Aolani Donegan 4 results

Monday’s are the worst when you have to leave the baby behind

Leaving the baby after a nice weekend is never easy, but as my 8 month old son begins to be more cognizant of our comings and goings, it becomes heartbreaking to leave. We know he is safely under the supervision of his grandmothers, so that truly helps. This morning as I walked away, leaving him, as I have done many times before I felt a certain level of anxiety probably just like my boy. We try to spend a lot of quality time as a family together when the weekend gets here. The week can't ...

Does ‘mommy guilt’ ever fade for a working mom?

My last blog post was about how I often feel guilty because I feed my 7 month old formula and work full time. He is not exclusively breast fed despite my best and most honest efforts. I expressed guilt over the fact that I buy store bought baby food instead of making my own. I often wonder when I leave him for the day if he will remember me when I return. He and I share a bond at 2:3o am but what happens when other people are around? Does he know the difference between them and his mama? ...

What is a busy mom to do? Homemade vs Store bought baby food

Months before having my baby I knew. My child was going to be exclusively breastfed, I would make baby food every Sunday and he wasn't going to have an once of sugar until his first birthday. I knew this, but reality seemed to laugh at that noble idea. My son was born four weeks prematurely so in order to get him out of the Rex hospital NICU, I needed to feed him Enfamil 22 calorie formula & they fed him sugar water in his first few hours. If you add in the fact that I had a ...

Beach trip & some much needed ‘ME’ time

This weekend was another first for my son and I. Jake is a little over six months old and I have not spent a night away from him, well not until this past weekend. My girlfriend has a little girl that is almost two years old and she invited me to Wrightsville beach. I knew she needed the break so I agreed to drive. Little did I know that I would get just as much, if not more out of the small vacation this trip provided. There is no question that my life has improved by leaps and bounds ...