Breastfeeding at Work| 1950’s Instructional Filmstrip Parody | Double Leche

1950's Breastfeeding at Work Parody

Working mamas take note! What would breastfeeding at work in the “olden days” look like? Check out this episode of our web series Double Leche, about funny and awkward moments in nursing. 

In this episode, we had some fun creating a parody of those old timey “instructional film strips” about breastfeeding at work. 

Do you have a pumping at work story to share? Comment below.

1950’s Breastfeeding at Work Parody by MomCave | Double Leche

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1950's Breastfeeding at Work Parody

 

What I Thought I would Say vs What I Really Wanted To Say (and what I actually said)

What I thought I would say vs What I really did say

If you are like me, then you probably had an idea of what kind of mom you would be before you actually had children. I imagined myself as the calm and collective type who would always know the right thing to say and never lose her sh*t no matter how messy things got. Boy, was I wrong! Five years down the line, being a mom of three drama queens has taught me that NOTHING is like I expected. What I am most surprised about is how I deal with the day to day challenges and how differently I react to them from how I thought I would. Here are a few examples:

 

The Supermarket Tantrum:

Before having kids I was sure I would be calm as a cucumber if it ever happened. Even though I was sure my kids would NEVER throw tantrums. (Yeah, right). But the first time it did happen (and every single time since), I was amazed by what I actually wanted to say and what I ended up saying. My policy these days is ‘get them out of the store as fast as possible’ and if that means giving in where I thought I would stand strong, I say go for it mama – anything to avoid the public humiliation!

 

When They Wake Up At Night:

In my imagination I would be happy to see my kids at all times, even at night when they woke me up over and over again. In reality, this so did not happen. From sleepless nights to waking up way before dawn, when they wake me these days it takes everything I’ve got in me not to burst out in tears and scream, “GO TO BED!”

 

When I Finally Make Plans To Go Out:

To start, I thought I would be the “‘cool mom.”- The kind of mom that went out with her friends and got drunk on a weeknight. In reality, there’s just too much laundry to do! 

 

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What I thought I would say vs What I really did say

 

Mom Mobiles! | MomCave LIVE with Elizabeth Broadbent and Meredith Masony

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MomCave LIVE is back! Our live show has been called “Wayne’s World for Moms” and been nominated for an IAWTV (International Academy of Web TV) Award for Best Live Series. On this episode, our guests are Elizabeth Broadbent of Manic Pixie Dream Mama and Meredith Masony of That’s Inappropriate. Elizabeth wrote a great post called “The Sedimentary Layers of My Minivan,” which is the inspiration for this episode’s topic.

We talk mom mobiles, ways to fancy up your wine, and how minivans kill our souls.

With a giveaway from Life Changer, the only combination diaper bag and portable changer! Use it for on-the-go changing and to help keep your car just a touch less messy. Enter below.

 Mom Mobiles on MomCave LIVE

Some Photographic Evidence of Mom Mobiles:

 

The LifeChanger Diaper Bag Giveaway

Mom Mobiles

What To Expect When Expecting vs REALITY

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I don’t know about you, but when I was expecting my first child I had a very clear picture of what it would be like. From the pregnancy to the birth, breastfeeding and bouncing back, I was sure II have it all covered. Five years down the line and three kids later, I can now say: HA! Joke was totally on me because the reality was nothing like what I had expected.

The Pregnancy:

Everyone always talks about ‘the glow’ of pregnancy, you know – that sexy, beautiful super healthy skin and hair myth. However, the reality was nothing like what I had expected. From the backaches to the crying for no reason, I’m still looking for ‘the glow’ people promised me!

The Birth:

I was all set on having a super natural birth, no medications, no drugs, all natural… 10 cm later and 24 hours of labour and there was just one thing coming out of my mouth: GIVE ME THE DRUGS! 

The Breastfeeding:

I was totally set on breastfeeding and was prepared for eating super healthy so that my milk would be BEST. what can I say? I guess I love junk food too much…

Bouncing Back:

I thought this would be easy. All I needed to do was work out when the baby was asleep. Yeah, right, 5 years later I’m still waiting to ‘bounce back’.  

So, if you are expecting and want to know what’s REALLY coming your way, have a look at this video which will give you a pretty good idea!

What to Expect

 

 

Target White Wine Taste Test |Hobbs & Hayworth on MomCave

Target White Wine Taste Test

Are you the kind of mom who buys both her clothing and her wine from Target? Can you tell a Sofia from a Fancy Pants?  Hobbs & Hayworth are back with a TARGET white wine taste test. The comedic duo selected three of “Tar-jay’s” finest vintages to sample. It’s possible they may have just chosen them by the looks of their pretty bottles. See how Harmony and Audrey did at identifying the different types of grapes.

