There are so many misconceptions out there around feeding your baby formula, and as a new mom it’s a really emotional topic to try to understand. Especially when you are in the think of it with a new infant at home. The hormones, the loneliness, the “oh-shit, someone really trusted me to keep this tiny human alive”, etc. I suffered from major PPA (postpartum anxiety) my first 3-4 months of motherhood, and looking back, I am pretty certain that the main cause stemmed mostly from my shortcomings with breast feeding. I was so hard on myself for not being able to “stick with it” and felt shameful for turning to formula.
We made the switch to formula because it was the best thing for all of us. I had a lot of guilt about switching, especially when I started researching what the US allowed in our formulas. It’s just sad. Embarrassing to say the least. But the Europeans? Yea, they are legit. Like, really, really legit. For example, if the Europeans say something is Non GMO, then it actually IS Non GMO. Crazy, right? European Food Standards Authority (EFSA) is very diligent in their standards. For example, the USDA has yet to acknowledge 3-MCPD as a hazardous, toxic substance linked to cancer, while Europe has already eliminated it entirely. It could still be actively used in American formulas! The same applies for GMOs and sweeteners.
We have a 9 month old baby who is on the MOVE and life has gotten VERY real around here. Our strategy is to keep her contained (at least, for now) - she gets her “play zone” and the rest is ours. So, far, it’s working pretty well. There were a few things we couldn’t ignore, like safety hazards. Things like the fireplace, electrical outlets, and of course, the stairs.
Did you know that baby monitor rage is a thing? Well, it is in my house. It’s like road rage, except you aren’t alone in your car yelling at random strangers who can’t hear you. You are in your bedroom, in the dark, laying next to your spouse, and two dogs, yelling at a tiny electronic. And, you know how people say that putting together IKEA furniture is the number one cause of a fight in a relationship. I think they are wrong. I think it’s baby monitor rage. Yes, definitely.
This is it y'all. The BEST, most scary, most exciting day of my life. The day our sweet baby Flo entered this world. Yes, I setup a GoPro camera in the corner to capture her arrival. And yes, I've watched it at least a dozen times already. Don't worry, you won't see my coot coot or any weird shit. I'm keeping it classy San Diego. But before you watch the video, and think, wow, that looks so easy, she literally pushed for under a minute... Let me tell you somethin' (in my best Ace Ventura voice) there were A LOT of challenges leading up to this moment
For so long, I have tried to visualize what our nursery would look like. I had the hardest time picturing anything at all. I love interior design, I take a lot of pride in the design of our home, my husband and I both do, but for some reason creating a vision for this room was just one big mental block.