21 Jan 2011
in Allergies, Anxiety, Babies, Breast Feeding, Food, Picky Eaters & Feeding Issues, Health, Transitions, Uncategorized
Tags: Allergies, Anxiety, Babies, Breast Feeding, Feeding Issues, Transitions
Breastfeeding was not easy for me. I wanted to be good at it and do the best thing for my babies. The intense pressure I felt to do the best for my babies was both internal and external. We all hear repeatedly that breast milk is the best nutritional choice. It helps defend against infections, prevents allergies, protects against a number of chronic conditions, helps you bond with your baby, and supposedly makes your child smarter. One thing I learned early on about parenting is that things don’t always work out as you thought, hoped, or planned for. I know that sounds obvious, but that was hard for me to accept back when I was a serious type A personality, and felt the need to be a perfect mother (I’ve since realized that’s impossible and unnecessary—phew!!).
Bella was my first baby. I loved snuggling with her and gazing at her while sitting in the rocking chair breastfeeding. It was so peaceful and beautiful, at first. Then something changed. I started feeling anxious and trapped. I didn’t feel comfortable breastfeeding in public, it began hurting more and more, I hated pumping, and Bella started throwing up and crying excessively. I didn’t know what to do. More
17 Jan 2011
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This website is for all you parents out there who want to hear the real ins and outs of being a mom. We will discuss the moments, days, feelings, and experiences that most moms don’t usually share with anyone but their closest friends. Almost every mom I’ve met has said that no one ever told her what it’s really like to be a parent. You hear about how wonderful, fun, and lovey everything is (and that’s true), but people don’t tell you about the craziness, unpredictability, and all-encompassing reality of what it’s like to raise kids. I wish I would’ve known the truth sooner, so that I never would’ve felt like a failure for not being perfect. Thankfully, I don’t feel that way anymore–what is perfect, anyway!?! I am perfectly unperfected and so are you. Let’s help all the mom’s out there feel good about themselves and their children, by being real.
This is a place for EVERYONE to have honest, direct dialogue without judgment. Secrets will be told and almost anything goes. We will cover every topic imaginable–the good, the bad, and the funny. Several of my friends will be on-going contributors, and we hope you will comment often. Let yourself be heard! Dads are welcome too. Please share your stories, send us comments and pictures, and tell the truth. As long as you are speaking your truth, you are welcome here. Please be kind to each other, interact, and ask questions.
No nude pictures or completely deviant comments, please.
Liz Nord is the creator of www.secretsofmoms.com. She is a wife and mother of two daughters ages six and nine. She loves family, running, reading, seeking knowledge, baking, laughing, innovating, traveling, in-depth conversations, sunshine, and outdoor adventures. She earned a B.A. in Communications, and completed graduate editing courses at the University of Washington. Liz has published articles in a number of magazines, newspapers, and on numerous websites. She has been a guest on the Leeza Gibbons talk show, Hollywood Confidential, and serves on the Editing Certificate Advisory Board at the University of Washington. She is also the co-creator of Plus-Size Models Unite. She is passionate about promoting healthy self-esteem, positive body image, and confidence. She believes in cultivating who you are truly meant to be and embracing your unique self.
We are an eclectic, intelligent, fun group of women, who are all here to share our parenting experiences. Introducing the rest of the team: More