August 22, 2014

The Breastfeeding Shots Glamour Missed Out On

It's (once again) taken me a while to form my thoughts on a parenting concept.
Everyone has seen this image circulating the interwebs.

And honestly, I don't know how I feel about it.

Am I happy that even more people are pushing for acceptance of breastfeeding? Yes.

But it also raises some flags in my head.
 It's this idealized view that you can be this gorgeous supermom who can nonchalantly feed her (not peeing on her) naked baby.
Yes, I know it's an editorial picture but part of me feels like it's not real because of that.

Why not have her curled up on her bed, wet tears still on her cheeks because the latch hurts so damn much for the first couple weeks?
Why not show her in a pair of yoga pants because she is still self conscious about her stomach?
Or nursing half asleep because she hasn't had a full night of sleep in 3 months?
Why not show dad feeding the baby a bottle of pumped milk?

A couple weeks back, my husband and I went to a wedding a couple states over.  We had a friend come to watch the two kids in the hotel because I couldn't be that far from them overnight. I wore a pretty dress and curled my hair.  Between the ceremony and the reception I went back to the room to nurse my little guy.  It's the closest I will ever get to this photo.
In that moment, I felt like the ultimate supermom: composed, groomed, nursing a happy baby... but it's only a small piece of the whole breastfeeding picture in my house.

Breastfeeding is me in yoga pants on the couch.
Breastfeeding while walking through the Aquarium because little man decided he needed to eat at that moment.
Breastfeeding is my ugly simple nursing bras that are more function than form.
Breastfeeding is my 3 month old's hand wrapped around my finger so he stops scratching the top of my chest.
I wish Glamour had shown these other facets too.
Just as breastfeeding is beautiful, there is a beauty in the struggle of breastfeeding as well.

August 19, 2014

Back to School Snack Attacks!

At this time next week, my little girl will be in her first Preschool class!
I'm having more anxiety about this than I thought I would, especially considering she did two days of day care last year, but there's something so unnerving about the word "Preschool".  It's the first step to 13 more years of schools and it's one more person to get ready in the morning as I'm heading to work. I'm not super concerned about the morning routine, but I am nervous about the afternoon routine.
I'll be juggling pre-k pick up, a 4 month old who will want to snuggle/nurse, making dinner, correcting my own students' papers, and still being mom to her. I'm exhausted just thinking about it...

One way to make it easier is to have a handful of kid friendly snacks that the Princess can grab on her own while I'm with the little man.

We love Annie's and Go Go Squeezes. I would be willing to bet you money that if you came by and asked for either, we have them. They're just a staple for us and you can't go wrong with cheese and raisins when it comes to the princess.
I love that each is each for her to grab on her own so it's one less thing I have to worry about as we're walking in the door!

What other snacks do you have as go-to after school snacks for your kids?

August 18, 2014

The Developmental Duffle

Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for this review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

With two kids in the house, we have a LOT of toys. 
We saved a few really great toys Emma had when she was a baby for Tyler to use in the coming months but most of her baby stuff made its way out the door when she outgrew it.  We lived in a super tiny apartment and nothing was super sentimental or not replaceable so we let a lot of it go. And now, looking at her room, you'd have no idea.  The house is overflowing with her toys!

Because the house is already overflowing with dolls and stuffed animals, and we already have so many toys waiting for Tyler, Dave and I have been trying to be really smart about what toys we buy for for the little man. Space is prime right now and he's got some big huge things taking up space! Most trips to the store result in me looking at toys and then convincing myself we don't need them and walking away...

However, when I walked up to the Developmental Duffle table at MommyCon, I knew it was worth the investment!

The Developmental Duffle is designed around play with a purpose. Each toy serves a purpose and many, if not all of the toys, offer developmental skills across gross motor, fine motor, and emotional development. Each toy is researched and selected to be the most useful and fun way to help children hit the milestones they are supposed to by certain ages. 

Because the conference was for new and expecting mothers, we walked home with a Developmental Duffle designed for birth to six months
The birth to six month duffle is perfect for our little man!

The duffle includes:

See and Say Book
Spin Shine Rattle
Activity Cards &Duffle

So far, his favorite toy is the crib mirror. He must have been content for almost a half hour just looking at himself, or the other baby as he sees it! 
I love the activity cards. Each card has a different way that the toys can be played with depending on which developmental milestone you want to work on.  

Developmental Duffle also offers duffles for 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 24-36 months, 36-48 months, and 48-60 months, as well as Specialty Bags and Build Your Own Duffles

The Specialty Duffles range from Preschool Fine Motor to Taking Care of Senses to Outdoor Exploring and the Build Your Own allows you to custom pick whichever toys you'd like added! however, with so many amazing curated bags, I'm not sure which I should duffle I should pick for the Princess when I get the 6-12 month bag for little man!

I love that each toy is high quality and is smart.  It's more than just a toy, it's a learning instrument disguised as a toy and that is just wonderful to me! For more info you can always check out The Developmental Duffle Facebook Page too!


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