Babies & Toddlers

Dear Brand New Mama

Dear Brand New Mama, I hope you are sitting down a lot. Cuddling a lot. Dear God, I hope you’re getting at least some sleep. I hope you have help. I hope someone is willing to drop the world to wrap their arms around you and your brand new little one. I hope you’re not worried that you’re getting it all wrong. I hope no one is making you...
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Babies & Toddlers

8 Awesome Things About Babies

Babies are wonderful. Babies are hard. And after spending a lot of time reflecting on it, I still believe you don’t have to enjoy every minute of parenting (and that it’s okay, even good, to admit when you don’t). That said, I know I can get caught up in the negative (lack of sleep anyone?) when there are so many more positives. My son recently turned one and left...
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Babies & Toddlers

8 Tips for a Big Move With Little Kids

DON’T DO IT! Oh, that isn’t helpful? Okay, let me try again. It’s not going to be easy but hey, sometimes we have no choice. I’ve been there, done that (once with an almost two year old and once with a 5 month old and four year old) so here are some tips that focus specifically on the kids’ aspects of moving. 1. Let Up on the Rules Consider...
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Babies & Toddlers

Handling Anger Toward Our Kids

If you never get angry with your kids, that’s great. I mean that in a completely, non-snarky way. Some people don’t struggle with anger, and I’m glad. I rarely struggled with anger…and then I had kids. I think it has something to do with sleep deprivation… My four-year old is a particularly delightful, energetic and opinionated smart cookie, if I do say so myself. Yet sometimes I get very...
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Babies & Toddlers

The Second Time Around: What’s Easier

I’ve heard lots of opinions about whether it’s harder to transition from no kids to one or one to two or two to three. I’ve personally found transitioning to two kids easier overall than transitioning to one. Here’s why. I’m already a mom Transitioning to motherhood was hard for me. This time around I was already a mom and didn’t have to go through the identity crisis I did...
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Babies & Toddlers

For the 4th Trimester Mamas

Our little man turned three months old last week. The 4th trimester is over. And the fog is lifting. He’s starting to sleep in slightly longer stretches and he’s nursing much more efficiently these days. Best of all, his face lights up and he coos like crazy when his big sister (and the rest of us) talk to him. Seeing the two of them interacting is pure joy (for...
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Babies & Toddlers

My Favorite Things: Baby Edition

I’m not into having everything under the sun for a baby. We’ve never had a changing table. Or fancy bedding sets. Or lots of baby toys. But these are a few of my favorite things to have around these days. The Dishwasher This is one of my favorite things, baby or not. Because I loathe doing dishes. We didn’t have a dishwasher when our daughter was a baby so...
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