I’m separated… from my husband of would-have-been nine years this past spring. There’s no need to go into the gory details that led to the most tumultuous time in my young life of 29 years. If you’ve been married for any significant length of time, then you probably have a good idea of what can go wrong. I didn’t expect this, though. I wasn’t the wife who one day woke up and stopped loving her husband, or who decided she wanted different things, or just hated his quirks and decided to jump ship. I was side swiped. Never saw it coming. Until it did… and for the last 12 months, I’ve been trying to understand what went wrong, baffled how I never saw parts of it beginning to unravel, and coming to grips with what my new future is to hold, which still is a mysterious black hole looming in front of me.
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Nobody said marriage would be easy. And you certainly don’t hear people tossing around phrases like “it’s all rainbows and butterflies” when describing those first few years of parenthood. I’ve been married for 8 years, and a mother for 4 and a half of those years. The first 4 years of our married life were full of self-discovery and growth as individuals and as husband and wife. Then, just as we were getting comfortable in our new roles, our first child was born, and life became a series of chaotic days turned to months turned to years that sent us down the path of self-discovery once again.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you beautiful mothers out there! Here at Daily Mom we are known for bringing you useful and informative articles packed with gorgeous photography. We are a fun loving group of moms, but you certainly shouldn’t let that fool you. Like many of you, many of our days end in tears and frustration and some days we aren’t entirely sure that we are cut out for this mothering gig. Though we all have different parenting styles and fight different daily battles, one thing is for certain – we all love our children to pieces.
In honor of Mother’s Day, today we are getting “real” with you and bringing you a little bit of real life from all the wonderful moms who make up our team.
My name is Megan. I’m about to turn 31 years old, and I feel like I am the walking epitome of the word tired. Being a mother to a three year old daughter and an 14 month old son with, shall we say, “less than stellar sleeping habits” typically lends itself to being exhausted. But that’s not what I’m talking about right now. I’m tired of making excuses. I’m sick and tired of being overweight. Not just overweight, obese. That’s what the doctors call it, and I’m done making excuses and sugar coating things.
We recently showed you the Insider’s Look at the ABC Expo, where you learned that two of our editors traveled to Las Vegas to attend the ABC Kids Expo. We scouted out the best of the best products to feature on Daily Mom in the future, and are so excited to share those items with you. During our traveling adventures, we got to test out, first hand, many items that ease the burden of traveling for you and the kids, and make the process more fun. These are our hand picked, favorite, time tested travel products that really made our lives easier and our kids happier.
I’m a 56 year old mother of 4 (and grandmother of 1) who breastfed all four of my children for a combined total of 60 months.
I couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband, sister, friends, mother, and family physician.
I grew up without any siblings or family around. As an adult, I didn’t even have friends that had babies. My sisters-in-law had children, but I was never around enough to really talk to them about breastfeeding. I do know that they went to great lengths to breastfeed–one of my sisters–law even pumped while driving and making deliveries for her job.
My mother was staring aggressively at the closet door directly across from the couch. She spoke in single syllables and she refused to make eye contact with me. You see, I was nursing my week old daughter. This made my mother uncomfortable. Very uncomfortable.
When you have a baby these days, particularly if you live in Portland, Maine (or any other “progressive” city) you are overwhelmingly pressured into breastfeeding. And don’t get me wrong – it’s great that breastfeeding is now the recommended way to feed baby, and that doctors and parents alike are beginning (or continuing) to realize its incredible benefits. However, in a well-intentioned attempt to promote the wonders of breastfeeding, it seems other choices (i.e. formula) have been demonized. And that’s wrong. And here’s why.
Hello! My name is Raeanne and I’m a 33 year old mom to 3 boys. My youngest son is 7 weeks old and 4 days, my middle son is 6 and my oldest is 9. Twelve years ago I had a breast reduction. I was told by the surgeon that I had a 50/50 shot at being able to breast feed at all.
When I was pregnant with my son, the question that bothered me the most was, “Will you breastfeed?” I was unsure how I felt about breastfeeding at the time. No one I knew breastfed and to me boobs were these sexual objects my husband loved. I developed the mentality that I would try it and if it worked out, great! If not, oh well who cares. I didn’t do any research and left it at that.
This breastfeeding journey of mine was a bumpy road. The first 3 months were all about mastitis and it was painful, horrible, tiring and time consuming. Two weeks after Arvin (my baby) was born, my right breast got infected and started developing mastitis.
I was 40 years old when I had my first child. Luckily for us, breastfeeding was a breeze right from the start, she latched on like a champ every single time, I had no pain, and we both really enjoyed it!
Instead of a soppy post about how amazing our journey has been and how lucky I feel to be able to breastfeed my daughter (which I do), I thought I would inject a bit of light hearted fun into the week and warn all of you mothers-to-be about the things the midwives don’t tell you.
We’re thrilled to introduce a guest post by R.C. Liley, creator of the blog, Going Dad. R.C. is dad to daughter, Avery, and husband to his wife, Kelley. He penned an article especially for Daily Mom and our Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign. R.C. was also kind enough to answer a few questions about himself. Read on to see what he had to say.