4 Life Goals for next year (and how to achieve them!)

4 Life Goals for next year (and how to achieve them!)

It is essential to have life goals these days because they give us things to work toward. There are a lot of things to consider when you are serious about setting targets for yourself, and you need to get proactive. Things are not going to happen for you unless you make them happen. This is why it is essential that you make sure you are realistic and sensible about the goals you have.

We all want things for the future, and we all have definitive ideas about the direction we want our lives to go in. If you haven’t sat down and planned out a way to organize, simplify, and beautify your 2018, you are missing out. You need to go into overdrive right now and think about what you might like to do in the future. There are so many things that have to happen in order to achieve this, and these are some of the goals you should consider for the year.

Shed Some of That Excess Weight

Losing weight, slimming down, and toning up is just about the best way to take your life forward. Keeping fit is essential these days, and you have to make sure you improve your mind and body as a result. There are so many things that play a role in the development of your body and your health, and hitting the gym is one of the best ways of making sure you achieve this.

Glam Your Home up a Little

Improving your home is also a goal for the year, and something you need to be looking at achieving. It is important to be proud of where you live and to try to make sure you have the best possible home. Whether this is adding in a home cinema with a deluxe home theater design, extending the property by way of a loft conversion, or modernizing with hardwood interior, improving the home is so important.

Chase That Promotion at Work

It is really important that you do as much as you can to get your professional life in order. It is essential that you are driven and ambitious, and one of your professional goals for the year should be to chase a promotion at work. There are many ways to do this, and you may like to start by asking your boss what you can do to achieve a promotion. Once you know, it is time to start working toward this and trying to get to the place you want to be.

Try to do Something You’ve Never Done Before

One of the best things you can do to ensure you have a fantastic year is to try to make sure you do something you’ve never done before. This might seem difficult, but it could even be just going for a walk somewhere you’ve never been, or even trying a new food you’ve never sampled. By doing something you’ve never done before you subconsciously open your mind to new experiences, and this will benefit you in the long run.

Life Goals are Achievable

Life goals are a great way of giving you a more promising future and helping you improve the way the live your life. We all need to have drive and ambition, and life goals are an excellent way of achieving that. So, make sure you do as much as possible to be clear about your goals and work toward achieving them.

4 Ways to Balance Family and Fitness

Balancing family and fitness doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it has never been easier. Balancing the two is all about getting into a routine that works for you. Right now you probably have a ton of unhealthy habits that you are trying to break. That’s great, but if you’re not able to integrate your solutions into your routine then this will only cause you major problems for the future and this is the last thing that you need. Check out 4 tips to balance family and fitness!

Plan Ahead

The best way for you to make sure that you stick to your new healthy lifestyle is to plan ahead. Things probably get hectic at various points of the week and this can really cause chaos for your schedule. After all, you may find that you forget about your child’s pediatric dentist appointment and you may even forget about soccer practice as well. Little things like this can really disrupt your rhythm and they can lead you to breaking your routine. If you know what you have going on later in the week then try and get a calendar so that you can organise everything. When you do this, you can easily prep your meals and you can also plan out how much food you need to cook as well. Planning out your week also gives you the dates that you need to work out, and how to fit other activities in-between. Every week is different at the end of the day, and by having a calendar, you can be sure to really make the best decisions.

Replace your Habits

if you are thinking about getting healthy but you know that both you and your family just don’t have time to do it then think again. Write down all of the activities that you do right now, that are unhealthy. Such as watching TV every single day, smoking and even takeaways. If you have time for these then you have time to replace them with healthier habits. Try and get out of bed easier as well as this will help you to have more time in the day. You will also want to get rid of any processed foods that you have as well. if you know that you have to eat tons of fast food because of work then prepare some meals and take them with you, as this will help you to really make the most out of your time and it will also help you to put an end to those bad habits once and for all.

