By Guest Blogger Susan Hannan
They say that nothing can prepare you for being a mother. I don’t know who “they” are, but in my case, “they” could not be more right. Upon learning we were about to start a family of our own, my husband and I were beyond ecstatic. So, when I started having back pain at 26 weeks, it never occurred to either of us that something was about to go wrong. Even when the nurses at Duke asked my husband if he would like a tour of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), he politely declined.
But, at 27 weeks, my daughter, Kaitlyn arrived. Weighing in at only 2 pounds and 12 ounces, our daughter led us on a roller coaster of emotions. The doctors and nurses in the NICU repeatedly told us that “every day in the NICU is a new day. Today may be a good day, but tomorrow may be a bad day.” It was heart-wrenching to leave Kaitlyn in the NICU, and yet, there was no way that I could care for her at home. Nurses literally stood by my daughter 24 hours a day and tickled her toes when she forgot to breath. The incubator regulated her temperature. I could go on and on, but in the end, I will remember that the NICU provided Kaitlyn what my body failed to give her. Read More
By Guest Blogger Susan Hannan
By Guest Blogger Annie Vorys, Heartstrings Director of Advancement
For the past ten years, hundreds of Triad families have gathered at Triad Park on the second Saturday morning in October. They come out early in the morning, wearing handmade t-shirts, bringing friends and family along for a chance like no other—a chance to celebrate the babies they hold only in their hearts.
Heartstrings Walk for Remembrance & Hope is the organization’s most important outreach event, allowing so many Triad families to come together in a safe place to remember and honor the children that they have lost during pregnancy and infancy. This year, Heartstrings marks the 10th anniversary of this memorial event, and to mark this milestone, the Triad non-profit is excited to announce new highlights. To give a new face to the Walk, Heartstrings hosted a logo design competition. Local artist BJ Privette donated his time and talent to the cause and won. He credits his two-year-old son as his inspiration for supporting Heartstrings in this way. "I can’t imagine a life without my son and he was my inspiration for helping. I don’t think you have to be directly affected to understand the impact [child loss] can have.” Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
How did we survive in the world before apps?!? How wonderful it can be to have advice, tips and help right at your fingertips at all times! For pregnant mothers, there always seems to be a new question that needs answers. Lucky for you, the well-known website, www.TheBump.com has a new app. The Bump Pregnancy App Version 2.0, has just been released in the Apple App store.
If you are pregnant, this app will be your new best friend. For those of you who are already moms, be prepared to be jealous because you are going to wish this was around when you pregnant!
I reached out to Carley Roney, co-founder of TheBump.com, and asked some questions about the new app. Her answers are below. I hope this will be helpful to many of you! Read More
By Guest Blogger Shannon Ford
Let's face it: Most of us will have dirty diapers to change at least until age two. In the summer months, it doesn't pose as much of a problem for me when we are out and about. If a diaper change is necessary, I don't hesitate to change my son in the back seat or back of my SUV. However, this is not an option for me when it is cold and/or pouring rain. I don't want to stand in the rain, and I'm certainly not going to expose my child's legs and bum to the frigid temperatures.
It is impossible to change him in the car without a door or the back open. (Believe me, I have tried to imagine the possibility.) Just a few weeks ago, I was with my mom in a very well-known wireless phone store to help her with a new purchase. My mom is not very tech-savvy and wants the easiest and cheapest phone possible. Absolutely no bells and whistles so this should take very little time, right? This was when it was so cold and snowy out…Our wait time was approximately two minutes as we entered the door. We selected the phone in less than five minutes. So, it should take no longer than ten minutes to have everything set up…or so the sales clerk told us. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
You have just found out you are pregnant. You are ecstatic. You have been waiting for this day for a long time and it is finally here - you are going to be a mommy!
You are going to be THE BEST mommy ever. You've got it all planned out:
- You've purchased every pregnancy book and baby book you can get your hands on
- You are going to eat all organic foods, no sugars while you are pregnant
- You are going to play classical music for your baby while he/she is in the womb
- You will exercise daily and keep the weight gain to a minimum
- The nursery will be decorated to fit a prince or princess
- You will research all baby gear and accessories to find the best and the safest ones
- You will deliver the baby naturally
- You will breastfeed until your child begins preschool
- You will feed your baby homemade food
- Naptimes will work out perfectly at 10am and 2pm. Bedtime at 7pm will also work well. Read More
By Guest Blogger Erika B. Johnston-MacAnanny, MD, FACOG, Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, Center for Reproductive Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Health
Many couples struggle to conceive from the get-go, but not you. You got pregnant naturally—perhaps even quickly. And now that you have a beautiful child, you would like to add another little one to the family. Except this time, things don't seem to be going as smoothly. You've been trying for a while to get pregnant again, and it's just not happening.
If this is the situation you're facing, you probably have secondary infertility.You're not alone; many women experience secondary infertility. In fact, around 20 to 30 percent of the patients I see in my practice come to me with this problem. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
For lots of moms, summertime can be anything but relaxing. From endless sunscreen latherings (one of my biggest pet peeves) - to constant monitoring of your little toddler's every last move near water - to your never-ending quest to find comfort for you child and yourself in the hot, salty sun...summer break can be downright exhausting. Yet these tasks are a rite of passage for every mom. They must be tackled, no matter how challenging or time-consuming. So today I'm featuring clever products and ideas (thanks to suggestions from the TMoM team) that can help moms reclaim their sanity while enjoying a safe, sun-filled summer Read More
By Guest Blogger Lisa Tandan, author of the blog Alannah Annabelle: A micro-preemie adventure
I have always considered myself to be ordinary. I assume that if something, whether good or bad, happens to a small number of people, I won't be among them. I don’t expect to be in a plane crash, nor to win the lottery. As it happens, however, last year I managed to both crash and hit the jackpot.
