The Milk Maid

We have had a lot of questions in the comments and via email about why I pump instead of nurse my children. I've tried to respond to them all, but it is probably easiest just to explain it all here. So, after this, if you were to see the current state of the floor of my car, there will be no secrets between us!After Dash was born, I found nursing to be excruciatingly painful from the very first moment. I was sobbing every time I tried to nurse, and still in pain even when not nursing. When I say … [Read more...]

Dunder Mifflin… Season Five

Reserve a spot on your couch, grab your spouse and your Kashi bar (just kidding, but you know this blog, right?...). The time has finally arrived. Season Five of The Office kicks off tomorrow, September 25, 9/8c. Yes!!!!!!!!!!!I've never, ever been a sitcom watcher; in fact I have a mostly-bitter relationship with TV on the whole. But I love The Office. Why? Here's my top five list of reasons:(1) Jim and Pam(2) Jim and Pam(3) Jim and Pam(4) Jim and Pam(5) Dwight's hilarious attitude and lines, … [Read more...]

Untimely Demise

So, I would be posting delicious pictures of John and Mary's fourth birthday party, but this morning Mary accidently knocked my camera off the kitchen counter in her birthday excitment and the lense broke right in half. This beloved old camera was my college graduation present and feels like a significant player in my life and marriage, so I am sad to see it go.Anyone have a camera they really recommend? I am all digital, all automatic, but I want really good pictures and resolution that I can … [Read more...]

For Your Reading — and Shopping Pleasure

Catholic Company (www.catholiccompany.com)is offering the following special for reviewers and their readers:we have a special offer this week for your blog readers. We are offering free shipping from now until Midnight Sunday...on any size order.If you think that this is something your readers would be interested in knowing about, then please spread the word.1. Simply place an order. You can place this order through our website, by phone, by fax, or by mail.2. Use this coupon code: BLOGIf you … [Read more...]

Another Believer

JM has oft spoken of its laurels, but not until last night did I become a believer in the beloved SwaddleMe blanket by Kiddopotamus.  Gracious me, it was amazing!!Our Baby J (7 weeks today) has been sleeping an average of 2-3 hour stretches at night, leaving his mother very tired and quite grumpy!   In general he wasn't acting very hungry upon waking and seemed to be getting plenty to eat throughout the day (weighing a stoutly 11.5 lbs. at 5 weeks!)  It was obvious to me that something else was t … [Read more...]

Facebook Face-lift

For some of our readers out there, you might be a member of the well-known Facebook.And you've probably already experienced the new look on the website.And you might dislike it just as much as the rest of the world.And me.I say they scrap the whole thing and start over! It's a mess!!For those of you yet to join, WAIT! … [Read more...]

The Hair Cut Resolution — Natural Consequences=Life Lessons

I wanted to fill you in. First, I did speak to her rather seriously in the moment, but instead of yelling I got right down on her level and talked to her in a stern voice. I also had her get out a dust pan and clean up the hair. This was the immediate consequence of her action, which I think is a good life lesson: if you make a mess, you have to clean it up, and if you do something that someone has specifically asked you not to do, they are going to be annoyed.Next, following the advice of … [Read more...]

Rich Mullins: 10/21/1955 – 9/19/1997

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. May his souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.For more info on Rich Mullins, check out these links:http://tmatt.gospelcom.net/column/1998/05/06/ http://www.kidbrothers.net/index-lo-res.htmlh/t - JesusThruMary (our loyal reader) … [Read more...]

Mothers Milk

A friend sent this article today, Swiss Restaurant to Serve Meal Cooked with Human Breast Milk. Market price--women will receive just over 3 pounds per 14 ounces of breast milk. With current exchange rates, that $5.45 per 14 ounces of milk. Finally a solution for all those lactating mothers out there who are worried about the cost of a daily Starbucks latte. Texas Mommy, you are in the money ;-)Pretty strange.h/t Lauren … [Read more...]

Castaway…

If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island for one year with a newborn, what three items would you bring? Easy:(1) SwaddleMe swaddling blanket, so baby and I can both sleep through the night beneath the stars (and eventually in our bamboo hut).(2) Baby Bjorn, to carry baby with me as I hunt (free range cows and chickens) and gather (berries and plants and grains and hopefully some balsamic vinegar to spruce them up)(3) Bumbo baby seat, so baby can sit upright in the shade while I … [Read more...]


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