Category: Parenting

Random New Mom Thoughts

Random New Mom Thoughts

I thought it would be fun to share some random “new Mom” thoughts I have from time to time. I might make this a series 🙂 Hello Gray City! Will someone give me an hour or so to myself so I can dye my hair? and maybe cut it? And maybe treat it to keep the fuzz monster at bay? I hope I’m going on a vacation soon because the bags under my eyes are packed for travel. When was the last time I remembered something I needed to do when I could actually do it? Wait, when did my […]

Posted April 7, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, / 39 Comments
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How to make Overnight Oatmeal with Lactation Goodness

How to make Overnight Oatmeal with Lactation Goodness

Inside: Are you a breastfeeding mom? Make this super easy overnight oatmeal lactation breakfast. A healthy breastfeeding-friendly breakfast. I’m sure we can all agree that breastfeeding needs to be easier – on all of us. From latching difficulty to maintaining supply, breastfeeding can be quite challenging. But we need to fill our bag of tricks with all the tools and life hacks available to us, and a super healthy breakfast full of lactation-boosting ingredients is one such tool we need. Read on to learn how to make this breakfast in advance, and enjoy it and all its benefits. Welcome, Pinners! […]

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Our method to be up less at night with baby

Our method to be up less at night with baby

While I was on maternity leave, I got up with Baby H every night since hubby had to get up for work in the morning and I got to “stay home and take naps”. Since my little hippo is always hungry hungry, we would be up all the time. At the time, he was eating every 2.5-3 hours and hadn’t really started any longer stretches at night. But being up took seriously over an hour to an hour and a half sometimes. Changing a diaper, nursing (with him passing out super hard and then waking back up when I tried […]

Posted March 16, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, / 27 Comments
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March is #ReadAloud Month

March is #ReadAloud Month

  You know I’m a reader (right? I even have a separate book blog) and I would love to raise Baby H to be a reader as well. I love this campaign going on during the month of March. If you’re following me on Twitter, you’ll see I’ve been tweeting these lovely cards daily. Read aloud 15 minutes, every child, every parent, every day. #readaloud We try to read with Baby H every night before putting him to bed. One of my lovely book clubs gave me this basket full of books and we’ve been cycling through them. I’ve also […]

Posted March 11, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, / 11 Comments
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8 Things My 4-Month-Old and I Have In Common

8 Things My 4-Month-Old and I Have In Common

Who knew that I’d have so much in common with my little baby? We both have the “Russian chin” that we inherited from my Daddy. (Fond nickname by my sister in law.) We both have cold feet and hands. (Sorry for passing on the bad circulation.) We are both cranky when we’re hungry (aka Hangry – and we both eat about every 3-4 hours). We are both cranky when we’re tired. (And sometimes have a hard time getting to sleep. Unless someone’s holding us, then we pass right out.) Neither of us have good control of our bladders. (Seriously, when […]

Posted March 9, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, / 62 Comments
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Pumping Bag Essentials for the Working Mom

Pumping Bag Essentials for the Working Mom

Before returning to work I put a lot of thought into what I needed to continue on this breastfeeding journey. Pumping isn’t as pleasant as nursing, obviously, since you’re hooked up to what I like to call a Medieval torture device rather than your baby. But, it is a necessary activity to maintain supply (and avoid painful engorgement). Breast Milk Pumping Bag Essentials when Returning to Work   Breast pump and accessories. My workplace provides a hospital-grade pump, the Medela Symphony, so all I need are the attachments, breast shield flanges, and bottles. If this was not the case, I would […]

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Thankful for the pumping arrangement at work.

Thankful for the pumping arrangement at work.

I’ve been working directly out of my client’s office for about 3 years now. Being a contractor, most of the special benefits are reserved for employees – for example if an employee is sick, he/she can go down to the nurse’s office and get treatment, while a contractor can’t do that. Thankfully, the lactation rooms are available to both contractors and employees. I don’t even know what the set-up would be at my actual firm (we moved into a new office about a year ago and adopted a new “open concept” floor plan, where everyone is seated at desks, not […]

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On Returning to Work after Maternity Leave

On Returning to Work after Maternity Leave

Well my 12 weeks of maternity are over now and it is time to return to work. I have very mixed feelings about this. Yes, I enjoy my job and the people I work with, and yes I need the paycheck obviously. But, there are things about being home with my baby that I am definitely going to miss. I’m going to miss our morning snuggles. After my husband (aka Elbows) left for work in the mornings, I would bring Baby H into bed and nurse nap with him. He is incredibly snuggly. I’m going to miss going for walks […]

Posted January 26, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, Work, Working Mom, / 26 Comments
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The Fourth Trimester is the Hardest

The Fourth Trimester is the Hardest

When I was pregnant, I thought the hardest part was the 3rd trimester and the labor and delivery part. Now I understand that the 4th trimester is really the hardest. I haven’t heard the first 12 weeks of your baby’s life being referred to as the 4th trimester until the last month of my pregnancy. I thought it was an interesting tongue-in-cheek type comment, but it really is hard. I don’t remember my pregnancy being this hard. In the first month I even joked about sticking baby back inside.   Reasons why the 4th trimester is the hardest:   Labor […]

Posted January 19, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, / 20 Comments
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Goals for 2015

Goals for 2015

I haven’t really been big on making New Year’s Resolutions, but I decided it would be a good idea to think about some personal goals and things I wish to accomplish. I saw this great post at Crazy Little Projects and thought it would be fun to think about the changes I hope to make and then reflect on them at the end of the year. I like how she came up with different tracks for the types of goals one can make. 2014 saw a lot of changes in my life – moving, baby – so my world is […]

Posted January 2, 2015 by Julie in Family, Health, Parenting, TopPosts, / 14 Comments
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