Last May, following an uneventful 24 weeks of pregnancy, I found myself in the antepartum unit at Forsyth Medical Center. Then, 12 days into my hospital bed rest, my daughter was born, at 26 weeks and 3 days gestation, weighing only 1lb 12oz (790 grams) and 12 inches in length. Read More
By Meagan P. Lewis, AuD, clinical manager of audiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health
If you have a child under the age of 5, you're probably pretty familiar with hearing screenings. However, most parents still have questions. Here are some of the most frequent questions I get – along with my answers:
When should my child get screened?
Since the year 2000, all babies are screened in the hospital shortly after they're born. Depending on the results of the newborn screening, your baby may require a follow-up screening. Hearing screenings are required again before your child enters kindergarten.
If my baby's screening was normal, why would he or she need further screenings?
Hearing loss can have a number of causes, including environmental factors, certain medication reactions or unknown (idiopathic) causes. Because of this, a child may develop hearing loss over time. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
Sign up for summer camps at The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem. Attend an Emeraldalicious Tea Party. RSVP to the 4th Annual Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Family Movie Night featuring Despicable Me 2. Make plans to attend a Mom's Morning Out (with in-store coupons and refreshments) this coming Wednesday. Enter to win a LexiLoops Hooded Towel Poncho - perfect for the beach and pool this summer.
All this PLUS more included in today's Sunday Spotlight feature.... Read More
By Guest Blogger Abbie Wrights
“You won’t really save that much money.”
“You mean you have to touch POOP!?”
Those were just a few of the not-so-positive reactions I received when I told people I was planning on using cloth diapers. It was a decision that my husband and I made very early on in my pregnancy. We knew we would be on a tight budget and the cost savings appealed to us. Plus, I have several mommy friends who use them so I at least knew the basics. But, to be honest, I think a lot of people are intimidated or turned off by the idea of cloth diapers simply because they don’t know much about them. But, thankfully, gone are the days of diaper pins and plastic pants! Modern cloth diapers are actually very user friendly. So, if you are a mom who enjoys saving a buck or two like me, they are definitely something to explore! (TMoM is holding a special cloth diapering event in Greensboro on May 7. Scroll to the bottom of this post for details!)
Let me tell you a little bit more about cloth diapers... Read More
By Guest Blogger Mike Crider, author of the blog The Father of Twins
When you find out you’re having twins, the rules change. Heck, it’s safe to say the game changes. If you want a glimpse of what it’s like to find out for the very first time, check out a post I wrote back before Christmas called “50th Post: The Ultrasound Story“. It really takes your breath away and makes you re-examine everything you thought was true about the life of a future parent.
So, many crazy things happen to you when you have twins. It’s truly remarkable to think that people go out of their way to give you special treatment, and you’ll be baffled by the fascination (and the ignorance) that people have when staring at two (or more) children that share the same birthday. We’ve discussed some of these topics in our Twitter chat #TwinsChat (see note at end of this post), and it’s very funny to hear how other twin parents cope with the situations that arise. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
LOTS of special discounts, events, news and a fantastic giveaway in today's Sunday Spotlight!
~ New Local Children's Book from Brenner Children's Hospital
~ Camp Hanes (and TMoM reader discount)
~ Special events and discounts at The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem
~ TMoM reader discount for camp at Little Blank Canvas
~ "Got Friends?" Family Festival
~ New Giveaway (perfect for summer) + Winner from last giveaway is revealed! Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
A full-time summer program (great for working moms!). A mom's night out on the town. A $100 shopping spree. And the winner of our our last giveaway. All this can be found in today's Sunday Spotlight. Enjoy!
~ Greensboro Montessori offers Full Time Summer Program
~ Mom's Night Out!
~ New Giveaway with Rolly's Baby Boutique
~ Winner of the $200 American Girl Fashion Show Package Read More
By Guest Blogger Kate Horney
Toddlers have tiny hands. They have tiny feet, and they have tiny tummies.
When it comes to healthy nutrition for toddlers, I’ve seen many moms completely forget the fact that their little one has a small stomach.
In an effort not to “ruin their appetite” for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, many moms who have weaned their child from regular breastfeeding forget this as they transition their toddler to solid foods.
With their small stomachs, it’s almost impossible for most toddlers to eat as much as they need to at meal times. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
A lot has changed in seven years since I’ve had an infant in the house! There are so many new baby products on the market that I wish I had when my kids were babies. Like a video monitor. Those were just getting popular when mine were little; now it seems like every new mom has one. Or magnetic fasteners on pajamas. Brilliant for middle-of-the-night changes! Or milk savers. Those would have saved me hours of pumping frustration!
And while it wasn’t that long ago, there are also products I used that are now considered taboo. Like the baby walker (pictured left). My daughter used our constantly (of course not near stairs!). Or Baby Einstein products. I had no idea (before writing this post) that they’ve become so controversial. I think I owned just about every DVD, and will admit my kids watched them from their little bouncy seats. Read More
By Guest Blogger Emily Saunders
One thing I don’t love- cooking. Actually, let me take that back. I don’t love cooking that involves more than one pot/pan or my crockpot. It’s got to be easy, healthy and fast. Some women love to slave away in the kitchen for hours and feel very fulfilled by the effort they put in to making a tasty meal for their families. I look up to those women. I really do. I am NOT domestic… at all, BUT, feeding my family healthy and tasty food is important. Personally, I feel fulfilled when the meal took me less than 20 minutes of hands on time to prepare and my husband loves it. That, my friends, fills me up :)
What does this have to do with baby food? I’ve heard so many Moms tell me that they love the “idea” of making baby food, but that it stresses them out even thinking about taking the time to do it! I’m here to tell you that I take the EXACT same approach to feeding my baby as I do my husband. It’s got to be quick folks and there are some great tools available to us! Read More
By Guest Blogger Melanie Barbee, owner of Rolly's Baby Boutique
Most young children have plenty of toys, so finding unique ones during the holiday season can be a challenge. There is way too much plastic, way too many things that make lots of noise, and most importantly way too many toys that don’t challenge and excite our children and that are hours and hours of just plain fun.
