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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Working Mama...Four Hours a Week :)

Two weeks ago, I taught my first classes since Henry was born.  I was in a mild panic leaving the apartment that day, half-way panicking that my mommy brain wouldn't remember the class I planned, and the other half of me panicking about leaving my little man for the first time.  I frantically walked around the house packing Dylan's daddy diaper bag....pacifier check, burp-cloth check, bottle check, peace of mind....not quite.  It's not that I wasn't totally confident in my husband's ability to take care of Henry by himself, I just wasn't confident in my ability to function away from them.

After I checked off every task I could think of to prepare Dylan for the next three hours (all unnecessary except, of course, for pumping), I finally got out the door. I filled my lungs with the dirty New York air I love so much, and I was fine, better than fine actually.  I walked the same six blocks to the studio that I had walked so many times before, but this time I didn't take one step for granted.  I put on my headphones and enjoyed being sans stroller for a moment.  I walked (maybe even strutted) toward my students who I couldn't wait to see, and thinking of my sweet baby and wonderful husband at home, I couldn't have felt more in love.  To my relief, teaching after my nine week hiatus felt like no time had passed at all.  Afterwards, I rushed home, maybe secretly hoping to find Dylan sweating a little bit, but instead I found him totally chill, talking fantasy baseball with Henry's Godfather and a completely content baby boy in his arms...which is much better actually.

My friend Lizzie is about to have her first baby in April; I'm fairly certain this is the first time in our lives where I did something before her, so I'm really enjoying this opportunity to light the way for her for a change.  She calls me every day with questions; sometimes they are about Henry's brand of diaper cream or how long breast milk stays fresh in the fridge, and other times she catches me off guard and asks me things like Can you even remember your life before Henry?

Dylan came home from work one evening last week, and I told him that Henry had been such a sweet boy that day, that he sat so patiently in his bouncer and entertained himself while I planned my classes for that weekend.  Filled with love and pride I said to Dylan that life is definitely more challenging now, but it's also so much more interesting.  I said how certain I felt that Henry came to us at the perfect time and that life feels so full with him in it.  I do remember our lives before baby: happily married, a job I love, good food, exciting trips...I never would have thought anything was missing, but now I know that Henry was.

Inspired by the daily conversations with my dear friend and mommy-to-be, here's a list of my Motherhood Must Haves and Helpful Mommy Tips.

  • I couldn't live without my Pump Ease hands free nursing bra  
  • Fenugreek has helped to increase my milk supply!
  • A warm salt water soak followed by nipple cream is very effective to ease sore or cracked nipples.
  • Disposable changing pad covers keep me from doing constant laundry.

  • I loved the True Womb Swaddle.  It's so easy to use, and Henry couldn't wiggle out of it.  He out grew the newborn size after a month, and now he sleeps in the Halo SleepSack Swaddle which is also great.

  • When Henry is fussy, my vacuum cleaner really soothes him and sometimes even lulls him to sleep.
  • My iPhone is my best friend at 3 a.m.   Scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, and celebrity blogs keeps me alert and helps me not rush through Henry's middle of the night feedings.  

Did I tell you that Henry has a tail?


  1. Henry is just too cute, Jessica! Cherish this stage of motherhood because it'll only get more challenging from here. If you'll experience difficulties balancing momhood and fitness, head on over to this website for some tips and advice for fit moms like you!