And comment below with the name of your favorite cheap affordable white wine!

Target White Wine Taste Test | Hobbs & Hayworth

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The three wines in this video are:

Sofia Riesling, Fancy Pants Pinot Grigio, Lindeman’s Chardonnay-Riesling

Target White Wine Taste Test

6 Reasons Why I love C-Sections

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When I tell people how much I love cesarean births I usually get looks ranging from shocked to confused. Sometimes I think people believe I say it for “shock value”. But, I’m not. I love c-sections. I think they’re the greatest thing since boxed wine and here’s why:

It’s A Planned Birth

I love c-sections

For my second child I didn’t want to walk around those last days of my pregnancy (which move at the speed of a sloth) wondering if that day would be the day I had a baby. I decided to take matters into my own hands by coordinating a day around my family’s schedule and proclaiming it baby’s birthday! With my first pregnancy I was overdue by a week and spent 24 hours in an induced labor, which led me to have an emergency c-section. I knew I would never do that again and having the option to plan my second birth was music to my ears. 

No Stress and Anxiety

The closer I get to giving birth the more stress and anxiety I began to feel. With my first pregnancy I obsessed over when my water would break, how much water would there be, what would that pain feel like and how much pain would I feel before my baby arrived. It consumed me. But with my planned c-section for the second go-round there wasn’t any of that. I was even calm for my first. I knew exactly what was going to happen which left me feeling cool as a cucumber.

No Labor Pain

With my first, the physical sensations of labor were what could only be described as probably the worst type of period cramping. I felt everything. The epidural was not working on me. But that’s not the case with c-sections. I got something called a spinal anesthesia. It makes you completely numb from the neck down. Which, in my opinion, is exactly how childbirth should be. 

No Pushing

Giving birth is like..... .

This pretty much speaks for itself. With all of the modern medicine we have at our disposal, I would never choose labor pains and pushing when I don’t have to. 

They’re Quick

I don’t have the patience to wait for nature to take its course when it comes to labor and delivery. When I was induced for my first pregnancy I was in bed for 24 hours with no sign of my daughter showing up, which is why I needed the emergency c-section. It took less than an hour to get prepped, Sierra removed from my womb and to get stitched up. To me that is a whole lot better than laying in a hospital bed seemingly forever angry, sweating and cussing.

Longer Hospital Stays

When you have children at home and you’re preparing for the birth of another nothing will look sweeter to you than a 4 day stay at your local hospital. That’s two extra days longer than having a vaginal birth. Who’s in a rush to get home? Not I. I told family and friends to stay home so that I can treat my four days like a mini getaway. The stay allowed me enjoy the peacefulness I knew I wouldn’t get at home. It also let me focus on the start of my recovery and bond with my baby without people hovering over me.

Why I love c-sections MomCaveTV.com

 

Becoming My Mother. It’s Official.

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Becoming my mother?

I remember thinking, “There is no way in hell that I will turn into my Mother.” At 21, I was young, smart, and fancy-free. Now, at 35 years old, it is official….I am not just becoming my mother. I have completely turned into my mother. I wear a bathrobe. I rarely put on pants. I carry my dog around like a child. I have several snotty tissues in my pockets at all times, and I steal silverware from restaurants. After having three kids and growing up, I can’t remember why I wanted to avoid turning into my mother. I have a good Mom. She has a bit of a Goodwill addiction and steals Sweet n Low packets like the price of saccharin has has skyrocketed to unimaginable prices. Still, I am proud to be just like my mom. Check out my video and tell me how you are turning into your mother. Circle of life baby, Circle of life.

 

Becoming My Mother

Dinner Party for Slackers | Slacker Mom’s Guide to Dinner Parties

Dinner Party for Slackers Slacker Mom MomCave

Dinner Party photo2I love to host dinner parties, but I really don’t like doing all the work. My husband is this huge foodie. I make a gourmet meal almost every day. To be honest, I like to eat well, and he does do his fair share of the cooking, but after a while, I’m over it! (Especially when he NEVER does the dishes, even when he cooks.) So over my many years of entertaining…

I have come up with a few tips and tricks to pull off an outstanding spread, while making my guests do the heavy lifting. Call it a dinner party for slackers.

  1. Take advantage of the “What can I bring question.”  As soon as the invite comes out of my mouth, my potential dinner guest will ask, “What can I bring?” Always be really humble in your response. “Oh, no need to bring anything. Just yourself.” People really don’t want to do that, especially when you’re coming across so nice. “No, seriously. What can I bring?” And I’ll say, “Ok then, just a bottle of wine or some dessert.” And 9 times out of 10, they bring both!