At Rolly’s, part of our mission is to provide safe and nurturing items that help children get off to a good start in life. We researched several new classic and sustainable lines of toys that you can count on for being loads of fun, educational, and absolutely safe for your child. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
We know you're busy getting a head-start on your holiday shopping, and so are we. Just like we said before, we don't want to take away from spirit of Thanksgiving, but sometimes you just have to be realistic!
Today's post features some of the more popular toys for toddlers. Similar to Lisa's post last week, I searched various sites (Toys R Us, Target, Parenting, and Babble.com) to find out what they're saying are the hot picks, and then I narrowed it down their choices by what looked the most appealing to boys and girls in this age group. I also included tried 'n true toddler toy picks from some of us on the TMoM team at the end of this post. Happy shopping! Read More
By Guest Blogger Barb Carder, RN, Board Certified Lactation Consultant with
Cornerstone Lactation Services
Don’t you wish your baby came with an instruction booklet? I hear this from parents of newborns all the time. As a lactation consultant, I am asked many of the same questions pretty regularly by new moms learning to breastfeed their babies. While this isn’t an instruction booklet, these FAQs (and – more importantly – answers) should help. Please comment at the end with any additional questions or concerns that you may have! Read More
By Guest Blogger Melanie Barbee with Rolly's
Rolly’s Baby Boutique, an institution in Winston-Salem for over 25 years, is celebrating a Grand Re-Opening with a Holiday Sip-N-See, November 22 and 23 from 10am to 6 pm. Come sip and nibble your way through our newly expanded toy section, take a peak at our complete nurseries – from furniture to lamps, to wall murals and new bedding, or choose that special holiday outfit or christening gown.
Keep reading to see your official invite... Read More
By Guest Blogger Carrie Scott
“Thank you so much! You don’t know how much this helps!” This outpouring of gratitude came from an appreciative mother who needed a simple, everyday item for her baby: diapers.
Heather and Jeff have had a difficult year – they lost their house in a fire several months ago, soon after the premature birth of their son. Since then, they’ve been working hard to rebuild and care for their family, but each month they still struggle to make ends meet. “Jeff worked 50 hours last week, but it,s still not enough to pay the rent.” When Heather called a local community assistance program last month for help, she didn’t ask for help with her rent or utility bills, she didn’t ask for food – she asked for diapers. Read More
By Guest Blogger, Kate Horney
As a hormonal nutrition consultant AND an exclusively breast-feeding momma, I can attest to the fact that Breast-feeding nutrition can be confusing… even for the experts.
How much should you eat? What should you avoid? How might your diet affect your baby?
These are just a few of the many questions I have been asked by the moms I coach (and asked/researched for myself when I began breast-feeding my son!)
As breast-feeding moms, our goal is to give our babies nutrients that will promote his or her growth and health… but do you know about what foods and drinks are best for you- and how your diet might affect your breast milk and your baby? Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
Last spring I was fortunate to attend my first bris to celebrate TMoM member Dani’s newborn son. I had no idea what to expect, and to be honest, I was really nervous. For those of you who do not know what a bris is (and I was surprised to learn how many of my friends did not know), it’s a Jewish ceremony during which a baby boy (usually around eight days old) is circumcised and blessed – and the ritual symbolizes the baby’s formal link to his Jewish heritage.
It was a beautiful and joyous occasion, and it was silly of me to be so nervous. Up to that point, my only experience with a circumcision was the act of handing my newborn son over to my gynecologist who whisked him away for about an hour in the hospital, and then returned him to me seemingly unharmed. It was something I never really thought about (or wanted to think about); it was just a procedure my husband and I had an unspoken agreement about.
But I’ve since discovered that the act of circumcision is an age-old debate and has become quite the controversy. Read More
By Barb Carder, RN, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant -
Cornerstone Lactation Services
Many new mothers have a strong desire to breastfeed their babies. Desire does not always translate into success and moms need help particularly after they leave the hospital and are on their own. As a lactation consultant, I have talked to countless mothers who have been told that babies do this naturally and that it’s an “instinctive” process. Babies have reflexes which help them at birth but have certainly never actually nursed before. Some babies come out of womb and nurse right after birth, for many others it’s a learned process. As they are learning, it can be an anxious time for a new mother who wonders if they are getting enough to eat and whether their baby will ever figure it out. Lactation consultants play a critical role after mom and baby go home – helping to continue the learning process, making sure baby is doing his job and that new moms are educated and reassured.
I wanted to share a story of actual lactation issues and how they were resolved. In the interest of confidentiality, no real names are used. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
When baby number two comes along, everyone’s world changes. Obviously mom and dad have a huge adjustment, but what about baby number one? No matter how old this child may be, it is still somewhat of a slap in the face that there is this new crying ball of dirty diapers in the house.
Someone once told me to imagine your husband sitting down with you one day and saying, “Honey I love you very much, but I have decided to bring one more wife into the house. I will still love you, but I will love this new wife, too. Both of you will now have to share everything and I won’t get to spend as much time with you because I will have to help take care of her.” Read More
By Guest Blogger Thea DeLoreto, author of the blog The Lint Trap
So, in case you didn't know, I am with child. And I am a wee bit bigger this time around than I was when I was carrying Lady Baby. For instance, at this point with her I was barely in maternity pants. This time around I have been in maternity since like week 8. Awesome. I didn't encounter a lot of belly comments until the very end of my pregnancy. This time around it has been a little different. I have been the recipient of some, shall we say, remarks. And that leads me to what we have here. A list of things you can and cannot say to a pregnant woman. (Not all of these happened to me. Some to my friends. I am sure they won't mind if I share their pain with y'all. It is educational after all.) Read More
By guest blogger, Mary Mollitt of Mary Time
Mark Twain once said, "The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why." I feel so lucky I know why. With certainty, it was the day I found out I was going to be a Mother. It was also the day my business cards greeted me at the mailbox. Mary Time, to you, could be a wonderful place to bring your child to develop their love and appreciation for music and movement. But, to me, it is why I am here. My name is Mary Mollitt. The children know me as Miss Mary. Read More
By Guest Blogger Bryan Timmons
You read that title right, our house is run by a tiny terrorist and a toddling dictator. And oddly enough, I kind of love it.
