pregnancy and parenthood

Empathy, like wisdom, comes in time

I just read one of the most beautiful blogs I've seen in a while: "To my friends who had kids before me, I'm sorry I didn't know." It speaks such a raw and honest truth that most of us experience in the throes of childbirth and recovery, especially for those of us who are the first… Continue reading Empathy, like wisdom, comes in time

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Why I refuse to drive or dine with an iPad

We've done about five long road trips in the past two years that were seven hours plus, but our next big trip will top that to about 21 hours of driving. One of the most common pieces of advice we receive any time we share news of a long drive is to download apps and… Continue reading Why I refuse to drive or dine with an iPad

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When home is exactly the break that you need

My husband and I moved here with one dog, a baby bump and no support system, and are leaving here with two dogs, two kids under three, and a village of hand-selected family. We have not, however, had a babysitter for the popular “first night out kid-free” milestone yet. And this has been by choice… Continue reading When home is exactly the break that you need

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Why I don’t need Mother’s Day “off”

This will be my third Mother's Day since becoming a mom, and the conversations are bursting with enthusiasm on what we as new moms really want. It always goes something like this: hot coffee, sleep, solo showers, breakfast in bed, outings free of kids, clean house, and a night off cooking. I totally get it.… Continue reading Why I don’t need Mother’s Day “off”

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I love being a second-time mom more than I thought I would

For many of us, being a first-time mom is overwhelmed by worry. It's an adjustment second to none, and just when we think we've grown into our new role, our baby grows out of it. Which is why I absolutely love being a second-time mom. I'm experiencing motherhood from the start without all of the… Continue reading I love being a second-time mom more than I thought I would

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The biggest fears of two under two, conquered

I found new stressors to overthink when I became pregnant with my second. Two under two is challenging, hands down, but it has also turned the page to a beautiful chapter in my motherhood journey. If I could go back in time, here's how I would have answered my biggest questions. How will I manage… Continue reading The biggest fears of two under two, conquered

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Our children are listening even when the world isn’t

Before I had kids, I felt heard. I could call someone and fall deep into a two-way conversation, free of tiny shrieks, squeals and leg yanks. My days at work were spent in various meetings where contrasting ideas merged into one united goal. Dinner with the husband was spent focused on each other, and evenings… Continue reading Our children are listening even when the world isn’t

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The thing that drives me crazy, and also makes it all worthwhile

You know what drives me crazy these days? When people can't take a joke. In parenthood, this happens all the time. There was a viral post that a wife left for her husband who was tasked with watching their kids all weekend. It was filled with the most fantastic dose of sarcasm I've read in… Continue reading The thing that drives me crazy, and also makes it all worthwhile