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

How Common is Pelvic Floor Disorder?

How common is pelvic floor disorder? The answer’s complicated. Actually, that’s an understatement. It’s really really complicated. First, the term is broad and encompasses many different disorders, ranging from occasional urinary incontinence to constipation to pelvic organ prolapse, among others. ...more

Please Don't Give Me a Push Present, UNLESS...

I found the topic of push presents, or push gifts, to be rather materialistic in nature.  I, still, can't quite grasp the idea that a woman should receive some fancy trinket or bauble because she has given (or will give) birth to a baby, which, more than likely, SHE wanted in the first place.I say these things as a mother of one and currently expecting my second.  With my first pregnancy, I enjoyed it rather immensely and I was just so excited to be having a baby that gifts other than what we needed for the baby never even came to mind.  I carried and delivered a baby because that is what I wanted to do.  No one forced me to have a baby.  I wasn't doing it out of guilt or obligation.  I was having a baby because it was a dream of mine for as long as I could remember....more

Surviving the Two Week Wait

Oh the TWW.Fewer things will make us so pedantic for symptom checking & susceptible to magic beans like this limbo.   My survival guide for staying sane through the maybe-baby stage looks a little something like this:...more

It Isn’t About the Bottle. It Is About the Bottle Feeder.

There are a ton of bottles out there claiming to be the best for the breastfed baby.Tommee Tippee “encourages your baby’s natural feeding action, ‘just like mom.'”Avent Natural Bottle claims, “the nipple features an innovative petal design for natural latch on similar to the breast, making it easy for your baby to combine breast and bottle feeding.”The Joovy Boob Baby Bottle says, “the large diameter base and nipple length assist your baby in properly ‘latching’ onto the bottle.”The list goes on and on....more

Second Child |6 Ways My Unborn Second Child is Already Getting Shafted | BonBon Break

Second Child? Totally getting shafted!So excited to be published on BonBonBreak today talking about the preparations for a second child....more
This is so true!  I have a 2 yr old and a 3 yr old.  My hubby and I are constantly feeling bad ...more