Day after day pretty much the same routine with rarely a thought about being a black woman married to a white man raising bi-racial children. The other day someone approached my family with a comment and it sparked me to write this open letter to my children that they are too young to understand now, but one day will appreciate from their black mother married to their white father.
I blinked and Mother’s Day is here, again! I don’t know what’s been in the air lately but it seems like several women in my circles have enlisted in the mommy tribe and I am thrilled to take on all the shower throwing, craving runs, and decoration making that is ahead for me as the friend/aunt of these mom’s to be. When talking to a friend about becoming a new mom I inadvertently gave her some advice that seemed pretty legit to give a first time mom. With Mother’s Day around the bend I am offering 5 tips from a semi-new mom (that’s me), to a brand new mom or mom to be.
Although I have to wake up a few times throughout the night I have learned the value of getting my kids in a good bedtime routine to set them, and me, up for success. Because Hendrix is new in town, I want to share 5 steps for a good bedtime routine that are setting him (and us) up for more restful nights.
I know at times it can be difficult to connect with a baby who can’t talk and has a limited range of emotions, but I am convinced that they are soaking any and everything up and want nothing more but to be close and to connect with you. Today I am sharing 3 ways to connect with your infant.
Breastfeeding and pumping are the hardest, most disciplined things I’ve ever done in my adult life. In my decision to exclusively breastfeed Hendrix I have encountered bleeding and damaged nipples, mastitis, clogged ducts, latching issues, and oversupply all in the first month! I felt compelled to write this post because 1. I wanted to document the journey 2. have found that there is so much solace in knowing you aren’t alone (I’d love for you to feel like you are not alone if you have had difficulty) and 3. I have found so many great resources in my quest to breastfeed like a boss that I want to share with you.