Topic: being a mom

The PTA Is Mean Girls For Grown-Ups

The PTA Is Mean Girls For Grown-Ups

When you leave high school, you assume that you have left the petty bullshit behind- the cliques, the gossip, the jockeying for social position. You move on to your adult life thinking that from now on, everyone will be mature and kind to each other. College might have been a little cliquey but you found your way. It may have been tough to fit in at your first job after you graduated but that probably worked out just fine too. The next taste of high school-style behavior you will likely encounter is when your first child starts school. More »

The Movies From My Childhood That I Could Not Wait To Show My Kids

The Movies From My Childhood That I Could Not Wait To Show My Kids

Everyone has favorite movies from when they were a kid. For me, they take me right back in time and make me feel happy and innocent with a bonus of entertaining me. I have a long list of movies from my childhood that I could not wait to show my kids because they hold such great memories of a simpler time in my life. These movies helped shape who I am today- much like books, they showed me glimpses into other cultures, other times and other ways of life. More »

10 Things Pregnant Ladies Love To Hear

10 Things Pregnant Ladies Love To Hear

Pregnant ladies take a lot of crap and it’s awful because it’s during a time in life where a woman should only hear the good things. Your feet hurt, you’ve got crotch and boob sweat, you’re growing out of shirts left and right- this is a time where you need sunshine blown up your ass as much as possible, even if much if it is not true. You don’t want people asking if you are sure it’s not twins because you are so huge. You don’t want to hear from anyone that your face looks “different”. And you sure as hell don’t want to be stopped from rambling about all the fun baby stuff you have going on. More »

Open Thread: What Did Your Pregnant Boobs Look Like?

Open Thread: What Did Your Pregnant Boobs Look Like?

Ok, ya’ll- I am about to get very real with you about pregnant boobs. Namely, MY pregnant boobs, in the hopes that you will all share yours. I mean, I’m not going to flash you or anything but I am going to be very frank about what exactly they looked like toward the end of my pregnancies and I hope you will all do the same in this thread and we can all lol-cry at the sadness and hilarity of pregnant boobs. More »

10 Ways Working Moms Can Feel Closer To Their Kids

10 Ways Working Moms Can Feel Closer To Their Kids

When I went back to work, I was very concerned about how my relationship with my children would change. Having stayed at home with them for a few years, I knew them like the back of my hand and had become quite adept in all ways of caring for them. Thinking about how it would go as a working mom made me worry about whether the closeness we had would fade away over time as I let Momma Daycare take over. More »

Stop It Already With The Pinterest-Perfect First Birthday Smash Cakes

Stop It Already With The Pinterest-Perfect First Birthday Smash Cakes

For my first child’s first birthday, I made a shitty little box cake at home for her to “smash” and left the big cake to the professionals at Wegman’s bakery. By my second child’s first birthday, I felt that even that was unnecessary and just gave him a slice of the regular cake that I had ordered for the party. Just as adorbs and not at all expensive or a pain in the ass. I had decided it was super stupid to spend major coin (or a ton of my own time) on a cake solely for the purpose of tiny toddler fingers to mush it all up- that is a waste of perfectly good cake and makes my heart sad! Come on, ya’ll- the babies don’t deserve it! More »

I’m Proud My Kids Are Great Eaters But I Would Never Judge You For Your Picky Kid

I'm Proud My Kids Are Great Eaters But I Would Never Judge You For Your Picky Kid

As parents, we all have struggles in raising our kids. Anyone who says they do not struggle with parenting in some fashion is either delusional or lying. As a mother, I pride myself on my ability to see my kids and the way I parent them with completely clear vision. I know their flaws, I know their strengths and I know my own as well. I am the first one to point out when I have done something wrong in parenting and I am also the first to notice if my kids are acting a fool. That said, my kids are absolutely fabulous eaters but I would never judge you for your picky kid. More »

It Is Obvious These 10 Nurseries Are Not Meant For Babies

It Is Obvious These 10 Nurseries Are Not Meant For Babies

And I suppose I get it- the baby doesn’t know any better so you may as well decorate to your heart’s content but the fact is, your baby will eventually be a child and children like things meant for them. They will not appreciate the $400 ottoman made of white minky fabric that you commissioned from a local furniture designer. They will give exactly zero shits about that fancy crib bedding you had made with custom fabrics that took weeks to select. They will laugh in the face of the elaborate shit you’ve hung on the wall above the crib as they rip it down once they learn to pull up. It will be a graphic first lesson in how kid’s take your dreams and literally shred them to bits! More »

IHTM: My Husband Wanted To Name Our Son After The Dog

IHTM: My Husband Wanted To Name Our Son After The Dog

Baby naming. For most couples, this topic is a fun one- the process of choosing a name for your child should be something that you look back on with fond memories. For others, it is a time of turmoil and unrest that tests your fiber as a cohesive unit and causes more than one “divorce lawyer” search in your Google history. With our son, my husband and were the latter. This is my story. More »

10 Things No Working Mother Wants To Hear

10 Things No Working Mother Wants To Hear

There are ever-present obstacles for me and my brethren because we are beholden not just our children, but our employers. That juggling act (trying to please the people you love the most while also trying to please the people who make paying your mortgage possible) can be difficult beyond description but I am going to try to shed some light. More »