On The Cost of Things: One Year of Breastfeeding

I don't have the detailed breakdown, but I do know that after the upfront costs, (that I admittedly skimped on; hello hand pump), I ended up saving - er, not spending? - close to $2k from the 7ish months we breastfed. Part of this was due to the formula he would've needed as it was a bit more expensive than the norm.

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm 0

On The Cost of Throwing a Pony Party for Your Seven-Year-Old Daughter Who's Really Into Horses

Such a fantastic idea! Filing it away for future kiddie parties for my son.

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm 0

On Working When You Have No Sleep, A Guide

Solidarity sister! Some dude who went through boot camp (they apparently exist on 3 hours of sleep), told me to chug as much water as I could. It helped quite a bit, especially when you get to that level of exhaustion where food/drink seems especially difficult and coffee makes you twitch. Maybe just me? Anyways, it gets better. Promise.

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm 0

On Can Feminism and Breastfeeding Coexist, Take 2

After exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months I decided that I am pro-formula.

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm 1

On It Has Been Made Clear to Me That I Cannot Have It All

@Meaghano and of course NIPPLE CONFUSION. At 3am when my exhaustion made me hallucinate I was thrilled to recall all the "non judgey" articles I had read that basically said bottle feed = instant latch issues forever. Thankfully my kiddo seemed fine with whatev but damn was it stressful. I hope its better for you - sounds like you're doing great. It's tough stuff!

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 10:08 pm 0

On It Has Been Made Clear to Me That I Cannot Have It All

Oof. It's so so tough juggling all that you want to do and all that's expected of you as a mom in this day and age. As always, much of the struggle with "have it all" would be mitigated if this godforsaken country had paid maternity leave. A feminist cause if there ever was one.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 12:59 pm 1

On The Massage Conundrum: WWYD?

Two at the known place! Also if I ever win a lottery or somehow gain literal millions, I would hire a full time masseuse to just follow me around and provide me massages at a whim. Of course they would be paid well and full benefits and all that. BUT ! on demand massages OMG.

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:55 am 1

On Concerning the Moral Obligations of the Wealthy

@Josh Michtom@facebook I am nearly double the median and I do NOT feel anywhere near comfortable. Damn my stupid county. Your second issue somewhat begets a question about defining real world benefit. Or, perhaps, what types of organizations/causes/etc would be tithe-able..

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm 0

On Concerning the Moral Obligations of the Wealthy

Aggh! These types of thought exercises keep me up at night. That aside, I do agree with your premise that after a certain point income demands charity. Perhaps a better way to structure an income “limit” may be median income by county and/or adjusted cost of living by county, (many states are far too varied, in my opinion). I would also increase it to 4x the median as the max. And then perhaps a person gets to decide a percentage (30? 50?) of where that surrendered/donated money goes, but that % decreases inversely to their income, preventing your original issue with the wealthy contributing to things that propagate.. themselves.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:11 pm 0

On Our Attempt at a $20-a-Day Budget

@eatmoredumplings AGREED. That was a very judgeypants and rude response.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:44 am 0