Get the Family Involved

The more you can get your family involved, the better. If you have kids then you will know how much they like to get their hands dirty and the kitchen is a great way for you to do this productively. Sample things, try out the grill and even bake some healthy snacks. When you do this, your kids will be much more likely to try new things and they will also be much more willing to participate in meal prep as well and this can make all the difference to your lifestyle. After all, not only does it mean that they are not causing chaos in the other room, because it means that you have the help and support you need to get the job done faster as well!

Change it Up

If you train at the gym every single morning then this is great, but the kids may get bored entertaining themselves or they may even find that they get frustrated. If this sounds like the case, skip the gym and go on a family bike ride instead. You may also want to try and take a walk or even work out in the driveway while they play around with their toys. You can even try and get the kids involved as well and a great way for you to do this would be for you to draw a hopscotch, play jump rope or any other fun activities. Little things like this can really make it fun for your kids and you can do this until you are able to get back into your normal routine. By being aware of when you need to make a change, you can then be sure to make the most out of your time and you can also stay on top of the exercises you need to do and even the meals that you need to prepare as well. After all, being aware is the key to staying on schedule.

You Can Balance Family and Fitness

It’s totally possible to balance Family and Fitness. Sometimes it just takes some preparation and creativity but you will all be better off!

10 Reasons Why I Love Winter

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Brrr! It’s cold outside ya’ll! Yesterday, we had a high of 62 degrees here in Southern Indiana. Today? COLD and SNOWY!

I’m actually one of those people who love winter time. In moderation, of course.

Here are 10 reasons why I love Winter….

  1. Snow. There is something so peaceful about the snow. We have a large field next to our house. When it’s snow covered, it’s so beautiful! And seeing the joy on my girls’ faces when they see it is magical!
  2. Early bedtime. Our twins are 3 and they know that when it gets dark, it’s getting close to bedtime. As a SAHM to 3, I sometimes REALLY look forward to that early bedtime.
  3. Staying at home. I’m actually an introvert and really enjoy being a homebody. The cold weather is a perfect excuse for me to not go anywhere. I can totally relate to the bears hibernating for winter. See ya’ll in the Spring!
  4. Cozy sweaters. I love a great cozy sweater especially since I’m only 4 months postpartum and can hide my postpartum bod under all those layers.
  5. Fireplaces. There is something about having a nice warm fire in the living room and get cozy (yep, I’m using that word again) with the hubs and kiddos.
  6. Crockpot soups and chili. As a busy mom, I adore my Crockpot. I use it year round, but I especially love it in the winter time, smelling a yummy soup or chili cooking all day.
  7. Hot chocolate with those cute little marshmallows. It always reminds me of being a kid!
  8. Comfort food. Now, I love eating clean, but I am a born and raised Kentucky gal, so I love some good, down home, comfort food. I usually eat more of it during the cold months. Biscuits and gravy, meatloaf, chili, brownies, basically all the carbs…ok, now I’m super hungry!
  9. Slowing down. Everything seems to slow down in the winter time. Life doesn’t seem as crazy and chaotic.
  10.  Cozy blankets. Yep, I used cozy AGAIN! Clearly, I need a Thesaurus, but I love the word. Curling up on the couch with the family, under an amazing blanket and watching Netflix is my idea of the perfect evening.

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Hello World: Maddie’s Birth Story (and My Road to Recovery)

We are so excited to welcome Maddie!

 

Madalyn Elise was born via C-section almost 2 weeks ago weighing in at 8 lbs and 3 oz and 20.5 inches long.  I had hopes of a VBAC but those hopes were dashed a couple weeks prior when I found out that my body just wasn’t responding like we had hoped. By 39 weeks, I still hadn’t dilated and my cervix was still high and off to the side. That, along with a very narrow pelvis, lead my OB and I to the decision to schedule a repeat C-section. I know not everyone would agree with that decision but after a lot of prayer, I decided that this was the best and safest way to bring our new baby into the world.

