Author Archives: Sarah Bregel

10 Ridiculous Ways To Commemorate Your Pregnancy

10 Ridiculous Ways To Commemorate Your Pregnancy

Though I’m not exactly a super sunny, glowy creator-of-life, I definitely place a certain value on being pregnant, knowing that this time is short-lived- just a blip on the old radar. One day, there’s a good chance I’ll struggle to remember what it felt like to get kicked in the ribs all night or fart on command. That’s why I’m all for commemorating your pregnancy in any way that is appealing to you, no matter how absurd. More »

The 8 Grossest After-Effects Of Pregnancy And Birth

The 8 Grossest After-Effects Of Pregnancy And Birth

Every time someone I know has their first baby, at some point between getting knocked up and going to the delivery room, couch, floor or tub, there seems to be this HOLY SHIT moment. Not “holy shit, I’m pregnant, I’m going to be a mother. Creation is such a miraculous thing!” Well, sure. That, too. But I’m talking about the Holy-Shit-this-is-so-much-grosser-than-I-ever-thought-possible moment. And then there’s the inevitable, “why didn’t anyone tell me that would happen?” More »

A Letter To My Postpartum, Hormonal Completely Overwhelmed Self

A Letter To My Postpartum, Hormonal Completely Overwhelmed Self

Dear Postpartum, Hormonal, Completely Overwhelmed Self,

You’re probably a little bit gone right now. But that’s okay. I’ll talk anyway. I know you’re tired — no, exhausted beyond anything you’ve ever known. I know you’ve been up all night for the past 10 straight nights. I know the only thing you want is sleep, not for a few hours, not for a night — for a week and then some. I know the thought of moving forward and into another day is exhausting in itself and knowing that that you can’t call out sick, you can’t give up, it’s all on you, no matter what, is crushing. More »

I Went From A Childless Yoga Hater To A Full On Yoga Mom

I Went From A Childless Yoga Hater To A Full On Yoga Mom

I was a few months postpartum when my husband bought me a month of unlimited yoga. It sounded great, but my initial thought was “how can I possibly leave my baby to go do this?” But I knew I had to.

I had been to yoga a few times before and nothing about it really stuck. I was more accustomed to running off my problems. Sitting with them was never something that seemed desirable. More »

My Over-Giving Family Is Spoiling My Child

My Over-Giving Family Is Spoiling My Child

This past week my family and I celebrated my 28th birthday. One of the reasons it was so enjoyable is that this year I’m really settling into feeling content with my life and not feeling like I need or want anything at all. Just being with my family was more than enough and I was quite happy to have just a few practical gifts, useful things for my home and business, just the way I wanted it to be. No muss, no fuss.

But there was one thing that got me down: my 3-year-old daughter got presents, too. More »

37 Things That Happen In The Day Of A Freelance Writing Toddler Mom

37 Things That Happen In The Day Of A Freelance Writing Toddler Mom

Stumble out of bed with one eye open. Locate middle of the night pee and do a mediocre job cleaning it up with a towel.

Beg your toddler to get dressed while making at least three more empty threats. Say “no you cannot wear your bathing suit to school” no less than 12 times and commence yoga breathing techniques.

Settle on an outfit that’s only sort of insane looking and tell yourself you don’t care what anyone thinks — your child is a creative genius. More »

I’m Afraid Having More Kids Will Jeopardize My Bond With My Daughter

Iâm Afraid Having More Kids Will Jeopardize My Bond With My Daughter

As the mother of a 3 year old, everywhere I go people are asking when I’m gonna pump out the next kid.

“I don’t know” I reply, “Maybe sometime… maybe never.”

Maybe, none of your business, I feel like saying. To me, having another baby is such a personal decision and it’s not something I take lightly. It often feels borderline invasive that so many people (who aren’t close friends or family) are interested in the shape of my family unit. What feels even stranger is that so many people I’ve encountered vehemently disagree with parents making the informed decision to have only one child, no matter what that family’s circumstances or how that family came to be in the first place. More »

Why I’ll Never Have Another Hospital Birth

Why Iâll Never Have Another Hospital Birth

Before I had my daughter, I didn’t have a vision of how the birth would go. I didn’t know how much pain to expect or how long it would take until it was time to push, but there was one thing I was pretty sure of — that how I chose to labor would be left up to me. Birthing a child is the most primal thing on the planet and barring any complications, I would do it with as little intervention as possible. That’s how nature intended and I didn’t feel the need to be comfortably numb during something so earth-shattering. Then, I stepped through the hospital doors on a cold January night and found out that these days, they do it a little differently than I imagined. More »