Virgin Mary breastfeeding Jesus

Virgin Mary breastfeeding Jesus
Nursing Madonna (wikimedia commons)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Chronicles of a Catholic Nursing Mother -Week 11

My youngest had the most terrible case of the flu this past week. We were so worried about him. He is such a little kid, even for his age. He went on anti-vomiting medication, and he just slept and slept. He wasn't interested in playing or eating much or even moving. He went down to nursing only once every other day. Then on Friday, the vomiting started again and I took him into the doctor. The doctor tried to start an IV on him in her office but he was too dehydrated. She didn't want to keep trying and causing him more pain so she suggested just really pushing the electrolyte drinks. On the way home from her office, I kept praying for him, asking God to make him better. That night he made a complete turn around. By the next day, he was eating, playing, WALKING! It was almost miraculous! I am so thankful to our loving God for curing him.

Today I went for my first ultrasound. I have to say that I was sort of nervous, because a lot of people have been suggesting that maybe I might have twins this time. I am still getting used to the idea of one baby, but two - that would be something. Well, I am having only one baby. It did my heart good to see the baby on the screen and to see his or her little arms moving.

Tomorrow I leave for a week trip with my youngest to see family and to go on the Holy Family Institute retreat. I am very much looking forward to it. The Holy Family Institute is a Pauline institute of consecrated secular life, approved by the Vatican, solely for married and widowed couples. It has been such a blessing in my life.

Holy Family Institute www.vocations-holyfamily.com

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Chronicles of a Catholic Nursing Mother -Week 10

It is nice to be home. However, there are still signs of the fire. You can see lit in the hills, and the smokey smell lingers on and off each day. Usually once a week when my son has his boy scout meeting, I like to go out by myself for a little while. I am trying to get into the habit of stopping by the adoration chapel just for thirty minutes. When I stopped by the other night, a sign said it was closed due to smoke. So I just drive around a bit and talked to God. I am sure God understands. However, I do hope the chapel opens again soon. When one has loud, boisterous children at home, the peace and quiet of adoration is just the right way to decompress and get into tune with God again.

My toddler is getting closer and closer to weaning each day. He just started sleeping through the night less than a month ago. Before then, he always woke to nurse once or twice a night. We co-sleep. Now he has gone twenty four hours without nursing. If I wasn't pregnant, I think this would be harder on me and more emotional. Nursing had been such a large part of my life for almost my whole adult life.