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So….what are you wearing?

I mentioned a while back that my problem with nursing in public is not so much whether or not I have the right to do so, cuz I do and I will so everyone can just get over it… problem is my own personal modesty issues and personal comfort. I mean at home, I can enjoy a cup of tea and nurse BabyFrog while wearing a tank top and a “comfortable” bra….but, outside the comfort of our apartment is still a work in progress. I’ve had a little bit of success nursing with BabyFrog in my awesome sling and I absolutely love it….but she’s outgrowing it much quicker than I thought she would so it can be a little tough to work that. Totally getting another sling, though, it’s awesome!!

Now, I haven’t managed to get my hands on a Baby Bond – though I would still very much like to! – I went out today and bought a bunch of tops to serve as nursing tops….over the past few weeks, I’ve discovered that it’s nearly impossible to find actual nursing tops that are “me”…so today, I hit our favorite second hand store and looked for tops that would not only work to modestly NIP but are still something I would wear or would at least make it easier to nurse while wearing my favorite t-shirts ;^)

I’m still dealing with this bra thing, though….I’ve been through pretty much every nursing bra I can find and none of them are even a little bit comfortable for me to wear in public. I like my super-supportive, pre-formed bras with the bone and the underwire….they lift, separate and relieve the fatigue in my upper back – that is comfortable! They are however not great for breastfeeding….over, under, slip the strap down – nope, nope, nope… I’m stuck with two cottony, stretchy things that I bought a while back for sitting around in. While they do have an underwire, they just can’t cope…..I’m a DD to begin with and wearing one of these things when we go out…..I feel awful. Miserable. Frumpy. Ugh. I think I might have to perform surgery on one of my good bras before I go back to work to see if I can get it to work, at least for pumping.

So, how have you managed to make nursing – whether in public or not – work for you? What about your bra? Are you really happy with it? If so, can you tell me what it is…..please????

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Baby’s First Bath!!


I’m so excited – tonight we gave the BabyFrog her very first bath!!  I’ve been waiting very patiently (not!) for her belly button to fall off so that we could try out the Prince Lionheart washPOD that I snagged a few weeks ago. I must say that I expected a problem to begin with……not just because this was her first bath, but also because it was our first time bathing a baby like this.

With the Monkey, we had the usual baby tub and since there was no counter space anywhere in the house we lived in at the time – really, nowhere…..not in the kitchen or in the bathroom! – we wound up just putting her bathtub in the big bathtub…..not great on the back – ugh! But more than that, Monkey was flat on her back and the water hardly covered her… she was really just wet – not in water – and you know no matter how warm ya try to make a room, when you’re wet and naked it’s flippin’ cold!

When I first saw tubs like the washPOD, I thought it was crazy.  Why would anyone want to bathe their baby in this bucket???  But when I watched the video demonstration, I remembered Monkey’s first bath and realized how completely brilliant the concept is.  The washPOD is the only bathtub I had on my registry this time around.

We set the tub up on my kitchen counter, figuring it’d be easier to fill it up there, the counters are a good height and BabyFrog is already familiar with the kitchen – she hasn’t had much opportunity to visit either of our bathrooms yet.  I put some Johnsons Head to Toe in the water, grabbed one of her cool new froggy towels and a wash cloth and got her ready to go.

When her toes hit the water, BabyFrog started whimpering a bit….by the time her butt hit the water, it was a whine…..but as soon as her belly and chest were covered – nothing.  She looked at us, a little uncertain as to what was going on, but it took her no time to settle in.  She was calm and comfortable and warm. She was fascinated by the suds floating on top of the water…..she was distracted however by the water on her hand when she raised it out of the water….the whole time she was in the tub, she was pleasant and……curious, which was really cool to watch. She stretched out her arms and legs, even bounced up and down a little since she kept her feet firmly planted on the removable cushioned bottom of the tub – lol! When we took her out, though – yikes!  She was okay after a few seconds but, wow!  In the time it took to get her from the water to the towel – about 5 seconds! – she was not a happy baby. I actually had echoes of Bruce Willis in the back of my head, when he’s screaming “Put me back in!!” Ugh…a “Look Who’s Talking” reference…..I must be more sleep deprived than I thought.

The washPOD is pure genius….the concept itself is so simple – and completely overlooked! – but I especially like its design when compared to others like it. The cushioned bottom is perfectly contoured for little bottoms and I love the extra balance provided by the “legs” that other similar tubs are lacking – this is especially important, I think, for someone like me and DH. Both of us have back problems related to our jobs so we will both pretty much be using the tub while it’s on a raised surface – not on the floor or another spot where we would have to be in awkward sitting positions or leaning over – so the extra stability is a huge plus for us!

Not only do I wish I’d had a washPOD 11 years ago for the Monkey, I wish I could get one for all of my friends that are new mommies. If you’re expecting, add this tub to your registry….you’re friends might say you’re nutso – mine all did when I first mentioned that I wanted one! – but you’ll be the one with the happy bath-time baby ;^)