shared. 

Today, as you woke up and said "Mommy, I no want to eat. I want some water" I knew our journey had reached its ending point. When I told daddy (and you have an amazing Daddy!) he looked at me with concerned eyes and asked if I was okay. I looked at you as you walked around the living room, as happy as can be, and I realized........ I am "okay." I am more than okay. I may have tears in my eyes...... but they are not tears of sadness..... they are tears of accomplishment, tears of pride. Will I miss our moments? Yes. But they will never be forgotten. You have self weaned. We did it on our terms and we did not let others decided our journey. My baby is growing and I know I gave you the best possible start. 

Thank you my sweet Kit Kat...... Thank you for being you and allowing me to rock the breastfeeding journey with you. You are my rock star and today.... you are a Nummie Lover Graduate. Throw that cap HIGH into the air, my little love. You deserve it.


Monday, July 16, 2012

A reason to celebrate


Kids love them.
(Okay.... so this is a bad example.... sorry Kit Kat!)

The older generation gets a kick out of them too. 
(See "foto" below...... we had a surprise birthday party for my Great Aunt in-Law a few weeks ago...... she cried!)

But what about the other folks?

You see..... tomorrow (July 17) is MY birthday! (WAHOO...... let the singing begin!)

This may surprise you.... but I LOVE birthdays! No.... it has nothing to do with cake or presents (...... or even the fact that I get a day off from the dishes)...... it is more special than that. (I know, I know.... more special than no dish duty??!!)

To me.... birthdays are a chance to look back (REALLY look back) on what you have done, what you have created, where you have come from and where you have gone. It is a day to celebrate YOU and your MOMMY and DADDY. 

(Now..... my mommy and daddy are not around. No... they are very much alive...... but could care less about me and our beautiful girls. Don't have pitty on me. I have tried to get them to care-- But over the years (MANY birthdays) I have come to realize I can not change them or make them care. They have lost out on so many years (ten years now) and I am OKAY with it now.)
BUT if I did have a Mommy and a Daddy (biological) in my life......my birthday would also be a celebration of THEM.
Who better to celebrate your birthday than with the people who brought you into this world. 

(WOW.... okay so now that you know THAT part of my personal life... sorry I got all deep and stuff) ...... Let's get back on track.

Yes... tomorrow (July 17...in case you missed it) is my birthday! (WAHOO!) I will be 31 years old, I have two amazing daughters, 1 perfect (for me!) husband, and 3 angels in heaven. I have experienced earth shattering heartache, mind blowing happiness. I have seen the good and the bad, the ugly and the most beautiful. I have been outside during a thunderstorm and enjoyed EVERY moment of it. I have hidden in my bed (completely under the covers) because of the GIANT HAND monster who hides under my bed (okay.... no really.... I have done that! Have you ever seen the GIANT HAND monster? Dude..... it is only a HAND! A GIANT, HAIRY ONE!) I have cried to the point of slobbering. I have laughed to the point of crying (and perhaps peeing my pants.) I have LOVED and  LOST but I continue to LOVE. I am loved and hated (but those of you who hate me..... can you not tell me? I mean it IS my birthday after all!) I have met (and shook hands with) Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell (OH YES I HAVE!) I have PRAYED for a moment alone with my husband (without the girls) but then found myself RUSHING back to them because "I can't be away from my babies!"......then PRAYED for another moment alone!

I have made mistakes, been wrong....been correct (more correct than wrong.... but hey, what can I say?) I have been alive for 31 years. I have friends who never got the chance to say that. 

I am happy to celebrate another birthday. Happy I get to celebrate with my wonderful girls and husband. I am happy I get to hear my Uncle and Aunt sing "Happy Birthday to You" tomorrow night (via phone call)....they should be calling at 7 pm!! I am excited I get to use my FREE Starbucks coffee birthday coupon (waiting for my Dunkin' Donuts birthday drink card too!) 

It is the small things in life that really make birthdays matter.....but a yummy cake doesn't hurt!


Birthday Cake

(OKAY.....now THAT is better!)


Friday, July 13, 2012

Moooooo 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."

Today was Dress like a Cow.... Eat for Free Day at Chik-Fil A! Now........ I am a coupon shopping Mummie and a COW freak! So this worked out well for us! I had all of the cow items I needed and was able to make these in a couple of hours. (Now if my sewing machine was WORKING it would have only taken about 30 minutes.....but it was broken, so I had to do it all by hand.) 

And they even had little tails!!! (oh and they switched hats too!)

And I got in on the cow'ness too! I even had cow earrings on!

