My Stay-at-Home Mom Routine (with One Kid)

Several times in the last few weeks (since I’ve quit teaching, maybe forever), I’ve been asked the following question: “So what do you DO now? How are you filling up all that spare time?” First off, I always have to inwardly chuckle a little bit at the question, especially when I get it from moms …

Today, You Are One (+ Thoughts on My 1st Year of Motherhood)

¬†Photo courtesy of my sis My baby Raven, Today, you are one. WOW. What a year it has been! From the moment you first drew breath, you have seemingly been determined to learn as much as you can every day and to try to hit as many milestones as you can before each new month …

I Don’t Feel Like Being an Adult Anymore Today

Today has been one of Those Days. You know the ones I mean—the one where from the get go, you feel like you’re failing in general at this thing known as Adulthood and Life in General (or at the very least scraping by with perhaps a D+). And then things pile on top of that …

I Thought I’d Be Ready to Move Her Into Her Own Room at 2 Months, But…

¬† You know what’s crazy? Parenthood has been about 20% what I expected, and 80% (mostly delightfully) not what I expected at all. I guess my problem has always been that I tend to pay much more attention to all the negative hype around something rather than the positive. That was definitely true of marriage–for …

Thoughts on Going Back to Work After Being a SAHM

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Mom Guilt is a real thing. Even when you have done pretty much everything within your power to be the best mom you could be, to protect and nurture and teach and care for your kid(s), The Guilt seems to remain–The Guilt over what you could have done …

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 …