Being a pumping working mom is a lot of hard work. I’m a month into my second journey of being a full time working mom and trying my hardest to provide sustenance for my little peanut. I struggled the first time around, and was committed to doing all that I could to fix all the wrongs I did before. I educated myself. I built up a 400 oz stash of breast milk in my freezer. I don’t miss a pumping session. Yet, here I am, a month in, and once again I find myself not pumping enough to replace what the babe needs each day. I’m so grateful I have my stash, but I know that if I don’t improve my output, one day I will run out.
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Hitting the beach with the kids this summer? Before you stock up on beach toys, check out these great finds to add to your pail and shovels to provide endless hours of fun in the sun. From a sand cupcake kit to a dinosaur bones digging set, these beach toys are guaranteed to get your little ones excited for summer.
Ouch! Pregnancy is a magical time, but it sure does come with its share of aches and pains. Here’s a look at seven things that can hurt during pregnancy, and what you can do to relieve the pain!
When my daughter was diagnosed with allergic colitis, I was sad about all the breast milk that I had pumped, which she could no longer have. At first I thought it was just a few week’s worth, but I realized after giving her milk from a month after I stopped consuming certain foods, that I had about a month and a half’s worth of pumped milk I could not give her as it was upsetting her belly. This left with me 80 oz of milk sitting in my freezer with nowhere to go. At first I found a Facebook group that linked up moms with milk to donate with moms who were in need. I tried a few times to connect with local people, but it never panned out, and honestly, I felt a little shady planning a meetup with a stranger to hand over breast milk. So then I found a more legit way to donate. Here are the steps I took to do so.
Growing up, I only knew of one other Tracy. In a sense, I felt a little unique with a name not so popular. Over the years I’ve only encountered a few other Tracy’s, one of which I work with, but still there aren’t many more around. With the new baby name predictor, created by Chris Franck, an assistant research professor in statistics at Virginia Tech, I’ve come to realize that my mom named me after Tracy peaked in 1970 and will continue to be on the decline until 2026. It’s really very intriguing to see how this baby name predictor works.
No question about it, I had particular cravings with both of my pregnancies. With my first child, I wanted sweets and fresh fruit all the time. Go figure. With my second, also a girl, I craved salty treats. I wanted potato chips every day. Literally, every day. In fact, it was my obsession with salt that had me convinced my second child would be a boy… obviously I missed the mark on that one!
The older my eldest daughter gets, the more wrapped up in books she gets. She will ask you to read them over and over and memorizes them. Now she’s “reading” books to her little sister. As she’s gearing up for her last year of pre-K, I’ve started to realize she’s ready to move on to chapter books. She’ll sit for a long time listening to any person reading to her. Plus, sitting and reading a chapter book before bed each night will give us some extra bonding time since baby sister has been around. And the best part is that as she’s becoming a reader herself, these books will grow with her as she can start reading them herself in a couple of years! Here are 11 chapter books that have been recommended to me to read to my preschooler.
Being a parent of a toddler is a trip. Sometimes those little, chubby-wristed humans are wild beasts thrashing about when they don’t get their way, and other times, they are sweet, tender little things that come in for a cuddle and leave you melted on the ground. They are fun-loving, playful and ADORABLE, but be careful, they just might kick you in the face. Kind of like pygmy goats. Here are some things that are likely to become a part of normal, daily life for parents of toddlers.
A child’s birthday during the summer has its pros and cons, but among the pros are definitely the adorable summer-themed ideas you can choose for the party. Here are some of my favorites.