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.
Our babies go through so much in such a short period of time. Check out what goes on during each developmental leap to better understand The Wonder Weeks.
To All The Grandmas:
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as a parent, especially as my brood has grown, is how the old adage, “It takes a village,” is one of the truest statements ever uttered. The learning curve as a new parent is so very steep, and the more children that are added, the more of a roller coaster this parenting gig is. Grandmas, you especially play such an important role when it comes to helping to raise and support your grandchildren, which in turn helps to shape us as parents.
Thank you for coming over to hold the newborn so us moms can take a shower.
Thank you for your willingness to field phone calls, no matter what time of day or night, to help pass on your experienced parenting wisdom.
When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I’d heard of this illustrious mom guilt. I was too focused on the excitement of growing my family, though, to pay it too much attention. However, once Abby was born, all the guilt belonged to me. It came at me with full force. I was guilty that my body had somehow failed her, causing her to be born with vocal cord paralysis. I was guilty the first time I went out and left her at home. I was guilty that I couldn’t produce enough breast milk, and subsequently waved the white flag when she was 7 months old. I was guilty when I had gotten so used to her coughing with colds after she got RSV, that I dismissed what ended up being bronchitis.
As Abby got older, though, the guilt subsided. I knew that it was a natural feeling and something I shouldn’t obsess or fret over. It was only increasing my anxiety as a parent and was no good for myself, nor my family to feel this way. And mostly, I began to understand the importance of making time for me and learning to forgive myself when I made mistakes as a parent.
A while back I wrote about the state of my baby weight – how I wasn’t fretting about all the weight I gained with my second pregnancy. I was determined to stay positive on the journey of losing weight and getting back to being fit, especially for my girls’ sake as I know how important it is for me to instill in them a healthy self-esteem. Truth be told, though, it’s becoming a lot harder than I thought to remain positive.
When baby starts to show signs of allergies, don’t fret! An elimination diet will help you pinpoint the food allergies so you can continue breastfeeding.
When I had my first daughter, I didn’t know much about the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). I did know that I could take extra time off beyond the standard six weeks of maternity leave, yet I simply planned my return to work around when I thought I financially needed to. Things got complicated, though, when Abby was born with vocal cord paralysis, causing her to have a weak airway. There was no way we were sending her to daycare with all those germs early on when a simple cold could lead to more severe problems. That’s when I got a crash course in FMLA.
If you’re deciding when and how to start your baby on solids, you must find out what baby-led weaning is all about!
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!