Our cosleeping transition timeline

Solo Sleeper 2014

For my own memory-keeping, as well as for the benefit of any new parents who are breastfeeding and cosleeping and wondering how to eventually transition from family bed to independent sleep, I am sharing our personal timeline here. We've reached some exciting milestones this year and transitioning our sweet girl into her own bed, in her own room, for solo bedtime, was our crowning jewel! I hope I'm not jinxing us by writing about it, but I want to capture all the details. March 2010 - we … [Read more...]

She’s moving out already?!

Zoe & Mommy 2013

It seems like just yesterday our little girl was turning three, and now... she's moving out. I just don't know that I'm ready! Okay, okay - she's just moving across the hall into her big girl bed in her own room. She won't be sleeping snuggled in between E and I anymore, like a baby bird in a nest, as she has since she was a tiny infant. And believe me, I'm ready for it - we all are. But it's still hard! There are so many transitions going on right now. 2014 is a really big year for Zoe … [Read more...]

The truth about nursing for years

Nursing Zoebelle through the years

I'm tired of nursing. 2014 is the year of the Great Wean for us. One way or another, it will all be over soon. I'm hoping it will be on her terms, and we're doing everything we can to make that happen. I have no regrets. Not many babies nurse as long as Zoe has. I say that not to brag, but because it's a fact. According to the latest CDC Breastfeeding Report Card: 77% of American babies start out breastfeeding 49% of those babies are breastfeeding at six months 27% are breastfeeding … [Read more...]

How to exit the family bed

Sleepy snuggles 2012

I love cosleeping with our little girl, and I've written fondly about it before. That's not what this post is about. This post is also not about how to stop cosleeping with your baby or toddler once you've gotten into that habit. I haven't the foggiest idea how to do that, and I am the last person who should be writing a blog post about it. If and when we ever figure that one out, trust me - I'll blog about it, Facebook about it and shout it from the highest rooftops. No, this post is … [Read more...]

Finding the support you need

Mamas & Babies

This post is part of the Attachment Parenting Month blog event, hosted by Attachment Parenting International. Learn more by visiting API Speaks, the blog of Attachment Parenting International. Becoming a first-time parent is so life-changing that you can find yourself needing support in ways you are not used to. Whether that's education during pregnancy to learn more about the kind of birth you want to have, breastfeeding support immediately after your baby comes, family and friends who … [Read more...]

Are you mom enough?

Nursing my beautiful 2 year old

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

Lovies on the Disney monorail

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

Zoe signing "more" at 13 months

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

Don't feel guilty, mommy!

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.

Our family

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...]