Nursing, Burping & Pumping OH MY! Diary of a Breastfeeding Mommy 6 Month Update

In this post I’ve included professional pics of me nursing Elyssa. Breastfeeding is one of the most important, precious things I’ve ever been blessed to be able to do. Shout out to all my nursing mothers, thank you for doing whats best for your babies despite any challenges you may have faced. It’s so worth it!

My daughter Elyssa is turning 6 months old on October 1 and I’m so excited. She’s healthy, strong, active, happy, peaceful and smart. I’ve been blessed to be able to successfully and joyfully breastfeed for six months and counting. I always wanted to breastfeed but I never knew how fulfilling it would be for me or my baby. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to produce exactly what my baby needs, whenever she needs it. I don’t have to go to the store to pick up milk, I don’t have to prepare bottles or budget my money to purchase what she needs, I just snuggle up comfy cozy with my little lady and allow her to nurse until she’s satisfied. I truly give God the glory because I know I couldn’t do anything without Him and all of my successes in life are because of Him.

When I was pregnant, I continued to confess that my breast would produce milk for as long as I needed them too and they would be able to meet our little girls needs and work properly without any issues. God gets all the glory for hearing and answering my prayer as everyday goes by. I’m so grateful that I haven’t had any major issues with my nipples hurting or cracking and I’ve always had more than enough milk to keep up with her appetite. I’m not bragging on myself, I’m bragging on God. He hears my prayers and He’s always faithful!

One amazing perk of breastfeeding is the weight loss. I lost my baby weight within one month of birth and have went down 3o more pounds since then. I can wear clothes now that I haven’t been able to wear in years. It’s amazing and I’m loving it.

Due to me being a working mommy, I nurse Elyssa twice in the early morning and a few times in the evening (between when I get home from work and when she goes to bed.) One of the highlights of Elyssa and I’s day is our first nursing session when I get home from work. She stares into my eyes and I rub her hair, hold her hand and tell her how much I missed and love her. Because Elyssa enjoys nursing so much, she often struggles with her bottles. She doesn’t drink her encouraged amount of milk during day, she drinks enough to keep her going until I get home. She is peaceful and content during the day as if to say, no thank you, I don’t want too much of the bottle, just give me a little; I know my mommy’s returning soon with the good stuff. She continues to gain weight, she’s a big girl actually, therefore the doctor isn’t concerned.

Due to Elyssa not drinking as many ounces as she should during the day, I have accumulated a very large supply of milk. Our freezer is being taken over by breast milk so I plan to transfer two large bags of milk to the deep freezer so the milk will last longer. Do you want to guess how many ounces I have frozen???? 649 oz, that’s just over 5 gallons!! God blessed me with an overflow of milk supply and I pray that Elyssa gets to drink every drop without any going to waste. I don’t want to waste my  “liquid gold,” people would pay good money for this stuff 🙂 We continue to try different bottles and positions to help Elyssa feel comfortable taking the bottle and we’re confident that she will adjust to the bottle transition soon. She started cereal this month and graduates to baby food in October.

Call To Action

If you’re a nursing mommy, I encourage you to educate those around you about breastfeeding. Share your POSITIVE experiences with others. Be honest about your challenges but also share how you overcame them. Explain the benefits and joys of breastfeeding. Don’t push your views on others or make formula feeding mommies feel bad, just confidently explain why breast is best for your baby and be open to questions. People need to know that breastfeeding is normal, natural and beneficial to mommy and baby! HAPPY NURSING!!

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National Love On Your Husband and Make Him Smile Day

Happy Friday Everyone!!

I want to make today National Love On Your Husband and Make Him Smile Day! All of our lives are so busy between taking care of our spouses, children, job duties, serving at our churches etc and sometimes it’s easy to forget to STOP and take time for the little things. Today I challenge us all to take a moment, slow down and love on our husbands. Ladies you know what your husband likes, you know what brings a smile to his face and makes him feel appreciated. I’ve learned that when I keep my husband happy he works even harder to make me happy and in turn we both continue working hard to meet each other’s needs. I must confess that today started off on the wrong foot. I was running late for work and being snappy. I calmed down, apologized and asked my husband if we can start over. I will work hard to make this day and everyday peaceful and enjoyable for us both. With God’s grace there’s nothing we can’t do ladies!!

