Mary is an IBCLC as well as a PhD student engaged in interdisciplinary studies of public policy and social change as they pertain to social justice as well as the birth and feeding of all our tiny humans and the adults they grow to become.
This blog is a collection of things she'd thought you may like to read: informational tidbits, some of her academic work, and tried-and-true tips and tricks for parents!
Enjoy every moment because it goes by in the blink of an eye.
Follow your instincts, not what everyone tells you.
Trust your instincts.
He will do everything in his own time... don't rush him.
You do what you think is right being a mother comes naturally.
Something I truly appreciated was the support and encouragement from my parents and hubby to do extended breastfeeding.
Follow your heart!
You do better when you know better , and trust yourself and baby !
Doctors are for medical advice, not patenting advice.
"The key thing is when things are this bleak is to focus on the moments of uncomplicated joy". It's from John Oliver, but i really took it to heart when i read it and try to remind myself when parenting gets tough.
When i stress about the bigger issues, i always try to find the uncomplicated joy in the little things, like watching my daughter try to form words, the way she smells after a bath, or how sweet she is when she asks to be picked up.
Children want time, and you never get it back. Something my dad tells me all the time.
Happy mom, happy child... I try to remind myself often but it's hard to do.
Be humble, and never say never.
Aside from the goodies above, pray for wisdom!
Cherish every moment.
They'll only be babies once.
Enjoy the little things.
No bulky coats in the carseat That's a gem!
It's just a phase. It too shall pass...
A mother's kiss is the best medicine for boo-boos.
No one knows your baby better than you do!
Trust your instincts and take the time as they are only little once
Trust your gut.
You can't spoil a newborn.
Don't stack diapers, wipes, lotion, fresh clothes etc. near the foot of the changing table, especially if you have a boy. Put them as high up and out of the path of "harms way" as possible.
Also, this one was more recent; take pictures, and videos. Lots of videos to remember special moments years later.
Listen to all the advice u get then do your own thing
"This too shall pass!"
Follow his (my son's) lead.
Babies can't manipulate.
Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.- Elizabeth Stone
Always have wine in the house. Hehe and also be gentle with yourself.
Follow your instincts.
When you make a mistake, apologize to your kids.
No one ever wished they had held their children less often.
trust your mommy instincts
Look up the 5 S' s. < saved my sanity!
Every baby is different! Don't compare your babies height or weight to others!
Get a baby wrap or carrier you love!! It'll make baby and you both happy!
Always, always have a potty seat in the car.
It goes so fast... Not really advice but it's the one thing that's always stuck with me.
The days are long, but the years are short.
They really aren't out to get you...REALLY! I'm not sure of a serious one that I'd say is the best advice. I guess remember that your baby is an individual so you can't really compare.
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