The Moment I Realized I No Longer Have a Newborn

There are a few things that it seems like all mothers say– “The first month is all about survival,” “After awhile, you forget what pregnancy and labor are really like,” and, by far the most common— “Children grow up so fast (and it will break your heart to watch it happen).” With all these truths, …

Road Trippin’ It With a Baby: Tips and Tricks

Before we left on our road trip to Kansas City a couple weeks ago, we basically only heard two comments when we told people we were about to make a 16-hour drive with a two-and-a-half-month-old child: 1) You guys are crazy, and 2) The time to take a road trip with a baby is now–she’ll …

Beating Back Stay-At-Home Boredom

There have been a lot of things that have surprised me since bringing Raven home just over five weeks ago–my maternal instincts kicking in, the sheer amount of excess skin around my middle, how many hours a day I can spend just looking at my baby, the delirium that seems to come with the 3 …

A Surprise ER Visit + 4 More Things

Remember how I haven’t done a little 5-things-update for, like, months? Well, I figured it’s high time I’d better fix that, so here you go: 1. Five days after giving birth to Raven, I started having these odd chest pains. Sometimes they would just be dull and heavy–like I had a baby sitting on my …

Thoughts on My First Week of Motherhood

We’ve officially survived our first week with a newborn baby, and I’ve got to admit, it makes me feel both like a rock-star champion and a totally worn-down rag doll. But I have a feeling that overall, those kinds of contradictions might be pretty prevalent in this thing called new parenthood. Here are a few …