The Six Month Postpartum Checkup

 

“Yup, everything looks good from what I can see.  You’re good to go.”

  Congratulations.  You have kept your bouncing bundle of joy alive for half a year.  Twenty-six weeks ago, you pushed this miracle into the world in all their tiny wriggling glory.  Twenty weeks ago, you checked in with the person that took care of you and your growing family for months, maybe seeing you every day as you got closer and closer to delivery.  But at that six week check-in, they glanced at your stitches, told you how beautiful your new baby is, and sent you on your way, figuring that you were okay.

But you’re not okay.  Continue reading

The New Tommee Tippee Ultra Bottle

 Tommee Tippee Ultra provides the ultimate feeding experience.  
Last Thursday saw the release of the new Tommee Tippee Ultra, a bottle designed to be the only baby bottle parents will ever need. Engineered to be a perfect match for babies with latch issues, colic or who just prefer a breast, the Ultra bottle, as its name implies, seeks to provide the “ultimate feeding experience.”I have to admit, I thought bottles were bottles. That is, until I got pregnant and started putting my registry together. I was warned not to stock up on bottles, nipples or even pacifiers, because babies are notoriously picky about their feeding gear. I was told that’s doubly true for breastfed babies. 

Well, they were right. I lucked out and had a bottle at home that my baby was willing to take, but that was not always a guarantee. I realized quickly that if I was anywhere in sight, bottles weren’t happening. So I turned over bottle feeding to my husband. Then one day, while I was out, he called me to ask me to come home right away, because the baby was refusing to take a bottle at all. 

The Ultra bottle by Tommee Tippee is built with breastfeeding in mind, with its nipple capable of moving in multiple directions (not a trait that I realized my nipple has, but now that I’m considering it is surprisingly important). Although the nipple itself is a super soft silicone, it doesn’t collapse on itself like some bottles do. The nipple is also slightly angled, keeping it full of milk and reducing baby’s air intake (a must for colicky babies).

 Tommee Tippee Ultra provides the ultimate feeding experience.  
I also like the shape of the bottle, although the wider body does take a bit of getting used to if you generally handle a smaller bottle. The large surface area makes it possible for baby to hold the bottle on her own, which is always super cute!

If I had to choose just one bottle, especially for a nursing baby, this is probably your safest bet. Plus, the nipples are compatible with all other Tommee Tippee nipples, making it possible to swap for a faster flow as baby grows. Right now, the Tommee Tippee Ultra Bottle is available exclusively at Babies”R”Us. 

 Tommee Tippee Ultra provides the ultimate feeding experience.   
Tommee Tippee Ultra provides the ultimate feeding experience.  The release party, which was at Vosges Haut-Chocolat in SoHo (yum!) also featured some of the lines other new baby essentials, like their famous pacifiers, their diaper pail, and a super cool pump-and-store system. I would suggest that every baby company take a page out of Tommee Tippee’s book—shopping for baby goods should always be paired with chocolate and wine!

 Tommee Tippee Ultra provides the ultimate feeding experience.  
Which Tommee Tippee product is your baby must-have?

Well Rounded NY Presents “Tips By Trimester”

Standing room only at Seraphine Maternity Soho.
Last week, Well Rounded NY, a lifestyle site dedicated to helping New York City moms navigate pregnancy and parenthood, teamed up with Seraphine Maternity Soho to host “Tips By Trimester.” The pregnancy prep talk was designed to help expecting parents get familiar with the wide variety of resources and brands that are available to parents, and offer useful, immediately relevant advice in a fun and engaging way. Continue reading

Product Review: The DockATot Deluxe Cosleeper

DockATot makes an amazing product for safe cosleeping and bedsharing with baby!
As you know, my husband and I cosleep with our six-month old baby, Phoenix. Sleep is a precious commodity in any house with a baby, and cosleeping gives me the luxury of nighttime nursing without having to get out of bed. However, as our daughter is getting older, she is naturally getting more mobile, and our all-night cuddling sessions are rapidly getting cut short with a toss of her sweaty head or her tiny fists of fury. Add a sleep regression or three into the mix and it’s easy to think we did make a mistake cosleeping after all.  Continue reading

The Filters (and the Mesh Panties) Are Off


I expected life to change as a new mom. After all, I was welcoming a new little person into my world. What I wasn’t expecting was how different I would be—and how rapidly my concerns would shift after I had her.

Around the time that I delivered, my husband and I were having some financial difficulties. I remember being really worried about it at the time, but once she was born, they barely seemed to matter at all. As long as all of us were fed, and she was healthy, I was happy. Euphorically, deliriously happy. I loved everything about her and my little family.

I’ve struggled with anxiety for much of my adult life, so that freedom was very new to me. But as she’s gotten older, I’ve realized that there’s a lasting effect to becoming a mother.

I give way less fucks than I did before. Continue reading

I’m Losing Myself (Losing Myself)

I wander through my house like an unwashed ghost, pale and fragile from a lack of sleep and sunlight. Haunting stacks of dirty dishes and piles of unfinished laundry, I settle into the sofa, where I have been so often that at midnight, you can almost see the imprint of my backside. My unfinished business clings to me, one hand in my hair and the other wound around the strap of my nursing bra, daring me to put her down.  Continue reading

Birthing Naturally

 

Photo courtesy of BellaBaby Photography.

I’m going to take the opportunity here to be unapologetically honest—I am a big advocate for natural birth.  For clarity’s sake, natural birth to me means labor without intervention or pain-killing medication.  I do not believe that “some people just can’t deliver without the drugs.”  A hundred and fifty years ago, you would have had no choice. Continue reading