Breast Pump vs Actual Baby as Travel Buddy: A Scientific Review

Babies cry. Breast pumps don’t. Babies are cute. Breast pumps aren’t. These are among the various factors you may consider if you are ever lucky enough to be in a position to choose between taking along a nursling or a pump as your air travel companion. I’ve broken down the pros and cons of each […]

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Year in Review: 2013

January: Spend a week in Kona with Dan and Sweet Pea. Pack all three of us in one suitcase. Do not bother to brag about this on Facebook but probably should. Highlights of trip include scoring a free empty seat for Sweet Pea on the flight out, hiking down Pololo Valley, eating at Sushi Rock, […]

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My Unsolicited Advice on Breastfeeding: Tips, Tricks, Products, and Thoughts

If you’ve never breastfed a baby and don’t plan to, you’d best be getting clicky on another website. You’ve been warned. Seriously why are you still reading?? All others- welcome to the post where I share what I’ve learned about breastfeeding. Disclaimer: This is based on my experience with a full-term baby who had no latch problems. I […]

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I Felt Like a Good Mom Until I Read This

After reading “Bringing Up Bebe”  by Pamela Druckerman, I tried to do everything the French way.  I was optimistic that I could parent more like a French person, which was the goal, because the French way is obviously the best way. “One best way? What kind of horseshit did this book sell you?” you might […]

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Weaning: It’s not you it’s me.

Here is something I wrote a couple of months ago… I want to stop but I don’t know how.  One more time becomes one more day. Another day becomes another week and I’m no closer to quitting than I was months ago. Dan is patient with me, reserving judgment or comment. But we both know […]

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What I did on Summer Vacation

I went on vacation with Sweet Pea to visit my family. We stayed nearly three weeks, and most of that time was spent at my parents’ beach house, which has no wi-fi and no cable TV. The beach is a short walk from the house. The shower is outside. The kitchen table is on the […]

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Fat Talk: I’m totally quitting… tomorrow.

“Dude, my butt looks so big in this suit.” “No man, your butt is awesome. Girls like a man with some junk in the trunk. Check out my hair though. It’s thinning and I can’t do anything with it.  Should I wear a hat or just shave what’s left of it?” “You have plenty of hair. […]

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Listen To Your Mother: The Morning After

Our show was last night. I’m not sure how to put into words how it felt to see our show come together. To see each and every one of our cast members share intimate parts of themselves with our audience. To hear our audience’s laughter and sniffles. To see the vague shapes of heads nodding […]

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Listen To Your Mother

I talk to my mother almost every day. Sometimes it’s just to say hi. Sometimes it’s to vent. Sometimes it’s for advice on cooking, mothering, or (rarely) cleaning. Sometimes it’s because I’m desperate. Like when I called her a couple of Friday nights ago- Dan was out with the guys and I was looking forward […]

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Placenta Pills: Not Just For Grossing Out Your Friends and Family

Weaning’s a bitch. (Sorry, subtle isn’t my thing). Back when Sweet Pea was a teeny tiny potato-like little thing, I read this article about weaning and depression and I tucked it away somewhere in my brain. Then a friend of mine mentioned how she weaned super gradually with her second because she had mood issues […]

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