A letter to pumping moms

Blonde Mum Diaries

To all my moms who exclusively pump for their little ones,

I know, at first, you feel like a failure. You worry you will be missing that bond with your baby that other nursing mothers have. You blame yourself. I know I did.

I cried, not sure why my little one could not latch. Not sure what to do about feeding my sweet little baby. She depended on me for food, but trying to breastfeed left both of us feeling frustrated…and one of us hungry.

You worry if you are strong and patient enough to continue pumping. Formula would be easier and quicker.  Pumping is time-consuming and frustrating. It hurts, it’s boring, your milk supply is not consistent. It is so extremely hard.

Sitting in a chair, machine on and attached, pumping for 30 minutes….every 3 hours. “Power pumping” for a couple of hours in 15 minute increments in attempts to trick…

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Baby Update: 10 months old!

img_0099We have had quite an exciting month watching Aurora grow and learn! Time is speeding by and she is turning into such a sweet (sometimes sassy) little person.

Height and weight: Not sure about height as we wont get that measurement till her 12 month check up. However, the little chunk is weighing in at around 22 pounds!

Clothing: Aurora is quickly outgrowing 9 month clothing…9-12 months and some 12 month clothing fits. We fit 12 month shorts in the thigh area…the rest is a bit big. Shirts fit in the width, not the length.

Gotta love our chubby little cherub ❤

Sleeping: Aurora likes to fight bedtime, but thanks to Daddy, he found the secret to getting the peanut to sleep…music! He puts on some tunes (of all genres) and off she goes to sleep.

Food: What does this girl NOT eat? She literally loves EVERYTHING! We still have milk every 3-4 hours.

Aurora loves puffs, yogis, and anything mummy and daddy will let her try! She even is getting to eat with the older kids at daycare now for meals and snacks.

A new favourite (introduced by her Gami) is pineapple! Little girl loves her some pineapple!

Noises and sounds: Aurora now says, “mumumu” which obviously is her way of telling me how much she loves me. She also loves to babble and make noises all the time.

Milestones: WE HAVE A CRAWLER! Yes, that is right, as of last week, we have ourselves a little crawler. Let me tell you, that girl is FAST too!

The first thing Aurora crawled to? The dog’s stinky, slobbery toy rope. No need to crawl to your own toys…go get the smelly one the dog chews on. Gross. Oh well, it at least got her crawling!

Now, let all the mischief begin.

Favourite things: Aurora has recently figured out she likes to play “peek-a-boo” with Daddy. Aurora LOVES watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, TMNT, and Peppa Pig.

Aurora loves playing with her friends at daycare…even more now that she can follow them around!

Aurora likes to crawl and touch all the things…even when she is not suppose to. She also loves crawling on/petting Morrison, tickles, cuddles, and bath time.

Featured Image -- 2305Dislikes: Naps (crazy kid..), putting on clothes, not getting attention, and people not sharing their food.

Fun Things
: We had a mini photo shoot with Aurora in some of her cute Disney Baby outfits…she makes a pretty adorable little Snow White.

(You can check out more photos at this link: Disney Baby for life)

Mummy and Daddy’s favourite moments: Mummy LOVED seeing Aurora crawl for the first time, and seeing how much happier she is now that she can get herself around. Daddy also enjoyed seeing Aurora crawl…and he loves Fridays when Aurora stays home from daycare and stays with him!

Our little beauty is getting so big and learning new things daily! Can’t wait to see what the next month holds in store. 🙂

Disney baby for life

Blonde Mum Diaries

This weekend, I decided to have a little mini shoot with Aurora in various outfits I bought from the Disney Baby collection. Needless to say, they are adorable and need to be shared with the World!

Obviously, the first outfit was none other than Minnie Mouse herself. My chunky monkey looks super cute in the little pink polka dot outfit, with matching ears and bow headband.

Since we live in Florida and it’s always a bazillion degrees out, we tried to keep Aurora out of the sunlight as much as possible. Not trying to match the Minnie outfit.

Aurora really enjoyed playing with the pretty pink tutu on this outfit…and I just LOVE her in those ears!!

Next up we had Belle, from Beauty and the Beast.

