I've always loved babies. I have pictures of myself at 11, holding and obsessing over tiny little babies. I took care of them every week at church and babysat all my friends' kids for years. I had friends who...
If you’re a parent the likelihood of you having a mile-long list of things you said you’d never do pre-children...is probably pretty high. You know what I’m talking about right? The things you witnessed in others and instantly said “my...
If I'm being honest, the title of this post should have been "TRYING to Keep a Toddler Entertained While Home-Schooling." When we decided not to send our four-year-old to school this year, I really had zero reservations about keeping...
Last school year ended like the scene in Titanic when the old lady drops the Heart of the Ocean into the water instead of selling it and leaving the millions of dollars it was worth to her next of...
Up until this year, I have only watched from afar as cars and trucks and minivans methodically lined up each day outside schools scattered around town. I've watched as cute kids with matching backpacks and lunchboxes and perfectly coiffed...
Dear daughter,  In a few days, we’ll be putting five candles on a cake and watching you unwrap presents while you squeal and jump up and down.  Being your mom isn’t perfect, but it’s the best gift I’ve ever been given....
The Storm clouds begin to gather Uh oh, I thought, seeing my son's teacher pop up on my caller ID. We are three days into Pre-K, and I thought things were going well. He woke up at 5:45 on Monday morning...
Before I had my first kid, I knew I would breastfeed. "Breast is best" was the cry of my mom friends, my OBGYN, and every baby site out there. I completely agreed. I knew breastmilk was the absolute best thing...
A few years ago, I wrote multiple blog posts that said I didn't believe in "parenting experts." That definitely included "parenting coaches," I just didn't know those existed--but I definitely would have rolled my eyes if I did. Don't get...
Congratulations! Today is your day. You're headed home from the hospital, your baby is here to stay! You have formula from a can. You have milk in your boobs. You can feed your baby however you choose.  You're on your own....
Nursing can be a beautiful bonding experience for moms. Some of the most beautiful newborn pictures I have ever seen have been of moms nursing their babies in a beautiful rocking chair in a nursery taken straight out of...
Today my patience was shorter than my toddler. My kindness paled in comparison with the tantrums. And there wasn’t quite enough Zoloft to give me peace. Today was another day in isolation. I always say that marriage is a mirror and parenthood makes...

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We're a year into the pandemic and, as much as we parents have had to upend our entire lives, our children have had to...