Like I said, this was a repeat C-section and seemed to be typical and no different from my last. I had one with my twins 3 years (and 2 weeks) ago. I knew what to expect and thought that this recovery would be easier and I would be back to my old self in no time. Boy, was I wrong!

The day following surgery, I began having intense pain in my right abdomen. I could only describe it as the worst gas pain I had ever had. Along with the pain, my belly was incredibly swollen. After I delivered the twins, my belly had gone down significantly so I was so surprised that by day 4, I still looked 9 months pregnant.

On day 4, I was given a suppository, passed gas one time and then went home. The ride home was awful and I cried the entire way because I was in so much pain. Once home, I sat down and within an hour began have the shakes and was freezing cold. I took my temperature and it was 100.9. Within 15 minutes and after taking ibuprofen, my temp jumped to 103.4. I called my OB and was told to come back to the hospital right away.

While in the ER, I had blood tests, x-rays finally a CT. The results showed that I had an ileus. This meant that my intestines were asleep and hadn’t woken up after my surgery. Everything that I had eaten and drank for the last 4 days was sitting in my large intestine and unable to go anywhere. This was why I was so swollen. My intestines were distended.

I’m not one to complain a lot, which is why this wasn’t found earlier (note to self: don’t try and be a martyr). My pain level was an 11/12 on a scale from 1 to 10. I can honestly say without a doubt that this was the worst pain I had ever experienced.

I was immediately put back on IV fluids and told that I couldn’t eat or drink anything until my intestines began waking up. If things didn’t start moving, I would need a NG tube which would go into my nose, down my throat and into my stomach. The purpose of this would be to remove the air that was building up inside my belly.

I was so fortunate that this wasn’t necessary and with the help of time (and some suppositories; sorry TMI) I was able to very slowly find relief and healing. After 36 hours, I was able to have a liquid diet and then by day 7 in the hospital, I was released to go home and continue recovery. My stomach was still very swollen by finally beginning to “deflate”.

7 days postpartum

I am so happy that at least through this entire ordeal, Maddie was able to stay with me in the hospital because I am breastfeeding. The lack of nutrition did not affect my milk supply and she even gained 1 ounce while I was on the IV.

I never imagined that this would be how Maddie’s first week in this world would be but she was such a trooper through it all. I can definitely say that I won’t forget any of it.

I am so blessed with an amazing village that helped with Sophie and Carley while we were in the hospital. I’m not sure what we would have done without them.

And the girls did so well too considering. I have never been away from them for more than a few hours at a time so an entire week was crazy. On one of the girls’ visits to the hospital, Sophie begged and cried for Mommy to come home with her. Talk about heartbreaking. Otherwise, they did great playing at home and at our sweet neighbor’s house.  Since I’ve been home, she hasn’t really let me out of her sight, but I’m okay with that. Every day gets a bit easier.

I am so thankful to all of you who sent so many prayers and positive vibes our way. I felt every single one of them. I am so happy to be home with my family!

 

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Sophie & Carley’s Day Out

The day is almost here! The day we bring our sweet new addition into this world.

I am beyond excited to meet Baby Girl Nau. I am excited for the girls to meet her and become big sisters.

I am also a bit nervous. For 3 years, I have been a stay at home mom to Sophie and Carley. When Daddy is at work, it’s just us 3 amigas. How will they react to sharing us even more than they’ve already had to? Will they be ok watching me nurse their baby sister when they have only recently been weaned? Will they adjust to our new life quickly?

We will see. In the meantime, I am spending as much quality time with them as possible. This past Friday, it was rainy and chilly, but I had promised them a girls day. I documented our last day out before baby sister comes.

First on the agenda…let them pick out their own outfits. These girls have style for sure!

Can you tell their mama is an 80’s child??

I love catching these sweet moments!

Next, we grabbed our umbrella and headed to the library. They love the library. Different toys and books to read. What’s not to love?