Here are a few suggestions for ways you can love on your husband today:

*Call or text your husband and let him know that your thinking of him, hope he’s having a good day and can’t wait to see him later on.

*Give your husband a big kiss and hug before you leave the house or when you return. Look him straight in the face and tell him that you love, appreciate and need him. Make sure you say it like you mean it and show your desire for him in your eyes.

*If your husband likes cards, go purchase him a cute appreciation card with his favorite snack and let him know that you were thinking of him.

*Ask your husband if there is anything you can do for him today to help his day go smoother.

*Get a babysitter and surprise your husband with date night (this will only work if he enjoys going out and isn’t too tired) If he’s a home body, when the house is settled and the children are in bed, go freshen up, put on something sexy, walk into the bedroom and well you know what to do from there 🙂

*Maybe things have been so hectic that you and your husband haven’t sat down and just laughed and talked. Make it a point today to talk to your husband like you used to before bills, children and anything else that’s stressful. Look into his eyes, let him know your happy to be in the moment with him and just have a good time being there together.

The point of this post is to remind us to slow down and continue to make our marriages a priority. Marriage is a lot of work and in order to have a healthy, happy, holy and HOT marriage, we must continue to put in the time and effort. Wives lets continue to learn to communicate with our husbands with respect, understanding and compassion. When we find ourselves not being kind and patient lets be quick to apologize and get back in love with them. Let’s continue to make passionate love to them on a regular with excitement and a willing heart. Let’s continue to serve them however they need us to knowing that everything we do is to bring God glory.

Enjoy National Love On Your Husband Day and Make Him Smile Day! Feel free to post what you did or plan to do for your hubby today so other wives can be inspired! May God bless all of our marriages!!

HE Can Change A Hoe Into A House Wife

2 Cor 5:17  (KJV) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We all have made bad choices in life at some point, but thank God for His mercy and grace. Today’s post is dedicated to the women who want to move past their mistakes and press to get where God has called them to be. God knows the things we’ve done in our past that we’re not proud of but He can make ALL things new. God loves us despite our mess. God wants to make our mess our message to others to help get other’s free. God can do supernatural heart and brain surgery, causing your heart to be healed of past hurts from bad decisions and your mind to be at peace and ready to move forward in victory. If your ready to move from a hoe to a housewife, God is able to help you start the process.

In college I made bad choices about friendships and romantic relationships and as a result I became confused, angry and insecure. I was messed up and was not marriage material at all. It’s so amazing for me to look back at where I was 11 years ago and see how far God has brought me. I have not arrived by any means but God gets all the glory for the restoration, peace and joy that I have right now. The picture in this post of me and my husband on our wedding day in 2008, we met at our church and we are more in love today then ever before, to God be the glory.

Here are 3 things that I did to allow God to transform me from a lost woman into a woman on the road to victory:

1. I surrendered my life fully to Him. I realized that on my own I was messing up my entire life. My grades were slippin, my relationships were stressful and nothing was going right. I decided to stop focusing on guys and drama and start developing my relationship with Christ. Once I made the decision to walk away from mess, God was able to begin His work in me. I started getting rid of everything that was hindering my relationship with Christ and the drama seemed to disappear with every passing day. I wanted more of Christ, I was hungry for change and Christ had been waiting patiently for my return back to Him.

2. I found myself a new group of friends. It’s impossible to hang with the same no good friends but expect to do good and live right. I had to end so called friendships with males and females that were only bringing me down. At one point I only had one other Christian female friend, she was my roommate, and we hung out, prayed, served in campus ministry, shopped, cooked and studied together.  We both ended up joining Word of Faith and God blessed us to meet lots of other Christian friends who became like family and the rest is history. It’s easier to remain holy, sober, productive etc when you surround yourself with like minded people who are going places and on the grind for Jesus.