(Yes...... here is a booty shot! Just have to show off our TAILS!)

And here we are with our newest friends!

Happy Cow Appreciation Day to US!!!!!

P.S. "Mr Mummie" dressed like a semi cow........ 
P.P.S. We got all of our food for free! LOVE THAT!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

How to react to negative breastfeeding comments

There is a popular question, in the breastfeeding community, about how to handle negative comments. Well.... here is how Kit Kat reacts.......... Feel free to use her reaction!

Use phrases like:
"That so funny!" 
"I can't take it anymore!"
And "I gotta got to sleep."

Thanks Kit Kat! As always... you are SPOT ON!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Extreme Breastfeeding Show (NOT!)

Have you heard the news? The creators behind "Bridzillas" and "Dance Moms" are at it again. They are creating a "reality show" called "Extreme Parenting", which focuses on the "debate" for and against weaning children after they turn one.  Although I am afraid what they are calling "reality tv" is a FAR stretch from true breastfeeding REALITY! I can only imagine (and yes I am imagining.... since it has not been aired yet) what the actual "reality" outcome will look like.

(Here is poll, my husband sent me, from Yahoo) This was as of 7:50 am this morning............

I can only imagine how the producers will "spin" this debate and the reactions from the "general" public (you know which "general" public I am talking about.... the ones who can not keep their mouths closed and HAVE to speak against breastfeeding.) If you are at ALL curious at to what people are saying.... read the comments on the article. But I warn you.............. (I will leave it at that....)

The amount of negative fall out from Time magazine "Are you mom enough" was much greater than I expected. I even had family members talk to me about it.... when they normally stay far away from the topic. And I will tell you, that their initial response to the article was negative..... only when I mentioned how "NORMAL" and "RECOMMENDED" it is to breastfeed past two, did they get the  hint and stop talking. But I KNEW they still felt the same way...... just was not going to talk with ME about it.

Breastfeeding Reality Show In The Works

So, my fear is how BADLY this will impacted the breastfeeding community. How FAR will this "reality show" set back the goal of normalizing breastfeeding? How much of a "joke" will this "reality show" make US breastfeeding Mummies look like? AND WHY is breastfeeding PAST one year old considered extreme parenting? What else will be considered "extreme?" Cloth diapering? Homemade baby food? Rear Facing car seats? I mean REALLY! How far will this show go? By the look of the comments on the article.............we are in for a monsoon, Mummies.

That does not mean I will not blow up my inflatable raft, grab our emergency supplies, load up my family, and the MOST important snugglies (lovey blankets) and Pooker's friends (Angelina Ballerina, Jessie from Toy Story and Captain America) and Kit Kat's friends (Mousie, Little Woof Woof and Little Clifford) and ride the storm out....... grabbing everyone who will fit in our inflatable raft as we float on the top!

Because with all storms...... it will pass.

So what do you say.......... wanna ride in our raft?! It is even pink! (It is WAY bigger than this... ever see Mary Poppins' bag? Yeah it is like that!)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Shopping carts...... do's and don'ts

How many times have you seen this scenario? A mummie (or daddy) getting out of the car, going to the backseat and removing a sleeping  newborn from the back. Not wanting to wake the baby, they keep the baby in their infant seat carrier. (Inside you say "AWWWWW! I love me some sleeping babies!) You watch this sweet moment all the way into the store when your smile goes from "Awwww how sweet" to "OH NOOOOOOOO" scared cringe. You watch as they place the infant carrier ON TOP of the shopping cart and walk away.

**If you are lost and wondering why I put "OH NOOOOO", let me explain.**

It is very unsafe to place a baby's seat on top of a shopping cart. Why? (I am so glad you asked! I love when people ask questions!) The answer is it is dangerous...... and it is dangerous for MANY reasons!

I recently came across of blog....... and I fell in love! I thought "what a great way to describe why this is so unsafe!" So let me let Treading Raging Waters explain the rest! (I mean she did such a great job!) When you see PINK that will be my input!

Meet Bob!
 (Hi Bob!!!! I know you are clean.... 'cause I just bleached the GERM out of you!)

Bob is a shopping cart that LOVES to help out with your trip to the grocery store.  See how happy it makes him??
(Awwwwww! So happy!)

The only things Bob loves more than shopping...are BABIES!!

Bob is super excited to help this family get groceries...but wait, what is this...??  Bob is not happy... 
(Poor Bob! But I have to agree with him! I am sad too!)

You see, Bob took a class on car seat safety.  He knows that putting an infant carrier on the top of shopping cart can be very VERY dangerous. 
(Great job Bob! You know your stuff!)

