Here are a few helpful, interesting, funny, or happy things I found this week…
Need some perspective? Some thoughts from a woman caring for the older generation and younger generation together: 11 ways being a sandwiched caregiver makes me a better mom.
Miscarriage, the unspoken loss of babies. Having experienced two miscarriages myself, I do think it’s important to be open about it with close friends so they don’t feel as isolated if it happens to them. It’s sadly more common than most people realize.
Childhood music lessons may create better listeners. As someone who studied music through college, I totally believe this!
How “never bedshare” leads breastfeeding moms to more dangerous behaviors. I totally believe this too. I felt 100x safer once we decided we were going to cosleep and made accommodations for it, compared to the first month when I kept trying to get up and sit on the sofa to nurse at night. I’m actually amazed how often I did stay awake, but a few times fell asleep and was horrified when I woke up. At least Munchkin was on a pretty firm, sturdy nursing pillow (love the My Brest Friend!) so she probably wouldn’t have suffocated, but she could have rolled off! Cosleeping is absolutely safer than falling asleep with a baby in your lap, and safe cosleeping information would be much more useful than telling nursing moms their babies can only sleep in the crib is unrealistic for many parents.
Daddy, this post is specifically for you as I can tell you are struggling with your place in this family during the night hours. The question looms every single evening: Who does mommy belong to?
It’s easy for me to point out the obvious fact that she and I are blood relatives while you two seem to have some sort of contractual relationship, but I want to acknowledge your emotional problems. Who wouldn’t want to snuggle with her? She’s soft and smells great.
Have a toddler who wants to be independent and help with everything? Try an “I Help” Bag.
R.I.P Phyllis Diller. I had no idea she was such a breastfeeding advocate: