Nursing your baby can look like this

….but more often it looks like this

The reality is that breastfeeding is 10% sweet and 90% crazy, at least for me. Real breastfeeding is:

Pinching

Pounding

Titty Twisting

Tugging

Scratching

Popping off to stare around and expose you…then yelling at you because the boob is gone

Nipple damage

Biting (come one do they really need teeth this young?!)

Acrobatic nursing

Baby testing how far your nipples can stretch

Feeling absolutely touched out

Wondering if your breasts will ever be sexual objects again

Wondering if your breasts will ever stop being this strange shape

It’s pumping at work to keep up supply

It’s dealing with hot nursing covers

It’s nursing in strange places to get a little privacy

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I can’t believe how fast 6 months has gone by or the profound change that has taken place in my life.

I’ve gone from a scared young woman holding a wriggling mass on her chest and wondering how she was going to care for it to what I always swore I didn’t want to be, a stay at home mom, trying desperately to stay at home and enjoy these fleeting moments of babydom.

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Knowing your love languages is an important part of any relationship. Re-evaluating them can really help to strengthen your relationship after baby arrives. My husband recently asked me to retake the 5 Love Languages quiz. My primary has always been quality time and his was physical touch. But as any new parents know, those are both in short supply when your day is run by a 6 month old dictatress. So, he asked that we check in on what our secondary love language in an effort to find out how we could show each other love in a season where our primaries have to take a back seat.

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You’re not a failure at breastfeeding…they just didn’t warn you.

They didn’t warn you how hard it could be. They didn’t tell you about all the problems that could occur. They didn’t tell you it isn’t always this easy natural experience. Sometimes it’s hard and you have to fight to keep at it. And once you solve one thing a new issue or baby behavior will crop up. Breastfeeding is tough but worthwhile. I just wish I’d been prepared and it would’ve saved a lot of tears,

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