April 2013 | Being Jane

Sunday, April 28, 2013

THE Collective Blog Hop!

I'm co-hosting Peacoats and Plaid's blog hop for this week! I am so excited to be apart of it. Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to the weekly social blog hop party, THE Collective.
This is a link up for bloggers who want to gain followers and meet awesome people.

Not sure if this is the blog hop for you? Listen to what other bloggers have to say...

"Just to let you know, your blog hop is the best I've participated in for gaining new friends!!! I couldn't believe the results!! Thank you!"

"I'm dropping by to let you know that I love being a part of your blog hop! 
 I have been meeting really nice bloggers.  Bloggers who are actually friendly and want to connect! 
I'm putting the blog hop button on my side bar, like, permanently!  Everyone should know about it. Just thought I'd share with you. Thank you."
-Vickie, Oh Abby Day

"Hi BreAnna, just want to say that your blog is beautiful, creative, and fun. The GFC collective is one of my favorite parts of the blogging week. Love meeting new friends and fellow bloggers. We just started our blog and were amazed at how helpful the GFC collective is! Keep up the amazing work."
-Alea and Rachael, Sparkle Your Life

"This GFC Collective Hop is seriously one of the best link ups out there! Through this hop I have found so many great blogs & friends that I wouldn't have otherwise found! Thank you so much for hosting such a fun link up! Please take the time to link up & join along! You won't be sorry that you did!"

Has THE Collective done wonders for your following? Let me know, shoot me an email at peacoatsnplaid(at)gmail(dot)com

and my co-hosts for the week

...want to co-host? Email Bre at peacoatsnplaid(at)gmail(dot)com

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Help! My Daughter Loves Me Too Much!

I'm kidding about the title of this post, because of course she could never love me too much if I have anything to say about it! I'm writing today to tell you the story of how my daughter came to depend on my husband and I for sleep, and to ask your advice.

About two weeks after my daughter was born my husband and I noticed that she was having a hard time sleeping, especially on her back, and we spent most nights bouncing a screaming baby around the living room.

Since I was breastfeeding we did the elimination diet, where we omitted all possible allergens from my diet and brought them back in slowly to see what was bothering her.

I took out the three biggest culprits: dairy, soy, and egg.

It turned out that all three were bothering her. We weren't sure which was more prominent but we knew they all played a part. I essentially went vegetarian, but instead I ate meat and not the other things.

I stayed on this diet indefinitely and when Emma started eating solids we didn't introduce those allergens to her. Then when she was 9 months old my husband and I chose to go vegan, which was easy for me because I was halfway there already.

The lifestyle I adapted to is not the focus of this post, but it is important background information so that all of you readers understand why this next situation developed.

Because of her "tummy troubles" we spent a lot of time rocking, swaying, and walking to soothe her little body to sleep each night during that first month. It can take up to four weeks for the allergens to stop coursing through the system, and another four for the body to stop reacting.
Because of this we fell into a habit or rocking and singing our little Bean to sleep.

Of course, I loved it. What new mom wouldn't relish the fact that she got to hold and snuggle her baby all of the time?

This pattern lasted until last month and Emma is now 17 months old. We have obviously adapted the method over the last year and a half, but it always involved us holding her, and always involved singing.

Because of the new baby on the way, among other reasons, we decided we needed to teach her how to put herself to sleep.
First, we stopped rocking her, and we would lay next to her in bed and sing. She almost always passed out ON us, but still without movement which was a plus. We have been trying to teach her to stay on her pillow instead of needing to be smushed onto one of us and it is proving to be a huge emotional disaster.

FYI: she sleeps in a toddler bed that is side-carred to our bed. We used to co-sleep but she sleeps there now.

We have been staying firm, but loving, and once we decide to alter our method we stick to it and don't go backwards. We have gradually lessened the amount of "help" we are giving Emma and have made HUGE strides but we are at a wall now.

