16 Signs You Might Be a Millennial Mom

Thursday, February 23, 2017 By Jessica Tomes

It’s official. According to new U.S. Census Bureau data, we millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) are taking over. And motherhood, it seems, is no exception. Roughly one in five moms is a millennial; we account for 90% of the approximately 1.5 million new moms last year. Wow, that’s a whole lot of millennial moms. But don’t worry, world. For all the negative things generations before us like to say about millennials, we seem to be doing just fine. We are figuring this parenting thing out. And I have faith we are fully capable. Plus, we know all the best Instagram…


Pregnant at the Barre?

Monday, February 20, 2017 By Jessica Tomes

“Keeping active during pregnancy has a myriad of benefits for both mom and baby,” says Deanna Cordo, owner of YogaBarre Wellness and mother of two. Mom may experience an easier labor and delivery, more energy, fewer of the typical pregnancy aches and pains, better immunity, and a better bounce-back postpartum. Potential benefits for baby include a healthier heart and brain, as well as a tendency toward a healthier lifestyle and even (future) athleticism. Who would have thought, right? But it makes sense when you really think about it. We, as parents, have an opportunity to role model so many of…


Breast Augmentation and Baby: Here’s What You Should Know

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 By Jessica Tomes

Should I Get My Boobs Done Before Babies? The decision to have a breast augmentation is a very personal one, a decision that only you can make for yourself. It’s about what you want and your quality of life. There is no perfect time to have a boob job. Many women will wait until they are done having children and done breastfeeding to take the plunge, but that doesn’t mean that you have to wait. I know women who have had breast augmentation surgery after a couple of kids, knowing full well they may decide to have more down the…


Sex Drive After Baby

Thursday, January 26, 2017 By Jessica Tomes

Did you know that it’s completely normal to have a decreased sex drive after giving birth? I had no clue until I experienced it firsthand. This feeling can actually last for months; however, most women report this decrease in libido to be temporary. Some women also report a decreased sex drive while breastfeeding, saying it returned once baby weaned and they stopped nursing completely. But if you think about it, doesn’t it stand to reason that a life change so major would have an impact on your love life? After all, a new baby affects everything else . . ….


New Year Nutrition for the Entire Family

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 By Jessica Tomes
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Every new year, many individuals and families resolve to get healthier. Wanting to get healthy is a great first step. But knowing how to get started can be a little more challenging. (Raises both hands and waves them around desperately.) We recently chatted with Erin Pelias, certified health coach and owner of Mommy Roux, to see what practical, easily-implemented tips and tricks she has for us, as we barrel headfirst into another busy year. We weren’t surprised to hear her say that good health begins with good nutrition — from day one. But what should we be putting into our bodies?…


5 Silly Things Your Child-Free Friends Might Say

Monday, January 9, 2017 By Jessica Tomes

What do they say, “Kids say the darnedest things?” I know this to be true; I’ve got three. They really do say some hysterically funny things. (My daughter came home from preschool last year with an adorable craft for Mother’s Day. Her teachers had interviewed her, asking her some questions about mommy, and recorded her answers for posterity. When they asked her what mommy liked to do for fun, she responded “make babies.” In all fairness, I was pregnant at the time. I basically died. From laughter, of course.) You know who also say the darnedest things? My child-free friends. You…


What is Eat, Play, Sleep?

Friday, December 30, 2016 By Jessica Tomes
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When it comes to caring for baby, many baby experts— including the author of the widely lauded Baby Wise book — advocate a parent-led schedule. With a parent-led schedule, you (the parent) set the daily agenda: you determine when baby eats, plays, and sleeps (usually in that order). Parents who operate on this kind of schedule, aren’t fond of deviation. Many say that timing things (down to the minute) and being consistent helps baby learn to regulate her internal clock, and gives her the structure she needs to thrive. Children (babies included) love routine. Creating a schedule is beneficial to…


Dealing With a Picky Eater

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 By Jessica Tomes

“From a brain (developmental) standpoint, everything revolves around nutrition. Feeding milestones precede any other milestones. Increased nutrition means an increased IQ. If a baby struggles to suckle, this affects her entire development. If you want to have a healthy baby, a healthy family — you’ll have healthy things like blueberries around for snacking. If mom and dad are healthy, baby will be less picky,” says Speech Language Pathologist and Feeding Specialist Dawn Winkelman, M.S. , CCC-SLP. Picky eaters. We all know one (or ten). Don’t we, moms? My toddler only wants to eat chicken nuggets, when she wants to eat…


Transitioning Baby to a Crib

Monday, December 26, 2016 By Jessica Tomes
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“Given a choice, your brand-new baby would sleep in your arms, in a sling, or at your side for every single nap and all night long, every night. That’s because your baby is one smart cookie! What’s not to love about the warmth and security of loving arms and the comfort of a familiar heartbeat, not to mention delicious, comforting milk at the ready, especially if Mommy is breastfeeding?” says Elizabeth Pantley, author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns. Many well-intended new parents end up co-sleeping (at least in part) out of sheer necessity. Sleep deprivation is a nasty,…


What (Most) Moms Really Want For Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2016 By Jessica Tomes
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Ask a mom what she wants for Christmas. I dare you. She will probably respond with something altruistic like, “I want nothing more than my family’s health and happiness.” Or “I really don’t need anything. I have plenty. Maybe peace on Earth, or a cure to childhood cancer?” Because we’re moms, and this is what we do. We deflect. We constantly worry about taking too much time for ourselves, and don’t even ask us to spend money on something silly like a day at the spa. Nope, not gonna happen. It’s like when you become a mom, you start to…