Tuesday

Loving my baby and a typical day of feeding her

I wanted to wait until her 8th month birthday but I am bursting with love so I felt like expressing it today. As I write this blog she is crawling all over me trying to press all the buttons. Life is sooo different right now. Everything I have she wants to put in her mouth. It is very funny!

It is amazing how life changes so much as a new parent. I am so lucky to have the career I have. I am able to be with her most of the day. I don't know how I would have continued to breastfeed if I had a different schedule. I will say that priorities change big time. I don't get the personal time to myself like I use to. Especially big windows to do long workouts. When you see the schedule below you will have an idea why. This does not include diaper changing, bath time, play time, etc...

This probably wont interest you unless you are a parent or an expecting parent!
A typical day of feeding Lyla. I have had to add some extra nursing times because I was starting to lose my milk.
Breastfeed 6:30 a.m. and then pump
Feed her breakfast 8 a.m.
Breastfeed 10:30 a.m.
Breastfeed 1 p.m.
Breastfeed 4 p.m.
Feed her Dinner 5:30 p.m.
Breastfeed or bottle with breastmilk 7 p.m.
Pump 9 p.m. for bottle

As you can see much of my day is spent feeding my baby. Believe it or not I still do work. My husband will take over many times in the evenings while I am working. I also have some clients come to my home in the morning between breastfeeding times, so my husband or our cousin will watch her at this time. it has worked out very nicely. During the day when she will take her nap I will work on nutrition or online programs. After she is in bed at night I will work on my articles. So I'm busy!

I never thought I would be this head over heels in love with my baby. She lights up my world. It's amazing how I have lived 27 years without her and now I can't imagine 1 day without her. Every new step and new sounds is so exciting. She is worth every bit of this. I truly enjoy my days with her. I will not lie, they can get exhausting. I have enclosed a mini video of her. This blogger thing is great. I can share this clip with family members who don't get a chance to see her often. Technology can be good at times!

8 comments:

Howie Brewer said...

Hi Lauren,

What a beautiful little girl you have. Congratulations! I know exactly what you are going through as our little guy is now just shy of 18 months. For me, there are no more evening workouts. By the time I get home from my 12-hour day at the office, it's all about relieving my wife from baby duty for a little while. Get the little man fed and ready for bed has now become my job. When that's over, I need some down time before collapsing for the night. So now it's either workout on my lunch hour or force myself to wake up extra early (which doesn't happen too often). But just like you, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Keep up the good work! P.S. I love the pic of you doing the pistols. I show it to all the women I work with as something to aspire to.
Howie

Nourishing Relationships said...

Aside from the delightful photos of your family, students and yourself, your posts are revealing and inspiring - exactly what one expects a coach to deliver. Keep up the good work.

Lauren said...

Howie,

Thank you so much! Sounds like your days are exhausting as well. Good thing you use kettlebells so you know that we only need the 10-20 minute window to get our butt kicked. Your little son is absolutely adorable as well. Good luck trying to get your work out in. You deserve it!

Lauren said...

Phyllis,

I appreciate your kind words. I definitely am open with my life and posting regularly is a nice outlet for me. Knowing that others enjoy and are inspired by this, makes it that much more rewarding. Thanks again!

fawn said...

Who would ever think a little baby would need so much to eat! LOL!

Franz Snideman said...

Wow Lauren!

She is so precious. For sure your life is changed, but your love for your daughter is expressed so beautifully.

We to are excited to become parents, although we now life is going to change big time!

Lauren said...

Fawn,

I never would have believed that a baby requires this many feedings. In the first couple weeks it was almost twice as much as what I listed. It was feeding every 2 hours. 12 breastfeeding times a day and 8-10 diaper changes a day! And I was recovering from a C-section! Somoene wants said, "Being Mom is not for Sissies."

Lauren said...

Franz,

I hope I am making you that much more excited about your future life changes. You and Yoana are going to be such loving parents. Not until you hold your precious baby will you believe how overpowering this love is. I wont be surprised if you shed some tears!!! It's that moving!