She has to have physical contact with us somehow and has to have our voice. I even found an amazing app that has very soft lullabies that she loves! But, still needs me shushing her at the same time.

We need help. Advice. Success stories. Support. Anything.

Let me just say, we DO NOT cry it out. I don't "mind" if she cries while I'm there because I know she's just mad she isn't getting her way, but I will not leave her to deal.

Sorry for the length but it needed the whole back story. If you've lasted this long, thank you.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sleep, I Welcome You With Open Arms

I really love sleep right now. I mean, I REALLY love it. If I could sleep all night and all day I would. But I'm a mom, wife, and nanny, not to mention a human being, and I have obligations.

I go to bed when my toddler goes to bed. I wake up when my toddler wakes up. And I nap when she naps. You would think I would feel some element of sleep satisfaction!

I think one of the problems is the fact that I can't fall asleep fast. I don't sleep solid either. I'm pretty sure that's just because I'm a mom now and my daughter's bed is side-carred to my side of the bed. Regardless, I don't get the sleep I want. Or need.

Take now for instance... Emma is asleep next to me and has been for 40 minutes. I SHOULD be taking advantage of that since she will be waking me up at 7am. But no. I'm laying here, groggy, on my phone. Even if I tried to zonk out right now my mind would come up with a million reasons not to.

Such as...

- My husband's almost home from work

- I could use some food

- I'm thirsty

- I should use the bathroom again

- Did I unplug the toaster?

- Are the blinds closed?

- Shoot I forgot to throw that diaper away....

Once I run around fulfilling my minds running commentary hopefully I will be able to sleep.
Thank you for listening to me ramble.

**Photos of my girls have been removed to protect their digital footprint**

Goodnight <3 br="">

Thursday, April 11, 2013

What I Wished I Had Known The First Time I Breastfed

Please welcome the lovely Carrie to my blog today! She offered to do a wonderful guest post for me since I am so sick with this pregnancy. I thought breastfeeding was the perfect topic for her to pick! Enjoy!

Hello all! I am Carrie and I blog over at Frugal Foodie Mama about my life as a stay-at-home mom to a baby and a teenager, my family's journey to become a little more eco-responsible everyday, and how I still manage to stay a foodie on our one income budget.  Please stop on over and say hi! 

Thirteen years had passed since I had breastfed a baby when my baby girl arrived last February.  I had read a couple of books, trying to brush up on my knowledge and my skills.  But I felt like a brand spanking new mom who had never nursed an infant before those first couple of weeks of her life.  I had to relearn EVERYTHING.  Sadly for me breastfeeding was NOT like learning to ride a bicycle.  

You apparently do forget.

In the past 14 months, I have learned new things that I didn't get the first time around.  Here are a few things I wish I had known from the get-go with BOTH of my nurslings- when I had first breastfed my son over 14 years ago, and now with my daughter...

  • Throw out the idea of a schedule!  Well, at least as long as you can.  Breastfed babies need to feed on demand.  Just like our appetites are not the same every single day, neither is a baby's.  And feeding schedules definitely do not work when baby hits a growth spurt!  I breastfed my son for 9 1/2 months.  We did scheduled feedings- about once every 3 hours.  Even if he wasn't hungry.  Even if he had been crying because he had been hungry for the past 30 minutes (but it hadn't been 3 hours yet!).  I understand that feeding on demand is not something every mother has the luxury of doing 100% of the time.  Some breastfeeding mothers go back to work and pump and the babies get bottles during the day.  But in the beginning, breastfeed on demand while you are home. And when you return to work, breastfeed on demand when you are home.

  • Don't panic!  Especially when baby seems to want to nurse constantly.  Many breastfeeding mamas panic because they think that baby keeps coming back to the breast because they are not getting enough milk.  And then they start to second guess their ability to provide for their baby.  Just stop right there.  Baby is probably hitting a growth spurt and baby knows to nurse more often so that your body gets the signal to start making more milk.  Your production will more than likely catch up with their demand in 1 or 2 days, so hang tight.  Trust that your body will provide.

