So, Bella is now a month old and doing really well. We had a weight check for her and she had gained 11 oz since the last appointment which had been 14 days before that. They said they like to see babies gain a 1/2 ounce to a full ounce a day so she is right on track. We are still having to feed her from both the breast and formula from the bottle. This still gets me seriously down but we are trying some natural remedies to help with my supply. I have been drinking at least 3 cups of Mother’s Milk tea a day which seems to have helped a little bit, power pumping for an hour a day a long with pumping after each feeding but the one I am most excited to try is Fennel essential oil from Young Living which I am currently starting my own business under because their products have really worked for me and for people around me.
So this leads me into our exciting news. Both my husband and I are starting businesses this month. My husband has been working with his father to start a business that will help children who are struggling with math in school. My husband has been working on the back end for several months now, creating the complex programming to make this online business work while my father-in-law has been working the front end that everyone will see and the details of how the business will run. They both have been working so hard to make this something that will really be beneficial for children, parents and teachers a like. Honestly, as a teacher myself and someone who has struggled with math my entire life, after I saw how this will assess students and help them to focus on their areas of need in this subject area I became very excited about it and wish there had been something like that for me when I was growing up. When they launch I will put up a specific post about it for any of you that might have a child who is struggling in math and might be interested.
I am also starting up my own business under my mother-in-law using Young Living Essential Oils. These are some of the purest and best oils you can find in the United States which makes them more effective than the ones you might find in the store which claim to be 100% pure but really aren’t. The standards for being able to put 100% pure on your label in the US is 5% oil and the way they destill their products damages the product and makes it less effective, if not actually toxic for us. Young Living is dedicated to being the purest essential oil possible from seed to seal. They have their own farms and hold themselves to strict standards. So this is a product I feel I can get behind and support. My mother-in-law and father-in-law came down to visit us this week and she brought her oils with her from her starter kit. We defused an oil blend called Stress Away and at Bella’s next feeding I had my first really good let down EVER! She didn’t need the bottle afterwards and slept for several hours afterwards. Then the next day she was fussy all day and wouldn’t go down to sleep even that night. Finally we pulled out the Lavender essential oil and defused that and within 10 minutes she was sleeping soundly. After these successes I am looking forward to my starter kit and the extra Fennel and Basil oils I ordered to come in either tomorrow or Tuesday. The Fennel especially but also the Basil are supposed to be really good for increasing milk production. I will let you know how it goes. I am also excited to share these products and opportunity with anyone who is interested. If you are interested in learning more I am more than happy to tell you all about it so feel free to ask me. This is more of an education business than a selling business. Sales are just a perk for me, as I really believe that true and pure essential oils are natural remedies for just about anything; which G-d put on this Earth for our use and health.
This also has given me a new focus which has helped me with any remaining Baby Blues. My mother-in-law got me out of the house for a while too this past week which helped to give me something of a break and a change of scenery which has helped. It was a very nice visit with them both!
So I know this post is late for week 4 and a little early for week 5 but I wanted to get them done while I had the opportunity. I hope everyone is doing well! Shalom! 🙂