Being a mom is hard – no matter if you are a working mom, or a stay-at-home-mom, or something in between. Today, we are sharing a unique perspective from a mother who has seen both sides of the fence and knows what it’s like to work full-time outside of the home and what it’s like to be at home with her children all day.
When my 25 month old daughter came flitting through the hospital room door with my husband, I had no idea how she would react to her tiny, four-hour-old brother. During my entire pregnancy, I had been wondering anxiously how the first few days would go, and along those lines, how breastfeeding two children would be. I wondered if I was cut out for it and how we would manage.
After our recent adventure to Las Vegas for the 2104 ABC Kids Expo, we shared with you some of our editors’ hand picked, favorite, time tested travel products. Now, we’re diving in a little deeper with the awesome items that keep us from feeling homesick when on the road. Here are some of our favorite products to make any hotel room your home away from home – for both you and your children!
We recently showed you the Insider’s Look at the ABC Expo, where you learned that two of our editors traveled to Las Vegas to attend the ABC Kids Expo. We scouted out the best of the best products to feature on Daily Mom in the future, and are so excited to share those items with you. During our traveling adventures, we got to test out, first hand, many items that ease the burden of traveling for you and the kids, and make the process more fun. These are our hand picked, favorite, time tested travel products that really made our lives easier and our kids happier.
I’m a 56 year old mother of 4 (and grandmother of 1) who breastfed all four of my children for a combined total of 60 months.
I couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband, sister, friends, mother, and family physician.
Mommy Wars seem to be all the rage lately. The passive aggressive battle between stay-at-home moms and moms who work out of the home litters our Facebook feeds with blog posts whose “in-your-face” titles beg for our camaraderie in the form of “likes.” SAHMs want to convince their working friends that they have it so much better, while moms who work out of the home fire back that they have two 24 hour jobs to balance instead of just one. The truth of the matter is none of it is easy.
I grew up without any siblings or family around. As an adult, I didn’t even have friends that had babies. My sisters-in-law had children, but I was never around enough to really talk to them about breastfeeding. I do know that they went to great lengths to breastfeed–one of my sisters–law even pumped while driving and making deliveries for her job.
My mother was staring aggressively at the closet door directly across from the couch. She spoke in single syllables and she refused to make eye contact with me. You see, I was nursing my week old daughter. This made my mother uncomfortable. Very uncomfortable.
Here at Daily Mom we’re no strangers when it comes to newborns! Since our launch nearly half our team has given birth or is currently expecting! Our latest Daily Mom Baby is the adorable Ariana Rose. Editor Kristy, her husband Brian, and big sister Alexa, welcomed little Ariana on July 21st; she weighed 7 lbs 5 oz and was 19 inches long.
I was 8 months pregnant with our first son when I went to a regular pregnancy check up and they couldn’t find his heartbeat. I was devastated and didn’t understand why this was happening to us. We had done everything we were supposed to and had already named him. Our doctor gave us the option to be put into labor that day or wait until my body put itself into labor. I chose to go in that day and have our son.
On my way home from that last doctor’s appointment I saw the first bald eagle I have ever seen in New England. It was circling above the Richmond exit as I got off the highway. Strangers were beginning to notice and comment on my belly. We had begun receiving gifts and cards for the baby shower and had them piled together in the living room. Tyler was almost finished painting the nursery and I was beginning to wash baby clothes so we could hang them in the closet. I felt like little squiggly fish were swimming in my belly.
In September, two of our editors spent four jam-packed days in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the ABC Expo looking for the latest and greatest products to feature on Daily Mom. This is their story in photos of what it looks like from the inside.
If you’re itching to know what goes on in the life of media attending the ABC Expo, we’re here with the insider’s scoop. What better way to show you what it looks like than through photos? We walked, admired, met, and conquered the crap out of the expo and Las Vegas, and are anxiously awaiting our return again next year. This is the story of our life at ABC.
My husband and I have sadly experienced two losses of pregnancy. The first, spring of 2008, although sad, we brushed off as a typical 8 week miscarriage. Our oldest was 15 months and we just went along trying again. Four months later, fall of 2009, we got pregnant with our second and we really never dwelled on the loss.
When you have a baby these days, particularly if you live in Portland, Maine (or any other “progressive” city) you are overwhelmingly pressured into breastfeeding. And don’t get me wrong – it’s great that breastfeeding is now the recommended way to feed baby, and that doctors and parents alike are beginning (or continuing) to realize its incredible benefits. However, in a well-intentioned attempt to promote the wonders of breastfeeding, it seems other choices (i.e. formula) have been demonized. And that’s wrong. And here’s why.
No one likes talking about death, especially when it involves a baby. No one thinks it will happen to them. It’s too unthinkable. “Only in those tragic movies…,” we think. Well, it happened to me.
My baby boy died in my arms on August 24, 2008