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:

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?

Appreciating the Present

Jun 4, 2014 by

My older son is five, and is starting to become really interested in what things say if he can’t figure it out on his own. He recognizes some words he sees frequently, and some sight words from school. Recently, when we stopped at a familiar stop sign in our neighborhood, he said “Hey! What are those extra words under the word ‘STOP’ on there?” We’d passed this sign dozens of times since the, ahem, addition, but this was the first time he’d been looking, apparently.

photo: S. Bernhardson

photo: S. Bernhardson

I told him someone had painted the words “today is a gift” on the sign. “What? Why? What the heck is that supposed to mean?” I started to explain, “Well, you know how when you get a gift, it’s wrapped up and you don’t know what’s inside, but it’s really exciting, then when you find out what it is, you’re thankful to whomever who gave it to you? It’s like that, but with everything that happens. This day that you’re alive is a gift. I guess someone was trying to remind us to be excited about it and thankful for it.”

Kids at Play

May 29, 2014 by

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One of my favorite things to do now that Jake is older (3 and a half- that’s big, people), is to take him on play dates.  We’re kind of new to the play date scene, as I was pregnant with Livvy last summer, so we didn’t get out much aside from a Dairy Queen drive thru trip, and a play date was Jake and myself outside at the water table trying to cool off.  Let me tell you a little something else about play dates- they are also a hidden Momma secret to getting in extra quality time with your girlfriends- Read: girlfriends I hung with before kids and had oh, all the time in the world.  Pretty much any time that I get to hang with one of my BFFs and get our kids playing and running around is a double win.  Hmmm… you may be saying to yourself. Have I read this post before, or am I just having a bad case of deja vu? Nope- it’s not Mommy Brain kicking in, my homegirl Tara posted yesterday about our play date!

Bye-Bye Hospital Nurseries, An Update

Feb 10, 2014 by

Me, Marie & Baby Olivia!

Me, Marie & Baby Olivia!

Back in September I wrote a post about how it seems like more and more hospitals are either getting rid of their nurseries or are strongly discouraging new moms from using them. I only discovered this issue because I went to visit my friend and fellow blogger Marie at a local hospital and she told me that when she asked to send her daughter to the nursery for a little bit, she was informed that they no longer had a nursery and encouraged 24/hour rooming in. I was really struck by that and wanted to know why this was happening. Was it for financial reasons or because of something else?

I reached out to the CT Hospital Association for answers and they looked into this for me. Turns out that yes, most hospitals in CT either have a 24 hour room in policy for new moms or are moving in that direction. And the reason isn’t because of money, it’s because hospitals want a baby-friendly certification from Baby-Friendly USA.

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