My plans were foiled…
My boobs are angry. Very angry. Yesterday out of no where, they got very sore and I went from 0 to 60 in a matter of minutes. I’m talking the whole shebang– chills, 101-104 temp, joint aches and a massive headache. I knew exactly what it was. Mastitis, an infection breastfeeding moms develop when they have too large of a milk supply, pump or feed infrequently, are stressed out, wear an ill fitting bra or a plethora of other reasons. Whatever the case, I’m off to the doc tomorrow and I’m stuck in the house tonight. All because of my breasts… my exquisite breasts (can y’all tell that Anchor Man is still one of my fav movies?).
Such is life… But whenever I get frustrated with breastfeeding, I remember all of the formula recalls and I look in her eyes, and trudge forward. I can so do this.
In other news, I tried the new Design Essential’s Cream Gel. I received full size samples of the entire line from NC.com and was kinda excited after reading the pretty decent ingredient list. Check out their website when you get a second… they have some great styling tutorials. To make a long story short (I’ll write a full review when I’m not babying a 102 degree temperature), I’m torn… my hair looks great, not as fluffy as I like, but very shiny and very defined. Hubby complimented me and said it looks amazing…different. But the feel of it on day 1 was crunchy, dry and stiff. I hate that. But it looks sooo good, and now on day 3, it has softened up and fluffed out considerably. Here are a few pics and a couple of the baby too 🙂 I try to be considerate of y’all… I know before I had Gia I wasn’t always ‘interested’ in hearing about or viewing pics of other folk’s kids, LOL.
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wish the best for your lil family (i m french it may have mistakes sorry!!)
I hope very soon you guys are able to revisit date night so you can wear that dress for your husband again 😉
And I'm with everyone else here, Gia is a little doll baby! And she really starts to look like you more and more. She's gonna be a heartbreaker for sure!
Girl, I died at the Anchorman quote. Anchorman and Coming to America are my favorite movies. Anyhoo, I'm sorry about your breast mishap!!! I can only imagine what your body is going through as a new mother.
Gia is so beautiful, I always look forward to seeing her and she has grown so much. Feel better, I been their. Love your site and all the wonderful info you give.
aw, I love her and I love you too Nikki! you're such a trooper! Curly baby is beautiful.. it's all going to be worth it. I can't wait until I have my own kids… i love when you blog about your motherhood stories, it just makes me that much more excited for my own!
Your baby is beautiful!!! I love pics. A Lactation consultant told me about cabbage leaves to help with engorged breasts and mastitis. Don't know why-but it helps.Keep cool cabbage leaves in fridge and lay them on your breasts like a bra cup. Warm showers and warm compresses too….especially with the fevers…and some gentle massage. Sorry you missed your date. Hope you are feelin' better soon.
That baby is so gorgeous and full of personality already. Drink some homemade lemon tea… Its really simple and it flushes out the bad…
However many lemons to your taste
Honey if you desire / google the healing effects of honey
a pinch of cayenne pepper if you desire…
I don't use the cayenne when I make this concoction and I drink this on a regular… Not to be grotesque, but it will keep you regular and well.
Nikki you are an inspiration to us all…new and old Moms..natural or not. It's so easy to give up and say this is just too hard (not to mention painful), but the love for your daughter, and what is best for her, is your push to keep going (that's real love and commitment girl).
Well, I hope the boobs get their act together so you can take a rain check on date night with hubby. Also, there will be a hungry Gia that can't wait to get to them…LOL! 🙂
Nik, you are a trooper! Please keep the pictures coming! Gia is beautiful and so are you!
I had the same thing happen to me early in my breastfeeding career. My right boob started to swell and within an hour I felt like I was coming down with the flu. Slowly the boob got warmer, then HOT! I just massaged it while taking a hot shower then nursed on that side only for a few hours, massaging the boob the whole time and drinking lots of water, by the end of the day it had all but went away!
So sorry to hear your special evening was spoiled, Nikki. Please feel better soon. But don't dare stop giving us pics of your adorable Baby Gia. They never fail to put a wide smile on my face.
That is just the cutest baby, and the yawn picture it just melts my heart everytime. On the 1st picture it looks like the babys expression is like don't drop me mama I know we cute and all..lol…lol.. and on the 2nd picture Gia looks like yep they love me, and I really love them I'll give them one of my smiles while my mommy holds me. Sorry to hear about the boob mishap, you will get better in no time. Now daddy has his 2 favorite ladies to take care of :).
I'm sorry your plans fell through and hope you get better soon! Gia is SOO adorable!
Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Hope you get well soon and continue with your breast feeding. I don't know about anybody else but I enjoy seeing Gia's sweet little face and chubby cheeks.
Oh, I hope you feel better soon. Do you have a good lactation consult? They often know amazing home remedies to cure mastitis. I heart the Gia baby pics-she is adorable and seems to grow really fast. I heart the mirror pic of you both…it is like a CN-chronicle..first you..then you pregnant..then with the babe…love this!!