Bob has heard every excuse in the book as to why people put their infant carriers in the top of the shopping cart, even when they have been told time and time again that it was unsafe. 
( :-( )

Bob also knows that anecdotal evidence doesn't get you very far in life.  Just because somewhere down the line, somebody survived this
(Here sharky, sharky, sharky!)

it doesn't make their choices any less idiotic and it DOES NOT mean that it's a good idea for you to do it as well. 
(Yeah...... UMMMM  no thanks! Me no likey sharkys!)

So...without further ado, let's go over some reasons why putting a carrier in the top of a cart is not a safe choice. 

Reason #1

Strollers and infant car seat bases are made so that when they are holding a car seat, the recline angle is between 30 and 45 degrees so that the baby gets an adequate flow of oxygen.

(Humor me/use your imagination, do whatever it takes to pretend this looks like a car seat) 
(Heck, I was impressed!)

However, if I had a dime for how many times I was walking through the grocery store and saw this... 
(Blood rush to the brain, anyone?!)

well, I'd have a lot of dimes.  When the carrier is not at a correct recline angle, the baby's oxygen can be cut off if they are in the carrier for a prolonged period.

**DISCLAIMER** If you don't see anything wrong with the above picture, stop what you are doing, go sit on the couch, prop your legs up on the back cushions and lean back to watch tv for the next hour...then come back and let me know how you feel and how easy it was for you to breathe.
(Go ahead...... I will wait..........)
(Not very comfy, huh?)

Reason #2 
 Having an infant seat on the top of the cart makes it top heavy. Something as simple as rounding a corner too quickly can flip the entire shopping cart over. 
(Many babies have DIED due to falling out of the cart, because of this. A local infant died, after falling out of the cart, when a store employee was pushing the cart for the mother. VERY TRAGIC. It DOES happen!)

Reason #3
While it's already hard to see what is in front of you when you are pushing a shopping cart, adding an infant car seat that sticks up an extra 12+ inches makes it impossible.  You never know what you'll run into or run over when your view is obstructed.

You did it now...you killed Kenny. (while I have never seen South park myself, it was re-enacted one too many times in middle school so it is now permanently etched in my head)
(She SOOOOO did a Who Killed Kenny! OMG!)

 Reason #4
Even if your car seat appears to click (because I hear that all the time... "well mine fits, it even latches on"), it was not made to be up there, it was only made to "click" onto a stroller or car seat base. A small jolt is sometimes enough to un-latch it from the cart and have the entire carrier flip over onto the floor in a matter of seconds. 

Since it was NOT made to fit on a cart, trying to get it to latch on anyway could damage the mechanism that makes it attach to your car seat base. You won't notice that it is defective it until you are flying down the highway and get into a wreck and your child's seat is ejected through the front windshield. However, by then it will be too late.
(Not something ANYONE wants to think about.... but it IS true.)

(pretty self explanatory, I'll spare you yet another of my beautiful drawings)

Reason #6
Every car seat manufacturer specifically says NOT to do it, so why not listen?
(DO people really read those things.... I mean other than my husband and I.... surely there are other paranoid people out there!....right?)

So...let's recap.
(I love me a good recap!)

Regardless of who has done it and who's kids "were fine," when they did it, doesn't mean it's safe.  That's skewed logic.

You could potentially be setting up your child to have a difficult time breathing during your trip to the grocery store.

Your cart becomes top heavy, it could flip! 

A car seat never actually latches on to a cart.

You could damage the latching mechanism and not find out until the seat doesn't perform in crash.

All car seat manufacturers warn against it.

So...what are your other options?
Put your baby's car seat IN THE CART, not ON IT. This is a sure fire way to make Bob super happy!
(I sometimes did this with Pooker AND we did it with Kit Kat. I would put Pooker in the cart seat (with a cart cover..... nasty, dirty carts!)  and shop.  If you are getting a few times this works REALLY well!)

OR (my personal favorite)

You can always wear your baby!

(Also my FAV way to shop! Kinda make the best outfit accessory!)

So there you have it Mummies! A great illustrated explanation of the Do's and Don'ts of shopping carts!
Thank you to Treading Raging Waters for her awesome post! (I kinda snatched them off her site! But I give you MAD props lady!!!!!!) 


Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Big Latch On 2012

World Breastfeeding Week is COMING! Which means.... so is The Big Latch On! If you are new to the idea of The Big Latch On...... let  me explain it. Besides a cute name ('cause it is! The Big Latch On...... so CUTE!) it is also a great way to spread breastfeeding education, awareness,  and support! At every hosted location, Mummies get together at 10:30 am (your local time) and "latch on" for at least one minute. At the end of ALL events (this is a world wide event!) all of the "latched" Mummies are counted. The goal is to break the world record, which currently is 15,128 at 295 sites across the Philippines on 2 May 2007. This event was held last year, and although we did not break the world record, we had a pretty good turn out.

Last year's event had 412 locations, 5 different countries, and 5,687 "latchers."

I hosted my local Big Latch On last year...... and I am so excited to be hosting The Big Latch On in Cartersville again this year! Last year my event had 27 Mummies latch and 68 people attended! We had Future Nummie Lovers, current Nummie Lovers, "graduated" Nummie Lovers, Mummies, Daddies, grandmothers and friends all come and show their support! I was so awe struck by the amount of support our location had...... it was absolutely amazing!

I wanted to share some AWESOME news about our event this year! Not only are we having an INDOOR location...... but it is also SO child friendly! Our location this year is LifeSong Montessori School.... you really can not get any more "child friendly" than that! There are two playgrounds to keep the little ones occupied and you can even visit the Library when you are done (which is located in the same parking area!!)

We also have WONDERFUL sponsors this year! I am going to admit that I am JEALOUS of the winners of our door prizes! OH MY GOSH.......... we have not even started our event and I am already in awe! The companies I have contacted have STEPPED up in some amazing ways! Here is what we have so far: (Now keep in mind that I have MORE door prizes coming in! They just have not come in YET......But when they do I will update this list!!!!!!!!)

Sweetamagoos: Two nursing necklaces and TWO homemade soap bars (ONE winner per prize!)

Bamboobies: THREE sets of cloth breast pads! (THREE winners!)

Sara Diaper Parties: EcoNuts detergent

MaeWares: 1 Reversible Boppy Cover and 1 Wet Bag (1 winner each)

Making Mama's Milk and More: Gift certificate (1 winner)

Zookie's Crafts: 1 cloth diaper and matching Wet Bag (1 winner)

Thirsties:  Set of AIO diapers and hemp inserts (1 winner)

GumDrop Pacifiers: Personalized My Baby GumDrop Paci clip with paci (pink or blue)  (1 winner)

Warm Milk: 2 breastfeeding diaper bags (2 winners!)

HollyDay Designs: $50.00 gift certificate (1 winner)
(This picture is my milk pendant bracelet she made for me! Yes.... that heart is my breastmilk, and personalized with the word "Nummies!") 

Bitty Bottoms: 1 Bumgenius Freetime Diaper, 1 Amber Teething Necklace, Changing Diapers Book (1 winner per prize)

Belmama and Cherub LLC: 1 The Shower Hug (1 winner)

Cookies, then Milk: Lactation cookie mix gift package (2 winners)
(This photo was taken by me, last year. These mixes are AWESOME! This is NOT the prize.... but will  be similar.)

We will also have 40 goodybags! The first 40 Mummies (participating OR pregnant) who sign in will get a goodybag! Now I am still working on these.... but so far we have samples of Rockin' Green detergent, GroVia Tiny Bubbles detergent (From Bitty Bottoms), Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter, and SO many more items that have not arrived just yet. ALSO the first TEN who sign in will get a little something extra in their goody bag..... A special gift from HollyDay Designs!

Oh and don't forget about the FOOD! Yupp.... we will even feed you! Many MANY thanks goes to Publix for sponsoring our event for the second year!

I hope everyone is as excited about The Big Latch On as I am! What a great way to meet other Mummies who feel the same way you do! Such a positive experience for all! If you are too far away and con not come to my event (I understand........ but I would LOVE for everyone to come!) check out The Big Latch On website to find a location near you!


Monday, July 2, 2012

I Like......Breastfeeding

Hi Mummies! I wanted to share a post with you. I am so excited to announce I am a guest blogger for The I Like Book. If you have not heard of The I Like Book........ I think you should take a looky-loo!

These little books are pretty cute....and such a great idea! You simply write down what you "like" about someone, fill in the blanks and there is a book to cherish forever.

There are different kind of I Like Books: The I Like Book for couples, The I Like Book for kids (which comes in different colors) and The I Like Book for women.

I was given an awesome opportunity to be a guest blogger for them...... and of course I HAD to do a breastfeeding topic. (I wouldn't be me if I did anything else!) So check out my post (nicely titled) The I Like........Breastfeeding!

Feel free to comment on the post as well, and share some love for them! (They are AWESOMELY one of my sponsors for The Big Latch On in Cartersville!