Parenting a Toddler and a Baby is…

Parenting a Toddler and a Baby is…

I've been on maternity leave #2 for the past two months. Of the last eight weeks, approximately six were spent with different family and friends coming to help out with our new baby, or coming to stay to help us celebrate the holidays. Once the excitement of Christmas was over, my husband returned to work [...]

A Tale of Two C-Sections

A Tale of Two C-Sections

In preparation for my second C-Section, I scoured the Internet for encouragement and advice on how to head into the operation with confidence. I soon found that a lot of the information out there is filled with doom and gloom, and was feeling even less excited about heading into the procedure than I had been [...]

A Word You Never Want to Hear at Your Ultrasound

A Word You Never Want to Hear at Your Ultrasound

It seems like whenever people ask you about your pregnancy, the first question is, "How are you feeling?" and the second is something along the lines of, "Everyone's healthy?" Whenever people would ask me the second question during my last pregnancy, I could feel myself preparing myself to lie as I would smile and answer, "Yep!" 

Waiting For Baby #Two

Waiting For Baby #Two

Tomorrow I reach the 33rd week of being pregnant with my second child. Knowing that, in under two months, I'll be starting the newborn parent journey all over again carries a mixed bag of emotions that are likely at least partially responsible for recently bursting into tears while walking down the street on a beautiful [...]

What If It’s Another Boy?

What If It’s Another Boy?

As the days leading up to our anatomical screen get closer and closer, I've started to ask myself, "What if it's another boy?" And I think I've come up with a pretty good answer.

The Second Time Around

The Second Time Around

Having a second baby is exciting and terrifying, just like it was the first time around...only different.

Can We Cool It With the Countdowns?

Can We Cool It With the Countdowns?

Do you ever feel like you're so busy counting down to things in the future that you forget to appreciate today?

The BBC Broadcast Dad (and Mom) are All of Us

The BBC Broadcast Dad (and Mom) are All of Us

By now, you, your grandma, and your long-dead pet hamster have all seen the video of the BBC News broadcast where a professor's cover gets blown and the world discovers his true identity as a parent who is only pretending to have it all together. Moments after the initial shock of seeing not one, but two children bust [...]

26 Ways to Keep Yourself and Your Baby Entertained on Maternity Leave

26 Ways to Keep Yourself and Your Baby Entertained on Maternity Leave

At first, I named this post, "26 Ways to Keep Busy on Maternity Leave", but I quickly changed that title because I realized that keeping busy on leave isn't really all that hard. There are always tons of chores to do around the house, and having a baby means you are always on the go. I wasn't [...]

I Went on a Vacation Without My Toddler and We Both Survived

I Went on a Vacation Without My Toddler and We Both Survived

Maybe subconsciously I was feeling a bit guilty about leaving my son to have some time to myself, but I don't think that it's fair for moms to have to feel this way. Being a mom brings me incredible joy, but it's important for me to remember that, while it's a part of my identity, it's not the only thing that defines me. I'm allowed to do things for myself and have time alone; it helps me to appreciate the time that I do spend with my son and not take those moments for granted.