Παρασκευή, 30 Μαρτίου 2012

Thoughts On Breastfeeding

*I just realised I don't feel my...ehm I don't know how to say that in english...let's say I don't feel the milk filling my breasts! Does this sounds right? I think let down is the correct way to express that action. Anyway, I was shocked! I can't remember when was the last time I felt it. Wow, I didn't even notice. I guess it's something that just happens after a while. Just like the little pain on the breast you have the first days of breastfeding that goes away suddenly.

*I've been feeling guilty these days, because I let my baby sleep on my breast. People around me say things like ''He wants to sleep? Ok put him on his crib''. Then, I say something like ''Do you know a lot of babies who sleep that way?'' and they answer ''Sure, our babies always sleeped that way!'' But he doesn't sleep like that...what am I doing wrong? Should I have teach him other ways to sleep? Have I neglected my baby? Is he going to be a 14 year old boy unable to sleep without mama's breast??!! Oh, my! Well, I have no idea why they say such things. Have they forgotten? Do they want me to feel bad? Do they say the truth or not? Are they stupid? Do they have any idea what consequences their words have on a young mama? I tend to believe that they just DON'T THINK! They just wanna say something...something that's on their mind for a while...and they want to say it...and they do! They don't care if it's right or wrong, good or bad. These kind of people also seem to be unable to have a healthy debate. They don't want to listen to you, they don't wanna have an exchange of views, they don't want to think. All they want is to say something that once happened to them or someone they know or someone they don't know. Ok, it happened once and it worked or it didn't work for them or for someone they know or someone they don't know...AND I DON'T CARE!!! I want to find ways that work for me and my baby! They don't help! I don't need this shit, but sometimes I have to deal with it. I would stay away from these people if I could, but unfortunately it's not possible. So what I do, is listen to them but deeply ignore them. First of all I need to be calm.

*Breastfeeding is amazing! At first it's kinda hard, but when you find out how to do it right, it's really good! Right now, for me, breastfeeding is a break from housework. It's always the only time during the day that I get to blog or search over the internet or read a part of a book. And all of these about the baby! Ok, mostly about the baby. Now that he's a 6 month old showing his personality, breastfeeding time is great for kisses and cuddles, because he usually doesn't care about this kind of stuff all the time (not as much as I do).

Τρίτη, 27 Μαρτίου 2012

He's Already Half Year Old!!

Ha! Today we celebrate our little monkey's 6 months of life (outside of my belly). We celebrate every 27 of each month since he was born. But, today is so special! He came to a whole different level. Of course, he surprises us every single day with how much he changes, but being 6 months old is so different. He's already very energetic, he communicates with us effectively, he has a sleeping routine, he responds to everything around him...we are totally crazy about him. I guess he is going to sit on his own soon...and what about eating? I can't wait to share this first moment with him. I bought a book for him, today. You may think wtf? she bought a book to a 6 month old baby? Well, I don't know about you, but I read books to him since he was a newborn. At first he wasn't always happy with me reading to him. It was kinda hard for me to tell when he was in the mood for reading (or anything else). Now, we lay on the floor every morning and I read a few pages of a fairytale to him, while he chews his own fabric book. I love it everytime! I adore books and I wish he does too when he grows up. So, I went to the bookstore today. My sweet little man did a favour to me and slept the whole time. I carefully searched every single book they had and picked Marjane Satrapi's ''Ajdar'' in greek. I'm planning to make a review about this book, when I get the time.

My son was not in the mood for a photo, as you can see. Tomorrow morning we're going to read the first pages of his new book!

Κυριακή, 25 Μαρτίου 2012

A trip!

I haven't posted for such a long time. There's so much going on around here lately. A little bit of planting, a little bit of reading, a little bit of sewing, a little bit of working out, plus some new things my baby does like touching his ear, crying to strangers, smiling all the time to mom and dad, and generally just being a sweetheart!

Yesterday was such a good day for me. Although, my baby was very grouchy and pretty much didn't let me do anything, the rest of the day was so rewarding for me. He kept being kinda grouchy though. So, my mom, dad and brother had plans to go to a village, about 1 hour away from Athens, to attend a farmers' meeting and talking about herbs (yep, my parents want to become farmers). I wanted to go out so much and that was my chance. We got in the car and took the way to the village. My sweetheart wanted to sleep but he couldn't and we had a lot of crying. This was the first time he found it hard to sleep in the car...usually the car makes him sleepy even though he had no intention to sleep. When finally my breast helped him fall asleep, my dear mother accidentally putted her finger in my eye and I, unconsciously, screamed to get the pain out of my body. My scream woke up my baby, who never slept again. Oh dear! Our road trip wasn't easy but, when crying wasn't envolved, it was fun. For me at least.

