Friday, April 26, 2013

Mama Cat's milky cookies

Today's Foto Friday is a bit different. I decided to share with you a local (to me) Mummie who is making a Nummie difference in the breastfeeding world! (and of course... share some FOTOS!!)

Mama Cat is a Mummie who relies on breasmilk donors to feed her sweet Nummie Lover. I met Cat in a breastmilk donation group and I was blown away by her dedication. The amazing women who donate to Cat have become part of her family and she wanted to help them in any way she could. So she began making lactation cookie mixes in order to help their breastmilk production. (Sweet right?!) That is how Mama Cat's Milky Cookies was born.

Cat was super awesome to give me one of her mixes, so I could share with my Mummie's Nummie Breastfeeding Circle support group. The day before our meeting, I gathered Pooker and Kit Kat into the kitchen and we began making these cookies!

(I got the White Chocolate Chip and Craisin mix.)

(Out of the bag and into the bowl!)

(Wet ingredients go in!)

(Spoon full... into the oven please!)

(Close up before baking. These cookies are so chunky.... chunk is a plus for me!)

(Fresh out of the oven!)

(Kit Kat and Pooker enjoying their cookie!!!)

(Some of our Mummie Group eating their Mama Cat's cookies!)

What I LOVE about Mama Cat's cookies is they are SOFT and very tasty. I told Cat that the cookies might not have made it to the circle meeting the following day.... I could have eaten them all! (Which is saying something since the batch made 2 DOZEN COOKIES!!!)

Mama Cat's Milky Cookies has ALL of the wonderful ingredients that will help boost your supply and she has had MANY positive outcomes from her Mama customers. Which  means.... they work! 

Mama Cat's Milky Cookie mixes start at $13.00 AND you can add different ingredients to customize your own mix. Need a special order... Mama Cat has you covered! She told me she will make what ever someone needs. AHHHHHH I love that!

So the next time you are in need of some yummy lactation cookies, and can not afford the BIG named cookies.... try Mama Cat! From brownies, cookies, muffins and can bet Mama Cat has it!


Monday, April 22, 2013

Looks like Nummies

Kit Kat has been Nummies free for 4 months and 10 days. (Yes... and 10 days... yes I do know the exact day she stopped... and NAH that is not crazy at all.) But there are times when I realize that our breastfeeding journey is not "ova." Sometimes I realize that a breastfeeding journey (more so a breastfeeding journey with an older toddler) never ends. You see, it is not always "out of sight, out of mind..."

Here let me explain.

1. I can still squeeze breastmilk from my miracle nips. I call them miracle nips because I am still amazed that they are still attached to my boobs. Between the bites, teeth scrapes, nipping (and I mean the ACTUAL NIPPING and not the acronym NIP'ing "Nursing In Public".. although I rocked that too.), the vacuum like suction of an over zealous Nummie Lover that threatened to rip my nipples off, the cracking/bleeding/bruising/years of USE that they went through....and my nipples never once grew legs and ran away.... gives them the RIGHT to be called MIRACLE NIPS!

And yes..... I squeezed them last night... and yes, breastmilk came out. (Not enough to feed an army of littles ones mind you.... but enough to say "YUPP, I STILL GOT ME SOME!")

2. Kit Kat will see a baby and tell everyone "I think she likes Nummies!" as loud as she can....In most cases the baby IS NOT eating anything and we don't actually know if the baby is breastfed. She thinks every baby is on their own breastfeeding journey.

3. Every once in a while, Kit Kat will tell me "Mommy, I want some nummies."
I reply with "Mommy doesn't have any more."
Then with a serious face she says "Yes you DO! They are right there!" as she BANGS on my boobs, gorilla style.
"Kit Kat, those are NOT Nummies... those are my biddys. And that kinda hurts."
Laughing at me she says "Ohhhhh YEAH! I forgot bout that" and proceeds to run away and leave me in the dust. (Thanks Kit Kat. I love you too.)

4. Kit Kat gets all excited when it is the morning of our monthly Breastfeeding Support Circle, because "THE NUMMIES ARE COMING!!! THE NUMMIES ARE COMING!!!!!" Then a sigh of relief when the Mummies show up "Ahhhhhh, the Nummies are here."

5. Some how she instinctively knows what breastmilk looks like. I only pumped 3 times with Kit Kat, and she was VERY young when I did. She was NOT a fan of pumped milk and I had the bruises to prove it. Sooooo she has not actually SEEN breastmilk. BUT she KNOWS what it looks like. Take for example what happened 2 weeks ago. You see in Georgia our Pollen season is OUTRAGEOUS! Just this year we almost hit 10,000 pollen count and if you are Pollen educated... you know a Pollen count of 100 is considered HIGH! So our 9,000+ count is CRAZY and our normal. (We do not paint the town RED... nope. Here in Georgia we paint the town YELLOW.)

Anyway, I was giving the girls a new allergy medicine, which was white.

