This past weekend our family had a blast! We decided to take Jaxon to the county fair. This time last year, I was at this very same fair basically 9 months pregnant, chowing down on funnel cake, cotton candy, chicken-on-a-stick, and everything in between. At the time, I had in my mind that Jaxon would not be old enough to go to the fair, but flash foward to a year later with Jaxon 11 months old, and here we are!
Once my maternity leave came to an end, I flew out of the house and burnt rubber down the interstate to work. I was desperate to be back in an environment that was not all about the baby. About a month or so after I started this new journey as a working mother, I began to feel anxious, sad, and guilty. That is when I knew I was dealing with working mom guilt. How can I overcome working mom guilt? Here are 5 ways to battle it.
Feeding your infant in the first 12 months of their life seems to be nerve wrecking. How do you know what to feed them? How much? Can they chew things if they do not have teeth? Rest assured that there is a process that we followed, and I am here to help you. I will begin by talking about how we introduced solids into Jaxon’s diet, how we balanced feedings with nursing sessions, and how we meal prep for him now that he is almost 1 all while working full-time! The question of how to meal prep for your baby won’t seem so daunting after you read this post!
What happens when Black Twitter reacts too quickly? Here is my apology to Dove, for their recent advertisement that received a lot of backlash. Black Twitter, and the rest of the internet is always quick to jump to the defense on something that appears to be racist. Thanks to the internet, we have the voices and the spaces to feel free enough to let our grievances be known. We are able to let advertisers know when racism and lack of diversity will not be tolerated. What happens though, when we are so conditioned to react negatively, to something that is not actually negative? Do we feel bad? Do we apologize? I for one, feel the need to.
Throwing a baby shower can be as easy as you make it, or as difficult as you make it. In my case, I took on the role of planning, decorating, and executing my own baby shower. With the help of my mom and best friend, we pulled off a very intimate, themed baby shower. The theme, Woodland Friends, is the perfect fall theme. Decorations are easy to find, and the possibilities are limitless. All of which can be done on a small budget!
It has been 13 months since I *officially* graduated college, 10 months since I’ve given birth, and 13 months since I started my new job. Basically, an entire year since my life drastically changed. On the outside, I make it look like a breeze. I know this because people never hesitate to tell me how easy I make it all look. However, it is everything but. But, does anyone ever consider how I really might feel? I don’t want to self-diagnose myself with depression of any kind because I am not a professional. I do know, however, that there is something going on. Everyone knows about postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. Therefore, I do not feel like I need to mention that in this post. But what about post-grad depression? What is it, and how do we as college graduates deal with it?
Blah, blah blah. We’ve heard it before. For SOME strange reason, people believe that less sleep equals success. But in actuality, it means the opposite. Every day, without fail, I feel completely drained half way through the work day. There is no set time when it occurs, and food is not always a factor. I WANT TO NAP. At this point in life, I greatly envy my child, and everyone in pre-K and Kindergarten because they get to have nap time. Dear God, forgive me for all of the times I took nap time for granted. Unfortunately, taking a nap at work is a no-no; or so it seems. As if we millennials want another reason to be seen as lazy. However, in my college days, if I was facing a pressing deadline, or really needed to study, I would take a nap first. I always woke up feeling refreshed, and I’d crank out A (or B) quality work. My productivity soars after a refreshing nap. The question is simple, how do we get around being able to nap at work? Well, my friends, I am here to tell you why you should nap at work.
I am NOT a morning person! Just ask anyone who has ever lived with me, or worked with me, or is friends with me. Basically, just ask anyone. I am not a morning person. I think that is the main reason why I do not wear makeup to work. It is time consuming. I am not ashamed to admit that I wake up in just enough time to wash up, put on neat clothes, and make sure my hair looks semi-decent. The makeup tho? Nah… Because I am not a morning person, any little thing in the morning will set me off, and basically determine the rest of my day. Like, just don’t even talk to me before 11 AM. Therefore, it is very easy for me to have a bad, or not-so-good, day. I have been working on becoming a better morning person-a nicer person, even. That’s what you have to do when you have a full-time job. The tips that I follow to turn my day around have helped me tremendously. So, I’m here to share the wealth. Here are 5 tips to turn your day around
With National Breastfeeding Month coming to a close, along with Black Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 25-31, 2017), I figure that now is as good of a time as any to talk about the support that I have received over the duration of my breastfeeding journey. I am nine months postpartum, and while it seems that breastfeeding is a piece of cake for me, I still struggle every now and then with low milk supply, finding somewhere to nurse or pump in public, and just being downright too tired to pump enough milk. During my pregnancy, I was afraid that Marquis would not be as hands-on with the entire breastfeeding experience. With my mother’s lack of breastfeeding knowledge, I was afraid she would not be able to help either. I was so incredibly wrong! For me, the support while breastfeeding has been one of the top reasons why breastfeeding has been achievable.
Are you a college student or a recent college grad? Are you looking for a job or an internship? You’ve come to the right place! These days, students and graduates are using social media as an entertainment outlet instead of a professional outlet. Time and time again, I’ve heard from potential employers, and current bosses about how they have looked at the social media profiles of a potential candidate. There are stories floating around about how students are getting kicked out of school for something that they posted online. That’s what makes this topic so critical. In 2015, I completed a mock public relations campaign about the do’s and dont’s of social media. I feel like now would be a perfect time to reiterate what I found. If you have not, now is the time to improve your social media profiles.