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No Bake Lactation Balls

With my first attempt at breast feeding I made it to 5 months. At about 3 months in my supply started to drop. Once I had to supplement, because my daughter was eating like a teenager, I didn’t see the point in continuing to pump that milk. I felt like I should continue, but I know in my heart it wasn’t best at that point. Also, I was tired and wanted to sleep! I give so much credit to those who do breast feed for a year or more!

This time around, I feel so much more comfortable with doing what’s best. We are breast feeding now, but if it doesn’t work out I am absolutely fine with that because I know it will be what’s best for me and my son.  With my daughter, I felt like I had no freaking clue what I was doing and everyone I consulted had a different answer. There was not clear answers when I looked for help or direction with my questions like, “When do I start pumping?”,”A I pumping long enough?”, “Is she eating frequently enough?”, “What do you mean I have to keep up my supply? Doesn’t it just keep flowing out??”. Ughh it was very confusing. Continue reading “No Bake Lactation Balls”

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Benefits of Baby Swim Class and Where to Look for Lessons

Before I had my daughter I had decided I would get her in the water as soon as time would allow. I read all this crap about how babies love water because it reminds them of the womb, so why waste any time? My real reason wasn’t to recreate her womb, but to teacher her swim skills asap. I grew up on a lake and was a competitive swimmer. Swimming was such a big part of life, and I want the same for my daughter. Of course, I want her to choose to do things she enjoys down the line but for now learning to swim will help her stay safe, avoid fear of water, and get her on the swim team by 6 years old (ok, maybe 7).

After doing some more research, I discovered that swimming has more benefits than the ones I was banking on. Here’s a few reasons why it might be worth opening your wallet for: Continue reading “Benefits of Baby Swim Class and Where to Look for Lessons”

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Protein and Pregnancy

Being pregnant means all of your nutrients are getting sucked up by that beautiful little baby in your belly. While I am happy to share, I often get worried that I am consuming enough of the right stuff. It is recommended that pregnant woman consume 25 extra grams of protein a day. That’s equivalent to 4 eggs or 1 cup of cottage cheese. I don’t know about you, but sometimes the thought of either of those things induces a waterfall of vomit. Protein bars and shakes are an easy way to get that in when you don’t feel like eating. To be honest, in the beginning I couldn’t drink protein shakes because it would come right back up. Now at month 5 I can’t get enough.

It is always best to speak with your doctor about consuming anything of questions such as proteins. However, after talking with mine and doing some research, it seems that protein supplements are generally safe. It is just important to be mindful of the products you are choosing and their ingredients. Here are some of the best guidelines I found. Continue reading “Protein and Pregnancy”

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Case of the Day Care Jitters?

When my daughter was born, my husband and I had just relocated to northern New Jersey, over an hour and a half away from our jobs. Just 8 days after I squeezed her out of you know where and into the world I found myself on an interview for a position I had always wanted. Miraculously, I was offered the job and went back to work with a very cute under 3 month old at home.

A the time, I had about 2 months to figure out what Savanna would do all day while I am working. I am so lucky to have a mom who is off 2-3 days a week and wants nothing more than to spend that time with Savanna. So now, we just needed to figure out those other few days. I had NO idea how difficult the child care search ordeal was. We looked at day cares, in home day cares, interviewed baby sitters, got desperate and interviewed dogs for God’s sake (jk). Continue reading “Case of the Day Care Jitters?”

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Simple Ways to Encourage Mindful Kids

Mindfulness is all the rage. There’s a reason why it has gained popularity. Mindfulness lives up to its claims to create a calmer, peaceful and more happy life. I’m definitely not a perfect practicer, but I always wonder what life would have been like if I was taught mindfulness when I was younger. I had never even heard the word mindfulness until about 6 years ago or so.

I made a vow to teach my daughter now what I learned later in life (and am still learning now!). But how the hell do I do that when she’s 1 and a half?? Here’s what I’ve noticed and been able to do so far. Turns out shes teaching me more than I’m teacher her. Continue reading “Simple Ways to Encourage Mindful Kids”

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Pink Stork Pregnancy Supplements

In the midst of the first trimester every minute is spent thinking about what you could eat, do, drink, or not do to get some relief from all day nausea. One night while on an Amazon tear, I had no idea I was about to encounter the most amazing and kindest company I have ever made a purchase from. I found a product called Pink Stork Morning Sickness Tea. Sign me up! As I have learned, nothing really rids the feeling except time, but I thought this could help or at least be something else to drink besides water.

When I received my tea I was definitely pleased. It is a blood orange tea that is supposed to help with hydration. Tastes great plain or with honey and you get 2 cups out of on bag-o. (The mug helps ease the nausea too). IMG_1235

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The Truth About “Morning Sickness”

If you are pregnant and have the slightest bit of nausea, I’m positive your google search bar has been flooded with phrases such as “nausea relief” or “can I die from morning sickness”, “how to get rid of morning sickness”, “best foods for morning sickness”, “why is it called morning sickness if its all damn day” or even “cure for morning sickness”. Well, I am about to give you the answer to all of those searches but I will warn you, it is not going to be what you want to hear. The truth is there is no cure! No matter what you do, that nausea is going to be there. Nothing is going to hold down the vomit that flies up after smelling your coworkers perfume or reheated chilli lunch (barf!). Continue reading “The Truth About “Morning Sickness””