My Team of Working Moms

Mar 24, 2014 by

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Just a few of the moms that support me!

When I started working at my company nearly seven years ago, none of the women here were moms. None of us were even married then! My how times have changed. Now there are four moms here and I can’t tell you how valuable these women have been in my life as a working mom. I’m sad to say that one of my best mom co-workers is now moving on to another opportunity and the rest of us working moms are so sad to see her go. She has been a role model and a pioneer for us. She was integral in getting our company to offer a short-term disability plan, which ultimately allowed us each to get paid for an additional six weeks of maternity leave. She paved the way for each of us to come back from maternity leave with reduced hours and has championed keeping that schedule long after our babies were infants. She’s made returning to work infinitely easier for all of us. She’s our Pinterest, crafting and party planning guru. She’s our style consultant, helping us dress appropriately as moms, while making sure we stay away from mom jeans. We’re all on this working mom roller coaster together and I’m sad that today we’re down one rider over here. So, in honor of our first working mom moving on, here are some of the reasons I’m glad I get to hang out with these great moms everyday.

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.

Overnight Oatmeal: A Tasty Recipe for Cold Winter Mornings

Feb 7, 2014 by

Overnight Oatmeal: A Tasty Recipe for Cold Winter Mornings

My son has had two full weeks of school since the Winter Break ended after New Years Day.  Between snow days, sick days and holidays, we have been homebound…and that means a lot of cooking for a hungry 11 year-old boy and his friends.  Since they insist on going outside first thing in the morning (I wish he was that enthusiastic about getting out of the house for school in the morning!) and staying outside until lunchtime, I insist on a hearty breakfast.  Oatmeal is warm, comforting, and filling in the A.M., but the pre-packaged kind is filled with sugar – like, 28 grams in one tiny envelope – no thanks! My son can eat three in one sitting!  I discovered a super-easy way to make oatmeal that requires little time or effort (and is much healthier than pre-packaged varieties) and wanted to share it with you.  Get creative and dress it up anyway you like by adding your favorite spices, natural sweeteners, fruit, nuts, or yogurt.

Random Mom Musings

Dec 26, 2013 by

I’ve had some random things on my mind lately so please indulge me.

• My husband recently traded in his truck for a more fuel-efficient car. He also decided to put our daughter’s carseat next to the window instead of in the middle of the back seat which made me consider changing the car seat position in my car. But I can’t do it. While my daughter has some pretty annoying challenging car behavior sometimes (aka screaming and crying because she dropped something and can’t get it), she does this really cute thing where she asks me to hold her hand. Right now I can actually reach back and accommodate her request and I wouldn’t change that for anything. Even though my arm goes numb and gets really uncomfortable, holding her little hand in the car is just so, so wonderful.

Experiences of a First-Time Mom (In GIFs)

Dec 2, 2013 by

How it feels to meet your baby for the first time:


When you take your baby home, open the door and walk inside, then wonder what you’re suppose to do now:


When there is just SO.MUCH.CRYING:


When you encounter your baby’s first poopy diaper blowout:


When your partner wants to “get busy” for the first time after birth:


When everyone tells you that you should be happy during every single moment of life with a newborn but in reality you’re exhausted from night-time feedings and being a new mom is actually really f*cking hard:


When you suddenly realize everyone and their mom has an opinion about how to parent your new child:


When you find out that whole “sleep when the baby sleeps” thing doesn’t actually work and yet people tell you this ALL.THE.TIME:

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