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I just got Raffi’s Baby Beluga cd and I am obsessed.

This is my favorite song:

All I Really Need is a Song in my Heart
Food in my belly and love in my Family
All I Really Need is a Song in my Heart
And love in my family

And I need the rain to fall
And I need the sun to shine
To give life to the seeds we sow
To give the food we need to grow, grow

All I Really Need is a Song in my Heart
Food in my belly and love in my Family
All I Really Need is a Song in my Heart
And love in my family

And I need some clean water for drinking (Drinking)
And I need some clean air for breathing (Breathing)
So that I can grow up strong and take my place where I belong

All I Really Need is a Song in my Heart
Food in my belly and love in my Family
All I Really Need is a Song in my Heart
And love in my family

All I Really Need is a Song in my Heart
Food in my belly and love in my Family
All I Really Need is a Song in my Heart
And love in my family

All I Really Need is a Song in my Heart
Food in my belly and love in my Family
All I Really Need is a Song in my Heart
And love in my family
Raffi: All I Really, Really Need
Love in my family
Raffi: I got to have it. I really need it.
Love in my family
Raffi: All I Really, Really need
All I Really Need is Love
Raffi: All I Really, Really Need
All I Really Need is Love
All I Really Need is Love
Raffi: Mmm, She Loves You. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
All I Really Need is Love
All I Really Need is Love
All I Really Need is Love

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Hawke is now nine months old! He is pulling up on tables, chairs, and especially the dishwasher door when its down. He recently discovered the tupperware cabinet and as a result practices his drumming most everyday. He has my eyes, Tripp’s mouth, and our happy spirit. He likes collared greens, spinach, and peaches– a southern boy at heart, despite being a Colorado native. He is a blessing.

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humor: i’ve recently discovered that once i became a mother, my saliva has become super powered! seriously, i clean hawke’s face with it (when out in public and discover that he has something on his face)

tunes:

sunday mornings, go for a ride.

Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.

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::: bad with the good :::

good news: tooth #2 finally broke through the skin/gum!

bad news: i desperately need a nap and am fighting to stay awake

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… i stopped breastfeeding two days ago…

it was a very, very difficult decision for me to make.

you see, i am anemic and hypoglycemic. because of this i have been having milk volume problems since the beginning and last week i started getting really light headed, dizzy, and felt many instances of fainting spells coming on. luckily, i am able to recognize what it feels like when i am about to faint and each time i was able to grab the wall or sit down quickly and eat fruit or drink juice in order to get my blood sugar back up to a safe level. my worse nightmare would be to faint while holding hawke and be home alone. the thought of it brings to mind the scene from steel magnolias when shelby has fallen out at home while alone with her son and her husband comes home to find water boiling on the stove, the son crying hysterically, and shelby on the ground. i had a long talk with my mother after the last fainting spell and she told me i that a healthy mom is the best kind of mom and whatever hawke would be getting from me from breastfeeding he most likely has already gotten it in the 3 months and 3 weeks i was able to breastfeed. hearing her tell me it was ok to stop was the assurance i needed to hear.  you see my mom breastfed me until i was two years old. of course i was eating food by that age and the breastmilk was what i had in the morning and at night before bed. i didnt want to let her down. i didnt want to let my husband down.  i didnt want to let myself down, but most of all i didnt want to not be giving hawke every bit of nutrition i could. but the factor of the matter is, i was giving him everything i had– all my energy and all the nutrition my body needs to function properly.

i woke up the first morning to somewhat engorged breasts, but not too bad. we only had two small bottles, so i fixed him 1 which he drank up like the sweet boy he is. we then went to target on the hunt for more bottles. i spent a good 30 minutes standing in the bottle aisle reading every package thoroughly. i didnt want to go with the cheap bottles because they say nothing about preventing colic. we decided on a package of 4 large bottles and an additional package of 1 large bottle. this particular bottle has a medium flow, and is shaped very similar to the pacifier hawke prefers which is similar to a breast nipple, and prevents colic. i also bought a bottle drying rack to place next to the sink. when we got home i gave him the second of the two bottles we already had and began sterilizing and setting up the drying rack.

after two bottles, i began to notice a difference in hawke… he is finally full and satisfied. he seems happier and is actually taking naps during the day. i am still nursing at night when he wakes up, which is helping to relieve the engorgement. i discovered he like cuddling with my breasts, because they are warm (which is nice since he snowed here yesterday!) i do miss nursing him because its such a nice time for he and i, but i am so glad he is finally getting all the nourishment he wants and needs.

