Sandy, he is such a cutie and I love his Halloween outfit! Very very cute!
I also had breastfeeding issues and like you I had to make the switch to formula, at first I felt awful and like a failure. In the end it was the BEST thing for me and my dd. It worked out so well and she never suffered any peoblems from switching and my dh loved it because he also got to be more involved! Hugs sweetie I know you did what was best for you and your ds and thats what is so very important!
Hugs...he sure is a handsome little man!
First & foremost ((((((big big hugs)))))))) While my circumstances are different, I can understand the emotional rollercoaster that one goes through when having to make a big decision like this, one that will affect both you and baby & in doing so trying to make the one that is right, regardless of opinion or acceptance.
I wish you nothing but the best & am so glad your doctor is supportive of you, that's really important. He can also help with any problems you might face when your in the phase of trying to find the formula that best fits him, while I nursed I also supplemented with all of them from time to time, with my babies enfamil seemed to work the best, with my sister it was Right Start by Nestle if I remember it right. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the Playtex bottles w/ the drop in liners, advent are good but I could never screw them on right so they'd always leak on me lol I do love that you can turn those from bottles into sippy cups
Anyhow ~ good luck hun! Your little boy is SO STINKIN' CUTE!! Love the Halloween pictures, gosh he is so sweet.
Mama to 7 curious, wild & wonderful little ones ♥
Hey sweets! It sounds like you've had a long couple of days, and in the end did what you do best these days...made the best Mommy instinct decision you could make for your family.
You know (because we've talked about it!) that I struggled some with not being able to breastfeed. I will honestly tell you, though, that formula feeding has been a blessing for our family in so many ways. I think I *get* Tim, and he seems a lot like Ryan...and if those two guesses are right...then he will absolutely LOVE participating in the feedings. Ryan gets up at night, which is lovely, and he and Ollie get to share the bonding time that is so often reserved for only mothers and children. Certainly, there are merits to breastfeeding, and I commend those who do. However, there are certain benefits to formula feeding, too, and in the end, if your Mommy heart tells you that this is what's best for your sweet, precious family, then it is. It just is. It sounds like life is already more positive for you, Tim, and little Nick, so don't you let yourself, or anyone else, make you feel inadequate or sad about your decision. You are a wonderful mom, you are doing what's best for your son and your family, and you all will be healthier and happier for it. Doing what's right is not always the same as what's easy.
OK, off the soapbox... I agree wholeheartedly with Chimmy! Having tried three different brands of bottles (Avent, Dr. Browns, and Playtex Drop-Ins) the PDI are by far the best. Ollie loves them, they are a breeze to clean, and they make his tummy more settled. If you want to try Avent or Dr. Browns (or even Playtex...we'll be moving to the 8 oz. size soon!) let me know...I have some of all three and would be happy to send them to a good home! We also tried Enfamil, Enfamil Soy, and Enfamil Gentlease, and have settled on the Gentlease. Every baby is different, and you may find you'll have to play a little to see what works, but Nick will help you figure it out.
You stand strong, sweet girl! You're doing an awesome job! Know I'm here for whatever you need!
You know I had the same issues with breastfeeding and once we switched to formula everyone was MUCH happier. And now I have a almost 26 pound, super smart kiddo. You are doing what is right for YOUR family, no one else should give you any grief about it. Especially since you did not ask for advice about it!
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wow, he's so cute!!!!!! love the pumpkin outfit!
Sandy, honey. I had a VERY public and difficult struggle with nursing and my decision to feed formula.
There are so many ups and downs, and so many issues. I would love for you to talk to me. Problem is my cell phones are currently turned off. I'd be willing to give you my home number, if you want. If you want to talk I'll happily do so.
He's beautiful, he's wonderful, and he's absolutely perfect. Your decision to feed formula is not going to change that. You will have to deal with other issues .. and as a mom who wants to BF but also wants to FF you never feel like you "fit in" with either group.
I love you dear, and I know the thoughts going through your mind right now, and the emotions you're facing. I will happily be here for you if you want
I second the case about leaky Avent bottles!!! I thought it was ME who didn't know how to close them right, but it must be their fault! I use Playtex drop ins and I love them.
Formula is NOT goat's milk - like 40 years ago. Formula is good food made especially for babies!
Your little Nicholas is SO adorable! Thank you for sharing the pictures! Just makes me want to hug him...
feel free to have this post deleted if you don't want me to hijack.. but I wanted to say this.
Tell me formula is bad for babies..
I know, I'm back again. Jeez Nadine shut up. But seriously. I will be the first to say "breast is best" but formula is OKAY! Really it is! My kids are happy, I'm happy, they're healthy, they're huge!! (30+ lbs each) and they're perfect.
Don't let anybody tell you how you should feel. You're allowed to feel sad. I sat on the floor in wal mart, and cried holding my first can of formula I had to buy. People must have thought I was stupid but buying it is so final.. you know? Agh.
Okay shutting up
Nadine, you're not hijacking! I love that picture of the twins!
I am sooo thankful for all these posts of support, ladies. You have no idea how much it means to me! I was more than a little bummed yesterday, between being a first-time mom and having a touch of the baby blues, I just felt crappy after reading that. But then I come on today and I have PMs and posts all over the place helping me feel so much better! I know that I made the right decision for my little one, there is no question in my mind. But it just stings when people try to tell you you're doing the wrong thing, you know? I know that every single mom out there is doing something that another mom wouldn't agree with, but aren't we all stressed out enough without having to call each other out on those things?? Anyway, I am just so glad to have you all as my friends!! You certainly helped me cheer up and put this behind me! *MuAh*!!!!
One of my favorite pictures of all time...
I LOVE that face!! That combined with a big, open mouth is his "evil nursing face". I am thrilled to note that he does the ENF for his bottles too! So I guess I should rename it to his evil feeding face, or EFF.
Everyday I fall more in love with my little guy as his personality starts to emerge. I had no idea 2-week olds could be so interactive! I love how he grabs on to our fingers and forces them into his mouth because he's a sucking machine! He also makes the cutest cooing noises, especially after he's been fed and is wrapped up in a blanket and resting on one of our chests. The other day we put him in his car seat (and he LOVES that thing!) because we wanted our hands free while we ate, and suddenly Tim turns to me and goes, "Is that him??" So we got really quiet and listened and he was cooing away in his car seat! He was just so happy and cozy in there. It was just adorable! Those noises and his various, various expressions are probably two of my most favorite things in the world.
I've been dealing with a mild case of the baby blues, mainly exacerbated by my nursing issues, but I'm happy to say that for the past few days I've been feeling SO much better! I still have those moments of, "Oh my gosh, I feel so overwhelmed by all the decisions I have to make for this little life" but I think that probably every new mother feels that way. I know once I get a little more used to all this responsibility, I'll feel better about that. I am just so petrified of doing the wrong thing by him, but I have to start thinking like Tim. He says that all we can do is the best we can with what we have at any given time (that's from a quote he borrowed from someone, I can't remember who). I really like that philosophy. I don't think there are really any right or wrong answers, just a variety of judgment calls.
Today I'm taking the day to have a little "me time"! I'm going out to get my eyebrows done (woo hoo! I'm growing a little forest on my face right now - yuck!!) and then I'm going to run a couple of errands. Not really anything majorly fun, but that's all I can do right now. Still having trouble walking for long periods of time because of my stitches. It'll be my first time anywhere without the baby in over 2 weeks! I'm a little excited and a little nervous. I just hate not having him in my sight!
Last night we ordered the baby announcements! I have the proof sitting in my email inbox, I'm just waiting on Tim to get done with his bath so we can look at it together. I'll be sure to post it when we approve it!