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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!



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  • RUBY-DOO
    You're such a good mom. It does get easier after awhile. The beginning stage is quite demanding. You are handling it well. I used to put my little ones in a baby bjorn and could walk a little further somedays. They like the closeness up against you. Can't remember the age though on when you can use them.
    3909 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5896583
    Dont worry about breastfeeding in public..you are doing something wonderful for your baby! Be proud of yourself for it! I absolutely love the pictures! Precious!!!
    3909 days ago
  • NETTYBREAD
    Ahhhh so *sweet* Happy Mother's Day coming up Jen. Your little angel is so lucky to have you as her sweet mom. You are very sensitive and aware of her little needs and take great care of her. *Hugs*
    3909 days ago
  • JENONTHEROX
    how times have certainly changed for you!
    so happy for you!
    thank you for sharing these moments with us!
    3909 days ago
  • PRINCESSNURSE
    She truly is an angel! Congratulations on adapting to her needs while still considering your own need for exercise and a healthy lifestyle--I had no doubt you would.
    3909 days ago
  • _APRILSUNSHINE_
    Such adorable pics!!
    3910 days ago
  • LAURAKINS
    She is so adorable! I love her big hat!
    3910 days ago
  • SINGER73
    It took me until Lillian was 4 months before I breastfeed in public. Now I'm totally comfortable with her. Hey she BF at the Cheesecake Factory. Now I have to fight her to keep the cover over me. She likes to lift it out and expose the goods to everyone emoticon

    I love the Daddy and Me picture. I can tell that she already has him wrapped around her precious little fingers.
    3910 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2644837
    ADorable pictures!

    I am SO proud of you!!!
    Proud that you are going for walks and proud that you are feeding her out and about. It's the only way to survive. Otherwise you will be locked up in a room or public bathroom for half your days. LOL!

    You are doing AWESOME!!!
    3910 days ago
  • MARELARK725
    It sounds like you've taken to motherhood so naturally! Congrats on the public breastfeeding! That's a great hurdle to get over! Whenever I was dreading using the breastpump I would remind myself that the instant gratification and easy/no prep needed for breastfeeding versus formula feeding was sooo worth it! Not to mention that it's nature's perfect food for our babies:) You're doing awesome Mama! emoticon
    3910 days ago
  • RUNNINGPFUHL
    sweet! :D
    3910 days ago
  • HSMOM2FOUR
    Sounds like you had the perfect outing with your precious daughter! You are a great mom! Love the pics!
    3910 days ago
  • KIMSFITJOURNAL
    Jen, love the newest pictures!!

    I'm sure it is perfectly normal to miss the 'old days' to some extent. You just had to take care of yourself (husband and dog too sometimes) but the majority was all about you and that has changed. As rewarding as this new journey is, and you are so blessed to have such a beautiful baby, things are completely different, but you will develop a new 'normal' in time. It's like mourning your past life, even though this one is more wonderful than you imagined it could be, you still will miss things from the past. Enjoy it all, that is life for you, always changing!!


    3910 days ago
  • BERGIE8771
    Wow breastfeeding, I haven't thought about that in years and years. My son will be 14 after the summer is over, what a BIG difference in what our kids need. He breast fed for 10 mo, basically until he started walking, which was at 10 months.

    Now days, all he wants are his computer and his friends. I miss when he was loving towards me.
    3910 days ago
  • PRINCESSAMY2001
    Adorable pics!
    3910 days ago
  • LEANIEPI
    Congrats for feeding you daughter the best food in the world! I applaud you for breastfeeding, and hope I can too when I have a baby. I'm all 'modest' now, but I'm pretty sure i'm not going to be after I start breastfeeding lol. It's a beautiful thing to be able to provide your baby with nutrition, and comfort. She is absolutely beautiful!
    3910 days ago
  • CHEPRBYTHEDOZN
    YEAH FOR INSTANT,ALREADY WARMED AND MIXED BREASTMILK!!!! HUGS TO TO YOU,JEN!!!
    3910 days ago
  • PRINCESSAMY2001
    I suppose you can understand how us "mommies" would envy the "me" time that you would write about in your blogs. Life changes so much when we have our babies. Like you, I wouldn't change it for the world! BUT..there is sooo much to get use to!! Your time in no longer your own emoticon
    3910 days ago
  • MANDORA3
    very sweet!!
    3910 days ago
  • WISEONE68
    thanks for sharing this...funny, cute, and a blessing!

    it is so nice to share in your happiness and contentment of being a new mommy and having such a great little family!!

    bless you as you continue to watch her grow and marvel in the wonders of mommyhood...HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!

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    3910 days ago
  • VAL_ERIE
    Oooh I just melted to a puddle seeing those sweet pictures!
    3910 days ago
  • IMARUNR
    Super cute! Again, those are the moments when you are thankful you ARE the food source and you're not running around looking for something! emoticon
    3910 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1425027
    yep, you are now blogging about the IMPORTANT stuff!!!!