The girls met the library’s new pets, Milo & Otis. They are white feeder mice that the library saved. The girls asked if they could have them. Hmmm…I don’t think Daddy would be up for pet mice.

Notice, Carley’s arm around her sissy. A little girl walked up to Sophie and after noticing her, Carley put her around around Sophie. Protective sister?

Some kiddos read at the table. These girls prefer a cozy nook.

They love the water fountain and after all that reading and playing, a water break was a must.

I promised the girls a big chocolate chip cookie after the library. Note to self: don’t promise said cookie until you know for sure that Starbucks isn’t out of them. Thankfully the sweet barista had 2 identical cake pops for the girls. That was a definite win! And yes, those are plastic tarantulas in their cup holders. These girls love all things Halloween!

We ended the day with story time. They love when Daddy reads to them. These moments absolutely melt my heart.

We made a deal that morning to have the best day and I think we did. I love spending as much time as possible with these girls. Very soon, we will be adding another little lady to this crazy life and I can’t wait to capture all those moments too!

 

“A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give.” Laurel Atherton

 

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Lost and Found: My Testimony

Some church sermons hit me harder than others. There are always great messages from our pastor but this past Sunday was one of those messages that left me thinking “man, I needed to hear that 10 years ago”.

God has definitely worked in my life in my 33 years even when I wasn’t listening or when I was flat out disobeying Him, which I have done a lot of.

Our pastor spoke of a very famous rock song of the 70s, “Highway to Hell”. I could totally relate to this particular message because for a long time, I was on the highway. God tells us in Matthew 7:13:You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.” While I was so busy “having fun” in my 20s, I didn’t realize the path I was on. The worst part is I don’t even think I cared. I was selfish and lost and completely unhappy. Sometimes I wonder how I survived that time of my life.

I wasn’t raised that way. In fact, I grew up going to church and ever Bible school around. My grandparents were the definition of God fearing Christians. I remember as a child always hearing hymns being played in their house.

When I went off to college, I was in such a culture shock. This little girl from the middle of nowhere Kentucky went off to college (albeit a local college) and was given total freedom. I was not prepared. It didn’t take long for me to get lost in the partying and drinking. I am naturally very shy, so I would drink to “loosen up” and have the confidence (false confidence) to talk to people. I just wanted to fit in. But fit into what?

Most of my 20s was spent in this state. I was on that broad highway to hell. It wasn’t until I finally realized that something needed to change and moved home to my mom’s house in 2011. Talk about change. 27 and living with my mom. I’m so blessed to have family that took me in so I could re-evaluate my life.

I began going to church again on Sundays and remembering the important things. I started working on my relationship with God and spending time with family. I also worked on finding who the heck Laura was. I realized I was a child of God and that I truly needed Him and his Son in my life.

Fast forward to Spring of 2012 when I moved to Evansville with my future husband. After we were married and had our twins, we began going to church regularly. We found our church home and I loved it. I remember one Sunday in particular, we watched as several people were baptized. I got super emotional when I realized that was what I wanted. I went home and prayed about it. I asked Him for forgiveness for all that I had done and I knew I wanted Him in my life. A few months later, I stood in that same pool and publicly proclaimed Jesus Christ as my Savior.

What has God done in my life? Well, for me, he kept me alive while I was on the wrong path. He loved me despite all the sinful things I was doing and all the self-sabotaging behavior. He brought an amazing man into my life when His timing was right. He has given me beautiful children and a beautiful life. He has given me forgiveness and grace. So much grace. And he is teaching me to give myself the same.

Is life perfect since I’ve been saved? Um, no. That’s not how it works. Perfection doesn’t exist but His love does. And His promises are real. I go through trials and tribulations. Before I would sulk and feel sorry for myself. Now, I go to God. I give it all to Him. And I know that everything will be good. I am surrounding myself with people who lift me up and encourage me to dive deeper into my faith.

I can’t tell you what He will do for you. I can only share my story. If you feel like you are on the wrong road and want to chat, I would love to hear your story.

