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July 17, 2012

Matt and I both had double headers tonight and came together for breastfeeding class!!

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Cereal snacked up and ready to go!


I spent the early part of my evening at prenatal yoga – gotta get my weekly fill in! There are quite a few of us who are the same number of weeks along. A few weeks ago (around 30 weeks) we all complained of a sudden onset of fatigue (which has now passed) and this week week all three brought up our latest physical change: stronger Braxton-Hicks contractions! I woke up with one so strong last night it felt like a real contraction! I real contraction that didn’t hurt so it was far from real, but it was my strongest BH yet so it was exciting.

In order to get to class on time, I had to drive to yoga and pack my dinner to eat on the go.

Leftover curry fit the bill! I ate it during the break in our class around 8pm.


Along with this amazing dessert!


Matt spent his afternoon at one of the local markets so we drove separately to the class.

I really enjoyed learning all about breastfeeding. I seem to go into these classes knowing the bulk of the material already, but I leave with 5-10 new fascinating tidbits that make the whole thing worth while. I’m going to recap a few of these on BERF next week!

We concluded with a little Skin-To-Fur and burping practice : )

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Our real little guy was moving all around during class, poking his legs and knees out. I think he was exciting for his first nursing session already!

Back at home and ready for bed!

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1 Kaila @healthyhelperblog July 17, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Thats so exciting that you are starting to feel contractions! You’re getting so close! Glad the classes are going well!


2 Brie @ Coxswain's Dilemma July 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm

hahahaha, Matt. I love that you guys are so fun! I think it’ll be your greatest asset as parents :) for sure.


3 [email protected] July 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I’m trying to picture a bunch of ladies with big bellies in down dog. Too cute :)


4 lynn @ the actor's diet July 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm



5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Breastfeeding is the one thing I truly miss about my little ones. It was the best cuddles ever!


6 Beth July 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I haven’t seen you in a non-horizontally striped shirt in weeks! Is there a monopoly on the maternity market?! :)

Breastfeeding is the BEST and WORST thing in the entire world. Get through the first 8 weeks (then the mastitis, cracked nipples, and teething after that) and you’re golden. I nursed my daughter for a full year, and gave her frozen, pumped milk for another two months. Very proud!

Also- if you don’t have a separate freezer- we did purchase one solely to store breastmilk. We actually ran out of freezer space in our fridge freezer/because I had pumped/stored so much. Something to think about!

Best wishes!


7 Megan @ Megan's Munchies July 17, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I am so excited for you! It is getting so close!

And…I have never heard of skin-to-fur!! :)


8 Karen July 17, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Breastfeeding is the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do! P.S. You don’t really need lessons for it… but it’s fun preparing, isn’t it?


9 Sana July 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Matt is too funny!


10 kristen @ verbs and vignettes July 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm

hahaha. sounds like a busy night, but with all good things. love the fur. EP is trimming his tonight because his cheeks are hot this summer, but I don’t think he’s shaving it off because he knows how much I love it. :p (and I hated beards before him!)


11 Cait's Plate July 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Ahahaha – those pictures of Matt are so funny.


12 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 17, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Glad the class was full of some tidbits – yes, there are always new things and good they came up with a few choice little gems. And wow on your stronger B/H. Things are moving right along…literally!


13 Allison k July 17, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Here is my bf advice:
Make sure you visit a certified lactation consultant post birth. We went at 9 days and it gave me a huge boost of confidence. put that in your favorites on your phone….I consulted it at all times if day and night in the early days.


14 Anna W. July 18, 2012 at 8:03 am

Yes – is what our lactation consultant recommended (instead of Dr. Google) and I found it to be a very helpful resource with trusted information even with a pediatrician husband in the house. Your positive attitude and excitement about everything will take you far with labor, delivery, BF’ing. I am excited for you!


15 Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple July 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm

And she has great instructions for using rubber bands to use your existing nursing bra for hands-free pumping, instead of having to spend $40 on a special bra. It was a lifesaver!


16 Khushboo July 17, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Not sure if you’ve covered it before but how long do you plan to breastfeed for?


17 KathEats July 18, 2012 at 6:21 am

ideally a year


18 j3nn July 17, 2012 at 11:53 pm

During the class your little bun was thinking, “Yummy! Can’t wait to try the new menu.” lol :)


19 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 18, 2012 at 4:12 am

How exciting! Not long to go now!


20 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 18, 2012 at 5:10 am

He must have know what was going on!!


21 Erica { } July 18, 2012 at 5:23 am

As someone who teaches Human Growth and Development I love seeing how much time your spending educating yourself for the baby. That is going to be one lucky kid with such amazing parents!


