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Father’s Day Blogging Carnival

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Here we are again, planning our next blog carnival. Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, The Booby Brigade has decided to devote the carnival to Dads. So calling all bloggers, moms and dads, send us your submissions.
Here are our guidelines:
Submissions are due, by email, on June 5th.
Entries should be on the very general topic of “Dads”…or as The Bear says, “Da Da.”
Entries do not have to be about breastfeeding. But they should be well-written– grammar counts!
If you’re accepted (we vote), you have to link to the other carnival contributors.
The Carnival will be on June 12th.
As for me, I’m going to have my husband write my post. Hey Dada…
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Exhaustion

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My husband coined a new term last week, “Exhaustitis Mamatosis.” Definition: (noun) a state of extreme exhaustion and fatigue experienced by moms. Symptoms include falling asleep during car rides, misplacing keys, self-inflicted injuries and circles under the eyes.
My most recent manifestation of E.M….a terribly clumsy fall last night. I tripped on one of the childproofing safety gates in the apartment, fell forward, knocking the gate off the wall and sending my plate (food and all) flying across the floor. I landed on top of the gate. Fortunately I only bruised my knee and ego.
So there you have it. Exhaustitis Mamatosis. In truth, my husband called it Exhaustitis Milfitosis, but I figured that required another level of explanation altogether. So let’s keep it more PG.
Are you too suffering from E.M? What have you done, or forgot to do as a result of E.M? And if you’ve got a cure, please let me know.

NY Store The Upper Breast Side Has a New Location

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I apologize up front to all of you who aren’t in New York City. But if you make it here for any reason, you’ve got to go check out The Upper Breast Side– a store dedicated to all things breastfeeding. Their slogan, “You bring your breasts, we’ve got the rest.”
This Upper West Side (hence the name) institution recently moved to a new location at 135 West 70th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam). I knew the store was moving, but I stumbled on the location today by accident, while watching a new mom carrying her infant in a sling. (I was impressed by her sling savvy. I was a total failure at the sling thing).
Anyway, this is THE place to go if you need a nursing top, breast pump, book– you name it. They will even help you find the perfect bra size. One caveat, double strollers with side by side seats won’t fit through the doorway. They’ll help you out. But maybe bring an extra set of hands with you if you have to bring two kiddos.

Presidential Candidates’ Positions on Abortion

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The New York Times has an excellent article today clearly outlining each of the presidential candidates’ position on abortion. Here’s the article.

Parenting Books I’m Reading Now

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Here’s what’s piled on my desk, nightstand and bookshelf at the moment:
City Baby: The Ultimate Guide for New York City Parents from Pregnancy to Preschool,” By Kelly Ashton and Pamela Weinberg. Since we moved back to NY a couple of years ago this has been my bible. I used it to find a music class for the kids, a yoga class for me, and some sane advice about preschools. If you don’t live in NY, you may want to check out one of these other versions of the book: City Baby Brooklyn, City Baby Los Angeles and City Baby Chicago. City Baby Boston and City Baby D.C. are coming soon. (Full disclosure: I met Pamela recently and she gave me some insightful advice on the whole book business thing).
“the milk memos: how real moms learned to mix business with babies– and how you can, too,” by Cate Colburn-Smith and Andrea Serrette. This book was written by some moms who work at IBM. It started as a series of entries in a collective notebook the moms kept in the office lactation room. The book has excerpts from that diary as well as practical advice for breastfeeding moms who go back to work.
Finally, “How To Feel Manly in a Minivan: The Desperate Dad’s Survival Guide,” by Craig Boreth. Boreth’s first book, “How To Iron Your Own Damn Shirt,” explained what men need to know about being the perfect husband. Now he’s tackling parenthood, with a guide that explains how to become a dad with your masculinity, sanity and lower back intact. Sounds like a good Father’s Day gift to me. (Another full disclosure here, Craig is a friend of a friend and he’s been giving me lots of tips about book marketing).
Now, if I could just get the kids to stop throwing the books from my nightstand to the floor!

Now I’ve Seen it All– A Double Stroller for Dolls

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Today I had one of those “now I’ve seen it all moments.” I saw a toddler pushing a toy double stroller down the street. Yes, it was a double! That’s when you know there’s been some sort of tipping point in demographics. In our neighborhood at least, real double strollers rule the sidewalk.
We, too, are part of the problem. Our kids may not be twins, but since they’re 18 months apart, we rock a double as well. In order to avoid pedestrians, and make it in and out of stores, we opted for a stadium seating sort of arrangement, The Jane Power Twin.
Pushing this thing is quite a work out. I’ve got 60 pounds of kids, 32 pounds of stroller, and maybe 10 pounds of diaper bag and stuff. That’s roughly 100 pounds I’m driving across pot holes, up curbs and through the park.
All of this lead me to some sort of sports injury this week. I pulled both calf muscles. Pretty pathetic. So I’m headed to the sofa now to nurse my wounds, and contemplate the state of children’s toys. Thankfully, our boys are happy with their single toy stroller. We don’t have room for another double in the apartment.

