The Gift I Hope to Give My Kids

The Gift I Hope to Give My Kids

Sometimes it's hard living 3 hours away from my family, especially now that we have kids. I've been fortunate to sneak in a lot of visits with my parents over this past 11 months since I've been on maternity leave with our second baby. After my mom and dad left today, I was reflecting on [...]

Are You Ready to Have Kids? Take This Handy Quiz to Find Out!

Are You Ready to Have Kids? Take This Handy Quiz to Find Out!

More than once, I have found myself shaking my head as I ask myself, Is this what I signed up for? And then I realize that, as a parent, whether I knew it or not at the time, this is exactly what I signed up for.

Anatomy of a Toddler Playdate

Anatomy of a Toddler Playdate

As the days of sipping lattes while getting a pedicure with your girlfriend while your baby sleeps peacefully next to you in his carseat are long gone, you are likely to find yourself desperate for adult conversation in a more manageable setting. It seems like a no-brainer. Enter the playdate.

Lies I Tell My Toddler

Lies I Tell My Toddler

A friend of mine recently posted an Instagram story featuring some of the lies she has told her kids to make her life as a parent a little bit easier and a lot more entertaining. When I saw her post, it inspired me to do a little digging to see what kinds of stories other parents are telling their kids to help them get through the day with a chuckle or two. When I originally posted the question, I thought I was going to get a huge variety of crazy answers, but what I found instead was kind of fascinating. Imagine my surprise when, over the course of a couple of days, I started to realize that we are all lying to our kids about the same things.

My Boss Is A Tyrant, But I Can’t Bring Myself to Quit

My Boss Is A Tyrant, But I Can’t Bring Myself to Quit

Some days, it's hard to get out of bed. I certainly don't get paid enough for some of the things this job entails (and by enough, I mean at all), but something keeps me coming back.

Why This Mom of Two Hasn’t Left the House in Days

Why This Mom of Two Hasn’t Left the House in Days

I have to imagine that one of the greatest struggles of maternity leave has got to be finding the will and strength to leave the house. Actually, I don't have to imagine, because I know this to be true. When I was on mat leave the first time around, the seduction of Netflix, combined with both my fear of Mommy and Me groups, hatred of cold weather and just general laziness found my new baby and I spending the better part many winter weeks hanging out around the house.

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 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 [...]

An 8-Step Guide For Attending a Wedding With Your Toddler

An 8-Step Guide For Attending a Wedding With Your Toddler

There is a window of time in all of our lives when receiving a wedding invitation in the mail is a cause for excitement and joy. Someone who you know cares enough about you  enough to invite you to bear witness to one of the most important days of their lives, and if you're lucky, you'll also be surrounded by many of your friends and/or family while eating, drinking, dancing, and partaking in similar activities of celebration and general merriment at the event. While all of this generally remains true regardless of your age or the stage of life you may find yourself in, attending a wedding when you have a child, particularly one of toddler age, makes things considerably more...interesting. Click the picture for the rest of the post!