22 Kori July 18, 2012 at 5:31 am

Wow it’s getting so close now! =D One of the girls in my graduate nutrition program is conducting her 7-week block field experience (basically a required internship for the program) at USDA. Yesterday during the tech session, they used KERF as an example!! She text that to me, and I was so excited. Your dedication and hard work is being recognized by many. By the way, depending on where I am in my thesis project, Kaci and I are reallllly wanting to plan a trip back to Cville this October because it has been far too long. GH mmmmm :)


23 KathEats July 18, 2012 at 6:20 am

oh how exciting! I’ve had several people tell me they’ve seen the blog in presentations… I couldn’t think of anything more flattering :)

do come back and visit!


24 Kori July 18, 2012 at 6:58 am

It’s settled–we’re making a trip this fall!! We’re really excited, so I have already made a tentative itinerary [O_o] for the 4-day visit based on your Cville page of recommended restaurants. We used it last time and were so pleased with everything. I realize it’s 3 months early, but I love to plan and am so looking forward to it. :) K have a wonderful Wednesday~


25 KathEats July 18, 2012 at 7:27 am

Wonderful!! Hope I can meet you with baby boy!!


26 Kori July 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

That would be terrific! We’d certainly enjoy meeting him. :)


27 Molly @ RDexposed July 18, 2012 at 6:46 am

That baby looks real at first glance!


28 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope July 18, 2012 at 7:13 am

That is exciting that you are getting so close! :)


29 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio July 18, 2012 at 7:38 am

Y’all are too cute!!!


30 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

An evening for the baby! Sounds busy but relaxing at the same time!


31 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles July 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

I could have done with a breastfeeding class before my first son was born…I had many difficulties that led me to make the very hard decision to stop breastfeeding at 3 weeks. I was much more prepared when my second son came along and was able to breastfeed for just over a year! Still had many difficulties but I was bound and determined to make it work this time round…I purchased a double pump to pump after each feeding as my son was a very weak feeder and my milk was just not coming in for him well…I needed to fool my body into thinking I had twins! I saved the breast milk for when he started to eat cereals.


32 Melissa July 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

I found your blog through a link on Blueberries & Oats blog. I like this post so so much!!! I nursed my now 3 1/2 year old for 13 months. I loved it so much that I’m now taking the steps and going back to college at 26 (gasp!), studying to become a lactation consultant! Breastfeeding is worth every.single.problem that you face. Sounds like you are determined to nurse and that, to me, is one of the single most important factors! Good luck, and I for sure am a new blog follower 😀


33 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

I only have hunger contractions (it’s almost lunch time haha), so I’m living vi(kerf)iously through you :)


34 Angel7 July 18, 2012 at 4:43 pm

When I took a first glance at your the first picture of you, it looks as though you are breastfeeding a real baby :)


35 Lisa July 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I am glad to see you enjoying your prenatal classes! I’m a little biased (I am a Lamaze instructor).


36 Eileen July 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

LOL!! I love the look on the guys face in the background of the picture where Matt has the baby under his shirt.


37 Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple July 18, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Ha! That’s funny. I never made it to a breastfeeding class with my first son. There were 2. Everyone in our birthing class forgot about the 1st one. The second one…well, I was busy pushing, so I missed it.

I wish I had made it because nursing was hard work and I had a lot of pain (almost 6 weeks worth). Even with the second one (who is now 11 days old), I am having the same issues. Luckily, I had a visiting nurse come and give me some tips. She’s also a friend of mine with a 14-month old. Her tips have helped the pain lessen a lot over the last week. So, yay! My tip on nursing is: get help as soon as you need it. Lactation consultants, books, etc.

At 36 weeks this time around I had BH contractions that freaked me out! I never had them with my first, so it felt like the real thing. Then the real thing happened. Whoo whee.


38 Katie July 19, 2012 at 9:14 am

I’ve been enjoying your blog so much! Earlier this year, I had to take a break from reading it because I was suffering from nasty nausea early in my pregnancy, and boy did I miss your daily postings.

When I finally made it back to the land of the living, I opened your blog to find that you’re expecting! It has been so much fun to follow your progress, especially since we’re just days apart.

When I read this post, I had to chuckle. It was like reliving this past Saturday. Food before walking: check! 3 miler: check! Breastfeeding class: check! haha!

I’ve always loved the simplicity of your blogging and cooking…and the gorgeous pictures! Good luck in these final weeks. What a lucky baby you have!

If I’m ever lucky enough to visit C-ville (on my wish list thanks to a Southern Living feature), we’ll have to stop by the bakery. It looks divine.



39 KathEats July 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

Haha so fun!! I also couldn’t read many food blogs during the first trimester :)


40 Kristin at MommyPage July 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Prenatal yoga is so healthy for you and your baby! Your breastfeeding class also looks really fun. Your husband looks like he is enjoying the class too. :)


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