Our Daily Bit

16 July 2014

Exactly two years ago from today, I sat down in our apartment in Arizona and wrote my very first blog post. At the time I had no idea what blogging really was, and I was completely unaware of the community that existed surrounding this new hobby of mine. I quickly fell in love with it, and over the next few years, poured creativity, hard work, and heart into Wifessionals. There were ups and downs along the way - days where I couldn't picture not having my blog and others where I wanted to just delete it. But I always felt like I wasn't ready to walk away from it. So I just kept blogging.

After Rilynn was born, the amount of free time I had drastically diminished. I am so appreciative that I am blessed to stay home with her and I want to cherish this time. As months have gone by, I have realized that I just don't have time to maintain my blog anymore. I get small pockets of free time each day, but once I'm done taking care of things around the house, there's just not time to spend an hour typing out a blog post. For weeks I struggled with trying to decide where I wanted to go from here. I love the relationships I've created with other women, mothers and bloggers. I like the ability to share something fun I learn or a new, delicious recipe. But how could I keep those things without keeping my blog?

A few weeks ago, I changed my instagram handle as a first step towards my goals moving forward. After hours of chatting with other friends and bloggers, I finally came up with an idea I was actually excited about! I have made the decision to move all of my blogging to instagram. I have always liked this platform in the social media world. Instagram gives you the chance to still post pictures and text, link your posts together (through hashtags), and connect with a large community. While I know that not everyone has instagram, I do know that a large majority of other bloggers and moms do.

I chose the name Our Daily Bit because I love that you can share small pieces of your day and life on instagram. These little "bits" are what make up my feed. I will have everything I used to have here on the blog: recipes, DIY projects, helpful tips, things about motherhood & parenting, baby fashion, and so much more! I'm excited that I have a way to still share my heart and use my creativity, without taking time away from my daughter. I can post a recipe in 5 minutes, where as before it could take 30. I can quickly talk about a sippy cup that we love, ask moms for their favorites, receive helpful comments and respond - anywhere I am, anytime of day, and in seconds. I don't have to be tied to my computer. I don't have to invest hours of my day.

Blogging was so wonderful for me over the past two years! It is something that I truly enjoyed and I will always look back on this project of mine and smile. I am so grateful for all of the love and support shown to me from this community. Your encouragement through my pregnancy, Ryan's unemployment and our various moves around the country were something that means more to me than you will ever know.

I would absolutely love for you to come along and join me on this fun and exciting new chapter! If you ever want to say hello or chat, you can find me at:

instagram // @ourdailybit
email // ourdailybit (at) gmail (dot) com

I also wanted to leave a quick reference for anyone who stops by. I am planning to leave my blog up for now, so the recipes and blog series will still be available. Here are some of the most requested posts & series from Wifessionals:

Thank you for allowing me to share my life and heart with you guys! My hope is that my blog was able to encourage women and connect them with others who may be in the same season of life. I know that I have made some lifelong friendships through blogging and I can't wait to see all of the fun things that come about from Our Daily Bit (:

When Your Breastfeeding Journey Ends Unexpectedly

25 June 2014

Weaning is something I have really been researching and looking into for the past few months. My plan has always been to breastfeed until Rilynn was a year old, but I wanted to be prepared or figure out exactly how I planned to wean her when the time came.

Rilynn got her first tooth at four months. Shortly after that, I had my first "biting experience". The first 1 or 2 times weren't that bad - but then she drew blood. The way I dealt with it was just to say "no" and immediately stop breastfeeding her and hand her to Ryan. It only happened about 5 times and then she seemed to catch on and didn't do it again. Fast forward to two weeks ago. Rilynn now has eight teeth. She's only eight months old!! I have friends who have nine month old babies with NO teeth (count your blessings mamas). I was in the middle of nursing her and all of a sudden she bit me - I screamed and tried to pull her off, but she clamped down harder. My sister saw the whole thing happen and was mortified. Rilynn started screaming and I was crying. It was a huge mess.

About two days later I woke up feeling like I was going to die. I was sweating and felt like throwing up. I could barely get out of bed and the breast that Rilynn bit was in a ton of pain. When I finally made it to the bathroom, I noticed that my one breast was really red and hot to the touch - I knew I had mastitis. The crazy thing was that I didn't have the typical "hard lump" that you read about. As I started researching online, I realized I must have gotten an infection from bacteria entering where Rilynn bit me. All the articles I read said the most important thing to do during mastitis is to keep nursing...and so I did.

