A funny thing happened on the way to my surgery

  I don’t feel like my life has ever followed a predictable script, and I see that as a positive. If I have developed any skill in life, it might be the ability to “roll with it,” no matter what curveball has been thrown my way.Well, it seems we have been thrown another curveball....more
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Baby on a budget

Currently...

In the blogging world, trends often happen. Sometimes they're centered around holidays or special events, sometimes around DIY projects, sometimes around opinions or ideas or current events. Sometimes they just happen.It seems this "Currently Lately" theme is one that's cropped up recently. And though I don't always follow the trends. Or more honestly, sometimes I'm late to them or overwhelmed or it's just not the time for me, this is one that's not far off my regular base....more

Exclusive Pumping

For the sake of this article, I will be using the terms breastfeeding and nursing.Aren’t they the same thing? Well, technically, yes, but I like to think about it this way:...more

Latest Crochet Creations

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been getting back to crafting, specifically crochet, which makes me oh so happy! It's just a wonderful feeling to see something come together. Neither of these projects are solely mine, as I've used patterns created by others. But, when something is just so beautiful, why reinvent the wheel, right?I completed an example of one kind of slipper I can make, by request. I love the color of this particular slipper and I'm holding back from making the mate and just keeping them for myself.... ...more

Values Based Parenting: Do you know your values?

I was talking with a coaching client the other day and she was worried about being able to do it all after her second is born. We explored priorities and values, i.e. Values-Based Parenting. I asked her what her parenting values are and everything she said fit into 2 main buckets: family quality time & kid development/education....more

Scheduling Life

Gesturing at my swollen abdomen, he said, “Do you know how much money you can get for one of those on the black market?”I don't know what reaction I expected when I announced my pregnancy to my peers.The timing was lousy. Entering my third year of college, I had barely two semesters worth of credits to go and my dream internship lined up....more

Pumping in Place of Breastfeeding: Sore Nipples

If your nipples are really sore, you need to get help from an IBCLC ASAP. In the meantime, you have choices! You don’t need to suffer through awful painful latching if you just can’t handle it anymore!If you need a break from latching until you can get to a professional and figure out what’s wrong, here’s what you can do....more

Sniff test may be an early detector of autism

Researchers in Israel have figured out that children with autism can't make adjustments to restrict airflow to their nose when inhaling something that smell bad. They sniff the same way whether something smells good or bad.Why? Sniffing is an internal action model (IAM), something that people with autism have that impairs sensory and motor coordination....more

Pregnancy & Baby Talk: 23 Weeks of Growing

As this pregnancy continues on, I feel better and better. I keep reveling in the thought that I seem to really be doing so much better this pregnancy than last. I think it's a combination of factors having to do with me being home and not expending so much mental and physical energy in my previous profession, along with the enjoyment of our home, and also having been through pregnancy before so much of my other time and energy isn't spent on learning about pregnancy and the changes in my body in preparation for labor/birth and having a newborn....more