As we all know, Belle loves to read. So using books in this shot was important! (Were the books from the Twilight…

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Baby Update: 7 months old! 

How is our little baby 7 months old! She is looking and acting less like an infant and more like a little person every day. She lights up a room with her smiles, she is such a special little peanut!
Height and weight : Not sure about height, but this chubby little cherub is weighing around 19 1/2 pounds! Glad we don’t have to worry about her eating habits, clearly she is well fed.
Clothing: The little chunky monkey is wearing 9 month clothing. We try to avoid leggings due to all those little rolls…we don’t want to cut off any circulation. 😉

Sleeping: We have had a bit of a set back with sleeping. Aurora has to fall asleep in our bed, then I am able to move her when we go to bed.
Food: WE LOVE FOOD! Anything we give her to try, she will eat. Baby food, real food, milk…she wants it all in her belly.
Noises and sounds: Aurora is still a very opinionated, chatty baby. She loves talking (very loud) to herself when she wakes up in the morning, which is adorably funny. No real words yet, but I have no doubt she will soon be talking our ears off.
Milestones: Still working hard to try and crawl. Those chubby legs just have not gotten the hang of it yet though.

Aurora is loving swimming in the pool with Mummy…the other day she even went under for the first time and had no problem! Mummy was very proud of her future little fish. 🙂

Favourite things: Aurora loves her TMNT stuffed Donnie which plays the TMNT theme song.She also loves petting doggies and getting them to lick her, loves playing on the floor with her toys, and is starting to really enjoy her Minnie Mouse interactive walker.

And, as all babies, Aurora is loving putting any and all things in her mouth, such as the monthly stickers for her photos.
Dislikes: Aurora honestly does not have many dislikes, she really loves everything and is an overall happy baby.
Fun things!: Aurora is starting daycare in the next couple weeks since Mummy is going back to work summer school! We are so excited for her to make new friends and learn new things.

Aurora has also learned the new trick of unhooking her diaper! Although funny, we can see this causing trouble in the future. 
Mummy and Daddy’s favourite moments: Mummy and Daddy both enjoyed seeing Aurora’s reaction to trying her first lemon…she loved it and wanted more. Getting Aurora to do her high pitched giggle is also a favourite. It is completely adorable and you can’t help but laugh and smile when you see the pure joy she is expressing.

Our sweet little baby is growing so quickly it makes me tear up a little bit. She has so much more growing to do in the next few months, but I can’t wait to see her personality bloom and continue to love her more and more each day.

Baby Update: 6 months old! 

Happy 1/2 a year to our little peanut! The last month has been full of fun with Aurora learning new things and growing so fast! 
Height and weight: Aurora is 25 3/4 inches tall! Which is an inch taller than the last time we got her measures! Most impressive is her little chunky self, weighing in at 18 pounds 5 ounces… Putting her in the 90%! Clearly, she is well fed 😉

Clothing: Aurora is fitting 6-9 month onesies. We have to be careful with leggings and rompers, those thick thighs and leg rolls need room to breathe. 

Sleeping: Baby is still sleeping 12-13 hours a night! Most of the time she sleeps in her crib, apart from the occasional rough night where she ends up with mummy and daddy. 

Food: We love baby food, apart from anything with tart fruits.

We also have tried (and loved) banana, avocado, grits, mashed potato, and peanut butter! 

This little butter ball loves food in general! 

Noises and sounds: No words yet, still just lots of cooing and laughing. 

Milestones: We officially sit all by ourselves! Sometimes a bit wobbly, but overall a good sitter. 

Aurora is still working in the crawling thing, but she can inch worm herself forward some using her face (hilarious). 

Favourite things: Aurora loves sitting up and playing with her toy keys or binky. 

We love when people sing us “Happy and you know it”, it’s the only thing that will magically stop baby from crying. 

Baby loves chewing on people’s (and her own) fingers, as well as noses and chins. 

Aurora makes funny faces, especially when concentrating really hard or investigating new things. 

We still love water, playing with daddy, getting doggy kisses from Morrison, and drinking lots of boob milk. 

Dislikes: Apples, not getting attention, and nap time. 

Fun things!: Aurora had her first airplane experience to go see her Uncle Stuart and cousins! She was a champ! 

