Meltdowns & Magic

“If you cannot follow directions, you cannot be around others. If you cannot follow directions, I will put you in your room.” He stands motionless. Baby attached to my back, I move to lift him. He goes boneless and slinks to the ground. With another threat, he demands that I help him stand. I quietly walk away and retrieve the garden hose. I, in my infinite wisdom, choose that moment to start watering our newly seeded lawn. Spraying dangerously close to my tantruming toddler, my heart urges me to go ahead and soak the little sucker. But with his shrieks of, “Mommy! WET!” my brain tells me to shut it down.

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Breastfeeding is Beautiful

As a breastfeeding mama for almost a year now, I’m finding myself increasingly annoyed by all the hatred Americans are showing nursing mothers.  Stories like THIS and THIS make me INCREDIBLY ANGRY.  Hearing about new mothers being blocked from social media sites like Facebook because they posted a picture of their nursing newborn makes my […]

A Mother’s Woe

I can remember times from when I was growing up when my mother was quite emotional because my brother or I had reached a milestone in our lives–during the month before my brother went to college, she was a particular basketcase (wink wink, I jest, Ma).  Deep down I knew I’d have my own weepy […]

Why I Stay at Home

I recently read an article in my Parents magazine about the war between working mothers and stay at home mothers.  I was happy to read that a study found that mothers believe this “war” exists but most hadn’t actually witnessed or fell victim to the “war” themselves.  I’m a big believer that mothers need to […]

MotherLove

My friend Ginni shared this article with me this morning.  Take a moment to read it (yes, I’m asking you to read TWO blog posts–it’s well worth it though!). “The difficulty of motherhood, it turns out, lies not in the logistics—manageable, or at least endurable, are the sleepless nights, breast infections, teething tantrums, untreatable infant […]

Gratitude

If you’ve been a regular reader from the start, you’ll probably remember several postings about how I was having trouble adjusting to the life of a stay-at-home mom.  Need a refresher?  Here and here and here.  This independent, always-need-to-have-a-project woman was struggling with “just being a mom.” However, over the past week or so, I’ve […]

Edible Paint for Babies & Toddlers

With Mother’s Day having been coming up, I had been trying to come up with cute gift ideas for my son to give his grandmothers.  He’s the first grandchild on both sides of the family so this year’s Mother’s Day is extra special for the new grandmommies.  Originally, I was geared up to do a […]