military life · pregnancy and parenthood

Distinguishing distractions from progress

I do a lot. I'm raising two tiny humans and supporting my military husband's career that picks up and moves our lives every few years in random corners of the country. Literally, we've gone from one corner to the other. Hawaii to Maryland to now Texas. I had a career and I had a life… Continue reading Distinguishing distractions from progress

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pregnancy and parenthood

What I didn’t see coming about the first day of school

I have graduated so many parenting chapters in the last three years. Big ones, like childbirth, recovery – not once but twice. Newborn-hood, teething, colds, tummy bugs, crying, whining, tantrums, toddlerhood – you name it. Everything from "I need you to do everything for me" to "I need you to let me do it myself."… Continue reading What I didn’t see coming about the first day of school

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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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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

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What moms can learn from dads

Several blogs and articles recently swept my newsfeed about how studies show that even in today's attempted egalitarian households, moms are the ones taking the brunt at home.  "... when Saturday arrives, new research shows men are often on the couch while women are the ones doing housework with a 'leisure time' discrepancy of more… Continue reading What moms can learn from dads

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The one birth affirmation that is excluding women

As the countdown to my next childbirth draws near, I've been thinking, asking, talking, and listening on all things labor and delivery. I'm blessed to have a large support network of mothers in this community who have such varying experiences and wisdom, in addition to a well-rounded care team of midwives and my doula. I've… Continue reading The one birth affirmation that is excluding women