Avett (22 months) is a great kid and a wonderful big brother. Stone (6 weeks) is quickly adjusting to a somewhat structured life on the outside, but I keep it real around here and there aren't unicorn pellets in their diapers, and things aren't roses and rainbows ALL of the time.
Case in point... Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
It's time to announce our next giveaway! One lucky reader will win a newborn mini session (valued at $150) from Christina Evans Photography! If you know someone who is pregnant or recently had a baby, please pass this giveaway along to them. They will LOVE Christina's work and all she has to offer when it comes to a quality photo session. CLICK HERE to read more about this giveaway and register for a chance to beautifully capture your newborn!
We also chose the winner from our last giveaway. One lucky TMoM reader won a $100 gift certificate from Mainstream Boutique! The winner is ... Read More
By Guest Blogger Lisa Witherspoon, author of the blog The Golden Spoons
Our children go through so many different milestones beginning even before they are born. We anticipate their first movements from within the womb, their first smiles, their first words, and their first steps. As they get older, they have their first days of school, their first dates, their first heartbreaks, their first time behind the wheel. The list could go on forever. One of my favorite milestones to watch is when they learn to read.
I have been reminded of this one over the past few months with my youngest. Emily is 5 and quickly approaching the end of kindergarten (how did that happen???). Her reading skills have really taken off. As I sat on her bed with her one night, she struggled with a word, but was determined to figure it out. She sounded out each letter, then put them together and said the word. Her eyes lit up and a smile spread across her face. "I did it Mommy! I read it!!" She takes such joy in her new found reading ability and it is a wonderful thing to witness - just as it was when my older two girls went through it. Read More
By Amy Yoder, M.D. - Ford, Simpson, Lively & Rice Pediatrics
Most parents have encountered the constipation conundrum with their children. It’s common, but can be challenging to deal with and often uncomfortable for the child. Constipation can be caused by a number of factors, including diet and exercise-related issues (for example, the child does not get enough fiber, fluids, or physical activity). For others, it comes from a change in their routine like added stress or a recent illness. Other children become constipated because they do not want to use a public bathroom or stop playing to have a bowel movement (BM).
So, how do you know if your child is constipated? The signs also vary. They may have hard, dry stools that are difficult or painful to pass, stomachaches, stains in the underwear, poor appetite or infrequent stools.
It’s important to note that babies often will not always have regular stools; this does not mean they are constipated. It is more important to see if there stool is hard or soft. Soft, infrequent stools with some straining are normal for an infant. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
I had a picture-perfect pregnancy with my first (my daughter). I never got sick or nauseous or moody, and I was rarely uncomfortable. So when it came time to talk to my doctor about my plans for the delivery, I figured that day would be just as effortless and uneventful. It was, but not for the reasons I had wanted.
Because my daughter had been measuring large (although not for serious concern), I was told I had to deliver her on her actual due date. After being induced the night prior, followed by 10 more hours of inducing and laboring the next day, my 8 lb. 15 ounce baby girl was born by C-section two hours shy of her due date “deadline.”
Since then, I was told that any subsequent births would have to be through scheduled c-sections only. At first I felt a little robbed knowing I will never get to experience the unexpected water breaking, mad rush to the hospital, and the quintessential “true” birth. Yet I have to admit, halfway through my second pregnancy, those thoughts quickly diminished. Read More
By Guest Blogger Jaci Fendley
I am excited to introduce you to Brooke Moxley from Brooke Moxley Photography. Brooke's love for photography started after her first son was born. Her husband was deployed for the first year of their baby's life, and she wanted to document each and every sweet moment. After her husband returned home, they moved to Georgia; it was there in the beautiful, historic Savannah area that she started building her business. She now resides in Yadkin County with her husband and three little ones. Her youngest son most recently proved to be a memorable entrance into this world: she unexpectedly gave birth to him at home. Looking for photographer with experience? Brooke definitely has a mother's touch!
FOR A LIMITED TIME: Brooke is offering a complimentary 11x14 (a $55 value!) for any newborn or high school senior portrait session booked in May. Sessions may take place anytime between now and December. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
When it comes to baby gear, we know the options can be overwhelming! Today on Fox 8's Mommy Matters segment we are featuring our top picks for ways to carry your baby. (Aside from in your arms of course!) We are also including a write-up below in case you miss the news today! In addition, if you did not see our last segment on Infant Car Seats and Strollers, click here.
Each of the items below come highly recommended by other moms. We were also able to find these carriers at our local Babies R Us, where the staff was extremely helpful in giving us some feedback on these items. You will read some comments from the Babies R Us staff as well as information I found online below. Prices noted below are the current selling price at Babies R Us.
We hope this helps with your search for the best products for you little ones! Read More
By Dr. Susan Hunsinger, MD, of Advance Pediatrics
A child’s first three years of life is an incredible journey for both the child and parents, as this is the most dramatic period of growth in life. The average newborn is 7 lbs at birth, 20 inches long and has a head circumference of 13 inches. By six months of age, birth weight will double. At one year, birth weight will have tripled. At two years old, a baby will have quadrupled her birth weight. To put it in perspective, by the time a child is two years old, she is half of her adult height!
Early on, babies recognize voices, focus their eyes, and develop bonds of love and trust.This will be the foundation of the learning process. Their little brains (filled with 100 billion brain cells at birth) will start making billions of connections between cells, called synapses, as they experience the world around them. These connections become the basis for how the child thinks and behaves. Read More
By Guest Blogger Hannah Shipton, the 2013 Ambassador Mom for the Winston-Salem March for Babies
Chapter 1 – The Decision
On Mother’s Day 2010, my husband and I found out we were pregnant. We were both shocked and excited when the physician informed us we would be having a multiple pregnancy.
