Tag Archives: Motherhood

All Hail the Exclusive Pumper

We all know that fed is best but there is one method of feeding babies – exclusive pumping – that I don’t think gets nearly enough credit. I should know. I did it for my first and I’m currently doing it for my second. In fact, even as I write this, I’m hooked up to a breast pump. The distinctive mechanical sound it makes has become the soundtrack of my life these past few months. I simultaneously love that I found a way to feed my newborn my […]

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Unique Board Books for Babies: Creating a More Diverse Bookshelf

Building your baby’s first library goes well beyond numbers, colors and shapes. Today’s perfect baby library is forward thinking, inclusive, and diverse, but knowing where to start can be overwhelming. So where does one go to find this utopia of diverse and unique board books, perfect for your worldly little baby? Enter Little Feminist. Little Feminist is a monthly subscription book club that finds the best diverse, age appropriate children’s books, and delivers them to your door.   Each book helps open up discussions and introduce important topics […]

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To Wake or Not to Wake? Feeding Schedule for a Newborn

Scene I A dark bedroom. The clock on the nightstand reads 3:30 a.m. Mom is awake and nervously looking at the clock. A second figure snores under the covers. Mom: Honey. Psst. HONEY. Partner: Hmmmpf? Mom: The baby’s been sleeping for three hours and seventeen minutes. Partner: So? Mom: So – we were told to feed him every two to three hours. Do you think we should wake him? Partner: Are you crazy, it took forever to get him to sleep! Mom: Ok, so if we don’t […]

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The Baby I Didn’t Know I Needed

It was the day of my grandfather’s funeral, my period was late and a piece of me knew I had to take a pregnancy test. I was terrified. We already had two kids and to be honest, they weren’t easy. My marriage was struggling and the last thing we needed was a new baby. But, the test was positive.  I got into my clothes for the funeral, and I went downstairs with the pregnancy test in hand. I handed it to my husband and dropped to my […]

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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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