With Age, Comes Wisdom: Embracing the Art of Aging

Feb 25, 2015 by

It’s official! I am getting older. Those pesky grays are sneaking in quicker than before, and I am starting to notice a laugh line (or two). Even though I have been an adult for close to twenty years now (gasp), I have always been a big believer that age is a state of mind. And rather than dwelling on the negative parts of maturing, I am trying my very best to embrace it!

Right?

Right?

*I am learning to say no a whole lot more.

*I have chosen not to pursue certain paths that would have a negative impact on my family’s quality of life.

*I have learned to be kind to my body. It is by no means perfect, but it is strong and has given me two healthy pregnancies and two beautiful children.

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Pumping at Work

Feb 11, 2015 by

This may sound strange, but…I don’t mind pumping at work. I know pumping is not easy. In fact, if you take a poll of most women who pump, Im sure 9.75 out of 10 women hate it.  I feel you.  There’s the million pump parts that you have to sterilize every friggin’ night; you feel like a cow; you worry about leaking through your blouse; and it is time consuming.  Moms just do not have any time at all.  While I am not a fan of pumping per se, I have to say I do not mind the two times I do it at work. Any other time though, and I would rather poke my eyes out.

Here’s why I like to pump at work:

It is my little rest time because at work I am on my feet all.day.long.

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Motherhood is Full of Defining Moments

Jan 28, 2015 by

 

Oh these two!!!

Oh these two!!!

Ahhh, motherhood.  Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out and that you can work through the challenging parts because you’ve toughened up or even lightened up, something ALWAYS goes awry to make life more of what I refer to as “excruciatingly exciting.”  I have pondered this whole month about what my defining parenting moment has been, but have had a tough time pinning down just one. You see, I think every day we are faced with numerous defining moments or learning experiences. Some large, some small. Some lessons stay with you and some you forget because once you learn from them they become ingrained in your everyday parenting.

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My Golden Hour

Jan 14, 2015 by

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It’s 1:31 am.  Baby Luke is softly snoring.  Little Mia is deep into dreamland.  Husband is sound asleep. Me? I am up – drafting emails; catching up on work-related reading; and checking off items on my ever long to-do list. No, I am not suffering from anxiety or some sort of sleep disorder. To the contrary, I am happy as can be during this quiet moment, a point in time that I have dubbed my new golden hour.

For the past few weeks I have been passing out early, usually after I’ve put the kids to sleep.  I sleep for a few hours and then usually wake up again anywhere between 1 and 3 am. Oddly, I feel energized, so I take advantage of this time and use it to be productive.  It’s quiet, there is no baby pulling on my leg wanting to be nursed or held. My daughter is not pleading for me to read her a story or paint her nails. And I don’t have to tend to my sweet husband either.  It’s almost surreal.

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Back-to-Work After Baby: 7 Reasons Why I am Happy for My Return

Jan 7, 2015 by

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Today marks the opening day of the legislative session at the Connecticut General Assembly. It is also the day I return to my job as a lobbyist after having been out of the game since the birth of my son last winter. Life is about to get really complicated. Like many of you, I will be learning how to shuttle two kids between pre-school, aftercare, daycare, and dance class. I will be working many long hours in my job and clocking in even longer hours at home as I strive to spend the rest of my down-time with my family. It will be hard, BUT I just cannot contain my excitement for my return to civilization! Since I have got a lot on my mind and my brain works best when I write out lists, I have put together the very best reasons why I am happy to be back at work today:

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