Indigo did another projectile poop on me today. Got all over my pants. i was changing her on my bed and in the process of changing her diaper and was lifting her legs. Well I guess she wasn't done pooping and more poop shot out. it literally shot out and hit my jeans. I was sitting criss-cross applesauce on the bed. And this was breastmilk poop, which if you don't know, is watery and yellow. Looks like I ate a hot dog and the mustard spilled out on my jeans.

So, the summer countdown is on! You know when field day rolls around and water play day at the preschool comes, summer is fast approaching. Strike 1 for Mom. Boys said they should've got hot lunch today because on field day they do a big barbeque and my poor boys had to eat their packed lunches. I didn't know! I told them we'd bbq for dinner tonight but they doen't seem to be appeased with that.

I have to finish my food shopping for the week and boys totally don't want to go. I did so much running around with errands today that I have to go do it now. I can't blame them I guess, they had a long day at school. Dan says to leave them home, but I'm just not comfortable with that. I 'm sure they'll be okay, but it's not my style. But it IS my style to listen to them and meet their needs and they want to stay home.  Maybe just this once.  Time to go have fun couponing!


Happy Mother's Day!

I may not be able to not change any diapers on Mother's Day, but I'm going to TRY to resign myself to no housework tomorrow, so today I'm trying to make up for it. Kids still need clean clothes for the week, so I'm working on it. And it's been easier since I gave up cloth diapers, so less laundry anyway. But somehow still a lot of laundry!

I just baked a banana bread. It's smelling up the house beautifully! It's the one thing that Madi eats alot. That girl eats like a bird. I don't like pushing food on her because that kind of has the opposite effect. So I try my best to make things that she will eat.

So I've been trying my hand out in couponing. The show Extreme couponing has been inspiring. I actually got 16 bottles of body wash for free the other day. Yesterday I saved 46% of my food bill. I'm also trying to track what I'm saving on coupons since I started. I'm considering it my "salary" that I'm bringing in.


Latch On. Latch Off. Latch On. Latch Off.

Well Indy did better last night, but seriously, the latching on and off is crazy!  So she woke up probably 3 or 4 times, that I noticed. She'll nurse laying down next to me and then after a few minutes, she'll de-latch, then latch again, and over and over. I just cannot sleep like that. But I did fall asleep at like 9pm last night, so I'm not too tired today.

I'm volunteering at Madi's school today. She goes to a preschool co-op and today they are putting on Mother's day tea! They are going to serve the moms the cookies they made and serve us tea! It's so cute and special! Indido is going to my friend, Liz's house when I'm at the school. I'm a little nervous because she doesn't do too great when me or Dan aren't around. I have only 3oz of breastmilk for her, but it will be only a few hours, so hopefully she'll be okay if I give her a good nursing before I drop her off.

Gotta finish getting the kids ready for school....


APing the older kids part 3

APing older kids. Okay, in my quest to learn and practice attachment parenting with my older kids, I thought of another way I can practice it. Remember attachment parenting is a mindset; meeting the needs of your child in a loving and gentle and prompt way.

As discussed, super easy with babies (well  not easy, but doesn't take much skill, just patience and following your natural instincts. ) And was our kids grow older, attachment parenting requires thought and skill; also patience!

So a new way to implement APing my older kids is to BE ON TIME when picking them up from school or practice or friend's house, whatever. This I need to work on. This is part of the "trust cycle".  Just as babies learn that parents can be trusted to come to them when they need to be comforted in the night, or change their diaper, or nurse, they are learning that the world is a good place. They learn that people can be trusted, they learn that they are important enough to be loved. So, when kids are waiting to be picked up from school or wherever, the trust cycle continues. They learn that they are important and that people can be trusted when Mommy is on time!


A Breastfeeding Vacation

Today I am in bed and trying to get my milk supply up. It seems to be down the past few days just because I'm so busy running around all the time with the kiddos. So I declared a breastfeeding emergency and I'm staying in bed and nursing Indy all day. The rest and extra nursing sessions should get my milk back up...hopefully!
Problem is I feel like I'm neglecting Madi, so I just invited her into the bed with me and Indy and we're watching Tangled. again.

So, in reference to APing the older kids I wanted to get back to that. I decided to not be so structured about how to incorporate the "B"s. Attachment parenting is just a mindset. The mindet in meeting your child's needs in a loving, prompt and gentle way. So this means for my older guys, yeah, I can't wear them in a sling, can't breastfeed them, sometimes, co-sleep with them, but really just being for them in every way I can. So how to?
Listen. Just as listening to baby's cries and going to them, I vow to listen to my kids words more. They have so much to say and express. I will listen to every word they say. And be there for them when they want to talk.

Touch. Just like holding and wearing your baby is so important, I sometimes forget that cuddling with my older kids is still important. Cuddling while watching a movie works. Lots of hugs work. Holding hands while crossing the street works. Just some ideas. I felt as I got older, I didn't get much "touch" so I vow to still cuddle.

Gotta go nurse again. I'm still working on this so I'll be back to talk more about APing the older kids soon