My 4 Month Old Weaned Himself….But I Wasn’t Ready

 Breastfeeding. This word encompasses feelings of attachment, exhaustion, bonding, frustration, love and imprisonment. For some moms, breastfeeding comes easily, others find it more difficult and many choose not to breastfeed at all.  After a battle of infertility due to hormone abnormalities, I was relieved that I was able to nurse and become part of the “breastfeeding is easy” group. That is, until our son Declan turned four months old.  At first I thought, could it be a cold, teething, four-month regression or is he simply hungry?  My sweet baby boy went from happy smiles and sleeping through the night to almost constant crying and waking up 3-4 times a night. After a week my husband and I decided it was time to call the pediatrician and lactation consult. Both said ...

15 (Funny) Ways to Make Infant Simulators the Real Deal

Home economics didn’t prepare me for motherhood. I’ve never sewn any aprons or pillows. I don’t sift flour. The closest I’ve ever come to baking biscuits is making a run to Krispy Kreme. The curriculum should’ve taught me how to clean vomit off my child’s favorite lovey bear at 3 a.m. That’s useful.  The whole child development portion of home economics was the most useless, because it involved egg babies. This is kind of misleading since eggs don’t need to be changed, burped, fed or otherwise interacted with. We had to blow the yolk out of the egg—because having a baby is pretty much like this—then construct a homemade container to carry it around in. Ultimately preventing the eggshell from cracking or breaking.