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Before I get into sharing about some amazing products that I couldn’t raise my children without…I need to start by talking about a few things.
about real mom stuff…
stuff that most of us mothers don’t want to talk about.
and although it’s hard…I am hoping by sharing it will help others as well.
Being a Labor and Delivery nurse AND helping numerous mothers learn to breast feed has really prepared me to be a champion breast feeder with both my children!
I breast fed Reagan until she was 8 months old and (once I got the hang of it) I loved it.
From day one Baylor was a phenomenal eater…
from my supply of milk to his perfect latch…there really wasn’t anything that could stop me…
until I came home and reality set in…
and last Monday morning at 4 am I breast fed my precious son for the last time.
I feel like I handled the adjustment of having a newborn and toddler pretty well…I learned very quickly that the dishes wouldn’t always be done and the bed wouldn’t get made everyday and honestly I was OK with that…until my husband came home.
I’m not sure why but I would literally release all my tension from the day on him.
I was so patient with my kids that maybe the stress would simply build up and he was the easiest target. 
I literally got stressed, frustrated and upset at everything he would say or do.
I felt like we were roommates and he wasn’t doing his part!
There was no affection…just simply negative feelings…and honestly it tore me apart…I would lay in bed and search for an answer to my attitude towards him.
The worst part was when I was upset or annoyed I would try to tell myself to relax or calm down and I honestly couldn’t.
All I wanted to do was love my husband but I felt as if there was a wall constantly between us that just kept getting bigger.
One night he sent me a text that read, “We need to have a talk when I get home…I don’t know how much more of this I can take.”
Bless his heart…he tried so hard to deal with my craziness.
He was patient at first…then it started to wear on him…I knew I needed to do something fast!
Exercising would help but once I got home it was a battle again…
I thought back to when I had had Reagan to try and remember if I felt this way…and the light just came on…
I remembered so clearly once I stopped breast feeding I felt myself again…but that wasn’t the answer I wanted…I didn’t want to stop…I treasured the moments when I could sit down and hold my baby and look into his eyes as we bonded.
All I wanted was to breast fed my baby until he was 1. 
But I knew deep down I was feeling this way because my hormones were so off balance.
I knew I could turn to medication and although I truly feel that it benefits some people greatly…I didn’t feel like it was the solution for me…
I knew I didn’t have postpartum depression but I also knew that I wasn’t myself.
I knew if I could get my hormones regulated I would be OK.
 (estrogen and progesterone are extremely low and prolactin is high while breast feeding)
I am very much an advocate of breast feeding and I absolutely think it is best for your baby and I think that is why this was such a difficult decision for me. 
I pondered, prayed and counseled with my husband for 3 weeks before I decided that it was time to stop. A couple weeks before I stopped I pumped for one feeding to store the milk for when I went back to work. I gave Baylor a bottle of formula and was amazed at how easily he took it and how he didn’t mind the formula at all.
I felt as if that was a sign for me…a sign that he would be OK if I didn’t breast feed him.
And I knew he would be and I would be mentally healthier as well.
After one week of cold turkey torture I am starting to feel like myself again!
NUK products have really helped me with that.
Before I had decided to stop breast feeding the amazing Jen the representative for NUK contacted me to do a review of some recently new products…
and although I only fed Baylor for 2 months…I have breast AND bottle fed both babies…complete with pumping after going back to work so I was thrilled to review her products.
 When I received the package it eased my mind knowing that Baylor would be using products that were so ‘breast’ friendly he would hardly know the difference.
I had used NUK pacifiers on Reagan and I knew that it was what I wanted to use on Baylor as well.
I should say this first…I do not claim to be a ‘professional’ nor do I ‘know all’ about pacifiers this is simply my opinion and observation since I have worked almost 4 years in the ‘baby’ field.
Do the pacifiers below look familiar?
These are the pacifiers they give to you in the hospital if you ask for one…and to be frank…I have NEVER liked them.
Often times when mothers breast feed they are worried about giving their child a pacifier because they feel it would cause nipple confusion…and to be honest with you…I can see how these pacifiers could do so.
I mean let’s talk the facts…
first of all the nipple is too long for newborns mouths…often times I try and give these to babies and they gag on them because it’s such a long nipple.
Also this pacifier doesn’t shape to the mouth very easily which can cause the babies to be confused at what is going in their mouths…
