Monday, May 28, 2012

Temporary Retirement

       This Saturday night is my last night as a NICU nurse. Will it be my last night ever? No. I certainly hope to be able to work after we settle in to our new home in Louisiana and acquire some quality, loving childcare. It will, however, be the last time I will ever work at my current hospital and I am a big ole' jumble of emotions about it. I started this job fresh out of college 6 years ago and have found myself leaving a different person than the one who started.

      When I started this job I had no idea what to expect. I may have thought I did, but truely I did not.  While I love NICU nursing there is an emotional intensity to it that I have a love/hate relationship with. You're working with people, parents, that are going through one of the most stressful times of their lives. You're there with them while they ride the roller coaster that is NICU survival.  Like a roller coaster going up-hill, critically ill infants get better very slowly, notch-by-notch; but in the snap of the fingers they are spiralling downward with a velocity that can crush a family, dash hope, and destroy dreams.  All you can do is hope that you're there when the "roller coaster", stops and the parents get off and take their baby home. Those moments are amazing. Some of my greatest NICU memories are of babies that have made it against all odds and are home today. I have a little mental catalogue of babies names in my brain who have amazed me with their resiliance and will to live.

       The sweet times wouldnt be as sweet without experiencing the bitter times....and boy oh boy NICU does not lack those. Unfortunately, death is often a cruel reality in NICU's. As a nurse its never something you want to encounter.  I have, however, learned some huge life lessons in humility, thankfulness, and acceptance from amazing parents as they let their beautiful babies go. Some of these babies died on their own and others were let go by their brave, selfless parents who didnt want them to suffer. The ultimate parenting sacrifice.

        Through my job I've met a lovely bunch of ladies that have become some of my very very best friends.  We've covered a lot of ground in 6 years.  From helping each other move (many times), to bachelorette parties, baby showers, weddings, births, nicu babies, cranky babies, breakups, makeups, game nights, date nights, and girls nights out. When I started my job I didn't know that I would make ANY friends, much less multiple life long friends. Strong, independent, crafty, crazy good time managin', party plannin', awesome mama's and friends. Thanks for being my friends ladies!

       While some of the politics and policies that go along with the job can be vexing, I am proud to say that I have had a job for 6 years that I have truely loved. While I may not have always wanted to go to work (because who wants to miss out on fun stuff at home?!). I always loved the crux of what my job entailed. Babies. Mama's. Helping. Learning.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Blog Etiquette??

          Staring dreamily into your newborns eyes during late night feedings is only awesome until your completely and utterly exhausted. Often by 4 am I struggled to stay awake to feed my baby without dropping him. To combat my sleepiness I started following many amazing blogs on my iPhone. Popping in for a 4 am blog reading became something like visiting an old friend.  Id feed my babe and read about the latest and greatest in someone elses fascinating life.

         Blogging is a new thing for me. I imagine there is blogger etiquette, yet I have no idea what it is. With technology of the past there was always some kind of etiquette to learn. For example, it was never polite to write in capitals in a chat room, after all, "WHY ARE YOU YELLING?!" What I'm getting at is I'm not sure if its proper blog etiquette to randomly recommend others blogs? Or perhaps I should email them and ask if I may post links to their blogs? Whatever the case I have decided to list here some of my favorite blogs. Thanks for the blogging inspiration ladies (and gents).

                                                 www.younghouselove.com

                                                    www.e-tells-tales.com

                                                   www.kellehampton.com

                                                www.hautemommyblog.com

                                                     www.ipickpretty.com

                                                     www.alphamom.com

        


                                                  


Monday, May 21, 2012

Are YOU Mom enough?

     
I hate to write about a controversial topic as my second blog post ever, however, I simply cannot resist. I am a new Mother who has fallen in love with her baby and learned to enjoy breastfeeding in ways she never expected. Easy at first? No! The right decision for us and now a wonderful part of my son's babyhood? Yes!

Despite my new found passion about breastfeeding I am disgusted by Time Magazine's recentcover featuring a beautiful, 20 something, trendy, woman looking the camera in the eye and breastfeeding her almost 4 year old. I certainly find this practice unappealing and have no qualms about weaning around age one. That being said the title of the article and the unfavorable attention this article calls to breastfeeding angers me.

As a new Mom decisions abound. Breastfeeding or formula feed is just one of thousands of decisions we are about to make for our offspring in the coming years. It's terrifying. Yet, it's seems instead of supporting one another we are our own biggest judges. Time pits us against each other once again with their title, "Are you Mom enough?" Why may I ask does Mothering bring out the competition amongst Mothers? Mothering is not a competition to be won and even if it was I highly doubt that breastfeeding would be the leg of the race that would win you the title. I wish Time would have instead asked, "Are you Mom enough to respect each other in personal parenting decisions?"


Secondly, breastfeeding even an infant is not completely societally accepted . Some are squeamish and seem skeeved out by the whole thing. Even when using a cover and nursing an infant in public some stares are expected. I believe that feeding an infant in public should be ok, however, Time makes this again more difficult by making breastfeeding seeming freakish and unnatural. The article was meant to be sensational and shocking. Nothing about breastfeeding an infant should be sensational or shocking.



 What are your thoughts on the cover? Do you believe there is a problem with competition Mommy to Mommy? Do you think the title and cover page were meant to shock and sensationalize breastfeeding? If your currently breastfeeding how do you feel about the article? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Diving into the World of Mommy Blogging

           As I write this post I am approximately 2 weeks away from quitting my job, packing up my life, and moving from my home in Florida to Louisiana. I am two weeks from entering a new life as a stay at home mom and novice mommy blogger. Terrifying and exciting at the same time. Ready or not life IS about to change.

           On this blog I hope to capture my adventures in moving, growing, mothering, and loving. I will also be reviewing my favorite products for mommy, baby, and child. As a mother of a small child I can say with confidence that I understand how overwhelming the selection of child products can be. Reading reviews can be immensely helpful in making products choices for the new mother. Please contact me if you would like to see a product reviewed or have your product reviewed on this blog.

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