I love these pics! Hope you feel better 🙂
Nikki, I'm so sorry to hear about the breast mishap! That's crazy, I've never heard of Mastitis. This post made me realize this blog is really great for informing me on things I'll have to look forward to in the future.
Hairwise: Currently have been transitioning for 9 months and it gives me tips for what to do when I'm natural
Babywise: Opens my mind to the trials and tribulations of motherhood. I don't have kids yet but am definitely taking mental notes on your experiences!
And don't worry about showing too many pics of Gia. How can anyone NOT want to see this cute ittle mama?
I can't wait until her hair gets long enough for you to do styles and post them on the future CurlyGia site 😉
Feel better Nikki. And baby girl is too cute. That last pic of her is adorable. Also, kudos to you for being a lactating mom. And don't worry about no one seeing your hair cause date night was foiled. We see you Nikki! And you look awesome.
WE LOVE THE PICS…..keep posting them. Chidren are ANY parents GREATEST achievement so why wouldn't you show her off to the world???? She's BEAUTIFUL. Simply BEAUTIFUL.
Nikki, I just wanted to share a wonderful website with you: www.postpartum-me.com. It is an online boutique that offers a unique product line of breastfeeding apparel and accessories. They cater to pregnant women as well as women with new little ones who are breastfeeding. The clothing is very sexy, convenient and sophisticated for breastfeeding moms!
your baby is adorable keep the pics coming, the hair looks spectacular it will look that way again and there will be plenty of date nights. Get rest for the both of us, lol. (between working and school I sometimes wish I had a baby already so I can stay home and the boyfriend could work for us, lol)
Hey Nik, just means once your feeling better, you go even HARDER on the next date night… as I say… hairage! (get your hair did!), Frock! (freakum dress), heels & lip smack (lipstick)!
Have hubb's head spinning ;D
Mastitis – boooo!!
I had a round of thrush with my little guy – Not as bad as mastitis but still anything that takes away from the glorious-ness of nursing mom boobage is a nonstarter!
You'll get your date night soon and it'll be all the more awesome.
I second a few peoples above comments about kellymom.com and making sure you have supportive people around you as you continue nursing. And if not – you know we're here for you!
Awwww…sorry to hear you're under the weather and weren't able to go out. 🙁 On a positive note, you and Gia both look great (love the hair)! Feel better soon and as so many said earlier, I enjoy your pics and posts about Baby G. Although I'm not a mom, it feels like I know you. lol ~KF519
Sorry date night was a bust. I know the excitement you get when you finally work up the nerve to leave baby and have some grown up time. And oooh child I didn't go through mastitis but I just weaned Mr. Taj and went through 3 days of hell(being engorged). It felt like I had boulders on my chest and I swear my breasts tripled in size. Its now been a week a couple days and all is well. I have my itty bitts back and I love it lol
aww at least you are trying to keep the spice alive. Your hair looked fabulous and bless the baby sooo cute!
Awwww Nik, I'm sorry date night went out the window. But you look great girl (hair and body). Get well soon, okay! I love seeing pictures of Gia, she's adorable. Your "perils in pumping are paying off" because she is just growing and oh so happy. Get much rest. WE & Gia need you healthy! (smile)
Allnatural1 (Michelle in TX)
I hope you feel better soon! Your baby is soooo adorable.
Oh my gosh I hope you feel better because I had the same issue with nursing. I eventually gave up, but looking at her face I can see why you want to keep on "pushing."(you did that already (: ) Make sure that you have your frozen cabbage leaves on deck, and to at least keep pumping. *scrolls up to look at those cheeks*
aww im sorry you had to waste your freakum dress (lol) i hope you feel better
and for the record. . i love seeing pics of gia! the 1 of you and her is so cute!
Nikki, your posts always make me smile, cos even when youre feeling a bit pee'd off or stressed out, you always throw banter or humour in somewhere and show a little sarcasm, and im kinda the same when im stressed or whatever – keeps me going mad lol!
Hope your boobs get better soon (my sister had Mastitis, its awful, her boobs where hugeeee! (She is UK 8 so very slim, went from 30DD/E up to a 34GG, then with mastitis a H+, she could barely move!)
But i tihnk you sound as though you are doing an amazing job – and hey just re-schedule the date night for the next couple of weeks or so?
Both you and Gia look gorgeous as always! xx
Hope you're feel better. Gia is absolutely a doll!
