Ordering a breast pump through insurance

One of the items on my “Pregnancy To-Do” list was to order a breast pump. I had no idea where to even begin, but I knew my insurance covered some brands. I called my insurance at one point to ask about a bunch of general pregnancy-related coverage questions, and they mentioned some of the brands covered but did not tell me how to go about ordering one and getting insurance to pay for it directly. I certainly didn’t want to be stuck with the bill! So for any new or soon to be new moms, here is what I learned.

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Random New Mom Thoughts

I thought it would be fun to share some random “new Mom” thoughts I have from time to time. I might make this a series :)

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  1. Hello Gray City! Will someone give me an hour or so to myself so I can dye my hair? and maybe cut it? And maybe treat it to keep the fuzz monster at bay?
  2. I hope I’m going on a vacation soon because the bags under my eyes are packed for travel.
  3. When was the last time I remembered something I needed to do when I could actually do it?
  4. Wait, when did my baby learn to make all those facial expressions? Who is this amazing little being who’s smile changes everything?
  5. Blink and you’ll miss it! My baby is 5 months old already? How did this happen? Oh, must have been while I was so busy meeting this deadline at work.
  6. When will all the fun infant activity places start including fun time on their schedule for working mothers? All I hear about are these fun events that take place at like 10am on a weekday.
  7. *Yawn* I totally get why people choose to co-sleep. Still, I do not want to make that a habit.
  8. I still can’t believe I made something so awesome!

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A Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Montage Photo Book

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My very first Mother’s Day is coming up, and I thought it would be a good idea to do a series of posts sharing some gift ideas. Today I’m talking about making a photo book full of baby photos and other lovely family photos.

The Best Photo Book For Mother’s Day Gifts

What better way to celebrate the important women in your life this Mother’s Day than with a beautiful photo book full of memories! We’re all guilty of taking hundreds of pictures throughout the year but never printing them out to remind us of the magic moments spent with our loved ones. Enter Montage, the best photo book choice for quickly and beautifully printing out your pictures in keepsake form. Montage photo books come in three sizes starting at $29, and they do all of the work for you. They automatically place your photos in the best layout, factoring in chronology, important moments, and picture quality, and then allow you to make adjustments where desired. The entire creation process takes less than 15 minutes, making it the best photo book for those of us who are crunched on time. The books come standard with an eco-friendly leather cover and premium lay-flat pages, guaranteeing you get a keepsake product that will last for years to come. This is a mother’s day gift that is sure to keep on giving!

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Ultimate DIY bundle – 2 day sale

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Are you addicted to watching HGTV like me? If so, you might be interested in checking out this DIY bundle of e-books, packaged together in this awesome Ultimate DIY Bundle. This is the perfect time to work on those 2015 goals you made to learn a new skill. Check out all the great books included in the bundle!

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Overnight Oatmeal – With Lactation Goodness

I recently learned that you can make oatmeal overnight in the fridge. I’ve been struggling with making oatmeal in the morning – you know, the non-instant kind, to boost my breastmilk supply. I don’t have the time to stir it on the stove and it just explodes to death when I try to cook it in the microwave. Overnight oatmeal to the rescue! Rather than baking lactation cookies with all the calories, this is an alternative with similar ingredients. I like to make it in a Mason jar and make more than one serving at a time.

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A Day In The Life

Woke up, fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
And looking up I noticed I was late
– A Day In The Life – The Beatles

The awesome Trish at Love Laughter Insanity came up with a fun blogger event: share a day in the life. I picked March 13th (which happens to be Friday the 13th – and a month before my birthday) to keep track of my daily happenings. Why that day? Well, it was the day after Trish’s post, so the topic was fresh in my mind. Also, I wanted to pick a working day to think about how my “working Mom” title is working out.

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Spring Cleaning Your Home Office – Tips and To Do List

One of my goals for 2015 is to organize my home, to include our home office. We have a room with a big lovely desk and yet everything is still in boxes in the closet from our move (which was over a year ago). Since spring is finally upon us, and the baby is no longer a newborn, it might be time to get going on those goals and work some organization and spring cleaning into my life. Below is my plan aka to-do list aka wishlist (because let’s be honest, I need a wife to help me get all this done).

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Our method to be up less at night with baby

Be Up Less With Baby at Night

While I was on maternity leave, I got up with Baby H every night since hubby had to get up for work in the morning and I got to “stay home and take naps”. Since my little hippo is always hungry hungry, we would be up all the time. At the time, he was eating every 2.5-3 hours and hadn’t really started any longer stretches at night. But being up took seriously over an hour to an hour and a half sometimes. Changing a diaper, nursing (with him passing out super hard and then waking back up when I tried to put him down and screaming for more), then being given his formula chaser to finally fill him up, and rocking him so he would relax and go to sleep. I’ve mentioned before about my struggle breastfeeding him, even when I tried all the lovely tips people had to boost lactation, I didn’t see much of an increase. I was able to weigh him before and after nursing at breastfeeding support group, and it was clear that he got an average of 2 oz, sometimes 3 on a really good day. Well since he was eating 4-5 oz per feeding, he always got what I call a formula chaser after nursing.

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March is #ReadAloud Month

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You know I’m a reader (right? I even have a separate book blog) and I would love to raise Baby H to be a reader as well. I love this campaign going on during the month of March. If you’re following me on Twitter, you’ll see I’ve been tweeting these lovely cards daily.

Read aloud 15 minutes, every child, every parent, every day. #readaloud

We try to read with Baby H every night before putting him to bed. One of my lovely book clubs gave me this basket full of books and we’ve been cycling through them.
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#DearMe: Advice to my younger self

March 8th = International Women’s Day. We don’t really acknowledge this holiday in the US as much as we should, but hopefully with time and more social media it will become more mainstream. My Mom and I like to wish each other a happy Women’s Day :)

This year’s theme is Make It Happen, “encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women.” I came across this lovely social media campaign called #DearMe from 2JustByou and thought it would be fun to participate. The prompt is:

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