When I was told I had to go on an elimination diet while breastfeeding, I was committed to doing whatever it was I could do to keep allergic colitis flare-ups at bay while continuing to nurse my daughter. At first, it was difficult and I was sometimes in tears as I struggled to find foods to eat, especially as I needed to eat enough to keep my supply up. At three months on an elimination diet of eating no dairy, eggs, nuts, fish, or shellfish, I’ve finally got the hang of this eating thing that is full of variety and taste! And really, I’ve found it a blessing in disguise for me as I’m probably eating the healthiest I ever have in my life. Here are 13 of my go-to elimination diet foods.
Tracy Brennan is a working teacher mom to a precocious daughter born November 2009. She is the creator and manager of the blog Liberating Working Moms, where she has created a community of like-minded bloggers sharing the trials and tribulations–alongside all the joys! –of being a working parent. Tracy has utilized her Journalism background, as well, and has been published on BlogHer and ParentMap, a Pacific Northwest publication. She’s also been featured on Huffington Post Live chatting about all things “working momma.” She and her family are ecstatic to be growing their brood as they await Baby #2, due early December 2013.
There’s some kind of magic with the simple “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” lullaby when it soothes Baby. This small ditty has made a resurgence in my home, soothing baby sister just as it soothed big sister before. Check out how this song casts its enchanting spell and some amazing baby products that tap into this lullaby’s miraculous abilities.
Having babies can get pretty expensive. You don’t need to splurge on everything, but here are 10 items that are definitely worth the splurge!
Newborns are awesome with their squish, but they are also hard on any new parent. Once my first daughter hit the 3-month mark, the clouds parted, the sun began shining, and rainbows and unicorns appeared. When babies emerge from the newborn phase, the world is so different for not only baby, but also for their parents. As much as I’m a tad sad about how quickly my children grow, I am so very grateful my youngest is now out of the newborn stage. Life is that much sweeter to have this little peanut interacting with us more! Check out these 9 reasons why I’m so very happy to be through the newborn phase.
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.
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.
In my daughter’s four years of life, she’s been in four different childcare centers. We’ve moved her because our guts told us it wasn’t a good fit. We’ve moved her because of safety concerns. And we’ve moved her because we felt we just settled. Through all of these experiences, I’ve gleaned a lot of knowledge on what’s important for my family when it comes to finding quality childcare. Here is what I look for in a quality childcare giver, plus some other working moms are weighing in on what’s important for them when it comes to finding excellent care for their children.
Social media is not just a place to catch up with your friends. Rather, it’s turning into a place where you can find support and motivation. Check out these moms on Instagram who are motivating others on a path to health and fitness, and in turn, motivating themselves to keep going as they inspire so many!
There’s a lot of magic that goes into getting the right swaddle for your baby. And that magic is much needed sleep for both baby and parents. Here are nine mom-approved swaddle blankets to get the job done!
In a little less than three weeks, I’ll be returning to work full-time after having my second baby. I know this transition will be tough, but since this is not my first experience going back to work, I know there are ways to help make this time go by easier. Yes, I’ll be emotional, but I ultimately know that I will get through it and my children will be just fine! Here are 11 ways I’m making this return to work a bit more stress-free.