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Confessions of a Burnt Out Mama

Tonight, Mason peed from the 2nd floor banister, over my head, onto the stairs, and all over the first level of our house. This was after a particularly stressful day of work and picking up Mason late from daycare for the first time EVER. Not to mention that I’m solo parenting this month since my husband is away for work (Navy wife life…). Mason is still recovering from his hospital stay (see last week’s blog post about it here!) and on a steroid inhaler and an oral medication twice per day, morning and night. Our dog, Pax, also has an ear infection and needs his ears cleaned twice per day followed by medication in his ear. Both Mason and Pax HATE...

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3 Things I Learned from my Baby’s Hospital Stay

If you follow Ailana J. on Instagram, you probably saw that my 22-month old son, Mason, was in the hospital most of last week. He was having some major breathing issues, which the hospital called acute respiratory failure – if that doesn’t scare the you-know-what out of any mama or parent, I don’t know what does. The good news is we live down the street from an amazing children’s hospital and he’s been doing well at home the last couple of days. But, last night over dinner, my husband asked me what my biggest learnings were from our week in the hospital with Mason. And, while I sincerely hope none of you ever have to experience what we experienced, I...

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Disneyland Tips for the Breastfeeding Mama

I’m having MAJOR Disneyland withdrawals after our trip last week! It was SO much fun and SO much easier than I anticipated! A lot of that had to do with us all getting REALLY good sleep both at night and during nap time – you can check out my blog post from last week for my exact packing list, which includes my must-have items for amazing baby sleep while traveling. But, this week, I’m sharing why Disneyland was an AMAZING choice for a family vacay right now and all the tips I learned during our trip for a breastfeeding mama…plus all the things you can do to make the trip SUPER EASY for your family! Why Disneyland? I mean....why NOT?! Who...

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My Exact Disneyland Vacation Checklist

You guys…I LOVE Disneyland. And I’m pretty much just BESIDE myself with excitement that we get to take Mason for the first time RIGHT NOW! I had been dreaming of taking Mason last year after he turned one, but obviously those dreams were put on pause by the pandemic. But now, I’m actually super stoked about the limited capacity and restriction in admission to California residents only for now – even pre-Covid, I was never a big fan of crowds! Although I’ve been bursting with excitement since I bought our tickets and made our park reservations almost a month ago, I also have been a LITTLE anxious about taking a tot under 2. This is our first rodeo taking Mason...

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Cinco de Mayo + Breastfeeding: No Pumping + Dumping Required!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, mamas! We all know that Cinco de Mayo is the perfect day for a margarita or two, but a lot of us breastfeeding mamas think we need to lay off the stuff completely or pump + dump in order to partake in the festivities. Both of those can feel like a MAJOR bummer sometimes, especially the pumping + DUMPING! No one wants to waste an ounce of liquid gold, am I right? Whether it’s Cinco de Mayo, Sunday Funday, your best friend’s wedding, or you just want a glass of wine after a long day, not drinking at ALL or pumping + dumping that hard-earned liquid gold is actually NOT necessary! Today, I am BUSTING the...

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