Oh and let’s not mention how horrible this pacifier can be on your babies teeth…it gives no room for the teeth to grow.
I do love that they are BPA free, made of silicone and just one piece which is safe and helps keep germs away.
Which brings me to my first pacifier up for review!
The NUK Soft Orthostar Advanced Pacifier
This is the NUMBER 1 pacifier I would recommend for newborns…breast feeding or not! 
It’s simple, small, flexible…even the shield is shaped and light weight to provide more comfort for your baby.
And the BEST thing about them…
as you can see from the picture below they mimic the mothers breast…so even those breast feeding can rest easy knowing that if you give your babe a pacifier they will still latch onto your breast with ease.
OH…and the SECOND best thing about them…
they all have a unique orthodontic nipple that helps promote healthy oral development. They also allow for greater tongue movement and strengthening of jaw muscles which promotes speech development.
Baylor LOVES the whole line of NUK pacifiers!
He’s even rocking the fun girl decorated one…just for the photo of course.
Baylor’s loved his NUK pacifiers ever since he was born…he has always taken them with ease even with breastfeeding and it’s calming for me to know that he has something to soothe himself with.
NUK also has a great line of Air Venting System bottles that also mimic the natural shape of mom’s nipple.
(the air venting system helps reduce colic and promote better digestion) 
Baylor ‘latched’ onto this bottle with ease.
Even if you are solely breast feeding…if you were to pump this bottle would allow your babe to take a bottle easier.
The nipple is ‘pre-shaped’ to the form that your nipple goes to once the babe has latched.
Did someone say easy transition sippy cup?
With it’s soft spout its designed to be gentle on gums and help ease the transition from a bottle to a sippy cup.
 ORAL CARE is a must!
I don’t know of ANY OTHER company out there that is committed to oral health and development like NUK is.
Not only do their bottles promote oral health but they have products for when your child has started to teeth.
If only I had this brush with Reagan!
She got her first 2 teeth when she was 3 MONTHS OLD. I would rub a clean wash cloth around her gums to try and clean them…it would have been so much easier and I’m sure a better alternative to use this…and I’m sure it feels great on their gums when their cutting teeth!
 AND I saved the best for last…
The NUK single electric breast pump!
If I know one thing…it’s pumps.
I pumped with Reagan when I went back to work full time.
I have a Medela pump and I LOVE it…but man was it expensive…
For an affordable price you can get a hand pump that really works!
The suction was strong…it was easy to handle…easy to assemble and light weight.
I SO WISH I had had this when I ran the Ragnar Relay when Reagan was 3 months…it would have been nice to use something more small and discrete since I had to pump in a van full of runners!
 I think it’s safe to say that NUK truly has eased this hard transition that I have decided to make with my baby.
I am so grateful that there are products out there that I can feel safe for my babies to use.
Ultimately all I want is for my baby to be healthy and feel love and connected to his parents.
I truly am healthier and happier now that I have decided the best solution for me and my family.
 Although I don’t breast feed anymore I am blessed that I can feel a connection with him by simple holding him and feeling him close to me. 
I am grateful that my husband was able to help me through my ‘crazy hormone stage’ and support me in our decision.
He has and will always be my rock…he’s pretty much the best husband ever.
There’s so much pressure out there for moms to raise their baby like this or feed them like that and although it’s great to take advice you ultimately have to do what’s best for you and your family…even if it’s not the norm…trust me…there is no norm!
We are all just trying to get through this guessing game called motherhood.
If there’s a mother out there who says she got all the answers…she’s lying.
 Life is wonderful but that doesn’t mean that it’s not going to be hard.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t going to be days when you feel like you can’t keep up or do enough…
but that’s OK because with the good comes the bad…and on those days…it’s the slobbery kisses and chubby thighs that get you through!
I mean no one ever said it would be easy right? Just remember the things that give you the most fulfillment are the things that you’ve had to work the hardest for.
And motherhood is on the top of that list…thank goodness for nap time, date night, gym time and Disney movies because after we get our break no matter how long or short we gear up for another round of tickle fights, tantrums and tummy aches. 
And us mothers wouldn’t want it any other way!
I hope if there are new moms out there that are struggling and feel like they can’t quite do it…that YOU know that you can!
We mothers are beyond blessed to have those little special spirits in our homes.
Thank goodness for their forgiving hearts and loving ways.
They don’t expect us to be perfect…all we can do is try!
And we can all do that!
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  • Meagan@Meagan Tells All

