Parenthood

When I Met Aries

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You know that moment when you just know something was meant to be?

Think about it for a second.  How many times were you absolutely sure that something was meant to be?

To name a couple, I knew I was going to be with HubBee when I first met him, and I knew when I met my BF in college that we would always be the dynamic duo.

I also had this feeling before I met Aries that cold February evening four years and eleven months ago.

It started with a Facebook Ad, selling some puppies.  There were nine of them and they were listed as Husky Mixes and featured a couple of pictures of a few of them playing in the snow.  I wasn’t planning on getting a dog at that time.  We were going to wait until we were in a better place.  I was almost five months into a six month probation, we were living in a cottage thirty minutes from the town I worked in (an hour from the town HubBee worked in) and away from the cottage from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

I kept going back to that post, watching as it was updated showing fewer and fewer puppies remaining until there was only one puppy left.

My poor self-control lasted a week before I said to my husband (then – boyfriend) that I wanted to go see this puppy and showed him the ad.  He agreed and we made arrangements then one day after work, we made our way out to the country house where we would first meet Aries.  It was dark, and snow made it hard to find the roads.  We had to backtrack a few times because we would come to dead ends (due to roads not  being maintained during the winter).  We eventually got there and upon being greeted at the door, this tiny puppy was plunked into my arms.  Brown eyes with unique eyelashes looked at me before laying his head down on my arm and going to sleep.

It was then that I knew that this puppy was meant for me.  This tiny puppy with the crazy eyelashes had to come home with us.  We needed to make the changes in our lives to include this tiny ball of fur.

HubBee, anticipating this, had brought the funds needed for the puppy and we paid the couple before leaving.  Now we had a puppy that we were completely unprepared to have at home.

Next stop to was to the closest Walmart, which would be the only place still open that time of night so that we could get the supplies we needed.  We also called my grandmother to ask/tell her that we were temporarily moving back in until we found a place in town.

The entire drive we bounced names back and forth.  It wasn’t until we were almost at my grandmothers place before we picked our tiny puppy’s name – Aries.

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The night was long, because once we picked up everything, we had to go out to the cottage still to get clothing for the next day and anything else we needed before settling down for the night.  Which we did, on the floor because my grandmother had company that night.  Aries slept all night that night, which was great, except he proceeded to cry most of the night the next night, and then nights that came after had him waking me up three times a night to go outside and pee.

Welcome puppy parenthood!  It’s been five great years since that day and I look forward to many more!

Talk to you soon!

SPark

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Parenthood

That One Piece of Advice for New Moms

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Looking back to when I brought Baby K home, I wish I had gone to see a Lactation Consultant sooner.

I gave birth the Civic Long Weekend in August at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.  They usually have a breastfeeding class for the new moms there, but I figured with the long weekend the person who ran it was away and I missed out in the end.  I did ask my nurse if there was a consultant there, however she kind of discouraged me from doing so.  I can’t remember exactly what she said, but I think it was something along the lines of “failing this soon” and showed me how to hand express (it had all started because Baby K didn’t seem interested in nursing at all that day despite latching like a champ not long after he was born).

Breastfeeding, in the beginning was painful.  I was so sore and feeding Baby K was starting to become something that made me cringe the moment he started looking for food.  I wanted to be successful at breastfeeding, so I knew I had to do something.  I looked up information for a local breastfeeding clinic, packed up Baby K and went.  I completely missed the fact it was a call ahead of time and book an appointment.  I was lucky that I could get in that day though, and just went back later.

I left that appointment with information I wish I had before leaving the hospital.  I was not latching Baby K properly and he seemed to have a bit of a tongue-tie, which was what was making breastfeeding so painful.  By the end of the night, I was still so sore that I couldn’t bring myself to nurse because I just needed a break so that I could heal.  I cried with my son while HubBee tried to console him so that I could pump a bottle.  I then watched in silence as HubBee fed Baby K his first bottle.  That extra time was enough, and I was able to start fresh for the next feed.

The lactation consultant also told me to try Dr. Newman’s All Purpose Nipple Ointment.  This stuff is amazing.  I still have it and use it from time to time when my nipples are sore.  You do need a prescription from your doctor though.  I didn’t even make an appointment to see her though.  I just called in the request and I received a call the next day saying I could come in to pick up the prescription.  (Make sure your doctor’s office knows what pharmacy that you use.  They would probably send it right to the pharmacy for you!)

By the time my follow-up appointment came around a week later (we were now into September).  Breastfeeding was not causing me agony and I was finally enjoying that extra bonding time with my son (there never feels like enough bonding time most days, even though I’m the one that spends the majority of my time with him).

There are so many people in your corner and so many resources that you can tap into.  Here is a link to the Niagara Region Breastfeeding Page.  They have many classes in many areas of the Niagara Region.  That site also has many other resources to look at for assistance.  For those of you not in the Niagara Region, take a look at your local regional site or your local health unit to see what is available to you!

Hope to hear from you!

SPark

 

**UPDATE January 16, 2019**  Baby K is 5.5 months old and I have gone back to see the lactation consultant since he decided that he needed to start biting me.  Even without teeth that really hurts!

I have been told that if he does it at the beginning, then my milk is coming out too fast and he is trying to slow it down.  To help with this, hand express some of your milk to help slow the flow down.  If he does this at the end, it’s because your supply is low, and he is still hungry and trying to draw more out.  This you need to watch if he’s starting to squirm, then maybe its time to switch sides.

Most importantly, it’s just a phase and it will stop.

I have also been provided with a great resource dealing with feeding your baby for the first time!  Check it out here.

 

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2019 my friends!

A new year is often the time when many people decide to do something new and make a resolution to accomplish during the year.

Blogging has been something I have wanted to do for years.  I had tried a few years ago, but I think my self-esteem was becoming too banged up to commit the time to write about the topic that I had orginally wanted to write about.

Fast-forward a few years and many things have changed, my original topic of choice is no longer something I’m completely interested in, and my priorities have to shifted to focus on my family.  My self-esteem is also no longer going three rounds in a ring.  My family has jumped ship and moved back in with my parents (while renting out our house).  HubBee and I have also added a baby to our family of three (us and our dog), who is now 5 months old.

Parenthood has been such a journey and just when we feel like our routine has rounded out, Baby K changes and we have to try to figure our new routine once again.  During all this, Aries is still there, reminding me of the simpler things, like relaxing, going for walks, good ol’ ear scratches and belly rubs (for the dog of course, and maybe for HubBee as well).

My goal is to be more open this year and I hope with this blog that I can accomplish this.  I’m not a great speaker, but with anything that requires to be typed, proofread, edited, and then edited again I hope that I don’t mess this up too bad.

To all those that have made new years resolutions, I bid you good luck and I hope you accomplish all that you set out to do.  Never give up on your dreams.

Hope you had a safe and Happy New Year!

SPark

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The SPark in My Life

Welcome to my Blog!

I have been wanting to start a blog for years and I have decided in the light of the new year that I should stop putting this off and just start the blog and see what happens.

I have lots of ideas to share and discuss relating to mommyhood, lifestyle and product reviews.  I can’t wait to see if this gets off the ground and I’m grateful that you will be joining me on this journey!

 

 

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