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Natural Hair and Mommyhood- Updates

By January 27th, 202180 Comments
**Edited to add results from the Twist-n-Curl, as promised!**

Natural Hair and Mommyhood- Updates

Latest Observations:
  • It’s always Gia, Gia, Gia! No one cares about poor ole Nikki. When we first arrived in St. Louis it took my dad four hours to realize that he had forgotten to greet me… his first born and ‘punkin’. So I told him, momma, and Sylvia not to expect a thing for Christmas, as Gia is the greatest gift of all, LOL!
  • Dishes and laundry need to be done all. of. the. time. Period. No more ‘once a week’ laundry sessions- especially with Gia blowing through diapers. Yellow poop stains EVERYTHING.
  • Breastfeeding/pumping is no joke. I have a cold and I can’t take a damn thing. Almost everything in the medicine cabinet will either dry up my milk or make G sleepy. I gave the Neti Pot a whirl after recommendations from my mother’s doctor. I’ve never been water-boarded, but I imagine they’re similar. I suppose it’s effective… if you can get past the sensation of drowning. I’ve donned my big girl panties and I’m sticking this cold out like a grown arse woman.
  • It matters not if I wrap G in a pink blanket, stick her in a pink flowered onesie, or even write “GIRL” on her forehead with a Magic Marker — strangers still come up and say, “He is so cute.”
  • Clubbing is not the same *tear*. Last weekend I went out and let loose… I’m talking all. the. way. live. I felt like a college student again with the pre-partying, tequila shots, and forgotten moments. But things have changed- life is not the same. First, the planning to get out the house- pumping and storing, acquiring a babysitter, writing down the Diva’s routine- really took away from the whimsicality of the evening. Second, the morning after, hangover and all, life went on. I’z a momma now, and baby needed to eat, be changed, and be entertained, despite my raging headache and overall lethargy.

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  • I’ve decided to teach G Baby sign language even though most of the old heads in my fam thinks it’s the silliest thing they’ve ever heard of.
  • After a 4 week hiatus from hair care, I took the plunge and washed, conditioned, and detangled my mop. I lost an obscene amount of hair. I’m talking ‘lay down in the fetal position and cry’ amounts. I sucked it up and allowed my hair to dry in a bun. I brushed it out today and twisted up for a dry set tomorrow-
    Natural Hair and Mommyhood- Updates
This is day 2. I used minimal product (CURLS Souffle), and no water. It resulted in a less defined set, but it’s huge and has *happy* frizz 🙂 I’m going to wear it out again today, bun Thursday, and do another dry Twist-n-Curl for New Years Eve. Hubby has something amazing planned… I can’t wait!!!!

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    Later Gators!
    Gia’s Mom


  • Anonymous says:

    You have a beautiful spirit nikki!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Nikki. What is your hair type?

  • Curly Hairdo Ideas says:

    Awesome post! 😀 As always! Definitely made me chuckle…

    Yep, I'm just known as "Q's mom" now. sigh. I went to a stage fighting workshop when Q was about 5 months old, it was a week long and by the end of it every.single.person knew who the baby was! and only a handful knew me, even fewer knew my name…but if I said, "the baby's mom" – they'd all smile and nod! sigh. 🙂

    Good for you for teaching her signing! We found it SOOOO useful! I wanted to keep up with it even once she became verbal, but we've slacked a bit now. She still remembers some of them, tho! and we do try to use them occasionally still. read = when I remember to use the signs.

    Keep up the awesome work pumping and nursing! You can do it! and it's totally worth it!! For you and for Gia! (even on the days you really think I'm lying…trust me)

    lol – I love your updates!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, I love your site girl-keep up the great work. I have to say that I think your daughter is the most beautiful little girl! She is so precious girl, you are very fortunate to have such a darling little one. Happy New Year to you ma'am and may you and your family receive all of the blessings that you all deserve.

