Topic: being a mom

My Husband And I Are Competing For Our Baby’s Love, And I’m Winning

My Husband And I Are Competing For Our Baby's Love, And I'm Winning

When contemplating motherhood, I never thought that Sally Field’s desperate voice would echo through my head 40 times a day. I did not expect that having a beautiful infant baby would hold me emotionally hostage. I did not realize that my biggest challenge as a mom would mean working through the same insecurities I thought I’d ditched back as a teenager, when I was wearing Umbros and listening to DMB. More »

I’m Trying To Be Happy As ‘Just A Mother’

I'm Trying To Be Happy As 'Just A Mother'

Already the parent of a 4-year-old, I learned almost instantly that being home with a newborn and a preschooler was somehow far more demanding than getting out of the house. Sanity was still a little far off from existing inside our four walls so we spent most of the summer at the pool. Even if it took hours between nursing and temper tantrums and loading up the pool bag with diapers, toys, sunscreen and towels, it was still less daunting than a day spent indoors More »

Scary Mommy: What I Know About 14

Scary Mommy: What I Know About 14

My fourteen-year-old bursts from the room she shares with her younger sister. “MOM! She threw my blankets on the floor AGAIN! After I’ve REPEATEDLY asked her NOT to!”

I can tell by the tone of her voice it’s going to be one of those evenings. The ones where hormones collide with perceived injustice to create a vortex I inevitably get sucked into. More »

Scary Mommy: 25 Questions Only Moms Ask Themselves

Scary Mommy: 25 Questions Only Moms Ask Themselves

Before becoming a mom, I had never asked the question, “Is it okay for this child to use my sock as toilet paper?” Or, after my two-year-old sprinkled her great grandparents ashes in her hair, I asked, “How much soap does it take to get human remains out of someone’s hair?” The answer: A lot. But I have asked these questions, now, and I can never go back. More »

No One Tells You Your Period Is A Billion Times Worse After You Have Kids

No One Tells You Your Period Is A Billion Times Worse After You Have Kids

Women go through a ton of crap when pregnant and after giving birth, so one of the post-pregnancy perks we often gush about is the lack of a period. Sure, you’re huge, sweating and can’t walk – but you don’t have your period! Yes, your boobs are leaking and you haven’t sleep in three months – but you don’t have your period! One of the hardest days as a mom is the day your period comes back. It’s like the day your free HBO runs out. You lived the dream for a short time, had a taste of the magic, and now reality is knocking on your door in the form of a disgusting, bloody mess. More »

I Hate My Post-Baby Body, And No Feel-Good Essay Is Going To Change That

I Hate My Post-Baby Body, And No Feel-Good Essay Is Going To Change That

I do not like my post-baby body. I’ve read every feel-good personal essay about how empowering it is to create life from our bodies and yay women etc etc, and while I totally get it on an intellectual level, I just can’t seem to change my mindset. I used to feel really guilty about this, because you know: I am a feminist! I have two daughters! I want all women to love themselves! More »

STFU Parents: When Moms Lose Their Identity On Facebook

STFU Parents: When Moms Lose Their Identity On Facebook

While these posts are funny, they often seem to translate to, “I’m a MOM now, so don’t ask me to “go out for drinks” unless they come in a sippy cup! And no, I won’t attend events that require attire other than yoga pants, and I won’t apologize for not caring about your meaningless life when I’ve got my awesome kid on my mind, because guess what? He’s more interesting than your marathon training or political views or whatever it is you want to chat about.” More »