Navigating Abuse

Jul 13, 2015 by

My inaugural blog post here was going to be an introduction to my life as a mom who is disabled and sometimes works, sometimes can’t, and who sometimes has a funny story to share about trying to chase small children from a wheelchair. But something is weighing on my heart, and I think it’s worth talking about. Baby Aaden lost his life last week, allegedly at the hands of his suicidal father, after his mother attempted and failed to get a protective order renewed for herself and her baby in the Middletown court system.

We will never know if that renewal would have saved Baby Aaden, and I have no doubt that the judge involved in his case is heartbroken.

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#DontHateNewEngland…reasons for winter-haters to love our home

Jan 28, 2015 by

I can’t pretend to like winter. I just cannot. Every year I try so hard to psych myself up for it…it’s cozy! There’s cocoa! And sledding! And all of that! But then it arrives, and I just cannot muster any fondness for it. Every single winter I ask myself (and my husband) why we live in this cold, cold place, where we have to stock up on supplies for a possible multi-day power outage (which thank heavens, didn’t happen…this time…) without heat or water. Why. Not. Move? 

Well, here are 21 reasons to love Connecticut and stick around through this awful season, even if you loathe our winters as much as I do:

All photos taken by me. Please do not use without permission. Thanks!

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The Only Thing That Matters

Dec 17, 2014 by

This past week was a tough one for me.  Both of my boys were sick.  They had horrible colds and coughs that kept them up at night, their noses turned into non-stop faucets, and the little one had an ear infection (probably for longer than he should have because I chalked up the fever to the cold.)  Oh yeah, and I was sick too, but as you know, we Mommies aren’t allowed to be sick.  So I chugged cough syrup, popped aspirins and spent the week not sleeping and covered in baby boogers.  Needless to say, it wasn’t my favorite week ever.

And then Sunday came.  December 14th.

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Where working moms pump in Connecticut

Jul 7, 2014 by

Since returning to work, I’ve become somewhat fascinated/obsessed with the practice of pumping at work**.  Pumping while at work has been sort of a necessary evil for me as I try to reach the one-year mark of breastfeeding my baby boy.  I diligently pump twice a day while away from Lenny, but I’ve developed a physical reaction to pumping–I get a wave of nausea every time the pump latches on.  Needless to say, while I am fortunate to be able to breastfeed and do enjoy nursing my son, I just may throw myself a little party when I no longer have to pump.  But I digress.

Pumping at work is hard enough, so it is essential that employers are supportive of breastfeeding moms.  Us Nutmeg-State-ers are actually among the lucky few; Connecticut is one of only twelve states that mandate any sort of workplace pumping requirements.  Melanie has written an excellent post discussing the Connecticut law.  In a nutshell:

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I Love CT Open House Day!

Jun 4, 2014 by

Each June the CT Office of Tourism organizes Connecticut Open House Day. It’s a day where Connecticut residents are invited to discover – and rediscover – the state’s exciting arts, history and tourism offerings with a variety of special incentives, such as discounted or free admission, free gifts or special exhibits and activities. Last year CT Working Moms was part of their “street team” and my daughter & I really enjoyed the day.

Here's my girl at Dinosaur State Park last year for CT Open House Day.

Here’s my girl at Dinosaur State Park last year. My little baby!!

This year Open House Day will be on June 14th! The Office of Culture & Tourism invited us back again to be part of their team of bloggers that help get the word out about this awesome day. Our own Elise will get to hang out with a few other awesome bloggers, her kiddos and her wife while taking a special bus around to visit some kid-friendly spots. How cool is that?

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