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.
We all know preschoolers are good for some amazing one-liners. They’d do great in 140 characters or less. See what my daughter would tweet if she had a Twitter account!
You know who loves taking selfies more than adults? Our kiddos! Check out these 11 amazing selfies from some pint sized picture taking aficionados!
When I was breastfeeding my first daughter, I had a lot of supply issues, so I didn’t pay much attention to the correlation of breast milk production and exercising when I began losing the baby weight. However, with Olive, 8 weeks old, my supply is exactly where it should be and I’ve been worrying that once I begin exercising on a regular basis, that I need to pay close attention to my activity and caloric intake to make sure my supply stays good. I had a chance to chat with two certified lactation consultants to help me to understand the best steps for me to take as I begin tackling the baby weight, and start to become more active.
Almost 30 years ago, Wendy Haldeman MN, RN, IBCLC and Corky Harvey MS, RN, IBCLC began what is now The Pump Station,which has become one of the top go-to places for moms needing support with all things breastfeeding and beyond! They opened my eyes up to a lot of misconceptions that are out there when it comes to the breastfeeding exercising momma, and I now feel I’m fully armed with knowledge as I begin to become more active. Check out all of their advice and see how they can help you succeed at both breastfeeding and exercising!
Since having our first daughter over five years ago, my husband and I are guilty of not making time for date night. Up until a few months ago, we had no family living nearby and we didn’t know anyone who we’d trust to take care of our daughter. Personally, I found the task of searching for a good sitter to be daunting and as a busy working mama, I couldn’t fathom having time to do the research. It’s safe to say that my husband and I haven’t had many date nights since becoming parents. My mother, who now lives near us, would even schedule her visits around our anniversary, which happens to be Valentine’s Day, so that we could have a date night to ourselves. Yet, really having more date nights in our lives would be better all around. We need a break, after all, from this parenting gig.
Katie Bugbee, Senior Managing Editor and Global Parenting Expert for Care.com, stresses, though, how important and easy it can be to have date night done right. I had a chance to ask her some questions on how to feel comfortable and confident as you search for a quality babysitter you can trust. And it’s perfect timing as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!
I’ve heard a lot from friends who have two more or more children about how the older sibling helps to raise the younger one. They’ve seen the younger child potty train quicker than the first. They’ve also seen the expanse of the younger sibling’s vocabulary grow exponentially. In a sense, the older brother or sister serves as a model for the younger, especially as they can relate to each other more with their pint-size stature. So with the birth of Olive, and my own big sister, little sister scenario playing out, it excites me to see what kind of impact Abby has on helping her sister to grow not only socially and emotionally, but also cognitively.
There are so many health benefits for Mom and Baby when it comes to breastfeeding. In fact, some view breast milk as magic. In addition to the contribution to both Mom’s and Baby’s well-being, there are tons of practical everyday uses for breast milk. Here are just 10 ways you can use this miracle food for something other than nourishing your child.
This past school year, I was approached to see if I’d be interested in applying to be an instructional specialist for my school. This would mean that I’d begin working in this capacity part time, while teaching part time. I was assured that being pregnant and taking time off work would not be frowned upon, that they’d work with me and I’d be able to do some work while at home. In fact, one of the district coaches even told me that I would be more than welcome to bring Olive to after-hours meetings while I was on leave. “Everyone can take turns holding her,” she said, excited to get to hold a snuggly newborn. It was a working mom’s dream come true.
When Olive was born, nearly seven weeks ago now, I let out a huge sigh of relief that she was very healthy. Her older sister’s start in this world was riddled with medical problems and scares. But my sense of relief didn’t last for too long. Once we got Olive over an initial hurdle of losing too much weight after birth, we thought we were in the clear. However, right around two weeks, my exclusively-breastfed baby began showing signs of sensitivity to my diet. With mucus in her stools, and then an appearance of blood, Olive was diagnosed with allergic colitis. It has been a roller coaster since then, as we try to figure out how to help her gut heal all the while crossing our fingers so that I can still breastfeed her.
I’m so very grateful to live in the age I do now. There’s a lot of awareness and knowledge out there for new moms to understand all the ups and downs that happen after having a baby. With my history of anxiety and panic attacks, I knew, even when I was pregnant with my first daughter, that I had a higher chance of being diagnosed with either Postpartum Depression and/or Anxiety. But since welcoming two daughters into this world, I’m learning to pay a lot more attention to myself and how I feel.