Bring on da noise

Everyone keeps asking me, “So how’s life with three boys?” “It’s great, wonderful, couldn’t be better,” I always reply. But, in truth, if I had to describe life with three boys in one word, it would be … loud. The baby cries. A tower of Legos falls to the floor. The 5-year-old yells, “Mommy, mommy.” The refrigerator door opens and shuts, opens and shuts. “Shut the refrigerator,” I order. The baby cries. In the background, the dishwasher swishes. The A/C clicks on. The dryer hums....more

Thank you, moms

Today I want to give thanks. Thank you to the moms in my life — my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, my grandmothers, my aunts, my best friend and especially my own mom. Even before I gave birth, these women taught me what it meant to be a mother. Through the years, they’ve shared their stories, given me advice and led by example. If it weren’t for their lessons, I would not be the mom I am today. So in honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share a few of those lessons with you....more

Body after baby

The first time I went out alone without the baby I met some friends for pedicures. I was about 10 weeks postpartum and not feeling great about how I looked. As my feet soaked, I grabbed the closest People magazine for some mindless reading. There on the front was former Playboy model and reality star Kendra Wilkinson Baskett, showing off her body (no stretch marks, by the way) in a bikini just a couple months after giving birth to her son. “This is not helping me relax,” I said to my friend....more

Back-to-work blues

As hard as it is being a new mom, being a new working mom can be just as — if not more — difficult. In addition to the e-mails and meetings and conference calls, there are breast pumps and day care drop-offs and the overwhelming feeling of just how much you miss your little one during the hours you’re away from him. For every positive of returning to work, there’s a negative. Some days the positives outweigh the negatives, and vice versa. This week, I hop back on that seesaw of emotions as I return to work after 10 weeks of maternity leave....more

Look, but please don't touch

The new baby and I have been braving the outside world more and more lately, and I’ve noticed something: People love babies. They love ooh-ing and aah-ing. They love asking a million questions. They love giving unsolicited but well-meaning advice. Some people even love touching babies — a stroke on the arm or gentle pat on the head — and that’s something this mom doesn’t love so much....more

Time for "the talk"

Like many parents, I was disturbed this week when word broke that a 13-year-old boy in Britain had fathered a baby with his 15-year-old girlfriend. It was reported in stories in newspapers all over the world how the boy frequently stayed over at the girl's house and the two slept in the same bed, and the boy's father told reporters that he hadn't gotten around to explaining to his son where babies come from. Politicians in the country -- which has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Western Europe -- are now rethinking their attitudes toward sex education. ...more

Heated up about cold medicines

I'm a very frustrated mom. Cold and flu season is upon us, so it goes without saying that my kids are bound to get sick. Even if they don't get the flu, my boys -- for at least a few weeks every fall -- get the sniffles and a nasty little cough. ...more

Unplanned, never unwanted

Four year ago today -- the day I turned 23 -- I found out I was going to be a mother. It was a little birthday surprise. For full disclosure, I'll say this first: My little "accident" was the best thing that's happened in my life. Because of my older son, my husband and I became a family, one that we've since expanded -- with a planned pregnancy the second time around. But back to my story - I had just graduated college and was terrified, although looking back I don't really remember of what, probably just the unknown. ...more

The best investment you can make

Recently I started getting regular e-mail updates from my boys' day care. They tell me what's going on at school almost immediately, and many times, they're funny, too. Like the one I got in my inbox today. The entire e-mail was a spoof of an economic report, including how one class has seen dramatic gains in potty training ("... long considered a key indicator of reduced diaper demand"). One line at the end of the page really brought a smile to my face: ...more

Love thy neighborhood

My husband and I bought our modest home on a quiet street just over two years ago, and we've been happy about our move ever since. Sure there have been conversations that start off, "One day, when we move to a bigger house ..." But they are more us dreaming than planning, you know, kind of like when you say, "One day, when I win the lottery ..." The truth is we like our little street, and, even more so, the families on it. ...more