Category: Layettes

I Need a Noisy Toy Apocalypse

I Need a Noisy Toy Apocalypse
It’s time for parenting realness. My kids are asleep which is usually a time when I tackle a boundless list of desirable things with no relation to childrearing. A recently used example: slothing. This is the word I use to describe my devotion to the couch after stay-at-home parenting two kids all day. Today is... Read more »

Baby Girl, Don't Let Society Fool You

Baby Girl, Don't Let Society Fool You
When my daughter was born I felt an even greater level of responsibility, than I did with my son, to prepare her for life in the real world. It seems little girls need a bulkier handbook to help them thrive in our world than their male counterparts. Here’s a letter I wrote to my daughter... Read more »

New SIDS Room-Sharing Recommendation: High in Potential Sleep Disruption, Low in Empirical Support

If you’ve never slept in the same room as a baby before it is difficult to describe just how detrimental to your sleep this little eight pound miracle can be. I’m not taking about the mandatory wake-up cries they signal out to indicate a poopy diaper or bottle hankering. I’m talking about sleep noises. When... Read more »
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My Trip to the Maternity Store—Two Months Postpartum

One thing I eagerly anticipate after giving birth is not walking into a maternity store again for a very long time. When I was nine months pregnant with my daughter, Olivia, I shopped at the maternity store for tent-sized pajamas and I remember walking out in a state of euphoria. I figured that was my... Read more »

You’re Poisoning Your Fetus

You’re Poisoning Your Fetus
My main take-away from articles on pregnancy nutrition: if you eat processed food, you’re poisoning your fetus. Whoever authored these articles never experienced a pregnancy. Or she purposely omitted all her pregnancy related food transgressions. At least that’s what I tell myself because achieving health nut status while my hormones seethed was often too herculean... Read more »

First Time Moms-Go Take a Shower!

I feel compelled to unload some unsolicited advice on first time moms. After Nate was born I loathed parents of multiple children who condescend me with all their brilliant wisdom on the subject of parenting. Feel free to stop reading if you’re already annoyed. I’m warning you-this is important stuff. If you’re a first time... Read more »
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Rage Alert: When Something Wakes You Up & It’s Not Your Baby…

Rage Alert: When Something Wakes You Up & It’s Not Your Baby…
As a parent you endure a multitude of moments that challenge you both physically and psychologically. Parenting is a test of fortitude, full of unpredictable bumps in the road. For me the most challenging aspect of being a parent is sleep deprivation. Pre-child I was one of those people who swore I can’t function on... Read more »

Perform Random Acts of Kindness (in Your Own Home)

Perform Random Acts of Kindness (in Your Own Home)
There’s world-wide encouragement to perform random acts of kindness towards strangers. For example: hold the elevator door for someone; give a generous tip to an overworked employee; take off your gloves and give them to a stranger in need. The options for spreading kindness amongst strangers are endless. Being a good samaritan and fostering kindness... Read more »

My 2016 Resolution is "Ditch the Tally"

My 2016 Resolution is "Ditch the Tally"
I’ll abstain from dumping another I want to see these things go away in 2016 post on the internet because they seem negative and bossy. I prefer focusing on accomplishments from the previous year followed by reflecting on goals for self-improvement. Self-improvement is a lifelong process best fostered all year round. However, there is something... Read more »
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Why I Make Minimalist Parents Cringe

Why I Make Minimalist Parents Cringe
I always hear other people say things like: “babies don’t need a lot of stuff, just love” or “we don’t need a registry, we have everything we need now!” Um…huh? That would be an amazing philosophy for our checkbook! I know minimalist parenting refers to a lot of different aspects of parenting. For the purpose of this... Read more »