Mummy and Daddy’s favourite moments: Mummy’s favourite moment was watching baby try grits from the Seahorse for the first time! That was mummy’s first food so seeing that peanut enjoy that food so much made mummy so incredibly happy! 

Daddy’s favourite thing is how happy she is always is to see him. She sure does love her daddy. ❤️

Our baby is growing up so fast, she is such a beautiful and happy little baby. We are so lucky! 

Baby Update: 5 months old!

Our sweet little peanut is 5 months old! This month she has truly let her personally shine through all her chubby cuteness!

Height & weight: This chubby cherub is weighing somewhere around the 16 pound mark! 

Clothing: Our little chubster is fitting 6 month clothing comfortably. However, due to baby’s thick thighs, mummy and daddy have to keep an eye on leggings being too tight. 😂

Sleeping: Aurora is still sleeping in her crib like a champ! Bedtime is around 8:30 pm and we are sleeping until almost 8 am most mornings.

Not a big napper, but sometimes Peanut enjoys a couple hour nap in the afternoons.

 Food: We introduced the little chub to rice cereal and baby food this month! Rice cereal is tasty and she likes it in her bottle of breast milk.

We LOVE baby food! Carrots, sweet potatoes and peas are our favourites! We are okay with bananas and apples…however, pears are a little tart. Aurora does not like prunes at ALL! (Can’t say I blame her…)

Although we are feeding her more and giving her more than just breast milk, this little peanut still eats every 3 hours. So much for rice cereal and baby food keeping her fuller longer.

Noises & sounds: Aurora’s new thing is making coughing noises. She has learned if she coughs or yells she can get mummy and daddy’s attention. Someone is beginning to show her little personality, it is quite funny.
Milestones: Our big milestone we hit this month was eating baby food! It has been so fun seeing her enjoy something new. Also, watching her faces when she tries new foods is extremely entertaining.

Favorite things: Aurora still loves her usual things. We are beginning to enjoy playing with rattles and our elephant teether toy.

We love playing and chewing on our hands… Or on other people’s fingers (I believe we have begun the teething stage of infancy).

We LOVE baby food and rice cereal in our milk. We also love to stare as mummy and daddy eat and make chewing movements with our tongue and mouth.

Another fun thing Aurora likes is to yell and cause a fuss so that Morrison (her fur brother pup) begins to howl. They take turns making noise and could keep it up for hours if we let them. They are the silliest of friends.

Least favorite things: Aurora does NOT like prunes. Also, we don’t like when mummy and daddy don’t give us the attention we think we deserve.

Other new things: Peanut attended her first baseball game this month! We went and cheered on one of mummy’s past students.

Mummy & Daddy’s favourite moment: Mummy’s favourite moment was probably watch the reactions when feeding Aurora new food. She is just the happiest of babies and she loves her food. That’s my girl 😉

Daddy’s favourite moment is how much he loves Aurora trying to communicate with us now. All her fake coughs and yelling to get our attention show how fast she is growing up. 

Baby Update: 4 months old!

  Our little Aurora is 1/3 of her way through her first year of life! 

This month we have been working through some baby milestones and we are loving every moment of it. 

Height & weight: Peanut is 24 3/4 inches long and 14lbs 15 ozs! Big girl 😉

Clothing: We are still fitting some 3 month clothing, but 3-6 months seems to be more comfy, especially in onesies. 

We also find that our 6 month swim suits fit better (with all that extra swim diaper nonsense) than our smaller suits. 

Sleeping: Peanut sleeps 10-12 hours at night! Although, with daylight savings time it has messed up our bedtime routine a bit, but we will get back to the norm soon. 

We also just transitioned Aurora to her crib for bedtime and she is a champ! I think mummy and daddy have a harder time sleep without her than she does. 

Food: Aurora eats 5-6 ounces every 2-2.5 hours. 

Mummy and daddy are looking forward to being able to start feeding the peanut some solids soon! (Mainly because mummy is getting tired of living the cow life)

Noises & sounds: Aurora is quite the little talker. We love to coo and have conversations with people who talk to us. She seems to be very opinionated already 😉 

On February 18th she did her first REAL laugh! We are still practicing on doing it more often, but it does happen! 

