October 3, 2018

10 Must Haves For Breastfeeding

10 Must Haves For Breastfeeding

As a nursing mom with some experience, I have gotten started two different times.

These are the must haves for breastfeeding:

Nipple Cream

You need a great nipple cream.  You don’t need a gallon of it but you will need more than what the hospial provides.

Lansinoh Cream is not magic, but Motherlove Nipple Cream is.  Buy that.

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September 19, 2018

10 Tips On Weaning From Nursing

10 Tips On Weaning From Nursing

I nursed my son for 15 1/2 months.

I enjoyed every moment except for the first 4.  The first four were hard.

After that, I loved it.  I felt very connected to my son through nursing.

It was something very special between us that only I could provide him.  It was him that decided to wean not me.

Around 15 months, he began biting.  I read everything I could on biting.  I did what everyone said, nothing worked.

I finally had to accept that the very final reason listed on every article on biting might be our truth – sometimes a biting baby means they are ready to wean.  This was very true for my son.

I, however, was not ready.  More about that later.

Weaning before 1 could and probably is a very different experience.  Weaning a baby that isn’t ready to wean would also be a very different experience.

So, I am going to share my lessons and how I did it.  I provide no guarantee.

While my son was ready, he wasn’t happy with the change.  Also, we co-sleep.  So, that made it more complicated.

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September 14, 2018

How to find purpose in motherhood

what do you live for

As stay-at-home moms, we often struggle to find our identity and our purposes.

For the working mom they have their career. The working mom gets validation in the form of a pay check, a raise, a promotion and a thank you.

But for the stay at home mom, we have a house, children and a husband. None of this work comes with a paycheck, or a promotion.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in taking care of everyone and everything and forget that we have our own identity, our own purpose within ourselves. So my question to the stay home mom is what do you live for?Continue reading

September 12, 2018

How I Became A Stay-At-Home Mom

How I Became A Stay-At-Home Mom

Before I became a mom, I sold real estate. I had a great career, had my own company was my own boss. I made my own hours, made fantastic money and was completely capable of being independent. I loved my life and I live in a storybook town. I lived in my dream home.

When I first found out I was pregnant I didn’t think anything needed to change. I had a plan, I worked out of the house so I could hire a nanny. The nanny would be upstairs with the baby and I would be downstairs in my office making my calls, running my business and I could pop up and see my child anytime I wanted.Continue reading

August 21, 2018

This Is Why Mothers Feel So Lonely At Times

This Is Why Mothers Feel So Lonely At Times

I laid in bed this morning at 4:45 to my daughter happily chatting to me in baby talk.  Well, it was more grunting and refusing to be nursed back to sleep, but I wanted it to be happy.

I dreamed about sleeping in, not going anywhere, taking a long shower.  The reality was at 4:00 am my 6 month old baby somehow wiggled her diaper down, peed out of it, and all over me.  I had stripped the bed and was at that moment sleeping on a towel, while she refused to back to sleep.

My son would wake at 6:30 and happily chirp “Good morning, Mamma”.  I would shower with my daughter at my feet and my son screaming he wants to go down stairs now. I would spend my day doing a paint project with a mom’s group, chasing a 3 year old around a playground, shopping for fall clothes, and eating dinner out to please my husband.

In my entire day, no one would know about my exhaustion.  Instead, they see my happy pictures.  Watch me laugh at my kids antics, and get on with it.

Because that is motherhood.Continue reading