  2. Compliment them on their cooking. Whenever I visit a friend or relative and taste one of their dishes, especially one that’s REALLY GOOD, I always make a BIG fuss. “Oh, this spinach artichoke dip is amazing! Can you send me the recipe?” “Your cheesecake is so creamy, how do you do it?” I lay it on so thick, that they CAN’T WAIT to bring it over to my place! ”Oh, what can I bring?” (And I give them the whole “you don’t have to bring anything ploy.”) They always say,” Oh, I remember how much you liked my spinach dip. I’ll bring that.” Works every time!

  3. Find the best prepared food you can and pass it off as your own. There is this bakery down the street with from me that makes the best sausage and pepperoni breads. I reheat it, slice it and serve it with leftover homemade tomato sauce. (The one I made for my foodie husband.) When people ask you for the recipe for the breads tell them you found it on Pinterest, and that the sauce came from a jar. They’ll go home and try to do it themselves and fail miserably, which will only cement your amazing home cook rep. But only do this with guests who are bad cooks, so you don’t have to go to their house to eat because,you should…

  4. Have good food, but not AMAZING food or you won’t get return invites! Early on in my dinner party career, I made the mistake of cooking gourmet meals for EVERYONE, no matter who came over. We also have a garden. Farm to table is the norm in our house. For the longest time, we would have friends over for dinner, but the invitation was never returned, and then a close friend confided in me. “I can’t have you guys over to my place, we only do hot dogs and burgers.” So I nipped it in the bud! What’s the point of cooking for people, if they won’t cook for you in return?

  5. Serve LOTS of alcohol! When you get your guests drunk, they’re a lot more fun, and they don’t taste anything, so you can give them your gourmet leftovers, and they won’t know the difference.

Dinner Party for Slackers Slacker Mom MomCave

Annoying Things Single People Say To Parents

Annoying Things Single People Say to Parents MomCave

I don’t know about you, but I find some of the things my single friends say to me very…. annoying! It’s kind of impressive that I still have single friends to start with, I mean – since becoming a mom I’ve hardly been the ‘party animal’ I used to be. (Don’t laugh! I used to be wild back in the day, I swear.) But that does not mean I don’t enjoy hanging out with my friends who are still living it up, single, free and with NO KIDS! 

HOWEVER, every time I meet up with my fabulous friends, they always seem to say the exact thing no parent ever wants to hear. “You look tired”, “I haven’t seen you in ages, what have you been doing in the past three years”? 

I’ve been having kids and basically slowly losing my mind, how’s your life going? Ha! 

So that’s why I’ve made this short video, because I think my single friends need to know that some of the things they say to parents can be really annoying.

I do hope I still have single friends after they watch this! Enjoy…

 

Annoying Things Single People Say to Parents

 

Annoying Things Single People Say to Parents MomCave

Father’s Day Gift | What My Husband Isn’t Getting For Father’s Day…

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Once again, Father’s Day has completely snuck up on me. Yeah, yeah, I know it comes the second Sunday in June every year. But, see, I’m too busy being a MOTHER to have time to remember such things. So, I scramble yet again to find a meaningful, useful, and CHEAP Father’s Day gift for my husband.

What I know he really wants…. A blowjob.

But Father’s Day is in JUNE. When school is out and kids are home. Wait until they nap? Ha, ha. That’s funny. Kids napping. Wait until they are in bed? I’m too wrecked at that point to do anything other than pass out myself. Oh, and I’m currently eight months pregnant. So, if by some miracle, we do find a few moments of privacy, there’s no position that this aching large-bellied body will contort into that is conducive to mouth to genital contact.

What he wants… An iPad.

He’s too polite to come out and ask for one directly but he has been hinting. He works long hours and travels most of the time to support our family. I’m the one that manages the monthly budget. And there are a lot of things that need to get paid before I do any shopping at The Apple Store. Like, oh, doctor’s bills and car loans. And if he did own an iPad, it’s lifetime would be cut short as soon as juice was spilled on it while my son gets to level two-zillion of Angry Birds.

What he wants… A membership to a monthly massage club.

One has just opened up in our neighborhood. First of all, see: the primary reason he isn’t getting an iPad. Secondly, I can give him massages for free at home. (Except I don’t… because I’m too tired and pregnant.)

What he wants… A day off work, family time, and me to be happy.

THAT I can do. As a mostly-traveling dad, he really values the few times we do something as a family. Even if that’s weeding the yard followed by a pizza. And it really bothers him to see me uncomfortable from this new bun in the oven and stressed out over money or schedules. He’s a great dad. And so we’ll spend the day telling him so, joking around, and having a care-free time. Because that’s what is so rare around here.

What are you getting YOUR husband for Father’s Day?

Father's Day Gift MomCave

 

*This post originally appeared on NotSoSkinnyMom.com