    XOXO, V

  • MOANDRESS says:

    Nikki…that little girl is too cute. Congrats on being a mom. My baby days are over…THANK GOD! LOL…but i had fun

  • Anonymous says:

    Sign language…the best thing ever. Go with your desires and teach G. I taught both my sons and even people who thought it was silly–found it amazing. So , much less stress when they can tell you they want cereal and milk and are sleepy. You don't have to guess and they don't have to be frustrated. I showed my parents and any other providers and they had wonderous times watching my children b/c they could talk to them and the children could "talk" to them. Watch and see.

  • LoveK says:

    Nikki you are SO right about the clubbing. Mom's with babies learn fast. It's just not worth it in the morning. You get no recovering time. And the "pumping and dumping" (after drinking). Breast milk was like gold in my house. Having to throw it out was the worst.

    Oh how life changes. 🙂

  • Jean says:

    Gia – is – gorgeous!Nikki you don't even look like you just had a baby.

  • Anonymous says:
    This lady has some really great baby sign language dvds. Shes on nickjr all the time. Love her

  • Anonymous says:

    My sister is teaching my niece sign language. its wonderful she's 17months and i think shes been doing it since she was a little under a year. Its so helpful when she gets fustrated because we dont know what she wants we just reamind her to "use her words" is what we call it and she calms down and signsand speaks the word for what she wants which is mostly eat lol. We got a uses sign languge tape on amazon its called signing time with alex and leah anshe loves to watch it. Sits right in front of the tv too cute.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, you are beyond adorable!! Oh, I remember those days and not always fondly either. Motherhood is a tough job when you do it right, and you are certainly doing it right. I was also a nursing mother x3 (not at the same time), had a serious profession, and was an adoring (most of the time) wife. I've been sleep deprived for more than two decades now, and feel lead to say, it does not get better (despite what some encouraging chicas have posted)! If you continue to tackle the challenges of motherhood (for at least 18 years) at the rate your going you'll still be worn out. The challenges don't disappear, they just change to be age approriate.

    The good news is, from my vantage point you have boundless energy, you're smart, have a terrific sense of humor, a loving spirit, apparently, a supportive husband and extended family, definitely tons of friends and admirers (including me) from afar. With only half of all of that, you couldn't go wrong.

    Chin up chica, it’s all good.

  • Maria says:

    Anonymous@10:38 you ain't neva lied! LMAO! I am "Lisette's Mom" and I no longer have a first name.

  • Angelita says:

    I'm currently 7 1/2 months pregnant. I love these posts it lets me know what I have in store. I'm so excited and so nervous.

  • KeetaRay says:

    This was entertaining to read but I feel your pain! I'm not a mom just yet, but many close to me are and I see it's not easy getting out to let loose like they used to. I will say, you are still fabulous and are doing it well, my dear! 😉

    Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

  • luvmylocs says:

    great post and thanks for always keeping it real about life, hair and being a mom!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks ladies!!

  • Kellistarr says:

    WOW! You took me wayyyy back! All I have to say is WELCOME TO MOTHERHOOD. I give you credit for going out and trying to get your freak on, again. But those hangovers ain't no fun when a little one is waiting. Don't do what I did.
    Give. Yourself. Time. between the babies!
    And keep up the breastfeeding. Yea! for you.

  • Jeannette says:

    CurlyNikki…There is nothing wrong with getting your party on every now and then. You are still young and enjoy life, even if things have changed, don't forget to enjoy the fruits of life.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki-I also wanted to mention that you CAN take meds for a cold while breastfeeding, but decide on how bad the cold is first. Most decongestants are L3's or L4's so be careful.
    If you DO take one, just UP your water intake like a BEAST so that you dont dry up that liquid gold supply! was my BESTEST friend while I was nursing my boys:-) good luck!

  • Anonymous says:

    I have one comment: KEEP UP THE BREASTFEEDING!
    You're doing a great job.
    Look at it this way: You can suffer through the cold, so that later in life Gia will suffer through LESS colds:-) She'll be more healthy because of it. 😉

  • Anonymous says:

    Hang in there Nikki. It's great that you are teaching your daughter sign language, but remember that if your child is not deaf, don't use it as a substitute to the real English language. Your child still needs to hear you SPEAK not just sign, language to her.

