Cameo Bloggers: Special Guests share their Tales of Motherhood
Lauren is a survivor of Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Depression. In between her two episodes, she also battled ante-partum depression. She now blogs at My Postpartum Voice and actively supports other women on Twitter through the development of the hashtag #PPDChat as they fight their way out of the darkness.
Motherhood is often sold to us in packages tied neatly in a bow. Glowing new moms snuggling perfect babies as they rock them in a perfectly neat nursery. In reality, most of us have not showered in days, forgotten how to fold laundry, and wonder if we will ever sleep again.9:00am on Monday April 9
Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist, author and a leading voice of the Black motherhood experience. She is a 2011 IATP Food & Community Fellow working to improve maternal and infant health through increased breastfeeding rates in the African American community and to integrate the "first food" -- breastmilk into the broader food movement.
Over the past decade, as I’ve worked as a journalist, commentator and consultant on the African American motherhood experience, I became deeply frustrated by the lack of credible information as to why African American women have had significantly lower breastfeeding initiation rates for over 40 years.9:00am on Thursday March 15
MaryAnn Scandiffio, Registered Nutritionist, works with both Individual and corporate clients to create Nutrition packages to suit their needs and budget.
Post baby nutrition is an interesting challenge for a new mom. Your requirements in the first few months post-partum are very similar to pregnancy needs, except now you are busy with a new baby, sleepless nights and no longer a growing bump to explain your hunger.10:31am on Wednesday July 4
Jill Spivack, LCSW, completed her graduate studies at University of Southern California and worked as a psychotherapist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Early Childhood Department. Jill, a mother of two children, developed a specialty in pediatric sleep disorders while working in New York City as a family therapist after experiencing sleep problems with her first child.
Well guys, this is the time change that most of us parents dread. We now have to contend, not only with colder weather but with the fact that little Emma or Justin will be waking 1 hour earlier once the clocks have changed (ouch).9:00am on Friday October 28
Arianne is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom to three boys and a newborn girl who all keep her from sleeping longer than 20 minutes stretches. She lives in Charleston, SC and is working on finding her inner steel magnolia (or just a nap).
The fishy bow-up pool has been deflated and put away, and there are only a few final outdoor things to squeeze out of the year. Pumpkin patch hunting and maybe a maize jaunt and perhaps some apple donut trips if you're lucky enough to live in the Midwest. But soon, if not already, it will be too cold to send the gang outdoors to play.9:00am on Monday October 24
In the spring of 2008, moms, business partners and design enthusiasts Melisa Fluhr and Pamela Ginocchio started ProjectNursery.com. Since then, the site has evolved into a leading resource dedicated to baby's first room, hip finds for the family home, do-it-yourself projects, clever party ideas, expert design tips and much more.
If you are game for painting your walls a bold turquoise we won’t stop you however, just a pop of this hot color is sometimes all you need to make a big impact. Inspired by the new Turquoise Bravado! Designs’ Essential Nursing Tank (a team PN favorite!), we rounded up a bit of turquoise inspiration and are sharing ways you can incorporate this beautiful color in the nursery.9:00am on Friday October 14
Lindsay Reed Maines is a mother of three, wife to a touring rock bassist, blogger, social media consultant, and journalist. Lindsay’s work has appeared in The Washington Post and Brain, Child Magazine, as well as many business trade publications.
Heather King is the author of the award-winning blog, The Extraordinary Ordinary. She is a wife and mother of three, a writer and a speaker. Heather is an editor for Story Bleed Magazine and has spoken at several blogging conferences including Blissdom and Type A Parent. Heather has also been featured in Minnesota Parent Magazine and Redbook, was named one of Circle of Mom's Top 25 Mental Health Bloggers and is also a BlogHer 2011 Voice of the Year. When Heather is not writing or mothering, she is most certainly reading.
I had three different windows open on my computer with three different writing projects in the works. The baby, my third, was waking up and one of her brothers was stalling instead of getting ready for school. Her other brother, my four year old, walked up to me looking flushed and sounding stuffed up.9:00am on Friday September 30
Audrey McClelland is the founder of Mom Generations and has been featured on a multitude of media outlets including Good Morning American, Nightline, ABC’s 20/20, Rachael Ray Show, PeoplesChoice.com, WWD, NYC Times, Redbook Magazine, Women’s World, Pregnancy Magazine, The Boston Globe.
