This year in honor of World Prematurity Day, I joined forces with Carters in a nationwide initiative to surprise and delight NICU mamas with pieces from their new preemie line. Carters provided slogan-ed onesies, I hand-wrote notes of encouragement and understanding for each mama, and the Northside NICU granted us access to deliver goodies and chat with the daytime nurses. As the days lead up to our delivery, I reflected on our time at Northside, crossing my fingers that I’d run into some of Channing’s scrub-wearing super heroes.Read More
I attend a Breastfeeding Support Group in Sandy Springs, Georgia where milk supply is a commonly discussed topic. Why is it that so many mothers question their ability to provide enough milk for their babies to thrive? As I sit around the group and wonder why women think they aren’t producing enough, I remember what one of my girlfriends told me shortly after delivery…Read More
Shortly after delivering Channing, I got connected with an awesome company specializing in women's recovery pants, SRC Health. I will admit, prior to trying a pair for myself, I was a bit iffy on whether or not recovery pants really worked. Plenty of discomforts come along with delivery (both VBAC and C-Section); furthermore, postpartum contractions can be uncomfortable and pesky. In the first few weeks of my recovery, I spent more time on my feet than expected. With a baby in the NICU, I had parking decks and hospital hallways to traverse multiple times every day. My SRC Health Recovery Pants helped provide support especially in the early days; additionally, as long as my pants were clean - I barely noticed the discomfort of postpartum contractions at all. The only problem with my recovery pants, I only had one pair!
The SRC Health team created a fabric that offers insane compression without restriction. Additionally, the fabric blend used in the recovery pants returns to its original size and shape after wash & wear.
I always thought I was a pretty good person: I love my mama, I believe in God, and I love loving on people; however, despite my innate desire to do good, I can readily admit that I am far better person now than I once was.Read More
No matter how many books you may read (and I read them all), nothing can truly prepare you for the fourth trimester. Each baby expert claims he knows best; while none of them actually agree with one another. If the authors of The Happiest Baby on the Block, Babywise, Moms on Call, and Wonder Weeks hosted a child rearing debate, I’d pay big bucks to attend. Each author falsely leads you to believe that following his specific baby formula will give you a baby that never cries, puts himself to sleep, nurses on a schedule and sleeps through the night from day one. Whatever happened to, “mother knows best?”Read More
A couple weeks ago I was over at my friend Jen’s house - I should mention Jen has four kids, three of whom are under age two. While sitting on the floor in her little one's nursery, Jen attempted to teach me how to swaddle. After watching intently and practicing a couple times I had some serious concern about remembering how to perform blanket origami on my own. The Baby Essentials class description clearly stated that swaddling was one of the key components of the class, I was sold.Read More