    When I raised my children, I used proper English with them (i.e., NO BABY TALK). Sign language wasn't even a thought. My children did not have "melt downs" because they could not communicate with me and by the time they were two years old, they spoke full sentences and could hold conversations. Why? Because I always spoke to my children. There really is no substitute. Eventually your child will need to learn how to talk.

  • LoveNWright says:


    I sincerely appreciate your updates! As an engaged gal, I so look forward to hearing what is going on in the world of having children as that's 2 doors down for me. *sigh* Granted I've babysat and have younger siblings, I'm loveN your no holds bar explanation to motherhood!

    Looking forward to the next update!

  • MommieDearest says:

    Nikki- when you are ready to stop breastfeeding, try putting wet cabbage leaves on your breasts as you wean. It will help alleviate the pain and hardness from milk buildup.

  • Tiga says:

    OMG this is crazy im going through the same things right now.
    No matter how blue the stroller , the blanket and the clothes are i get "she is so cute" all the time lool i guess it's because he has so much hair its crazy.
    Going out doesn't feel the same anymore sigh.
    I also lost an insane amount of hair last time i washed im planning to go see the doc coz it doesn't feel normal to me lol.
    Im not teaching my son sign language but english since we are french everybody look at me crazy whenever im outside talking to him in english.

  • CC says:

    Baby Gia is soooo cute! I taught my kids some very basic maybe four sign language words. I think a babysitter started it actually and that helped soooooo much. The only one I remember right now is the word and sign for "more". Because my kids could sign this, I new they wanted more food when they were eating baby food. Reaally helped with the tantrums and trying to figure out what they wanted!

  • Anonymous says:

    Curly Nikki, shouldn't you be seeing 4 weeks of shed hair if you are only washing it every 4 weeks? I have no kids so I'm not sure about the amount of shedding that occurs after delivery(but I know that not everyone sees it), but I actually combed my hair a lot less when I had a relaxer (frequently wore buns) so when I finally washed and rinsed it out, there was a lot of hair, but it always had a bulb on it. Unless I see a bald spot or the hair coming out is clearly breaking and shorter than my hair, I'm not going to be stressed out by a lot of hair if it is shedding and not breaking. I don't know your routine, but I'm assuming that maybe you don't comb every day (I actually do comb daily now, so I actually don't see tons comb out on wash day). But since it's normal to lose 50-100 hairs a day, that adds up to a bit after 4 weeks (and honestly, the whole wash process is what it takes for them to slip free in curlier hair).
    And as someone with really thick hair, I think you'll always be on the high side of that 50-100 if you have more hairs on your head to begin with.
    If you hair is getting longer, and your dried out twists look the same, then I think that you are just seeing the accumulation of 2-4 weeks of shed hair that hasn't been combed out (which is of course fine…my relaxed hair was quite long and thick too).

  • Honeysmoke says:

    Ah, the joys of Mommyhood. My youngest was mistaken for a boy. She didn't have a lot of hair and men called her Bud all the time. We welcome you into the mommyhood society with open arms. Your membership never expires and can be revoked only in rare circumstances. 🙂

  • Unknown says:

    This blog is so much bigger than just 'hair.' I absolutely love reading about all your mommyhood updates, and love reading all the comments from the other readers. You are such a funny and down-to-earth young lady! Keep on doing what you're doing…you are a blessing 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Since I'm not a mom yet, I love your mommyhood posts plus you always have such a honest and delightful way of writing. (that's why I love your blog as a whole) My cousin did sign language with her baby and I admit I thought it was weird at the time but she's so intelligent and expressive at 4 years old that I'm like whoa, she knew what she was doing! 🙂 Hang in there…sounds like you're doing a great job adjusting to being a new mom to me. ~KF519

  • ayahsmom says:

    I have hearing impaired members in my family so i am teaching my daughter sign language. It was amazing to see her sign "i want more" when she wanted more food at the age of one, most kids cry for more. She is two now and her verbal language skills are phenomenal. i think its like using a foreign language you use a different part of you brain. Plus in my family we all have fun doing sign language when we don't want people to know what we are talking about. Even after i got my daughters ears pierced people still asked was she a boy all the time.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hilarious post CN, thanks for sharing your life with us. You're an inspiration and a role model for so many. Give Gia a hug for me!