3. I had to change my way of thinking. I changed my focus from how I could find me a boyfriend and get some money to buy cute clothes and hang with my bad news friends and started focusing on God, graduating from college and trying to make something of myself. I knew I wanted to one day get married and have something to offer my future family. I had to change my mindset from only thinking about pleasing my flesh in the moment, which always got me into trouble, to setting myself up for a successful future with Christ at the center. To change my thinking, I changed what I read, what I listened to and what I viewed. Listening to secular music, reading trashy novels and sitting around watching soap operas when I wasn’t in class wasn’t going to help me change my thinking and reach my goals. I was introduced to Christian hip hop and other gospel music that I’ve never heard of, Christian novels that had humor and drama minus the sex scenes and I found more wholesome things to view on tv; it all made a world of differfence in my behavior and attitude.

It doesn’t matter how many people you’ve dated, fooled around with or slept with. It doesn’t matter what lies you told or the deep dark secrets that you carry in your heart with shame. God already knows, He sees, He hears, He saves and He forgives! If you would like to ask the Lord to come into your heart right now and experience a life better than you could ever imagine, please say this simple prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, I need you, please come into my heart and be the Lord of my life.  I repent of my sins and I turn away from them, please forgive me Lord and show me how to walk in your ways. Thank you for dying for me on the cross and raising from the dead. Thank you for the gift of eternal life, in Jesus name I pray amen.

If you prayed this prayer I’d love to know about it. Please email me and feel free to email any questions to joanna.willis@hotmail.com I encourage you to get hooked up with a local church and surround yourself with like minded people.

Philippians 3:13-14

Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

You ARE Your Mama’s Child

This past weekend my mother celebrated another wonderful birthday. As I sat and thought about how blessed I am to have her, I began to think about all the things she’s taught me over the years. My mom showed me in word and actions what it meant to carry myself like a lady, to be a godly woman, wife and mother. She had a career, took care of home and served at our church for many years and she did it all with grace. She is a true Proverbs 31 woman and I am blessed to have her as my mommy and role model!

Now that I’m a mother and I can already see the influence that my husband and I have on our daughter Elyssa. She is a peaceful, joyful and talkative (baby talk of course) little lady at 5 1/2 months old. We make sure our home is peaceful and we’re always laughing together as a family and as a couple. Eddie and I love to talk and therefore Elyssa will often try to join our conversations with her own language. I see us in her and it’s so cool.

I believe that we as adults have a lot of characters like our parents and we know or don’t know different skills because of what our parents did or did not teach us. I work in the social work field and every day I see or hear of young people whose parents did not teach them the basics, the things that every child needs to know to be set up with success and it breaks my heart. A lot of family’s pass down the wrong things and don’t teach their children the right things.

This blog is a simple call to action for all the parents and future parents. Let’s love our children like we wanted to be loved as children. Let’s tell them how beautiful they are in the inside and out. Let’s remind them how much GOD loves them, which is why He died and rose from the dead for them. Let’s teach them God’s word and get them involved in a local church so they can have other positive children to spend time with and learn about Jesus. Let’s teach our children to love themselves and value their bodies enough not to allow others to misuse them. Let’s teach our children about sex and not leave them confused to learn from their friends or the TV. Let’s have open positive communication with our children and show them that we value their opinions. Let’s teach our boys and girls how to cook, clean, open a bank account and manage money. How will our children know anything else we teach them, unless we slow down our lives, cut off the TV, close the laptop, cancel some late night meetings and put down our smart phones and spend time with them. The world shows our children that they care by always being there to teach them negative things, the wrong things, so we as parents need to step up.

Proverbs 22:6 KJV

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it.

A prayer for the parents

Lord God, I come before you now thanking you for blessing us to be able to be parents. Thank you Lord for giving us the grace needed to care for our children they way you’ve called us to. Give us energy Lord when we will feel tired. Give us wisdom and guide us through our journey of parenthood. Send appropriate and safe people our way to help us with our children. Speak to us Lord and show us who should not have access to our children. Thank you Lord for providing us with all that we need to care for our children. Thank you Lord for time apart from them at times so we can get a break. Thank you Lord for all these things in your name amen.

*Question: What is something your grateful your parent’s taught you? What is something you wish they taught you that they didn’t?*