Tweet A MAMA’S EVOLUTION In my youth, I loved to play in the dirt. I wasn’t one to fuss with a dress or skirt. I’d rather play pirates and climb big trees. I beamed with pride when I skinned my knees. I fell in love with the boy next door. With my best friend, life is never a bore. We settled down after a few years of fun. Little did we know, the “fun” had just begun. I traded my truck for a minivan and our little family of four began. We no longer watch football...

Tweet National AMBUCS, Inc. is a national charitable service organization whose goal is to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities. The AMBUCS mission is fulfilled by members of local chapters who: Perform Community Service Provide AmTryke therapeutic tricycles to people with disabilities, and Provide scholarships to therapists For many, AMBUCS is a fun way to serve in their community. This is my AMBUCS story: I loved riding my bike as a kid. I went everywhere. I rode to...

Tweet Today is my son’s 1st birthday so I thought I’d share with you a project I’m working on… For each of my kids, I chose a unique stuffed toy for them to pose with in their monthly pictures. As parents, sometimes it’s difficult for us to see the all of the slight changes as our babies grow through their 1st year. For me, this was a good reminder to stop and take note of how my babies were changing month to month. Here are the monthly pics for my daughter’s...

Tweet Jennifer P. About a year ago I gave birth to my baby girl, Pearl. I had taken Bradley classes, read Le Leche League’s book and been to a Le Leche League meeting. I also had very good support from my mother, my father, my husband and my mother in law after my baby was born. Even though no one in my family was familiar with breastfeeding, no one ever made me feel unwelcome when I would nurse my baby and everyone was helpful to me around the house. I had a home birth so I didn’t...

Tweet Tabitha B. Strength, Endurance, and Support for All Let me preface this with my story is not normal, nor is it common and it’s a bit long. I am a nursery/nicu nurse with plenty of experience to feel completely prepared for what, I thought, was about to happen when I had my son. I knew what was normal, what to expect, and how to take care of newborns before I ever got pregnant. In fact, I may have taken care of some of your babies. So let us fast forward a bit. My pregnancy was normal with...

Tweet The Big Latch On Event and Nursing in Public (NIP)   August 3, 2013 was a first for me, I attended my first public breastfeeding event…oh, how far I’ve come… As a new mom, I was proud to nurse, but struggled to even use the term “breastfeeding” (what a weenie, I know). Somewhere between only nursing shrouded in my van and breastfeeding in the park with over 30 mamas plus dads, grandmas, supporters, photographers, and kiddos…I became comfortable with my...

Tweet Crystal E. In 1980 I was born 2 months early and was in an incubator 2.5 hours from where my parents lived for 2 months. My mother was unable to breastfeed but many of the mothers in the hospital at the time heard my story and donated their breast milk. I thought it was so gross the first time I heard about it when I was younger. However, after learning about the benefits of breast milk and breastfeeding my own daughter, I think it’s pretty neat!   Jennifer E. I am a Registered...

Tweet Ollie’s Mom: I am the mother of an amazing little superhero named Oliver. After three years of fertility treatments, he came into our world in January of 2013. While I was pregnant, I did what everybody does: read What to Expect When You’re Expecting cover to cover, ordered Old Navy maternity clothes and got excited about breastfeeding. I mean, it was a win-win. Free, awesome vitamins and nutrients for him, weight loss for me. Score! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I wouldn’t...

Tweet August 1-7, 2013 is World Breastfeeding Week! The theme this year is Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers To celebrate, I will be sharing breastfeeding stories from different folks who were brave enough to share their adventures. Several of these stories have impacted my own breastfeeding journey.  No story stands alone I would pretty much guarantee that if you’re a parent…you’ve heard at least one breastfeeding story. Was it a positive account or a nightmare? Did it make you laugh...

Tweet A dear friend of mine is from Ukraine and she and her husband primarily speak Russian in their home. Since her children are close in age to my own (and we enjoy the same vintage of red wine), we have frequent play dates. As a nerdy Speech-Language Pathologist mama, I can’t even begin to tell you how cool it has been to watch my daughter and her son play as they were both learning to communicate. My daughter spoke English and he a mixture of tones and sounds with some words tossed in...

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