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Pumping Tricks and Shortcuts for the New Mom

Pumping Tricks and Shortcuts for the New Mom

Now that I’ve been pumping at work for over a month, I’ve learned a couple of shortcuts that I thought I’d share. 1. When I pump at work, I store my pump parts in the fridge between pumping sessions. It really saves time not having to wash all the parts every time if I’m just going to use them again in a few hours. 2. Did you know that the Medela breast milk storage bottles can attach to the pumping flanges? I didn’t, not until recently (yep, I’m such a rookie). I was using the 2 oz measuring cylinders and […]

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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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Hospital packing list

Hospital packing list

I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on my hospital packing list for my delivery. I read a lot of articles on what to pack in your labor and delivery suitcase and many of them were repetitive, and some had some great ideas that I haven’t thought of. So here is what I packed, and my discussion on whether I used the items or not. My Labor and Delivery Hospital Packing List For Me – General: Sweat pants Several /t-shirts Robe Sports bras/ Underwear Pads Warm socks Slippers Toiletries – for showering, teeth brushing, deodorant, etc that […]

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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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My breastfeeding journey so far

My breastfeeding journey so far

One of my goals with this baby was to breastfeed. While I understood exclusive breastfeeding may not be an option, both my own mother and grandmother struggled with low supply, but I was hopeful. I realize you have to have goals but be flexible in how things actually turn out, since things in life don’t always go as planned. My baby was born on a Monday but my milk didn’t come in until Saturday. Before that, I supposedly should have had colostrum, but I really don’t think I did. Baby H’s first day in the hospital was very stressful because […]

Posted December 20, 2014 by Julie in Family, Parenting, Smurfberry, TopPosts, / 29 Comments
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Top 10 Things I Am Thankful For This Year

Top 10 Things I Am Thankful For This Year

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today is a day we gobble till we wobble and many think about all the holiday shopping they plan to do, but it is also important to set aside some time to think about everything wonderful that has happened to us and share what we are thankful for. Top 10 things I am thankful for this year: My husband coming back safely from deployment. The fact that I am strong and independent and was able to take care of everything by myself for almost a year. The amazing house we bought thanks to the money we saved […]

Posted November 27, 2014 by Julie in Family, TopPosts, / 24 Comments
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My birth story

My birth story

So here it is, the obligatory birth experience post. I was induced at 38 weeks due to gestational diabetes, and I’m writing this on my 40th week. Happy due date. I was told to report to Labor and Delivery on Sunday evening (Nov 2) at 5pm to start the inducing process. I had to change into a hospital gown (boo, didn’t even get to sleep in my own clothes before labor truly kicked off) and get the IV started. Let me tell you, the IV hurt so much! I had no idea. This is one of those things no one […]

Posted November 17, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, Smurfberry, TopPosts, , / 19 Comments
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