Archive for November 19th, 2008

I Guess Bre@st is Best!

Time to brag on my kid a little bit:

We have always known that Annagrace was an exceptionally smart child.  She was always ahead of the books in reaching her milestones (first word at 6 months, walking at 9 1/2 months, reading at age 4, adding and subtracting at 4) and breezed right through Pre-K and Kindergarten. 

This year we have really started to see just how special she is.  She is grasping concepts that kids four years older than her problems with.  She has taught herself how to write in cursive and has started (on her own) to learn multiplication.  We actually printed her off a table and she was upset that it was already filled in because she wanted to do it herself! 

Apparently she overheard a conversation I had with Aaron about breastfeeding contributing to her smartness (I have always said that since she was little, half-joking and half-serious!).  After all, I’ve gotta get some of the credit for it!  She told me tonight that she had this conversation with one of her friends:

                                 Friend:  “Annagrace how did you get so smart?”
                                 Annagrace:  “Well my mom thinks it’s from breastfeeding.”

LOL!  Too funny!  And just to clarify, she is not STILL breastfeeding–that’s just gross.  I breastfed both of my girls–Annagrace for about 4 months and Madalyn for about 5 months.  I totally would have nursed them longer if it wasn’t for my job situation.  It was total chaos trying to pump at work and just didn’t work for me at all.  (Then with Madalyn I was in home health and that was even crazier!). 

I totally think that all women should at least try breastfeeding.  I’m not a nazi about it like some of the breastfeeding coaches at the hospital.  I do think it’s best for the baby but I also think that moms need to decide for themselves.  It’s crazy to think that back in the 70’s all the experts told moms that formula was much better for their babies.  My mom has said that she never had any desire to nurse me or my brother and that it definitely wasn’t a thing that was encouraged back then.  (Of course, moms back then also smoked while they were pregnant and drove around holding the baby in their arms!).   

What do you moms out there think?  Did you nurse your babies?  How long?  Did you feel pressured into it or did you do it because you wanted to? 

And what do you all think about long term breastfeeding?  Aaron and I watched this story below about a mom whose kid is still breastfeeding at 8 years old.  I’m sorry, but that is disturbing!  The kids would draw pictures of their mom’s boobs and even had names for them.  The one little girl talked about how she didn’t know why anyone would ever want to stop nursing!  Those poor children.  Oh the therapy they are going to need one day!!!  This is totally disturbing to me–don’t say I didn’t warn you!  What do you all think?!

November 2008