WHAT I WISH I HAD KNOWN BEFORE HAVING A SECOND CHILD

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When I learned I was expecting my second child, I took an hour or two to myself before telling my husband. I basked in...

Maternity Leave vs ME-Ternity Leave: Its No Vacation

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It’s no secret that the United States’ maternity leave laws are some of the worst in the world. New mothers barely have time to...

The Emotional Weight on a Mother’s Shoulders: What I Wish I...

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Everyone has some degree of emotional weight on their shoulders. It is not easy to deal with, but it is unfortunately a...

10 Tips on How to Live with your Parents Again

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Chances are, you flew the coop a while ago. Whether it’s been 15 years or 15 months, that time of living with your parents...

Losing My Mommy Tummy With The Mutu System

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*deep breaths* Sharing these photos is scary and makes me want to puke a little. But sharing also holds me accountable, and shows other...

What I Wish I had Known When I put my Career...

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“Now, is not my time. Now, is their time.” Those are the words that I have rehearsed over and over. Words that at times, I...

THE WOES OF A SAHM WITH A WORK-FROM-HOME-HUSBAND

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I love being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM). I really do. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely have my struggles with it and it presents its...

Motherhood Through Our Eyes

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  We come from different parts of the country and have different backgrounds and lifestyles. But the one thing that has bonded us, and has...

I Used to Feel Like a “Single” Married Mom

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It’s the 21st Century, women who are working outside of the home is not an unexpected trend to society anymore. Many households with children...

“Hey Brady Bunch” A Grandpa’s Take on Baby #4

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Looks like we’re pregnant again. We must be pushing our luck because having baby number 4 apparently is a big deal! After all, the...

Traveling with Children to Portland for the Weekend

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  When thinking about getting on a plane with two 4 year olds and flying 5 hours across the country just to spend 2 days...

The End of an Era – My Last Baby

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It is 3:30 AM as we sit here in the dark and I rock your tiny body while you nurse. As you look up...

Screen Time Summer Rules For Kids

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I'll be the first to admit - we have a major screen-time issue in my home. I know it's an ever-present issue, but there are...

How I (Didn’t) Heal After Miscarriages and Secondary Infertility

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  One in four. That’s how many women will experience a miscarriage in their reproductive lifetime. There are so many women out there that share this...

Meet Andi – Mother of 9 No Doubt She’s A Daily...

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I never imagined that I’d be a minority statistic – like ever. Hi there! Check out a wee little part of my life as...

Kindergarten Graduation: The Hardest Part

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Becoming a mother has made me acutely aware of how quickly time flies. People tell you over and over how fast time moves post...

5 Ways to Turn Your Mom Guilt into Something Positive

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Every mom has it – that pang of mom guilt that makes you question everything you have ever done as a mother. Do I...

BOOKS TO PREPARE AND GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE FOR LABOR

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Birthing a baby, though obviously quite normal, seems to be complicated in today’s culture. From the moment you announce your pregnancy, people will have...

The Online Village: Why Moms Are Always on Their Phones

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“Seriously, what are you looking at? Who are you talking to?” “No one. I’m just on Facebook.” “Facebook, Instagram. You’re always on there. I don’t see...

A Letter to my (older) Adopted Child

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It is not your fault. It is not always your fault that you are all alone. It is the nature of the beast. It...

My Mom Still Colors Easter Eggs with Me

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Nothing can influence a child’s development more than the interactions with their mother. A mother and a daughter have a special connection. One day...

A Day In The Life Of A Family Of 11

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  “Are you done yet?” After a cordial hello how are you, greeting, we’re then met with that direct and curious question my family hears quite...

A Letter To My Children About Postpartum Depression

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To Benjamin, Julia, and William. My dear, sweet babies. I wish I had a different story to tell about the past few years. I wish...

What Being Separated for a Year Has Taught Me

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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...

Dealing With A Child Who Is Exactly Like You (& You...

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  Whether you had an “oopsy” or methodically, thought out, well-planned pregnancy, your bundle of joy, snuggled in your womb is just waiting to be...

Please Stop Telling Me I Need a Boy

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“Oh, are you going to try for one more to get your boy?” “I bet Daddy would like a little boy, right?” “Your poor husband!”   “Your high...

Feeling All the Feels: Sending My Girl to Kindergarten

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  I don’t know how it happened. It’s cliche but it’s true. It seems like yesterday the nurse placed her in my arms for the first...

I Want Her To Know – A Message To My Daughter...

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I want her to know.   I want her to know that she's strong. I want her to know that she's beautiful, no matter what her size...

20 Things That Are a Mom’s BFF That Aren’t People

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  There are things in this world that we moms cling to for our sanity. Each one of us has something different that allows us...

Kindergarten: The First Steps in Understanding the World is Bigger Than...

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  Sending my first baby off to kindergarten is a huge milestone for our family, finally concluding the end of toddlerhood, the first test of...

On Reconnecting With My First Born

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A long time ago, it was just you and me. Every day, from the morning when Dad left for work, until the evening when he...

How I Became a More Confident Mother

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As soon as we find out we’re carrying a child, self-doubt begins to creep into our thoughts. We read, observe, question, wonder and worry...

REAL LIFE TEXTS FROM A FIRST-TIME-MOM

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Mommin’ isn’t easy – especially for first-time moms. In the few short days (or day) to follow the birth of your fresh, little bundle,...

The Root of Mommy Wars

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Can we ditch the terms stay-at-home mom (or SAHM) and working mom? As mothers, we all work. We work to raise our kids and...

My Year With Postpartum Depression – How I Got Better

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My journey with postpartum depression has been long, surprising, and transforming. You can read more about my story in parts 1, 2, and 3....

Seven Ways to Prevent the Stress of being a WAHM

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It’s been said to be the best of both worlds — being able to work from home while also being home with your children...

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The Best Summer Kids Clothing {2020}

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It is that time of year where kids will spend long, sunny days outside swinging, swimming, and making up games with their...