The Most Important Thing I’ll Do This Year

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ISIS, the war in Gaza, unaccompanied children at the border, and other global and local issues have been weighing heavily on my heart and mind. Hoping to help lift the storm cloud, I asked a friend if he thought it was our responsibility to directly help people around the world.

I was speechless and surprised when he quickly responded with a simple “yes.” My friend was a very kind and compassionate person, but in his day to day life he was not politically active or involved in any charitable organizations. I was counting on him to help me rationalize why it’s ok to focus on my immediate family and personal priorities and worry a little bit less about all of the horrors happening the world. Continue reading

5 Favorite Children’s Books for Halloween

5 Favorite Halloween Children's Books. I love these not so scary picture books for tots!

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Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I’m hoping that Baby will soon agree with me. For his first Halloween, we dressed him up as a precious little pumpkin, mostly because we couldn’t find a baby Ewok costume. This year he will be celebrating as Frankenstein, and I foresee an owl costume in his future.

Baby’s big candy splurges will have to wait until next year (at least), but he’s already enjoying lots of {not so spooky} scary stories. I’ve loved building our Halloween picture book collection, and below are of some of my favorites. Continue reading

Why I Don’t Volunteer for the PTA

Why I Don't Volunteer for the PTA

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If you’ve been following Reflective Mama, you may already know that I am a HUGE fan of Parents as Teachers. You may have also deduced that I am a joiner. I love organized activities and school. I am always seeking out new things to do around town to get us out of the house, provide some enrichment for Baby, and interact with other parents and kiddos.

I always planned to be involved in Baby’s activities and schooling. I have helicopter tendencies and believed that my active participation would help him excel. As I write this, a list of the 2014-2015 Parents as Teachers PTA events hangs on my refrigerator, and I’ve considered volunteering when Baby’s schedule allows. Unfortunately, these lovely ideas on how to help Baby thrive were completely unfounded. Continue reading

DIY Frozen Birthday Party

DIY Disney Frozen Birthday Party

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A couple weeks ago I shared Baby’s First Birthday Party, and it was so much fun that I wanted to write about my sister’s niece’s Frozen Birthday Party, too! Both parties were DIY, and both were lots fun. However, my sister’s creative efforts were truly spectacular. For any serious crafters and DIYers out there, this post is for you. Continue reading

9 Breastfeeding Essentials for New Moms

 

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One of the most magical (and frustrating) things about becoming a new mom was breastfeeding. Before I was pregnant, breastfeeding seemed like the oddest thing in the world. While I was pregnant, tried to read books on breastfeeding, but honestly never made it past the first few pages. Instead, I listened to podcasts (Pregtastic and Preggy Pals were my favorites) and attended to a breastfeeding class at a birth center. I learned about all of the amazing health benefits breastfeeding would have for Baby and made some personal goals for how long we would breastfeed.

The most important thing I learned was that it was normal for Baby not to breastfeed for the first 24-48 hours, and that if he didn’t eat he would be ok because he had some nutrition stores from before he was born. Still, it was important to put Baby to the breast every couple hours to practice, especially with the amazing nurses and lactation consultants there to help. Continue reading