Breastfeeding: the good, the bad, and the ugly

When I found out I was pregnant I knew immediately I wanted to breastfeed my child. I am product of the 80’s, when it was said to mother’s that bottle feeding was much more hygienic and safe for babies, when family act leave was a long stretch away (I mean, maternity leave in this country is still a far stretch away, but that’s a subject for another post), and pumping wasn’t really a thing. Therefore, my mother chose to bottle feed, knowing she would return to work 6 short weeks from my birth. I like to think that both my brother and I turned out ok, independently of having been breastfed or not. However, this was something I wanted to do. Working in the pediatric field, I knew beforehand not to expect breastfeeding to be an easy breeze. “You have to try for at least two weeks”, everyone would say. “Breastfeeding is hard, but once you are past the hump, you can do it with one hand”, others would say. Much like my plans for labor and delivery (read here), I knew to expect the worst. And still, once again it was even harder than I imagined! After a “failed” birth plan, I was even more determined to make breastfeeding work. After all, I had to do something right to give my baby a healthy start, right? These were just some of the mommy guilt thoughts that would haunt my already crazy hormonal brain. Despite having ended up with a c-section, my postpartum experience at Newton-Wellesley hospital was impeccable. I was still in the recovery room right outside the OR when a loving nurse...

Father’s Day Projects 2015

Let me start this post by saying: I am probably THE WORST arts & crafts person EVER! No, seriously! I can’t cut in a straight line to save my life, I still draw like I am in the 4th grade, and I almost failed Art when I was in Middle School. Still, ever since my baby has been old enough, I have made a conscious effort to try to do some arts & crafts projects with her. After all, besides the fact that she needs exposure to that sort of thing, it might be an interest of hers, something that she likes, so I have to let her explore things that I am not a huge fan of. Also, it will help her learn that you should always try your best, even with you are not the best at something. All that being said, this week has been all about Father’s Day! We’ve been getting ready by doing some projects together, all thanks to the wonderful ideas you can find on Pinterest. I mean, I could never come up with any of these things on my own! Thank you, Pinterest! I decided to share with you all some of our projects, in case you need some last minute inspiration. Project 1 – #1 Dad Medal This was the one project my kiddo was really hands on with. After all, she’s only 20 months-old and there is not much she can do on her own in the crafts department yet.  The inspiration came from This project was particularly great for her because she LOVES stickers! It’s one of her favorite things to do...
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