Pumping Breastmilk at Work

Yes, I know.  I keep abandoning the Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me? series.  I'm a mess like that.  This guest post, though, was recently discovered in the black hole that is my "blog drafts," and it needs to be shared. One of the daunting aspects of breastfeeding has to be What will I do when I go back to work?  Will pumping work for me?  When I went back to teaching, it … [Read more...]

Your Postpartum Body

I so appreciate the following candid guest post from my friend Rachel. ~~~~~~~~~~ "At six weeks postpartum, your body is almost back to normal, you’re feeling great, and you can resume being intimate with your husband." Before giving birth, I believed this! I really thought 6 weeks was the magic number. After giving birth to an 8 pound 8 ounce baby boy which resulted in … [Read more...]

Labor Support with a Doula

I'll admit it.  The first time I'd even heard the word doula was during our Bradley Method classes before the birth of our first baby.  At the time, my husband and I were rather certain we wanted to handle natural labor and delivery on our own.  We make a great team, and thankfully everything went beautifully in our first, second, and third births.  If only we'd have known … [Read more...]

Solid Foods for Baby {Reader Question}

I've asked about baby's first solid foods before (go read the comments, good stuff in there!), but when I received the following email from Jackie, thought it wouldn't hurt to revisit the subject.  Plus, I've got a great giveaway, too! My son is 9 months old and still primarily breast fed.  I'm out of the house for 10 hours, three days a week for work where I pump my … [Read more...]

A New Normal

The following is a guest post from my aunt Margie, who has read and cheered me on through the Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me series, even as her own "babies" are growing up and leaving the nest.  A mother doesn't forget those early days and years, the adjusting to the new, the unknown.  Life with an infant is only the beginning of many "new normals."  The lesson here is to get … [Read more...]