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What Bra Size are you?

What Bra Size Are You?

For many years I have thought I was the same bra size. Excuse my naïvety, but I thought that one, pretty much, stayed the same bra size always? But, I was wrong.

Last week, I attended an event by New York City based, Momtrends which was hosted by and at the stone and mortar; Intimacy on Madison Avenue, on the Island of Manhattan.

Intimacy is a national lingerie chain, here in the United States, who, besides selling the most beautiful lingerie, excel as bra fit stylists. You can find stores in 11 states across the country; Georgia, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, Washington D.C and Florida.

I was fitted by a wonderful woman by the name of Angela, who taught me so much about wearing a bra. First of all, a women’s bra size does change. Women lose weight, and gain weight especially during pregnancy and breast feeding, and it is important to be fitted once a year to make sure you are wearing a bra which is supportive to your current size.

To put into perspective; for so many years I have thought I was a size 36D but I am actually a 32DD at the moment – which was news to me!

 

Let’s talk Sport Bras

I am an extremely active Mother, with most mornings being dedicated to exercise. Whether that be crossfit, kickboxing or running I am always on the go. At the moment, I have a chest injury and have to limit movement for the upper part of my body, so I am running a lot and far. On average 5 miles a day! Or, 8KM for the Aussies out there.

I have always worn sport bras which I have bought at a local active store. No brainer right, this is what I have always done and really I have not known any better? While I was at Intimacy, I was fitted for a sport bra. And, wow, what a difference it has made wearing it out on my morning runs. Before hand, while wearing one of my conventional sport bras, I was flopping around everywhere and squashed flat, but with my new sport bra my breasts stay nice and snug and do not move at all! This is a whole new experience to me. So much so, that as I only bought one fitted sport bra when I shopped at Intimacy, I now rinse it out in the shower post run to make sure I can wear it again the next morning. I will never buy conventional run-of-the-mill sport bras again, that is for sure!

What I used to wear…. colorful sure but not that supportive.

And, what I am wearing now…. such a difference.

If you are interested in getting fitted by a professional in-the-know bra stylist, Intimacy offers a complimentary fitting which you can sign up for HERE. With over 90 different bra sizes available for women, it is worth a visit, as there is a lot of room to move there (no pun intended)!

I just know that you will leave the store feeling a lot more beautiful in the chest area, and as a result more confident; just like me.

Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum. We hope this posting has made you think, and lead you on to a new discovery!

Getting my Juice on AGAIN, and the benefits one (that is you) can obtain!

Look how clear & healthy my skin looks.

Last week, after being fed up with the way I was feeling physically, I decided to do another juice cleanse. The holidays – Thanksgiving through New Years are tough as far as all the foods on offer – and I was feeling sluggish, bloated and just unhealthy! I needed a kickstart to be better with my routines, and not eating for a few days really helps me to take the time to be still, reflect and focus. This cleanse was the third one that I have done in the last ten months! Obviously, I am a big fan of juicing. I love the benefits and the way I feel doing it. I also like the discipline of making a decision and sticking to it.

I always use the same company; NYC based Blue Print Cleanse (launched in 2007). I love their juices which are cold-pressed (which preserves a higher nutritional level compared to the traditional heat causing kitchen blade juicers), and are 100% organic. Love that!

Additionally, it is personally convenient as it is delivered straight to your door on ice, in six 16-ounce juices per day numbered bottles so you know when to drink them. The 5 day cleanse cost around $250, which includes instructions, phone support, online support and a really nice cooler bag!

The last 2 cleanses I did for a total of 3 days each which is the minimum prescribed by Blue Print Cleanse. I was also still breastfeeding my Son when I did both of them. However, this cleanse was different as I extended it to 5 days and I was not breastfeeding anymore. I took it up a notch, I was capable of handling the 2 extra days as I knew what to expect.  I chose t the highest level of BP cleanse being Excavation, there are 2 other lower levels being Foundation and Renovation. The Excavation Cleanse consists of 4 green juices, a spicy lemonade and a serving of my beloved cashew milk daily.
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My Son and my journey with breastfeeding is finally over… Sigh!

Two weeks ago marked a milestone in my relationship with my toddler Son. After 26 months since Miles Storm was born, back in September of 2010, WE have finally stopped breastfeeding!

I was beginning to wonder if this day would ever come, and surely my husband made a ton of jokes, that I would be one of those Mums who would be breastfeeding until he was at least 6 years old. Ha Ha – really funny Babes!

I have to say that I never thought that I would breastfeed at all, let alone for this long, but isn’t it interesting the changes that happen once you become a Mother? When I was younger, I was scared of what breastfeeding would do to my body after hearing horror stories of how afterwards you have saggy boobs hanging to the floor – guaranteed. If I ever became pregnant, (I absolutely swore naïvely to anybody that would listen), breastfeeding was not an option.

However, once pregnant, that quickly changed to No Way would I ever feed my baby milk that has been tainted with steroids, chemicals and was artificially fortified. Not to mention from another species – yes, I know, I did a total 360 here didn’t I?

So how did it happen? Well, I guess, for me I just became a little fed-up with having to breastfeed my Son as soon as he woke up and to put him to sleep every night. It suddenly became a huge toll on my body mentally and physically, and I was feeling chained to a heavy ball. I know that may sound horrible, but it is the only way I can describe it – towards the end that is exactly how I was starting to feel.

