So today is the first day in a series of interviews with fellow bloggers. Why? Because I’m a new mommy, first and foremost, and asking other mommies questions is PART OF WHAT I DO TO SURVIVE. And because this blog is my outlet and my way of sharing lessons with the world, I post them here so others can learn from them, too. And because I’m a new mommy-blogger, too, and can use all of the bloggy-friends I can get!
So Alison over at Being Me (a great freebies site) agreed to do an interview with me. She is a blogger, a mom to two little boys, a breastfeeder, a momma who tries her best to be crunchy, a cloth diapering momma, and a very neat person. And I got the chance to ask her some questions about her life, her loves, her challenges, and what she would tell a person like me – a new momma – to help me get through it all.
In a later email, she did mention something about getting sleep now – but the all night kicks from fluffy had be so sleep deprived, I forgot what it was.
So, without further adieu, here is my interview with Alison!
So Alison, how did you get started in blogging?
Well I myself was getting freebies and samples and all of that good stuff from other blogs. And I thought hey why not share all of these with other people. So that is how I got started blogging. Plus it made me feel good, that I was helping other people, like it gave me an identity other than just being a mom, since that’s pretty much all I did all day long.
You’re a mom to 2 boys – that must be crazy sometimes! Tell us one of your favorite adventures with your boys.
Oh boy is it crazy! It was amazing when we went up to the Lake George area right before Christmas and stayed at the Great Escape Lodge (I think that is what it was.) It was just so nice, mainly because they have an indoor water park. Landon would just sleep on me in his sling, I would read a book in the nice 76 degree weather (I live in NY so it was COLD) and Hunter and Daddy had a great time playing in the water. It was just nice and calming time.
I can also tell you a crazy time! We lost power for 3 days at the end of February. It is not fun trying to keep everyone warm, especially a baby that was only 5 months. He couldn’t do anything to even keep himself warm. I hope we never live through that again horrible! I did a short little blog post about it which you can find here. http://beingme-alison.blogspot.com/2010/03/storm-that-knocked-out-our-power.html
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a work at home mommy?
Really just finding the time to be able to blog, and really write things. If I’m rushing to post up a freebie or some other great deal, I don’t get to write a lot of what I want to do. But I want to share it with my readers so they can get in on the deal. Plus getting housework done as well. I feel like I’m being pulled into a million different directions most days.
How did you overcome those challenges? Are there any you still struggle with?
I struggle with housework the most I think. But I’m slowly getting into being more consistent with it, I hope. Some days I slack but those are the days that the kids are grumpy and they need extra mommy time. Other times I’m just on the computer too much, so I just need to turn off the monitor sometimes and read some books with the kids or become Hunter’s jungle gym while Landon laughs at us. It’s just putting things in perspective and doing the more important things first. Other things can wait.
You told me that you’ve been breastfeeding for 3 years now. Is there anything you wish you had known before you started? Share some of your breastfeeding tips!
That they wouldn’t take my son away. Haha when I first brought Hunter home almost 3 years ago (His birthday is May 2nd) I was struggling with nursing. Chaotic time. So I started pumping and giving him my milk in a bottle. I was so afraid they were going to take him away from me because he wasn’t gaining weight. (I was only 21 at the time.. so let’s chalk it up to that haha.) But than finally the day before his 1 or 2 month appt, I forget which, I said to heck with it and he was getting it straight from tap. And he took right to it, I’ve since learned I was lucky. The next day the pedi told me to supplement him so we knew how much he was getting because he wasn’t gaining alot. But yet he was getting alot from me pumping, so I knew that was just crazy talk. I didn’t listen to her. Turns out he’s a very slow slow slow gainer. He’s always been around 5% for weight. It’s just him.
The La Leche League forums (http://www.llli.org/) helped me a ton the first year of nursing as a new mom. Just being able to talk with other nursing moms, and get hints and tips helped a whole lot. Probably why I got to over 2 years with Hunter.
Landon nursed like a champ right from his first few minutes of being more. And gained like a horse. He’s already almost 20 lbs at 7 months. You have to remember that all babies are different, and they all gain differently.
Nursing can sometimes be a whole lot of hardwork. But it is so rewarding. I love being able to nurse my sons, and Hunter has really never been sick. I attribute it to nursing. (And now I lost my train of thought since I had to stop for 30 mins and deal with a baby that woke up. )
Did you do tandem breastfeeding with your boys? Do you have any tips to share?
I wasn’t opposed to it. But I got really bothered when I was pregnant with Landon while nursing Hunter. It just… felt weird and it hurt. So I had to stop because of that. Hunter did want to try nursing after Landon was born. So I let him try. It was like he was kissing my nipple. He forgot in 4-5 months that he was doing for 2 years. It’s amazing how quickly they lose the talent of nursing.
You also mentioned that you’ve been cloth diapering your boys for almost 3 years. Is it more or less challenging to diaper two babies at once? Any tips to share?
I must confess, I don’t use CD with my oldest anymore. His diapers after being 2 years old were not working anymore. The velcro on the BGs were just not sticking and it wasn’t worth it anymore. I’m hoping to potty train him this summer so I couldn’t convince my husband to buy some more CDs for him. (Now these were version 2.0 for the BG’s they have since came out with 3.0’s which Landon is using and the velcro seems so much better.)
But it was challenging when they were both in CD’s, I had to do 2 seperate loads for their CDs since Hunter’s were in horrible condition. And having a newborn and a toddler it’s hard to do all of that laundry all of the time, I was having laundry overload.
What is your favorite cloth diaper so far?
I do love BumGenius diapers. They are the closest for me that compare to a regular disposable diaper. Which was also nice for my husband.
Would you ever use one-size cloth diapers? What about cloth wipes?
I do use one-size! They are just wonderful. Use it through infancy all the way up till there potty trained I love it. And cloth wipes! Totally use them. More with Hunter so far, not with Landon. I’m using Hunter’s old burp clothes for the wipes, and they just don’t seem to wipe off baby poop. So I’ve been using regular wipes until Landon starts eating some solids and his poop changes.
What was your biggest cloth diapering challenge, and how did you overcome it?
Not going crazy with buying cloth diapers. You become addicted to them! I’ve really only used a few Fuzzi Buns, BG’s and prefolds. Though I would have loved to have tried out some wool covers and a whole bunch of other things. But with how much they are, and I don’t know if I would like them/ they would work with my children, I just haven’t strayed too much. I’m sure my husband is thankful for that.
If you could give any advice to a mommy who wants to work from home, or run her own business, what would it be?
Pace yourself. Don’t try to do everything at once. If you can put something aside and do it later, do that. Don’t forget to cuddle with your children and spend a ton of time with them. Use time when they are sleeping effectively!
And just for fun, 3 fun facts about yourself. Name the first things that pop into your head!
Your favorite ice cream : Strawberry
The best product you’ve gotten to review : Well I had this already and than gotten a new version of it to review and do a giveaway with.. it was my Couponizer. LOVE IT!
Your favorite blog post : My favorite post would have to be from my other blog. Adventures of Being Me. Which is more of my mommy blog. It’s called My Dyson, My Love.
Thanks so much for your fabulous answers, Alison. I actually learned a fair bit from them… Especially about cloth diapering and breastfeeding. I love hearing about other mommies experiences, because it will help me shape my own!
I know I’ll be following your blogs now, hunnie – you’ve been an awesome interviewee! Thanks again for answering all my crazy new momma questions!