My defining moment: When I stopped trying to have a “good baby”

Jan 14, 2015 by

When I became a mother, I was the first of my close friends to do so. I’d never seen anyone in my circle of friends go through this enormous life change, and nothing I’d read had prepared me for it. Even having a former career as a teacher left me wondering what I was supposed to be doing, why it was so hard for me to figure out, and whether I was doing everything wrong. Being a researcher by nature, I read everything and anything I could get my hands on: parenting books, magazine articles, message boards…you name it, I read it. I’d read so many things describing what life should look like with a baby, and my life didn’t look much like it.

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When giving choices doesn’t work…

Jan 7, 2015 by

 

“Before I married, I had six theories about raising children and no children. Now, I have six children and no theories.”

-John Wilmot

Oh, pre-kids self, you were so very naive! I know it’s been said a thousand times, but I cannot emphasize enough how actually raising children myself has taught me how very little I know about parenting. You see, everything is so neat and tidy in those parenting books. Naps are at 9:30 am, noon, and 3pm. Bedtime is at 8. No white sugar. No raised voices. Everything seemed so easy before I actually brought my babies home from the hospital and you know, started parenting. Even childbirth itself was an education in how little I knew! Easy, medication-free birth with instant nursing and bonding? HA! Bring on the epidural and weeks of nursing struggles and pain! Six years into this gig, and I’m slowly accepting that while I can control how I react to things as a parent, I really cannot control (nor should I!) everything my children do, or don’t do, for that matter.

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Flying with Kids…Fear Not! It gets better!

Dec 31, 2014 by

We hit a big milestone in our family this past week. It wasn’t one of the “official” ones you’ll read about in parenting books, but for me, it was right up there with walking and talking: We had our first gear-free, “big kids only” flight.

Flying like the big kids!

Flying like the big kids! No sippy cups, no diapers, no problems!

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Worry about your OWN SELF! (My 2015 Resolution)

Dec 17, 2014 by

It’s that time of year. The holidays are just around the corner, and after that comes the promises. “This year, I’ll work out more!” “I will job hunt to make the money I deserve!” “I’ll go back to school and further my education!” or maybe just “This year, I will be healthier.” My resolution is a simple one that I hope can inspire many of you to follow suit (to be fair, I stole the wording from my three-year-old):

“This year, I will worry about my OWN SELF* for once.”

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Motherhood: When your plans go out the window…

Dec 10, 2014 by

I’ve always been a planner. I’ve pretty much had my life planned since I was old enough to form sentences. I wrote a book when I was in first grade about how I’d grow up to be a teacher. I planned out what my house would look like (though, I quickly learned that my shingled beach house with purple hydrangeas and and my profession of teacher weren’t working together), and I knew I’d become a mother as soon as possible. However, I never thought about what this meant for my love of planning things.

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