Lately, I've been feeling the classic working mom pull more than ever. A new job opportunity was pitched to me that would both double my salary and give me more career growth potential. And yet, I'm turning it down. I'm sad about it, but it's not so simple. I currently work part-time, and spend half … Continue reading Loving Holland
It's not healthy, and it's not realistic, but I constantly worry that my kids will end up really hurt, or worse. That some freak accident will happen and my kids will be gone forever. I like to think that I'm a good mom. I'm capable of keeping my children fed, healthy, happy and safe. But … Continue reading What Keeps Me Up At Night
About Time made a mark on me when I first saw it about four years ago. Heads up! This post contains spoilers so I recommend watching the movie before reading. But really, this movie is practically five years old so if you haven't seen it by now you can't be upset about spoilers anyway. 🙂 About … Continue reading About Time: The Movie That’s Stuck With Me
Last week, I shared how my husband has been a real hero during this unbelievably challenging, heart-wrenching, soul shakingly tough postpartum period. I've been reflecting on our relationship some more, and just how much my husband has impacted me since we've been together. First of all, I don't feel I had the best model of … Continue reading Being Loved by My Husband Helps Me Love Myself
Isn't it funny how differently you see your mom after you become a mom yourself? It's like a magic door to some elite, secret club has been opened, and you realize your mother has been there all along, running the show. Sometimes I lose my patience with my kids, but then I realize I was … Continue reading My Mom, My Idol
I had to put myself in time out. It had been one of those days. You know, the ones where it seems nothing will ever satisfy your kids? Where you haven't had a single uninterrupted minute to pee or eat or take a breath? My husband was not home so I was alone, frustrated and … Continue reading Time Out for Mommy
Today I'm supposed to write about the kindness of strangers (this is for my 30 day writing challenge - feel free to join in if you like). I'm not sure what it says about me that nothing comes to mind when I try to think of a meaningful experience of kindness from a stranger. I don't … Continue reading Random Acts of Kindness
It was summertime, and my daughter was about 8 months old. We were in the checkout line at the grocery store. My baby was dressed something like this: She wasn't wearing shoes because...well...she couldn't yet walk and it was summertime! An older woman in front of me in line was making cute faces at my … Continue reading Oh No, Baby! Where Are Your Shoes?
Have you all watched the Ali Wong Comedy Special on Netflix "Hard Knock Wife"? In it, she jokes about how she'd only employ an elderly nanny. She was feeling less than glamorous (read: sleep deprived, gross, bitchy) as a new mom and felt having a young, beautiful nanny living in the house (who does everything asked of … Continue reading My Husband, the Postpartum Hero
It was bedtime. My daughter was playing on her bed as I held her baby brother. He started to fuss, and as I turned my attention away from her to soothe him, BAM! I turned back around and my daughter was screaming. It was the kind of crying where you are so upset you can't … Continue reading Her Bruised Face and My Bruised Ego
Today, Miss America announced they will no longer judge contestants on their outward physical appearance. They are now a "competition" and not a "pageant". As a woman and a mom of a daughter, this makes me happy, but feels long overdue. I never understood the bikini part of pageants. If Miss America was supposed to … Continue reading Thank you, Miss America #byebyebikini
Miscarriage is not something that was supposed to happen to me. I don't mean that I have some magical uterus or perfect eggs that prevent miscarriage. It was always just this far away, intangible concept. I knew it happened. I just never thought it was something that would happen to me. My daughter was just … Continue reading My Darkest Teacher: I Had a Miscarriage
This is Day 2 of my 30 Day Writing Challenge. Feel free to join me by writing about something you don't remember. Post a link in the comments below and I'll be sure to read and comment. Now that I have two children of my own, I often think back to my childhood and how … Continue reading Something I Don’t Remember
This is Day 1 of my 30 Day Writing Challenge. Feel free to join me by writing about a lesson you learned the hard way. Post a link in the comments below and I'll be sure to read and comment. You've probably heard the saying a million times: Everyone is a perfect parent until … Continue reading A Lesson Learned the Hard Way
As a new blogger, I'm looking to improve my writing skills, find my voice, and figure out my favorite writing topics. So.... I'm going to blog for the next 30 days. (If I can keep up with it! --wish me luck!) Feel free to join me! Write a post on any of the below topics … Continue reading Join Me! 30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 0
Today I could not handle one more minute of whining before turning into "Mean Mom", so I told my three year old I was turning myself off for ten minutes. I plopped myself on the couch, waved my hands around myself like a force field and made noises like an engine shutting down. This magical … Continue reading Mommy’s on Break
I'm 9 months pregnant and it's most likely my last pregnancy. I am a whale, every position is uncomfortable, my skin is itchy and I'm SO done sharing my body. But at the same time, I know I will miss feeling the little baby kicks. I will miss my toddler kissing my belly. I will … Continue reading The Confusing, Competing Feelings of Motherhood
The three year old is a mastermind. She has truly stumped me. Like many kids, her main goal at bedtime is figuring out how to extend it. Our main goal as parents is to get her to sleep, along with the necessary hygiene tasks, bonding time, etc. Our usual bedtime routine consists of getting on … Continue reading The Great Tissue Debacle
Dear Baby Wipes, I love you. You are a loyal helper, a healer, and a friend. You have gotten me through the messy times, tough times, and the "I'm the best mom ever" times. You have literally wiped the sweat off my back in the days of colicky newborns and clingy toddlers, where showers were … Continue reading A Love Letter to Baby Wipes
If you have stumbled upon this post because you are suffering from morning sickness, I am so very sorry. The good news is, I've never heard of a woman having morning sickness after giving birth, so there is an end in sight! 😉 First of all, it's total B.S. that it's called MORNING sickness. That … Continue reading Tips for Coping with Morning Sickness: the Good, the Gross and the Ugly
Do you love to bake and have a little one who loves to "help"? Are you looking for a fun activity to bond with your child? Baking with toddlers can be fun (as long as you aren't hangry for sweets NOW and aren't in the right mindset to be patient - I have definitely been … Continue reading My 5 Tips for Baking with Toddlers
I LOVE babywearing. Seriously, besides diapers, my baby carrier is my #1 must-have item as a new parent. I don't proclaim to be an expert on babywearing, but here I'll share with you how it's helped me and some tips and resources to get started. What is babywearing? "Babywearing is the practice of keeping your … Continue reading Babywearing 101: Why I love my baby carriers and how you can get started
We have done this to ourselves, I think. I'm not below bribing my kid for good behavior during a trip out. It has seemed so worth it to promise a small, inexpensive trinket at the end of each shopping trip so that my daughter will behave. If we're at Target, usually it's one of those … Continue reading We’re Parents of a 3-year-old, not Child Abductors!
So, my daughter hates bugs. Selectively. Spiders are a big no no. Bees? Don't even get her started. Ladybugs are cool in her book, and so are butterflies. Flies are Hell's creation. Once a fly got stuck in our car (as they do). It was a normal, tiny, harmless fly, but my daughter was convinced … Continue reading Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!
My 30 Day Writing Challenge fizzled out after 12 days. I thought I could write for 30 consecutive days, on a different topic every day. And I failed. What happened? My maternity leave was ending and life simply got in the way. Actually, that's really a cop out. I just stopped prioritizing writing. So, what … Continue reading I’m Going to Write a Book!