Amy Wruble

I'm a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to my toddler daughter.  Her daddy and I are planning our wedding while trying for baby #2, which is why I named my blog Carriage Before Marriage.  I love to write candidly about the funny, unexpected and poignant sides of parenting.  You can also find me at The Huffington Post, on Circle of Moms, at What To Expect and in Babytalk magazine. 

Top 10 Irrational Fears About My Wedding Day

1. That I will wake up with a head cold, my period and hives 2. That my best laid bridal beauty plans won’t come together 3 ....more

Making The Move From Crib To Big Kid Bed Without Losing Sleep…Or Your Mind

Just as no kid heads off to college still wearing diapers, you can be sure your crib-loving toddler will eventually sleep in an actual bed. But when should you make the transition, and how? A lot of toddlers get their crib eviction notices from a new baby, but since we’re...more

How To Survive A Children’s Birthday Party (With A Little Baby Magic)

Ever since my daughter started preschool, my social life revolves, thrillingly, around kids’ birthday parties....more

5 Surprising Reactions People Have When I Tell Them I’m Marrying My “Baby Daddy”

After four years of living in sin and three years of raising our daughter together, my partner and I are tying the knot this summer. We’re excited to make it official. So is our accountant ....more

20 Things I Never Thought About When I Was 20

Dear Younger Self, You were so cool....more

Why Do Disney Movies Always Kill Off The Moms?

When Frozen came out and everyone was raving, I thought about taking my three-year-old daughter to her first movie. The reviews said the film was smart, with strong female heroines and great music....more

The Accidental Pinterest Mom

When I started making preschool lunches last fall, I perused Pinterest for meal ideas and promptly hyperventilated and passed out. Where the hell did these Pinterest moms get all their time and energy? ...more

You Take The Cake

Dear Viv, I know wedding planning hasn’t been that fun for you. Lots of long car rides, boring meetings and time-consuming bridal indecision. Plus, grown-ups are always telling you not to touch anything, like that’s a reasonable request ....more

My Baby Daddy Left Me On Facebook

The father of my child just abandoned me—on Facebook, that is. He quit the social media machine, claiming it’s a time-suck that has gotten less personal and more annoying over the years....more

Mom Falls for Oldest Trick In The Book

Viv gets up at 5:30 this morning. ...more