The Things I Forgot About Babies {Reminders For Care-Takers Who Have Been Out Of The Baby Game For Too Long}

Some people are made for babies. I am not one of them. There has been no harder stage of life for me than when I had mini people in my house. A seeming endless forever of waiting for them to become complete humans*; for vibrant personalities and meaningful conversations and for thinking myself more than a frumpy, bouncing milk machine....more

You're Not Getting Married, So Why The Wedding Pinterest Board?

I'm the first to admit that Pinterest is one of my go-tos when I just need to zone out with hair tips, oatmeal recipes, and DIY art ideas. While initially hesitant to use it, I now think of Pinterest as a place to find inspiration and tricks for making life easier and more organized. It allows users to indulge fantasies too, which is what brings me here today.Ladies, please stop posting wedding stuff on Pinterest. ...more
claresmilliken I know, right?! Me too! But honestly, my tweet was in jest. I'm partnered and our ...more

7 Unexpected Ways Living With Dogs Is Like Living With Babies

Based on my personal experience, having had three of each (dogs and babies). For the record, I came up with a whole page of hand-written ways; these are just a few of the less obvious ones. 1. A formed BM (after a sustained period of "unformed" BMs, aka horrible, explosive s#^t that necessitates a bath/shower/laundry/or infected item(s) thrown--using tongs and rubber gloves--in the outside garbage) is cause for loud celebration....more

Five Signs You've Mastered Mom Stealth Mode

1. You take a full 60 seconds to simply close your baby's bedroom door while keeping the latch pulled as tight as possible, knowing that even the slightest click of metal on metal could wake the baby and nullify the entire 45 minutes of rocking and bouncing you just endured to put this screaming baby to sleep. ...more

I Only Make High Maintenance Babies

Today I babysat for a friend.  She has a little girl who was born just a week before Riley.  Our boys are the same age too.  So basically we really had no choice but to become friends....more
thelazyscholarmom  Congratulations!!  Yep, definitely sounds like my little boy!  Although I ...more

Because I'm a Mom

 I was going to write up Eli’s 8 month post, but I think I will post that tomorrow. I have something else on my heart so I am just going to go with it. Today was one of those hard days. Mommas, you know what I’m talking about. One of those days that makes you want to bust out the front door and go screaming down the street while simultaneously sobbing in hysterics and clawing your eyes out....more

Thwarting the Straps

I assembled C’s swing when I was eight months pregnant. We put it in her nursery adjacent to the changing table, but by the time she was one week old, it had been relocated to our living room along with all the items we found to be truly necessary to life with a newborn. I always felt a little let down that we didn’t use her room right away. I had visualized parenthood looking a certain way, and I wanted the setting to be her room. Her first night home, we put her in her bassinet, closed the door, and were frustrated that every 20 minutes she was up....more

Breastfeeding Still

Breastfeeding for the long, long haul. ...more

Generation Next

One of the paper photos I still carry with me, even with a lifetime of photos immediately phone-accessible, is of my adorable 3-year old nephew. He’s looking down at his fingers while his bowl of blond hair falls just above his eyes. He was the first person who made me want to be a mom.So how can it be that he’s 30 and about to be a dad?...more

Motherhood Should Come With A Disclaimer

There are so many parenting books out there. I am naturally a researcher. If I'm entering an unknown situation I research the shit out of it, I like to be prepared!...more