The Struggle is Real

As a mom of an active 3 year old and an always hungry 6 month old, I’m constantly faced with the struggle of comfort vs style. The struggle is real. Ha!

Honestly though, as mothers we are constantly changing and re-arranging our lives based on the needs of our children. I’m okay with that. Really, I thrive off of my children needing me. However, as a woman I find that after a while I begin to feel down and need a pick-me up. Maybe it’s because I only get 4 hours of sleep a night or maybe it’s because I’m constantly covered in milk, slobber, vomit, poop, and urine (often all at once). I mean, let’s face it, when you choose your outfit, hair-do and food (Guy has a dairy intolerance) based on your kids’ needs, there’s not much left of YOU.

No, I’m not complaining. I’m just saying, every once in a while you need something besides your family that makes you feel good about yourself; something that makes you say, yeah, I still got it! That “thing” could be a new hairstyle or maybe a new outfit. For me, it was a bra.

I was given the opportunity to try out a nursing/pumping bra from The Dairy Fairy. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Up until now, I’d been wearing the cheapest nursing bras I could find and they certainly weren’t cute. When I opened the package and pulled out the Ayla Luxury Lace Nursing and Handsfree Pumping bra, my immediate response was, “umm…its lace!” I don’t wear lacy anything and certainly not undergarments. Don’t get me wrong, it’s super cute but those aren’t comfortable. I’m used to cotton and spandex. Those are mom fabrics. Well, well…let me just tell you. Not only did it make me feel like a hot momma, but it was super comfy and practical.

It’s difficult for me to find a good fitting bra. I have scoliosis and it makes my bras twist and bunch and it’s just overall annoying. The Ayla has a nice band under the cups that fits snug. It also has a mini underwire. If you were to look through my current, embarrassing collection of bras; you’d find that I actually cut-out any underwire that I come in contact with. They dig into my sternum and sides and I altogether just try to avoid underwires. Not this time. The Ayla’s mini underwire doesn’t even wrap all the way around the cup. It only comes to the mid-center and it keeps everything right where it should be.

So, I mention that my son loves to nurse. He’s six months old and still on a feeding schedule of every two to three hours. Yep, he’s a big boy and when he’s hungry, he doesn’t want to wait. Having a nursing bra that is easy to clip and unclip is key to getting my Guy his food when he wants it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to fidget with a nursing clip to get the stinking thing unlatched. Thanks Dairy Fairy for making a bra that has a clip that’s quick and easy to use. Oh, and because the material is thin and flexible, it’s easy to fold down and out of the way while nursing.

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Besides being a mommy and wife, I have a full-time job that requires me to be away from the kids 10 hours a day. Therefore, I have to pump while I’m away. I recently posted a picture in one of my Lactation Facebook groups of the indentions on my arms from where I hold the flanges while I pump. Anyone know what I’m talking about? Up until I tried the Ayla, I’d never had a hands-free pumping bra and I pumped for over a year for my daughter. Hands free pumping is where it’s at! Wow! I love how I have both hands to look at adorable pictures on my phone of my kids while I pump and I don’t have the painful, unattractive indentions from trying to hold both flanges while I pump. The hidden flange openings make it easy and convenient to pump both sides at once. The openings are small enough to keep the flange (mine are 27mm) in place but big enough to fit them through easily.

I mentioned that comfort is key for me in a nursing/pumping bra. One of the only things I really dislike about nursing is having to sleep in a bra. The 9 months between weaning my daughter and having my son were the most comfortable months of my life as a mother because I didn’t have to sleep in a bra. Needless to say, I didn’t have high hopes for the bra as a nighttime undergarment. Wow! I was completely impressed. The Ayla was actually very comfortable while sleeping. It didn’t twist and bunch and the nursing clip made for easy nighttime feedings.

While I’m not big of shopping for bras and definitely not a fan of spending the $$$ on a bra, I find myself excited to replace some of my old, worn-out, impractical nursing bras with new ones from the Dairy Fairy.

If you struggle to find a bra that’s right for you, try the Dairy Fairy.

Thanks Dairy Fairy for making a bra that is practical, comfortable, and stylish all at the same time.

-Momstracted Momma

 

And Then There Were Four, Part 1 of 3 – 1st 11 Weeks

We’ve been gone from the Momstracted world for a while but here’s what happened while we were gone. In episode 5 of the Momstraced podcast we made our big pregnancy announcement. We talk about trying and the multiple tests I took while “impatiently” waiting to find out if we were going to have another baby.

We touch on the differences in symptoms that I’ve experienced with the second pregnancy compared to our first. We also ponder the idea of whether or not people even care about your second pregnancy. Later, we discuss all of the changes that I’ve gone through between conception up until 11 weeks and give the listeners a special treat and play a recording of the heartbeat from the at-home fetal doppler.

Also in this episode we update you on Bell and how introducing potty training went. Our hopes were that she’d be potty trained before Baby #2 got here…Keep listening and you’ll see how that went…or didn’t…

Besides potty training we also talk about Bell’s reaction and our expectations for her as a big sister.

Flick and I make our predictions of whether we thought Baby #2 was a boy or girl. Since this is an old episode you probably already know. 😉

While this is an old episode that was never aired we are excited to share with you the experiences of our pregnancy with baby #2. We hope you enjoy listening and find some helpful tidbits in the following podcast episodes.

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-Momstracted Momma

Guess Who’s Back…

Yes, I’ve been gone quite a while but I’m back and our family is bigger than ever. We’ve added a new little man to our family and we can’t wait to tell you all about our little Guy. No, his name isn’t Guy, but that’s how we’ll be referring to him on Momstracted.

We’re gonna play catch up on the first few podcast episodes that are released. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach. Similarly, my ambitions are always bigger than my reality. ha! I had hoped to keep up with entries and podcasting along my pregnancy journey but it didn’t happen. Flick and I did record a couple of podcasts during the pregnancy but that’s as far as we got. Guy is now six months old. Yep, we have a lot of catching up to do. So, we’ll post the two pregnancy episodes and then we’ll do a long “Catching up” episode where we will fill you in on the birth and everything that has happened in the past six months since the birth.  It’ll be a two-parter.

While there are still some major life changes going on in our world, I’m happier than ever and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Please, tell your friends, share our posts and comment on the blog. We love to hear from anyone that’s listening and encourage feedback.

More to come,

Momstracted Momma