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some things that are upsetting me…

first, my blackberry has been “hour glassing” a lot. so much in fact, that its sending calls straight to voicemail. i cleaned my memory, cleared my cache, and history yet it still is “hour glassing”.

second, my milk supply is dwindling. i am very pro breastfeeding and really had NO IDEA that it was something i needed to read about and prepare myself for. im the first of my friends to have a baby and i simply had NO CLUE that is wasnt going to be an easy thing to just pick up. i have been taking 8 capsules a day for over a month, 4-6 capsules of milk thistle/blessed thistle a day for over 2 months, and a milk enrichment tincture since hawke was 3 weeks old. i can’t pump more than 1 oz out of each breast at a time.  i am eating enough and i certainly drink enough water and milk. yet my supply just cant keep up with hawke’s needs. i absolutely do not want to start him on rice cereal for another 2-3 months. does anyone have any suggestions of what has worked for you? i am all ears to any help.

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when i awoke this morning to baby hawke grunting in his bassinet for some nourishment from me, i picked him up, gave him some morning kisses and let him latch on. then i grabbed for blackberry, so i could get my morning blog readings underway. first dear baby, then silver spoon, paper plates, and then not mommy of the year and what i discovered was that there is a party going on, a blog party (!) and i want to join the fun!

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

my name is sutton, like “button” with an “s”. i heart colorado, screened in porches, sunny days outside, rainy days inside, milk, live music, being alone in nature, traveling, being in love, the california & oregon coast, good friends, my mom, frozen mimosas, boykin spaniels, my morning jacket, chess pie, laughing, the pacific coast highway, seeing things with simple beauty, camping, hiking, swimming, getting lost in the music, planning events, dancing, really cold hi-c orange, made from scratch mashed potatoes, symmetry, big skies, anything organic, and paisleys. i believe in the light within us all, the power of the human spirit, creativity breeds genius, karma, manifesting my own reality, the net will appear if you take the leap, that our essence is love (all else is an illusion), any kindness helps, and that good will always overcome the bad (eventually)

my life is a work in progress and so am i. life is about living, learning, applying what you’ve learned to improve the living, letting go, and forgiving. i’ve learned you can either follow your head or your heart, either is fine as long as its “you” your following and no one else! its all one big adventure- sometimes its full of light and sometimes it can be filled with the dark, but youve always got to go towards the light.

i started blogging in september of 2007, just a few months after i moved from the southern city of savannah to the middle of the country in denver. i traded the beach for the rocky mountains. my first post was titled, “i begin now, today,” and i did. the girl i was then and the mother, wife, and woman i am now are one in the same. i still have a strong case of wanderlust, but now i am eagerly awaiting the time to come when i can wander the globe with my husband and our son, hawke. i look forward to his first camping trip, the first time he sees the ocean, and the first time he sees fireworks. i still have a passion for seeing live music, but now i am teaching hawke the classics like cat stevens, led zeppelin, simon & garfunkel (who he will see live in april at jazzfest in new orleans w/ protective ear covers that i’ve already purchased), the beatles, the grateful dead, stevie wonder, neil young, van morrison, and crosby, stills and nash; along with his father and i’s favorites like widespread panic, phish (he will be seeing them in telluride at the end of the summer), my morning jacket, the shins, boombox, steely dan, beck and so many more.

i am most definitely still the girl that took a chance by leaving her southern roots for the west in search of fulfillment, adventure, and love. i’ve found fulfillment in many forms– owning a creative & successful business with my husband and friend, loving and being loved by an amazing man, and as of this winter becoming a mother. everyday is a new adventure filled with an abundance of love and joy. i was and am still on the road less traveled and this little blog is filled with inspiration, wit, and wisdom of my journey. so pull up a chair, pour yourself a mimosa, enjoy the spring breeze and join me!

me doing cartwheels on the beach

my husband (then boyfriend) and a painting we did at a music festival

my husband and i the night before our wedding

i’ve got two little men now: samson (the brown one) and hawke (the sleeping one)

remember… “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.

and prizes i like, should i be chosen: #7, #10, #11, #25(!!!), #57, USC #5

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