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Adventures in Motherhood

Annoying words
Annoying words

Do you ever get tired of hearing yourself talk? I know I do, especially in seasons where I am very, well, tired. Feeling tired is also like having chronic diarrhea of the mouth. No matter what day, time of day or type of day, the temptation is to always acknowledge the exhaustion being felt above […]

A room for you … someday
A room for you … someday

Most families like to finish the nursery before the baby comes. Most expectant moms are picking out themes, furniture and decorations for the nursery, so it’s just right for the arrival of their new baby. We have never managed to do this for any of our babies. Buying and living in a house that we […]

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And then just when you're finding your way …
And then just when you're finding your way …

After one particularly exhausting day where my two-year-old swallowed a small glass pebble and also tried to use fingernail polish as lipstick, I adopted the mantra, “I can handle this without screaming or swearing.” I know, both of those objects should not have been out and available to a two-year-old (but seriously, I can hardly […]

Celebration vibes
Celebration vibes

I have had a very emotional week. Being the mother to a 10-month-old while six months pregnant makes even the most celebratory events a toss up between happy tears and feeling overwhelmed. Mother’s Day came with a certain anticipation brought on by expectation of how that milestone should look. Although we had a lovely day […]

The first days turned into a month
The first days turned into a month

  The idea that a month has nearly passed with my new baby is completely beyond me. All the cliches about how quickly time goes by don’t even do justice to the speed of this last month. I’m trying so hard to slow down and appreciate the fleeting moments that come and go, but I’ll […]

Don't forget dads
Don't forget dads

Thanks to social media stalking my every move, I’ve recently felt I am swimming in a sea of pregnant women, water birth photos and belly bumps. It’s awesome! But at the same time, I can’t help but swoon a little bit over an Instagram account I came across the other day called Don’t Forget Dads (@dontforgetdads). The bio […]

Packing up the pretty
Packing up the pretty

I remember having friends over one evening in our former apartment. We lived in a sweet, cozy cottage that sat on a larger estate property. The deep, antique farm sink was made of copper, and the stonework tile added the perfect amount of shabby character to the all-white interior we painted. A large, white shelving unit […]

The big switch
The big switch

Before having my first baby, I already rolled my eyes at the fighting and finger pointing that would go on between moms with differing viewpoints on any given subject. I remember standing in a store trying to pick out fitted crib sheets when two moms started discussing what is and isn’t allowed in baby’s crib. […]

To-go box
To-go box

Guys, it happened. My worst nightmare. OK, that’s dramatic, but it is something I have been dreading/hoping wouldn’t happen to me! Up until this week, we have been very fortunate to have a well-behaved child at restaurants and other social events. Her desire to be stimulated would always ensure a pleasant experience for Matt and me, […]

Available for rent
Available for rent

Matt and I were walking through a supply store the other day when we saw a sign that read “available for rent.” We both took notice and looked at each other. We laughed knowing we were thinking the same thing, “This is exactly how back-to-back pregnancy feels like.” I feel like my body, my emotional stability, my […]

Moms can hang, too
Moms can hang, too

Before my daughter was born, I remember vowing to myself I wouldn’t subscribe to the idea you can’t do something because of having a baby. I knew families who claimed to never go to brunch or venture out beyond a certain time because of set schedules. I totally get that, but I knew it wasn’t […]

Hold her!
Hold her!

I heard a podcast the other day discussing fulfilling your calling. Andy Stanley—the speaker—spoke frankly of the change that can occur when you choose to invest in something of importance. I’m paraphrasing here, but he basically said it would take time away from your family and friends, possibly some money from your wallet and energy […]

Stress is a thief
Stress is a thief

I really don’t like to pull the hormonal card, but for once, I am hoping I can place some blame on the emotional whirlwind that is pregnancy. I’m not sure this is even related to pregnancy hormones, but I am pretty sure being hormonal doesn’t help rationalize thoughts or back me off the ledge of a […]

How many weeks?
How many weeks?

You know what I think I just realized? I still haven’t shared the gender of our second baby, even though we have known for weeks! Is that correct? I think it is! Sadly, this is not surprising to me, and in fact, is pretty common in my daily life. The reality is I don’t think […]