Undercover Mother

I’ve done it on an airplane, in the car, at the beach, during a conference call. Even in Church. I’ve done it just about everywhere and I’m pretty darn good about being discreet…Yep, I am a breastfeeding mother who will do just about anything to ensure my child gets the nutrition she needs when she needs it. My daughter Mia is almost 16 months old and if someone told me before I had my baby that I’d still be breastfeeding, I wouldn’t believe them. I still can’t believe I’ve gone this long. It hasn’t always been easy. In fact, it has been one of the most challenging things  I’ve done in my life. But it is also the most empowering thing I’ve ever done in my life. Here’s what’s so great about nursing: it’s free, so healthy for baby because Mother’s Milk has all your antibodies so baby gets sick less often, aids in brain development, and is with you everywhere you go. Many times I feel like a dairy cow or human pacifier. But I also feel strong and confident for what I can provide to my child. I was fortunate to have 8 months at home with my daughter before I went back to work as a lobbyist. I am even more fortunate to be working for the lobbyist who helped pass our state’s breastfeeding law that...

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“Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.” – Phyllis Diller

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Let’s Be Real: I Love Being a Working Mom

Check out this post I did for WorkingMother.com. It created quite a controversy on Momsrising.org’s facebook wall this week. Taking care of my new baby girl Lillian for 10 weeks was a great experience, but it only reinforced my desire to go back to my career. I missed adult interaction and using my skills and talents. While I love my daughter more than anything in the world, I also missed the life I had before she was born. I craved normalcy. I wasn’t sure how I would react going back to work. The night before dropping her off at daycare I barely slept. I had so many conflicting thoughts. Part of me felt bad about going back to my job. I would think about the fact that someone else would get to see her smiles and coos all day and that I’d likely miss many of her milestones. On the other hand, I’d think about all the cool things I do at my job and how much I looked forward to getting back to them. I didn’t know if I would cry every morning that first week back or if I would be OK. I’ve been quite surprised by my reaction. What hasn’t surprised me is that I miss her all the time and when I’m driving to pick her up I feel like a kid waiting to open...

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Love my BOB stroller!

It’s a bit pricey but I must be honest, I LOVE my BOB running stroller. We use it not only as a running stroller but as our every day stroller. It rolls really smoothly and has shock absorption which is great when the little babe is sleeping soundly and we hit a rocky patch on the sidewalk. I’m pretty sure any of their stroller models will rock your world. We have the BOB Revolution model. Check it out here:...

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Quotes

“We always joke in our household that the girls have two mommies, that we’re a family, but a different kind of family.  But seriously, I couldn’t be me without [our nanny].  And by the way, she rules with an iron fist.” Katie...

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Taking Care of a Newborn IS Work!

Michelle’s Latest Post for WorkingMother.com Three weeks ago I “came back” to work. I say “came back” because for the previous 10 weeks I was at home taking care of a newborn and now I’m back at my full-time career. I love the saying, “every mother is a working mother.” Now that I’ve had the experience of being a first-time mother, I relate to that mantra more than ever. Anyone who claims stay-at-home moms aren’t working has clearly never had the experience of caring for an infant. Lillian was born at the end of May (an experience I will likely blog about) and since then I have learned a lot about baby care and just how much work taking care of a newborn really is. Before having her my experience with babies was fairly limited. I love my niece and nephew, but I’ve never had to care for them overnight. I remember that before she was born, I was most worried about how my husband and I would handle the sleep deprivation that seemed inevitable. I also recall saying to someone that I wanted my husband and me to try to care for the baby mostly by ourselves (not having family over too much). Then reality set in. Between the 10 or 12 diaper changes a day, feedings, cleaning up messes made by bodily functions and managing the intense...

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We created this site to serve as a “hub” of all the Connecticut working moms that are blogging about their experiences with mommyhood. You’ll find original blog posts by our bloggers as well as a blogroll on the right-hand side of the homepage that connects you with various mom-related blogs that are ALL Connecticut specific! We also included a Resources tab up top to help connect you with any resources we think might help you navigate your adventures in managing your career and family life. We hope you enjoy the site and find comfort in our online working mom’s...

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