I’ve wanted to write this post since I created my blog. I started this post on multiple occasions, only to stop because it just wasn’t “ready.” I was ready to talk about it, but for some reason the right words weren’t there yet. Since it is something I feel so passionate about, I made myself wait until the post essentially came to me, wrote itself....more
Dear Moms and Dads of Wee Ones,I know it has been many months of sleepless nights and all you want is to lay your head down at night and find uninterrupted peace. I know you are exhausted from breastfeeding and bottle preparation, and your sinks are filled with dirty rubber nipples and breast pump parts. It feels like all you do is change soiled diapers and wipe teary eyes. It takes you a half an hour just to pack a diaper back with the essentials so you can go out on the town for a measly hour. ...more
There are days when I feel like I got this motherhood thing down. Like, I really got it down. On those days, I feel like nothing can stop me from conquering everything on my to-do list. Laundry? Check. Grading? Check. Lesson plans? Check. Grocery shopping? Check. Do some writing? Check. Dinner cooked? Check. Most importantly, keeping my kid happy and fed? Check and check! ...more
If I had to describe motherhood in one word, I'd say it is life-changing. For me, motherhood, hands down, was the singular event that turned my life upside-down. As overwhelming as it is gratifying, motherhood can consume you and make you forget what you were like before it arrived. As a new mom, it's important to exercise self-care to keep your identity (and your sanity). Below are some self-care tips I have found helpful in my experience as a new mom: Daily...more
When Wyatt was a month old, I went to the gym. As I stepped off the treadmill, a fellow gym-goer approached me and we had a brief conversation.
Woman: "Didn't you just have a baby?!"
Me: "Yup, he's a month old now."
Woman: "And you're here?! Must be nice to have a baby who's sleeping so well."
Me: "Umm, it must be. But I wouldn't know…"
I am not an alarmist by nature. I do not fear using public restrooms or flying on an airplane. I’m actually fairly good at responding in a time of crisis. I do not overreact or allow my emotions to control everything. Although I can be emotional, especially when it comes to my children, my husband’s obsession with fantasy football, or certain shows like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (watching families collapsing in tears at the big reveal gets me every time)....more
It’s a catchy old song that I used to sing but never understood why one friend had to be silver and the other gold. Why does one have to be second place? Why couldn’t they both be gold? And who ends up with the bronze?Still I always liked the song’s message, even though lately I’ll admit I’ve been slacking in the “make new friends” role. So I write this blog as a reminder to myself to make that extra effort – even when I feel like I’m too busy or too tired or too whatever. It’s important and might mean something to someone who needs a friend. I know it did to me....more
I’ve used my little piece of the internet stage to get up on my soapbox before; sometimes it’s met with applause, sometimes it’s met with criticism. I don’t really care what side that this comes down on but I know I need to put it out there....more
I was so excited when I had my first baby. She was all ours/mine to take care of. At first I looked forward to the day I would be able to leave the hospital. When I would be able to do whatever I wanted and not worry about what the bitchy nurses would say. And, I would be all alone with her...more