Our apparently normal pregnancy took a turn for the worst at 24 weeks.While our son was growing normally, a scan revealed that our daughter had a reversal of end-diastolic flow; when this occurs there is abnormal resistance in the placenta which results in a marked decrease in blood flow from the fetus to the placenta. Reverse end-diastolic flow carries an increased fetal and neonatal mortality.My daughter’s chances of surviving were very slim. Shaken and fearful we called our family as we drove to the hospital to consult with the attending neonatologist. The physician calmly shared the negative morbidity and mortality statistics for babies born at 24 weeks. That was a day that neither my husband nor I will ever forget – we had to decide when our children would be born. We ultimately chose not to deliver at 24 weeks – it was too risky for both babies. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
Some of you have had your baby’s name chosen since the day you got married. Some of you bought books, asked friends, and chose a name while you were pregnant. Others of you delivered your child, brought him or her home, and still did not know what name you would choose! If you are pregnant or plan on having another child anytime soon, we thought you would enjoy this list of children’s names and their meanings. Who knows, maybe one will strike you as the right one for your newborn! Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
When it came to breastfeeding, I was a total boob. While I nursed my first born three months and then my son five months, I am amazed I even lasted that long. They say it’s the most beautiful gift a mother can give to a child, and believe me I tried! Some may say I did a great job, and some may say I gave up too easily. Just like some people say breastfeeding is extremely difficult, others say it’s natural, effortless and much simpler than bottle feeding. Well, I experienced sentiments on both sides of the aisle, and as a result, I was never fully into the game nor was I completely resigned.
Breastfeeding is a huge task and a major lifestyle change, much like a nine-month pregnancy. And like pregnancies, every woman has different experiences. Today I share my thoughts and trials with breastfeeding and would love for you to share yours. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
Probably one of the most challenging aspects of becoming a new parent is finding the best car seat and stroller for your infant. It’s a daunting task. And for new parents this task got even more complicated with changes to the car seat rules. Click here to read Triangle Moms on Main’s take on the this topic, and how the 2014 regulations may affect you and your child.
But when it comes to finding a car seat and stroller, a simple shopping trip may leave you confused by all the several styles and brands from which to choose. So today, with the help of our friends at Babies R Us and our trusty Baby Bargains book, we’ll focus on a few highly rated infant car seats and strollers – all of which make sense for our lifestyles here in the Triad. If you are reading this post early, tune to Fox8 TV News at 9:30 am to watch me showcase a few of these models live, thanks to our friends at Babies R Us! Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
Do you own a video-monitor? These are usually called "infant video monitors" but after our Triad Moms on Main team meeting the other month I came to find out that they should be called "child monitors!" One of my team members even made fun of herself and said that her mother often asks her, "Are you planning to watch these kids on a video until they head off to college?"
I personally never owned one of these devices. My children are nine and seven years old, so when they were born I think these monitors were slowly coming onto the scene. Knowing my personality, this would have been a disaster. I knew I didn't need anything that I would be carrying around with me all hours of the day, turning on and off and checking to see if my baby was moving or not moving. Read More
By Guest Blogger Alicia Nicholson
There are over 11,000 babies born each year in the Triad area. Out of that number how many of those babies are born into a single parent, low income family? A lot. Despite the economic conditions these babies are born into they have to be cared and provided for. The sad news is that a fraction of these babies born will suffer because of their parent’s inability to provide the necessary care and/or supplies that they need.
Last year Absolute Affairs, LLC, a Greensboro based event planning company and Turning Point 180, a local non- profit that aids the homeless held its first Annual Triad Baby Shower, a mass baby shower for single mothers and low income families. This event created a loving fun atmosphere where 35 mothers across the Triad came out and received much needed baby supplies free of charge. The expecting mothers walked away with baby bags stuffed with baby items, car seats, co- sleepers and a number of other nonperishable baby items. Read More
By Guest Blogger Allison Chapple, MS/EdS, LPC, NCC
Pregnancy is a time of nervous, but exciting, anticipation of a brand new life. Many women experience morning sickness and fatigue in the first trimester, unexpected body changes in the second and physical discomfort in the third, but they know all of these symptoms will all come to end once the baby is born. But what most women aren’t prepared for is the “Fourth Trimester,” otherwise known as postpartum. Women especially might not be prepared for the negative feelings that often arise with the addition of a new family member.
The term postpartum depression (PPD) often brings to mind people like Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who killed her five children by drowning them in the bathtub while in a cloud of postpartum psychosis. While tragic events like these do occur, PPD does not typically present in such a severe way. More commonly, new mothers experience the “baby blues,” a term for the short-lived mood swings and weepiness that occur in the first few weeks after birth in one-half to three-quarters of new mothers. By contrast, PPD is a more long-lasting, severe mood state which affects general functioning. The symptoms of PPD, which can emerge anytime from the first few days following birth up until a year post-delivery, include: Read More
By TMoM member Dani Luft
I am pregnant with baby #3 due in May. By the time you all read this, I will have found out if the baby growing inside me is a boy or a girl. Of course, I just want a healthy, happy baby, but the wait to find out what has me taking 100 trips to the bathroom at night, causing me heartburn, and making me smile as I start to feel the kicks and jabs, has been nagging at me!
I am a planner. I want to pick out the furniture, clothes, and names. Do I need to buy a whole new wardrobe for the little guy or can I take out my girls’ old clothes in the attic and start washing them with the delicious smell of baby detergent? I feel like I bond better with the growing fetus when I know the gender. But not everyone likes to know ahead of time and I respect that choice too. As my cousin says, “There are very few surprises in life and this is one of them!” I can get behind that, but to me it is just as much a surprise when the ultrasound tech tells you around 20 weeks as it is when the doctor tells you in the delivery room. We are lucky to live now when we have the technology to make that choice.
