Mother's Day: What Mom's Really Want

Mother’s day: What Moms REALLY want

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My First Mother’s Day!

YUP! This is my first Mother’s day (with an outside baby), which is super weird to me; like say what? I’m a Mom? I get a day to celebrate me, and not just my entrance into this world? Heck yes! Up until this point in my life, Mother’s day was where I celebrated someone else; my Mom, and Grandmothers, so I never really thought about what I would want.

As an adult I always chose to spend time with the Moms in my life. Typically, by going out to eat, or doing something together whenever possible. I tried to remember Mother’s day past, and I am haunted by really crappy Mother’s Day gifts I gave to them throughout my life (Sorry guys!), that they graciously accepted and thanked me for. Then I thought, well this is my first Mother’s Day, and obviously Baby Bear won’t be getting me anything just yet (although she’s super helpful in my Amazon shopping by pressing lots of buttons); so that duty will inevitably fall on Papa Bear, and all the other new Dads out there! Papa Bear has always been really good at making me feel special; however, I know that not all guys excel in this department and rely on scouring the Internet for advice and tips; MAMA BEAR TO THE RESCUE!

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The Breastfeeding working mom_ Tips and Must haves

The Breastfeeding Working Mom: Tips & Must Haves

Breastfeeding Working Mom: The REAL MVP

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First, I want to apologize for my lack of presence the last two weeks. Our little Baby Bear hit the four month sleep regression HARD…and stayed there for over a month. She also is now boycotting naps, which was previously Blogging time, so we are reformatting our day and trying time management in a whole new way! Anyhow, not that you care. I know, you’re only here for the Boobs, I get it.

 

So, nowadays the gold standard is breastfeeding. Which means, that if you are working woman, then you will also be a working Breastfeeding mom. Which sounds a lot easier than it actually is, and is a whole new way of living life. I will be honest with you here, I have been very lucky in my breastfeeding journey thus far with baby bear. However, my pumping journey has not been as easy-peasy; and I will admit, my situation is…well…unique.

I am a full-time mental health therapist, and I primarily see my clients in their homes. Which means I do a lot of driving. Which means OFFICE= MY CAR. On top of that, when I am in the office building, I do not have an actual office, so I have to fight the other 300 people who work at my agency for office space. That being said, I have been very lucky to have tremendously supportive coworkers and supervisor. My supervisor was also a breastfeeding mom, and has been extremely supportive and understanding. Which I’m very grateful for. However, it has still been challenging, and I am here to clear some things up for you.

The first thing you will need to do, set appropriate expectations. 1. You will not pump as much milk as you expect to. 2. Your breast milk supply will fluctuate with pumping sessions. 3. You will be seen by co-workers carrying pump parts throughout your building to find a place to clean them, and some will give you dirty looks. 4. You will have to store your breast milk in a company refrigerator; so be prepared to play lunchbox Tetris. 5. You will have to cut meeting short, schedule appropriately, and be open and honest with your coworkers about your time constraints. 6. Get ready to feel ridiculous, you’re going to be half naked in a place you never thought you would be, and TERRIFIED the creeper down the hall doesn’t “mistakenly” barge in on you. 7. You will need a bunch of stuff. Surprisingly, not just your boobs and pump….

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Top 5 two playerboard games

Top 5 Two Player Board Games

In Anticipation of Table Top Day on April 30th, I bring You TWO PLAYER BOARD GAMES!

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Papa Bear and I (and most of our friends for that matter) are big table top gamers, and spend a little too much time on Geekandsundry.com. We got into table top games when our friend introduced us to Table Top with Wil Wheaton (yup that kid from Star Trek, who plays himself on The Big Bang Theory), and the nerdiness just consumed us from there. (Table Top is an online show where Wil Wheaton and his friends get together, play games, and explain their nuances.) We like the show because we can decide if we actually like a game before we purchase it! We are big on quality time in our family, and enjoy staying home and playing games on weekends, many times just the two of us. Sometimes it can be difficult to find good two player board games, so I figured I’d share some of our favorites with you!

Carcassonne:

This is a European style tile laying game modeled after a French City is super simple and different every time you play. The objective is to collect the most points; you gather points by connecting roads, building cities/monasteries, and establishing a farm. You play a knight, a robber, a monk, or a super lazy farmer. Carcassonne is great for two players or up to 5 players of all ages, and really easy to learn and you could play for hours if you wanted to! They have great EXPANSIONS TOO!!

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