Milestones: Aurora had quite a month of learning new things. She finally hit a pretty big baby milestone…She learned to roll from her tummy to her back! So, she enjoys doing that regularly! 

Favorite things: Aurora enjoys singing “Happy and you know it” with Mummy & Daddy. We make up lots of funny verses to go with the song that gets lots of baby smiles. 

  We love swimming in the pool (even though you can’t tell in this photo)! We even had a lesson with our boyfriend, Nico, who is 8 months old! 

Baby also loves listening and staring at Mummy while she sways and sings Disney songs to get her to rest and sleep. 

Also, we purchased a baby swing and it is glorious! She loves that she can swing in it and watch the light and mobile go around. 

Least favorite things: Still not a fan of when we finish all the milk in the bottle. That’s when angry baby comes out! 

Currently, we also don’t like when we are left in our bouncer or swing… Aurora is really into being held at the moment. It’s a bit exhausting, but she’s worth the extra cuddles! 

Mummy & Daddy’s favourite moment: We both agreed that hearing her laugh was our favourite moment! She laughed while Michael tried to get a hair out of her neck rolls, clearly she has a ticklish neck.  

  Mummy also loved seeing baby roll over for the first time! I got so excited to see her hit that milestone I teared up a bit.

Our little peanut is growing so fast, every day she is soaking in more knowledge and learning new things. I can’t wait to see what this next month holds. ❤️

Baby Update: 3 months old! 

 Along with it being Valentine’s Day (my least favourite holiday…ever) it is also the little peanut’s 3 months!

Crazy to think how fast time of going… Wasn’t she just in my belly all wiggly and squished?

Height & weight: We don’t go back to the doctors until 4 months, but by weighing her on my own, she seems to be around 13 lbs 6 ounces!

Clothing: Aurora is fitting 3 month clothing. Our favourite things to wear are our footie pajamas, long sleeve onesies and leggings (since Florida has had some cooler weather lately!).

We still don’t like socks and will do anything we can to kick them off.

Sleeping: Well, we are working on getting a proper sleeping routine down. Aurora sleeps from about 9pm till nearly 7am every day!

Still not the best napper, unless at Gami’s house… But we’re still working on it.

Food: Peanut has certainly not lost any of her appetite. We are eating 5ounces of milk every 2-3 hours.

She has recently started working on the chewing motion with her tongue and mouth. She is preparing to start eating mummy and daddy’s food in the future 😉

Noises & sounds: Someone has become extremely vocal this month. She loves listening to herself talk and yell to get people’s attention.

We are still working on the laughing, we get a little chuckle but no real laughing… yet.

Favourite things: We love to talk, sleep in with mummy and daddy, and snuggle close to anyone who will hold her.

We also enjoy sitting like a big person and having help standing up. Being a super baby and flying into kisses is also fun. 🙂

Unhappy things: Aurora turns into a baby Hulk when the milk ends in the bottle, which is slightly hilarious. We also  don’t enjoy the evil car seat.

 Funnies: This month we have started to get a sense of someone’s littler personality!

Aurora also got to meet her “boyfriend”, Nico, in person! She was not sure what to do.. Another baby? She loved it… And so did he.

Mummy & Daddy’s favourite memory: This month we both have the same favourite. We both are so in love with how much Aurora has begun “talking” to us. We could both just sit and chat with her back and forth all day.

I can’t believe how fast time is going! Our little Valentines Day baby makes us happier than ever imagined! ❤️

Baby Update: One month old! 

  Our little peanut is a month old already, and we could not feel more blessed with this healthy, beautiful little girl. 

Height & weight: 21 3/4 inches long and weighing 9 pounds 12 ounces (she grew two pounds and two inches in just two weeks!) 

Clothing: Aurora is fitting newborn clothes still, which are slowly getting tighter and tighter! 

Sleeping: Although she likes to fight naps during the daytime, she is quite a good sleeper… Sometimes giving mummy and daddy 4-5 hours of sleep between feedings!

We also enjoy taking naps during our walks with Aunt Janai and Nico (the baby she nannies). 

Food: Boy, does Aurora love milk! She eats 4 ounces every 2.5-3 hours… Sometimes we like milk snacks after about an hour because she’s just so hungry. 

