Please Teach Your Kids About Disability

Your children watch and learn from you, every day, every moment. They listen to your words, imitate your actions, follow your cues on how to behave in new situations, and mimic your example on how to interact with people they meet. And they will ...more

Say No to Visitors, New Moms!

Until I had my son, it had never occurred to me that the first days, weeks, and months of being new parents would be sheer hell. I mean it. I don't envy any of you who are currently trying make it through the first two months of parenthood. It's ...more

Breastfeeding Ended My Body War

When I was 13 years old, I saved my money to order TBRS from a catalog. TBRS. Total Body Reshaping System. At 13, I was already sure my body needed to be totally reshaped, starting with my boobs (because I had none). Over the next 10 years, I raged ...more

Did I Lose Myself to Motherhood?

I remember the first time it happened: It was shortly after Theo’s birth and I was still in the hospital. My mother and husband were in the room with me when the nurse came in to do something—maybe weigh him or help bathe him or check his vital ...more

Get Involved This Year!

It is back-to-school time! My sweet little man is going into first grade, and I learned a lot about school involvement during his first year in kindergarten. As a working mom, it is tough to always know what is going on at his school, but I have ...more

10 Things You Need to Stop Saying to Gay Parents

So I have read a few funny posts lately about "if Latinos said the things white people say" and if "Asians said the things white people say." Also, things you shouldn't say to a lesbian or a gay dad, and I decided to add my own list of things you shouldn't say to people. Specifically gay people. Even more specifically gay parents....more
My partners workmate asked him if he thought that his brother been gay was linked with their ...more

Your Bag Won't Always Be This Heavy, Mom

My sister Nancy tells the story about a time when her boys were under two years old and, as mothers of young children often do to keep from going insane, she visited a friend. Besides her two sons, Nancy brought along with her a backpack she carried in lieu of a diaper bag. It featured many convenient compartments and was not covered in ducklings or whales as were most diaper bags in the late nineties. ...more
This is a really, really wonderful post. Thank you for sharing, and I am so glad that I read it ...more

Family Demographics Are Changing ... and So Are Our Children's Economic Opportunities

We’ve all heard about the growing numbers of breadwinner moms (40 percent of all U.S. households, in case you were wondering), but American families are diversifying in more than one way, and recent studies show that those changes aren’t just affecting our culture: Family structure may have a huge impact on the next generation’s economic opportunities. ...more

This is Beautiful You

Finally, my favorite post of the week! Every Sunday morning I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the...more

By the way, we are going to shave her head.

Apologies for the real time posting right now. I walked into the NICU after having a cuppa, and the doctor said, "Sydnye, we are going to shave her head." By "her" we mean my 39 day-old baby. Why you might ask, did they need to shave her head?  They are all out of veins for cannulas and long lines for the morphine, muscle relaxers, antibiotics, albumin, lasix, platelets and blood, my baby had been intravenously administered.  I immediately walked back out the door. I had to remove myself from the room for a few minutes. ...more

tgf 0000000 size baby clothing

I have to say I am so grateful for seven 0, that's 0000000 baby clothing. My sweet girl looks stunning with her fitted size 0000000 wares. purebaby is my favorite brand for preemies and IUGR babies, like my little girl.   SydnyeAllen @SydnyeAllen on twitter  and instagram    ...more

Changing Tastes – Sunday Post 95

Happy Sunday everyone!...more

Do apples fall far from trees?

She is quit the mix. From the front I see my oldest. From the side I see my middle child ....more

Just Two Girls And Their Unicorns


Chicken Coop Tour, Part 3

If you've been following our adventures with our hens, I showed off their new digs in my posts:...more

{Evening Thoughts}

When your Papa holds your babe for the first time all seems right with the world ....more

"Snuffly," "Wobbly" and other NICU lingo

Australian NICU lingo Snuffly-congested Wobbly-vibrating nicely on the ventilator  Bub-baby Chicken-baby Poppet-baby Possum-baby Sausage-baby What is the significance of these words? My little bub/chicken/poppet/possum/sausage was snuffly for weeks and then she became so snuffly that she needed more respiratory support. The big gun, the high powered ventilator, causes a distinct wobble. This wobble is saving my baby's life! I may just have to do The Wobble Dance out of the hospital when we make it to discharge day. ...more

My Nightly Skin Routine

I try my best to cleanse my face and apply all the products I’ll be mentioning in this post nightly but I have to admit I don’t always. Tsk Tsk. The older I get the harder I work to get cleansed up every night though ....more