“Can you start in two days?”
This was the phone call I received for a job I had applied to just a few days before. I was interested in getting back to work, so I was casually applying for a few jobs thinking that it would be a month long process to get back into working full time. I wasn’t expecting to have to get my stuff together in TWO days.
I didn’t end up starting until the next Monday but it was still a VERY quick...more
Let me be clear from the beginning, “sleep training” is a controversial topic that everyone has their own opinions about. This blog is merely my non-professional opinion and your pediatrician is always a great resource if you don’t know what is best for your baby. With that in mind, let’s have a chat about what many consider the ultimate developmental goal, getting your baby to sleep through the night. If you’ve read any baby books, you know...more
In preparation for the Body Back program, I read all of the provided literature and familiarized myself with the goals and guidelines with gusto- like a good nerd. I took time to reflect and strategize thoughtful SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) that were smaller, specific, and more attainable than my previous weight loss strategies, and I’ve gotta say- I think these are pretty solid. I...more
With the holidays quickly approaching, many families will be packing their suitcases and heading off to visit relatives and fun destinations! For first-time moms, like me, the thought of traveling with an infant was daunting. Flashbacks to that screaming baby on the airplane, the frazzled mama walking up and down the aisles, the dirty looks from other passengers… it seemed very overwhelming, but I learned that it doesn’t have to be!
Like many women, once I had a baby, I consumed myself with everything that revolved around him. I love my son more than life itself, and I have given him every last ounce of myself.
From monitoring everything that I ate or that even touched my skin while pregnant and breastfeeding to taking a career hiatus to be with him day and night. I made all the sacrifices needed to ensure I was giving him everything I thought he could ever...more
I hate cooking. There, I said it. I had managed to avoid this task up until I became a stay-at-home-mom. Thirty-four years; it was a good run. "Born to shop, forced to cook" is now my mantra.
Possibly one of the things that attracted me to my husband was his love and ability to cook. He has this amazing gift of looking in the refrigerator, peeking in the pantry, and then whipping up some delicious meal from whatever ingredients we have....more
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a lot of things. I wanted to be the girl riding on top of an elephant in the circus, but since I’m terribly afraid of heights, I’m pretty sure I just wanted to wear the sparkly costumes. I wanted to be a teacher for a few minutes. I finally decided in high school that I was going to be a famous country singer. Instead I became a dental assistant, because I’m one of those weird people that gets excited...more
I had my oldest Isabella in August 2015 and then we welcomed Elysia in November 2017. I had 27 months with just one little one and life was a little easier. I of course wouldn't change the fact that I had a second baby because our hearts and home are full of so much extra love and joy. There are some things I have learned though since becoming a mom of two.
1 Grocery Pick-Up is the best...more
Oprah Winfrey is my spirit animal in many, many ways. Not the “you get a car!” multibillion-dollar-world’s-most-powerful-woman-way, but in the warm-hearted, soul-connecting, weight-fluctuating “I-LOVE-BREAD” way.
I hope every mom has experienced the same Wonder Woman, holy-moly-my-body-is-a-freaking-miracle moment when she sees her tiny baby and marvels at her body’s life-giving ability. I’ve been lucky to have two, and they both...more
When I found out I was pregnant I was also being offered a promotion. Fearing being reconsidered due to pregnancy (however illegal that may be), I dove head first into the new position. Instead of reading about all things newborn, I was reading the latest United States Pharmacopeia.
I knew about taking care of children because I babysat from a young age, but I didn’t know what to expect with my very own newborn. So if I had a...more
Our journey to minimalism really started about two months after I gave birth to our second son, Miles. It should have been one of the happiest most fulfilling times of my life, but it instead was filled with anxiety, stress, and doubt. I wasn't present. I was constantly cleaning up a mess my 2-year old had made, attempting to cook some complicated meal, doing piles of laundry, planning workouts and ways to get back to my pre-baby weight and...more
Stevee Rose Martin
Everyone and their mama told me that their body was never the same after having children. It makes sense. Your body stretches out to the size of a Guinness World Record sized watermelon while you carry a human being for nine months. You step on the scale at every doctor’s appointment and just shrug as you see the numbers go up, but you drive through Chick-fil-a and get that #1 with a sweet tea and a chocolate chip cookie right after anyway....more
In my breastfeeding journey, I have learned a few things. Here are the top five things no one told me about breastfeeding:
1) Breastfeeding is Hard
I was one of those career focused pregnant moms who never took time to consider the details of breastfeeding.
It’s “natural” so it must be intuitive, right? WRONG. The only intuitive breastfeeding notion I had was to allow my newborn to immediately nurse....more
This is not my first pregnancy rodeo. I have a two-year-old and a three-year-old, but this is the first time that there has been more than one in my uterus at the same time trying to beat me into submission. It’s an incredible feeling to join this exclusive club of moms of multiples, but pregnancy with multiples is definitely different than pregnancy with a singleton and not always in the ways you might think...
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