When did back to school get so complicated? It seems like every year the school supply lists get longer and less about actual school supplies and more about the extra classroom supplies that the schools should supply. Unfortunately, that is not the case these days and teachers are already underpaid as it is so I understand the need to help them out. That being said, this is what our school supply list for Kindergarten looked like:
It took us four stores and $60 but we did it! The only thing we did not buy was scissors because Liam has no thumbs and so he does not use scissors. I’m pretty proud of only spending $60, I looked for everything on sale. The only two things on the list that gave me trouble were the “primary fat pencils” so I just bought regular pencils and the “primary composition books” so I just bought wide ruled books. The stores we went to were Target, Winn Dixie, Office Max, and Dollar Tree.
It’s World Breastfeeding Week from August 1st until the 7th and the theme this year is all about juggling breastfeeding and working.
As a working mom who went back to work at 7 weeks postpartum and has been pumping since then, this theme is very special to me! If it wasn’t for my job allowing me to pump at work, my breastfeeding attempts would have failed. Best of all, my job is still allowing me to pump at work despite the fact that my daughter is now 13 months old and by law they only have to allow me to take pump breaks the first year. Of course, I do my part by not pumping if we’re too busy and by eliminating my pump breaks on my Sunday shifts because that was always the hardest day to find time. Luckily my daughter now only needs milk if I work at night and only about 3 ounces before bed while I usually pump 5+ ounces. She’s stopped nursing during my one day shift on Sunday’s and is content with water and solids until I get home after about 7 hours apart. My situation isn’t common though. I work at a restaurant and only work 4 days a week. Most women struggling with pumping work full time, 5 days a week from 9-5, and need to pump 3 times a day in the beginning. And their children are usually in a daycare where the caregivers aren’t properly educated on paced bottle feeding or other breastfeeding/formula feeding differences. Read more ›
From the beginning I knew I wanted to do something really special for my daughter’s first birthday. When I came into my stepson’s life he was 3 and I don’t plan to have another child so this was my one and only chance to plan a first birthday. I started planning in January, meanwhile Delilah’s birthday wasn’t for almost another 6 months. I started by picking a theme and then making a Pinterest board. I chose Minnie Mouse which ended up being a great choice because 3 weeks after Delilah’s birthday we were going to Disney World! Although I didn’t know that at the time.