  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks ladies for the sign language encouragement 🙂 I'm excited… I'm starting early in hopes that she may sign back by 7 mos! I've incorporated it into our daily routine (I say milk and sign it before i present her with the bottle).

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm a sign language intepreter and way to go on the baby sign! Don't be discouraged. Exposure to language so young can really pay off.


  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the updates…LOL…Hang in there. I am currently 16 weeks pregnant and I am just getting over a cold myself..actually 2 colds back to back. I can definitely relate to the not taking anything..all I was able to use is the NeilMed Sinus Rinse. It is very strange but after you get over the initial weirdness, the NeilMed Sinus Rinse is very effective. I really love your blog..keep up the good work =-)


  • Susanne says:

    Baby Signs Works!!!
    My daughter still uses hers signs and she is almost 5. My son didn't take to it as much, but he uses a few still at 2.
    Don't believe the naysayers.
    Peace and Love in 2011.

  • Sheena LaShay says:

    Oh, also I nannied for many families who taught their children sign language. While others may think its "weird" or "out there," it was useful too. Before they are able to formulate verbal words, these babies could communiticate effectively with me. I could tell when they wanted to eat, when they wanted more, when they wanted to sleep or play or wanted their mommy. It was great. I say go for it. You will find Gia will be less fussy and you'll love understanding her thoughts and needs before she can talk. There are ton of youtube videos about it! Hope it works out!

  • Sheena LaShay says:

    Haven't finished reading the post, but I remember when a friend of mine was pregnant and due any day years ago. I noticed how everytime someone talked to her, they always asked, "How's the baby?" "How's mommy?" Basically BABY, BABY, BABY. One day, when I saw her, I looked her in the eye and I said, "How are YOU doing? Not mommy. Not wife. Just you. How are YOU doing?" I remember she started crying and said, "Thank you for asking about me. No one does that anymore!"

  • shellidawn says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post. I interpret and speak/sign a total of five languages. About teaching babies a Sign Language: DO IT! I'm a linguist, and am fluent in American Sign and can communicate in Mexican Sign. Babies can sign before they have the ability to communicate in a spoken language! I know this to be factual after studying it and seeing it in action! It's amazing and worthwhile! As the babies grow older, exposing her/him to other languages, sign or spoken will be a boost, as well!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    BrownLady, thanks for sharing! It's not just me 🙂 Some days it feels like it will never end. I just finished pumping… now I'm off to store the milk and wash more bottles. Gotta love it 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Stick with the baby sign language. We did it for my son and it was THE BEST decision. He could communicate all sorts of things before he could actually speak and it did cut down on the frustration level. Before he could speak he had a large arsenal of signs at his disposal. Nothing is cuter or more amazing than than watching a baby/toddler sign his wants/needs. Way better than crying them out. We used the DVD program by Joseph Garcia titled "Sign With Your Baby."

  • BrownLady says:

    YOUR LIfe is soooo my LIFE! I love this post. It totally speaks to my situation as the mother of a 3 year old boy and a 4 month old boy. My hands are cracking from the obscene amount of bottle washing that I do…and let me not mention how baby wipes dry my hands out!!!!! Got to love it!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    O.M.G. Glam Garage…. (backs away and pops a birth control pill).

    Congrats, but yeah, I'd definitely be scurred too. The doc told me that these mild bc pills aren't as fool proof as the regular ones, and that they have to be taken at the same time each day. Let's just say I'm not the most consistent person when it comes to medicine regimens. I pray I don't have to come on here and share similar news b4 I'm ready. I need a couple of years, lol!

    LOL @ kitka, and in her frilly little Easter dress?! SMH. On our last date, we found ourselves looking at pics of G… sad!

    @Monika, thanks! She did good last night… woke up at 6 to her kicking me in the back! I'll check out your comment in the other post about your routine.

    @Bree, thanks chica!

