Hygeia Q Breast Pump Review

I’ve recently returned to work full time which means lots of time pumping for Declan! And obviously pumping is on my mind as it was the subject of my last post as well (check out my tips!). Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, my insurance covered the cost of a double electric breast pump. I [...]

My Love/Hate for Breast Pumps: Philosophical (and Practical) Musings on Staying Sane While Pumping

For the first time in my mothering life, I’m heading back to work full time. Declan is 2.5 months old and while I’m excited to return to work I enjoy, I’m also sad that we have to be apart (I will save my rant about the deplorable state of maternity/paternity leave in the US for [...]

Introducing Declan: A Birth Story

I’m officially a mama to three! Baby Declan joined us on June 4, weighing in at 9 lbs 12 oz and measuring 22 inches long. Here’s our birth story!

My belly shot at 40 weeks – went into labor that evening.

Given that my last baby (Eleanor) was 10 days “late,” I had mentally [...]

Your Baby is NOT a “Bad” Sleeper: Common Sense Thinking About Infant Sleep

12 month old Eleanor napping peacefully.

Let me let you in on an important secret that society doesn’t seem to want us to know about sleep. Babies wake up. Sometimes a lot. Older babies wake up too. So do toddlers. Even school aged kids wake up. And you know what? Adults often wake in [...]

How To Buy a Woven Wrap

Baby Eleanor in Ellaroo LaRae – a very thin all-cotton and one of my favorites for a summer newborn.

Woven wraps are definitely far more high profile and more readily available in greater variety than they were even five years ago when I started babywearing. The question “how do I choose my first woven [...]

Conquering My Fear of Knits: Mama Maxi Skirt

I’ve been dabbling in teaching myself to sew for the last few years. Still have lots to learn to make things look really professional, but I’ve got enough confidence to sew baby carriers and bags and a few other odds and ends. My ultimate goal is to learn to sew wearable clothing for myself, primarily [...]

The Real Reason You Should Write A Birth Plan

The subject of birth plans comes up quite often for pregnant women. Do I or don’t I? The idea of a birth plan is becoming increasingly “mainstream” and more women and their partners are starting to think about birth preferences. Even so, I am always surprised when the question “What should I put in my [...]

Book Review: Pushed: The Painful Truth about Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care

Jennifer Block’s Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care is one of those books that’s been on my “to read” list for ages. I finally had a chance to give it a read over the holiday break and wanted to briefly share my thoughts.

As I’m a bit of a [...]

Changes? Resolutions? Hey, a New Post!

I’ve been quite frankly the world’s worst blogger over the last year. Longer than that really! But I have lots of ideas kicking around that have been dying to get written; it’s time to dust off the new post button and get cracking!

It’s been a busy year for me personally. Finishing up my dissertation, [...]

Where Are You Becoming Mamas??

You may have noticed that it’s been a while since I’ve posted. And sadly it may be a bit longer before I get up and running again. As some of you know I’m a PhD student in Education. And I’ve finally hit my last semester of frantic dissertation writing and job hunting. So the rest [...]

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