Category: Parenting

New Year - Same Me

New Year - Same Me
It’s that time of year for fad diets, gym memberships, new wardrobes and mental cleansing and this year I am proud to say I’m not taking part in any of it. No, I’m not abstaining from change because I’m pregnant (though any of those fad diets could be very harmful to the little man growing... Read more »

2013 Resolution: Embrace the Imperfections

In 2013, I will embrace my imperfect life. I am a perfectionist, and I am exhausted. I didn’t realize how truly out of control my perfectionism had gotten until I was in the midst of searching for that “perfect” holiday card photo. After hours of searching through my computer picture files, cell phone pictures and... Read more »

I’m Expecting! The less-than-lovely details of my first trimester

I’m Expecting! The less-than-lovely details of my first trimester
This is a post I feel I’ve waited my entire existence to write. In May 2013, I am going to become a mom. A real mom! Not just a doggie mom, or a horsey mom. A real mom. Of a tiny person! While I could go into the dreamy details of how blissful my first... Read more »
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Dear Son, Please Stop Teasing My Mother’s Heart

Dear Son, Please Stop Teasing My Mother’s Heart
My roller-coaster relationship with my junior high school son often leaves me dizzy, confused and nauseous. Phillip celebrated his 12th birthday earlier this month. Not even a week later, I have yet to walk that sober line to his bedroom and discuss our relationship. While I’ve struggled this past year with his changing voice, ridiculously... Read more »

Easy Ideas For A Last-Minute Election Night Party With Kids

Election Day fun does not need to end the moment you walk away from the voting booth and proudly stick the “I voted” sticker to your shirt. Sure, you might not be attending the Obama celebration at McCormick Place or a swanky city party with fancy foods you cannot even pronounce nor figure out how... Read more »

Honey, Put A Baby In Me!

Honey, Put A Baby In Me!
Months ago, my womb was an insatiable beast. Whenever I saw a pregnant woman, a stroller or even a tiny little foot sticking out of an infant carrier, my uterus squeezed and clenched, reminding me that it was still there and ready to work again. The sight of a baby sock brought tears to my... Read more »
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Miscarriage: The Dirty M Word

Miscarriage: The Dirty M Word
By Brandi Lee I sat down to write this month’s post with a head full of steam. My oldest was in school, my youngest was napping peacefully, and I had brewed a fresh pumpkin spice K-Cup. My ideas had been brewing for a couple of weeks, years really, since I decided to write about one... Read more »

I Thought I Knew Everything About Babies Until I Had One

I Thought I Knew Everything About Babies Until I Had One
Last week, Tracy Jensen, aka ChiMomWriter, wrote about what she has learn by being a parent for four years. I’m still a little wet behind the ears compared to her parenting experience and knowledge. I was 34 when I got pregnant. I’ve babysat for years, been to too many baby showers, had many friends with... Read more »

Allowance Cures A Serious Case of MCIAC (My Child Is Acting Crazy).

Allowance Cures A Serious Case of MCIAC (My Child Is Acting Crazy).
What was a mom to do? Summer was in full swing and the kids had a bad case of the summer crazies, little did I know this was a very contagious ailment. Unfortunately, both of my children contracted this strange disease around the same time. Experts refer to it as MCIAC (My Child Is Acting... Read more »
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She Works Hard For Her Money

She Works Hard For Her Money
Has anyone noticed that at some point in time, women – specifically those who have borne children – started drawing lines in the sand? On one side of the line were the good mothers, on the other side, the bad. Not only were we drawing the lines ourselves, we were all too quick to throw... Read more »