Sick single mom :-(

Hi Mamis…

I hope you’re all well, I myself am completely and totally ill. This whole week has been torturous. I started off Monday with a sore throat that was diagnosed as viral pharyngitis but now on Friday evening it’s developed into an upper respiratory infection. I feel like a train has ran over my body and stopped right on my chest. I haven’t been this sick in years. I might catch a little big here and there but I always keep going and don’t let it disrupt my normal mami duties. UNTIL this week.

I have left work early everyday to sneak into my relative’s empty apartment to sleep and recover because being at home meant taking care of my little meatball. I feel really guilty about doing this but I also feel like if I didn’t do it is probably be in a hospital right now. I guess this week it hit me just how challenging it is being a single parent. Of course, I have a ton of support (including meatball’s dad) but the minute I walk through my door, my daughter is my responsibility. I can’t let my sitter aka Abuelita take care of her in the evening also. She needs a break as taking care of my little meatball is NO EASY TASK! She’s not even 2 yet and she’s already in her terrible phase and it shows no sign of letting up.

Being a mami has been the best and most rewarding experience of my life so far but it’s also incredibly challenging especially today, especially this week and I’m sick. It’s terrible I don’t know how my mom did this. Kudos to all of you strong single moms who take care of your kids to matter what. This is not easy especially with a turned up toddler!

Okay good night stay strong single mamis and share your thoughts below!

Happy New Year Mamis! 2014 and I’m still breastfeeding!

Happy New Year!

2014 is here and I am still breastfeeding (I can’t believe it!). I didn’t think I’d be doing it for this long, I was certain that once meatball started solids, she’d prefer real food to mama’s milk but nope! She still loves to nurse whenever I am near, and she loves to nurse herself to sleep.

A lot of people ask me why I’m still doing it, or rather they tell me I need to stop (family members included -_-) and all I say is that I don’t have any plans on weaning my daughter. I want her to go off the boob at her own pace. Now let me just say that this is what WORKS for us and is not necessarily what everyone should do. Always assess your situation, desire and need and take it from there.

Nursing a toddler is not easy, it gets annoying and sometimes I wonder when I will get my boobs back, but for me…it’s just not something I plan to give up until she goes to college……KIDDING!!! LOL KIDDING!!!!!

Are any of you mamis still nursing past 6 months? 1 year? More? Did you wean? Why? Sound off on the comments mamis!

MUAHZZZZZ

Have a great evening 🙂

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Even the Pope approves

Good morning Mamis

Even if you’re not Catholic or religious for the matter you have to admit that Pope Francis is very different than his predecessors. He’s shaking up the Vatican by living modestly and making bold statements. He’s Time magazine’s Person of the Year and with good reason. I like him a lot. He was already cool in my book, but then he came out and defended a woman’s right to breastfeed in public…even at the Vatican. Smart guy!

YES POPE FRANCIS AKA POPE AWESOME!!! Read the article here.

Remember mamis..breastfeeding in public is a choice, you don’t have to do it if you don’t feel comfortable but isn’t it nice to know that major world figures are coming forth and normalizing breastfeeding? I’ve done it myself on more than one occasion and I’ve never gotten a negative reaction but then again, I don’t care either way. Anyhoot…a more detailed post on that later…in the meanwhile…..

Have a great weekend and eeekkksss!!! 5 days until Christmas (or 4 if you are Latina/o hee hee)

XOXO

Motherhood

Sometimes I think to myself “hey I’m getting the hang of this motherhood thing” and then something happens that painfully reminds me that I don’t! (In today’s case it was seeing my clothes all over the floor and seeing bare drawers) Ain’t life funny that way?

So here’s a great little quote that puts a nice perspective on the journey called motherhood.

Good night mamis!

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Protecting our children – our treasures.

Hello Mamis…

This morning one of my friends sent me a text asking me to report a profile on Instagram because it contained disgusting images. So what do I do? I go on the page expecting to see crazy images but I was NOT prepared for what I saw. I saw images of children that NO ONE should have to see. It was completely disgusting and vile. I won’t soon forget those images and it saddens and angers me to know that pedophiles even exist. Of course we all know there is evil in the world, but what a wake up call. I think we sometimes tend to live in bubbles and forget about issues and matters that don’t affect us directly. I am totally guilty of that. Sometimes I get consumed about things going on in Planet ME that I lose touch with the real world.  Let me tell you…this was a rude awakening. I can’t turn a blind eye to this because it’s not (thank the good Lord!) happened to me or anyone I know (that I know of).

Now in this case, I decided to figure out what are the proper steps to take when you encounter an atrocity like this. Obviously, if you witness a crime like this taking place, you need to call the authorities and if you can stop it, STOP IT. But in cyberspace (ie: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, insert trendy social media site here) you can’t do that. You can report offensive profiles by clicking on the report/block option on the image(s) in question. But don’t think it’s done there. You can also report offensive media or any crimes against children to the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children. They have a Cyber Tip Line where you can make anonymous or non-anonymous reports.

The New York State Troopers have a very informative page on internet crimes against children, and they also have a tip line as well. I’m sure each state has a page or agency that deals with this sort of thing, so make sure you do some research and educate yourselves.

Mamis…I’ll finish this post by saying this….Our Children are our greatest treasures. We are put on this earth to protect, guide, raise and love them. So love your babies Mamis…and love yourselves…because you’re doing an amazing job keeping your babies safe, happy and healthy.

Thrush – Say What Now?

Hi Mamis

A couple of months ago while I was nursing my growing meatball I started experiencing a stinging pain in my nipples. I brushed it off thinking meatball was probably nursing with a bad latch. Later that evening it happened again and I didn’t think anything of it. A couple of days later while brushing meatball’s teeth I noticed her gums where very white and brushing wasn’t getting rid of it. I was still experiencing stinging nipple pain even when I wasn’t nursing. I was perplexed so of course like any 21st century mami, I googled meatball’s curious symptoms.

The first thing that popped up was “Oral Thrush”. Something I’ve never heard of in my life. What is oral thrush you ask? It’s basically a yeast infection of the mouth. How does a baby get thrush? How is it cured? Can you prevent it? You can find the particulars here.

What did I do after being internet doctor and diagnosing my daughter? I made an appointment to see meatball’s pediatrician and the pediatrician right away said “yeap…it’s thrush” and told me she was going to prescribe meatball some liquid anti-fungal stuff and told me to call my OB/GYN to get treatment. I was really upset but the pediatrician assured me that thrush is quite common and easy to cure.

All in all, it took about 5 days for thrush to clear up. There have been no recurrences since then but I did take some precautionary measures and threw out all of her old pacifiers (Click here to look through my favorite brand of pacifiers) got news ones and thoroughly cleaned and steamed all of her favorite toys.

Has anyone here experienced thrush as well? Any tips or advice on how to deal with it?

Thanks for reading mamis! Have a great afternoon 🙂