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True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad
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This is a blog about my life. My wife and I have three kids, ages six, three and one. Last year I gave up my gig as a middle school teacher to stay home with my kids full-time. This past year has been the most challenging, easy, relaxing, stressful, fun, tiring and rewarding year of my life.

My wife Amanda and I have been married for seven years. She spends her days (and nights and weekends) as an overworked Medical Resident.

Our oldest daughter, Eloise, is a bright, sweet, emotional first grader that loves to talk (she gets it from her mom). When not at school she is most likely playing dress up, turning some part of our house into a playroom, or creating a craft projects that involve: glue, magazines, markers, staples, stickers, scissors, crayons, pens, and a dozen sheets of paper.

Henry, the three year old middle child, is hell on wheels. There is not a house or store Henry cannot destroy in five to seven minutes max. He loves playing with his trucks, digging in his sandbox and occasionally putting on his sisterís pink plastic high heels.

Maggie, the one year old, is as sweet as they come. At a very early age she learned that her crying could barely be heard over the volume of her siblings. She has developed a blood curdling scream in order to get our attention that would make any horror movie producer proud.

Well there you have it, thatís pretty much my family in a nutshell.

DISCLAIMER: If you are looking for parenting advice you have come to the wrong place. Enjoy!

A Breastfeeding Superhero
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A Breastfeeding Superhero

September 20, 2012 | 05:56 AM

I'm finally thawing out the last little bag of breast milk. Today is the day. Over the the last 6 years my wife has breast fed our three kids for at least a year each. It's been quite a cycle, get pregnant, breast feed and pump/freeze milk for later, repeat two more times.

Over the last six years this has been her life.

Her job doesn't exactly make it easy for her to pump either. As a physician you can't just walk away from delivering a baby or walk out of a surgery because your boobs hurt (at least that's what I've been told). I've seen her returning pages, while pumping, I know the nurses on the other end of the line could hear the hum of the breast pump through the line. She has skipped lunch at work in favor if pumping. Her commutes in the car to and from the hospital were done with suction cups on her chest and the hum of the breast pump as the soundtrack to her drive. I'm sure she got some interesting looks at red lights too.

My guess is overall she fed and pumped close to 40,000 ounces of breast milk, just a few ounces at a time.

And the money. How much did we save by not having to buy jar after jar of formula? Easily over $5000.

That fact that a woman can feed her kids using just her body is pretty cool. It's almost like women have some sort of superpower.

Maybe there should be a breastfeeding superhero.

Certainly the costume would be a woman just wearing a nursing bra, but what about a name for this Super Woman?

Liquid Gold Girl

Latch Lady

Supermom

Master of the Medela

The Mastiter Fighter

Lactator Dominator

I guess what I'm trying to say is thanks babe, I love you.

-Pete

www.facebook.com/petetheblogger


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