During the first couple of months of life, my baby slept great. Well, for a newborn she slept great. She’d sleep a lot during the day, give us decent stretches of sleep at night, and I was on maternity leave so I could stay in my pajamas all day if need be, and catch a quick catnap if warranted. Soon enough, though, once she was sleeping better at night, she stopped napping. I’d maybe get her to take a nap without being held or worn in a sling once a week. If I was lucky. I tried all the get your baby to nap tricks, but nothing worked. Then about a week before I went back to work, my daughter stopped sleeping through the night. For the past month, she’s been getting up, on average, three times a night. Safe to say, I’m completely and utterly exhausted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Second child syndrome is going strong in my household. It’s a good thing the baby is oblivious to all the things she’s missing out on that her big sister got.
Dressing your little dude for the summer can be pretty stylish and super affordable! Here are 13 looks for $20 or less.
If you moved like your toddler moved, you’d be in the best shape of your life! Check out this awesome toddler exercise routine… for adults.
You don’t need to break the bank when shopping for beach gear for your little girl this summer. Here are 19 affordable and adorable options for $20 or less!
All day on Mother’s Day, I gleaned images and words from moms sharing all this gushy-mushy stuff. The flowers, the breakfasts in bed, the sleeping in—it all sounded so wonderful. All I could do, though, was laugh. Because the reality of my Mother’s Day, though it did have moments of gushy-mushy sentimental stuff, was far from a picture perfect day.
It all began on Mother’s Day Eve. (That’s a thing right?) Because I saw several posts of Mother’s Day Eve glory happening around the web. Well, my Mother’s Day Eve was spent trying to get the baby to sleep. She slept 30 minutes to an hour at a time until about midnight. Then she was up again around 3 AM. And again around 5 AM, despite my requests to her about it being Mother’s Day and I just had one wish, which was that she only wake one time in the middle of the night.