Do I Have To???

Sep 22, 2014 by

Baby girl is nearly 11 months old, so you know what that means – I am well on my way to planning a very special, grand first birthday party for her!

photo credit: Microsoft Images

photo credit: Microsoft Images

HAHA just kidding.  For my Pinterest-apathetic, moderately disorganized, majorly procrastinating self, it means means that I am now thinking a lot about the fact that I have done almost no planning for my baby’s birthday.  First-time mom FAIL.

What I HAVE done:

1) Picked a date.  Baby girl’s birthday falls on the weekend, so it was an easy choice.

2) Picked a theme.  We have bird feeders on one of our living room windows and baby girl spends probably half of her waking hours looking at said window, waving, and going, “Buh!  Buh!”  Party theme: birds.  Bam.

Facebook Lessons

Sep 17, 2014 by

I admit it. I probably definitely spend more time on Facebook than I care to admit. But it’s so addictive. The pictures, who’s doing what, the town chatter, etc, etc.

Yet, in using social media, there are tons of tiny lessons to be aware of. We’ve all been exposed to those who have no idea where to draw the line, who behave like it’s their first time on the internet. Like there’s no such thing as a screen shot or as though their words may not live forever once they’ve been read. When I started to think about it, I realized that many of these lessons easily apply to how we might benefit from behaving properly “in real life”.

Status update: "Let's spread love."

Status update: “Let’s spread love.”

So these are some of the little nuggets that I’ve learned through my own – and others’ – mistakes:

Your Facebook Photos Make Me Want Another Kid

Feb 24, 2014 by

Before having my daughter (who is now almost 3) I thought I wanted multiple kids. I have 3 siblings myself and love that I have so many treasured childhood memories. My husband thought he wanted 2 kids so I figured we’d at least have that many.

Not so much.

My pregnancy was more difficult than we expected and my daughter’s birth, yeah well I’m kind of a broken record at this point about how traumatic that was. Add to this that she was colicky until she was 6 months old and we both were pretty much past the idea of having another kid. My husband has been more adamant than me about not wanting another child, in large part because of how crappy it was for us for a while but also because 2 kids in daycare is so much $$. Seriously, I don’t know how people do it.


Dec 4, 2013 by

This is a shout out to all you online Moms out there. You, answering a first time mom’s question about whether her toddler’s cough is normal or if it’s time to see the doctor. You, offering advice at midnight to an inquiring mom 1,000 miles away about how to soothe mastitis. And yes, you too, sharing that kick ass deal that you saw on Zulily with other penny-pinching Mommas. My hat’s off to you.

Parenting on Facebook and Instagram

May 16, 2013 by

You know that phrase on your car’s rear view mirrors?  “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”  That’s how I feel about parenting on Facebook and Instagram.  Status updates and pictures posted on Instagram are not always what they appear…  News feeds on Facebook profiles everywhere are cluttered with status updates by parents proclaiming,

“Annabelle ate an entire plate of kale for dinner!  And asked for more for dessert!!”

and, my all time favorite-

“Lucas slept 12 hours straight last night!! At only 3 weeks!! Love HIM!”

You know the culprits.  You have just spent a sleepless night with your kid waking up every two hours demanding to be fed, held, or rocked and that second cup of coffee has about the same effect as throwing a match into a bonfire.  Or, you spent the better part of the dinner hour begging, pleading, and bribing your kid with toys JUST to eat a plate of dinosaur chicken nuggets.  Guess what?  THAT is real life.  And it’s real life to your other over-sharing mom and dad friends on facebook and instagram who are constantly praising their perfect children.  They just choose to gloss over the temper tantrums, thrown food, and 2:00 in the morning parties going on in their kid’s crib.

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