10 Surprises About the First Few Days After You Have a Baby

Childbirth classes were something I didn’t consider to be optional when I was pregnant. With my Type A personality and the fact that I am someone who would always rather know the ugly truth than a pleasant lie, you’d better believe I was in that class with pen in hand, taking notes. Plus I was pregnant with twins, so I was already at Terror Alert Level Orange. ...more
Oh my goodness, I certainly remember all of the above!  I gave birth vaginally, so no c-section ... more

Am I a Nuisance or Just a Proper Mom?

Now while we were driving to Starbucks and I was trying to talk to Joe Cool he was listening to music on his phone. So I would tap his knee so he could remove his headphones and listen to me. So when I asked what I should write about, he said (a little too quickly I might add), "Why don't you write about what a nuisance you are when you keep trying to talk to me when I am listening to my music?" I was a little annoyed at first, and then decided this could be an opportunity for me to find out what I do that annoys him...more
You are definitely the proper mom.  You go, girl!  Keep those earbuds out!  Make him make eye ... more

Ray Bradbury and J.K. Rowling: A Study in Storytelling

I didn't know Ray Bradbury.  I never met him, never got to go to a signing.  But his passing yesterday made me very, very sad - almost like I lost a friend.  Somehow the world was just a little more interesting because there was always the possibility that he would publish something - an essay, a short story, an interview, a letter to the editor.  I'm so sad....more
@TheBlackTortoise Thank you so much!  As a matter of fact, I've decided that 2013 is my Year For ... more

Up and Down: What Motherhood Feels Like

A spunky blonde stood in the front of our MOPS meeting, talking about food as fuel and eating plants rather than things that made in a plant. "But what about goldfish?" I thought. We eat the tiny cheddar crackers in waves but seemed to be drowning in them lately. The blonde mentioned a website called Weelicious that had tons of healthy recipes for kids. I made a mental note and was excited when one of the first recipes I saw that afternoon was for whole wheat baked cheddar crackers. "Goldfish, smoldfish," I told myself....more
AMEN! more

I Don't Need Your Advice About My Toddler's Sleep Issues

Can I tell you a secret? Other moms piss me off. So I’ve decided to turn my FaceBook freak-outs frustration into a handy, informative blog post. For all y’all who have some advice to give. Yes, this is a community. Yes, your feedback is welcome. Yes, I am a huge proponent of everyone learning from each other. With one small caveat. Before you speak, please say the following words to yourself: I AM NOT A PARENTING GENIUS. (Go ahead. Try it. I’ll wait.)...more
Yes.  Yes, yes, yes, yes.  My son had a sleep disorder for about a year and a half.  The thing I ... more

Have You Been to the Magic Room?

The big moments in Jeffrey Zaslow's The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters might remind you a bit of an episode of Say Yes to the Dress. The bride enters a special room with what she hopes is the dress that she will wear at her wedding. When the dress is right, it's a powerful moment. One that I have not experienced. ...more
My mom lived in another state and I didn't have many girlfriends when I got engaged so I went ... more

12 fail-proof resolutions for 2012

Seems everybody and his dog is pledging this and resolving that as the year comes to a close. That's cool. So let me begin this final blog post of 2011 with a round of applause for those who resolve to rid themselves of extra pounds or bad habits (smoking, drinking, chronic lateness). Same goes for those who vow to get organized in 2012 or spend more time with family and friends ... and their dogs. As for me, well, I've got a slightly different list. I hereby pledge not to: 1. Grow a ponytail. 2. Dye my hair....more
My top five: 1. I will not purchase any merchandise, products or services related to Justin ... more

Join Us for Daily Blogging with January's NaBloPoMo

It's that time again; time to commit to posting every day for a full month by joining in with NaBloPoMo. The point? Well, beyond the endurance factor -- of becoming a writing athlete -- there's the benefit from daily writing. I use it as a way to warm up before getting into book writing. And then there's the community aspect: joining NaBloPoMo is like joining a gym. You're writing in a group and feeding off that for motivation rather than writing alone. ...more
Okay, I just signed up. I'm going to do it! more

I'm Scared To Fly With My Kid

Dear Mouthy Housewives,I have to fly with my 15-month-old son next month. I'm terrified. Any advice on how to make it easier? I'm guessing it's not cool to drink while taking care of a baby on a plane.Signed,Fear of Flying with Offspring...more
Go to the Dollar Store or Half Price Books and get books/little toys/treats that he's never seen ... more

Anthony Wiggle is Making Eyes at Me; A Mom's Descent into Madness

I have been watching a significant amount of preschool television for quite some time now. I generally put it on for noise (because, hey, it's not noisy enough here), and its presence actually helps me savor the silence more when I turn it off, after the babies go down for their naps. We're okay with the TV being on here, for the most part....more
I haven't watched the Wiggles in about six years (both kids loved them, but both have outgrown ... more