Author: Michelle Dickstein

Helping a Friend Who Is Dealing with Infertility

Helping a Friend Who Is Dealing with Infertility

I need to be fully transparent here. My friends call me Fertile Myrtle because I have been incredibly lucky and blessed to get pregnant… this blog post is about supporting a friend dealing with infertility. Fertility problems can be alienating and friendships may alter because of this. When you experience trouble in the reproductive department, it often becomes taboo conversation or something “you just don’t talk about.” I would like to view this blog post as a safe place to discuss this subject…

How do you find the time?

How do you find the time?

I feel like I get the “How do you find the time?” question a lot. For me, I think it’s a combination of things, but it all comes down to unplugging.

Potty Training Troubleshooting

Potty Training Troubleshooting

I choose my battles. Esther wearing her Belle costume for the family photo shoot is not one of them, but pee pee accidents and potty training regression gets addressed immediately!

P is for Potty Training, and so much more… pee-pee, poo-poo, whee-whee, woo-woo.  Here is my potty training post.

P is for Potty Training, and so much more… pee-pee, poo-poo, whee-whee, woo-woo. Here is my potty training post.

I realized Esther was ready for the next step when she started negotiating more treats for every trip to the potty. When Esther started to ask for cookies on top of her chocolate treats – I knew she was ready. Going potty is not a negotiation and I am not encouraging my toddler to become an extortionist.

How to search for a nanny in 8 steps

How to search for a nanny in 8 steps

When I discovered I was pregnant with twins, we crunched the numbers and quickly realized enrolling all three kids in full-time to day care would be financially impossible. What to do? The nanny search was underway!

Why I Decided To Be A Working Mom

Why I Decided To Be A Working Mom

People are often surprised to hear I had three babies under the age of three and I went back to working full-time. As the mother of three small children, I would like to elaborate on my choice to continue to work outside of the home.

My Sleep Training Novella

My Sleep Training Novella

I have three young children, a toddler and twin baby girls who all sleep 10-12 hours straight through the night. They each also take a 2-3 hour nap during the day. I am living proof your child CAN sleep, even when her twin sister is screaming in the crib next to her, less than two feet away.

Sleep deprivation is a cruel form of torture new parents experience. Get your sanity back by giving your baby the gift of sleeping through the night. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

The keys to breastfeeding success and personal benefits

The keys to breastfeeding success and personal benefits

Being successful at anything, especially breastfeeding, is all about attitude, support, and setting realistic expectations.

The logistics of breastfeeding one baby, then nursing twins

The logistics of breastfeeding one baby, then nursing twins

Committing to exclusive breastfeeding meant I signed up to having my baby (or babies) with me or within approximately 20 feet of me every hour of the day at first.

It takes about 3-5 weeks to establish your milk supply and the best way to do this is nurse your baby every time they are hungry or even just a little hungry or fussy, even if they just nursed 10 minutes ago. You are literally within his/her physical presence ALL THE TIME. Being the main source of food for another person is a lot of work, but breastfeeding is what I wanted to do and I would not have it any other way.

What nobody told me about breastfeeding

What nobody told me about breastfeeding

Something no one told me, which I quickly figured out, was just how much of a commitment breastfeeding is. My lactation consultant often asks what is it about moms who stick with it and moms who do not. I cannot put my finger on it, but I know I would give my life for my children, so why wouldn’t I give them the very best food out there – my milk?

Human milk for human babies? What a concept!

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