    @Anon, Thanks! I think I may give the acv a try. I read about it last night on the kellymom site.

    Whatever @ sweetdrk1! but as one of her e-aunts, I can forgive you 🙂

    thanks ladies!!!


    Nik, I had to wait until after Christmas to tell you this 🙂 Breastfeeding is NOT a contraceptive, lol. Both you and I were born the same year, got married the same year, and even had our first babies the same year. Each one about 3-6 months apart. So be careful, be very careful…my babes just turned 7 months old, and I'm 7 weeks preggers. Hubby and I planned to have another baby, but thought it would take 9 months or longer like the first one did. So now we are happy, surprised and scared all at the same time, lol.

    On a sidenote, my post partum shedding has subsidded COMPLETELY!

  • kitka82 says:

    People crazy girl. I once told a stranger my daughter's FULL name– Olivia Rachael, and the chick still insisted that "he" was adorable. In a floral onesie… smh. But it's happened in her easter dress too…

    Glad you got a well-deserved night out! Sounds like fun. Sometimes when hubby and I do sneak away, we're so tired from prepping and finding a sitter for our 2 and 3 year olds that when we get to our destination, all we can do is just sit and look at each other lol.

    Have fun with sign language. Totally worth it. I wish I'd stuck it out with my kiddos. Especially with one of them in the terrible twos right now. It's like "use your words… PLEASE?!?!"

    Hair looks good… don't new mommies shed more than usual anyway?

  • Unknown says:

    You crack me up, Gia's mom….ahem…Mrs. Nikki…have you ever considered writing a book about all this?
    Serious, I would be the first one who hit the 1st click buy button @ a.mazon.
    Yay for you to teach her sign language! Amazing!
    Hope little miss will get back to her sleeping routine asap and will not entertain you or your dh with waking up at 4:30 for the next days.
    BTW..your hair looks still full and gorgeous and it will surely grow back. I struggle with thinning and a drastic change in curl pattern since a long (which I prefer to ignore for wayyy too long)but my new regimen (see @ your over 40's post a few days ago) and sticking to it seems to pay off and it's only three weeks!! I can highly recommend the phyto-specific hair vitamins and everything ayurvedic you can get your hands on.

  • Bree says:

    lol at Gia's mom, enjoy it while it last chica because they grow up so fast. I don't have any kids yet but I love reading mommyhood adventures especially with young mothers because one day I know that will be so me….lol. Your hair is looking gorgeous, just looking at it I wouldn't guest you lost some because it is looking shiny and thick. The sign langauge is a good idea, I think it is so cute and helpful so don't be discourage keep doing it. And I don't get the boy comments with baby G to me she screams girl especially with those brows and eyes

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Gia's Mommy…lol! I totally know about every single thing on your list! I too and now just the Mom of a wonderfully outrageous 2 year old who still breastfeeds! I also love natural health care so I hope you feel better soon and here are a few things you can try: 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in a glass of apple juice 2 or 3 times a day (this helps me tremendously if I'm feeling under the weather), Vicks on the corners or just inside your nose will help clear up congestion, steam from shower or facial steamer will also help tons and finally hot water with lemon, ginger and honey! Try it and hope you feel better soon!

  • Sharmer says:

    Wow Nikki, I wish I could have stuck out like you and kept breastfeeding my son. I stopped when he was 7 weeks! Lol, but she is soooo beautiful, and so are you and your mop! Lol

  • GGmadeit says:

    i keep coming back to look at Gia! oops I mean you honest I do! lol

  • Anonymous says:

    You and Gia are adorable!! Oh, I remember the days, as my "baby" is now 10 years old. I have two boys, and when my oldest was a baby, I would dress him in denim overalls, a blue thermal, and those navy hard Stride Rite walking shoes — you know the ones — and stangers would still tell me how pretty "she" was *sigh*. Oh, AND I had cut all his hair off…lol!

  • Lori says:

    Baby Gia is a doll and I can relate with feeling forgotten. You;re doing great with her, keep it up, while doing you too!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nik, you're the cutest lil momma ever!Love gia!

