Friday, July 18, 2014

7 Quick Takes Vol. 4

Ish and I have been married for 5 years!  Apparently the gift for 5 years is wood so we are going out for wood fired pizza and then to  Woodside Farm Creamery for dessert.  We are also planning to find a wooden wall crucifix that we both like at some point during this year.

I found a box of Medela Pump and Save Breastmilk Bags for 99 cents at a thrift store last week.  My life has been changed! It is so much easier to pump when I don't have to manage holding glass bottles. My arms no longer ache at the end of pumping and I am sure Ish is enjoying the lack of bottles to clean.


Little Ish came down from the art studio last week and declared, "Mommy, I turned myself into a clown!"  I couldn't help but be amused.  Thankfully, it was washable marker and came off rather easily.

This has been a month of many milestones for Atticus.  He has started dabbling in solid foods; he especially likes cucumber. He has started signing and actually saying "milk".  He also started marine crawling this week.  He is still working on sitting up without toppling and much to his chagrine he is still waiting for his first tooth to break through.

Signing for milk!

Teething like crazy!

The kids are way into dressing up this week, and have come up with some new characters to play.

Prince Ish

Kitten Lily (different than just a cat because of the hat!)

I updated the layout of my blog. I fixed the formatting of all the 2014 posts but have yet to get to those from previous years.  Maybe one day! Also, I never mentioned that Life as a Trigonometric Function  is now on facebook.


Last weekend I had an early birthday celebration.  Ish and several friends banded together to gift me with an ice cream maker. Aside from enjoying homemade ice cream and sorbet this week, the kids have been having a blast with the box.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

4 yearold Logic

Tonight as we were getting ready to head home from getting ice cream at a local farm and creamery, Little Ish and I got to talking about why he didn't want to go home. He wasn't throwing a fit, but he was just genuinely sad to have to leave.  Here is a snippet of our conversation:

Little Ish: I don't want to live in Delaware, Wilmington.  I want to stay here and live with the cows.

Me: Really? Why do you want to live with the cows?

Little Ish: Because then I could have ice cream for breakfast.

Yup, he is definitely my kid.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

8 Postpartum Favorites

With Atticus being 6 months old tomorrow, I thought it was high time that I share my postpartum favorites--the things (and people) that made my life so much easier in my early postpartum months.

Postpartum Ice Pads from Pampered Mama--After delivering a baby, many moms are very tender.  After my first two children were born, I made ice diapers by soaking and then freezing size one diapers; they functioned as both a pad and a diaper.  Ice diapers do provide some relief, but as they melt they can leave a new mom feeling rather damp and uncomfortable.  During my pregnancy with Atticus, I discovered a wonderful solution.  Pampered Mama sells postpartum ice pads. They are cloth pads that come with a food grade ice pack that can be inserted into the pad.  They provide all of the relief and none of the dampness.  As an added bonus, they can be used as regular cloth pads when the ice pack is not needed.  For those who are curious about cloth menstrual products, this is a great way to try them out.

Heat Pack--  Ish bought me this heat pack for Christmas, and it quickly became one of my favorite things in the early weeks after Atticus was born.  It helped me cope with some intense after pains when the motrin wasn't quite cutting it.  It also helped to resolve several issues with blocked milk ducts.  I would use it before nursing Atticus, and it made the ache from the blocked ducts far less noticeable as well as helping to actually resolve the blockage. 

Reusable Waterbottle-- Shortly before Atticus was born, friends of mine gave me a Camelbak Water Bottle.  As a breastfeeding mom, this bottle has been my constant companion.  Not only am I able to keep well hydrated through out the day, the bite spout and straw makes it so I can easily drink while nursing with out having to even lift the bottle.  I will warn you, the one liter bottle is pretty heavy when full, so if you want something lighter weight but with comparable convenience, you can always opt for a child sized Camelbak.

A Fantastic IBCLC-- Breastfeeding has not ever been a completely easy journey for me.  In fact, I have a whole lot of breastfeeding baggage from all my nursing woes.  Thankfully, I have access to a wonderfully supportive and incredibly knowledgeable lactation consultant.  I often tell other nursing moms that I wish I could send Katie, my lactation consultant, to them in the mail (although now I can send her to them via her blog and online courses).  Although nursing has been going mostly well, Atticus's crazy latch and a few of his nursing mannerisms had me concerned (and honestly in pain).  Katie was able to sort out the issues, give me some strategies to change Atticus's behaviour, and a prescription to heal the trauma the poor latch had caused.  If you are currently pregnant and plan to breastfeed, I highly recommend finding and interacting with an IBCLC before you have your sweet little babe. 

