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Grace’s Birth Story

I struggled with whether or not I would document her birth on the blog. I didn’t document the experience with Mads and so I thought something would be incomplete. We would be able to re-read the details of one but not the other. But then I thought, if I were going to maintain this way of thinking with two kiddos, I’m going to drain myself. Therefore, I’m doing what’s in my heart and jotting it down …...

The “Sleep” Frequently Asked Question – 2 Months

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“How is the new baby sleeping?” I always find that to be a funny question. I don’t know if it’s just because it’s a typical question that people often ask when a newborn is in the picture or if they’re genuinely curious how many hours of sleep you are running on, and depending on the answer, wondering how you are able to have a coherent conversation. So, how is Grace sleeping? The short answer is that she’s sleeping like a...

Morning Routine Challenged

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Mornings seemed to always come easy in our house. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I’m a morning person. I enjoy getting up before the rest of the house begins to stir and get a jump start on the day, making sure coffee is prepped, vitamins are in a row and there is some form of clean clothes. I tidy up the kitchen and start the dishwasher. I pick up stuffed animals. I...

4 Ways to Increase Breastmilk Supply

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This post is a bit different than what I usually share, but I think it’s an important topic. I hope you find it helpful. I wasn’t blessed with a significant milk supply. It sounds so silly, but I work hard to make sure that I’m able to nurse, pump to keep milk in the fridge and pump to freeze. After several weeks, I return to a job outside of the home, and my sweet girl will start daycare. At daycare,...

Maternity Leave, Round Two

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“How do you spend your time during maternity leave?” I was casually asked this question twice by two women in my life. After I picked up my jaw off the floor and brushed the surprised look off my face, I paused. I started to erase the ignorant assumptions from my mind and prepared my answer. I said, “I take care of Grace.” I rattled off the mundane details that will always encompass my maternity leave: nursing, diaper changes, nursing, diaper...