At the end of March, my baby daughter caught that horrible cold that was going around. She had a fever and was so full of snot she could barely breathe through her nose. Nursing was tough for her, and she would stop after just a few minutes. My breasts felt full almost constantly, and in […]
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Most of my parenting life is spent in the weeds. You know them, I’m sure. Probably you’re in them right now. They wrap around you, weaving fatigue and loneliness with joy and delight, boredom and monotony with wonder and love. Because motherhood is nothing but a total duality of emotions. The weeds are reheated coffee […]
Starting with maternity clothes, new motherhood is a slow decline into a netherworld of “fashion.” Cool and tailored is out, washable and comfy is in. And breastfeeding just adds to the uncool criterion. Sure, some mothers manage to look clean and even styled, but those mothers are not me. Here are my nursing “fashion” tips for […]
When I had my son 20 short months ago, I knew I wanted to breastfeed him. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. He was born early and had to stay in the hospital for two weeks after I went home, and he wasn’t quite strong enough to get the latching and sucking thing […]
Have you ever noticed that lazy people are the most tired? I should know, because I am one (a lazy, tired person). But I have a theory. Lazy people are actually not lazy at all in the long term. In the short term they’re lazy as heck. But in the long term they’re the ones […]
I have a 3-year-old and a 3-month-old. As I’m sure all you moms know, my days consist of running around after the former while trying to keep the latter clean and well fed. Snacks are a key part of our day — for me as well as for my toddler. I need healthy options that are […]
Pregnancy presents many challenges, one of which is getting dressed each day. Dressing a growing baby bump isn’t easy. But the wardrobe challenges don’t end when your baby is born. When you’re nursing, getting dressed means your breasts must be accessible any time, day or night. If you’re uncomfortable with “overexposure,” as I am, you’ll likely have to invest […]
We’re in the midst of one of my favorite times of the year — wedding season. And as someone who absolutely loves attending weddings, I’m beyond excited for three family members and friends who are getting hitched this year! Over the past year of celebrating with engagement parties, showers, bachelorette parties, and the actual weddings themselves, I’ve come […]
I’ve had three very different birth experiences. With my first, I was induced since baby was very comfortable in there. With my second, I had a scheduled C-section since she was breech and not willing to turn. For my most recent birth, I had the VBAC I planned for, though everything leading up to going into […]
Until about two minutes ago, I didn’t know who Chrissy Teigen was. I still probably wouldn’t be able to pick her out of a lineup, unless of course the lineup was comprised of normal people, because she’s surely taller, more bronzed, and altogether more superhuman than the rest of us. Anyway, I didn’t know, didn’t care about […]
We all do it. We read the books and watch our friends and somehow unintentionally internalize everything the internet has to say on everything you should/shouldn’t do as a parent (so that it sits there on our shoulder, passing comment on every tiny choice we make) and we decide who we are going to be. […]
In the beginning (the beginning before the beginning), breastfeeding is a holy thing. A sweet, perfect ideal. We’re talking Madonnas with halos, black and white photography with blurred edges. It is cast in gold with amber glowing light. It’s “best for baby,” don’t you know — 90% of Harvard graduates were breastfed, only 2% of breastfed […]
After breastfeeding my first son for 14 months, I was pretty sure I’d mastered the whole breastfeeding gig. Plugged ducts? Bad latches? Pumping? Teeth? Check, check, check, check. I was a pro. Ha. My younger son is going on 22 months and holding on for dear life. And although I’m so grateful to have been […]