Lather. Rinse. Repeat. LOL!

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. LOL!

Early Morning Adventure Two mornings ago, around 4:30, I was putting my son back to sleep after a feeding. He fell asleep quickly, and I laid him in his crib. I then proceeded to get a drink of water and use the bathroom. After washing my hands, I was suddenly very aware of how dry they were. By the dim light of the small night light we keep in the bathroom, I saw a large bottle of lotion and quickly pumped a generous amount onto my hands. I worked it over my fingers and hands, then deciding what I was ...
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Lip Ties, Tongue Ties, and Breastfeeding

My Experience with Lip and Tongue Ties My son had trouble from the beginning latching on to breastfeed. When my milk came in three days after he was born, he was really struggling because my breasts were so full. (That can be difficult for any newborn even without ties). I had a lactation consultant out and she watched us through the feeding and gave us some tips and gave us an A+. I guess because I had studied so much, I must have been compensating for any issues that were happening, because the outward perception was we were doing great. By day ...
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7 Basic Breastfeeding Tips

You’re Not Alone I’ve mentioned previously, that my breastfeeding journey with my son was atypical to say the least. For some mother and baby pairs, it truly is the easiest thing in the world. Whereas for others, it’s one monster short of a nightmare. You are not alone. Over 90% of mothers report having breastfeeding struggles in those early months. So here are the breastfeeding basics, as well as some things I learned on my more difficult road. Again, I will emphasize, the struggle was totally worth the ultimate goal of exclusively breastfeeding, so I hope this will encourage new ...
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15 Amazing Benefits of Breastfeeding

15 Amazing Benefits of Breastfeeding

Note: In this article, many of the hyperlinks will take you to articles that support my research about breastfeeding. Happy reading! Making Breastfeeding a Reality Before the birth of my son, it was always my desire to exclusively breastfeed my baby. It never really occurred to me to do it any other way. As it turns out, the more I read and researched, the more pleased I became about this decision.  If you have read about my breastfeeding journey with my son, you know that in the beginning I wasn’t able to make exclusive breastfeeding a reality. However, before my son was three months old, he ...
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How I slept 7 hours: Sleep Saga Continued

How I slept 7 hours: Sleep Saga Continued

Co-Sleeping  There’s a lot to be said about co-sleeping. However, this post isn’t to hash out the safety precautions or to rave about the family bed. I simply want to write to share that co-sleeping is how I was able to sleep 7 hours last night.  Seasoned co-sleepers will be nodding their approval I’m sure while others may cringe upon reading the words “family bed”, but my hope is that some where out there another tired Mama might be able to use one more suggestion to help her get a little more rest. Milestones and Growth My son is going ...
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Mommy: The Ultimate Sleep Association

Mommy: The Ultimate Sleep Association

More Than the Old Adage You’ve heard the saying, “all babies do is eat, sleep, and poop”. And while these three things certainly are the majority of my baby’s day (with perhaps the exception of poop, which isn’t currently an every day occurrence), there is so much more going on than that. He is learning and growing at an amazing rate! And I don’t know about your babies, but mine has been playing with toys, fingers, faces, and toes for quite a while now. Sleep on a Deeper Level I’ve been thinking a lot about my son’s sleep, as it ...
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It Takes a Village?, Parenting advice

It Takes a Village? | by IV, V and Me

Guest Post by IV, V and Me “It Takes a Village” We have all heard it… shoot, I think I even said it last week, but is ‘it takes a village’ just a phrase or is it really truth? Honestly, this phrase never even crossed my mind until my son was born and all the villagers came out of hiding with the good, the bad and the ugly advice; but this didn’t really bother me until I got some parenting experience under my belt. My son is 9 months old so obviously I am now an expert… even so; I ...
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The Natural Pain Med-Free Birth of My Son

The Natural, Pain Med-Free Birth of My Son

Deciding on the Birth Center as a Venue Whenever I thought about childbirth, I never really wanted to have a baby in the hospital. To me, a hospital was a place people go when they are sick, bleeding, or dying. I didn’t think of it as a great place to bring a baby into the world. Obviously, many babies are born in a hospital and arrive home healthy and happy. It just wasn’t something I was particularly interested in. For some people, a hospital birth is the only way that comes to mind, so upon mentioning giving birth at a birth ...
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Cueing Your Baby for Sleepy-Time

Short, Simple Routine Whether you’re putting your child to sleep for the night or for one of the several naps he or she may take that day, having a short, simple routine is a great way to help your baby get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. When you do the same things before nap time or bedtime, they become habitual and will cue your baby that it is time to sleep. List of Ideas Here is a list of some ideas for you to consider using for your baby’s sleepy-time routine: Give your baby a bath Play with your ...
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sleep-transitioning-saga

Sleep Transitioning Saga

Watching My Baby Sleep As I lay here watching my baby sleep during our new sleep training efforts, I have to chuckle to myself. I love these sweet moments with my son. Pantley’s Gentle Removal Plan One of the several techniques I am implementing with my 4 month old son is called “Pantley’s Gentle Removal Plan” from Elizabeth Pantley’s book, The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Essentially this plan incorporates gently breaking the baby’s latch so that he or she can get accustomed to falling asleep without this association. Pantley recommends starting with bedtime. I did this successfully the first night and ...
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