Yearly Take Away: 33

I recently turned 33 and started thinking about my take aways from this past year. I like to reflect on the year and lessons I have learned along the way. You can check out previous years here: Yearly Take Away: 32, Yearly Take Away: 31, and What I Learned In My Twenties. Once again, I will try not to overlap thoughts or lessons from previous years. I am so thankful for another trip around the sun and looking forward to this year!

1.Take care of yourself so you can live your best version. There is no reason not to.

2.People open up when you do.

3.Ask people how you can pray for them. People who seem “put together” still have struggles you would never know about.

4. Listen and think. We don’t always have to respond to something or give advice.

5.If you are passionate about a issue, take action and be the change you want to see. Posting on social media isn’t some stamp of approval that we have created it to be.

6.Prioritize your home life and create a legacy for your kids.

7.Put your energy into the things that matter.

8.Have dinner as a family.

9.Create healthy routines or habits.

10.Apprecaite the differences in people.

11.Always strive to learn, grow, and evolve.

12.Doing things scared is better than never doing them at all.

13.Relationships are everything. We are created to be in community with one another.

14.Be nice to yourself.

15.Social media will always be a highlight reel and a small glimpse into what someone wants to show you…

16.Move your body.

17.Find people who lift you up and support you.

18.Spend time in the word and in prayer.

19.Your thoughts become your actions.

20.Ask for help if you are struggling.

21.Being a mom is the hardest and greatest job in the world.

22. Tell people you love them and what you appreciate about them…this includes your spouse and kids.

As always, sending light and love.

Blessings,

Jac

Reflections Breastfeeding Baby 2

Our youngest son turned one at the beginning of May and I knew I wanted to start weening from breastfeeding after his birthday. I was extremely fortunate to exclusively breastfeed him and our older son, however I knew it was time to start decreasing our sessions. We began “weening” at 12 months and were completely done at 13.5 months. It was a very gradual process which was not only good for him, but also for my body. I thought I would share some reflections from this past year. You can check out more breastfeeding posts here: Breastfeeding Lessons, Breastfeeding & Pumping Baby 2, Pumping & Traveling, Flying & Pumping.

  • Talk to other moms and find ones who are open, honest, and supportive. It’s nice to be seen and validated.
  • Whatever you are going through, another mom has already been through it or is also going through it.
  • Do what feels right for you and your family.
  • Embrace the season, it quickly passes.
  • Breastfeeding can definitely feel isolating.
  • Weening can be a very natural and gradual process if you plan for it.
  • Celebrate any amount of time you chose to nurse…it’s a huge accomplishment!
  • There are many logistics involved with breastfeeding and you don’t really get a “break” even if you are away from baby.
  • Take care of your body and health.
  • Enjoy that time with your baby- it is so special!

As always, sending light and love.

Blessings,

Jac

Baby Wellness Checks: 9-12 Months

Our youngest son recently turned a year, which is hard to believe! I have shared what to expect with wellness visits throughout the first year which you can check out here. I wanted to share months 9-12 to round up the first year of check-ups and expectations. If your doctor doesn’t give you a schedule or handout of appointment information, I would suggest asking!

Wellness Check #8: 12 Months

This check up is very similar to prior visits in regards to a developmental questionnaire and physical exam. Many times you will fill out the questionnaire prior to the visit so the doctor already knows topics to discuss. For this appointment, my son first had his measurements taken which is then printed to me on growth charts (also available in his portal). He then had his blood taken by the nurse to run some standard blood work (finger prick). The doctor did a complete physical exam and discussed development as well as any areas of concern. The main topics were eating, nursing (transitioning to cows), safety, speech development, sleep and what to expect by the next visit.

I am given a handout that is sectioned with each discussion topic as a general reference and my doctor will make personal notes with anything we discussed or she recommended on it. It also has a “next visit” section so I know what to be looking for in the upcoming months. Routine vaccinations are also given at 12 months if you choose to follow the recommended schedule.

I would love to know anything that surprised you with wellness checks within the first year!

As always, sending light and love.

Blessings,

Jac