Aw, you poor thing. But I have to be honest, you had me rollin' (some sympathetic giggles… all right, I was LOL) because of the irony of the whole situation. You had your "freakum dress" on (I know you heard Beyonce' in your head as you got ready; shoot, I hear it now LOL) and body was bangin' and your breasts were like "Oh, no ma'am; we ain't havin' this!" *tires screech* (I wanted to say *bra strap popping* and on the TV news announcer says, "Tonight, bra burning…" but I don't want to give the wrong idea). I hope you feel better. I'm no doctor (Is there a doctor on the forum? "Dr. Curly, Dr. Curly paging Dr. Curly"), but I think the cure is to keep breastfeeding. That's probably for a blocked duct, but I'm no mommy (I'm a "great aunt" literally and a mommy-supporter because I "love the kids"). Now here's my second, "Aw" because Gia is so cute, I want to nibble on her face (you know those gummy nibbles when you pull your lips in and it looks like you have no teeth; I'm a sucker for chubby cheeks LOL). Does she have dimples or is that the lighting or just my sleepy-eyes playing tricks on me? I love her smile! I hope that you feel better soon.
Aww Nikki, sorry about date night! please keep the pics of baby g coming, we LOVE her! Also, make sure that you are not wearing underwire bras! your hair looks gorg, and that baby of yours is toooo cute!! I'm loving the one-legged hold!
You have a great sense of humor…it will go far now that you're a mom! Hang in there with the breastfeeding woes…I had some issues in the beginning and even hired a lactation specialist…my overabundant milk supply was finally under control when my daughter was about 6 months…she's almost 2 now, still on the breast, and you'd never know we had any problems in the beginning. If you haven't already checked this site out, Kellymom.com offers good info and support for breastfeeding. Hang in there, but only keep doing it for as long as it makes sense for the two of you. Peace Sis!
Hope you feel better tomorrow. 102 degree temp, wow! Sorry to hear the date plans got foiled. Gia is a dollbaby and your hair does look really good. It's great your doing the whole breastfeeding thing. I'm sure it's difficult – watched my BFF try and end up engorged (sp?). Anyway, love the pics – keep 'em coming.
She is so adorable! Sorry Nikki about the boobs. I know how you feel because that happened to me. Scared me bad and I stopped breast feeding afterward. So, you are a trooper
Ummm…. can we all collectively shout, "MORE G-BABY!!" lol
What a beauty she is. And you my dear, look absolutely fantabulous! Hope you feel better. Miracles and Blessings!! <3
Gia is absolutely gorgeous and i love seeing her pics so please keep them coming. Hope you feel better soon, your hair looks fab.
I personally don't mind the pics of Gia she is so fricken cute. For someone who doesn't feel well you look great. Feel better.
OOOHHHH, I remember those!! I feel your pain! Hopefully, it won't happen again…and especially if you got your freakum dress all planned out!
Aww Nikki! Sorry to hear your first date nite got spoiled by the boobs! I know how that feels…I experienced it just recently after I started to wean my son….I didn't get an infection but the pain is NO joke! I couldn't even lift my arm. And your baby girl is totally adorable! Hope you feel better and try to schedule a date nite at least once a month…or every other month. I do with my DH and we have 3 children…it's been hard lately but I think it is sooo important!
Feel better soon! Moms rock! Baby Gia is adorable:)
Have you tried massage, a compress and a good shower ? Whatever you do, keep on nursing through it all. I hope you have some experienced nursing moms in your backyard. Feel better.
sorry to hear about date night but even more worried about your health…i know what mastitis is and i was lucky not to get it, but it can be serious stuff, and nothing to play around with so get well soon, and bless that princess' heart…too cute for words 🙂
I for one, NEVER tire of G-baby pics. I hope I get to see you two in person when I'm in STL for Christmas.
Congratulations again 🙂
Get some rest and hang in there! You'll definitely see the benefits of nursing as she grows! I hope you feel better soon!
sorry about date night and I love looking at Gia i feel like I know you lol get some rest and pump stop streesing hang loose and all will be well Gia is so pretty
Forget Wonder Woman, it's Super Nikki! To feel poorly and to post? You really are dedicated to us, but remember where #1 dedication rests. Thanks for the posting and the pics, (keep 'em coming). She sure looks like she is enjoying communicating with you. Hope you read to her every day / night because believe me she will benefit big time.
Peace and Blessings from NYC
LOL! sorry about your unhappy boobs Curly Nikki, I guess big boobs come at a cost. You look amazing and G is adorable. Now, get some rest!We'll be here when you get back.
she's a doll, love the second pic…..soooo sorry that you date night didn't come to pass and I hope that you feel better…had never even heard of that type of infection O_o
i hope you feel better!
and yay for more G-pic postings- i don't mind atall
Feel better Nikki! Your hair does look fabulous. You are lucky, my husband doesn't want to count the dating years since we got married! Haha, he says everything before the wedding doesn't count. I gladly let him know, that is 5 years of my life, and that will ALWAYS count!
I'm so sorry you're sick. I'm not a mom, but I love seeing baby pics, so please keep them coming! And your hair looks great.
Her features are more defined! Your hair looks fabulous Nikki! Best of health to everyone. Have a great week!
Awww look at those big cheeks! Gia is so beautiful and getting so big. Nikki you look beautiful!