March for Babies 2016

And like that another year has passed and another March for Babies is around the corner! This will be the 3rd year the Loving Nest is proud to participate in the March for Babies in Boston. Last year the event took place at Fenway Park and this year it will return to the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell. This year’s walk is 2 days after my due date, so although we will not be physically there, we still want to contribute as much as possible.   Tell me more about it, you say.   Well, March for Babies is a wonderful cause that raises money to help give each baby a healthy beginning. The money raised not only is used in research, but also supports local programs that educate women and reduce risks during pregnancy, as well as provides comfort and information to 90,000 families with a newborn in intensive care through March of Dimes NICU Family Support®. Their involvement has also helped the U.S. premature birth rate to drop for the 7th year in a row. When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to nearly half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies.   How can I help?   This year I won’t be physically walking, but anyone who wants to spend a nice day in Boston walking for a wonderful cause is welcome to join and represent The Loving Nest’s team. Don’t feel like walking? That’s fine too. Head over to our page and place your small (or big)...

Bundle Organics: from nausea to breastfeeding, they’ve got us covered

This 2nd pregnancy brought along much more nausea than I had the first time around. To the point I could barely eat anything but toast and apples. I started worrying about my baby’s health and development and wanted to make sure it was getting appropriate nutrients, despite my inability to eat nutritious foods! Fortunately, around the 2nd week of my bad nausea, I learned about Bundle Organics. They are a fairly new company who developed organic juices that are safe for pregnancy and ObGyn recommended. They were developed with the help of doctors and are fortified with all the extra nutrients and vitamins that a pregnant or breastfeeding mom needs to support their health and their baby’s health. These juices are not meant to substitute prenatal vitamins in any way, but to complement your daily vitamin intake with all the goodness you should be intaking during your pregnancy. The pasteurized juices are fortified with folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D, and more. Needless to say, when you are nauseous and don’t really want to eat, green juices can be so helpful to keep not only your daily fluid intake at an optimal level, but also to keep you “eating” healthy. Plus, two of the Bundle Organics flavors contain ginger, which is known to help alleviate nausea. I have to say, that was the best part for me! The days when I felt worst, sipping on a bit of these juices throughout the day made a world of a difference. I also drank a lot of lemon and ginger tea, but sometimes you just want something fresh from the fridge and...

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...

News: Upcoming classes and workshops in Everett

  I have teamed up with Babies “R” Us and have a month full of amazing workshops coming up in their Everett store! This store has a brand new Learning Center inside ready for parents, parents-to-be and anyone who wants to join us to enjoy a comfortable and private space to talk about children, parenting, and families.   Not sure if this is for you? Well, Tuesday, June 23rd at 7pm you can join me for a FREE introductory workshop! During Baby & Beyond: how to raise emotionally healthy children we will have a quick overview of some of the key components that in parenting young children. From soothing a newborn, to dealing with tantrums, to the importance of play, this introductory workshop will shine some light on the important topics of parenting young children. If you have kids from ages 0 through 5, you should definitely stop by!   Wednesday, July 8th launches the 1st workshop from the series Toddlers and Preschoolers. From tantrums, to picky eaters, to potty training we will have mini workshops (50 minutes) for different topics. Each class is $20/per couple. The following day, on Thursday, July 9th the workshop series Your Baby’s 1st Year begins. Topics such as soothing, temperament, and family dynamics will be covered in these mini workshops. For both series there is a promotion: BUY 4, GET 1 FREE. You can mix and match 4 workshops of your liking from each series or even buy all 8 and get 2 free! Light refreshments will be served at each workshop and a Babies “R” Us gift bag will be given to each parent. Just as...
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