Saturday, November 26, 2011

Guest Post- Nisha from

Breast Feeding VS Bottle
If you are a new or soon-to-be parent, you have probably heard arguments for both sides of the breastfeeding or bottle feeding debate. It’s important to remember that how you choose to feed the baby is a decision only you can make and you shouldn’t allow yourself to be pressured one way or the other. There are several important factors to consider including nutrition, convenience and cost.
Obviously ensuring the baby’s nutritional needs are being met is a top priority. Breast milk is an ideal food for babies and provides a perfect balance of nutrients. It’s likely that your baby will find breast milk easy to digest ensuring that important nutrients are being absorbed. However, a good quality formula imitates breast milk. When using formula, nutritional content depends on proper preparation. Bottle feeding may involve some trial and error but with the assistance of a paediatrician you can ensure that baby is getting all the nutrition needed to thrive and grow strong and healthy.
When the baby is ready to feed, breast feeding mothers enjoy being able to provide a meal any time and any place. Not only is there no preparation required but breast milk is always the right temperature. If convenience is important to you, this is certainly something to consider. Parents committed to bottle feeding however can have someone other than the mother feed the baby, or just had the bottle to baby whether it’s in pushchairs or in a cot bed mattress. This can be a positive bonding experience for other family members and possibly free up some valuable time for the new mother. Breast feeding mothers who choose to use a breast pump can experience the best of both worlds by still providing milk when they are absent. It’s important to note that mothers must still pump milk if a feeding is missed.
Many people assume that there are no costs associated with breast feeding which is untrue. However the costs are comparatively minimal as you will need to purchase things like nursing bras, nursing pads and a breast pump. Using formula is a much more expensive option with the costs ranging anywhere from $60 to $200 every month depending on brand. You will also have to factor in the cost of bottles, sterilizers and other equipment needed to prepare the formula. As you expected, adding to your family will definitely increase your monthly expenses. Choosing whether to breast feed or bottle feed will impact your overall costs.
Final Considerations
The decision to breast feed or bottle feed must be made based on your family’s needs and lifestyle. It’s important to consult with a doctor and a paediatrician to ensure the health and wellness of both mother and baby. Even if you want to breastfeed, it may not be appropriate for you. Certain medications taken by the mother can interrupt breastfeeding. It is also not uncommon for early breast feeding to be uncomfortable. Just as bottle feeding parents will develop skills to accurately prepare and warm formula, breast feeding mothers may also need to develop skills for feeding the baby. Welcoming a new member into your family is both an adventure and an education. The more information you have about your options, the easier it will be to make an informed decision that meets the unique needs of your family.
Hello my name is Nisha, I represent a site called I love to write about parenting, children and give advice to mums.  

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Wedding- Mr. and Mrs. Damian Hall

The wedding was so beautiful.  I am so happy for my nephew and his new wife!! I hope them both a lifetime of happiness!! 

Blessings N Love
Overthinking Mama 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I am so so so blessed in my life and have so much to be thankful for…
My family.. my friends.. and especially for my savior Jesus Christ!!

Thank you so much for following my blog whether you are new or not… thank you.. I really appreciate you.

May you and your family have a blessed day!!

Blessings N Love
Overthinking Mama

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Florida Vaca

Here are a few pics from our “mini” vacation down to Florida for my nephews wedding. It was so much fun!!! The kids had a blast (even tho baby girl was sick). It was exactly what we needed!!!

Blessings N Love
Overthinking Mama 

waiting at the airport

bored in the car


:-( he face planted into the bottom of the pool :-(

breakfast, ds, and cartoons.. ahh vacation life.

putt putt

i ended up getting 2- hole in ones!! 

Hippo Slide- 4 stories tall!! 

baby girl gave it a try

love the bunji jump

quick nap while lil man swims

and now the rock wall

so . much. fun.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

1st lost tooth!!!

I can't believe she lost a tooth already!!! She's not even 5 yet!!!  and you can see the adult tooth coming in!! 

Blessings N Love
Overthinking Mama 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I call bs.

So the last few days… when talking with people that I haven’t talked to in the past couple weeks…  they have said that the reason why they haven’t contacted me is cuz they were giving me “space” cuz they knew I was going threw a lot… to a point I understand that… but to a point, I call bs! 

To me, and maybe I am odd on this or have a selfish type view, but if the situation was reversed and it was their step mom or whomever that they were close to that had passed away, I wouldn’t step away. I would step closer and make sure that they knew I cared, that I was there for them, that I was thinking about them.   I wouldn’t go over board with it.. but a text every few days or a message on facebook to check in on them or whatnot.. I wouldn’t insist that we need to get together or talk or anything like that… but I would make sure that they knew I still cared.

That’s all I wanted. To know that my friends were still there. That they didn’t “run off” because I had something devastating happen in my life. My best friend was there for me. She text me every single day to make sure I was alright… to try and cheer me up .. to keep me positive.   And I am so thankful for that. It made our relationship that much stronger.   When she found out that my stepmom had passed she told me she was sorry and that she was there for me… I didn’t have to seek her out for that.  She didn’t act like it was a burden to have to tell me that.. to be there for me.  She wanted to.   I had a few people come to showing and the funeral.. I know it was hard for them.. but they showed me that they cared… and they have no idea how much that meant to me… words cant express the appreciation I have for that… or the people that did take the time to wish me their condolences and actually take a moment out of their life to talk to be about things. J

I do understand that some people have issues with death and funeral and whatnot… but I still don’t think its too much to ask for a simple text saying “im sorry about your stepmom”

Anywho.. it is what it is… I am not going to dwell on that.. I just needed to get it off my chest. I am going to think positive and I am going to be happy. Period. J

Blessings N Love
Overthinking Mama 

Monday, November 7, 2011

eeyore and piglet

I have been so down lately… ugh. I wish I could shake this. I hate feeling like this.

I am exhausted all the time.
Half the time I just want to cry.

I have no desire to be around people.  In the past 2 weeks I have only been around 2 people besides family.  I just have no desire to.  
I was supposed to go to a fire over at a friends house and I was all up to going… but by the time I got done with what I needed to do… I was so tired… and so down… I didn’t want to go. I didn’t want to be around people.   I def. didn’t want to drink, and I really didn’t want to be around drunk people.  So I didn’t go.  I went home and went to bed.

Which ended up being a good thing cuz at 4am… I got a call from my dad’s nursing home. His wound on his foot started bleeding out and they couldn’t get it to stop. They were going to send him to the ER.  Then about 15 mins later, they got the bleeding to stop so he decided he didn’t want to go.  So Sunday morning, me and baby girl went up to the nursing home to see how he was doing.  My sisters and their husband/boyfriend came up there. And wanted him to go to the ER because he blood pressure was low. So we decided to take him after he ate lunch. While he was eating lunch the doc called and said he’d be there to check out my dad in a half hour… 2hrs later he finally showed up.  We ended up not going to the ER cuz they could do the blood tests and what not there. 
It was a very long day. 

We went home and napped after that.  Lil man was sick. He’s still sick today. Temp of 100.5 L

I just want to go home and cuddle up with him and baby girl and sleep, watch movies… something. anything. But face reality.  L   I am just tired of it all.

My sister yesterday told me that if Eeyore and Piglet had a baby… I would be it.  hhmmm a depressed scardy cat.  Well I guess lately that is me.  I need to shake this.
I need to go to the doc and see about getting on some anti-depressants or something..

Blessings N Love
Overthinking Mama 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday- Trick or Treat

Snow White

Josh Cribbs

Blessings N Love
Overthinking Mama