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To my wife—thank you for breastfeeding our child

The way you’ve taken on breastfeeding like a champ has me beaming with pride. ?

To my wife—thank you for breastfeeding our child

Hey ‘Mama’—

I know that may sound weird coming from me, but as far as I’m concerned—you’ve earned the title. You are the best mother I’ve ever seen. It’s truly humbling to watch you do what you do.


And I wanted to tell you that.

I want to acknowledge that in this moment—right now.

So, here I am, sitting in the kitchen while our little one sleeps in her crib and you’re curled up on the couch. I just wanted to tell you the amazing things I’ve witnessed over the last few weeks.

The way youve nurtured our babies is inspiring.

The way you nurtured her while she was inside you is proof of the love you would show her during her birth. Watching you bring her into this world made me beyond proud of you and your resolve.

Now, watching you feed her in the early hours of the morning—I am in awe. In awe of you and your unwavering dedication to our child.

Thank you for being such a great mom. You always go above and beyond—and I see that. I hope you know that.

The way you’ve taken on breastfeeding like a champ has me beaming with pride.

Watching you breastfeed our daughter has given me a greater appreciation for the bond between a mother and child.

I love our little girl to pieces and believe it or not, I can’t do anything like that. I’ve tried...but no dice (?).

The way your body made colostrum and then changed to adjust to the needs of the baby is proof that you are absolutely the best mother for our baby. Your body really is amazing—in every true sense of the word. Thank you for trusting it to do the best thing for her.

But to be completely clear—if something happens and you can’t feed her as long as you like, it’s fine with me. Completely. I am here to support you 100%. There is no road map in life that doesn’t change the route on you every once in awhile. We’ll always do the best we can for her and each other. We just try our best, babe. That’s what we do every day.

The way you’ve dealt with roadblocks is impressive.

Like when you told that restaurant manager off for asking you to nurse elsewhere. I’m sorry he was such a jerk. You were right to tell him what you thought of his labeling your feeding our child a “distraction for other guests.” (For crying out loud!)

Or like the pain of cracked nipples. Now, I may not know what that feels like, but I don’t imagine it’s a walk in the park. Let me get some nipple cream from the store for you if you need it. Just tell me what kind to get, and I’m on it.

Or like getting her to latch properly. Listen, I get frustrated figuring out which fire alarm needs a new battery (bloody incessant beeping!), please know I can’t imagine the pressure of having a baby scream and not being able to get her to latch. I hope I don’t put any additional pressure on you at all. I think you are doing great and we are figuring it out together, one day at a time.

Or like being awake at all hours of the night feeding our girl when you haven’t slept. I feel kind of helpless when it comes to this. I know doing the dishes and taking care of the house helps, but it is incomparable to what you are doing. I promise to encourage naps whenever possible!

You don’t let these roadblocks stop you. You are so strong.

The way you’ve been open and honest with me makes me feel so connected to you and to our baby.

Thank you for talking to me when you’ve felt uncomfortable or overwhelmed. There is nothing wrong with these feelings, and honestly your emotional state and the way you are feeling is top of mind for me right now. I want to know where you are.

I know everyone expects new mothers to be doing back flips while breastfeeding and simultaneously blogging about how great the new coffee/yoga place up the street is. Being a food source is hard work and it can at times be thankless.

But, I hope this is not one of those times.

So, I wanted to say—thank you, honey.

Thank you for giving your entire body over to this process. Thank you for being up all these nights with her, nursing her, literally giving her a little bit of life every time you do. And thank you most of all for letting me be a part of it—to be her father and to be your partner.

You amaze me. Every day.

And, PS: Wake me up if you need me. Just because I am snoring doesn’t mean I am not here for you. Just give me a minute if I don’t know where I am...

Love,

Your husband

This 'mama' necklace is a bestseller for a powerful reason

There's a lot going on in the world right now, but one thing that's certain? You're still mama.

There's a lot going on in the world right now, but one thing that's certain? You're still mama. No matter what is going on at work, what decision you make about heading back to school, or how you're caring for your family right now, we know you're the best mama for your family.

So in case you need a little reminder of just how incredible you are, we love this sweet necklace from Tiny Tags. And other mamas do, too, because it's been one of our top sellers for weeks.

Whether you're coveting it for yourself or want to gift it to your favorite mama, it's one of those gifts that'll keep on giving years later. It's dainty enough to easily layer with just about anything you have in your jewelry collection, but is just as beautiful as a standalone piece to wear daily. And in these tough seasons, it's honestly a gentle, much-needed reminder that you were made for this. You can do hard things. You are doing the best you can even when it feels like you can't make one more decision.

Tiny Tags script 'mama' necklace

tiny tags mama necklace

The charm is 1/2" long and the chain is 16", falling just above most mama's collarbones. All Tiny Tags personalized jewelry is laser engraved by highly skilled artisans to make the most elegant pieces.

$105

And, don't worry, it's totally low-maintenance. Simply polish with a polishing cloth every now and then for extra shine. Now to decide: gold or silver?

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5 brilliant products that encourage toddler independence

Help your little one help themselves.

One of our main goals as mothers is to encourage our children to learn, grow and play. They start out as our tiny, adorable babies who need us for everything, and somehow, before you know it, they grow into toddlers with ideas and opinions and desires of their own.

You may be hearing a lot more of "I do it!" or maybe they're pushing your hand away as a signal to let you know, I don't need your help, Mama. That's okay. They're just telling you they're ready for more independence. They want to be in charge of their bodies, and any little bit of control their lives and abilities allow.

So, instead of challenging your toddler's desire for autonomy, we found five of our favorite products to help encourage independence—and eliminate frustration in the process.

EKOBO Bamboo 4-piece kid set

EKOBO bamboo 4-piece kid set

This colorful set includes a plate, cup, bowl and spoon and is just right for your child's meal experience. Keep them in an easy-to-reach cabinet so they'll feel encouraged (and excited!) to get their own place setting each time they eat.

$25

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Before you know it, your little one will be asking (okay, maybe demanding) to fill their own water cups. This amazing 4-pack of cups attaches directly to the fridge (or any glass, metal, tile or fiberglass surface) making it easier for your child to grab a cup themselves. Just be sure a water pitcher or dispenser is nearby, and—boom!—one task off your plate.

$29

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

These beautiful blocks, made from sustainably-sourced wood and water-based, non-toxic, lead-free paint, will keep your little one focused on their creation while they're also busy working on their fine-motor skills. The puzzle design will encourage patience as your kiddo creates their own building, fitting one block in after the next.

$18

Lorena Canals basket

Lorena Canals Basket

This *gorgeous* braided cotton basket is the perfect, accessible home for their blocks (and whatever else you want to hide away!) so your kiddo can grab them (and clean them up) whenever their heart desires.

$29

BABYBJÖRN step stool

BABYBJ\u00d6RN Step Stool

Your kiddo might be ready to take on the world, but they might need an extra boost to do so—cue, a step stool! An easy-to-move lightweight stool is the must-have confidence-boosting tool you need in your home so your growing tot can reach, well... the world.

$20

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In Montessori schools, parents are periodically invited to observe their children at work in the classroom. I have heard many parents express shock to see their 3- or 4-year-old putting away their own work when they finish—without even being asked!

"You should see his room at home!" or, "I ask him to put his toys away every day, and it's a battle every single time" were frequent comments.

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