• Parenting,  Sleep Training,  Teething

    Why We Should All Be in Awe of Single Moms

    It’s been a little longer than usual since my last post. It was a crazy weekend of very little sleep. No sleep means my brain can’t function enough to write. My husband had a piece premiering this past weekend in Dallas so he left at three in the morning last Thursday to fly down to Texas until yesterday. Thankfully, my sister was able to come in to town for a visit to take care of Benji while I went to work which saved us a ton of money on childcare and provided us with a scrapbook worth of adorable auntie/baby pictures. While Benji had a great time during the day with my sister, he had some really rough nights while Daddy was away. Since he’s getting his top front teeth, Benji has been waking up more frequently than usual. Before Nick went down to Texas, we had started to give…

  • Lifestyle,  Parenting,  Work/Life Balance

    Support Networks for Working Moms

    After becoming a mom, I noticed there are a million sites dedicated to working moms. The common theme across all of them is that working moms have it tough and we need to lean on each other for help and encouragement. I have read countless articles about the money I would potentially lose by staying home with my kids for even a few years, the challenges of pumping at work, the exhaustion of going to work after being up all night, the psychological benefits to children of working moms, the list goes on and on. All of them encouraging me in some way shape or form to be a working mom because some how it will either benefit me or my children. While the network for working moms seems endless, there seems to be far less out there for stay at home moms. Why is that? I think the difference…

  • Parenting,  Sleep Training

    Why I Am Not Sleep Training

    Last night was a rough night. Benji woke up at 2:30 instead of 12:30 like he usually does. Typically, his schedule goes something like this: 6:30 he is asleep, 9:30 or 10 he wakes up to eat and goes back to sleep, 12:30 he wakes up, gets a diaper change, eats and sleeps again. 3:30 he wakes up again to eat. Yes, he’s 8 months old and wakes up three times a night to eat. Sometimes it’s less. I think it’s because he saves up his eating for when I come home from work. Apparently it’s called reverse cycling. He is also one of the rare babies who sleeps worse after starting solid foods. Our pediatrician told us it is uncommon but happens. Last night, Benji slept through his 12:30 wake up and so at 2:30 when he woke up we changed his diaper because otherwise it leaks all over…