Are you mom enough?

Words cannot possibly describe how much I hate the headline on the cover of the current issue of Time magazine. You know, the cover everyone's talking about - with the oh so controversial breastfeeding photo. When I first heard there was a mom nursing a toddler or preschooler on the cover of Time, I was so happy tears literally came to my eyes. Mainstream media coverage of attachment parenting and extended breastfeeding? Hallelujah! But then I saw the cover, and I was horrified. Not by … [Read more...]

On mother-baby bonding

For more than two years now, I've been thinking and reading about maternal-baby bonding. Google this topic sometime if you want to do some light (or heavy!) reading. It's wild what you can find - for one, check out this incredible video from Visual MD about the biology behind the mother-infant love bond. Mind-blowing stuff! From my personal perspective, I've come to marvel over the incredibly intense bond Zoe and I share, and I often wonder what came first - our breastfeeding … [Read more...]

Friday Favorites: top 5 baby/toddler hacks

I love and collect life hacks – those little tips and tricks that magically make your life better. In the course of becoming a mom, I’ve found there are parenting hacks, too – shortcuts, hints and practices that make life with babies and kids easier, more fun or less stressful. Are you ready for my favorite baby and toddler hacks? Happy Friday! Baby sign language. Before I had Zoe, I never would have dreamed this possible but preverbal babies as young as six to nine months really can … [Read more...]

Nursing helps alleviate working mom guilt

My working mom guilt started even before I had Zoe. I was still pregnant when I began agonizing over how hard it would be to separate myself from the little life growing inside of me - to not just be in two different bodies after all this time together as one, but two different bodies in two different buildings with potentially miles between us. When I toured daycare centers early in my pregnancy, I  burst into tears while visiting each infant nursery (so embarrassing). Some of the babies … [Read more...]

Attachment parenting: it’s how we roll.

This post is part of the What Attachment Parenting Is and Isn’t blog carnival, hosted by Attachment Parenting International. Learn more by visiting API Speaks, the blog of Attachment Parenting International. I’ve blogged before about how clueless I felt as a pregnant mom-to-be and how desperately I read, studied and researched, trying to get smart about this new little person growing within me and this brand new life unfolding before me. I knew this would be the biggest and best thing … [Read more...]

Leaving is the hardest part

Leaving a baby for any length of time is never easy - but leaving an attachment-parented, breastfed baby is the worst. As a newborn, Zoe not only wanted and needed her mama at all times, she also wanted and needed her milk. And of course, she wanted and needed it 100% more once she realized mama's gone! Such situations can be incredibly stressful on both the departing mom and the suddenly needy babe - not to mention the loving caregiver left behind, in our case Zoe's awesome dad. The … [Read more...]

Date day: my best invention ever

Yesterday, for the first time in almost two years, my husband and I spent an entire day alone together. That’s crazy, right? How could we have gone that long without a day to ourselves? But we’re so in love with our daughter that we never really even considered it before. Anytime we had a day off from work, we wanted to spend it with her.  And we love our time together as a family – it’s the best! (Funny side note: before we had Zoe, I used to hear parents talk about going a year or … [Read more...]