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    3910 days ago
  • ROWDYWITH4
    God's little treasures! She is adorable, Jen...treasure every moment!
    3910 days ago
  • ARIESANGEL41
    What a beautiful baby! :)
    3910 days ago
  • JULIECAL
    Breastfeeding in public came without a choice for me. I had to fly with my 4 month old and ended up sitting beside a strange man on the plane. Thankfully the first flight was pretty much empty, and the flight attendent was soooo understanding and asked the man to move to the back of the plane and I had the whole row to myself to figure out how to breastfeed discreetly. Six flights later (and over 30 hours in the air total) I had it down pat and never had a problem breastfeeding in public after that! lol. You gotta do what you gotta do, right?
    3910 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4536795
    I love reading your blogs and the adventures you have now with your beautiful little angel! Savor these moments and enjoy every second of it!
    3910 days ago
  • JOYINRUNNING08
    Gah! Too cute!
    3910 days ago
  • .TARA.
    Oh my goodness... those photos are adorable!
    3910 days ago
  • OLSONGIRL
    Love the pics!! She is so adorable! Enjoy all this time with her!
    3910 days ago
  • SEEHOLZ
    I never breastfed in public, but I had to stop breastfeeding way before Danny turned one due to some gallstone issues and the medication that I was on. That said, I also would stop pretty much anywhere to feed him... and breastfeeding or not, people around here don't just seem to sit on benches feeding their babies, so I know what you mean about it kind of being weird.
    As for your old schedule, change is always something that needs adjustment. Somehow those old ways become less and less important and the new ones more and more familiar and comfortable. You are lucky you get to spend all your time with your baby- and I'm glad you're enjoying it. I think you'll be rocking your workouts soon enough.
    3910 days ago
  • MYTURN11
    How wonderful Jen. I remember the very day I first breastfed my daughter at Valley Garden Park and it just seemed so natural; however, that was back in 1980. When I went to my inlaws they politley asked me to go upstairs to granny's room. Haha - it was the times.

    She is really getting big, she will be pushing that stroller with her hat in it before you know it. Enjoy!
    3910 days ago
  • IMFIT4ME
    cute pics- GREAT blog!!! :) enjoy it while it lasts... your right to savior the moment :)!!
    3910 days ago
  • MIK113
    Your doing such a good job! She's is one lucky little girl!
    3910 days ago
  • MAGNORK517
    You are doing so well! So happy to hear the the breastfeeding has gone well for you too, it makes such a difference. I have 2 daughters, and I have often told people that the first 6 weeks are HARD!!! Anytime you add a lack of sleep into the mix, everything is more difficult. But you are correct, it doesn't last long, and before you know it you are reflecting back on these special days.
    3910 days ago
  • DAISYBELL6
    Beautiful blog! You are entering a most wonderful world! I wish you happiness!
    3910 days ago
  • HOGFAN79
    She is getting so big!
    3910 days ago
  • SHERLYN-WILL
    Great blog... thanks for sharing... BEAUTIFUL pictures Love them both....

    I can relate to the breastfeeding in public fear. I got over it with my 2nd and 3rd babies but never did with my first!

    I was 20 yrs old with my first and so young myself. We went to allot of basketball games... and I would just get SO NERVOUS and my son was a naturally hot baby... (learned this about him later... but at that time I didn't know it) and I would be nervous and he would be hot and sweaty with a blanket over his head... and it all spelled disaster!

    I ended up going to the car and feeding him there!

    Missed all the games usually cause he was a frequent eater. LOL

    Oh well what is a ballgame compared to BF your baby!
    3910 days ago
  • JAQUILLIN
    go for it. I never breastfed my first child in public, but with the others, I was too busy to care. Taking care of her and you is more important!
    3910 days ago
  • MRS.NG.06
    Rock on Mama, do what you gotta do as it seems to be working just fine!! As long as you have a nice blanket to cover the baby while you are out in public to breastfeed..you are good to go! : ) xooxoxox
    3910 days ago
  • TX.PATRICIA
    I enjoying reading your blogs, your outlook on life is WONDERFUL!!
    3910 days ago
  • MBSHAZZER
    Jen, I can totally relate to your little girl about letting people know when I am hungry! Take it from me, she might not outgrow that trait! :D

    Your attitude is very healthy. Just like when people get injured and have to take a break from activity, this slight detour will not be forever. Michaela will only need you 100% for such a short time - enjoy it while it lasts. Before you know it, you'll have your regular routine back!
    3910 days ago
  • REETYTRU
    You guys ROCK!!! I love your blogs and love reading them!! it is a wonderful & blessed joy that u now have in your lives!! glad u are enjoying every moment! AWESOME!
    3910 days ago
  • REETYTRU
    You guys ROCK!!! I love your blogs and love reading them!! it is a wonderful & blessed joy that u now have in your lives!! glad u are enjoying every moment! AWESOME!
    3910 days ago
  • BECKYSKEL
    How neat! Great blog and I'm so glad that you can breastfeed in public. I'm always scared that I'll show something so I've really never done it. Good for you!
    3910 days ago
  • CARSON09
    Your little girl is growing so quickly! Cherish every moment. Before you know it they turn into young ladies. emoticon emoticon
    3910 days ago
  • DEESJOURNEY2FIT
    What a great blog! Thanks for sharing these memories with us! I understand what you mean about breastfeeding in public. Since I currently do not have kids, I feel the way you used to but after reading your description has made me see it in a whole new light. I love the pics, she is growing up so fast!
    3910 days ago
  • MONTE_MOMMA_3
    What a cutie!
    I had so much trouble breast feeding in public with my first. It was very awkward and embarrassing. Of course, we were both learning how to do it.
    Now, on my third, it's not even an issue. I even found some very cute covers so I don't have to worry about the blanket thing. I learned that one quick! My son (the middle child) is so used to Brother eating uncovered around the house that he's tried a few times to uncover the baby while we're in public. :) Boys are awesome! LOL!

    Good for you!!
    3910 days ago
  • IHEIDIBEFIT
    Oh I just love your blogs! They are so amazing! I love how you are so into being a mother, it's so amazing! And I don't have a problem with breastfeeding in public either, as long as you're respecting others around you..ie covering yourself. By all means, breastfeed..it's natural!

    Can't wait until the next update!
    3910 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/6/2010 12:35:19 PM
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