My sister-in-law had her first baby this past December, a beautiful, healthy baby boy named Jeffrey. Being that this was her very first baby, my sister-in-law looked to me for new mom and baby wisdom, and in knowing the absolute must-haves. By the time her son arrived, she had everything a baby could ever possibly need: baby gear, toys, clothes, diapers, bath products - she was set. But she overlooked one thing. Herself.9:00am on Friday August 19
Nadia Carriere is a mom to two (soon to be three), entrepreneur, writer, editor and founder of ChildMode.com and TravelerMode.com. When she isn't on the lookout for the latest and greatest in lifestyle products and travel destinations for families, Nadia keeps busy running her business in Ontario, Canada with her husband.
During the first three months of my daughter’s life it seemed as though she was suffering from either colic or gas as after every feeding, she would cry and writhe in discomfort. Everyone assured me that this was normal for infants and so I let it go for a couple of months before discussing the situation with our pediatrician. Our doctor recommended that we try gripe water and remove ‘gas producing foods’ from my diet. Unfortunately neither one of the suggestions worked and the crying spells became more and more frequent.9:00am on Friday July 29
Christine Koh is a music and brain scientist turned writer, editor, and designer. She is the founder and editor of Boston Mamas, the designer behind Posh Peacock, and writes a personal blog at Pop Discourse.
After 58 hours of labor, I was shockingly full of energy following the March birth of my daughter Violet. I imagine part of that had to do with the euphoria of fulfilling my desire for a natural birth, and part of it was due to the fact that my recovery from the vaginal birth was so much easier than my recovery following an emergency C-section with my first daughter Laurel. Suffice it to say, it wasn’t long before I was out and about with my girls, and I was back to running and yoga as soon as I received clearance from my midwife six weeks postpartum. Here are some tips to help you get out and about as a nursing mom, whether you’re simply looking to leave the house or start a fitness routine. Either way, the fresh air and scenery will do wonders for your mood!9:00am on Friday July 22
Stephanie Precourt has been writing at her blog Adventures in Babywearing since her babywearing journey began in 2005. She also writes for Strollerderby, NWIparent Magazine, and is the director/producer of Listen To Your Mother Show in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Babywearing is not just about having your hands free. It's a wonderful way to bond and keep your baby close even if you are just snuggling and doing nothing else. But, a bonus is the hands-free part. New nursing moms can feel tied to the nursery glider or couch for the first few months (or longer!) and it's a nice option to be able to breastfeed while walking around or doing other things. I've also found that my rowdy toddler at the playdate would only nurse and then nap when worn in the mei tai. And if you prefer to not bring attention to nursing in public, babywearing is quite the accommodation. Especially in public where a child is easily distracted, babywearing helps center Mom and baby to feel a bit of privacy even in a crowd.9:00am on Friday July 8
Writer, producer, marketer, and mama of two, Corinne McDermott is the founder of Have Baby Will Travel, your online guide for travel with babies, toddlers and young children, and the upcoming Caribbean4Kids.
Today's post comes to us from our friend Corinne McDermott, the founder of Have Baby Will Travel, your online guide for travel with babies, toddlers and young children. Having nursed two children, Corinne shares her tips on how to maximize your vacation with a nursling.
One of the most beautiful memories I have of our trip to Florida a few years back is nursing my son on the beach. Both of us damp and salty from our dip in the Gulf, he nestled in for his pre-afternoon-nap feed, while the breeze blew my hair and the sand tickled my toes. A wave of bliss washed over me as I watched my daughter and husband make a sand castle and the baby started to slow down and drift off. I knew a snapshot of that moment would be permanently embedded in my brain.
Jenni Hogan, a proud new mother to daughter Siena, is the morning traffic anchor on KIRO-TV in Seattle, Washington. She's passionate about telling it how it is, so mothers-to-be can set their expectations right and know that breastfeeding isn't easy, most importantly they're not alone or a failure if they find they struggle.
We're seven months into our breastfeeding journey and I've been blogging about my experience as the "Milk Lady" for baby Siena since the day she popped out. All of my past blogs have been pretty much telling you how much harder breastfeeding and pumping is than people will tell you. This time I'm excited to give you tips that helped me get to "that point" that all your friends tell you about where it finally gets easier. It really does!12:00pm on Monday February 28