Tag Archives: Motherhood

Pubis Diastasis – A Real Pain in the Crotch

From about six months pregnant on, I was having this consistent pain in my lower left abdomen. “Ligament stretching,” they said. OK, I thought, that makes sense. After all the obsessive googling I was doing, out of natural paranoia, I was in agreeance even though the pain was only getting worse. Little did I know that this pain would escalate into the worst pain I would ever experience in my life, even more than giving birth! A pain that was caused by a pretty rare condition called pubis diastasis. The Pubis […]

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You Don’t Have to Have a Great Mom to Be One

The biggest fear I have had as a motherless mom was when I realized I had no idea how to be a mom.  I do not have very many memories of having a mother at all. My mother left when I was 6 years old, and our relationship was a roller coaster of toxicity for many years until I got off that ride. She had made her choices and had no intention of changing, so I had to make a decision for my own well-being and end […]

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It’s a… Ghost?! When Your Baby Monitor Does you Dirty

‘Tis the season for all things gloriously ghoulish, and one family just won the Internet by sharing their hilarious encounter with what they thought was a ghost in their baby’s crib. A mom named Maritza wrote a Facebook post about how her baby monitor (and lack of a mattress pad) did her dirty, and it’s both horrifying and funny as hell. Part of what makes this so relatable is that any parent with a video monitor knows there’s just something creepy about video screens at night. Bathed in […]

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Five Beautiful Truths about Postpartum Bodies

photo courtesy of @alliesdasilva Oh boy, this is the thing that is hard to ask, but am I vain because I am not always in love with my postpartum body? I go through waves and cycles of thinking, wait I have a life giving, life sustaining, powerful, beautiful body! I think this in the shower, that my new wider (permanently wider) hips are like Beyoncé, and that my curves are sexy. Then I whip back the shower curtain only to be confronted with my full length mirror and I think, oh […]

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If I Don’t Take Care of Me Who Will?

I used to have a crappy restaurant job. There was a career, lifetimer waiter who I really liked who gave me a valuable life trick. He would say my Grandpa always told me anytime you need a break at work just go to the bathroom, no one will ever bother you in the bathroom. I have used this in all the jobs I have had after this and it always has given me just a minute of peace… until I had my baby. Now when I want that little break, my […]

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I Can’t Throw Away My Last Positive Pregnancy Test — And It’s 5 Years Old

Sarah Pflug/Burst I don’t keep anything. It’s sort of a joke in my house and also not funny at all to my kids or husband. There are constant cries of, “Why is my toy in the garbage?” or “Do you know what happened to the screws I left on the counter?” I will admit, I am very quick to toss. But that’s only because there are five people living in our house. And if I didn’t do a constant inventory, we’d be drowning in stuff. My kids […]

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Viral Photo Celebrates Different Ways to Feed your Baby

You know what’s old and outdated and lame? This idea that there’s a one size fits all, best way to feed a baby. In the back of our minds, we know that, but the feeding-induced mom guilt struggle is real, especially when you’re scrolling Insta during the 2am feed/scream sesh. Like, who can keep a messy bun looking so messy, yet also so stylish, all day, and why isn’t their baby clawing at their face like a tiny, rabid wolverine while they guzzle down the good stuff? On the […]

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An Apology Letter To My Second Born (Who Isn’t Born Yet)

Scary Mommy and Jernej Graj/Unsplash Dear Little (Sister or Brother), I’m sorry. You’re not even born yet but I need to tell you that I’m sorry. Where do I begin? Let me first introduce you to your big sister, Gracie. She changed our lives. She is the one who made me a mom, she made us parents. She has become our whole world. You see, Little, when I got pregnant with Gracie, the whole world seemed to stop. I remember I walked away from the test, having […]

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It’s Possible to Hate Pregnancy, but Love Motherhood

I was one of those people who absolutely could not wait to be pregnant. I fantasized about what I would look like with a big ole’ baby bump and glowing skin. I touched my stomach tenderly and told myself one day. Then, that one day came. I saw two bright pink lines – a very positive pregnancy test to match my very positive outlook on how wonderful it would be to grow a human. Within a week, it all came crashing down when I regurgitated my morning cup […]

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Dear Fellow Mamas: Please Stop Telling Me How Hard It Gets

It started almost as soon as my newborn son and I got home from the hospital. Admonitions to “enjoy it while you can, it only gets harder from here!” drifted through the fog of my sleepless stupor. I perched achily on an inflatable donut as visitors – family members, friends, people who were already parents there to usher us into the club – came to deliver early holiday gifts, stock our refrigerator with ever more dishes, peer at the tiny baby in my arms and inhale his […]

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