Baby doesn’t latch, so mummy pumps to (attempt to)  keep up with her appetite! But we like being bottle fed, means other people can feed me as well 🙂

Noises & sounds: Aurora likes grunting and snorting mostly. She enjoys talking to herself when she’s in her bouncer. Also, the occasional sneeze, yawn and cough are fun noises too! 

Favorite things: She loves any and all cuddles. Cuddles with anyone makes this little peanut happy! 

She loves her binky… And playing the game of spit it out and make someone put it back. 

She loves sticking out her tongue and occasionally smiling when mummy and daddy attack her with kisses. 

She also loves bath time (which includes getting our eyes and ears wet with no crying!) and of course, drinking lots of milk! 

Unhappy things: She screams when we wait too long to feed her or when she’s not getting cuddles. 

She also isn’t a fan of  getting out of the bath. It’s cold when you get out, who can blame her. 

Also, not a fan of the car seat or car. Weirdo. 

Funny things: Baby has a cute little patch of hair right on her tail bone (this will be fun to bring up when she’s a teenager!) 

  We burp and fart better than most men! And we make some funny faces when doing our diaper business (as you can see lol).

Aurora also enjoys listening to music, especially daddy’s music! 

She is a champ when it comes to our dog. He gives her kisses and she accepts them with no problem. 🙂

Mummy’s favorite memory this month: One memory I will never forget was bringing her home from the hospital. All the emotions and surrealness of that moment were amazing. Plus seeing our furbaby love and kiss her and her just letting him was adorable too.

Daddy’s favorite memory this month: A week or so ago we were changing baby and daddy gave her a kiss and she gave him the worlds biggest smile back. That is one of daddy’s best memories so far. 

Our little peanut is growing faster than we ever would imagine. Our love for her is unconditional.

We can’t wait to see what the next month brings! 🙂

Baby Update: 32 weeks!

I am officially 8 months pregnant now…t-8 weeks till we meet our little peanut!

This week, Peanut is the size of a head of lettuce. So she should be anywhere from 18-19 inches long and nearly 4 pounds!

Baby Hill should be around the length she will be when she meets the world, however, she has bake a bit longer to add some chub to her cute little self. 🙂

Baby Prep: The last couple weeks I have been attempting to truly prep myself and my husband for Peanut’s arrival. Just today we toured the hospital where she will (hopefully) be born. The hospital is beautiful and I feel a bit more confident in the labor process.

Apart from slowing getting the nursery put together (thankfully, we are almost done!) I put the baby’s car seat in the back of the car already.

You may think this seems a bit early…but we want our puppy, Morrison, to get use to tiny human things being in his normal areas. In this case, it’s the back seat where he sits during car rides. Other than sniffing the new object, he did great and shared like a champ!

Other Baby Things: I am now going to see the OBGYN every two weeks versus every month. Must mean its crunch time. I am also rotating doctors so I am able to meet all possibilities who could be delivering my baby.

Baby is quickly running out of room in the womb and let me tell you CAN I FEEL IT! I am now able to feel my skin stretching daily and I won’t say it is a good feeling. However, I can’t say much because I would not be happy if I was in a tiny, cramped space either…so she is worth the discomfort.

Also, let me just sum up my sleeping these days: LABOR NIGHTMARES! Holy worst thing ever.

I have also noticed that my emotions are insane right now. I have very little patience (probably not good for being a middle school teacher) and I also cry much easier than normal. As my husband would say, I am a bit sensitive at the moment. That being said, my husband deserves a shout out for being great and dealing with my hot-mess, super pregnant self. 😉

Baby’s Birthday: So, although baby is due November 8th, I can’t help but have this feeling she will be like her daddy and have an October birthday.

My mom’s guess is she will be here October 18th. I am still debating on the date I want to guess for her arrival.

I find that it still has not fully sunk in that in a couple of months I will have a tiny human needing my undivided attention and stealing all the pieces of my heart. It amazes me that something so beautiful can be created in only 40 weeks and inside my belly.

I am getting more and more excited to meet my little princess. I only wish she knew how much I love her already ❤

32 weeks down, 8 weeks to go!