Mom Makes Joy http://www.mommakesjoy.com Creating A Life of Calm from Chaos Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:36:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How To Start A Dairy Free Breastfeeding Diet http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/09/dairy-free-breastfeeding-diet.html http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/09/dairy-free-breastfeeding-diet.html#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2018 05:21:29 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=9092

Do you think you might need to start a dairy free breastfeeding diet? It’s not easy–dairy is in everything! But it IS doable. This post explains how to get started. When my first baby, Little Bo, was six months old, I was alarmed one afternoon to find a streak of blood in her diaper. At...

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Positive Discipline: Permissive Parenting In Disguise? http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/09/positive-discipline-permissive-parenting.html http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/09/positive-discipline-permissive-parenting.html#comments Tue, 04 Sep 2018 22:00:50 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=9062

Many moms who choose positive discipline are criticized for being permissive. Is positive discipline really just permissive parenting? Here’s my take. Most of the time it’s none of anyone else’s business how you or I raise our kids, thank goodness. But there are times when I feel like I’ll lose it if another stranger tells...

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How My Child Learned the Alphabet By Age 2 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/08/recognize-alphabet-letters-by-2.html http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/08/recognize-alphabet-letters-by-2.html#respond Sun, 19 Aug 2018 17:42:09 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=9032

Little Bo could recognize alphabet letters by 2 years old without learning formal instruction or learning the song. Want to know how she learned them? The secret is so simple it may surprise you! I didn’t believe my husband when he told me could read at age two. And not just individual words like “cat”...

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Little Lo’s Birth Story: Part 2 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/08/little-lo-birth-story-2.html http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/08/little-lo-birth-story-2.html#respond Sun, 05 Aug 2018 17:08:00 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=8835

This is part 2 of our birth story! If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here. To learn more about life with Type 1 Diabetes, you can check out this FAQ post. THE VERDICT At 9:00am, my midwife walked in and I was eager to see if things had gotten better. They...

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Little Lo’s Birth Story: Part 1 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/08/little-lo-birth-story-1.html http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/08/little-lo-birth-story-1.html#respond Sun, 05 Aug 2018 17:07:27 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=8784

Little Lo was born on June 25, 2018 at 2:55pm after 25 hours of labor. This is her birth story. New Readers Please Note: I have Type 1 Diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease caused when the body attacks and destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas; it cannot be prevented or reversed. This...

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8 Articles Breastfeeding (& Pumping) Moms Need to Read http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/02/articles-breastfeeding-moms-need-to-read.html http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/02/articles-breastfeeding-moms-need-to-read.html#respond Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:36:33 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=8691

Most new moms I’ve met who hope to breastfeed have one thing in common: They’re nervous. They’ve heard it was difficult. They saw a friend or relative struggle. They aren’t confident they can do it. Maybe they tried once before and didn’t meet their goals. As scary as all these feelings are, they’re normal. In...

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8 Diabetes & Pregnancy Myths Moms Should Know About http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/01/diabetes-and-pregnancy-myths.html http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2018/01/diabetes-and-pregnancy-myths.html#respond Sun, 07 Jan 2018 23:52:45 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=8705

Contemplating pregnancy with preexisting or gestational diabetes can be a scary thing. There is a lot of bad information out there, and it can be hard to find a provider who is positive and encouraging: After all, it’s their job to inform you of risks and complications! The problem is, a lot of moms are...

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4 (Not-So-Obvious) Ways Clutter Affects Your Parenting http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2017/10/clutter-affects-parenting.html http://www.mommakesjoy.com/2017/10/clutter-affects-parenting.html#respond Sun, 29 Oct 2017 07:55:34 +0000 http://www.mommakesjoy.com/?p=8568

When my daughter was born, my husband and I lived in a 750-square-foot apartment that–compared to the 538-square-feet we lived in before–felt like the Taj Mahal. This place had a washer and dryer in the unit, okay? The kitchen was big enough for a dishwasher and we could walk around inside our closet. We finally...

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