Category: babies

The best newborn sleep book

People of every age need sleep to function effectively and thrive. Life changes may interrupt our sleep routine. New parents may best prepare for their expected transition with tips from Elizabeth Pantley’s The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns: Amazing Sleep from Day One – For Baby and You. The author is a loving mother and... Read more »

The best Chicago preschool with early education support

The best Chicago preschool with early education support
Thanks to our pediatrician, local resources such as Neighborhood Parents Network in Chicago, and good common sense, we found the best Chicago preschool for our family with early education support. It’s the Michael R. Lutz Family Center – Lakeview, Jewish Council Youth Services (JCYS)*. It’s daunting to choose the right school for you and your... Read more »

Happy three-year-old birthday!

Happy three-year-old birthday!
Dear Patrick, Happy three year old birthday sweet boy! You already demonstrate compassion. You say “be happy. Why are you sad?” You share, help and love so deep. You bring the joy and love. This last Valentine’s Day, you were so proud to plant kisses and wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day! You still write and... Read more »
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Resources for new parents: Top 10 posts

Resources for new parents: Top 10 posts
Heartfelt congratulations to every expectant parent! Lots of love and hope for everyone who wants to to be expecting. Although I am no longer an expectant parent, it’s a blast to attend a gender reveal party or baby shower. I was thrilled to be pregnant, but uncomfortable, sometimes crabby, and often tired. Some women get... Read more »

What to expect at pediatrician visits: the good, bad and ugly

What to expect at pediatrician visits: the good, bad and ugly
New parents get a crash course in pediatrician visits as mandatory wellness checks seem like a daily, weekly, monthly occurrence. They’re not all bad. Here’s a bit of the roller coaster many parents (especially with little ones) ride. Disclaimer: I’m not perfect, neither are my kids. We do our best. Showing up is half the battle. It... Read more »

IBM will ship breast milk home for their working moms

IBM will ship breast milk home for their working moms
IBM will ship breast milk home for their working moms. Kudos to them! My sister (business manager by day who pumps breast milk in her office) mentioned how the IBM stock price is up $9 this July. It’s been a tough year and the good press bodes well for them. Every mom and family must do... Read more »
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Our toddler park rules evolve

Our toddler park rules evolve
Since Chicago weather isn’t always ideal for the park, we try to embrace it whenever we can. That being said, there are some growing pains… Sometimes a visit to the park is a fun opportunity for me to see a girlfriend while our little ones play. That backfires when we each are at a different... Read more »

Funny toddler jokes and 6 more reasons they're awesome

Funny toddler jokes and 6 more reasons they're awesome
Toddlers and kids can be exhausting and a hot mess, but sweet moments of joy conquer all. 1) Toddlers give tight hugs. Our two-year-old gives the best hugs and big wet kisses. It fills my heart just to picture it when we’re apart. 2) They are hilarious. My four-year-old sometimes defends himself. He says, “I didn’t hurt my... Read more »

Stop postpartum shaming Kate Middleton

Stop postpartum shaming Kate Middleton
I cringe at all the Twitter and online shaming about how Kate Middleton should appear in maternity pants. We can conserve our outrage. It’s absurd to compare our own family and experience to the Royal Family of England. As my Mom says, “That is them and not us.” Duchess Kate endured physical and emotional pain... Read more »
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How some parents may hope and try to plan spacing siblings

How some parents may hope and try to plan spacing siblings
Life isn’t often what you expect. It’s still natural to try and hope to plan. Mothers, who I just met at the park in the sandbox with kids, asked me questions about spacing siblings. The consensus is parents make their spacing siblings work. However your family spacing siblings is or is not, we all want a home of laughter... Read more »