How I get my toddler to eat broccoli

People are amazed at how much/how well Vera (15 months) eats. I’d thought I would share a little bit about how I get her to eat such a variety, including broccoli, which is one of her favorites. So ready? Here is is: I have no clue. Yup, that’s the answer. I offer her lots of…

Pumping, pumping

Hey hey! For today, I just wanted to stop in to share my latest two-part series on SheintheCle.com, all about pumping. . Photo by Andrew Branch on Unsplash Actually, it’s meant to be more for bosses and coworkers of working moms who are pumping at work. I hope it helps us all understand more the…

Oh, hi

How ya doing? We are emerging from the black hole of the stomach flu over here, which explains my absence on Monday. Thursday night and Friday Vera threw up a couple times, which we thought was from the antibiotic she started on Thursday afternoon. She also wanted lots of cuddles on Friday, as you can…

Mommy + baby (toddler) breakfast

Hello! I’m checking in this morning while munching on a post-workout snack (PB toast) after a sweaty 4:30 am workout. I actually tried this new HIIT Cardio Workout from Fitness Blender and liked it a lot. It’s a similar format as some of  my other favorites, but with some new-to-me moves and less rest time….

5 things that surprised me about “body after baby”

1 – I didn’t and don’t really care that much.  Between learning how to care for another human, figuring out the nursing thing, going back to work, etc. – I didn’t expend any energy worrying about “losing the weight.” (I workout to feel good, not to lose weight.) 2 – It’s not just about the…

Weaning update

Since I shared my thoughts on a year of nursing and pumping, some things have changed and some haven’t. Still, I wanted to provide an update along our weaning journey. A couple days after Vera’s 1st birthday, we went to the doctor for her 12-month check-up. Mike and I asked a lot of questions about…

Butterfly Birthday Party

Hi! I am popping in today to share a tour of sorts of Vera’s first birthday party, which was butterfly themed! First let me say, I’m not at all creative or crafty. I have a full time job and when I’m home, I want to focus on spending time with Vera and Mike. With that…

Reflections on a year of nursing + pumping

Vera turned one yesterday, which means I’ve been nursing and pumping for one year and one day (and counting) now. And it’s been a looooooooong year. I have so many mixed feelings, and I’m sure it will only get more muddled once I’ve weaned. With that in mind, this post may be a little all…

Have baby, will travel

Traveling with babies and toddlers is a skill. No, seriously. I did it when Vera as a baby – 10 months old – and had my husband and in-laws with me, and I was STILL wishing I had an extra hand (or two) (or five). There’s lots and lots of travel advice online, all of…

Dinners we love that baby does, too

Even though Vera is still just a baby, I really want to set the tone for family dinners early. That’s part of the reason I strive to cook meals we can all enjoy. The other reason, of course, is simplicity! I 100% realize it’s only a matter of time before my almost one-year-old kid actively…

Traveling with baby: carry-on bag essentials

Travel with babies and toddlers is no joke. I mean, I’ve only done it once (Vera was almost 10 months old) AND I had my husband and my in-laws with me, but phew! It was serious business. I learned a few things….like how much useless stuff I packed in my carry-on bag. 🙂 That’s why…

Reflections on My First Mother’s Day

This post was originally published at northeastohioparent.com.  Dear, daughter – I will fail you. I know, I know – I’m supposed to pretend that we have a perfect life and that I am a perfect mom. But I’d rather give you the truth. I will fail you. And also? While I 100% love being your mom, I…