Author Archives: Sarah Bregel

10 Ways Motherhood Changes Everyone

10 Ways Motherhood Changes Everyone

As mothers, we are undeniably different in a myriad of ways. The choices we make for our children since birth sometimes come to define the way we think of ourselves as parents. Some of us breastfeed exclusively until our babies aren’t babies. Some go straight to formula. Some homeschool or unschool or nature school while others prefer good old fashioned public school. Some cosleep and others think a crib down the hall ensures everyone gets the best rest. No matter how tolerant we are of each other’s choices, we undoubtedly have opinions about what is best. That’s because we’re mothers and we (mostly) care deeply about these seemingly menial choices. At times, they can feel like the most important thing in our universe.
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10 Reasons I Love Mommy Bloggers

10 Reasons I Love Mommy Bloggers

But the truth is, I have to write about my experiences as a parent. It has never really felt like a choice. I simply have to do it. And not only has it been a source of income and motivation for me as a mother, at times it has helped shape my parenting journey. It gives me reason to examine the choices I make, helps me relate to others and to truly know myself as a mother and I’m thankful every day that I get the opportunity to do it. More »

Pregnancy Is Way Better Without An OB/GYN

Pregnancy Is Way Better Without An OB/GYN

What was lacking in the care I received was even a small amount of choice about my body, my rights and my baby or the acknowledgment that this was, in fact, a natural event that was about to occur. I believed it was. Modern day medicine however, did not. So when I got pregnant again, I decided to seek out a different mode of care. I wanted someone I felt I could trust but that also trusted me. Time and time again I was told “you’re looking for a midwife.”
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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 »