Breastfeeding Journey(beginning to end)

I decided to write a post about my breastfeeding journey with my now 2 year old son Jaxon. This chapter of our journey recently ended.

Thinking about it makes me sad in some ways, but really happy that the journey has come to an end. 

Let’s start at the beginning.When I was pregnant with my son Jaxon, I had already made up in my mind that I wasn’t going to breastfeed, that formula would be my choice. Keep in mind I didn’t know much about breastfeeding and the benefits of breast milk. My choice was a uneducated choice based off what I heard through other people. I should have did research and made an educated choice. But we live and we learn, that’s what life is about.

My mind was changed(picture was taken the day after Jaxon was born)

The day my son was born was the day my life was changed. The moment the doctors placed him on my chest was the moment I fell completely in love. I remember my sister showing me how to hold Jaxon and placing him on my nipple. Jaxon latched immediately. Not going to lie, it was painful. It felt like he was gnawing at my nipple. Later I found out it was improper latch. The moment I had holding my son while he nursed changed my outlook on breastfeeding (nursing) him. While in the hospital I did some research about breastfeeding/breastmilk and learned many things I didn’t know before. All the great benefits and nutritional value of breastmilk. After about 3 days, Jaxon had his first checkup. The concern I had was is my son getting a enough milk. What I learned was that sometimes it takes your body a few days to process to have your milk come in. A woman usually produces colostrum before her actual milk comes in.”Your breasts produce colostrum beginning during pregnancy and continuing through the early days of breastfeeding. This special milk is yellow to orange in color and thick and sticky.”(-lalalechuleague.org)

The nurses had me breastfeed Jaxon on each breast for 10minutes to see if he was getting enough milk and he definitely was.(picture was taken at his check up)
Once Jaxon and I figured out how to get him properly latch, it was smooth sailing and virtually pain free until he got teeth.

Jaxon has teeth
It took months before my son had teeth coming in, but I told myself the moment his teeth erupted that I wasn’t breastfeeding anymore. That was far from the truth. I laugh at myself now. I didn’t give up,I pressed my way through. 

The moment my son’s teeth erupted/came in(5 to 6 months old), that was a big adjustment for me. The pain I once felt when I first breastfed was back. The gnawing at my nipples was excruciating pain. I had to teach my son that you can’t bite mommy it hurts. Eventually Jaxon got it.

After 1 year

After my son turned one years old, I was ready to stop breastfeeding, but he wasn’t and I didn’t want to just stop cold turkey. I learned that my son would nurse not only for food/nutrition, but it was comfort level. When he would fall down or if he was sleepy, Jaxon would want to breastfeed. Although I wanted to wean Jaxon after he turned one, I never put much effort into it. Honestly, I wanted to stop, but I didn’t if that makes sense. I loved the bond my son and I created. In my mind I wanted to stop and in my heart I didn’t really want to yet. The pressures of society and people also can make it hard. People don’t like to mind their business and think they have the right to tell you when you need to stop. I don’t understand why it’s their concern. My baby, my body and my choice.
After 2 years

Once Jaxon turned two, I knew it was really time to stop breastfeeding . My son didn’t breastfeed as often as when he was a baby,but would want to nurse at the most random times now as a toddler. I had to really make up my mind that our journey needed to end and start a new chapter. My husband and I went away for a few days( last blog post Baecation). I was so nervous and anxious, but I knew that this would help Jaxon and I both. When I came back home to Jaxon he tried to nurse and I told him that we were all done. It was amazing, my son just grabbed his sippycup and went on about his business. Jaxon for a few days kept trying to breastfeed, but when I said all done, he just left it at that. What? A miracle if you ask me. Who knew that taking a few days away would help end our journey? I’m so thankful it worked. 

Drying up breastmilk 
The hardest part for me of this journey ending is drying up the rest of my milk supply. It’s painful. It hurts. But I’ve been hanging in there. My left breast is swollen slightly. I’m monitoring to make sure I don’t get mastitis. Mastitis is a infection you get in your breast from clogged milk ducts. Currently I’ve been using cold green cabbage, peppermint tea, Sudafed, and Motrin to help. I can definitely tell a difference in the size of my breast. It’s only been a few days, but I’m excited to go back to wearing regular bras and being flat chested.

To all the moms breastfeeding and struggling stay encouraged. I’m so proud of doing what was best for my baby and the bond that was created.

Thanks so much for reading!

Xo -Mia😘

❤️Baecation❤️

Hello friends!  With each blog post I write I always get super excited share. By the title you can already tell what this post is about. Baecation! What exactly is a baecation? Baecation is a vacation trip with your significant other. As many of you know, my husband recently came home after a 15 month deployment. 

 A few months ago anticipating his arrival I decided to book just him and I a mini getaway. I wanted to allow us to have some alone time to reconnect and build more awesome memories. 
Just us two

Why we decide to take a trip with just us two?!?

I think it’s nice to do family vacations with your kids or even extended family. We do this all the time.

But I think it’s also healthy and important to have time away with just your significant other/spouse.

