My second child is now four-months-old. Before he was born, all I heard was “having two kids is no joke.” People would constantly tell me how difficult it was to handle two kids and what a change it was from having only one child. They certainly did not lie, but I’m thankful to report that there is one area that I needlessly worried would be affected by baby number two: my marriage....more
Have you ever pitched a tent and camped out in your backyard? It’s not exactly the same as sleeping in a tent in the middle of the woods. When I considered doing a day unplugged with my family, I didn’t want to just “campout in the backyard.” If we were going to do it, we were going to really do it, except that by “really do it” I mean more 90’s style than fully Amish.Here were the rules:...more
After my weekend unplugged, I feel like I know something the Joneses don't. I know how great it is to be in the moment with my family for a full day. Maybe now I'm actually one trot ahead. While the Joneses are "just checking in" at Starbucks on their way to buy matching Polos with their always-polite offspring, I've choosen to go back in time. I'm going Amish style, and hope they'll never catch me in my sweet horse and buggy!
As I boarded my roller coaster of emotion Tuesday morning, I felt pretty good. I told myself returning to work from maternity leave would be different this time around. I really believed it would be easier because this isn’t my first experience. I know what to expect. I know what problems came up the first time, so I already have solutions prepared. At least I thought I had prepared for whatever could come up…
The universe had a different message for me....more
I didn’t know that it was possible to experience any worse mom guilt than I already had, but since the birth of my second child (aka Sleeps When Held), I have been plagued with it.
I was surprised when it struck because Sleeps When Held and I were off to an awesome start....more
When you welcome the first child into your life, you are overtaken with a love so deep that you didn’t know it was possible. It is absolutely amazing… followed by absolutely exhausting, which is promptly followed by nerve wracking, overwhelming, chaotic and confusing.... ...more
Sure there are supposed “proven” sleep training techniques for your baby, but once you’ve tried swaddling, pacifiers, swings, black out shades, noise machines, blow dryers (yes this actually works sometimes), inclined beds, cryyyyyy it outtttt, stomach sleeping (without telling a soul, of course), stuffed animals with heart beats, etc., etc., etc., you’ll finally realize that there’s only one proven sleep solution – wake training your husband. This is your only hope of getting more sleep with a baby....more
The time has finally come… In the Mom Light is here!!! I am writing my first post (in case you didn’t notice). I have been daydreaming about starting a website and blog for some time now, but I never actually did because I couldn’t decide what moms would find helpful and interesting. Then, a few months back, the inspiration came…Read more @ In the Mom Light ! ...more
When you became a mom, did you have any idea how many people already knew how to raise your children better than you? Were you prepared for them to so willingly share their advice? Did you realize that the people with the best parenting advice are the ones that don't have kids?...more
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