Heather

I am Heather, mama to two boys, Ryan, age 5, and Cole age 3.    

When I have  spare time, I enjoy blogging at my blog, A Mama's Blog, reading, walking, exercising, gardening, listening to music, cooking, and learning about health and fitness.   I work part-time, one and a half days a week.  I work for an accounting firm, doing bookkeeping and business management.  I feel very privileged that our circumstances allow this flexible schedule, since our children are so young. I feel like I have the best of both worlds- I get to be with my children 90% of the week, and I also get to be with adults and use my professional skills too.

I also have an on-line store, Little Pumpkin Sweet Pea Designs, specializing in babies, kids, maternity, and women's wear-mostly t-shirts and onesies.  It is a nice creative outlet for me, and it is fun!

About 6 months after Ryan was born, I became very interested in Attachment Parenting, and was surprised to see the way I was parenting actually had a name.  I was just following my instincts on what seemed like what was best for Ryan. 

I also became very interested in breastfeeding and how our society views it.  Fortunately, I have been able to breastfeed both my boys with no major problems.  With Ryan, it was harder, since he was my first, and I had a c-section, but I was committed to giving it my all.  One of the things that my mother recommend to me, that I have to say helped me the most, was reading La Leche League's breastfeeding book, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, several months before Ryan was born.  It gave me the confidence to know I could succeed in providing the best nutrition for my baby, while following in the footsteps of millions of mothers before me.

Having had a c-section with Ryan, and having a terrible recovery from it, I became interested in VBAC birth (vaginal birth after cesarean), and after a lot of research, seeking out a supportive OB, practice, and doula, I was thrilled that I was able to have a successful VBAC with my second son, Cole.  I felt better after 3 days post-partum after Cole's birth, than I did after 8 weeks with the c-section birth.  I am a huge supporter and believer that VBAC's are possible, and safe (in most cases).  It was an amazing, and powerful experience for me.

I recently wrote an in-depth post about my experince with my C-section.  I mainly wanted to start a blog so I could keep track of the daily happenings with my boys, and life in general. The time goes by so fast, and this is helping me slow down and savor each day.  On the days I can write, it is so I can preserve a little sliver of time, that one day I can look back on and share with my children. 

My Boys, Old Movies

When I moved in May, my new place didn’t receive satellite.  So I opted to just pull the “satellite plug” and see how we would do without TV.  The boys and I never watched a lot of TV anyway. Other than not having the Olympics, we’ve not missed it. I order them movies from Netflix though, and it’s been really fun to see them enjoy older movies ....more

Mom Pay Day

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Aurora, Colorado Shooting- Our Future?

I’ve not been blogging much these days. I’ve been busy working, moving, and being a mom.  Things have been going well, and while I hope to blog more, it has moved to the back burner in my life right now.  This morning though, as I drove to work and heard the news emerge on the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the state where we live, my heart sank ....more

April 18th- Birthday and Cancer

  Birthday and cancer may seem like an odd title, but April 18th, would have been my mom’s 63rd birthday.  She passed away 2 years ago, and I can’t help but think about her today. Losing a parent never really goes away.  There are always reminders, birthdays, holidays, and family events that tend to make you stop and remember.  Fortunately, I have a lot of happy memories of her, and that is what I like to remember about her ....more

Good-Bye Whitney Houston

I grew up listening to Whitney Houston. It was sad, and sadly, not a huge shock, to hear of her untimely death yesterday.  She had such a powerful and astounding voice, never duplicated. I think one of the tragic things is someone so talented, probably didn’t have to die. Unfortunately, these types of deaths are way to common today.  Back in the day, she would have never seemed like a person who would succumb to addictions ....more

C-sections- Five Years & Beyond (Part 1)

Five years has past since my first and only C-section.  I shared my experience, and my feelings about my C-section last week in the post, My C-section- Five Years Later.  This was the third part in a series of C-section posts I have written.  The first post in the series, The Reality of C-sections, has generated a wide va ...more

Letter to My Heart

Dear Heart, I have never written a letter to you before, so it is long overdue.  Where do I start?  What could I possibly write to you about love that you don't already know?  You may know everything about love, but I don't.  ...more

Melamine Found in United States Infant Formula

Melamine, the harmful chemical found in Chinese infant formula, that killed at least 3 babies and made as many as 50,000 sick, has been detected in trace amounts in infant formula sold in the United States. The FDA says it found traces of melamine in samples of the top-selling infant formula, but the amounts found no pose no danger.  However, the FDA said just last month that they are unable to determine any level of melamine exposure that is safe.  ...more

Wanted for Christmas: Socks with No Holes

My sister is a second grade teacher at an impoverished school in Denver.  She just sent me a heart-breaking plea via e-mail for donations for her kids in her class for Christmas.  Here is part of her e-mail: ...more

Breastmilk In Ice Cream?

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Nice to see you address this; it was just on my mind in light of the breastmilk ice cream story ...more