My morning walk....
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Oh the good old days where I could wake up, watch the Today show while making my protein shake, log on to spark, then head out for a long bike ride followed by a run or swim. Those days are now gone and instead are replaced with far more rewarding moments, but there are times where scheduling ones day can be a problem. This morning I woke up at 7 am as my little girl was hungry and so I fed her from 7 - 8 am. She drifted off to sleep but it did not last long. At 8:30 am she started to stir and so I decided to take her out of our morning walk. Usually she sleeps through the walk but today she was WIDE awake, looking at the sky and all that was around her. After about 15 mins I noticed she was getting fussy and even though it has only been 4 weeks, I am starting to recognize the signs of hunger and overstimulation. I turned around to head back home and that is when she really started to cry. Now I must say that my angel is precious but when she gets hungry YOU KNOW IT!!! She can be totally peaceful one second gazing up at you and then all of the sudden cry out so strong, then when she is fed or changed, she goes back to the little quiet princess she was before.
As my girl was crying this morning on the trails I decided to stop at one of the parks along the way and nurse her. I found a park bench and for the first time breastfed in a public park off the running trails. It worked! I was so happy! I am learning more and more just how much she is calling the shots these days. Over the weekend my husband and I were walking along Market St. which is an area where we live with shops, cafes and close to the river walk. It had been about 3 or 4 hours since her last feeding and she started to let me and everyone around us know that it was time! So we sat under some shade and I fed her in public and it went quite well. Before I was pregnant I never really understood how anyone could breastfeed in public, I mean I did not have a problem with it but I always thought I would be too embarrassed. NOPE! Not the case now. When she is crying, and so hungry you have to do what to need to do. How things have changed for me!
Michaela is now sleeping and I think I am going to try and get some rest as well before the next feeding which should be in about one hour or so. You know it is funny, this time last year I was blogging all about my triathlons and the races I was training for and now I am blogging about breastfeeding in a park of all things. I would not change one moment of this. I love the challenges of being a new Mom. It gives me such a sense of purpose in my life. I have been blessed to be responsible for the little life we created, and I would not have it any other way. There will be a time years from now when I have time to go back to my old schedule but for now I want to try and stop each day to savor each wonderful and yes sometimes difficult moment.
Here is a photo of my girl on our walk yesterday. It was sunny out so I had her wearing this hat that our friend gave us at the shower, but it was too big! This photo just makes me laugh, she was sound asleep and too cute!
Here is a photo I took last night of my husband having some Daddy time with his girl. SO precious!