 

 

 

Friday Favorites

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I love products! I know, I know, who doesn’t?

I have decided that periodically, I will post some of my favorite products on Fridays. Fun, right?! So let’s get started…here’s my first Friday Favorites!

Before I became a mom, my drawers and cabinets were full of different products. I was the opposite of a simplistic person. I would spend tons of money at Sephora and other stores to try the latest product. I never cared or knew anything about what was in the products. Carcinogens in my makeup? No way! Chemicals in my whitening strips? Who cares?

Fast forward to today. Last year, I started to become aware to the foods I was putting in my body. Along with that, I began learning that it’s not just food that we have to look out for. Every day, we put products on our bodies (or in our bodies) and we have no idea what is really on the ingredient list. Some of this things are down right dangerous.

Let me preface this by saying that my home is in no way 100% clean and free of harmful products. I am learning new things and researching. Along the way, I have found some awesome products and I would love to share those with you!

1) Ameo toothpaste. I used to be obsessed with whitening strips. I searched for a safe whitening toothpaste that actually works and I found that with this product. Tastes great, not an overpowering taste (which is awesome when you are pregnant) and I feel safe letting my little ones use it as well.

2) Beautycounter Nourishing Cleansing Balm. This product is incredibly hydrating. Use it nightly to remove makeup. When my skin feel extra dry, I use it as a nightly mask and remove it in the morning and my face feels so soft. Bonus: it comes with a reusable 100% muslin cloth that’s softer and easier on your skin than a traditional washcloth.

3) Ameo essential oils. I used to think essential oils were crazy. Ameo oils can be using aromatically, topically or internally. Not all essential oils are created equally so it’s important to do your research as not all can be ingested, but these can. My favorite to use is lavender. If I’m having trouble sleeping or the girls are really grumpy before bedtime, I put some lavender oil on our feet and we sleep so much better.

4) Honest Company bath products.

Love these products. I have used the body oil on myself and my daughter’s eczema. I use the bath products on the girls. The lavender body wash and lotion smell fantastic! I haven’t tried the diapers yet, but I will.

5) Coconut oil. I use coconut oil so much for cooking and topically. Any dry patches I have on my skin, I apply coconut oil. Boo boos on the littles, I apply coconut oil. Dry ends of my hair, I apply coconut oil. Growing belly bump, I apply coconut oil. I’m one of those momma’s that believe breastmilk and coconut oil are cures for all that ails us.

6) Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Exfoliator. An exfoliator is so important to use.  What I love about this particular one is that it does the job without being abrasive leaving my face super smooth.

 

What are some of your favorite must have products?

If you haven’t checked out EWG I highly recommend it. The Environmental Working Group tests different brands of cosmetics and other products for carcinogens and other harmful chemicals. It’s a great place to start learning what is in individual products and the possible effects they make have on us and our children.

**If there any products you think I should check out or you have your own and would like to collaborate, comment below or email me at lauranau17@gmail.com

37 Week Bumpdate

Hello 37 weeks!

This week is week 37 of my pregnancy. Just like with the twins, this pregnancy is flying by. We are so excited to meet her soon. In less than 3 weeks, we will be bring home our newest addition!!

 

Here is my 37 week bumpdate:

Weight Gain: 27 lbs. (I’m getting close to what I gained with the girls)

Cravings: My cravings have pretty much subsided now. I guess since the baby is getting so big, I’m not as hungry as I was before. Plus, my acid reflux has kept me from wanting to eat too much.

Sleep: Still not getting any! Waking every hour on the hour is definitely for the birds.

Mood: Hello mood swings! If you read my Mommy Meltdown post then you know that I’ve been a bit on the moody side. I’ve also been super emotional. I had to fight back the tears at church this past Sunday because they put the decaf coffee away earlier than usual. Seriously?!

Movement: She is still a wild animal. She has also been having the hiccups every day which is such a crazy feeling.

