When traveling to see family and friends, it’s normal for us to exchange hugs. However, my two-year-old is not always warm to this type of welcome and sometimes prefers a departure without notice over an embrace. While some might try to sway her to receive a hug or sit on a relative’s lap during a […]
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I’ve been working since I turned 16. Not because I needed to, necessarily, but because I enjoy it! (Plus, the discount at Delia*s was totally worth it!) Now, marriage, 2 dogs, 2 kids, and almost 15 years later, I’m about to see what it’s like to not work and to focus on my family instead […]
When I dreamt of my motherhood, I felt a baby in my arms, saw a closet full of tiny clothes and heard distant cries needing me – Mom. Motherhood was a going to be a beautiful, chaotic way of life. Yet I never imagined motherhood being so hard to grasp. Years of infertility have a […]
Disclosure: This post is in part with a collaboration with Best Buy. All opinions are of those who wrote the post. Late night sports, after school activities and PTO meetings have consumed my schedule for the next two months. But lately I feel like we are constantly ordering pizza or take-out for dinner because there […]
This post was sponsored by Google in partnership with the Mom It Forward Influence Network. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Our lives seem to be on overdrive lately. From sports to school to work and everything in between, it just seems that we are continuously going nonstop. We need downtime – my kids […]
I don’t like my mother. Yes, I said it. I don’t like my mother. I’m 40 plus years old and don’t have a meaningful relationship with her. I speak to her because of my daughter. My daughter shouldn’t have to suffer because of our issues but still, their relationship is strained. All of this breaks my […]
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Breastfeeding. Yes, it has extreme benefits. From nutrition to bonding, I wouldn’t trade my experiences with my boys for anything. But is there a darker side to breastfeeding? It has its stressors, especially in the first weeks of the baby’s life. Is he getting enough milk? Why are my nipples still sore? It’s been like an hour, how […]
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My parents used to tell me stories of how, when I was a toddler, I would throw epic temper tantrums. Specifically, anytime we needed to leave somewhere, I was horrible. My mom said one particular time, my parents were trying to shuffle my older sister and me out of my aunt and uncle’s house when […]
If you’re looking forward to reading about a sweet, positive breastfeeding journey, this isn’t it. Maybe they exist, but I wouldn’t know. What I do know is what I wish I would have known in the first few days and weeks of my breastfeeding experience. Sometimes, breastfeeding doesn’t come naturally, sometimes it’s really, really hard. […]
I thought the hard part about returning to work would be leaving my baby for 9+ hours a day. I had spent the weeks before returning to work preparing my heart for that. What I did not prepare myself for was how hard it would be to return to work and still provide for my […]