My Mama Adventure

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Guest Post: The Right Age to Start Swim Lessons

Written By: Kaitlin Gardner, Guest Blogger

What Is The Right Age To Start Swim Lessons?

Children can have hours of fun in the water. Parents want to offer their kids the opportunity to enjoy all the enjoyment the pool can provide. But the water has inherent risks, and teaching the kids how to swim will help them be safe when they are around the water. When is your child the right age for swim lessons?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Guest Post: One Mom's Journey with Postpartum Depression

Written By: Mary Kay, Guest Blogger

Oh, Those Baby Blues…

It was the happiest moment of my life. I had just found out that the child I had been carrying inside of me was, in fact, a boy.  Although my husband and I never found out the gender of our little French-fry, I had always had a feeling that we would be calling our little one Ben instead of Beth.  

I had a son. A beautiful baby boy with a pair of beautiful baby blues. My Everything. And nothing in the world could bring me down off of my cloud 9... That is until the drugs wore off. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bottles & Breastmilk: Tips For The Exclusive Pumping Mama

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I sometimes feel like the exclusive pumping mom gets left out in the circle of breastfeeding moms. I've at times felt that since my son didn't nurse due to an oral aversion that I am less than in the eyes of other breastfeeding moms. It's a lonely place to be when you feel like you are doing your best for your child, but others still want to judge you for not "trying harder" or "giving up."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Guest Post: Three is the Magic Number

Written and Posted with Permission By: Lauren of lo-wren

Not one, not two, but three.  Three is the number of times I had to miscarry in order for my miscarriages to be deemed ‘recurrent’, and for my health insurance to cover testing to find a cause.  It didn't matter that my first two miscarriages happened within six months of each other, nor did it matter that there were signs of a possible underlying cause (clotting present with both miscarriages).  I had to wait until I lost my third baby to be ‘labeled’ and for insurance to ‘deem’ that there was a problem worthy of being resolved by testing; I suffered my third miscarriage, in under a year and a half, yesterday.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Guest Post: Pregnancy Loss and Rainbow Baby - A Story of Hope

Pregnancy Loss and Rainbow Baby - A Story of Hope - My Mama Adventure

Written By: Brandi, Guest Blogger

Brandi's Story:

In November 2010, we found out we were pregnant after trying for one month. I had the fairy tale pregnancy… no morning sickness, very little swelling, never miserable, etc. We found out in February that we were having a little boy, whom we named Noah.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Travelin' with Baby #Giveaway Hop {Featuring Planet Wise} #BabyTravels


Welcome to the [3rd Annual] Travelin’ with Baby Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

We’ve got a fabulous group of bloggers that have come together to offer giveaways on the best products that make traveling with baby a success - so be sure to hop around to them all. Don't miss out on the amazing new stroller from Combi USA - the F2 Stroller which is the ultimate lightweight stroller that makes traveling with baby a breeze and a fabulous set of reusable snack pouches and bags from Yummi Pouch! Enter the Grand Prize Here.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Guest Post: Pumping Struggles from a Working Mom

Pumping Struggles from a Working Mom - My Mama Adventure #breastfeeding #pumping

Written By: Mary Kay, Guest Blogger

Failure. Loser. Unfit mother. Okay, I may be being a bit dramatic.  But I have never felt as inept as I do when I'm trying to pump breast milk for my 6 month old son. 

When I first found out I was pregnant, my husband suggested breastfeeding and my visceral reaction was to scream "hell-to-the-no" and then gag to the point of near vomit. In fact, during our parenting classes, they showed an animated video clip of what your nipple would look like as it was being suckled on. During this lovely video, I actually told my husband he could take the breastfeeding and shove it. It looked painful. It looked uncomfortable. And to be completely honest, my motherly instinct hadn't quite kicked in yet and I was being selfish. I didn't want to be in pain any more than I had to (wasn't labor enough??).