  • Raquell says:

    But she's JUST so adorable! What a way to get her started in life with so much love and attention 🙂 She'll be sharing the spotlight eventually. Hang in there Momma 😀

  • I Am Your People says:

    It's always Gia, Gia, Gia! No one cares about poor ole Nikki

    Awwww, look at Baby G! And…Nikki? Who's she?

  • Anonymous says:

    …the time goes all too quicky. before you know it you will be attending 12th grade graduation..sniff sniff.

    and for the record, she is gorgeous! no matter what people think she is, she is toooo cute girl!

    and I know about that yellow seedy stuff! lol!

    blessings to you and your beautiful family

  • Anonymous says:

    your posts are hilarious! thanks for sharing with us Nikki, you made my day!!!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    oh, I haven't henna'ed in hella, but I'll be back on my game maybe next month. I've got a crap load of grays and it's not a good look. Plus, with my hair falling out by the handfuls, I'll definitely be seeking some thickness 🙂

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    @ Julia! Girl yes! My daddy will hold her all day… until she poops, then he comes looking for me. I don't get to hold my baby when I'm in STL. I miss her, lol. I only get when she's crying and inconsolable, or wet. She gets up every morn at 4:30am and coos for a while. The first few nights my parents thought it was the cutest thing and they'd get up and come in the room to play with her. Do you think that is still happening? That mess was cute the first few nights, now they 'try' to sleep through it and mommy is the only one up.

    @Jamila, don't be volunteering chica! You know I'll call in a favor 😉

    @anon, thanks! SHe does look like my dad. It's crazy! I will definitely get her ears pierced in the next few months. And yes I had an amazing time. So much so that I don't truly remember, lol. We did get snow on Christmas eve and a little on Christmas day. I hear it's nuts in Raleigh right now though.

    @doc, thanks! I hope to kick this thing in the next few days. I'm trying to go out and shake my booty on New Years Eve 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow baby G is the splitting image of you and your father, auch a little cutie pie. Do you plan to have her ears pierced in the coming months or year,so that you won't get the boy ? asked. Look at you partying it up on the dance floor, it looks like yall had fun. Poor thing hangover and a cold, well hope that you get better real soon. Did you or anyone else get any of this snow?

  • Jamila Reddy says:

    Nikki when was the last time you Henna'd? Your hair is so shiny my eyes hurt, lol!

    Baby sign language! I'm all about it. My nephew did it and it's actually really neat. It's SO cute. Especially the attitude on "I'm hungry."

    UHM I'm in the Triangle…Holla at me if you need a babysitter, FOR real. You know how I feel about that little diva(*tear*)

  • Doc says:

    craziness…that's pretty amazing

    k, thanks for enlightening me 😉
    feel better soon

  • Anonymous says:

    Do not get discouraged from teaching baby G sign language. Most of the time, behaviors like crying, temper tantrums, and fighting comes from the inability to communicate effectively. I previously worked with deaf children and they were (for the most part) well behaved because they could communicate their needs through signing and other children their age don't develop verbal language skills until after 2 years.

    Have you observed people who after a few words, instantly resort to fighting or insults because they cannot communicate their frustrations…

    You will have less behavoral melt downs if you have a way to communicate with baby G. Good Luck


  • Anonymous says:

    @ Doc – Little Gia will actually just get the antibodies and not the cold. Breastfeeding is pretty awesome.

    Nikki – I totally understand being forgotten, you basically become invisible. I just had my second last week (I have a 2 year old also) and I sware no one knows I'm in the room unless I diaper needs to be changed!

    Keep doing what you do!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    doc, the antibodies in my bmilk help her fight the bug if she gets it. Breastfed babies who get the bug going around the house get better quicker and usually have a milder form (versus mom and dad) thanks to the antibodies. She's good right now and I've been sick for a week.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    one handed typing–

    lol @ Frances, call me soon! Glad to know I'm not alone!

    thanks Karameldiva!

    MommieDearest, I'm pumping 40 ounces a day! Crazy, right?! I'm keeping up with demand but afraid of the pain I'll have to go through with weaning. I have some fenugreek (sp?) on deck just in case my milk takes a dip.

