All posts tagged: mommyhacks

10 Must Have’s for Pumping while Traveling

Trying something new today! Tonight on the blog is guest editor, Taryn Kutches, co-founder of Parker Design, sharing her tips on pumping while traveling. A must read if you’re a new mom returning to work from maternity, travel for work or just want to get away for the weekend. I know a lot of you just entering that stage of returning to work, so I thought this might be helpful. I for one felt the struggle the first year of nursing with my son, so it turned out pumping became a regular part of my life, as it is for many of you. These tips will be life-savers, trust me! So here’s Taryn!: Are you nervous about keeping up nursing while you are away from your little one for a few days? Don’t worry, I’ve been there too. I was determined to nurse my little girl for a year. After weeks of struggles in the beginning, we finally got the hang of it and we ended up making it to our goal, but boy did I ever under estimate …

#365daysofselfcare Day 17: Have a picnic in your living room

Had to cancel your date night? Can’t find someone to watch your kid for date night? Too tired to go out? Have a picnic in your own living room after the kid’s are asleep. It was my husband’s idea, not mine, including the bottle of whiskey or scotch for staging purposes only! Check out more on my Instagram account @eatsleepplayblog  or join the challenge with the hashtag #365daysofselfcare. I usually post there first!  

#365daysofselfcare Day 5: Visit a mommy group (if you’re a mommy)

I finally went to a MOPS (Mothers of Preschool aged Children) meeting held at a church not too far away from where we live. By Preschool aged children they really mean from age birth through kindergarten.  Consider checking out a MOPS group near you if you’re looking for a community of mothers to connect with. I heard about it thorough 2 friends of mine and finally made the decision to check it out. They often have childcare onsite, so you can (try) to drop off your child at the child care, and then hang out with other mommy’s. This can count as “you” time, because you’re getting support from other moms and find that, those things you’re having issues with, well, someone else is going through the same thing! When I went to my first meeting, I was quite impressed. I almost didn’t go because I didn’t know if I could commit to this group, but I’m glad I went to check it out. It was a really uplifting, positive environment and they took care of us …

Why new mothers need self-care?

Every new mom knows how easy it is to put the needs of your baby first, most often before your own. That is natural and sometimes a necessity. We all know what its like to have missed showering, been constantly sleep deprived, emotionally wrecked by the littlest things, and forgotten the last time we did anything for ourselves. Yes, most of us would rather drop from exhaustion than caring for our own needs. We neglect one major thing, and that is our own wellbeing. When we neglect our own needs we are buying into the lie that is, “I cannot fail so I have to keep going.” Taking care of your needs, does not mean failure or weakness. I’ve been wanting to write a more general post about self-care for a long time now, but a few things have gotten in the way. Although it seems intuitive, especially now that O is almost 3, and i’ve weathered a few storms. And despite having been a therapist, I felt like talking about self-care and more over doing it, was …