  • Surround yourself with as many supportive people as you can, and tune out the naysayers.  The biggest derailment to almost every mother who decides to breastfeed is lack of support from those around her.  You all know who I am talking about.  The ones that question if your baby is eating enough, gaining enough weight.  The ones who keep telling you how much easier it would be if you would just switch to formula. (Easier for whom??  Ummmm... sterilizing bottles every day, mixing formula every day, getting up at 3am to warm a bottle?  NOT easier.)  The ones who continuoisly question you as to when you plan on starting to feed your baby "real food".  Find supportive friends and family!  And if you can't, make a connection with a good lactation consultant, find support online (Two good ones?  KellyMom.com and The Leaky Boob.  Also use the hashtag #bfcafe on Twitter. ;) )  It is also important to make sure that your pediatrician is breastfeeding friendly.  If they are not and only discourage your efforts, drop that doc right away and ask for recommendations for another.  Your LC or midwife is a great person to ask for those kinds of recs.

  • Let go of the fantasy.  Breastfeeding is not all rainbows, and snuggles, and unicorns. Especially in the beginning.  It can be challenging at first. (To read more about baby girl and I's bumpy start to breastfeeding, click HERE.)  Sometimes it hurts.  Sometimes it is frustrating.  Sometimes all you want to do is just sleep already!  But guess what??  IT IS ALL WORTH IT for all those moments of pure bliss.  Of satisfaction knowing that you are providing the best nutrition you can for your little one.  The indescribable moments of bonding.  Just because it isn't going absolutely perfect all of the time, does NOT mean you are doing something wrong.  It is normal.  Just like everything else in our lives.  I mean, does everything else in your life happen perfectly 100% of the time?? Yeah, I didn't think so. ;)

  • There is no "prescribed" length of time to breastfeed.  It will be different for each baby, each mother, each nursing pair.  Honestly, I stopped breastfeeding my son at 9 1/2 months because I thought I was expected to once he had cut teeth and had bit me once.  Now I know better.  With baby girl, my initial nursing goal was 12 months so that she would never have formula.  That was important to me.  We are at 14 months, and she has shown little interest in completely weaning yet.  She is eating 3 meals of solid food now a day, but still nurses about 3 times during the day and at least twice at night.  There is nothing wrong with being flexible.  Whether you nursed for 2 weeks, 3 1/2 months, a year, or 3, take pride in the fact that you did what was best for you and your baby.  And don't let anyone else tell you any different. ;)

  • Nursing cures baby's hiccups.  I didn't discover this when I was breastfeeding my son, but kind of accidentally stumbled on this little nugget with my daughter.  She had the hiccups and happened to be hungry at the same time.  Within a few minutes of sucking, the hiccups were gone.  The next time she had the hiccups, I latched her on and ta-da!  Gone again in just a few minutes.  Works every time like a charm. ;)

  • To my mamas who are now breastfeeding #2 or #3 (or 4 or 5), what had you wish you had known the first time around with nursing?

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    I Appreciate YOU

    I just wanted to take a quick minute, or five, to tell you all how much I appreciate you.

    Having only been blogging since January I am amazed at the little friendships that have started in my corner of the blogging world! Not to mention fabulous readers who keep coming back to read my rambling posts.

    So thank YOU.

    Thank you to all of my loyal readers. Even if you only read here and there, you matter to me. I love that I'm apart of your world, even the slightest bit.

    Thank you for commenting. Each comment brings a smile to my face. Every time I check my email and there are messages with your words in them, I smile! You're brightening MY day, believe it or not!

    And thank you to each blogger who has taken me under their wing, or texted me, answered my many questions, let me annoy them on Voxer, and answered my many comments. You make me feel accepted and apart of this amazing community.

    Always remember: you make a difference in someone's life every day. Even if its just a little comment or a "like". YOU make people smile.

