Re: 12 Months and Deciding What's Next
We're vegetarian. I am still nursing, and LO is 2 years. I still pumped until about the 18-month mark, just because we had a nanny and we still gave LO some EBM in a cup once a day. We also don't drink cow's milk (occasionally use it in cooking), although we do eat cheese and yogurt, but not all the time. Once she started refusing her one bottle, I stopped pumping. We switched to daycare at 21 months and I don't send milk of any kind to school most days. She just drinks water. Occasionally she's seemed like she wants to have milk with the other kids, so I would send those small packages of rice milk that don't have to be refrigerated. But she didn't drink them so I haven't sent one in a while.
My LO is a pretty picky eater, although has been doing better lately. Her iron levels have always been great, and she had cord clamped immediately at birth due to meconium. The pediatrician wanted her tested again a couple weeks ago, and she was at 13.9, which is pretty high. We don't obsess about iron, but I do try to be mindful that she eat a good variety of foods that have some iron in them -- she likes tofu, edamame, seitan, peas, carrots, dried fruits, quinoa and breads. So that plus the other foods she'll occasionally eat (like sunflower seed butter, eggs, hummus, etc.) seem to be working fine for us. As far as protein, again, I don't really obsess about it because I know she's eating a good variety of foods.
I don't know much about fibroids or fertility issues, but I do have to say that it took me 6 months to get pregnant with my first LO (at almost 35), and only one time trying to get pregnant again, and I'm still nursing, at nearly 38. Other moms here can give you help with the fertility problems you had, but there is hope that second time around is easier for some people!
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.