Happy Belated Mother’s Day

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I gave myself a small gift yesterday. No work. No writing. No blogging. No computer. It was lovely.
I decided to boycott my keyboard after a four hour car ride with the kids, and seeing Tanya’s post at The Motherwear Breastfeeding blog. Tanya tagged me to answer the following questions about how I’d like to take better care of myself. Here are her questions and my answers:
Set aside some time during which you can relax and reflect. Sit in a comfortable spot. Try not to think too much about your answers. Once you’ve answered, you’ll have a better idea of what you need to thrive. Ask yourself:
What do you miss most from your pre-baby life? Staying out late with my husband, without concerns about a 5:30 a.m. baby alarm clock.
What activity would renew, recharge, and reenergize your body? Taking modern dance classes on a regular basis. I have no more excuses now that I’ve weaned The Bear and it’s the spring time; I won’t freeze on the 10 minute walk to the dance studio.
What activity would renew, recharge, and reenergize your mind? Time alone.
What activity would renew, recharge, and reenergize your spirit? Sleep.
What gift can I give to myself today? Going to bed at 10:00 pm instead of 11:30.
When you look back at this time in your life, what will you regret not doing for yourself? Hiring an additional babysitter.
What is one thing – however small – that you can do to make self-care integral to my week? Exercising at least three times a week. Right now I don’t exercise at all, that is unless you count pushing a double stroller.
Now, I’m tagging Babytalkers, The Black Breastfeeding Blog and Cairo Mama to answer these questions.

Things That Happen After Weaning

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I’ve been visiting my brother and sister in law and their 6 day old little peanut…the G Man…and the strangest thing keeps happening. Every time I see the baby, one of my breasts starts to hurt, as if milk was coming in. It’s been nearly two weeks since I weaned The Bear, so it’s a bizarre sensation. It happens as soon as I walk in the door. And stops once I’ve left. Some milk must be still lurking around in there.
Anyone else have a similar tale? Still lactating after weaning?

Getting Rid of My Nursing Bras and Nursing Pads

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I was doing yet another load of laundry today when lo and behold, I found a rogue nursing pad! Who knows how it got in there. While I weaned The Bear a mere week and a half ago, it’s been eons since I actually leaked.
So in honor of my find, I took some drastic measures. Out with the old, and in with the new. I threw away my ragged nursing bras…and that nursing pad…and took a little trip to a store where they actually fit you for bras. If you happen to be in New York, you’ve got to check out the Town Shop. You’ll never buy a bra in a department store again.
If, however, you’re still in the market for nursing bras, you might want to check out the latest Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog post, which has a sneak peak at some new bras. You’ll find a sports bra, a bra that will adjust to your changing shape and a bra that lets you pump hands free.
As for those nursing pads, I just bought a package of Medela pads for a friend.

Lobby for Breastfeeding Legislation in Washington, DC and Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Law
I may be in New York now, but I still consider Massachusetts my home. So it’s heartening to see the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition pushing state legislators to enact laws to protect breastfeeding. Right now the Bay State is one of four states that has absolutely no law whatsoever that addresses breastfeeding. But that could change. One of the bills pending now protects a mom’s right to breastfeed in public.
The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition has planned a breastfeeding lobbying day on Wednesday, May 9. For more information email advocacy@massbfc.org
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
10:00 am – noon
State House Room 109
Federal Law
If you’d like to see some change on a federal level head to Washington, DC on May 10th for a nurse-in. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is re-introducing the federal Breastfeeding Promotion Act on May 10, 2007.
WHEN:
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
WHERE:
Cannon Terrace
New Jersey and Independence Ave., SE
Washington, D.C. (Capitol Hill)
INCLEMENT WEATHER ROOM: TBD
Here’s a summary of the Act, courtesy of Angela at Breastfeeding123
The Breastfeeding Promotion Act (1) amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect breastfeeding by new mothers (specifically the Act expands the Pregnancy Discrimination Act to protect breastfeeding and expressing milk in the workplace), (2) provides tax incentives for businesses that establish private lactation areas in the workplace, (3) provides for a performance standard for breast pumps, and (4) allows breastfeeding equipment to be tax deductible for families.