    (Not my image. Found via Google search)

    Monday, April 8, 2013

    Guest Post from Green Mountain Couple!

    Join me in welcoming Kayla from Green Mountain Couple's blog today! She is a wonderful lady and these two have an adorable marriage. Take some time to get to know them!

     Hello Everyone! I am Kayla and I blog over at Green Mountain Couple with my husband Dan. Today I am taking over Leanne's little corner of the Blog-O-Sphere!

    So as I mentioned above my husband and I blog with each other (I do tend to take over our blog  a lot). If you visit our blog you will notice Dan and I are what is called Preppers. I know what you are thinking, those crazy people who are prepparing for the END OF THE WORLD!
    Well yes we are preparing, but we are preparing for life in general. So I thought I would share with you some of our basic prepping tips/skills.

    ~ My post about D.I.Y Cleaners that we use in our OWN HOME!

    ~ Dan's post on EDC or Every Day Carry. Come Link -Up with this post and tell US what YOU carry!

    ~ My TOP 5 Prepping Book Review and a Bonus on how to make your own Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent. The laundry detergent has a stain remover in the Fels-Naptha that is used to make it!

    So please come and check out our BLOG for more Prepping Advice and other FUN posts!

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    My First Vlog!

    Hey all! Pardon the bad hair. I'm in the process of growing out a pixie cut (similar to Anne Hathaway) and its brutal!
    Anyway, enjoy! And please ask me anything you'd like to know in future vlogs!

    Love & Joy,


    I'm linking up with Rags to Stitches!

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Dancing, Jesus, and Lemonade


    ...Listening to: the Les Miserables soundtrack. Still. And "Family Life Radio" every morning at the request of my toddler who insists on her Jesus music as soon as I turn on the car :)

    ...Watching: Dancing with the Stars (I'm a loyal fan), Splash, and Glee.

    ...Drinking: Mineral water and lemonade. Sometimes together. Regular water makes me nauseous right now.

    ...Loving: My husband, whom I do love always, but right now he is Mr. Mom and Dad and housekeeper and breadwinner, etc.. And doing an amazing job of it.

    I took this idea from Chelsea, whom I also adore!

    Love & Joy,


    (This is me thoroughly enjoying the fulfillment of my Whopper Jr. craving yesterday.)

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013

    Trendy Little!

    Today I'm linking up with Chelsea from Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles for Trendy Little Tuesday!

    I wanted to post a photo of Emma in her Easter dress because she looked so darn cute (curled baby hair and all), but since I just shared those photos in my Easter post yesterday I thought it might be redundant.

    This little number is the cutest little ladybug sundress. It is a Shirley-Temple-dress length which means the cute red bloomers peek out when she walks around exposing her little tushie!
    Sorry for the dark quality, I only had my iPhone on me at the time.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day! I'd love to hear from you.

    Monday, April 1, 2013

    Resurrection, Easter, and Eggs

    I thought I would share a bit of our Easter time with you!

    Last year Emma was only 5 months old, so this time she got to experience finding her basket in the morning! We gave her a chocolate bunny (a small one) and planned on having me eat it instead. While I was buy taking pictures of her chewing a tiny bite at 7am, I looked up to see she had bitten off the entire top of the bunny! Those long ears were stuffed in her cheeks. My husband and I had quite a chuckle over that and then tucked the bunny into a baggie in the fridge for later.

    We went to our church and enjoyed a beautiful service, complete with an orchestra! The kids had an Easter egg hunt on the lawn after, another first for Emma! She had a blast. She doesn't like grass much (strange I know), so we had to pick up the eggs and hand them to her so she could put them in her basket.

    After nap time we headed over to my sister's house where her and I cooked for 18 people! Our first time hosting Easter without the help of our mom ;)

    I hope your Resurrection day (or Easter Day) was wonderful too! I'd love to hear what you and your family did!