My [short] stint as a SAHM [stay at home mom]

I went back to work 6 weeks after Ryan was born. I quit when he was 7 months old and started a new job immediately after. But something that’s more than a little awesome? I teach [college] so I have a super long winter break…. about 5 weeks off! Granted, my winter “break” was jam packed with activities, but I was absolutely a SAHM for a month.

It was tough, not gonna lie.

It was so easy to get stuck in a rut–I blame this nasty cold thing we call winter–but my energy to

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to teach in the best way possible

I started my new job on Monday teaching 4 sections of introductory human biology at a community college (2 classes MWF, 2 classes TTh). I passed out a questionnaire and told the students they didn’t even have to write their name on it because I wasn’t grading it; it was just for my own curiosity. I wanted to know where they were coming from–how much background knowledge they had. I also included some questions like “what’s your favorite area of biology” and “what are your expectations of me, as your instructor?” I

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I’m a working & breastfeeding mama

Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!

This post was written as part of The Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about breastfeeding and employment. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th through the 31st!

About three months ago, I

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Priorities: why I pump at work

Two major articles out right now: The Economic Consequences of Breastfeeding (Wall Street Journal) and Study: Lack of breastfeeding costs lives, billions of dollars (CNN). I’m going to start with the latter.

Nearly 1,000 (991 to be exact) lives and BILLIONS ($13b) of dollars would be saved if women would just breastfeed for the first 6 months of life. This is in the United States alone–yes, we have that poor of breastfeeding rates.

In 2009, a report by the CDC stated that 74% of women start breastfeeding at birth (not

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Life and Body After Baby: 8 weeks post-partum

Whew, time flies! First, I want to thank all my readers for sticking around through this New Mom Event. I got wayyy more sponsors than I thought I would and underestimated how long it’d take me to get through all of them (while taking care of a newborn). It seems like all I do is post reviews and giveaways now, but don’t worry… once they’re all over (SOON! promise!), I’ll be back to writing about pregnancy/baby/family, etc. And I can’t wait! So, again, thank you 🙂

Body after baby: I’m down 22 pounds I

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Back at work with a 6-week-old baby

Many of you know I started back at work on Monday… 6 weeks after Ryan was born, making me a WOHM (work outside of the home mom). Right now I’m doing ~28 hours a week and working my way up to full-time eventually. My husband works nights so right now we’re able to take care of Ryan at home with our opposing schedules, which is realllllllly wonderful–but also leaves the two of us no time to spend together!

Ryan is an awesome sleeper. He goes down anywhere from 8:30pm to 10:30pm (usually right in

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