By this point I was terrified while breastfeeding. I prayed before every session that Rilynn wouldn't bit me again, especially on the side I had mastitis on. I went to the doctor the next morning and was put on antibiotics. (This just so happened to be our 2 year anniversary - yay)

The doctor asked me to come back in two days to make sure the antibiotics were helping and said we needed to discuss my plan moving forward with nursing. That afternoon, I was feeding Rilynn on the "healthy breast" - and she bit me...this time making a small hole and drawing blood. It was in that moment that I knew that I wouldn't be able to breastfeed anymore.

Both my doctor and Ryan worked to convince me that it would be the best decision to stop nursing. I could continue to pump, but after the two most recent incidents, all three of us were seriously concerned about what could happen if I tried to keep breastfeeding. I know it sounds funny, but Ryan even said "You realize if you don't stop you may never breastfeed any of our future children." After Rilynn refused to let go when she bit me, I knew that her permanently damaging a breast was a real possibility.

The next 12 hours were extremely emotional for me. If I would have made it to one year, and quit on MY TIMELINE, Rilynn may not have been ready and I would have felt really sad about that. If Rilynn one day woke up and just didn't want to nurse anymore and I wasn't prepared, I would have had a hard time adjusting to that too. I don't really think there is an easy way to stop nursing - but I definitely never thought THIS was how it would happen for us.

I breastfed Rilynn when she woke up in the morning. We played and had breakfast and she got dressed. I made the decision that her second feed of the day would be the last time nursing. I picked her up, took a few pictures with her right before (I knew I would look back and remember that those pictures were from the last day I breastfed her) and we headed to her nursery to put her down for a nap.

I had cried a lot leading up to that moment, but I promised myself that I wouldn't be sad while I fed her and that I would soak up and remember that last special time between her and I.

Now if you aren't a breastfeeding mother, you probably think this sounds crazy or overdramatic. When I told my sister what I had gone through emotionally, she looked at me and said, "Not to sound insensitive, but is this all really that big of a deal?" I honestly thought the same thing the past few months while I was researching weaning. But when it actually happens to you, it can be an extremely difficult thing to go through. I know that Rilynn doesn't just nurse because she's hungry - it's also for comfort. I felt like I was taking that away from her. I also felt like I was failing at my plan to breastfeed for her entire first year. I never thought I would make it to 6 months (I had a rough start), but I was so proud and excited of how far we had made it.

Ryan was great during the whole thing. He told me I wasn't taking the "comfort" aspect from her. She still has ME and I can still sit with her, comfort her and give her a bottle. In the days that followed, Rilynn would press her face into my chest when she was hungry or ready for a nap. That was hard to deal with, but besides that, everything else was great. Rilynn has taken a bottle from the day she was born, so that transition was easy. Now, two weeks later, she gets excited when she sees a bottle and I try to pump as much as I can. She's on a mixture of formula and breastmilk, but always gets both every day. I'm not producing as much milk as I used to, but I'm hoping to stretch out my stored breastmilk as close to a year as possible.

This was a really hard thing for me to go through and it's just another example of how things never seem to go according to plan. I am so grateful that I had eight and half months or breastfeeding with my first baby - it was a precious, unexplainable bonding time and something I look forward to with my future babies.

Did weaning your baby go according to your plan? Was it an emotional experience or something that was easy for you to get through? I'd love to hear your story below!!

House Progress & The Plague

23 June 2014

{Midweek madness - my sister and her friend were kind enough to come over and help out!}

This past weekend was extremely low key for us - mostly because we contracted this ongoing plague that keeps passing itself among our family. We built a lot of furniture, worked on house projects and tried to get some much needed sleep.

{Ikea furniture building}

Now this plague has been various sicknesses - it started out as mastitis for me (we thought it was the flu at the time - more on that later this week) - then Marcy developed some weird ear infection - Rilynn wakes up on Wednesday with pink eye and her own ear infection (I'm convinced she got this from going to the nursery for the first time at church last Sunday) - I wake up Thursday feeling like I'm getting a cold and Rilynn starts coughing - Ryan wakes up this weekend with a sore throat - By Sunday all of us are sick with all sorts of symptoms, so needless to say, I think we are just giving each other all of our sicknesses.

{Poor little pink eye princess}

I'm excited about all of the fun things we got done around the house though. It's hard to get anything done during the week. With all the craziness I think I was only on my computer once last week, but I have a few things to share and post on so hopefully I'll get to those later this week. I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I can't believe it is almost July!!

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