    I love seeing this side of you n the blog. The straight up Sadie that I love so much. Giveaways are nice, but real girl posts are my favorite to read.

    I applaud you for recognizing your hormonal unbalance and doing something about it. Honestly, I was a huge hormonal mess and when I stopped nursing Brinley, around the same age you stopped with Reagan, I felt much more like myself. The idea of someone else being able to feed my baby if I wasn’t able to be there was such a thrill.

    It really annoys me how some mamas look down on formula fed babies like you gave up or something. Every baby and every mom is different, and the MOM knows best for their baby. As long as the baby is healthy and happy, who cares!?

    We LOOVE Nuk and totally believe in their system. We love their binkies, bottles , and sippies. Totally jealous you got to review their products!!!!

  • Bunch of Something

    I’m glad you are feeling better! I can definitley relate. It’s hard knowing your not being yourself but not really having conrtol over it all while trying to put on a happy face for your kiddos! I’m pretty jealous you got to review all of those NUK products! My daughter will only use NUK pacis and I think I’m going to try the NUK bottles!

  • Clark & Kelsie

    I love this post Sadie! When I couldn’t nurse hallie any more I felt like such a failure! And peoples judgemental comments didn’t help!!! I got so sick of people basically treating me like I didn’t love my baby because she took a bottle. It wasn’t easy going through the pain and then losing my milk so early on and then having people treat me like I just gave up. She is almost 1 now (crazy) and this post still helped me!!! So thank you! And I think…. know…. you are a wonderful mother and wife for being able to recognize the needs of all your family! Love ya girl!!!!!

  • Becky

    See!! Your posts are amazing!!:) LOVED all the NUK products for the twins and they were preemies to!:)

  • Dad

    So glad you had the courage to listen to your body and find a healthier happier solution for your little busy family. You will give other families the courage to do the same. So proud of you Sadie baby!

  • Dallin, Ashley and Claire

    I really wish there wasn’t this judgement out there about not breast feeding your child. I understand the benefits for sure, but it just doesn’t work for everyone. I know another blogger who made the same decision as you for pretty much the same reasons as you. I commend you for your decision, because as wonderful and amazing as our children are, one day, they’ll all be gone and the one that matters most is that guy standing next to ya. You’re pretty much a superhero in my book, just FYI 😉 we miss you guys!

  • Nessa Bixler

    From the bottom of my heart – thank you.

    I am struggling right now – mom of 2 little ones. My problem is lack of sleep since my little one cries in the night and my toddler has decided 5:30 am is a good time to start her day. My husband works a lot – (A LOT – including overnights and most weekends) and no family close by.

    There is so much pressure to do “things just so” and be this pedestal mom… thank you for being you.

  • Devry and Chelsey Hymas

    Oh Sadie, I am so impressed with your strength and sacrifice, especially knowing how much pressure there is to breastfeed. I think more women need to look and see what will help you be a better mom and wife. And to be happier! you’re awesome!

  • Heidi

    Good for you…being honest and admitting that life is HARD with kids, especially newborns when your hormones are out of whack and you aren’t getting sleep and dealing with a transitioning toddler at the same time is ROUGH!! I applaud you for working this all through together with your husband and the Lord. You guys are an inspiration to many and I admire you for your courage to be honest and not let preconceptions get in the way with your relationship with your husband.

  • Karla

    I stumbled upon your blog tonight and had to read this post. Thank you so much for putting into words feelings that I’ve been trying to figure out for over a year.

    I tried to feed my baby but something wasn’t right, so I stopped. I felt much better, but I had so much guilt. I’m so glad that I’m not the only person out there that has gone through such a difficult decision.

    God bless you and your family.

  • Jill Ball

    I just found this post after looking through your adorable hairstyles for little girls. BUT I just wanted to comment on this post because I felt like you were telling my story! I have had wild hormones after both babies and only nursed them for 6 weeks each (you stuck it out way longer than I could!) I am lucky my poor husband didn’t ditch me in the middle of the night. The guilt I felt when I gave up nursing each time was HUGE, and I’m always glad when I hear that I’m not the only one who doesn’t breastfeed in the world!! Props to you- thanks for sharing your story!! And I LOVE the Nuk sippy cups…my little guy just started on them last week and digs ’em.

  • Emilie Loveland

    First of all, I love your blog. I think you are adorable, and I love reading about you and your adorable family. I know this is an old post, but I just had to comment. I am only 18 weeks pregnant, but in my reading and research, pinterest and other blogs have made me feel like I am going to be a terrible mother. Like I have failed before I have even tried. I know I can’t do things like breast feed and baby-wearing because I absolutely have to go back to work once baby is born. (and honestly, I think the idea of trying to wear a baby 24/7 is a little ridiculous, especially since my husband’s family has HUGE babies…just sayin) I appreciate your honesty; this post was like a breath of fresh air. I’m not going to be perfect, but my baby will survive! Thank you for this, thank you for sharing the “real” things in life. You are awesome, keep doin’ what you’re doin’

  • Abi

    I just wanna say that I feel like reading this is a huge relief for me! I have a three year old I weaned easily and I’m trying soo soo hard to wean my 6 month old because I too feel like I am not myself. I remember when I was done weaning my oldest that I dropped tons of weight and was somewhat back to normal in a month! I used the Nuk products and loved them as well. Thanks for writing this as everyone can be so judgy on the breastfeeding debate.

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