Tag: motherhood

How Saying Yes to My Toddler Made This a Great Summer

How Saying Yes to My Toddler Made This a Great Summer
Sometimes the change you need comes in the form of a tiny hand. One of my two-year-old’s favorite things to ask now that he’s learning to talk is, “Outside?” He will often bring us his shoes and ask, or hold up his hand and say, “Hand? Outside?” knowing he’s not allowed to navigate the back... Read more »

Happy Mothers' Day: Especially to Those in the Trenches!

Happy Mothers' Day: Especially to Those in the Trenches!
Happy Mothers’ Day! This will be brief because I have a napping 22-month-old in his bed and a sleeping 10-week-old strapped to my chest and Lord knows how long those things will last! I just wanted to say Happy Mothers’ Day to all the moms out there, and a special shout out to those currently... Read more »

Scheduling Time to Feel Things

Scheduling Time to Feel Things
The kids are my world. I try every day to be the best Stay at Home Mom I can possibly be. Some days I think I’ve nailed it. Other days I call for a mulligan. They are healthy and (mostly) happy and growing beautifully, so I’m doing my job. The trouble is that I’m neglecting... Read more »
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Suddenly He's a Toddler

Suddenly He's a Toddler
People say, “It goes by so fast….” They say, “Just wait...” They say, “They’re only babies for a moment…” And this time, they’re right.   When you bring home your newborn and start trying to get settled into parenthood, people tell you to “cherish every moment.” This makes you inwardly roll your eyes at them... Read more »

"I Get It Now." Where Unsolicited Advice Comes From

"I Get It Now." Where Unsolicited Advice Comes From
In the “Just Wait” article, I described the infuriating phenomenon that is unsolicited advice. I was puzzled, both as a pregnant woman and then as a new mom, about why SO MANY WOMEN continued to pelt me with information I didn’t ask for. Some of it turned out to be useful, but sorting it all... Read more »

Just Wait

Just Wait
The best heads up I received after we announced to the world that we were pregnant was from my friend, Jane. We were on the El, the green line, riding to our annual New Year’s Day brunch at Weber Grill. She said something to the effect of, “Lots of people are going to have advice... Read more »
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Mother's Day: The Advice Special

Mother's Day: The Advice Special
This is my first Mother’s Day with a baby on the outside. Last year we celebrated “Almost a Mother’s Day,” which was adorable and I was beaming all day despite my swollen ankles and enormous belly. To be honest, I’m still in shock that this day has finally come. Mother’s Day growing up meant several... Read more »

Pregnancy: The Big Announcement: Part One

Pregnancy: The Big Announcement: Part One
Telling people you’re pregnant is huge. It may be the biggest announcement of your life. So who do you tell first? How do you tell everyone? Everyone’s opinions and methods are varied here, so I’ll tell you our saga… in three parts. Part one is for Ryan. If you read my first blog post, and... Read more »