Learning To Filter My #Unfiltered Birth Story

May 11, 2015 by

I’m not sure if you’re able to tell from my writing here, or if you’d need to meet me in person to know, but I can be a tad #unfiltered. I assume I’ve always been this way, but motherhood has certainly made it worse.

I’d like to think that since I am now a seasoned mama, and I’ve got lots of great women advising me, that I’ve got some decent wisdom to share. This was not always the case.

Immediately following the birth of my first daughter I was totally and completely shocked about the birth process and about mothering a teeny tiny human in general. I had to tell EVERYONE who would listen how terrible giving birth was, how weird it was that I didn’t sleep anymore and how I wasn’t sure this was something they’d want to do. Problem was that most of the people I was talking to about it were already pregnant.

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Seasonal Reading: Spring Favorites

Apr 27, 2015 by

As I write this, it’s still only 44 degrees outside. This week my daughter told me I need to start sending a coat with her to school again – she’s cold on the play ground! But there are buds on the trees and daffodils blooming, so we’re calling it Spring – finally! Even though the plastic eggs are safely back in the attic, we’re just starting to fill our seasonal reading basket with Spring books. It’s been empty for a while. I just couldn’t bear to look at the Winter books any longer. And even though my daughter is still wearing her Fall coat, the Fall books are long gone up the attic stairs as well.

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A Whole New World

Apr 13, 2015 by

I have one word for you: Princesses. If the title of this post has you singing a tune from Aladdin, you are going to know exactly where I am coming from. My older daughter has discovered princesses.

Some girls prefer super hero capes to tiaras.

Some girls prefer super hero capes to tiaras.

She’s four and a half and pretty far from a girly-girl. She’s not interested in makeup, having her hair done, wearing dresses, playing dress up or playing with babies or dolls. She’s into building things and making up shows. She plays the violin and she loves to make art. She doesn’t have just one BFF or a favorite purse. I don’t know why I’m surprised. I’m pretty far from a girly-girl myself. Why would she be into makeup if she’s never even seen anyone apply it.

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Is My Mothers’ Intuition Full of Crap?

Mar 30, 2015 by

Husband out of town. Family in Florida. Youngest child wakes in the middle of the night with a high fever. I bring the fever down with medicine and everything looks better in the morning. But then by the afternoon, her fever spikes back up and she’s having very bad stomach pain on and off. Do I head to the emergency room or wait it out? Who will watch my older child? After talking to our on call doctor, I decide it’s better to be safe than sorry. They mention it could be an appendicitis. She’s also been having trouble going lately, but she just went #2 yesterday, so does that mean constipation is unlikely? And, what’s with the fever?

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How Yoga Teacher Training Made Me a Better Mom

Mar 16, 2015 by

Back when I only had one kid, I did something amazing and I did it just for me. I gifted myself 10 months and 200 hours of yoga teacher training. My daughter was only 14 months old when the training began and I was working over 32 hours a week. Fitting in a weekend away from my family once a month for 10 months was a big deal for me and for my family. I could not have done this without my husband’s support. With the other students, we formed a sangha at my favorite local yoga studio and I decided to devote some time to better myself. I wanted to learn about yoga, I wanted to deepen my practice, work my body and learn about myself.

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