Hello, hello? Is this thing even on? Can you hear me? Will someone just talk to me?!?! Please!? I need to hear the sound of my voice again. Not my mom voice – high-pitched and so sickly-sweet it gives me a migraine just thinking about it ringing in my ears. I want to use my […]
Dear Pre-Baby Me: There’s this thing you’ve been hearing from people lately. Good people. Well-meaning people. People you love, people you respect, and even people you don’t even know. They all say the same thing: “You don’t know what love is until you have a child.” It’s a lovely notion, isn’t it? That the best things […]
What Do Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day? Just One Thing. This week dads and kids around the country will hit the mall, department stores, and jewelry shops looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. They will buy pancake mix, fresh berries, and specialty flavored coffee and creamers in preparation for making mom breakfast […]
What I never could have prepared for, though, was the impact DDD was going to make on the way I parent. How the slow and methodical progression was going to interfere with the image of motherhood I had envisioned….
From the time D-dude was able to walk I have asked him to do small chores. As he got older the chores increased and the difficulty increased. He’s eleven now so of course he is doing almost the amount of chores I do. Almost. The amount is close but the difficulty is not as […]
January at a park: Ok, we are here. I should run a little bit, too. Hell, I put on my sports bra. Nah. I don’t really feel like it. I’m gonna play with Liv at the park while her dad runs, but not TOO much because she should play with the other kids. I remember […]
Dear Brand New Mama, I see you crying on your bed while you listen to your baby scream in the next room as Daddy (or Grandma, or Auntie, or your best friend) takes a turn. You’ve been banished by well-meaning family, told to “go take a nap” (because you obviously need one), but the screams […]
Nobody told me how hard parenthood would be. Sure, they tried on some level, but I didn’t get it — couldn’t get it. There was all the talk about being sleep deprived and begging for a shower, of course, but no one can truly understand how grueling those first few months after bringing home a newborn can […]