Thursday, June 30, 2016

To the Mom Struggling to Breastfeed

I see you sitting in the darkest corner of the room. 

 I can see the dread and frustration on your face because you just know this isn't going to go as planned. 
 This struggling mom in the corner, that is me. 

Before I was ever even pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. And once I learned that I was actually carrying a tiny human, I spent countless hours a day dreaming about the late nights holding my sweet little one as she nursed to her little hearts content.

Fast forward to a few months later, in the delivery room. After the nurse brought my daughter back to me from the nursery(they had her for a few hours I think, I honestly don't really remember) the nurse literally just shoved her to my breast. It all happened so fast and I really couldn't tell you the details. I dealt with the usual soreness and pains that come with breast feeding but I stuck with it and eventually all of that passed. But with one accomplishment comes more problems.

The older my daughter got the harder she became to breastfeed. She became so nosy to the world around her that getting her to sit still for 10 minutes to nurse became impossible. I pushed, fought, and struggled at every single feeding because I was determined to continue. I felt like a was forcing my child to nurse, it's an awful feeling. Here we are at almost 7 months into this journey, and I realized something today.
As I was shopping I passed a mom who was confidently nursing her child. She was so calm as was her child. It was at this point in time that I realized that that's just not going to be us. And I think I'm OK with that. My daughter and I have come to an agreement and we nurse when she wants and if she's not feeling it, we bottle feed. Yeah, I said it. Bottle feed WITH FORMULA. And she's thriving and growing(mommy points for me)

 So To the Mom Struggling,
 You've got to realize that every relationship between a nursing mom and her child is going to be different, and you've just gotta roll with the punches. Whether your child has breast milk or formula, she's going to do just fine. There's no reason to let yourself get to the point where you dread feeding time. We nurse when she wants and if she doesn't then a bottle it is.
I can't say that enough. The most important thing in all of this is the happiness of you and your child. You can't push yourself to the back burner, don't lose your own feelings in all of this. That little baby of yours is going to love you no matter what, she's still going to need you to comfort her.

You're an amazing mother. YOU ROCK!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


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My Mission

Hey there! Hope all you beautiful mommas out there are having a great day, or slightly ok day. Either way it's a win. First off, my name is Aleacia. I'm a 25 year old momma to a beautiful baby girl(who just turned 6months old! WHAT?!) I'm a dental assistant turned Stay-at-Home mom, and I'm engaged to an amazing man who works his butt off for our daughter and I.
My 25th birthday, baby Livy was only 6weeks old!

I'm not the kind of person to put my business out there but I'm really hoping that my words can help other women realize that they aren't alone. That on those days when the baby is screaming for no apparent reason and the floor needs mopping because you didn't have a chance to let the dogs out, I feel ya girl. You're doing the best you can and being the absolute best mother possible. 
As a first time mom I've learned more then I thought I ever would. Not only about taking care of another tiny human being, but also about myself. I have physically and mentally pushed my body to its limits in the past 6 months. But I have also never been more proud of myself.
So don't worry about the little things and enjoy this precious time.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Easy Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

Happy Sunday!! 
Today I'm going to share with you all one of my most favorite recipes ever, turkey stuffed bell peppers. I love it so much for two reasons. 
1) it's SUPER easy. I mean, if I can do it anyone can. 
2) it tastes delicious! Even the hubby will eat it. 
I've been trying to do this whole "wifey" thing and in learning that for someone that's still a baby like me(I'm only 23) learning the ropes can be pretty challenging. I came into this relationship HATING cooking and DOUBLE HATING house work. But I must say, the more I experience with food the more I'm starting to enjoy it. Now the housework part, I don't think that will ever change. 

4 bell peppers
1lb ground turkey meat
1/2 white onion 
2 cups of rice 
Garlic powder
Garlic salt
Chilli powder 
Shredded cheese(any kind you prefer)

1) first you'll need to cut the top off of the bell peppers and clean all of the seeds out. Once this is done, place them in a pot of boiling water. This will soften then up so they aren't super crunchy. 
2) while they are boiling, dice up your 1/2 onion and brown in a pan. 
3) now that the onions are browned, add in the turkey meat and a little bit of each seasoning. I NEVER measure my seasonings I just go off of taste. Feel free to make this your own and add whatever you like, you really can't mess this up. As you can see, I added about half a can of diced tomatos but it really wasn't necessary. I was just tryin something different. 
4) while the turkey is browning, time to boil the rice (the bell peppers are still in boiling water as we are finishing all of this up)
5) once the turkey meat is browned and it's to your flavor and the rice is finished, combine the rice with the turkey. Mix it all up! And we are ALMOST done:) 
6) now you can take the bell peppers out of the water. Be careful when doing this, they're going to be HOT HOT HOT. 
Stuff these bell peppers with our delicious rice and turkey mixture. Sprinkle whatever type of cheese you want on the top. 
7) once I've done this I usually stick them in the oven at about 325 degrees just long enough to melt the cheese and WALAH!! 

Hope you guys enjoy:) Feel free to leave comments if you have any ideas to change this recipe up a bit. I'm ALWAYS looking for something different.