Accredited Breastfeeding Counselor!

I have exciting news! I have finished all my course work and am now an accredited Breastfeeding Counselor with Breastfeeding USA!

It’s been a slow process (getting pregnant with my third son did nothing to speed along my studies!) but I’m so excited about my new opportunities to support mothers by offering evidence-based support . . . → Read More: Accredited Breastfeeding Counselor!

Is My Baby Self Weaning?

“I think my baby wants to wean. He gets upset when I offer the breast.” “My baby only nurses for a second and then pops off. I think she prefers solid food.” We hear many mothers of babies around 7 to 9 months old express similar concerns–their babies seem disinterested in breastfeeding. Or even . . . → Read More: Is My Baby Self Weaning?

On the Move…with Kids

My husband and I have been searching for a larger home since we found out we were expecting our third son. We live in a 1,000 square foot house in Pittsburgh, so while I know people certainly have raised more kids in less space, we are really itching to get the baby’s crib out . . . → Read More: On the Move…with Kids

Emotional Diapering

My wee babe is a pretty avid eater, which is super new to me because my five-year-old and two-year-old still don’t really eat food. They live on zest and vinegar, it seems. But the baby will chomp down entire bagels, whole servings of gefilte fish, any sort of meat you shred for him…he’s hungry!

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Leaving Little Ones with Grandparents Overnight

Have you ever spent the night apart from your little ones? I first left my oldest son home with Daddy when I had to travel for a conference. My baby was 8 months old, and that was the longest 48 hours of my life…primarily due to the logistics of lugging a breastpump and cooler all . . . → Read More: Leaving Little Ones with Grandparents Overnight

Family Info Cards for Babysitters

Once I had more than one child, it got trickier to keep writing notes for new caregivers. We had to repeatedly write out our address, both of our contact information, allergy info…it just got to be a lot. I also kept meeting new families I wanted to connect with again, but never had my phone . . . → Read More: Family Info Cards for Babysitters

Free Grocery Store Childcare? Sold!

One of my favorite days as a parent so far was July 17, 2012–the day my oldest son turned 3 and, thus, eligible for the free childcare at our grocery store. This happened about a week before my neighbor’s youngest child turned 3. She painted a picture of grocery shopping I still fantasize about: I ran through . . . → Read More: Free Grocery Store Childcare? Sold!