Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dads Can Help New Moms...Even with Breastfeeding!

Almost all new mothers get some form of the "new mommy blues." Figuring out how to care for your newborn is quite stressful, and the dynamics of your relationship with your husband or partner can change as you figure out this thing called motherhood.

A friend of mine who has a six week-old called me this morning, and said, "Breastfeeding is so hard. I am so tired. And me and my husband are trying to remember that we like each other." I can totally relate! Those first few months can be tough for everyone.

I ran across this article today from a website called Giggle Gab and thought of my friend. This article touches on how a partner or husband can help a new mom's adjustment, even when it comes to breastfeeding. Your hubby may not have the equipment to actually feed the baby, but they can still help. Check out the article here.

Hang in there, new moms! It does get easier. And remember, ask for help when you need it!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Bucket List....Before Kids!

You've probably heard of a "bucket list" before...the things you want to do or accomplish before you die. Have you ever heard of a "before kids bucket list?" I ran across this article on The Bump website that asks parents for a list of things they wish they had done before they became parents.

It's a very interesting read and it made me think...if I could turn back time (sorry for getting the Cher song in your head), what do I wish I'd done before we decided to have kids?

My favorite answer in the article was, "Go to the movies more." I can so identify with this one! Some answers are more serious than that, but it's a fun read all the way around. Check it out here.

If you could turn back time, what would YOU have done differently before the kiddos became the centerpiece of your life? Sound off in the comments section below.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Playdates for Mom

A blog entry by celebrity mom Brooke Burke recently talked about how moms need playdates, too. I couldn't agree more! Time with girlfriends, mama friends, even your own mother is so important to us as women. If you don't agree, check out this friendship study from UCLA on how friendships even help improve women's health.

According to the head of psychiatry at Standford University, "Among other things, one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends."

Funny, but kind of true, eh? Agree or disagree? Sound off in the comments section below.