Placenta Encapsulation--You ate your what?!  The majority of women don't give their placenta a second thought after baby is born, but there is evidence to suggest that consuming placenta can be beneficial to a mother.  One of the potential benefits is hormone regulation, which can help ease or prevent postpartum mood disorders.  As I  had panic attacks for the first 7 months after Liliana was born, I decided that placenta encapsulation was probably a good route to go. After 6 months, I can say that this has been my smoothest postpartum experience yet.  Although I feasibly could have encapsulated my own placenta, I decided to have it encapsulated by a friend who is a placenta encapsulation specialist. If you are local to Delaware and want your placenta encapsulated you should check out Placenta Encapsulation by Dawn. Otherwise, you can search for one here.  

Birth ball-- I purchased a birth ball during my third trimester of pregnancy per the advice of my chiropractor.  I ended up using it some in the quest to get Atticus head down before he was born, but it has gotten much more use since he was born.    Before we figured out that Atticus has reflux that needs to be managed with medication, he spent a few hours every night being a total fuss-bucket.  The birth ball saved me several hours of being on my feet an bouncing a super fussy baby at the end of an already long day. Just a note: if you are looking to purchase a birth ball, be sure to get a size that is appropriate for your height.

Friends and Family-- There really is no replacement for having a fabulous support network in the months following the birth of a child.  I have been so fortunate that friends and family have been able to come to my aid in countless ways.  If you have older children at home, asking friends and family to help with their care can be invaluable.  Help with meals, laundry, and other household tasks kept our household functioning in the first couple of months.  Being able to get moral support over the phone and via text message also eased the transition into life with a newborn.

Snow days-- Delaware isn't known for being excessively snowy, but this winter it was.  Since Ish works in education, he had a ton of snow days this winter.  Having him home for extra time during the week was such a blessing.  Obviously snow days aren't something one can plan on, but they sure were nice.

What are some of your postpartum favorites?

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Friday, June 27, 2014

7 Quick Takes Vol. 3

Tuesday afternoon, we arrived back in Delaware after a weekend away in New Hampshire followed by a week in Massachusetts visiting my family.  This week's 7 Quick Takes are a peek into our trip.


We started out our trip with a weekend at East Hill Farm. I did not expect the level of bravery and comfort that Liliana exhibited around the farm animals.  She was terrified of one of the dogs we encountered while there, but had no problems hanging out with one of the goats that had gotten out of its enclosure.


Note to self: Trying to get children to pose for photos generally does not bear good results.  It does, however, cause lots of frustration for the adults.


I love that we take this trip on Father's Day weekend.  It is a great way for all of us to relax and the kids enjoy all the quality time with Daddy.


While we were in Massachusetts, we got to meet my sweet nephew for the first time.  Little Ish still insists on calling him Baby Treeline--the name he came up with when my sister was pregnant; I think it shall remain his blog alias.


I love this photo of my father with Atticus.  The two of them became good buddies during our visit.


One of my uncles gave Little Ish a Tigger lunch box.  The next day he insisted on a picnic lunch so he could try it out.


Little Ish wanted a Ninja Turtles cake.  Thanks to my brother, he got his wish. I'm grateful that he has artistic abilities, because I could not have pulled off a Ninja Turtle cake unless I put action figures on the top.

Linking up over at Conversion Diary!

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Little Ish turned 4 today.  All day he kept looking at me with this sweet smile and a sense of awe saying, "I really am 4 years old, Mommy".  Happy birthday, Little Ish!  You really are four years old.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

{pretty, happy, funny, real}--At the close of Spring


This past Saturday, our family was invited to attend a year end formal dance.  The kids had just as much fun climbing trees as they did joining in the dancing.  Liliana had a particularly fun time dancing the Virginia Reel being carried in the arms of a charming young gentleman.  Little Ish's favorite part of the night was playing musical chairs.


Watching Little Ish with Atticus really warms my heart.  He is just so incredibly sweet with him.  It is very clear that he has one goal in mind when he plays with Atticus; he wants to earn a smile.  Often he gets both smiles and all out belly laughing in reaction to his antics.


 So the quality of this photo borders on abysmal, but it cracks me up.  This is the expression Liliana dons when she wants to say something really important or exciting--pure toddler exhuberance.


Atticus has a new place at the table during dinner.  If we lay him on a blanket on the floor, he screeches.  If we hold him, he squirms.  If we put him on the table on his belly, he watches with [mostly] quiet interest as we eat.  

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Monday, June 9, 2014

5 Months

Atticus was 5 months as of last Monday.  It took me until Saturday to take some photos to mark the occasion.  His current tricks are rolling over, trying to scoot, blowing raspberries, and drooling--okay, maybe drooling isn't a trick, but I never knew babies were capable of creating puddles to be splashed in by their 2 yearold sisters.