These are the titles that have measurably made me a better mom (as well as some of the titles I can't wait to read next!). #parenting #parentingbooks #parenthood #motherhood #motherhoodbooks #bookrecs

Books That Have Made Me a Better Parent

If I’m being honest, parenting books make me wary–I’ve so often found that at the same time they give me concrete strategies that I can put into practice, they also give me a guilt complex that I’m not doing everything I should be doing to be the best parent I can be. True, I have …

What Do I Do First When It ALL Seems Important? {Thoughts on Priorities}

Starting about a week and a half after my second child was born, an interesting phenomenon started to happen with alarming frequency– One or both of the kids would be either down for a nap or at preschool, leaving me some much-needed time to “get things done.” Knowing that this precious gift might last for …

Adjusting to Life with Two Kids: The Ups and the Downs

The Ups and Downs of Becoming a Parent for the 2nd Time

We are now almost two weeks into this whole parents-of-two business, and one thing is for sure (at least in our experience): The transition from one to two has NOT been quite the smooth sailing experience that everyone seemed to tell me it would be. Ever since I started paying attention, it seems that the …

Mathias David’s Birth Story

Here’s a post I definitely didn’t think I’d be typing up this soon! I’m still a bit in shock that our sweet Mathias joined our family a full three weeks before his due date, but I’m not complaining about the extra time to snuggle him on the outside AND the fact that I don’t have …

When You Know You’re About to Leave Your Comfort Zone

Something I’ve been thinking about more and more as the time gets closer for Baby #2’s arrival is that we are quickly nearing the end of our comfort zone as we currently know it—a comfort zone that’s been solidly in place for around a year, if not more. With my daughter’s whole first year of …

Why It’s Sometimes Best Not to Expect Too Much

  Upon embarking on any venture in life, most of us have some kind of expectation attached to the outcome of that venture. I decided to make cookies yesterday…I expected they would be delicious. (They were.) I went to a kickboxing class last night…I expected it would kick my butt. (It did. I can barely …

Thoughts on Tantrums and Tree-Gazing (as a Distraction)

I think sometimes people (myself included) forget that even though you might have an “easy” (or a “happy” or “good-natured”) child, that same child is still entitled to her fair share of hard moments, toddler meltdowns, and general whiny-ness. And that those moments are okay. They are normal. They are part of growing up. As …