When we got to the village, we found out that the meeting was cancelled. Seems, that the unacceptable human being who organized the whole thing didn't mind to inform anyone. That was good. For me at least cause we decided to go visit my mother's parents. Yeah more adventure for me! I was so happy! Two years have passed since I last visited them. Time runs so fast! Anyway, it was a short way to their village and guess what...we saw a ferret!!!

We got to their house. It was nice and warm as always. The lit fireplace, my lovely grandma sitted on the velvet couch with the crocheted throw(handmade by her), my grandpa sitted on his chair(handmade by him). Everything so simple. How much I love it there! We had dinner, we talked, took some pictures and took the way back home. I want to go back there as soon as possible...

Πέμπτη, 15 Μαρτίου 2012

How to Make a Coconut Shell Planter!

So, I had this great idea! I don't know if it's really that great...I guess time will tell us. But, I'm really excited cause I like how it ended up. Into the subject...I made some toasted coconut the other day. When I finished and I was cleaning the mess, I looked at the half empty coconut shell and thought...''It's so beautiful...do I really have to throw it away?...Aw I don't wanna throw you away...I'm gonna keep you...but I have to find something to do with you cause otherwise Phillip will found you and he's gonna take you away from me!''...Tada! There it came...the best idea I had for a long time. Coconut shell planter!!! I had already opened the eyes of the coconut to take off the water so, water strainer: ready! The negative was that the holes where big enough to let the soil run away. I solved this problem easily, by putting a used coffee filter in the inside of the shell. Then, I filled with soil, planted a seed, watered...ready!

What you'll need:

  • Half of a coconut shell (the one with the eyes...the eyes must be open)

  • Used coffee filter (a new one will also work, but I recommend reusing your old ones...less rabish  to mama earth, plus the coffee residue will make a great organic fertilizer for your baby seed)

  • Scissors

  • Seeds

  • Soil

  • Water

  • Love

How to:

  1. Line the coconut shell with the coffee filter.

  2. Cut off the excess paper and please, recycle it.

  3. Put some soil in it. Plant a seed of your choise. I choosed cactus (the yellow thingy in the middle of the soil is the lucky cacti dude, my friend Daphne picked from the seed bag)

Now cover with a tiny bit of soil and water generously. Be careful! Don't drown it! That's it! Now all you have to do is talk to your baby seed a little bit and make sure there's enough moisture, so it can grow!

If you try this, please let me know how it goes. If you have any questions or suggestions you can comment below. I'll be very happy to answer...

Κυριακή, 11 Μαρτίου 2012

A Break from Motherhood

Being a mother is amazing! Super tiring, but amazing! And I love being a S.A.H.M . But, sometimes you just need to take a break. A break from motherhood? It doesn't sound very well. If I had heard these words before I become a mother, I would say something like...yeah right a good mama wouldn't need that. Actually it has nothing to do with how good mother you are. Just like everything else in the world you need to take a break. To clear your mind. Then go back to it fresh and happy. School, for example...you need the breaks between the classes, at the end of the day you need to go home and rest and you need the vacation of course! No matter how much you love school, if you had to be there all the time with no breaks, you would collapse. This is how things work with being a mother. Of course, I love my baby to death and I want to be with him and take care of him. I just need some time to take care of myself, too. And when I go back to him I'm totally a better mum. I recently realised that, and since then, I try to spend some pretty refreshing time for myself. So, my amazing cousin, Marilina, came over and gave me a manicure!!!

This is my first manicure since I was pregnant. It was so nice to have someone to care of me!

Τετάρτη, 7 Μαρτίου 2012

21 Before 21...my Goals List!!!

This is a goal list I 'd love to accomplish before my 21 birthday

1. Open my Etsy shop.

2. Get some blog readers.

3.Plan a vegan diet for me and the baby and become vegans
. Done and I'm so excited about it!!!

4. Teach my mama to use internet.

5. Find a name for my son.

6. Have his name tattooed on me.

7.Visit my grandparents
. Two times. The first one  was by accident and the second one was a planned one on Easter.

8. Start composting.

9. Stop cursing.

10. Start baby yoga.

11. Plant more fruits, vegetables and herbs in my yard.

12. Sew a mei tai.

13.Take my baby to the beach for the first time (I can't wait).

14. Buy a dehydrator.

15. Sew cloth diapers for baby monkey.

16.Print photos of the baby and give them to my family and friends.