Dilation: I went in today and I’m not even 1 cm dilated. I definitely haven’t progressed as much as we had hoped, so fingers crossed that next week, things start moving.

Birth plan: I am hoping for a VBAC this time. I received my VBAC consent form today. That just makes the entire process that much more real. If my body doesn’t cooperate then I am prepared for a Csection again. As long as our baby girl is brought into this world safe and healthy, the means of delivery aren’t that important to me anymore.

Any other preggo mamas out there? I’d love to hear how you are feeling! Comment or message me!

Mommy Meltdown

Last week was one of those weeks. Not a bad day, but the entire week was rotten. We were all just “off”. Ever have one of those weeks?

By Wednesday, I was over it. I’m usually pretty good at keeping my cool. Well, goodish. (Yea, I know that’s not a real word) By the time my husband got home, I was on another level. Maybe it was exhaustion. Maybe it was pregnancy hormones. Whatever it was, I know he was not prepared for what he was coming home to.

I was finishing dinner and yelling about everything. Not one of my finer moments. Finally, I just went to the bathroom, slammed the door, locked it, and got in the shower in hopes of escaping for a few moments. I cried. I cried harder than I had cried in a long time. In the meantime, one of the girls camped out on the other side of the door, kicking and screaming for Mommy. I cried more.

I cried because I was exhausted. I cried because I was hormonal. I cried because I was desperate for some quiet time to myself. I cried because I had no idea what I was doing or how I could make the littles get along and stop biting and pulling each other’s hair. I cried because I felt like such a bad mom for losing my cool.

Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves?

I love my children more than anything but seriously they can be such turds! Toddlers are turds. Plain and simple. And this season in life is tough. In a few weeks, I will be the mom to 3  girls, 3 and under. I’m sure I will have more of those days because this season is so dang hard.

One thing I’m learning is to give myself GRACE. And I’m not great at that. I’m doing the best I can to keep us all afloat during the days when I just want hide. I have days that I text my husband “when you get home, I’m running away.” Of course I’m not totally serious. I mean, I’d come back before bedtime. I’m not perfect. Heck, no mom is. We are all just doing the best we can. My only hope is that my Mommy meltdowns don’t traumatize them too much. And if it does, I guess that’s what therapy is for, right?!

 

“Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.” Ricki Lake

My Journey Breastfeeding Twins

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When I first found out that I was pregnant in 2014, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I did a bit of research and talked with my sister (who was one of the very few breastfeeding mamas I knew at the time) about the breastfeeding journey. When I found out I was pregnant with twins 2 weeks after, I began to wonder if I would be able to do it. Everything I had read up to that point wasn’t very supportive, but I am quite stubborn so I said “I will breastfeed my twins and I don’t care how hard people tell me it will be.”

What a journey it has been..Immediately following my C-section, I was wheeled into recovery and these sweet little girls were placed on my chest for the first time. The nurses helped them latch and they stayed latched for almost 3 years.

I remember being in the hospital and every 2 hours, it would be time to nurse. I would nurse the girls (tandem, which was sooo dang hard with 2 teeny, tiny babies), pump, give them my colostrum, or what we liked to call “liquid gold” with a syringe and then bottle feed them donor milk from the nursery. I was so happy and blessed to know that there were sweet, generous mothers out there that would donate their milk to little babies like mine. This process seemed to take forever each time, but I was determined to do it.

Once we got home, the twins and I camped out in the living room for the first 3 months. The girls were pretty small (birth weight for Baby A was 5 lbs 10 oz and Baby B 4 lbs and 14 oz, both being much smaller when we left the hospital) so I knew that we had to nurse every 2 hours, no excuses. Every 2 hours, I would wake one baby, nurse her for probably 15-20 minutes, lay her down, wake her sister, do the same, then pump for about 20 minutes. I would then lay down, sometimes after eating a gigantic turkey sandwich and chugging a bunch of water, close my eyes for maybe an hour and then do it all over again.

