How to Get the Perfect Family Photo

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Any parent can look at this photo and instantly tell why it’s the perfect family photo. When have you ever seen an entire family that includes a 3.5-year-old and a 6-month-old all looking at the camera? We were all shocked. Let me tell you how it happened!

I have a camera that can be set to continuous shot while on a timer. I set the continuous shot for 10, pushed the button and ran into the picture. The camera then flashed 10 times. By the 10th time even the baby was looking over to see what all the noise and light was. Viola!

Abby Theuring, MSW

“You’re Making Me Feel Guilty”

Sharing information is not an attack on you. It is not designed to make you feel guilty. In fact, NOT sharing information is a direct attack on our authority as parents. Not having information is directly related to many of our regretful parenting decisions (certainly for me). [Read more…]

11 Tips for the Newborn Days

I feel like there so many of these blogs going around but I feel moved to write my own because the newborn days with my first son were so drastically different than with my second. Like night and day. With my first I felt alone, even perpetuated that myself by pushing people away and demanding to dot it perfect and all by myself. With my second son I planned ahead of time to do pretty much everything the opposite. So here is what I think are some important tips for the newborn days so that maybe your days will be a bit brighter! [Read more…]

A Review of the Diono Rainier Convertible Car Seat

When I was pregnant with my first son, Jack, I bought one of those infant bucket seats. It didn’t occur to me to get a convertible seat that would grow with him; the convertibles didn’t seem comfy for a newborn. Before he turned one year old he grew out of it. I finally bought a new one when I found myself pushing him into the seat to buckle him in. I bought the cheapest one from Target and figured that would last him. I didn’t really think about the future. It was cheap and it fit. [Read more…]

Kangaroo Care Awareness

When my first son, Jack, was born I probably resembled the victim of a bar fight more than a mother. I was not physically or emotionally prepared for the birth and far less for the transition to motherhood. I was scared, scarred, isolated and uninformed. I worked at breastfeeding, but anything else that the nurses brought up I just brushed off. It hurts my mama heart now to think back to how little I knew despite how much I thought I knew. No one told me anything. Topics came up and were quickly dropped. I still wonder why no one pushed certain things with me. One of those topics being skin-to-skin contact. [Read more…]

The X-Files: A Story of a Second Child

Recently I was carrying Exley on my hip and rushing around after Jack. Suddenly I started spinning and darting my eyes around the floor.

“WHERE’S EXLEY??!!” I yelled.

It took my mom to burst out laughing for me to realize what I had done.

Abby Theuring, The Badass Breastfeeder, with son. [Read more…]

Nursies When the Sun Shines: Author Interview

Nursies When the Sun Shines

  1. What is your name? What is the name of your book and what is it about?

My name is Katherine Havener.  My book is Nursies When the Sun Shines and it’s a book that is meant to help moms communicate with their toddlers that nursing is for the daytime and that nighttime is for sleeping. [Read more…]

The Milky Way: Witness the Nature of Nurture

The Milky Way movieThe Milky Way is an eye-opening documentary about breastfeeding and an expose’ of the pervasive formula marketing in America. The U.S. has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world; the simple act of nursing a baby elicits a broad range of reactions, especially when done in public. We show how women can reclaim their birthright and return the nursing mother to her natural and crucial role in our society. We seek to bring back the community of mothers and change the way women support each other. More than a [Read more…]

Two Different Moms

I feel like 2 different mothers sometimes. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but not the flying into a rage part. Well, ok, sometimes the rage part. OK, OK, often the rage part! Get off my back!

But what I want to highlight here is that I feel like each child brings out a different part of me. It’s the anxiety ridden mother versus the calm, cool and collected mother. I had heard from other mothers that the second baby is easier. I didn’t know until I actually had a second baby what that meant for us. [Read more…]

Sage Nighttime Parenting: Author Interview

 

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  1. What is your name? What is the name of your book and what is it about?

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