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From the NICU to the Breast: Stage 1

This post is part 1 of a post series that I writing about my experience leaving the NICU with bottle fed preemie babies (twins) and our adventure transiting to exclusive breast feeding. After our twin sons' birth at 32 weeks and 3 days gestation, … Continue Reading

It Doesn’t Last Forever

A running theme in my life is this: "It doesn't last forever. It's only a phase. You can do this." Whether it's the constant state of disarray in my house, the sleepless nights, or the repetition of 'round-the-clock feedings, it's helpful to … Continue Reading

Birth Story: Cole and Luke

The birth story of Cole and Luke began a whole month before they were born. For those of you who are unfamiliar with my obstetric history, it all began at 28 weeks when my water broke unexpectedly. The date was Wednesday December 22nd, three days … Continue Reading

Catching Up Is Fun To Do – #14

Breaking up may be hard to do, but catching up is fun to do, and that's exactly what we're doing on Episode #14!  Jamie shares about how she is adjusting to being a mom of three, with twin newborns and an 18 month old at home!  Krista tells about … Continue Reading

Daycare Questions (Interview With Becky O.)

A couple of days ago, I sat down with my sister, Becky Oliver, who is an experienced infant teacher at a daycare and asked her some questions to share with Playdate Crashers everywhere. Below is a transcript from our interview. Jamie: What are … Continue Reading

Best of Both Worlds (Guest Post by Jen M.)

Jen is our guest interview on Moms @ Work (Part 3) - #13! Make sure you listen to her interview and check out the giveaway of one of her products! You arise at 6:30 in the morning and start the coffee pot and your computer before the rest of the … Continue Reading

You do what?? (Guest Post by Shaina N.)

I have the best job in the world. No, really. I do. Before I was born, my Mom worked as a nurse. When I came along, she decided to stay home with me. Except she needed a little extra income to add to my Dads paycheck. So she and her mother banded … Continue Reading

Serwa Chic Giveaway! **Closed!**

This giveaway closed at midnight on Monday, February 7th, 2011! Angie E. is our winner! Congratulations! We are thrilled to be able to give away a Serwa Chic Long Sleeve Bib to one of our listeners! Jen is our featured interview on our podcast … Continue Reading

Full Time Career and Full Time Mom (Guest Post by Jen S.)

From daily routines to child care and potty training, Jen covers it all in this guest post! With three kids, she's had many different work schedules and decided what works for them. I am the Executive Director of Practice Management at Aultman … Continue Reading

Daycare (Guest Post by Kristine C.)

First I must make a confession… I’ve only stepped foot in a day care once. My family has been lucky enough to have a sitter. When I went back to work after having my son, Kaden, we worked out a schedule where I would work three ten hour days. So … Continue Reading

Prodromal Labor: The Purgatory of Pregnancy

Some of you may have noticed a decrease in my presence here and on Facebook. The reason is that over the weekend I managed to lose myself in what I am now calling the purgatory of pregnancy, more commonly known as prodromal labor (best identified by … Continue Reading

Working Mom (Guest Post by Kristine C.)

When I was a little girl I dreamed of being a stay at home mom. My mom stayed home with all her kids and now she watches my cousin’s child. Every time you would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always a mommy. Fast forward … Continue Reading

Moms @ Work (Part 1) – #11

This episode is Part 1 of a 3-Part series, Moms @ Work, all about Working Moms' Issues! This episode features an interview with Lindsey Simpkins, a working mother of a two year old named Gavin. We know you'll love her insights about being a … Continue Reading

Baby Carrier Follow Up!

A few weeks ago, I did a 14 day trial of three buckle baby carriers from Heavenly Hold - a Beco Butterfly 2, a Beco Gemini, and a Boba 2G. I did a video review that I posted for the blog and then purchased one of the carriers. I ended up buying one … Continue Reading

Birth Story: Will

I went to the doctor for my weekly appointment on a Wednesday at 37 weeks and 5 day. When we got there my blood pressure was high, 140/100, so they sent us over to labor and delivery to be monitored. My pressure has been pretty good for the most … Continue Reading

Food For Tots – #10

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We discuss: - Starting solids:  When and how? - Jarred baby foods - Homemade baby foods Wholesome Baby Food Grinding Rice for Rice Cereal - Baby led weaning Baby Led Weaning - Transitioning to table food - Picky eaters - … Continue Reading

Baby Carrier Review

After you view the video, click here to find out what Krista ended up purchasing! … Continue Reading

Krista’s Baby Carrier Review

Did you watch the video review? Here's a quick round-up of my thoughts on each carrier: Boba 2G Organic, Willow - Great design, really nice fit, love the removable foot straps for older kids, love the color combos, just wish there were more … Continue Reading

Breast Friends – #9

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We discuss: - What's new with The Playdate Crashers - Jamie's hospital bedrest - Krista's return from holiday travels and preparing for potty training - Why we each decided to breastfeed - Our personal breastfeeding stories:  Jamie & Will, … Continue Reading

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Parenthood

Ok, before I delve into this post let me offer this disclaimer. I am not a Sci-Fi nerd I swear, but if you are, you may appreciate my application of a simple truth that comes from the science fiction series, Douglas Adam's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the … Continue Reading