It's an odd day for there to be a few different internet ideas or television items that I'm loving, but right now, I couldn't help but share these two:
1. This breastfeeding video. You all know I'm pro breastfeeding, and I'm also totally anti the cover. It's just not a thing for me. I'm not embarrassed and I just don't want to create a whole situation where I don't feel comfortable nursing and feeding Ocho, or any other baby I might have. That's not to say that I'm not happy to go somewhere private if it's convenient for me and her. Honestly she's a bit distractable when I'm nursing, so a little privacy can really help.
There have been so many moments when I haven't felt comfortable. Both strangers, and I'm sad to say, members of my own family and social circle have made me feel like nursing isn't okay. But that's fine, I'm still going to nurse her when she needs it.
I've enjoyed nursing both of my girls. There are definitely moments when it's tiresome, or bothersome, but most moments I enjoy the connection. With Ocho I'm constantly reminded that this time period is so short. If this was EG I would will only be nursing for a few more months... these are beautiful moments with mother and child, and I hope that the world begins to recognize that. I'm just a mother, breastfeeding her baby.
2. This commercial about taking vacation. It's tone is a little negative (I'm not a fan of trying to guilt anyone into doing anything, even taking vacation) but I love that there's a 'movement' to take more time off. It's true how often we hear that we can't possibly take time off. There's nothing like a vacation to reconnect the family. Between time together and no responsibilites even a weekend getaway can reconnect a family.
Here's to embracing our vacation time. Here's to recognizing that as important as our work is, our legacy in the world is our family. What will stay with us forever are the families we create and the memories we have with them. No one knows that better than someone who just lost their mom. We're about to go on a memorial vacation with my side of the family. How sad that we couldn't get it together to get together before she died. That the last family vacation we had was in October of 2014....
Oh well- embrace the moment. Take the time off!