Sunday, January 23, 2011

Learning experiences are everywhere

Sorry for the short hiatus. I work on weekends and the family is all sick. The Eskimo's first cold! I'm a "pet nutrition specialist" for Blue Buffalo on the weekends. So, basically I wander around PetSmart and educate people on their pets' nutrition and try to convert them to a better dog food, ideally Blue Buffalo. ;)  It's kind of an awesome job because it gives me the opportunity to talk to people all weekend and learn from them. Every single person I come across can teach me something new. And hopefully, I can teach them something too. The point is, you can learn something from almost anyone, you just have to be open to it.

I spend a lot of time on the forums on There are a lot of like-minded mamas on there and you can learn so much from them. I never thought I'd be the type to join and participate in online forums, but I guess you should never say never. :)

The forum I spend the most time in is the Breastfeeding Support section. Not because I need support necessarily (though we all do), but because I learn something almost every time I read through a post. There are a lot of mamas out there who fight tooth and nail to breastfeed their child, whether they're struggling with low supply, thrush, a tongue-tied baby or just being at work and needing to pump all day. A lot of the folks who cruise that forum are lactation consultants or nurses and they have TONS of good advice. I've picked up so many tips and tricks from them that I don't think the Eskimo and I would be where we are today if I hadn't joined that forum.

Just yesterday I posted in one of the craft forums with a knitting question. I had been searching for a stretchy bind-off for the legs of the soaker I knit for the Eskimo. Within minutes someone had responded and given me the "miracle" answer. It's amazing what technology can do for us.

Hopefully you're learning something from reading my blog. Like I said, my answers might not always be right, but I'm doing the best I can to share my knowledge with you. Today's sage wisdom: Listen to those around you. Take what valuable information you can from them and store the rest away. You never know when something that sounded stupid might become an essential tidbit. There's nothing like having kids to make you feel like a mindless idiot and we all need all the help we can get. :)

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