Category: Parenting

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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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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