Breaking the Rules

Oct 24, 2014 by

When I first became a mother there was no question that I “stayed on schedule.” In a mom’s world, that means we keep consistent with naps, locations for naps and feedings. No questions about it, we stay on a schedule. For many months, even well into the first year of our daughter’s life, I followed a schedule and routine; and by no means did I ever let her sleep in our bed.

Well moms, times have changed and two and a half years into this whole mom gig, I break the rules when it comes to sleeping. There I said it, I break the rules and I don’t care!

The lasting benefits of breastfeeding

Oct 24, 2014 by

I miss breastfeeding my daughter. Maybe that’s why I’ve chose to start a career in lactation; not only do I simply want to be around nursing mothers, I want to help other women have the same sort of positive breastfeeding experience that I had. Nursing my girl was something I wasn’t ready to let go of for two and a half years.

I’m fortunate to spend a lot of time around my sister and her 9 month old son. They are rockstars and are still nursing on demand. Seeing them connect through nursing makes me wistful for the breastfeeding years with my daughter. My sister is meeting my nephew’s needs in this really awesome way. I found myself today, after spending the day with them, longing for that breastfeeding relationship again with my daughter.

This is Abby. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Oct 24, 2014 by

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, 31 days in which members of the Down syndrome community focus on awareness, advocacy, inclusion and respect for all individuals with Down syndrome.  My daughter was diagnosed a few hours after birth.

This is Abby.  She’s four.  She’ll tell you “I’ve had four birthdays.”  She’ll also tell you she’s going to have five babies.  Good luck with that, kid.

This is Abby.  She has trouble with abstract thinking. She usually understands your words but not always your intent. No matter how many times we go over “we’re going to listen to our teachers and do what they say” before dance class, we inevitably end up with crossed arms, pouty face and an outright refusal to even move. The other moms are trying to be nice when they tell Abby how cute she is.  I just want to run out of there.


What Happened to My Healthy Eater?

Oct 24, 2014 by

I thought I was one of the lucky ones.  After the picky toddler stage, my son had turned into a really good eater.  He would gobble up fruit at breakfast, at snack time he would enjoy and apple or banana while other kids were eating chips or gummy fruit snacks, and after dinner he would clean his plate of broccoli, cauliflower, or carrots.  He even liked asparagus. We had one rule about food – just try one bite, if you don’t like it, you can spit it out.  Food rarely was spit out.

I would listen to my friends talk about their kids who wouldn’t touch anything that wasn’t a chicken nugget or mac ‘n cheese and wipe my brow as if I had dodged a bullet.  Last year, in 5th grade health class, the children studied the benefits of healthy eating and after school he would come home looking for carrot or celery sticks to dip into white bean hummus, or organic peanut butter to slather on whole wheat toast.  When he told me that he was one of the only kids who would eat the salad in the school lunch I beamed with delight.  Ok, I admit it. I was a teeny bit smug.

Reclaiming Weeknights TOGETHER

Oct 23, 2014 by

These moments are not lost on me, I am grateful for what we have. Maybe it took the last three years of job schedules and juggling acts for me to really appreciate it all.

Last night, Lo held out some new package of Oreos she bought and said “these are just awful.”

I looked at them and said aloud, “Ugh, why on Earth would you even think that they sounded worth buying? They sound disgusting” as I refused to even try one to feel her pain.

Then, we had a little “family game night” chaos in the boys’ bedroom (all 5 of us). After that, my wife and I put the kids to bed TOGETHER, watched a little World Series TOGETHER then had a friendly argument about whether or not Linda Lavin and Valerie Harper had even been in a sitcom together. (Linda Lavin did make an appearance in Rhoda, but despite Lois’ claims, I don’t think that was what she was thinking)

The Best Pumpkin Cookies Ever.

Oct 23, 2014 by

Whoah, Wait- do not adjust your screen.  You really did see the title of this post as, “The Best Pumpkin Cookies Ever.”  And I’m being totally serious here. They literally ARE the best pumpkin cookies ever!  Let me rewind for a minute here.  When I was in law school, I was clerking with the Southern Connecticut Gas Company.  One October Friday of my internship, I decided to spice things up a bit, and bring a plate of homemade cookies into the legal department.  I knew they needed to be pumpkin, it was the height of the fall baking season, and they had to be easy, and quick- a 2L law student juggling classes and Moot Court brief writing is no easy task!  I did a quick internet search (to all of those old gals like myself, this was the pre-Pinterest era where we had to rely on the kindness of bloggers, the food network online, and whatever else came up in a Google search engine to find recipes).

Instagram Meets Reality

Oct 23, 2014 by

I’m a big fan of Instagram. I’ve always been into pictures – taking them, looking at them – and I love that Instagram makes it easy not only to capture all the little moments that make up a day, but also offers a chance to infuse a little creativity into to the monotony…fun filters and all that jazz. Listen, I sit at a computer crunching numbers and reading lawsuits all day long…a few moments for pretty pictures goes a long way! If you follow me on IG (and you should!) you’ll see my account is full of fun kid shots, gym pics, yummy food, and perhaps even a selfie or two (or three or four…). But, as Sarah recently pointed out, those little glimpses offered from our lives certainly don’t tell the whole story.  So, that’s what I’m here to do for you today.

Instagram vs. Reality

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