Wives tales are just for fun and while I know that, I can’t stop reading about them. It’s like a gossip magazine. Some of the articles may not be true, but it’s still fun to read! Here are some of my favorites... Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
If you are pregnant with your first or second child - and do not know the sex of your unborn child - today's post might pique your interest. Have you ever wondered whether it's better to have a boy or a girl as your first born? If you have several children, is it better to have boys as the oldest? Or is it better to have girls as the oldest? Are there pros or cons with either scenario? Should we even care to discuss this?
We've written about The Effects of Birth Order: Fact or Theory, but never about the effects of having a boy (or boys) as the the oldest or youngest in a family, and vice versa with girls. Believe it or not, I actually wonder about this a lot and am curious to know what you think. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
All this talk of "presents" reminded me of a topic I wrote about a few years ago - "Push Presents." I figured I would bring up the topic again because it always creates a great discussion. Please join in by commenting below and let us know your thoughts ...
A few weeks ago, a group of my girlfriends got into a discussion about "push presents." If you have never heard this term before, it refers to a gift given to a mom (usually by the dad) after giving birth to a child. These presents are traditionally jewelry or a trip. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
In just eight short years of parenting, I can’t believe I find myself thinking, “Wow, I wish I was better at that,” or “If only I had known to do that.” You might say it’s not too late – or it’s never too late - to make changes that my young children can still appreciate. But we all know how fast kids grow, learn and transform. Before my kids were born I wish I was given a "new mom handbook" that offered all things to do and not to do before the years slip away. But don't we all wish this?
With this in mind, I recently jotted down a few things I wish I did - and a few things I'm so glad I did - in my first few years as a mom. I’m sure I’m not alone in my thinking, and thought this could be a great place to swap "live and learn" lessons for other new and expecting moms. Take a read of a few of my regrets and my gloats, and add yours at the bottom of this post! Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
I feel like I have somewhat of a maternal instinct, and when I had my first child I did pretty well with the feeding, changing and sleeping routine. What I couldn't figure out was what to do with the time in between! When they are a newborn, it's easy to just snuggle and sleep, but as they grow, that time period before they begin crawling or walking always seemed a little ... boring to me.
I remember that I even ordered a book online about activities to do with your baby because I felt like my child and I were both missing out on something! The book had ideas like using puppets and noise makers, etc. I remember that we listened to music and sat on a mat on the floor in my family room quite a bit. Another idea they had was for mom to put on all kinds of funny hats and sit in front of the baby. I felt like an idiot, but I'll admit that my son did laugh! Read More
By Guest Blogger Christina Shiffler
When I was pregnant with my first child back in 2007, I read book upon book about pregnancy and childbirth. Like so many expectant moms, I became an armchair expert on prenatal nutrition, fetal development, the stages of labor, the risks of a hospital birth, even the history of birth practices in the United States. I spent most of my pregnancy thinking of the newborn period as a rosy afterglow, the time when I would get to pat myself on the back and enjoy the fruits of my labors: an angelic baby girl.
So imagine my surprise, after she was born, when I was suddenly totally overwhelmed by the million difficulties of new mommyhood. Nursing was difficult, sleeping was difficult, keeping my emotions in check was difficult. She cried and cried, she wasn’t gaining weight, she seemed to love everyone more than me! I spent even the best days worrying and feeling certain I was doing everything wrong. I kicked myself for getting so caught up in the pre-baby information while neglecting to even consider what life with a newborn would actually be like. I thought to myself, “I could do the pregnancy/birth thing again and again if only I didn’t have to have a newborn afterwards.” Read More
By Julie Wagoner of Uppercase Photography
That time of year is quickly approaching. The time for snuggles by the fire, hot chocolate…..and Uppercase Photography’s snow babies special. Each winter, Uppercase Photography is proud to offer a special just for those babies born in the coldest of months. Prebook a session for your baby due in December, January or February and enjoy your entire session fee applied toward your purchase. As always, all prebooked newborn sessions also enjoy a complimentary set of custom birth announcements as well. Email Julie at email@example.com for more details on this limited time offer ... Read More
By TMoM team member Dani Luft
Recently on Facebook, a few of my friends posted this article on Detachment parenting and it got me thinking about attachment vs. detachment parenting: Which method do I most associate myself with doing and has that way been successful for my children and me?
The term “attachment parenting” was coined by pediatrician William Sears, a name known by all of us who are avid readers of parenting books. According to Wikipedia, “Principles of attachment parenting aim to increase development of a child's secure attachment and decrease insecure attachment. . . . many attachment parents also choose to live a natural family living (NFL) lifestyle, such as natural childbirth, home birth, stay-at-home parenting, co-sleeping, breastfeeding, babyweaning, homeschooling, unschooling, the anti-circumcision movement, natural health, cooperative movements, paleolithic lifestyle, naturism and support of organic and local foods. ” Mayim Bialik, who played Blossom on the hit show “Blossom,” is famous for her outspokeness towards the benefits of practicing attachment parenting. Read More
By Michelle Linkous, DO, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Brenner Children’s Hospital
As a pediatrician, I know all of the recommended guidelines for feeding infants. However, I've found that some of the most valuable advice I can give new parents is what I learned with my own child. You see, even the most tried-and-true medical expertise can't compare to the unique knowledge a mother gains as she cares for her new baby. So now, whenever parents ask me for guidance, I draw from my experience as a mom as much as I do from my knowledge as physician.
One area in particular where this information comes in handy is newborn feeding. The details of feeding an infant can confuse parents, so I offer the following tips to help guide them: Read More
By TMoM Team Member Shannon Burghart
A few days ago a mom of three with a newborn came up to me looking really wonderful and I asked her how she was doing. She put on a big smile and said, “Oh, great, thanks.” But, I saw the look in her eyes. So, I asked her some more and the more we talked she finally broke down and told me that she felt like she was losing her mind. The baby wasn’t sleeping, she wasn’t sleeping, she hated her husband, and she felt like she had no control over anything. Then she instantly started saying how guilty she felt for having any of these feelings. She knew she was so lucky to have healthy children and her husband was so great. She kept asking what was wrong with her that she was crying all the time and being so unappreciative of all of her blessings.
