Many of my clients are preparing for the births of their new babies. Parents spend months and months anticipating and planning for childbirth, and while doing so is important, it's easy to forget to prepare for what will happen when baby actually gets here.  ...more

Life after pregnancy: the real side of motherhood

Once upon a time, a mom gave birth to a baby girl...The baby was precious and cute, and right away the mom felt overwhelmed with joy and happiness....more

Newborn Essentials

We are in the thick of the newborn stage, which means lots of spit up, laundry, crying for no reason, gas, and feeding around the clock. The tools you have in your arsenal can make things much easier, so I’ve put together some of my faves that I am currently using with Eloise.I’m always amazed at how much a tiny little human being requires!...more

Wrap that baby up in a box

The biggest shock after having our son is that after four days the hospital was letting us take him home. Despite the baby prep classes and recovery time from my C-section and the video the nurses insisted that we watched, it seemed really soon. As in: We don't know what we are doing yet - are you sure you want us to take home this precious little life?...more

FAQ: When Will My Baby Sleep Through the Night?

As a nurse I get this question all the time, and I get it! You are sleep deprived, emotional, sore, confused and you just don't know how to do this because babies don't come with a manual. But, it never fails, usually within hours of giving birth all parents want to know the same thing. When will my baby sleep through the night, and will I ever sleep a whole night again?There is no short answer for that. I have done my best though to answer this question. If you are a first time mom, or soon to be first time mom, I hope this helps you get through it!...more

What to Learn While in the Hospital

There are a number of important things that you have the opportunity to learn while you are in the hospital.You probably won’t have people volunteering to teach you these things, but make sure youask!...more

Why I Didn't Breastfeed

I originally posted this on my first blog, and got a lot of great reviews so I thought I would repost this here. I will be doing this for many of my posts as I am shutting down my first blog. A lot of people have asked me why I don’t breastfeed my baby girl. I am going to start off by saying this is not a post about why you shouldn’t breastfeed or why you just absolutely have to breastfeed. This is about my choices and what happened along the way....more

I Hate to Admit it But...

As a parent there are things you never want to have to admit. Personally for me, I never want to admit I was wrong or that I made a mistake. I have to say though the toughest thing for me to admit is I didn’t love my daughter the first time I saw her. No, this isn’t a post about how I loved her from the second she was conceived, or the first time I felt her kick. ...more

Lie #3: Breastfeeding is Supposed to Hurt

The biggest whopper out there right now is that “breastfeeding hurts.”  And, I am probably one of the few people out there saying “if it hurts, something is wrong.” Now, don’t get me wrong. I fully acknowledge that most women experience some level of pain when breastfeeding.  Whenever you learn something new, there will be a margin of error.  When it comes to a tiny nipple and a tiny baby mouth, that margin of error is pretty small.Here is one of my greatest heartaches:...more