6 Lies Pregnant Women Tell Themselves About Motherhood

Lie #1: “I’ll exercise before the kids get up and lose that baby weight in no time!” ...more
I don't know why but I was STILL thinking this stuff on my third kid!  I did manage the organic ...more

I'm Proud of my Epidural

The more I read blogs, the more and more I end up reading birth stories. There's something innately special about a birth story. It's at the same time a personal and universal experience. There are endless ways to experience it - vaginal, c-section, medicated, unmedicated, in a hospital, in birth centers - the list goes on and on. Despite all these different methods, in the end its still the amazing act of bringing new life into the world, and its one of the reasons I love to read birth stories - they are so so different....more

My unplanned pregnancy changed the relationship with my Mom

"It's the same result as the home test you took. Positive." After a long pause and a stare, the woman asked, "Do you plan to continue with the pregnancy?" I wasn't sure how to answer, I wasn't sure if I wanted to answer. I had so many questions of my own that needed answers first. My boyfriend sat in an old blue chair, his eyes shifting in all directions but mine. Finally, our eyes met like those of strangers, he shrugged his shoulders. I turned away from him and back to the woman in the scrubs. In a low whisper, I said, "Yes." My boyfriend and I drove home in silence....more

Flashback: Maternity photo shoot (and some great pose ideas)

I totally fell in love with my maternity photographs and can't thank Alicia B Photography enough for her overwhelming generosity. We had decided early on to splurge for newborn photos (promise to share soon!) should the pregnancy be successful, especially since I'm notorious, according to hubs, for my lack of camera skills (meaning I'm terrible at remembering to actually take the photos). So anyway, as I was saying......more

The Pee Jug

There are a lot of moments in my life that I’m not proud of; of, I should say, lots of moments in my life that others react so shockingly to, that I pretend I’m equally as shocked and appalled at my behavior/misfortune/adventures. But usually, these moments don’t really faze me until someone is like “it’s not normal to consider it a ‘good travel day’ to take a train that caught on fire while you were on it to the airport, where you were then delayed for five hours.” And I’m like “It’s not? I was busy playing solitaire and dominating on my phone....more

Embracing my Post Baby Bod

 I got off work early unexpectedly one Friday afternoon a few weeks ago.  And I chose to spend that surprise free time swimsuit shopping.Because I was in the mood to torture myself, apparently....more

MRIs show reading to young kids activates their early reading skills

A team from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center monitors the brains of 19 preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) using MRIs while they listened to stories on headphones.The parents of the 19 children gave information about how often they read to their children at home, among other interactions.Children whose parents read to them regularly had more activation in certain brain areas that are involved in getting meaning from language and mental imagery. The latter helps children visualize a story....more

How To Create a Long Distance Gender Reveal Announcement

So remember when I mentioned I was pretty hesitant and totally awkward about announcing my pregnancy? Well, I like to think that I made up for it with our gender reveal. ...more

Having two too close together

I know someone who had her children in quick succession. For four years of her life, she was either pregnant or had just given birth and was breastfeeding. She is a happy mom of three children today, and she doesn't regret her decision to have her children be so close in age....more

There's A WakWak In Your Lawn (Or Your House's Roof)

Filipinos are a funny lot (don't get me wrong, I am one)....more