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About Me

Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m Jeanette, a 30-someting Mom doing my best! I am a primarily a stay-at home Mom (SAHM) to 4 beautiful little boys and our oldest is 5! My sons are very active, imaginative boys and I am very busy and love being their Mom. It was one day that I was making pancakes, and my 4 year old said “Hey Mom, I can’t hang from this” and I turned around to see him innocently hanging from the light fixture over the dining room table with both arms. After taking him off of the table, shutting off the power to the house, and hubby fixing the fixture…I looked at him and said “You’re bananas!!!” I then thought, if my kids are bananas then I suppose I’m Mama Banana.
In addition to being a full-time Mom, I also have a pay-job as an Occupational Therapist. I work in geriatrics but the days are here and there. I typically work in a nursing home or assisted-living center and really enjoy working with the elderly. I used to work at my pay-job full time, even as a manger, but now work on an as-needed basis so I can care for my brood (cluck cluck cluck). I often miss spending time with other adults, but wouldn’t trade the finger painting and stepping on LEGOs for anything.
When I was expecting my first son, I listened to others and my OB who warned that I may have a “big baby”. This terrified me and I agree to go for an induction. I heavily regret this decision because like many Moms, I wound up with a c-section. For a long time I believed this was the worst experience of my life (I later read that a woman is 75% more likely to wind up with a c-section with an induction). My son and I started out great with breastfeeding despite my surgery. This was until our pediatrician ordered formula in the hospital for his biliruben level and 24 hours a day under lights. Our breastfeeding relationship went downhill from there. I was devastated. Not only did my birth plan fail, but I also was unable to breastfeed my baby well.
We were discharged home almost 5 days later; I sat wounded from my long labor and surgery, cracked and bleeding nipples from terrible nursing advice, totally sleep deprived, in cold/hot sweats for hours every day and cried for what I believe 6 weeks straight. I felt I had completely failed as a Mom. I
I found hope and solace in the local La Leche League and over 5 years of nursing and 3- 9+ lb baby VBAC’s later I’m tandem nursing my 4rd baby and his older brother! There are few things more supportive then other breastfeeding Moms and if you need support, I highly recommend finding your local group in person or online! No one can relate to my experiences like other Moms and finding another Mom for support can be an amazing experience, I highly recommend it.

These personal experiences lead me to start this website over 3.5 years ago!
It has been a long journey! My family has tested and tried many different methods, products and routines. If I can save another parent time, stress and aggravation then my goal has been accomplished! I am a co-sleeping, tandem nursing, organic garden growing, coffee drinking, babywearing Mama who can be seen pushing a shopping cart with my 2 toddlers inside, my oldest walking…while wearing my infant in a baby carrier… looking for perfect organic avocados in the supermarket. Some days it’s great, and people tell me how “well behaved” my children are. Other days everyone is yelling and we’re quite the spectacle!
I love to share the material and non-material things in this world that my family enjoys with you! We really enjoy doing product reviews and giveaways (I feel like Santa). However, I will only boast products that my family loves and ones that I would recommend to a close friend. I love love love Mom-run quality companies to support and boast (so if you know of one please share!). Thanks again and contact me with any questions!
In addition to my many hours spent Momming, we are frequenters to doctor’s offices and children’s hospitals. Before my 2nd son turned 2, I noticed that his legs appeared bowed. One more then the other. I made an appointment with a highly recommended pediatric orthopedist. I was relieved when he assured us that the curvature in his leg was nothing more then “the way his bones formed from sitting cross legged in uteruo.” He even refused to do an x-ray and said we didn’t need a follow-up appointment! He was wrong. Unfortunately It worsened, and when we revisited, he told us he missed a bone tumor in his L femur (thigh bone). That children’s hosptial couldn’t get him in for an MRI for weeks. I started making phone calls and was relieved when we were graciously taken in by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) within 48 hours. Many appointments, tests and a surgery later….we are still recovering and awaiting more appointments.
Verdict is they believe the tumor to be benign and are going with FibroCargilagenous Dysplasia. We have more scans and tests, surgeries in his future to correct the deformity and difference in leg length…but this little trooper is taking all of this better then I could ever have imagined. We travel to 2 different hospitals, 3 hours away each and have lots of unwanted experience navigating the medical community. Visit with us through this journey, and our other adventures. For anyone else going through the medical system I feel for you, and my best advice is to continue pursing. The hours on the phone, making photocopies, filling out paperwork and requesting medical records…for the 4th time…are all worth it. We have to fight for our little ones and the medical system in the USA is not a well oiled machine.
Thank you for stopping by and I’m always available to chat. It may take me a bit to get back to you, but if you need a ear you can find me on any of my social media channels. I don’t have an assistant or other bloggers reviewing for me, when you talk to someone it’s me!

 

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