So, I told her, she was sleep deprived, she was hormonal and she was doing the hardest thing in the world--all in a society that talks about how beautiful motherhood is! Now, don’t get me wrong, motherhood is beautiful, fabulous and wonderful! I love my kids and wouldn’t trade them for anything. But that doesn’t mean that I love every minute of being a mom and it doesn’t mean that being a new mom is fun or easy or that every mom feels that new mom glow every minute of every day, if at all. So, I’ve made it my mission to bring light to the subject to make sure that every new mom knows she’s not alone. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
Labor Day is an American federal holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. But what does Labor Day mean to you? Says Kristen of Triangle Moms on Main, "When I was growing up, it was the beginning of the school year and the end of the summer. For the fashion-conscious, it used to be the last day to wear your white pants and shoes, although I'm told that rule has gone by the wayside. Pools have their final parties of the season, malls have sales, rates for beach rentals go down the day after. Now I celebrate it as the unofficial-official beginning of the NFL and college football seasons, and as the kick off to NASCAR as well. We also celebrate with parties, picnics, and the occasional local parade."
Whether you celebrate Labor Day as a chance to relax from the daily work grind (and hats off to all the working moms reading this post today) or as another long-weekend with the family alongside the pool and BBQ, Labor Day has a special meaning to everyone.
And here on Triad Moms on Main, we took the liberty to define "Labor Day" in our own way. For the past week TMoM readers had the chance to vote on their favorite "Labor Day" story submission, and today we announce the winner who will receive a $100 Visa gift card, thanks to Women's Hospital of Cone Health. Drumroll please... Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
Both of my children have June birthdays. Their birthdays are just a few days apart, and my husband and I both have birthdays in August, so our summers have always been a lot of fun. It got me thinking about what times of the year are the best times to give birth.
In a perfect world, we’d count back nine to ten months from the month we’d like to give birth, and try to conceive somewhere in that area. But in the real world with miscarriages, infertility, and just bad luck, unfortunately we know that cannot always happen so easily. Read More
Sponsored by Joyful Noise Kindermusik
Come celebrate with Joyful Noise Kindermusik as we open our new location at Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro. Open House and FREE class times are listed below.
Kindermusik is an age-appropriate music and movement program for kids age 0-7. Our approach is not only research-based and research-proven; it's so much fun for kids and caregivers. Come see for yourself why so many families are turning to Kindermusik to meet their children’s developmental needs. Visit juliedavidson.kindermusik.net to register for classes in Greensboro and Summerfield, or to try a free trial class at a later date. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
For all of us who have given birth, our version of "labor day" - no matter when it occurred in the calendar year - is one we will cherish. But at Women's Hospital in Greensboro, each and every day is a "labor day" to celebrate and remember!
We announced last week that Women's Hospital will reward the one TMoM reader with a $100 Visa gift card for having the most unique "labor day" story . Since running that announcement, we've received close to a dozen remarkable "labor of love" submissions. Each story was amazing, and while it was tough to narrow down our favorite submissions, the TMoM team selected four stories featured below.
Please take a moment to read each entry, and vote on your favorite. The entry that receives the most reader votes will win the $100 Visa gift card from Women's Hospital. The winner will be announced on Labor Day. Good luck to the finalists!
By Guest Blogger Cheryl Pratt, RN III BSN ICCE, Perinatal Education, Women's Hospital
At Women’s Hospital, every day is "Labor Day!" We get so many comments from birth moms with older children who praise perceived differences at our hospital from their first child to subsequent arrivals. Women’s Hospital continues to focus on keeping mother and baby together from the moment of delivery.
And this Labor Day, Women's Hospital is rewarding one TMoM reader with a $100 Visa gift card. Keep reading to find out more about Women's Hospital, and how you can win! Read More
By Guest Blogger Kendra McCurdy, volunteer with Piedmont Diaper Bank
If you are reading this post early today, tune to Fox 8 TV News at 9:30 am to see Valerie Glass, director and co-founder of Piedmont Diaper Bank, talk to Shannon Smith live this morning about how you can help support Piedmont Diaper Bank in your area of the Triad!
Life is full of choices. Coke or Pepsi? Ham or Turkey? Take the highway or take the back roads? Rent or buy my next home? Some only seem important right now, others will have a life-long effect. Some decisions are more difficult to make than others.
Food or diapers for my children? That was the choice Renee M. of Winston-Salem had to make just a few years ago when both she and her husband were simultaneously out of work and struggling to find new jobs. Read More
By Guest Blogger Sarah Scott, founder of A Safe Space Playgroup
When I found out I am pregnant with our second child, the first thing I did was tell my husband, the second was to download every pregnancy app I could find. Okay, so maybe that was like number ten on my priority list, but it was definitely imperative that I had the support in place, in addition to finding the right high risk OB. A seasoned pro in pregnancy since my first pregnancy had been a high-risk situation, I wanted to make sure I was not lacking in information or support this time around.
I want to share with you some of the apps I downloaded and help you make an informed decision before you hang your head in shame after buying $30 on apps like I did. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
I only have nine years of parenting experience and two kids to show for it. But I can say that along the way I learned a few tips that are worth passing along. I had one very easy baby and one colicky-wanna-pull-your-hair-out-baby. Many of these tips worked for both.
If you are expecting or have a newborn in your home right now, congrats to you! I hope these tips will help save you some frustration in the months ahead. For the rest of our readers who have "Been there, done that" I would love for you to share your tips in the comment section below. The more help we can give to a new mom, the better! Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
Are you familiar with this recent news story in which a Texas mother was found guilty for the death of her two-month-old son? The baby died in the night while co-sleeping with her and her husband. Not only is the story tragic, but it’s also bizarre and unthinkable. This same couple lost an infant son just one year prior as a result of a similar co-sleeping situation.
