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Sunday, October 2, 2011

An invaluable lesson learned.

I find myself staring into space thinking about the fact that the last year has flown by quite regularly these days. With Jaden's first birthday rapidly approaching I replay things that occurred and find myself realizing that things aren't usually as complicated as we think when we are going through them. There are so many things that I would do different if I had the chance to do them again. The funniest thing about that statement is this...If I could do it over...I would have gone with my gut a whole lot more than I did. Two of the biggest examples follow.

Example #1:

The Breastfeeding. This was a sore subject for us as it caused Jaden and I much grief those first three months of his life. I wanted to Breastfeed him sooo badly and I wish things would have worked out. No I don't think I'm a bad mommy for feeding him formula and no, I don't think that it "hurt" him in anyway. Nor do I judge those who choose to use formula from the beginning, but let's be real here....breastmilk is the BEST and most NATURAL thing for your baby. It is perfectly designed by GOD to nourish our babies. Not to mention it's such a sweet and special time between mommy and baby. I often look back feeling as though we both "missed out". Don't get me wrong...I tried everything I knew to do.

Here's where that "do it over" bit comes into play:

The first two days of Jaden's life. That's where the mistake happened. I'm the one who is at fault because I went against my better judgement and let the nurse scare my insecure first time mommy self into deciding to give him that bottle at the hospital.

From the first time I tried to nurse Jaden he knew "how"...the problem wasn't "figuring it out". The problem was this, Jaden was just born...jaundice...and impatient.

When he was born he didn't really want eat much. I would try to nurse him over and over and he would simply fall asleep at the breast. My gut told me, no big deal, he will eat when he is truly hungry. He did after all just go through quite the marathon labor, as had I. We had both just spent 48 hours working on bringing him into the world safely.

Enter the worst nurse I've ever met. Looking back now I'd have a few not so friendly things to say to her..."please leave my room and get me a different nurse" comes to mind over and over. Why I didn't have the guts to say it to her back then I don't know...

This woman literally was so rough with him and aggravated him to "wake" him and get him to nurse that Jaden was screaming! She made me feel (on more than one occasion) like a bad mommy for not getting him to eat. Granted, the hospital we were at unfortunately was one at which a large percentage of the mommy's were VERY YOUNG, POOR, and often IRRESPONSIBLE...according to the nurse who delivered Jaden (the only one I LOVED...and only got to see during that short time). Apparently they were used to needing to be more forceful with so many of the mothers...BUT that gave them no right to treat me that way.

After dealing with that nurse and letting her scare me into thinking that my baby was either going to starve or not be allowed to go home because he isn't eating I gave in and fed him that bottle...and that was it. I'm pretty sure that's when he decided...well it's easier and makes me full faster. Which in turn messed up my milk supply and there went my hopes of nursing.

I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN better...he had plenty of wet and dirty diapers. He was acting just fine until they stuck him under that light all ALONE. (That is a whole other story...I was scolded for holding him to attempt to nurse him and give him time "skin to skin" because he cried so much while he had to lay underneath that lamp).

Next time...I'll be less time I will put my foot down.


The diapering. I had wanted to go with cloth pretty much long before I even got pregnant. For multiple reasons. The financial burden and the environment being two of the main ones.

Again, I caved thinking it wouldn't work out because we had so much going on and with all of the changes ahead I couldn't fathom how this COULD work. True, it would have been hard at times, but impossible? Hardly.

When I look back on how much $ we spent on diapers and formula over the last year...I cringe. $ that could be sitting in his college fund right now. Not that he wasn't worth it...he's worth so much more than the money spent on those things, but my point is...this money could have been used for something he would be able to use much longer than a diaper or a bottle of formula will last.

Needless to say, now that things are settling into more of a routine, we will be making the switch to cloth.

To all the mommy to be ladies out there, don't let anyone scare you into anything. Go with your gut. Unless you trust someone 100% don't listen to them. GOD has designed us to "know" what to do...we may let people make us insecure...but the truth is we already "know" what to do and how to do it.

I wish I had understood that and stood up for myself and my baby.



  1. Nadine this is such a lovely post - great advice for someone like me, embarking on the journey of trying to become a mummy! Fingers crossed :)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


  2. Such a good post! I wish so much that I would've gone with my gut when my first was a baby. She wasn't nursing well, and I knew I didn't have any (or much) milk even though I was doing everything I knew to do. Everyone told me that she would let me know if she wasn't getting enough, so I just kept trying to nurse. She was the happiest baby, but after 3 weeks, she was a pound and a half below birth weight. She was basically starving to death. I felt like the worst mommy because all along I didn't think she was getting anything to eat. :( Thankfully she is fine and perfectly healthy now! When my second baby came along, I was determined to do my best trying to breastfeed, but I wasn't going to wait if I thought he wasn't getting milk. Sure enough, I never got milk, and we started my little boy on goat milk when he was 5 or 6 days old. I tell all new mommy's to go with their gut. Even though they are new to it, truly a mama's heart knows best.

    Sorry for this long comment! :)

  3. That is a beautiful picture at the top of this post!!!!

    I'm sorry that some of your experiences weren't what you wanted them to be. But you're right about going with your gut. A lot of people are more than happy to hand out unsolicited advice and tell you what you should or shouldn't be doing. But the only person who really knows what's right is you.

    Happy first birthday to Jaden!