With my first daughter, I struggled to produce enough breast milk for various reasons that stemmed from medical problems at birth and all the stress that ensued. This time around, I’ve been researching and doing all I can to successfully breastfeed my second daughter and have enough milk produced for my return to work. As I sit here a little over a week before I return, I’ve managed to pump and store about 400 ounces of breast milk. This second breastfeeding journey has been a huge accomplishment — one that I fought so hard to achieve, especially after we had several weight checks after birth since my daughter wasn’t gaining enough. I fought through it, never gave up and amassed more than I ever thought I would. I know every woman’s body works differently and not everyone can get the same results, but I wish I had this knowledge the first time around, so I wanted to share it with you.
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It’s hard to believe that my baby daughter is already 16 months old, which means she’s no longer technically considered a baby. Nope, now she’s a full-on toddler exhibiting all the new and exciting traits that toddlerhood brings. And though I enjoy and appreciate everything about this phase, there are some things about it that are a bit challenging. Of course, I love my sweet toddler through and through, every bit of her. I’m just saying that there are things characteristic of the toddler age that I’m not necessarily crazy about.
Sure, there’s a part of me that’s sad to see my baby girl grow so quickly out of the precious baby phase and into being a curious toddler. But the toddler phase is such an exciting and fun time for me. My daughter is still such a little pip squeak, but so much more aware and able to express herself. Here are just 10 things that I love about this time.
Simply put, being pregnant often means staying on high alert. From avoiding certain types of foods to keeping an eye on medicine you might otherwise take, there are many things to watch out for during pregnancy. Unfortunately, hair straightening treatments should be on the “beware” list as well.
If there ever was a kryptonite to the peace of motherhood, it would be Things to Do. The mind tally of so many projects and our miraculous ability to subconsciously remember them all usurps our patience, weakens our enthusiasm and distracts our ability to be present.
Maybe I’ve been spending too much time with the under 9-month crowd, but babies look and act a lot like dinosaurs—the short arms, the roaring and all that attacking of humans. My house feels like Jurassic Park.
We don’t shower too frequently, and the last time we pee’d with the door closed? Please! However, there’s one thing we all have in common. We wouldn’t trade the #momlife for anything. Check out the celebration of mommyhood taking place on a Twitter feed near you.
I agonized over the decision to stay at home with my children. It wasn’t anything I set out to do. It wasn’t the plan I had for my future. But when I became pregnant with my second child and my husband and I sat down to look at the budget, staying home just made sense. We live in the Midwest and I have struggled to find a job. I ended up working freelance from home. While I made a decent salary, the cost of childcare for two would mean I would be working just to cover the bills. It didn’t make any sense. Plus, we rationalized, it would just be for a short time before our children were in school.
So, we saved and paid off my remaining student loans. Then, I quit my jobs and said “goodbye” to the babysitter.
Second babies don’t get as much attention. Parents often miss their milestones and they get a sibling in almost all of their baby pictures. But it isn’t awful being a second baby, your parents are more relaxed and you have a better chance of mom saying, “Screw it, you can have ice cream.” Here are 10 things I let my second child do that I never dreamed of doing with my first.
As you began prepping for your new bundle of joy to arrive, lots of nesting instincts kicked in. You made lists. Prepared baby’s nursery. Purchased all the things you’ll need for baby. All to calm your nerves and fulfill all your nesting instincts. And now, as you arrive home, you realize you didn’t really need all of those things. Well, at least I didn’t. The newborn stage is all about baby eating, sleeping, pooping, and trying to keep up with it all on very little sleep. Here are some of of the must haves I’ve realized, after having two kids, are important to have in addition to all those diapers and wipes you’ll go through.