7 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

Original Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Original Fall Pumpkin Bread RecipeOnce upon a time, a long long time ago, there lived a delicious treat called pumpkin bread. Every Thanksgiving, pumpkin bread would made its annual appearance. It’s arrival would fill our house with delicious smells of cinnamon and nutmeg to alert us of its presence. The craftiest of us may have snuck some before Thursday’s feast (especially if the middle was gooey).

This pumpkin bread recipe has been a central part of my family’s Thanksgiving meal for as long as I can remember. It is the most delicious pumpkin dish I’ve ever eaten, and I look forward to it every year (thank you, Mom!). Continue reading

12 Month Old Developmental Check Up

Parents as Teachers 12 Month Old Developmental Check Up

For our second Parents as Teachers Home Visit, any anxiety from before our first visit was replaced by excitement. Don’t get me wrong, we still straightened up to welcome our Parent Educator, but this time around I knew what to expect: informal playtime with developmental tasks and questions mixed in.

However, there were a few differences this visit. First, my husband was there. It was really fun to have him participate. He helped ask and answer questions about Baby’s development and was happy to see what these home visits were all about. He loved that the visit was totally informal yet still really informative. Continue reading

Baby’s First Birthday Party!


Baby's First Birthday Party!

For Baby’s first birthday, I wanted to throw him a really fun party. My sister’s parties are always amazing, especially my niece’s recent Frozen extravaganza. So right away, I knew I needed to lower the bar in my head because I am not super crafty.

I still had to start somewhere, so I typed “first birthday party” into Pinterest. That was a mistake. Scrolling down, I started to feel really overwhelmed. I (eventually) closed the page and went back to square one. I sat down with my husband to talk about what we wanted. Continue reading

Lessons Learned from a Children’s Farmstead

Life Lessons Learned from a Children's Farmstead: Go alone or call a friend, either way there's fun to be had!

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park, KS (near Kansas City) the perfect place for kids (and kids at heart!). Before my first visit, I didn’t know much about it except that there were farm animals to pet, an old-fashioned town, and hayrides. I’ve wanted to go for years, and I finally committed to going after others in my Mommy & Baby class said that my little guy would love it.

Still, it seemed like a schlep. I felt like it wouldn’t be worth going for the short amount of time we could fit in between Baby’s naps or bedtime. I thought it would be too difficult for me to go by myself. I asked my husband if he wanted to come with us, and his enthusiasm for the idea was beyond underwhelming. So when my dad was in town and up for anything, we planned to set off as soon as Baby woke from his nap. Continue reading