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I’ll admit, I was slightly freaked out about adding a second kid to our family. I’d been warned by friends and even by strangers (thank you random dude at yoga with horror stories about his second baby) about how...
This past summer we welcomed our third son into the world, and it’s been a whirlwind of craziness for more than one reason. We brought him home to chaos, which you can read more about here, and we quickly...
In honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month, a friend of mine recently posted a photo of her breastfeeding her newborn daughter on Facebook. The caption posed the question: “What’s your favorite thing about breastfeeding your child?” Her question brought me...
We stumble into motherhood told that being a parent is like having your own heart walking outside of your body. We love our children so much that it hurts. And with that love comes a lot of worry. It’s...
When our family and friends heard we were going to cloth diaper the responses were usually two-fold. One, “Cloth diapering is a nice idea in theory, but we’ll see how long you last.” Two, “That’s totally gross.” We have...
It has been 1176 consecutive days that I have been pregnant and/or breastfeeding. My two daughters are exactly 18 months apart and I was fortunate to be able to breastfeed each of them up to their first birthdays. That...
You assumed motherhood would be easier the second time around. You were wrong. Going from none to one was such a huge transition that you existed in a hormonal daze for weeks, maybe even months. You ran on the...

Life in the NICU

On March 16th, 2014 my life completely changed. I went from being a mom of one to a mom of three. I also became a NICU mama. I gave birth to my twins at 30 weeks and 2 days...
The first time I nursed in public I was on a busy Chicago roof deck in July. We had just taken the baby to his 6 week check-up with the pediatrician, and we hadn’t planned on stopping for lunch....

This Part is Just Hard

I had almost forgotten what it's like to have a newborn. Even with all the joy and love a new baby brings, this part is hard. So hard. It's the kind of hard that brings you to tears of...
Calling all pumping mamas! Whether you’re pumping a lot or a little, did you know there might be a few ways to make pumping milk for your baby more comfortable and more productive? Through my own experience of pumping...
1. You will be more than just “tired.” “Feeling tired” is at the top of every list of early pregnancy symptoms, and it is definitely is a complaint of mine in early pregnancy. But I’ve found “feeling tired” to be...

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