I lay semi-awake in my bed, afraid to open my eyes for fear of not being able to close them again for quite sometime. I listen for the sound of the baby sleeping in the bassinet next to me. Not a peep, although the fullness in my breasts and wet spots on my shirt are what woke me, not him. I listen intently though, trying to figure out what time it is, or how many hours could have passed since I awoke last. I honestly have no idea these days; it could be 5 minutes or 5 hours.Read More
Being a parent is a lot of work for whoever is doing it. While there are a lot of resources available for moms, dads need assistance, too. Learning some of these skills will help in the everyday life, and help you and your child focus more on joy and happiness. Here is some advice on how to make being a single dad a little easier.Read More
What better way to know what babies and kids want/need than by trusting in a business run by parents who have already experienced the same struggles, challenges, and victories you. the consumer, has or soon will?Read More
You've read books, you've asked friends and family, and you've spent countless hours on Google trying to understand the change that is coming your way. We get it. We did the same thing. In fact, all new parents do. The truth is, every baby is different, every parent is different, therefore every experience is different. There are, however, those few things that happen to ALL parents.Read More
Working parents, I feel you. We get up in the morning, get everyone ready to face the day, then hand our children over to someone else (nanny, daycare, school, grandparents, etc…) for the next several hours. Where do we find or make the time to spend time with our family?Read More
Adoption isn’t a new invention. It’s not a foreign concept to most and I would bet that a lot of folks you know have a family member or two that are adopted. If you, like us, adopt a child who is born addicted to narcotics, your rollercoaster just has a couple extra loops. But just like a day spent at Busch Gardens, the queezy feeling is totally worth it.Read More
My family and I were recently part of a lifestyle photo shoot with our photographer. I honestly did not know what to expect from this experience, but as you will see below, the outcome was simply amazing. I absolutely LOVED the realness and rawness behind this shoot and even though I will always love the "planned" photos of my family, this really made me realize what a beautiful mess we all are.Read More
We are pleased to announce that we now include cooking, cleaning, and dog walking services in ALL ITAV boxes!Read More
It’s a question every first-time parent asks themselves before leaving the hospital. “Are they really just gonna let me take this thing home with me?” Rest assured, you two will get along just fine. You actually have a lot more in common than you think. For the first few days or even weeks, you will both be wearing diapers. To be honest, your diaper change is a lot more involved than the baby. Never in my life did I think it would take me 20 minutes, a squirt bottle of water, and a hand to hold to take a piss.Read More
We've all been there before. That palm-meet-face moment when you wish you could take back something you just said to a relative or friend, only to remember that time travel is not yet possible and that you are now screwed. Typically, these comments can be excused and marked as ignorance or plain stupidity, but there is an instance where this type of behavior is not excusable.Read More
Being a parent is many different things. Amazing, joyous, a dream come true, fun. But my favorite word to describe it is: OVERWHELMING. The best advice I could ever give someone is simply this: The best way to keep it together is to allow yourself to fall apart.Read More
The truth is that previous to living in the magical world of efficiency and fast resolutions, there were teams of people caring for expecting moms, new moms, and babies. Midwives, wet nurses, apothecaries, nannies, neighbors... there was a village.Read More
It is important that we see our children as a whole and consider all of the skills they have learned rather than focusing on one specific milestone that they haven’t yet reached. Think of all the ways your baby does communicate. Applaud your baby for her success in other developmental domains, like gross motor movement and feeding skills. Be proud of your kid for just being so damn fun to be around.Read More
It's easy to console a stressed out parent and assure them everything is going to be okay when your own kid is on a well-behaved, healthy streak and you are getting 8+ hours of sleep every night. It's not so easy to offer said advice when you haven't slept in weeks and are about to lose your mind. The trick to solving this give-advice-get-advice-use-advice method is simple: accept the advice you give to others no matter the circumstance.Read More
With Thanksgiving safely behind us now, it dawned on me just how different the holidays are now that we have a toddler in tow. What used to be an easy, quick trip to mom's house for a few days is now an over-packed agenda, over-packed suitcase, and an under-prepared mom and dad.Read More
There is no denying that it takes a village to raise a child. But it also takes a village to support a mom. And I am so very thankful for my mama tribe.Read More
Mammaries, tater tots, fun bags, yams, sweater puppets, gazongas, boobs, breasts, and hooters. Like most straight men, at least I think, I have always been a huge fan of the cans. It's one of those admiration and attractions that I thought would be with me for life. I figured I'd be side-eyeing and cat-calling low-cut blouses into my eighties. And then, I had a child.Read More
I was recently featured in an article by Babygaga titled, 15 Mom-to-Mom Confessions about Pregnancy, and while it was such a great, on-point article, it made me think more about pregnancy from a different perspective: from the husband's point-of-view.
You see, for obvious reasons, the mom gets all the attention during pregnancy, and the baby gets all of it after birth. Naturally, this is typically how it goes. So, where does the dad fit into all this? To be honest and fair, he actually doesn't.
Which is why you should get on your knees and thank him...Read More
"Why don't you take a picture, it'll last longer!"
"Keep staring maybe I'll do a trick!"
"What the fuck are you looking at?"
These have all crossed my mind and possibly my lips over these previous 12 months as a nursing mama. I am beyond certain that I am not alone in the constant battle between nursing in public (NIP) and bystanders having to "witness" the atrocity that is a mom feeding her child. But, why do I feel like it's still an issue?
Well, because it is.Read More
High up there on the list of things people never tell you about pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum is how difficult breastfeeding can be, especially in the beginning. In an effort to break the silence, I’ve been very open about my struggle to breastfeed my son during the first month of his life. Every problem you can think of, we had it: latching difficulties, poor latch, lazy eating, fussy eating, the list goes on.Read More