My Son is a big boy now, and I did not feel comfortable being the “be all end all” for him anymore.

My husband wasn’t much help either, whenever Miles would become upset he would say – “Just give him some milk”.  I mean it is okay for him to say!

Two weekends ago, I kind-of-just cracked and I told my Son when he asked for milk (which he affectionately calls Nilk) that Mummy did not have any Nilk anymore and that it was empty and finished. To which he surprisingly replied “Okay Mummy”.

And, as simple as that it stopped. He has asked 2 times since then for Nilk and I have firmly told him again it was finished and empty!

Wow….. all these years that went by with me trying to figure out in my little head how the end was going to happen. I was so unsure of how it was all going to go down, and besides having hard-as-rock boobs for around 10 days and being in extreme pain, I made it through the other side.

And, so did Miles Storm. He is now that little more independent and ready to step-up-to-the-plate on his next challenge.

Oh, the joys of being a First Time Mum!

The Blueprint Cleanse, oh how I love you!

A few months ago, while Miles Storm and I were out and about in Williamsburg Brooklyn I stumbled upon a bottle of Blue Print Cleanse’s freshly pressed organic Cashew Nut, Agave, Vanilla and Cinnamon drink (AKA known as White Juice). It was amazing and we both fought over the last drop…. seriously! I took a photo of that moment and put it up through the Willy B Mum twitter feed tagging Blue Print Cleanse on it.

What happened next was really cool, with social media at it’s finest I was approached by the company and asked if I would like to be a BLOG contributor on their site & do their 3 day cleanse for FREE. I mean, how amazing is that. I was so excited, especially as over the July 4th period my husband and I had a 10 day holiday, drinking way too much wine! I was feeling a bit bloated and lazy, so a good kick in the bum not being able to eat for 3 days was a God Send.

WHY CLEANSES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR BODY

Going along with the idea that The Best Medicine is no Medicine, giving your body a break from not having to digest foods can do wonders. Other benefits of doing a cleanse include giving you clarity of mind, giving your liver a break, helping to stimulate your metabolism, ridding your body of unwanted pounds, increasing energy and vitality, kick starting your metabolism and helping to eliminate body stress (among other things).

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Yes, I am one of those “Attachment Parenting” Mums.

I never thought that I would still be breastfeeding my 22 month old Son, but I am. Years ago, I actually thought that I would never breastfeed at all as I worried about what it would do to my body, selfish yes I know. It was easy to say then as I really had no idea of the differences in cow milk formula and breast milk. I am not a big fan of cow’s milk, and my Son actually cannot drink or eat cow products as he breaks out in the skin condition eczema.

Miles Storm was born a month early, (which was very considerate of him as I did not have to go through the last month in the heat here in NY), and weighed 5+ pounds – he was so tiny.  I remember being in the hospital having a nurse show me what to do, I mean it was so surreal, I did not even think that the milk would come, but it did. Then came blurred months on end of sleepless nights getting up every 3 hours to feed him, I cannot say I miss that part at all!

Three months ago I visited my home town in Melbourne Australia by myself with my Son. Flying to Melbourne from the United States is one of the longest plane trips ever, we were in the air for 21 hours total each way, and that did not include the 3 hour stopover In LA and getting to and from the airports.

I was so nervous flying all that 9000 miles+ by myself with my super-active-toddler sitting in such a small place. My husband planned to come but it was an important time within his industry and he could not make it, and that is totally okay in my book!

Planning the trip 6 months earlier, I did know that if I could just keep breastfeeding till our departure date it would be easier on both of us…… and it was! The flight, both ways, was smooth sailing, and on both flights when departing the plane other passengers came up to me and said that Miles Storm was the best baby they had flown with. I credit breastfeeding almost entirely to this. I mean, I saw some of their faces when I was settling into my seat at the beginning of the flights, they just thought they were sitting near a soon-to-be out of control screaming baby. Fair enough I would have thought the same thing back in the day!

I had full intentions to stop nursing when I arrived back in New York but it did not happen, my Little Boy just loves his milk so much. And, I mean is it right for me to stop because I want too, shouldn’t it be all about him? I have definitely changed my tune; we are also heading off on a summer holiday to Croatia in 2 months and I know it will be great to have up my sleeve as a party trick again while flying.

Nursing a little one on a plane helps to comfort them in strange surroundings, keeps them occupied in a small limited space, and  helps with take-off and landing because as they are constantly swallowing they do not get the popping ear feeling. It also keeps them quiet which means other passengers aren’t going to be giving you dirty looks! Love that.

Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond. World Health Organization.

My new plan of attack is that I am just going to let him stop nursing when he is ready, and hopefully that is sometime soonish? My husband makes jokes that I am still going to be breastfeeding Miles Storm when he is 6 years old, I always respond “Jokes are meant to be funny babe”.

I know that some people think it is extreme to still breastfeed at this age, but being a stay-at-home Mummy and being able to do so I think that it is fine. I realize that every Mum has to do what works for her and her child. For example, my sister has 5 children and she chose not to breastfeed any of them. Do I judge her, of course not as that is her journey and experience, and she is entitled to it.

Let’s be honest, it is not going to last forever and soon enough it will be just a memory. Let’s not rush it shall we!

Still breastfeeding at 22 months of age