Category Archives: baby

Langostinos!!!

Tonight for dinner I made langostinos. You can get them at the frozen section of Trader Joe’s. They taste like a mix between shrimp and lobster. Yum!!!

I made a very simple recipe that I made by looking at some other people’s recipes and using what I liked and leaving out what I didn’t. 

First I started to thaw the langostinos in a bowl of warm water. I chopped up a red onion. I used preminced garlic. I heated up some olive oil and some butter in a pan and added in the onion and garlic. I added in half a cup of my favorite wine, dry Riesling. I then added the langostinos. They were still semi frozen, oh well.

While this was being prepared I had set a pot of salted water to boil. I threw in pasta. This time it was orecchiette. I let the wine sauce simmer for a while while I nursed the baby upstairs.  I microwaved some frozen broccoli as an easy side dish. That I tossed with olive and grated parmigiana reggiano. 
On a side note, baby is obsessed with this banana toothbrush. I brush her teeth with it and she gives me the biggest smile. 

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Halloween Dessert Party

This afternoon we hosted a Halloween party at our house. It was so much fun. Here are some of the decorations:

We bought so much candy for the event, and for Halloween as well. So many kids come to our neighborhood so we have to be ready for them! I don’t have a picture of the baby in costume, but she was a pumpkin. I didn’t want to put her in costume until the last minute, so she wouldn’t get dirty. 


We supplied the candy. My mom brought brownies and Apple cake. I frosted the brownies and put sprinkles on them. My sister in law brought pizza crumb, which is a crumb cake made only of the crumbs and in the shape of a pizza! My mother in law brought cookies and fruit, and my mom’s friend brought bobka. 

Yummmmmmmm. So full of sweets . We also ordered pizza and someone brought a Crave case from White Castle. 

I made mulled cider. I used the four spices lined up below. I bought a gallon of apple from target, heated it up and threw in these four spices until the cider was bubbling. I then let the cider simmer. I had mine this way but some guests decided to spike it.

The party was a lot of fun and the baby loved all the attention. 

Breastfeeding and Pregnancy Discrimination and Leave Laws Throughout the United States

In performing research for this blog, I came across this state by state map that perfectly puts together all of the pregnancy and breastfeeding discrimination and leave right laws throughout the United States.  Here it is, created by Legal Momentum.

The Map

I think that they did an incredible job, and it would have taken me an enormous amount of time to collect the laws and put together such a wonderful product.

Legal Momentum, headed in New York, has positioned itself as “the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund,” and I think what they do is awesome. Head over to their website to learn more about them, as I have recently been doing.  Here is the link to Legal Momentum.

Otherwise, life is good. My baby is six months old. She is crawling, standing up in her crib, and beginning to cruise.  Her first tooth is just about coming up, and she started cutting her second one this evening.  As we speak she is sleeping peacefully, though we know that could end at anytime.  Baby girl is not the best sleeper.  I love her so very much.

More about NYS Labor Law 206-c

Some fast facts gleaned from the guidelines posted by the New York State Department of Labor about NYS Labor Law 206-c.

  • A nursing mother’s right to express milk is protected for three years after the birth of her child.
  • The law applies to both public and private employers in NY state.
  • The size of the company does not matter. No matter how small or large the company you work for is, you will be protected by this law.
  • Nursing mothers should be given a break time (unpaid) that is AT LEAST twenty minutes.  This means that the break time could be longer, depending on the individual mother.  An employee can also take a shorter break time if they choose to.
  • The designated room or space for expressing milk CANNOT be a bathroom or a restroom stall.
  • The designated room or space must be close to the employee’s work space (walkable) and getting to the room should minimally increase the break time allotted.
  • To insure PRIVACY, the room should have a lock on it.  If that is not possible the employer should put a sign up alerting others that the room will not be accessible to customers and other employees.

More information can be found in the guidelines that I put a link to above.

Please comment about any experiences you have had with this law. Has it helped you?

 

Rights of Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

Section 206-C of the New York State Labor Law was passed in 2007. This law, in short, protects a nursing mother from being discriminated against because of the fact that she is expressing milk in the workplace and requires that all employers in the state allow nursing mothers the time to express breast milk (pump) for up to THREE years (THREE!) following the birth of their child.

Employers, the law says, must make reasonable efforts to provide a room close to where the employee works so that they may pump in private.  Most importantly, the room cannot be a restroom or a toilet stall.  This is a relief to all those nursing mothers who have been told time and time again – you need to go somewhere private? what about the bathroom? No thank you. Would you like to eat food that was cooked in the bathroom? No – you wouldn’t? Well…neither does a baby.

Employers also must give reasonable unpaid break time to nursing mothers – the breaks should not be farther apart than three hours (if that is what the mother asks for).

The Department of Labor guidelines on how to interpret Section 206-C are very detailed, and are definitely worth a look.  It is a wonderful thing that New York State has created this law which helps women find the elusive work life balance – the ability to continue to breast feed their child while remaining productive in the work force.