You Want Me To Do What At Work?

My breast pumping days are behind me for now but I’m surrounded by all of these first-time-moms who are learning the ropes. Pumping wasn’t as daunting as I had imagined but I did have moments of frustration and so did Baby Bell. There is so much to learn as a new mom and just when you seem to be getting the hang of things, you realize you can’t be constantly attached to your baby 24/7.

Oh, and if you ever get sick, that’s a whole different ingredient to through in mix. If you are a breastfeeding mom, chances are, you will eventually need to pump. It might only be once or it could be everyday like me. Breastfeeding is a learning experience for both you and your child. Pumping and bottle feeding is also a learning experience for you both.

In this week’s podcast, we talk about the challenges we, as a family, faced while I was learning the art of breast-pumping. We will discuss why you would need one; types of pumps; getting a pump through your insurance; going from breast, to pump, to bottle, to baby; pumping at work; and milk storage.

Below are some helpful links to resources we used while pumping and some of our favorite brands.

Please remember that the information we provide is only a stepping stone in the research process you should be doing. Every momma is different, every baby is different, and we are far from professionals.

Thank you for reading, we hope you listen, and don’t forget to give us feedback on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

You may feel like your mind is in a million places and you don’t know what the answer is but if you just reach out someone will grab a hold and pull you aboard.

~Momstracted Momma

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So this will be my final post relating to MommyCon….until we attend the next one. However, this is a special post. This post is the formal introduction to our Momstracted Podcast. That’s right! We are now official podcasters. Flick and I will be doing a weekly (unless something changes and we have to do bi-weekly) episode that is in conjunction with the blog. The blog with probably be more of a summary for the podcast. I’m really excited for the opportunity to be sharing my momstracted thoughts and moments with each and everyone of you. I’m even more excited to be able to be doing it via podcast. I hope you all listen to our first two episodes that can currently be found on iTunes here. Yes, we already have two episodes. Episode one is an intro to our Momstracted world. Episode two goes along with our blog post, Is This Real Life? – Adventures at MommyCon Chicago. Take a look at some of the great products and companies you will hear us talk about.

A few more things. We are a participant in the Amazon Associates Program. Anytime you have something you need to purchase from Amazon you can use our link, Momstracted Amazon, and we will get a small percentage of whatever you spend. You will not be charged anything extra and your Amazon page will not look any different. Copy this link and add it to your browser bookmarks for easy access. Every little bit helps us keep the blog and podcast up and running.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest episodes, giveaways, and to share your momstracted moments.

Thank you and we hope you enjoy listening to our new podcast.

~Momstracted Momma

Is This Real Life? – Adventures at MommyCon Chicago

We are still recovering from what was a long, but VERY exciting weekend at MommyCon Chicago! Flick, Baby Bell, and I attended the full-day convention on Saturday from 9:00am to 7:00pm.

After registering, we promptly went to get our give-away bags. Flick had to wait to get his because he was volunteering. I think a “give-away bag” is an understatement.  This thing was loaded! There was everything in there from baby wipes, to nursing pads, and even a baby shade cover. Not to mention everyone with general admission got a Kiinde Starter Kit. I chose the Foodii system and Flick got the Twist Starter Kit (breast milk storage system).

The day really got started with shopping in the exhibit hall. There were some familiar brands, and some I had never heard of before. There were so many wonderful vendors, but some of our favorites were Chompy Chic Chewelry, Innobaby, Nicki’s Diapers, Crane, Grovia, Babyganics, and our new friends at Miss Jamie’s Farm.

Besides fun places to shop, there were also some great exhibitors that gave helpful information. One of those being the child seat safety techs. We had several questions on whether it was time to transition Baby Bell from her infant carrier to a convertible seat.

There were so many options for carriers. We weren’t really in the market for a new carrier. I have a Tula and Flick has a Lillibaby. However, if we had been, there were quite a few resources we could have taken advantage of at the convention.

We got some helpful advice from past attendees to pack a lunch, as opposed to eating there because the food prices were high, and they didn’t have many healthy options. So we laid our blanket out in one of halls, along with many other families, and had a nice little picnic lunch. By this point, Baby Bell was way past nap time and getting very fussy. Flick had the Papa’s Perspective workshop to get to, so I decided to walk with Baby Bell to help her fall asleep. That is when I stumbled upon one of my favorite parts of the convention.

I mean, only a mom would think of a quiet room. It was exactly that. It was a separate room with dimmed lights where moms could go and nurse and get their little ones to sleep. It was perfect. Baby Bell fell fast asleep within 10-15 minutes of me bouncing and rocking her. Then she and I relaxed in a chair and she napped for about half an hour. A half an hour doesn’t seem like a long time, typically she naps for much longer, but it was a perfect way to re-energize her for our next workshop: Miss Jamie’s Farm kids music show.

If you haven’t heard of Miss Jamie’s Farm, you have to go to her website and check out her fun farm-themed children’s songs. We’ve been playing the CD and shaking our shaker egg ever since. Miss Jamie was kind enough to give us a CD to give away to one of our readers. Check out the Momstracted Facebook page for your chance to win this awesome CD for your little farmhand.

We had some extra time before our next workshop, so we ventured back into the exhibit hall and talked to some of the vendors we missed earlier in the day. We also took Baby Bell to create some hand and foot print art. We created a cute little whale from her hand print and a blue bird from her foot print.

Our next workshop was Potty Training with Potty Schmotty. She presents a very simple but effective way of potty training your child in 3 easy steps. To learn more about her process, check out her website.

We finished the day with none other than the The Baby Guy NYC, Jamie Grayson. Let me tell you, this guy knows his baby gear. And he is quite entertaining, to say the least.

After car seat safety, Jamie and the fabulous people from MommyCon gave away some AMAZING items. Everything from travel systems, to co-sleepers, to Tekhni woven wraps. Unfortunately, we didn’t come home with any of these gifts, but there is always next year!

So, that sums up our first ever MommyCon experience. We have some exiting news for all of you. We will be recording our debut Momstracted Podcast. Stay tuned for more of our MommyCon adventures when we roll out our podcast.

Until then, keep following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Oh, and don’t forget to check out Facebook for the Miss Jamie’s Farm CD giveaway!

~Momstracted Momma