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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11 Things my _ferocious_Pitbull(mix) is afraid of

11 Things My “Ferocious” Pit Bull (Mix) is Afraid of

The Pit Bull Breed is Misunderstood.

I could take this time to go on a rant about this misconception and how much it frustrates me. Instead, I will talk about our family Pit (mix) Asher, more affectionately known as Boogie Bear. We adopted Boogie from a local rescue, Wags Rescue and Referral, after the unfortunate and unexpected loss of our previous beloved Pit (mix), Zuko. We went to one of Wags’ adoption events “just to check out their adoption policy,” then we saw Boogie, and my husband fell in love. He said, “that’s our dog.”

Boogie Bear was just over a year old, came to the rescue as a surrender from North Carolina with another dog. Boogie was severely under weight, bearing some not so loving cuts/burns, and named “Black.” When we asked his foster family if he was good with cats, he responded, “I don’t know, lets check,” and brought him to a cage of cats, for which he had no interest. “Is he house broken?” “Yea. Well. He did pee ON my dog once, but I think that’s just because he wanted to.” Ah, a dog after my own heart. He must be ours! We have had Boogie since the fall of 2013, an d we could not have asked for a more loving, patient, sweet and (as you can see) handsome man. That being said, he’s a big wuss. Papa Bear and I often giggle over the things that our perceived DANGEROUS Pit Bull is terrified of, and I wanted to share with my subscribers.

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Thoughtful (and Useful) Gifts to GiveYour PregnantFriend

Thoughtful (and Useful) Gifts to Give Your Pregnant Friend

How to make sure your thoughtful gifts are the talk of the Baby Shower!

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In my last post, I ranted for way too long about things NOT to buy you pregnant friend, so I thought today, I could give you some suggestions of really helpful and thoughtful gifts your friend will truly appreciate. As I mentioned, we were lucky enough (and very grateful), to have four showers and were given really thoughtful gifts for Baby Bear! I’d like to share some of my favorites so that you can give your pregnant friend a slammin’ gift, and be the envy of all the other lame-o shower participants.

Now, purchasing off the registry is fantastic and A-OK in my book, and I’m sure any other pregnant lady; parents take for-ev-er to create their registry, they change it about 600 times before their shower, and they triple-double check it at least 6 times to make sure everything they need/want is on there. But, sometimes, you want to give your friend a thoughtful gift that they may not be expecting, and usually they are very well received. The best gifts are ones that are made when keeping your friend in mind, and using lived experience (yours or someone else’s) about what is helpful for a new mom.

 

  1. Diaper cakes

“WHAT?! Didn’t you tell us Diaper Cakes are a no-go in your last post?” Not exactly. I LOVE diaper cakes. They are thoughtful and adorable, and a unique way to give your friend a gift, IF you use the diapers that they are asking for. As I mentioned, we were lucky enough to have four showers, which also meant four diaper cakes. You know my favorite part of diaper cakes? The fun stuff you find INSIDE them! Diaper cakes are so creative, and obviously useful, and sort-of like a grown up cracker jack box! I always loved finishing the top-tier of diapers to find the creative/thoughtful/useful things people put in the center! We had teethers, toys, diaper cream, baby lotion, and packs of pacifiers! It was a small detail that was a fun surprise a few months down the line, truly a gift that keeps giving!

  1. Useful household items

So, babies wreak havoc on your home. Well, really your sleep deprived overwhelmed self wreaks the havoc, but for the sake of self-preservation, lets blame the baby. Gifts that people rarely consider are the ones that aren’t “cute” or covered in “adorable” baby monkeys. One of my sorority sisters (Thanks Big!), gave me one of the most useful gifts I received, it wasn’t on my registry, and its something I NEVER would have thought of, and really, it was just the wrapping…A LAUNDRY BASKET! Babies poop and drool on EVERY damn thing, I swear I could use soiled onesies or drool bibs as currency. She of course filled said basket with items on our registry, onesies, and other handmade gifts; but this was such a useful and thoughtful detail to the gift, it makes me think how helpful it would have been if people gave other household items too! Now accepting toilet paper, brooms, and cat litter as gifts…..What, is that weird? Continue reading