I should also mention not everything is for everybody. What works for us, may not work for you. I’m sure many people would agree that you need a break. 
With this past deployment of 15 months of being away from one another, we found it really important to reconnect. Just mommy and daddy time alone. It is kind of hard to get back in the swing of things(a normal routine) when so much has changed and you as an individual have grown. As much a we like to think we are the same, we aren’t. I know personally I have changed so much, but only for the better.
 Planning a trip is a lot of work especially if you have children. As a mom of 1, I have never been more than a couple hours away from our child. My first thought was who was going to watch our 2 year old? If you know me I don’t trust anybody except a few family members to watch my child. So I asked my cousins who happens to be Jaxon’s God parents. When I tell you that they were so excited we asked them, they were thrilled. I knew my son was going to be in good hands. The second obstacle was where did we want to travel and how many days/nights? If you know me, I’m all about saving money. When my sister told me about taking a cruise, I jumped at the idea. The last time my husband and I went on a cruise it was over 2 years ago and I found out I was pregnant. 
We decided to to take Royal Caribbean Majesty Of The Seas. The ship is an older ship and the cruise line will retire it sometime this year.

Our trip ended up being 4 days and 3 nights.

What a wonderful experience. If you have never been on a cruise, I highly recommend it.

The reason I choose Royal Caribbean cruise line this time is because we have never been on there before and I heard so many fantastic reviews about it. Many reviews said that this cruise line is more for the grown and mature crowd. I like to consider my husband and I on the more mature side. 
The day of vacation 

We had a very short flight(roughly 2 hours) that arrived in the heart of Florida, Orlando airport. Once we arrived we took a uber to the cruise ship. Our uber picked us up in a black BMW with red leather interior seats. It was the nicest SUV I have ever been in. The driver was very nice and got us to the cruise line super fast although we were running a little late.

Once we made it to the check in station, we were super excited. There were no long lines and we boarded immediately. We were able to go to our ocean view room on the second floor. 

Considering we upgraded our room it was pretty big, enough walking room. Our room attendant Emina introduced herself and said that my husband and I were a beautiful couple.

My husband and I had so much fun on the 1st day. Before we could do anything else we had to attend a mandatory drill that the ship requires incase of an emergency. Once the briefing was over, we went to the 11th floor. What’s on the 11th floor? All the food you could eat and all the unlimited lemonade you can drink. My husband I ended up eating at the 24 hour pizza bar. 

We made new friends 

It was dinner time and we were excited. We sat at this big round table, the table could seat about 12 people. It only ended up just being us and 2 other ladies. Wanda and Linda two best friends from Florida celebrating their birthday weekend. Both women were middle age, Caucasian, and hilarious. They made my husband and I feel super comfortable and kept us laughing. I think it may have been all the wine and liquor they drank. I ended up ordering a rosemary chicken dish, it was really good. Our waiters Raymond and Carmen were super nice. I was so impressed that they remembered our names and drinks each night. Raymond was a very tall man, from Jamaica. Carmen was a short lady,( she reminded me of Amy Winehouse) from Romania. It’s true when people tell me that I make friends with everyone I encounter. Ms. Wanda was my favorite, she told me that she is an experience cruiser that’s why she’s diamond elite. That means she paid next to nothing for her trip because she cruises so often.

The second day 


(King and Queen together since 2008 shirts)

Our first stop was Nassau,Bahamas! On this day my husband and I wore matching shirts. Yeah, we are lame. Hahaha. received so many compliments on our shirts. I got the cool idea from my sister Shanae, thanks sister.

We have traveled to the Bahamas before,but last time we were on a big family cruise. We decided to do an excursion. I booked us a tour of Providence, which is basically the downtown/city part of Nassau. I learned a little more about the culture. An interesting fact I learned during the tour was that the women to men ratio is high. For every 1 man it’s 16 women. Our tour guide explained that since conch(a seafood delicacy) was introduced to their diet, it is many more females than male. The bus tour was really nice and so glad that I got to see parts of the Bahamas I had never seen before. 
Last Full day

We ended up going to the beautiful COCOCAY island. A private island for Royal Caribbean. Absolutely beautiful, pictures don’t do the island justice. The weather was amazing, the sun was definitely kissing our skin. My husband and I just relaxed on the beach and did a little swimming in the ocean. I never swam with such beautiful fishes, at one point we saw a sting ray. My husband made sure we stayed cleared of the sting ray, just because they can be dangerous.

Of course we were missing our sweet son Jaxon. I talked about our son a bunch. It was really nice to have some much needed husband and wife time. This vacation just proved that my husband and I are more in love with one another than ever. Building a strong bond with beautiful memories.
I hope you all enjoyed the blog post, to see more of our trip click the link below⬇️⬇️⬇️

🇺🇸Welcome Home|Military Homecoming

Hey family,friends and new readers! This blog post is a little different. I attached my husband welcome home video that I wanted to share. I put a lot of love and work into it.

Recently my husband came home after a 15 month deployment. I wanted to share this awesome video I filmed and edited . If you haven’t already please check out my YouTube channel Sparklesandsippycups TV. More blog post coming soon.