  • Doc says:

    love this post!! i don't have chillins but i'm always intrigued by your (and commenters) adventures.
    didn't know all that stuff associated with breastmilk. can she get your cold through breastmilk too (in addition to the normal ways of transmitting the cold virus)? just curious…

  • MommieDearest says:

    Nikki, my son was also extremely greedy when I was breast feeding. In the beginning I literally couldn't keep up. I had to suppliment with formula. Just know that if it ever gets to be too much, it's OK to give Gia formula. My son was off the charts for height and weight as a baby and now, at 5, he still is. One thing that helped me increase my milk supply was a natural herb called Fenugeek (sp?). You can get it at GNC or any health food store. BTW-Gia is beautiful! She looks healthy and happy. Stay blessed!

  • Unknown says:

    She is beautiful! My youngest is 6 y/o, but reading your post made me relive the breastfeeding, housekeeping, and trying to get my young swagger back all over again. Hang in there it does get better and then you'll look at her and miss when she needed you so much. Lol! You're looking great as usual. I'm fighting a cold, nasty bug too, so get well soon.

  • Frances (AKA - Lil Faryn's Mom - my new name..LOL) says:

    Whew….girl what you talking bout'!!! Lil Ms. Faryn is in my arms now kicking and requiring my FULL ATTENTION!!! LOL – I love her though. And girls night out is an afterthought – I am tired just from working and taking care of her – so I feel ya!! And I hope you feel better – cause it makes it 50 times harder when you are sick… Okay enough with the venting – LMAO. Miss talking to ya and hopefully we will talk again soon.

  • GGmadeit says:

    Loved this post! You ain't never lied!

  • Anonymous says:

    Love you nik!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    LOL, the life of a mom 🙂
    My misadventures with the Neti Pot have been quite interesting. I'm going to give it another try tonight, because it actually does help.

    @anon, I expected quite a bit of hair loss with the less manipulation but that was OUTRAGEOUS! Overall, I think the routine is great for my situation.

    @Shakirah, I can take Tylenol Cold but one of the ingredient, according to BabyCenter, 'may' reduce milk. Baby G is so greedy that I can't take that chance. Sad.

  • Shakirah says:

    Ha! I totally understand how you feel. Can't you take tylenol cold? Either way, the life of a breastfeeding mom is….special lol. At least you can pump and go. My son won't take a bottle or paci! Straight from the tap only lol.
    -Mr. Biggums Mom

  • Anonymous says:

    That is cool that you would teach her sign language it is a very useful tool. My mom is deaf and i learned very young myself.

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh, and about your hair, you gave me the idea not to wash as much and just retwist. I was thinking this will help retain lenght because it is less minipulating…do you thing the hair loss is normal if you multiply it by missed wash days.

  • Anonymous says:

    Once you become a mother, your name becomes ____________'s (<——- insert child's name here) mom. Just wait until the daycare days. You are no longer Nikki, you are now officially Gia's mom. You have a beautiful family!

  • Stacye says:

    lol, that was funny. I love your updates. They are always entertaining

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL – My niece was a He until we started combing Her hair in girlie hairstyles. Ms Gia will probably cry bloody murder, but some baby girls go from he to she when they get their ear pierced.

  • Anonymous says:

    I had to laugh when I read about your (mis)adventures with the neti pot! I use one for my allergies and it has been like a miracle. If you feel like you're drowning, you definitely need to change your stance. You should feel nothing at all when you neti. Lean over the sink/bowl with your head straight, put the pot in your nostril and then tip just your head to the side, keeping your back and neck straight and extending your chin. The water should just run out the other side. I was horrified at first too, but the neti pot literally changed my life and saved me lots of $$ on allergy meds. Hope this helps!


  • vonnie says:

    lol! you are too funny…getting low just aint as easy as it once was, huh? so much prep and planning has to go into it with a little bit at home. that sucks about the "he" comments, clearly she's a girl if she's decked out in pink pink and more pink. maybe have a bow headband or barette type thing in her hair all of the time? I know that's how people determine if its a girl often.


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