When Your Baby Is in the ICU

This is a story about the time we took Lauren to the pediatrician and didn’t come home for five days. It is also a cautionary tale about why you should always shower before you take your kid to the doctor, no matter how early the appointment. Lauren’s two month well baby visit was scheduled for a Monday morning in March. The pediatrician’s office is about five minutes from our house, so I thought we’d be gone for an hour, max. “I’ll just shower after the appointment,” I said to myself. Oops. Everything was going according to plan, until the doctor listened […]

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When Your Baby Won’t Eat

Lauren at two days old. Here’s what it’s like when your baby won’t eat. She may scream and cry and kick and arch when you try to feed her. I know how you feel. She may only eat half an ounce during a feeding, and you may be feeding her around the clock for months. I know how you feel. She may be miserable, and it will break your heart. I know how you feel. Other people may tell you that all babies are difficult, as if your expectations are the problem. I know how you feel. Other people may […]

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The Essentials: Exclusive Breast Pumping

I’ll spare you the photos of my underthings. Since Lauren was my first baby, I thoroughly researched every decision from the stroller to the nail scissors. By the end of my pregnancy, I was so burned out that breastfeeding and pumping fell to the wayside, and I thought I would figure it out when the baby was here. As it turned out, Lauren struggled with breastfeeding and poor weight gain from the beginning. When she was admitted to the hospital at two months for a heart issue, I decided to switch to exclusive breast pumping. Prior to this, I didn’t know that exclusive pumping was […]

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