February 24, 2009

Turn and Face the Strain...

...Ch-Ch-Changes...

So, I'm pretty sure I inherited just the teeniest bit of my family's manic tendencies. What is mania? Well, it's excitement manifested by mental and physical hyperactivity, disorganization of behavior, and elevation of mood.


I've been known to do some pretty crazy things in the past, on a whim. This one time, I was getting ready for a girls night out and I couldn't get my hair to cooperate. So, what would any logical person do? Why, go to the nearest mall hair studio and have them lop it all off on the way out the door. Yes, I did.

Well, times, they are a-changin' around here. The conclusion to my breastfeeding fiasco: done-zo. Yeah, it sucks. But, I feel like a gave it a valiant try. Once the nurse practitioner heard of the occurrence at the pediatrician, she no longer felt comfortable handling our case and referred me off to lactation through the hospital. I spoke to one of their reps, and they pretty much gave me the laundry list of things to try that I had already been trying. I tried a couple more herbal supplements, to no avail. Little A was getting more and more restless. And, the irony- the one drug that is known to increase milk supply (Reglan)... I had an allergic reaction from it in the past and so no one was willing to prescribe it. Figures. Since all the professionals weren't really holding out any hope, I decided to succumb to the inevitable.

I'm okay, really. Making the decision was the hardest part for me. I felt like I was letting her down if I gave up. I didn't want to make the decision. I wanted no responsibility in it. But, such is life. I did what I thought was best. Now we look forward...

That's not to say that I haven't been experiencing any "mental hyperactivity" or "disorganization of behavior". It's making me a little crazy, all this change. So, since I already had an appointment scheduled to lop off my hair this upcoming weekend, I had to expend that energy and force somewhere else. So, I lopped of Sassy's hair instead.

Just kidding... well, sort of. Sassy did officially get her first haircut. And, it was sort of on a whim, although I have been contemplating it for some time now. Her hair was looking like a rat's nest no matter what I tried. It was time to get those ends evened up. So, the took off about an inch, and added some layers in the back. I DID NOT have them cut bangs, although it almost seems like we went for the sweeping bang look, just by chance. That's just how her hair grows.

Really, you can barely tell the difference. But, she is almost three and this was her FIRST haircut. So we made a big deal about it, pictures and all. She sat very still like such a big girl. She knew that if she was well-behaved, she would get to go to the store and pick out a new princess barbie. After all was said and done, she chose a Mulan barbie and was pleased as punch. Plus, they gave her a sucker. Double bonus. Here are some before and after shots. Dramatic difference, huh?

Before:

During:

After:

5 sweet tweets:

Monica said...

I love it!

Kendra said...

She's so pretty!!! I love the cut!
Glad you are doing well =) I was praying for you last night!

mom2tictacs said...

Hon you are an awesome mom and the fact that you made it 6mos breastfeeding, is awesome! I made it to 6mos with Bubba and Pooks and I'm hoping to last longer with Peanut, but who knows. Just know that you did try everything and she did get your milk for 6 whole months. That is great!! I've been there and its hard, but it will get better.

Oh and Sassy's haircut looks adorable! Very cute!!

The Hoffman Family-Adam, Laura, Easton & Emerson said...

Her hair cut is so cute! I can't believe you've never cut it before now! I keep contemplating cutting Em's hair...guess I'll wait till she's a bit older.

Mae said...

Oh, Heather! I'm just getting caught up on blogs and saw the posts about the breastfeeding troubles. I'm so sorry to hear what you've been going through. :(!! I have to say that the decision to quit breastfeeding earlier than I'd hoped was truly the most agonizing one I've ever made. I hope you're feeling more peace with the decision and that you totally pamper yourself this weekend!