Good morning, friends! I hope you all had a great week. Ours was … busy! Between getting our car situation figured out thanks to a suicidal deer, my little brother getting engaged to his sweet and beautiful girlfriend (now fiance!), and having to put Paisley on Prozac (more on that next week), the past seven days has been a roller coaster to say the least!
But, enough about me. Let’s get this show on the road, shall we?
1. I say “No!” way too much these days …
And so does Owen, come to think of it. So I was not surprised when I read that saying “no” too much can desensitize toddlers to the word. Fortunately, Parents magazine wrote an article on different ways to say “no” without actually saying it. My favorite is “Food is for eating, not for flinging.” Owen seems to really enjoy flinging his food here lately.
2. Yay! An article that doesn’t make formula feeding moms feel like complete and utter failures!
Ugh. I suffered from so much guilt when Owen gave up the boob for the bottle, and one of the things I heard a lot was that formula-fed babies tend to not know when their full and therefore gain more weight in their first year of life, which may lead to obesity later. I was happy to read this article by Koa Beck with mommish.com, who wrote “researchers learned that when the amino acid glutamate was added to formula, babies often consumed less and exhibited no signs of hunger.” Hopefully when we’re ready to have baby number 2, formula will be even more like breast milk, ’cause this mama is not stressing over breastfeeding again!
3. Early Puberty? Yuck!
This babycenter.com blog post by Betsy Shaw investigates what is causing the rise in early puberty. Obesity? Chemicals? Environment? It was short, interesting and worth the read!
4. Baby Blues? Post Partum Depression? MannlyMama has a plan!
One of my favorite bloggers, Brandy at MannlyMama, is doing a two part series on her experience with post partum depression and her plan for her second baby, due in July. I suffered from minor PPD, and I think it’s important that this topic continues to be discussed among mothers, ’cause depression sucks. Check it out!
5. Beach Bound, Baby!
We’re going to the beach in a few weeks, and I was a little nervous! Then, I remember that my friend from high school, Danielle, has the cutest blog and posted her beach survival tips last summer. If you’re heading on a beach vacation anytime soon, I recommend you check out her posts, which you can find here, here, and here.
That’s all for this week! What are your weekend plans? Happy Easter!