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My Inspiration for Starting Primrose

This photo of my kids was taken when they started back to school last week. They are now in 7th, 5th, 4th, and 1st grades, but there was a period of time when all 4 of them were 6 years old and younger! It sometimes feels like that was decades ago, and at other times feels like it was just the other day that I was heading in to be induced with my oldest after my water was broken for too long.

As I look back on my experiences when they were babies there is so much that I am ashamed to admit that I don't remember. My 9 year old asked me what her first word was today and I had to tell her I didn't know (I'm not even sure if I kept a baby book with her!) Her question is what inspired me to write this blog post.

Here are some of the things that I do remember about all 4 of my kids as babies (and during my pregnancies): 

Pregnancy cravings:  #1: Flllet O'Fish sandwiches from McDonald's  #2: Golden Grahams cereal  #3: Rice Chex cereal  #4 Sweet Potatoes 

Bedrest: 8 or 10 weeks when I was pregnant with #2

Gestational ages: All were born between 36 and 38 weeks

Birth weights: 5 lb. 13 oz to 7 lb 0 oz. 

Length of time I breastfed: 2 months to 10 months. One never latched and I had to exclusively pump for. One latched almost immediately after birth and nursing always went smoothly. For the other two my experience was somewhere in the middle. I worked closely with lactation counselors after my 2 oldest were born.

Number that received formula at some point before their 1st birthday: all 4

Milk protein allergy: Just one, but it was severe enough that she needed to be placed on a special formula called Neocate. 

When they slept through the night (which I am defining as an at least 6h stretch of sleep sometime between 10pm-6am): 4 months-8.5 months

Colic:  1 and 1/2 (one had a really severe case and one had a mild case). They all had the dinnertime/evening "witching hour" at some point.

Postpartum depression: after my oldest was born but never recurred 

Length of maternity leaves: 10 weeks to 16 weeks

Length that I wish my maternity leaves (and all of yours) could have been: 6+ months

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Jessica Madden