What new Mom's really need

Remembering back to the days when I was a new Mommy there are certain things that really stand out to me when it comes to what made life smoother and easier. The days following the birth of your baby are filled with so many beautiful emotions and at the same time can be downright exhausting. There are ways to make the transition smoother and knowing what to anticipate can help too.So…it helps to think in terms of what’s essential. Let’s break it down.Should you buy a crib right away?...more

Breastfeeding Tips and Tricks

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month and I've been pretty aware of breastfeeding lately. Since we brought baby #3 home, I've had my ups and downs with breastfeeding. I thought (incorrectly) that I would have a pain-free experience with my third go at this, but I definitely had some struggles that first week....more

The Days are Long, but the Years Short

When word got out that I gave birth to our first child, we were overwhelmed by everyone's kind and congratulatory wishes. People seemed genuinely happy for us and inundated us with gifts....more

Needful Things: A Reflection on the Changing Dynamics of Being Needed

I'm a little embarrassed to admit this (so when has that stopped me?) but the biggest shock I received when I became a new parent was how needy newborns were. Crazy right? Like I totally should have known this going into to it. Like, of course you dumbass what did you expect a Golden Retriever? On an intellectual level, I suppose I did know this, but I also think it's one of those you can't really know until you live it....more

Mothering Newborns Means That Life Is Stripped Down To The Basics

  The Joy of Mothering ...more
@SunbonnetSmart.com I never quite used these exact words like you have ... "upgrades the moment ...more

What I Didn't Expect After Expecting

I was told of things that would happen after I had a baby but in a vague way and of course I didn't think some of this stuff would happen to me. Yes, you're right. I'm a dumbass.Screw what to expect. Expect the unexpected.No matter what anyone tells you will happen after you have a baby, including me, it might not happen to you. You just never know what to expect with a baby. Your cute little squishy babe grows so fast and changes so much that it can be hard to keep up....more

Maslow Got It Wrong: The Real (Mommy) Hierarchy of Needs

I first heard of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Theory in health class my sophomore year of high school. My teacher was a stout, burly man with one of those hard stomach's like the base of a kettle drum. He was also the wrestling coach and walked with a crooked, bow-legged, wrestler's limp up and down the aisles peering over your shoulder during tests. His style of instruction was intimidating and declarative as in, "You can still get pregnant even if the girl is currently menstruating, don't you know kids?!" Then he sneered at you with a knowing look while you fidgeted in your plastic chair. Informative, but also slightly traumatizing....more
love this- and SO true!more

Breastfeed After the Baby is Born

Before your m...more

Blood in a Baby's Stool

It's very scary when you see blood in a baby 's diaper.  After recovering from the initial shock and disbelief, it's time to figure out what's going on.  Here's something I learned from working in Pediatric Intensive Care.  Stop - take a deep breath - gather your thoughts - and then get to work....more

Post Partum Depression Is REAL

The child of her second pregnancy was a very wanted child.  When the first child was miscarried their hearts quietly shattered.  Standing in the empty nursery was beyond them.  The father locked the door....more