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Maternity Leave: Everything You Need to Know

I don’t know how this happened, but I’m already on the tail end of my maternity leave! As I’ve been on this journey with baby #2, I’ve gotten a TON of questions about maternity and family leave. It’s the most confusing topic ever - I swear they make it hard on purpose so mamas don’t take everything they’re entitled to, which just makes my blood boil! I’ve had to do a LOT of research to make sure I am able to speak to my rights with my employer. I really had to advocate for myself this time around and it’s definitely not easy to navigate when you’re recovering from birth and caring for a new baby - it’s an unfair...

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2 Months with 2 Kids: 5 Things I’ve Learned

The last 2 months have been an absolute whirlwind with a 2 year old and a newborn! As much as I love my kiddos, I’d be lying if I said this season of life has been all sunshine and rainbows. It’s hard and it’s exhausting. I’m still nursing around the clock and eat most of my meals with one hand, standing up. But this season has been teaching me a lot - here are 5 things I’ve learned in 2 months with 2 kids: It’s chaotic and messy. Like super messy. If you have a toddler and a newborn, it’s like living in a tornado. And that tornado is swirling pee, poop, milk, crumbs, and dirt. Clutter and mess give...

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Nina’s Birth Story

6 weeks ago, my second baby made her debut at 38 weeks. Her entire labor journey was just a preview of how her personality would be out in the real world. Fickle, sassy, and sweet all rolled into one. Miss Nina took her time, but somehow came fast and furious simultaneously - I think my little Sagittarius may be a Gemini at heart. Her story really starts a couple weeks before she was born, but ends in a blink of an eye... At 36 weeks, I started having sporadic contractions, was dilated 4cm, and was 70% effaced. My son, Mason, was born at 36 weeks and I was DETERMINED for my Nina girl to stay in longer! But, pretty soon,...

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Jeannine's Hospital Bag Checklist

Hey there, mamas! ICYMI, I’ve been on a little self-imposed maternity leave from the Ailana J. blog. This pregnancy has been harder on me than my first, and my workload had also doubled since my first pregnancy due to structural changes as a result of the impact of COVID. I was having a really hard time taking care of myself and doing all the Ailana J. things I wanted to be doing. So I had to force myself to take a break from something – and that something was the AJ blog. Well, baby is still baking (fingers crossed she keeps baking until she’s full term, unlike her big brother!) and I am now on my REAL maternity leave from...

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5 Tips for Returning to Work as a Breastfeeding Mama

  We have a special guest on the blog this week - Anna Murphy, the mama behind Curate Mum! She supports mamas in their back to work and career journey…AND she has an e-book coming out next month! I’m super excited for the tips she’s sharing with us this week, so let’s get to it!  ————— Returning to work can be a stressful time for any Mama, there are lots of things to consider and if you are continuing pumping or breastfeeding, there are some practical steps you can take to help make the process easier. Here I’m sharing my top five tips for a successful return to work while continuing your breastfeeding journey! 1. Speak to your employer When...

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