DIY: Nursery Wall Mural

 Yesterday I finally got around to painting the wall mural in the nursery :) I am kind of in love with birch trees because of their gorgeous white bark and the way they grow so skinny and tall. ...more

I love your wall decor. Great job and painting those trees. I would have taken the easy way ...more

Baby Weight All of a sudden, I very much feel pregnant...and, judging by t...more

Do You Baby Book?

After my cousin had twins 4 months to the day after I had my baby girl, we were comparing gifts. Kind of like, “How many baby blankets? What’s the most hideous outfit?” Finally I ask, “How many baby books did you get?”...more

Yes, indeed. I was also given a few baby books but they weren't my style and besides, who has ...more

Do you judge other mothers? (I do)

Everyday is a learning experience for me. If there is one thing I have learned about being a parent... its that when you point your finger at someone-- there are three fingers pointing back at you. Let me explain...Miss M was invited to a neighbor's first birthday party. Everything was going along swimmingly. The kids played nicely together. My husband chatted with the dads who are also in his MBA program. The other moms, who were all friends, laughed about life. And I......more

Your child is not unconscious. He's just pooping.

Imagine your baby happily entertaining himself on the living room floor under the watchful eye of his doting father. Making sure no small objects are within reach, father goes for a quick restroom break in the bathroom that is right off the living room, well within hearing distance of baby. Meanwhile, you are on the other side of the house grabbing your sweater because you are all about to head to the park on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. Your baby, who is now mobile (!), was left in the sitting position playing with a toy....more

Breastfeeding Sucks

I was reading the fabulous Jennifer Brandt's blog Perfectly Disheveled tonight and was reminded of something that I had buried deep within the recesses of my mind...BREAST FEEDING! Oh how it sucked! No pun intended. It was one of the most awful things I have experienced thus far in motherhood. I know its not PC to admit this but hey, that's how I roll. I am honest to a fault. I always thought that breastfeeding would be something beautiful and magical; a sacred bond between mother and baby....more

Oh 23 years old when I had my first child I breast fed and cried everyday for the first month. ...more

Channeling Punxsutawney Phil

It’s no secret that I love hot, sunny summer days. I welcome heat and humidity over snow and cold any day. Yes, I know Northern Indiana isn’t exactly the climate I should inhabit. I blame my family for that one (and have tried convincing them to head south with me). But until that happens, I do my best to make it through the cold, gloomy days of winter until summer begins to resurface. I attempt to stay optimistic and tell myself that winter can’t last forever, but this winter, my optimism has waned....more

childbirth woes :( and lots of lovelies :)

I had such a busy day today with a prenatal check-up, some shopping (I found a bikini to take to Florida, yay) and then childbirth class, where they told us all about pain meds and c-sections. I really want to try for a natural birth and we have watched so many documentaries on it that we are convinced it is the best option for us and the baby....more

Life with Baby

I was obsessed with labor and delivery, but I never thought about bringing the baby home. Oh my gosh, what do you do with this baby? She cries all the time. ~ Rachel During one of our focus group sessions, Rachel shared her honesty. She had spent so much of her time preparing for the birth of the baby, but didn’t put much thought into what happens once the baby arrives…and especially not once she is faced with the day-to-day life with baby....more

Organic Baby Food Review

A few weeks ago I received a package  of a new product, Baby Gourmet. Generally I like to make my own baby food, so I went into the review intending to be pretty hard on this product....more