I was beyond exhausted. I was more tired than I had ever been in my entire life. I’ve heard people say that their babies started sleeping through the night at this age or that age. Not these girls! They loved that boobie milk. Sometimes they would go 3 or 4 hours of straight sleep, but that was very rare. I would be lying if I said the first year with twins wasn’t a blur. There were so many tears, mostly from me I think. It was difficult, but I would look at those tiny faces and remember how absolutely blessed I was. They say that God doesn’t give you more than you can handle. I was genuinely shocked at how much He trusted me.

I thought that at 1 year, I would begin weaning. I felt some pressure to do it. My family never pressured me, but I guess hearing some many opinions, especially on social media, I thought, well maybe it’s time.

I remember sitting in the exam room at the girls’ 12 month check up and crying because I didn’t want to wean them yet. I knew in my heart that they weren’t ready and it just didn’t feel like the right decision to make. Our pediatrician was very supportive and told me that I didn’t have to stop if we weren’t ready. My husband agreed and I said “let’s get to 18 months”.

Eighteen months came and went and the next thing I knew we were still nursing at 2 years old. I looked into gentle weaning and half-tried different methods without success. To be honest, I was just too lazy to give any method a real try because I like to sleep. We were co-sleeping and it was just so much easier to let them nurse when they wanted and Mommy could still sleep.

When the girls were almost 28 months old, my husband and I decided to start trying for another baby. Coincidentally, that same month was the return of my period. Yes, it took that long for mine to return. I wasn’t complaining though. As luck would have it, I got pregnant that very same month. Now, I found myself pregnant and still nursing twins. That was when I decided I was 100% ready to end the journey. I wanted to have my body to myself for a bit before I began nursing another child and quite frankly I wasn’t prepared to nurse 3 kiddos.

I spent a lot of time thinking and praying about how we would make this transition. In May, our sweet Carley took a tumble and bit a pretty big gash in her tongue that prevented her from eating solid foods and nursing. This was not the way I wanted her to wean, but it just happened. The first two nights were pretty rough on her, but then by night 3 she had stopped trying. 

Then we were left with only Sophie nursing. Both girls are stubborn, but Sophie may be the most stubborn. If she wanted to nurse, you better deliver. Not questions. No hesitations. Give her the boob and no one gets hurt. She had been only nursing once to go to sleep and then once during the night. All of a sudden, she was waking every couple hours to nurse. One day, 2 weeks ago, she said, “Mommy, I nursed and your milk tasted so yummy!” Oh boy, I was not prepared for that. I can only assume that my milk was changing in preparation for the new baby. I knew that if I continued letting her have the yummy milk then I would for sure be following her to college.

I decided to try something that I hadn’t tried before. Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? I sat her down and told her that Mommy’s boobies had boo-boos. Yes, I told my almost 3 year old a little white lie. I had put band aids on my boobs because I knew she would ask to see said boo-boos. I told her that she wouldn’t be able to nurse that night. We talked about it a couple more times throughout the day.

Then the moment of truth came. Bedtime. Our routine had always been. Lay down. Say our prayers. Say “I love you”. Pull out boobie and nurse. Sophie said, “Mommy boobie hurt, no nurse.” She laid next to me, whispered her prayers two more times and then rolled over.

That was it. Just like that our breastfeeding journey had come to an end. The next night was a rough one, but we made it through and she has been weaned for 2.5 weeks now.

Breastfeeding twins has not always been easy, but for us, it was the best decision we could make. The right decision for OUR family. Breastfeeding my sweet girls was definitely an adventure, but one that I am so grateful I was able to do. Yes, there were so many sleepless nights, but you forget how tired you were and instead remember how sweet those rare, quiet moments were at 3 am when the rest of the world was sleeping.

If you are needing encouragement through your journey, I am here. I am no expert. I’m just a Mom that’s been there and done that and want other Moms to know that I care and support you.