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Mom Brain: Accidental Abandonment
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At a ladies night out recently, we lighted on the topic of accidental abandonment. People whose babies crawl out of the house and into the road to the amazement of stunned school bus drivers, who forget their children at gas stations, at daycare, at stores, or worse, in the car. Of the six women present, there was a split between those of us who could understand how these things may happen and those who just couldn’t. That is, until one pointed out that all of these circumstances seem to arise from the anecdotally well-documented affliction of mom brain–being too harried and too tired–plus, the kicker, deviating from routine. Somberly, heads nodding with the heaviness of being up past 10 PM, a bit too much Sangria, and with an eye to hedging our bets with fate, we all agreed it could certainly happen to anyone. I’m glad to say I was on the side of understanding from the get-go, because after today, I’d have to eat my hat.

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Attention Moms: Think ‘Girls Gone Wild’ is Dying Out? Think Again (And What To Do)
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…but what struck me as new was the additional (self-imposed) “requirement” that girls now also be sexually sophisticated. Not just active, mind you, but sophisticated. Sophisticated in a way that really isn’t achievable by anyone still in their teens. So what we’ve ended up with are high schools full of girls who look and act the part…but who still have no idea how to orgasm. The bottom line? These girls aren’t enjoying it. Like porn stars, they are pretending.

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Best Breastfeeding Tip EVER: Power Pumping
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The past week has been rife with life lessons for me. 1.) When you plan a romantic weekend away whilst breastfeeding, make darn sure your pump is working well and that you’re working well with your pump. 2.) Having not heeded lesson one, when you get home on the brink of mastitis (romantic, I know) and your milk supply is demolished, power pump. 3.) When your toddler, who has a pernicious stomach virus, mentions poop even in passing right before a bath, save the suds for later.

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What We’re Reading This Week: What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best
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When my brother and I were growing up together, it was him and me, against the world. . . Together we felt bigger, stronger, more secure, and, best-of-all, we always had a friend though cross-town moves, new schools, every-other-weekend visits with our father and on family vacations. So. . . as a sister and newly-minted mom-of-two, I’m always looking for ways to reinforce the importance of the sibling relationship because I know what a life line it can be.

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How-To: Practical Tips for Breastfeeding Success
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Not only is breastfeeding close and tender and healthy and sweet, it is cheap, convenient and fab for your metabolism—not to mention a fun boost for the décolletage, too. They don’t call it a milkshake for nuthin’, girl. But I have a laundry list of things I wish I’d know when I’d started and found out too late.

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