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A Working Mom’s Work Is Never Done….

My dear friend, mentee, and former staffer always said I should write about food. I love it. I talk about it. I make other people want it. Someday I will write about that. These days my life is less consumed by mouth-watering tasty morsels and more by quick meals that won’t upset the baby’s stomach or that fit in my lunch bag along with my many snacks and pump parts. That same friend also said... read more

Phoenix Rises From The Ashes

I couldn’t wait to get pregnant with my second baby, but I had no choice. After losing a pregnancy at 9 weeks in September 2015, it took 9 months to conceive again. This was a far cry from our first-try success with Desmond. I know that many women suffer more losses and need to wait even longer and from the bottom of my heart, I feel for them. I know how lucky we are to be able to conceive naturally... read more

The thing about numbers…

… is that they’re emotional. How, you ask? Here is how. Seven is my favorite number and even my lucky number. There are 7 days in a week, 7 notes in the music scale, 7 colors in a rainbow, 7 continents, and there are 7 seas. Because of this, Dave and I chose to get married on the 7th of the month. The day we got married was 9/7/13. We were wed by my Uncle Doug and he was a very special man. He... read more

We made it… and then some!

I set a goal to breastfeed Desmond for 1 year and through supply dips, work stress, pumping challenges – we made it! I stressed about how I was going to make it and how I would utilize the freezer stash, when I would drop pumping sessions, the best way to transition Desmond to whole milk – and when it came down to it, I got sick and don’t even remember my last pumping session. I do... read more

Is Breast Best?

At our first prenatal appointment, our Nurse Practitioner (Rose) told us breastfeeding was the hardest thing that new moms experience. I was already planning on doing it because of the documented benefits and for the bonding experience, but hearing her say that made me want to do it even more. She recommended only one book to get us through our entire pregnancy, The Nursing Mother’s Companion by... read more

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