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Posting at the Breastfeeding Place

Not long ago I was asked by Trisha over at Intoxicated on Life to write a couple of posts for a series she was doing on breastfeeding. I thought about it for all of two seconds and said YES. This series turned into something bigger than anticipated and has become a website of its own: Breastfeeding Place. I am so excited to be one of the regular contributing authors to this site! It's been fun getting to write about something I love and am passionate about: breastfeeding! Amazingly, the information available for assisting mamas breastfeeding multiples (especially triplets) is almost non-existent. It certainly was lacking when I began breastfeeding over 21 months ago. I hope to join other … [Read more...]

Happy 4th!

Far from simply a day to kick back and cook out, the fourth of July holds quite large meaning for those of us living in America. Over two and one-quarter centuries ago, our freedom was hard fought for and won. These freedoms affect us still, to this day, on a daily basis. In today's world, may we all seek to do what we can to protect these freedoms from being taken away from us and from our children. From our family to yours, happy 4th of July! … [Read more...]

Temper Tantrums…x 3

Nobody who has experienced a child’s temper tantrum would say they are eager for the next one to occur: “Oooh, that was just so much fun! I can’t wait to deal with a flailing, screaming, breath-holding, snot-dripping toddler again! I hope this happens again soon!” Said no parent. Ever. =) My babies are 21 months on the 1st and they are quite expressive these days (to state it mildly). Lately it seems that when one is set off, a second or a third quickly follows suit. It’s as if they all get together and discuss how and when and why to attack me. I know they don’t really. Probably not…right? The Challengers Because they are all at the same level of cognitive learning, their ability … [Read more...]

Bon appétit, bébé! {Guiltless}

I hope this series has proven helpful to you as you consider options for feeding your little one! I'd love to hear what worked and what didn't work for you - leave a comment or contact me here.It was certainly a wild ride for us as we learned how to feed little babies well. And both my husband and I learned a lot in the process. Which brings me to the point of this post: We didn't do everything right. I know. You're shocked. (That was to be read with sarcasm, in case you missed it. =) But seriously. I don't claim to know it all or have done it all right. Part of what I share is out of regret from things I wish I had known or learned prior to this season. But I am learning (quickly!) that … [Read more...]

Benefits of Breastfeeding Baby {The Fine Print}

Welcome back to our series on the Benefits of Breastfeeding Baby! When I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I knew it was good for baby. I began to realize just how good it was for baby. And I also learned it was really good for me, too! One of my favorite finds? That the "goodness" doesn't stop at the baby's birthday! It is still good for baby and mom, for as long as they both want to continue. There's no magical switch that's flipped on her first birthday where all of a sudden, after diving into that smash cake, breastfeeding is no longer beneficial or good. Nope. Breastmilk continues to deliver: nutrients, emotional security, physical development, and more. In fact, the WHO … [Read more...]

Bon appétit, bébé! {Two Weeks of Food in Two Hours}

Hey, hey! Welcome back to our series on making real food for Baby. You can catch up on the previous posts in this series here: Bon appétit, bébé! Today I'll be sharing with you how you can make two weeks of baby food in only two hours. Yep. That's it. And I don't mean a "tablespoon-a-day's worth" like I've seen in other meal plans. I mean three hearty, generous meals a day for the next two weeks. Ready? The Method Behind the Madness Last week I shared that I went off a chart based on the foods "appropriate" for my babies' age group. I mainly did this because it helped me to think outside the box and not just serve them the same ol' same ol'. And then I checked which produce I wanted to … [Read more...]

Benefits of Breastfeeding Baby {Bonding}

Breastfeeding. Most of us have a love-hate relationship with it. Some of us hate it. Others of us can't imagine not having another baby to breastfeed.  Far from being the "most natural thing in the world," I found it to be the most difficult thing in the world. But it has also proven to be (quite possibly) the most rewarding thing.There are some amazing benefits of breastfeeding which I'll be sharing soon. But today is about the bonding that most times results from breastfeeding. (Certainly bonding can take place without a breastfeeding relationship and this is not written to minimize the bond between mother and child where breastfeeding does not take place.) Attempting to breastfeed … [Read more...]

When Going to Church is Overwhelming…

Thanks to all who participated in our contest this past week for the TruKid Sunscreen! And the winner is... Emily W. Yay - congratulations, Emily! I can't wait to start the next giveaway - stay tuned!! Recently I came across this post and felt it resonate within every hormonal fiber of my being. =) If you've got children and the thought of the approaching Sunday church service fills your heart with dread, you're not alone. It is exhausting getting through a church service while corralling several kiddos. But this mom/pastor's wife/encourager speaks right to us and reminds us that it is good for us to bring our noisy, wild brood. Even with the tears (ours and theirs), the tantrums (ours … [Read more...]

My Little M&Ms

Like any mom, I've got a million nicknames for my kiddos. Some crop up more often than others - like Noah's "Animal" nickname. Some were from birth - like Emma's "Froggy" nickname. And others are based on personality traits - like Makenna's "Silly Girl" nickname. Still others are embarrassing and will be saved for the future. =) And recently I've gotten a lot of questions about where my references to "M&Ms" has come from. So I'll explain: Makenna = M Noah = N Emma = Em Or M, N, Em. My little MNEms. And no. We actually didn't plan this. =) But I love that it turned out this way. I think nicknames are a fun way of communicating love for our children and our interpretation of … [Read more...]

Bon appétit, bébé! {When Baby Says “No”}

Thanks for joining us for the next post in the Bon appétit, bébé! series! I love hearing all of your stories, comments and questions - keep them coming! Okay. You’ve smashed and smooshed the 'nana and ‘cado all up. You’ve got the hubby poised with the camera and one of the grandparents with the video camera, the others checking in via FaceTime. The bib is on, the high chair is still sparkly and your baby is looking up at all the excited faces wondering what is going on. You send a spoonful of the yummy stuff towards her mouth and…it ends up on the side of her face. [enter laughter from all present] You try again. Annnnnd it also lands everywhere but her mouth. Hm. Your baby … [Read more...]