When it comes to the topic of co-sleeping, I have no first-hand knowledge. But it’s a topic that has always intrigued me. I never even knew the concept existed until after I had a baby and met other mothers – and fathers – who co-sleep with their child and swear by it. I’ve also met parents who co-sleep with more than one child (and I've often wondered how the second child ever happened!) Then I’ve met moms who wind up in this situation not by choice and either stress about it or accept it. Just about everyone I’ve talked to about co-sleeping is familiar with the dangers of co-sleeping, yet many choose this way of life anyway. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
When is the right time to put your child through pacifier detox? And how do you do it? As we all know, every child is different. Some children never take a pacifier. It could be because they were never offered one by Mom & Dad or because they just didn’t want it. Some kids and babies prefer to suck on their thumbs or fingers, and some don’t need anything at all. I had one of each – my son took a pacifier before we even left the hospital. My daughter wanted nothing to do with it, but never sucked her thumb either.
Some parents are against pacifiers while others have them on their baby registry before their little one even arrives! Some parents think they are OK for just a while, and others are saying, “Why can’t they just have their binky as long as they want?” The American Academy of Pediatrics does say pacifiers are OK throughout baby's first year. They may soothe fussy babies, help them go to sleep, and research has shown that they may help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The cons of using a pacifier are that early pacifier use may interfere with breast-feeding. They are also found to be responsible for 25% of ear infections in children under age 3, and your child may become dependent on the pacifier. Read More
By Guest Blogger, Alice Edwards
What’s in a name? Well quite a lot actually, as it’s what you use to make that all-important first impression. No wonder then that many parents find choosing the perfect name for their baby a daunting task. Celebrity baby names are having a huge influence on baby name trends. The name Hazel soared in popularity after Julia Roberts named her baby girl, as did Gracie (Faith Hill’s daughter), Romeo (Victoria and David Beckham) and even the unusual name Tabatha is enjoying a come-back after the name was used by Sarah Jessica Parker. Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
Well, sort of. I mean, she is a baby...but not a baby baby. But right now she's the baby in our house and we're doting on her as such. What am I talking about?
Remember when I blogged about longing for another baby? I wasn't kidding, but that plan is not realistic for our family. Instead we did the next best thing (at least for us)...we got a puppy baby! And I have to say, after mothering two human babies over the past eight years, I cannot believe the similarities with mothering a puppy. Of course to different degrees! Read More
By Guest Blogger JoAnne Clifford, author of the blog Life with the Triplets Plus One
All I remember is that it was hot. It was August in Florida and I was just struggling to stay cool while it was 95 degrees outside. I was also waist deep in laundry, diapers, and bottles - the by-products of eight months of caring for my recently born triplets. I was happy, but exhausted. With the triplets being eight months old, I finally felt like I could see a light at the end of the tunnel. I was exiting the baby haze brought on by newborns and was starting to finally feel confident and sure about my family's future and what it would hold. I was starting to feel normal again and then ...
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By Guest Blogger, Katie Reynolds
After 18 fast years of parenting, we were given a do-over. As parents, I think we all wish for a do-over now and again – or maybe a rewind button, “wish I had the opportunity to handle that better.” Well at 43 years old – with four children from 11-18, we were blessed with Patrick. He is our second chance to parent with some real hind-sight. Patrick is now 2 years old. He has a brother in college, 2 brothers in high school and a sister in middle school. He has four role models, playmates, babysitters (woohoo!) and lifelong friends. “Geriatric” parenting does have its benefits.
Some ask – how do you do it? Starting over is daunting after you’ve tucked away the potty seat and the sippy cups; and our home was somewhat less than baby proofed. We now have outlet covers everywhere, and our living room is decorated in primary colors with a construction truck motif. “My little brother drew on my homework” is a totally legit excuse in our house. Read More
By Guest Blogger Kelly Hines
I'm an unlikely lactivist. No one in my family breastfed. At the time Katie was born, I had no close friends, or even acquaintances, that had breastfed. I don't even own a pair of Birkenstocks. And yet, when I finally got the hang of it with Katie, something really kind of amazing happened. In the midst of all the hormones and emotions and doubts and concerns and obsessive worry about what kind of mother I might turn out to be - I found a quiet moment where nothing existed but me and my baby.
Nursing Katie was rough in the beginning. I thought we were doing okay in the hospital, under the guidance of the Tit Nazi (the one who grabbed my boob and shoved it in that tiny mouth). But when we got home, I freaked. Katie cried and cried and my milk didn't come in. My support system, trying to be supportive, suggested I give her a bottle. I didn't want to, and I don't even know why. I don't know why, suddenly, it was so important to me to breastfeed. Before having her, I'd had a pretty take it or leave it attitude, but now it was a matter of pride. Of failing, without feeling like I'd even really tried. Read More
By Rachel Hoeing
If you have a baby or are expecting one soon, you will definitely want to take note of today's blog! And if you are way past the baby stage, we have some great baby gift ideas below!
I asked our readers for their favorite baby products on the market right now. Thank you to all of you who submitted your faves! A few of these are new and some are classics that you claimed you cannot live without. Click on the name of each product to visit the corresponding website. If you have a favorite baby product, please share it in our comment section below! Read More
By Katie Moosbrugger
It hit me like a ton of bricks. First it happened at my son’s preschool. Then again near the YMCA daycare. Both times it made me stop dead in my tracks. Part of me experienced an overwhelming sense of sadness, while another part of me just wanted to savor it.
What, or who, was doing this to me? It wasn’t a physical being of any sort. It was “new baby smell.” You know, that undeniable scent of diapers and baby powder. What? I know it sounds crazy but it seems like ages since I had a good whiff of either. I’m just not around baby stuff anymore, and the fragrance was welcoming. It was unexpected. And it was a little overwhelming. In fact, I actually sensed a longing for another baby! Read More