Kit Kat looked at it and said "Ohhhh that looks like NUMMIES!!!!!"
Hmmmmm.... okay. Kit Kat's street name is "Krazy K"... so I let that one slide. But her next comment took the cake.
She drank it and screamed "AND IT TASTES LIKE NUMMIES TOO!!!! OH YUMM!"

You see...... Object Permanence at its finest!

So no matter if you are breastfeeding now or have in the past...  ROCK IT! (Because your little one will... and it is always better to rock out with someone else!!)


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Parenting the QBQ way giveaway

Parent. Not many words come with a HUGE list of definitions. The word parent comes with a list a mile long! From "the best years of your life" to "the most frustrating time of your existence," the word PARENT brings happiness, a sense of amazement and earth shattering embarrassment.

I am not perfect, and I know I am far from the perfect parent (if there even is such a thing.) And I am always looking for ways to get better. Not better for me.... but better for my girls. They deserve the very best of every person they come across... and sometimes (more times than I admit to) I struggle with the realization that I am not as perfect as I want to be. I get upset when they choose not to listen, I get embarrassed when they act like uncivilized beasts in public, I get frustrated when Kit Kat pees OUT of the potty for the tenth time in one day (the girl has a stream that would impress the most manly man!)

 I giggle at the "LolliPop Guild" voice Kit Kat has....
(It really is priceless!)
It brings tears to my eyes when Pooker shows how big her heart is, the way she cares about others is nothing short of inspiring. My heart aches when I think about my life without my miracles. The simple fact that Pooker was our 3rd pregnancy in 11 months and Kit Kat is part of a twin who never had the chance to fully live... that they were strong enough to remain in my body for 9 full months, when their 3 angel siblings were not, is nothing short of miraculous. It effects me in ways I can not explain when I get upset at them. They are amazing miracles that deserve to be around happy, loving people every second of their lives. I feel less of a parent when I do not give them what they deserve.

But.... I am human. I am not happy every second of every day. And sadly, I sometimes loss my cool around them. 
I can blame that on my parents, lord knows I have issues due to my up bringing. But regardless of how I was raised, I am an adult now. I make my choices. Regardless of the emotional abuse I went through as a child.... I know better. I know enough to not be around my parents and to not allow my children to know people like them. But sometimes, just sometimes, I look back at my actions and think "That is my dad!" And that scares me immensely. 

Sometimes we get caught up in our actions and daily'isms. Sometimes it takes something to make you think. Something that is filled with common sense.... but still makes you go "Ohhhhhh YEAH! That makes so much sense!" Even if you have already thought about it.... actually seeing it in print coming from another source just makes a difference. 

A simple book that is filled with other ways to look at situations. 
Children are children. There is not much we can do about that. They deserve to be children.... they will only be children for a small amount of time. But instead of "blaming" the negative side of parenting on the children, QBQ asks parents to look within. To ask YOU why your children are acting the way they are. Instead of saying "Why are you doing this to me??" Try to ask yourself "why are they acting this way? What can I do that will make this better?"

The main goal with Parenting the QBQ Way is to look within, instead of outward. A simple concept, really. 
Every child is different, every parent is different, every parenting style is different. The key is to find the best style to parent YOUR children. Sometimes seeing words in print makes them clearer than thinking them in your head. 

Parenting the QBQ Way is filled with parenting situations from a nightmare on an airplane (nightmare for the child involved!) to sisterly love'ish drama. In every story there is a point where you see what went wrong (and even cringe at some).... It is easier looking in from the outside than it is looking in from inside! Just the simple aspect of it gets you thinking...... all it takes is a thought to begin a change. Just one single thought.

From this book I realized I can stop and take a breather. I can LOOK in and see what is happening, why it is happening and how I can (attempt) to correct it. No one is perfect. And that is okay. All I want is to be better for my babies. And taking a moment to see why something is happening is a huge step in correcting it. (Again... common sense factor.... but I was surprised by how I forgot that. I hold an Early Childhood Development Education Degree..... and yet I forgot this simple skill.)

Parenting the QBQ Way asks you to complete a simple task. A task so simple I kind of laughed at it, at first. But then I thought about it (there is that word THOUGHT again...) What better way to see what is inside of a child's mind than to ASK them. Simple right? The question is "What can I do to be a better mommy/daddy for you?" I thought I knew what the answer was going to be.... If you ask a child what you can do to be better (my children anyway) the words more candy and juice come to mind.... But the answers that came out of my children's mouths.... brought the sun into my house.

"What can I do to be a better mommy?"
Pooker (5 years old):
"Love me, kiss me and snuggle with me.... but you do that already mommy."

Kit Kat (3 years old)
"buy another mommy..."

With my oldest, I realized that even with my faults.... in her eyes I am the best mommy for her (right now.) With my youngest.... everything revolves around stores...... My sweet Kit Kat, not everything can be purchased. :-)

If you are interested in reading Parenting The QBQ Way.... I have TWO copies to giveaway!!! Thank you to John Miller and Kristin Lindeen, (father and daughter team) for writing and sponsoring this giveaway.

Good luck!!!!


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