Entertainment, Parenting

Review: “A Tale of Two Mommies”, “A Tale of Two Daddies” by Vanita Oelshlager

I received a copy of both books for review via NetGalley.

“A Tale of Two Mommies” by Vanita Oelshlager is a quick read children’s book about a boy who answers questions about his moms, Momma and Mommy, as he plays with two other kiddos at the beach.

“A Tale of Two Daddies”, by the same author, is also a quick read, this time about a girl who answers questions about her dads, Daddy and Poppa, as she plays with another kidlet at the playground. […]

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Parenting

Review: Spectra S1 Breast Pump + Giveaway

I have been pumping since four days post-partum to give Laken the most precious gift of breast milk.  At first, I was using the Ameda Purely Yours pump that I had.  It was working, but I was having a hard time with sore nipples and I was getting clogs.  I had heard in some of my surrogacy and exclusively pumping Facebook groups that the Spectra line of pumps were REALLY good. 

I got in touch with Brianne at Spectra Baby USA and she hooked me up with the Spectra S1.  I immediately fell in love with this pump.  There are so many wonderful features that this pump has.  Let me tell you about all of the pros. […]

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Parenting

Mom-Bashing: Are you guilty of doing it?

We really focus a lot, as “crunchy moms”, on doing what works for us and making sure that we realize that those things don’t always work for others.  There was recently an incident that happened that made me want to address the issue of mom-bashing.  Mom-bashing happens in all types of groups with moms of all colors, shapes, religions, statuses, and parenting styles. […]

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Parenting

Increase Your Milk Supply

We must!  We must!  We must increase our bust!  Am I the only one that says this in my head when I am thinking about increasing my milk supply?  There are many things you can try to increase you milk supply.  Overabundance doesn’t always come naturally to some mamas, including myself, so we need a little extra help to feed those little boob monsters. […]

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Parenting

Winter Car Safety in Memory of Lindsay and Hailey Gardner

Last Tuesday, January 13th, my local crunchy mom group lost an amazing mother, Lindsay Gardner and her 13-month-old daughter, Hailey.  It is suspected that she crashed her car and eventually succumbed to hypothermia.  It’s something that none of us could ever imagine in our wildest dreams, especially since we live in Texas where it doesn’t seem like it would get THAT cold. […]

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Parenting

10 Baby Things You DO Need

Remember my list of baby things you just DON’T need? Well, I sort of left you hanging, didn’t I? Here is the follow up of the things that are actually helpful to have around when that little spawn of yours arrives!

  • Boobs.  Whoever said formula is easier is CRAZY.  I don’t have to warm up my boobs, sterilize my boobs or pack extra boobs when I go out.
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    My Breastfeeding Stories

    With my first 3 boys, I struggled with my milk supply. I ended up with my first on half formula, only breastfeeding until 9 months when I got pregnant. He stopped nursing cold turkey, apparently because of the taste change. My second son ended up in the hospital diagnosed as “failure to thrive” because he was not gaining much weight. […]

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    Parenting

    Lessons from a Month of Mommyhood

    **This was originally written only five weeks into mother-hood. (My baby is now 15 months old.) As a first time mom, there are a million things I’ve learned, but at only five weeks, these were a few. Note: I had a natural birth in a hospital setting. I would definitely recommend a birth center or a home birth instead!**

    Even though I’ve only been a mom for a little over a month, there are already many lessons I’ve learned that I want to write down so I remember them for the next baby we have! […]

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