17. Sew clothes for me.

18. Start baby swimming.

19. Make a black and white collage of our family pictures and hang it on the wall.

20. Spend more time with Phillip.

21. Have a picnic.

I'm having my 21 birthday on july 13, less than 5 months. I'm not sure if I'll be able to accomplish all of those goals until then. But, I hope my little monster will let me work on most of them.

Δευτέρα, 5 Μαρτίου 2012

Child of light

Back then, when I wasn't even pregnant I used to consider myself to be night's daughter. You could see me walk around the town or simply at home. But always at night. My lifestyle was like sleep during the day...live during the night! And it worked fine for me back then...I mean, all I had to do was go to my job and that's all. No responsibility! Not any serious responsibility at least! When I became a mama, I suddenly was responsible about too many things. Not more than I can handle...but, from zero to a lot is something hard to get use to. While I was trying to accept my new role (still trying) and manage to do all these new things, including keeping the home clean & tidy, taking care of the baby, have dramatically less time for myself and everyone else, I changed my sleeping habits many times. At first I used to wake up all the time to feed the baby, of course. But, when he started sleeping overnight (at about 3 months, taking him to our bed worked for us), I realised that waking up early was gooooood! Waking up is the best time of my day. This is when I get the chance to drink a glass of lemon water and to tidy the home a bit, while my coffee is getting ready. Then, enjoy my coffee with the company of my laptop. This quiet personal morning time, while my boys are still sleeping, is such a pleasure! But it's not just that. I found out that most of the jobs I had to do, could happen better or only happen if I did them early...like laundry, doctors, public services and all those exciting stuff. Besides, we had a heavy winter here. Ok, it's Greece...how much heavy it could be?! But, seriously it was. All those years it was cold but we had the sun shining for us now and then. This year, there were continuous cloudy days...the sun wouldn't come out...not even for a minute! So depressing! Last three days have been a blessing for everyone! Three days of continuous sunshine after all this bad weather! I was out of the house most of the time to fill my batteries! Everyone around here was so happy these days! Today it's cloudy again, but I don't mind...I have plenty of sunshine inside me. Isn't it amazing how the weather changes your mood? Seriously, I love the sun...I can't imagine I could ever live somewhere like England. I NEED the sun!

Παρασκευή, 2 Μαρτίου 2012

Things I have to remember

About the baby...

1. Read books

Read to him everyday. I want him to love books as much as I do, so badly.

2. Be gentle

Don't bomb him with toys. One thing at a time. Give some time to get used to the new item. Let some time pass before introduce new item.

3.  Talk

Talk to him as much as possible. Name everything he sees. No babytalk.

4. Stop running

Nothing is more important than him.

5. Listen to music everyday!

Several types of music. Classics would be perfect! Never as a background.

Πέμπτη, 1 Μαρτίου 2012


Yesterday I had a bad experience. My baby was wildly crying-screaming. I tried to feed him, but he wouldn't accept it. I changed his diaper...nothing. I gave him toys...nothing. I held him on my arms, I left him on the bed, I talked to him...nothing! Whatever I 've tried,  it just wouldn't work! I felt that something was wrong...basically, cause he never resists when I give him my breast. Ok, he does when he wants to but not often and definitely not this way. When I putted him on my breast, he was crying-screaming so loud and he was shaking...I've never seen him like that before. It made me feel awful cause you know, my breasts have always been the best (if not the only) way to console him. But he was keeping crying and I had to find out what was going on. At first, I thought he was hurt somewhere, so I took his clothes off to check his body. Nothing again! I felt desperate...after all this time we've been great...why is that happening? I cried...how couldn't I comfort my own baby? I had to relax and help him relax too. I held him, walked around the house, sang low very close to his ear so he could feel the warmth of the air I exhaled. He seemed relaxed so i offered my breast, he took it and fell asleep. I was so happy and relieved after two awful hours of crying. Ten minutes after, my mum rings the bell. He wakes up crying inconsolable AGAIN! I feel I'm gonna break. She holds him...he's crying...I'm crying. 'Mum, why's that happening? What's wrong with him?' I ask. 'I don't know. Teething maybe?' she says. Teething...why didn't I think of that?! We gave him Sophie the giraffe. He grabbed her, putted her in his mouth and started chewing her like a maniac! Damn! That's what he wanted! Philip came back. Mama left. Baby cried a little more. Had some mama's milk and fell asleep. I searched over the internet a bit for teething information. To tell the truth...I'm scared! Seems like things are getting worse for us! Great...I have a lot of energy!
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