... but seriously. It really is.
I feel like lately whenever I have a problem, I just take to my blog. I pose the question and the answers come pouring in from intelligent, experienced women all over the country. It's wild!
+ A month ago I asked you all why there weren't as many comments on blogs as there used to be. I was floored when over 150 comments came rolling in about why there are no comments. Talk about the irony! I heard a lot of great reasoning but the two main reasons that appeared again and again in the comments was #1- It is too hard to comment on blogs and #2- It's frustrating to comment and never receive a reply back. I am hoping that I fixed problem #1 by installing Disqus, although for some I may have made it more complicated. All you have to do is sign on once through Disqus and then you can always comment on the blog after that. I know it's a pain, but it's also awesome because then you get replies to your comments emailed to you. It's awesome! (A question for my Disqus pros out there... I have always had comments on my blog emailed to me so I can see them as they appear. Disqus still emails me the comments but now it says every comment is from myself. I can't tell who has sent the comment unless I go to the actual post and look at the comments through there. Any suggestions?)
As far as problem #2- I am trying to be better about responding to comments. I am so grateful to you for the thoughts and insights you leave on the blog, on Instagram, on Facebook, etc. I read every one. I have set aside 20 minutes every day to respond to comments. Sometimes that is not enough time to respond to all the comments. My blog is taking up an increasing amount of my time, and while it is so exciting and I'm so grateful for its growth, I also have to protect my time with family. So 20 minutes of responding to comments, and if I don't get to them all, I don't get them all. I hope you understand.
+ After I wrote this post about not getting a discount at H&M, many of you stated that you would go to the store and explain the situation to get the discount. You gave me the push I needed, and I went to H&M Monday night and the lady who worked there was nice as can be. She rang up my order, put $16 back on card and told me she was sorry. I used the $16 to buy a Halloween costume for June and now all is right in the world.
+ Thank you so much for all of your comments on my post last week about low milk supply. I am constantly amazed at the community of support there is in the blog world. I received so many comments on that post and couldn't respond to them all, but know that I read them and was so grateful for the support and ideas. A little update since that post- things that have changed since reading your comments:
1) I changed my birth control to the mini pill- progestin- only pill. I'll give it a few weeks and if it doesn't seem to help I may look into an IUD.
2) I have figured out a way to pump in between first and second period the days that I work- eliminating the six hour stretch without pumping that was making my body all sorts of confused. It's pretty awkward, I'll admit. I sneak out of first period as soon as the announcements come on- a couple of minutes before the bell rings. I pump in the English meeting room downstairs while kids are switching classes (I sit there with my back to the door, scared out of my mind that some seventeen year old boy is going to somehow come bursting in by accident. The door is locked, but I freak out the whole time anyway) and am back upstairs to teach second period right as the bell rings. It's only about eight or nine minutes of pumping, but it gives me about an extra ounce those mornings and I am hoping it helps my body more fully understand what is up.
3) I am taking fenugreek. So far I haven't noticed too much of a difference except for, yes, I smell like maple syrup.
4) I'm drinking more water.
I still don't feel like the supply is where I want it to be, but it seems to be increasing a little and I feel happy that I'm taking steps in the right direction and making some progress. Nothing feels worse than feeling helpless. Thank you all so much for your comments and suggestions.
+ And now, a couple more questions I pose for you. Question #1- I am in the market for a new pair of tennis shoes and I have my heart set on a pink pair... Tell me, which one of these is your favorite?
+ Question #2- If you are trying to pass in the left lane of a two lane highway and there is a car in front of you that is going the exact same speed as the car in the right lane is it appropriate to honk? (Longest sentence ever!) Not a mean, hostile honk, just a friendly beep-beep- I'm- behind- you- and- you- should- get- over- honk? How long do you have to be behind the car before it is appropriate to honk? Your answers will settle a very important debate.