Tag Archives: Motherhood

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You know what’s old and outdated and lame?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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Why Enso Rings are Awesome for Pregnancy and Beyond

Enso Rings Are Pregnancy Friendly Jewelry Many pregnant women will get to have the fun experience of trying to remove a ring from a finger that seems to have doubled in size over night, but the good news is, you don’t have to be one of them! Enso has created a collection of beautiful silicone rings that are perfect for pregnancy (and beyond) for so many reasons. What They’re Made Of Enso Rings are made out of flexible medical-grade silicone, which is easy to clean and can […]

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How to Gracefully Deal with Unsolicited Parenting Advice

After I had my son, it was like there was a secret newsletter that went out (to everyone but me) saying that I didn’t have a clue and wanted all the advice on raising a child that I could get. I was told by perfect strangers how to feed, swaddle or not swaddle, and how to even lay the baby in the bed. You read that right. People told me how to put the baby down. Like the thought was that I would chuck him in with a bottle of whiskey and […]

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Tug and Pull – Finding Balance in Motherhood

As women, we feel so conflicted throughout our lives. It begins with who will be our best friend, and transitions to which college we will choose, or which career path to follow, but none have caused me as much tug and pull as motherhood. It’s a daily up and down of feeling joy and frustration all in the same minute. I find myself counting down the minutes until bedtime and rushing through it, because I’m exhausted and drained and just generally frustrated that they need another sip […]

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