Category: Parenting

Silly Baby Loves His Playpen

Silly Baby Loves His Playpen

Baby H started crawling recently, and even pulling up to standing the other day, so now a lot more of the house is accessible to him. It is so amazing to watch him wiggle around a room, but it also is dangerous. It isn’t possible to 100% baby proof everything since even the coffee table (which happens to be where we eat, in front of the TV) can hurt him if he falls on it. He started getting bored in his pack & play since it really didn’t give him much room to move, so we decided to get a […]

Posted June 25, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, / 11 Comments
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Our Breastfeeding Challenges

Our Breastfeeding Challenges

I’ve shared our early breastfeeding journey and my favorite things about breastfeeding for Baby H’s first 6 months. I think it also makes sense to share our current and ongoing struggles. I absolutely LOVE the post “To The Mom Who Didn’t Breastfeed” on Scary Mommy because there’s so much truth to that post. I love this part: Breastfeeding is about more than the milk. It’s about feeding your baby against your body, the two of you gazing at each other in wonder. It is connection. It is touch. It is two souls who spent ages looking for one another and […]

Posted June 24, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, / 24 Comments
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Why you won’t see photos of my baby on this blog

Why you won’t see photos of my baby on this blog

The more I get into blogging, especially “mommy” blogging, the more I see something that terrifies me. Okay, maybe terrifies isn’t the right word, but this activity makes me very uncomfortable, to say the least. I’m talking about bloggers sharing large, detailed photographs of their children on their blogs.  Does anyone else see the dangers in this? Aren’t we warned against posting our vacation schedules on social media to avoid inviting criminals to break into our houses when they know we are away? Haven’t we been told that once something is posted online, it is there forever?   As a […]

Posted June 15, 2015 by Julie in Opinionated, Parenting, TopPosts, / 69 Comments
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Dear Baby, We’re in this Together

Dear Baby, We’re in this Together

Dear Baby H, Hello, sweet little one this is your Mama. You know me now, I can tell. I can see the recognition in your eyes, in your smile, in your excited little squeals when I talk to you or hug you or steal some of those baby kisses. I know you now, too. I know your sweet tickle spots that make you giggle. I know you like to have your head rubbed gently and no longer want to be rocked like a newborn but instead held vertically over my shoulder like the growing boy that you are.  We’re figuring […]

Posted June 11, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, / 20 Comments
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Making homemade baby food, my first attempt and some tips I learned

Making homemade baby food, my first attempt and some tips I learned

When Baby H turned 6 months old, I decided to start solid foods by making some of my own. I had a few samples and a few jars we bought at the store, but I also thought why not make some myself? Trying to avoid encouraging a sweet tooth, I decided veggies would be better than fruit to start out with. I started with one sweet potato and some large carrots – figuring those were good and simple vegetables to puree for the little guy. I decided to start with one solid food meal a day for now, and we […]

Posted May 26, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, Tips and Resources, TopPosts, / 14 Comments
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Stop losing your child’s stuff with StickerKid

Stop losing your child’s stuff with StickerKid

My child care currently consists of a nanny, who watches one other child in addition to mine. It hasn’t quite come up yet, but as they both acquire more “stuff”, it might get difficult to tell which toy belongs to which child. This becomes even more of a concern when going on play dates and visiting family. I certainly don’t want an avoidable meltdown simply because I left behind a beloved toy, or accidentally brought home a toy that belongs to another child. That’s why I’m so excited to find a label service like StickerKid. They make adorable “this belongs […]

Posted May 18, 2015 by Julie in Giveaways, Parenting, Reviews, / 26 Comments
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Happy Mother’s Day – We are Awesome!

Happy Mother’s Day – We are Awesome!

I’m celebrating my first Mother’s Day today! So I wanted to wish all the mamas out there a happy day with their families (or a day to themselves, whatever they want) 🙂 The lovely folks at Personal Creations put together this infographic for all the Mamas out there. They’re telling us what we already know, right? We are awesome!

Posted May 10, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, / 0 Comments
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My favorite things about breastfeeding my baby for 6 months

My favorite things about breastfeeding my baby for 6 months

  My little Baby H just turned 6 months! It feels like I was just sharing my birth story, and yet here we are at 6 months! At our 6 month appointment with the pediatrician, Baby H weighs in at 19 lbs 7 oz and is 28 inches tall! My big boy. He’s rolling over, moving his head all around and back, loving to be flipped in the air by Daddy, and tells us stories in babble. Despite all the pain, nursing strikes, supply issues, latch issues, etc etc, I am still breastfeeding my baby and I plan to continue […]

Posted May 4, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, / 50 Comments
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Mommy Wars need to stop! Make a #Mommitment

Mommy Wars need to stop! Make a #Mommitment

I’m sure by now everyone’s seen The Mother ‘Hood Official Video by Similac. It really illustrates many different approaches to parenthood, and kind of opens our eyes (if we’ve been living under a rock hiding out in our houses and staying off the interwebz) to mommy wars. Examples of Mommy Wars: Breastfeeding vs. Formula feeding Stay At Home Mom vs. Working Mom Babywearing vs. Stroller-ing Cloth diapers vs. disposables Baby-lead-weaning vs. starting rice cereal Attachment parenting vs. Cry It Out Fit Mommy vs. still-carrying-the-baby-weight mommy the list just goes on! But can someone please (really, pretty please?) explain to me why oh why are so many […]

Posted April 29, 2015 by Julie in Opinionated, Parenting, TopPosts, / 46 Comments
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How to Order a Breast Pump through Insurance

How to Order a Breast Pump through Insurance

One of the items on my “Pregnancy To-Do” list was to order a breast pump. I had no idea where to even begin, but I knew my insurance covered some brands. I called my insurance at one point to ask about a bunch of general pregnancy-related coverage questions, and they mentioned some of the brands covered but did not tell me how to go about ordering one and getting insurance to pay for it directly. I certainly didn’t want to be stuck with the bill! So for any new or soon to be new moms, here is what I learned. I […]

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