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Pregnancy and a Toddler

Pregnancy and a Toddler

Being pregnant and having a toddler has been…interesting (and a wonderful lesson in patience). The first trimester was absolute hell. No amount of Zofran could force me to leave the house for those first 12 weeks, which was very hard on my 1 year old E. Thankfully, we (and by that, I mean ‘she’) were [...]

The Adventures of THAT Mama

The Adventures of THAT Mama

A few months ago, my husband and I took our two boys, ages three and one, out to dinner. The baby sat in his high chair, laughing and babbling. My older son played the game “what’s missing from the table?” with us to while away the time until his food came (he always hides the [...]

A Babywearing Daddy

A Babywearing Daddy

My husband and I hadn’t really planned on babywearing. I’d read the benefits and seen the cute, snugly pictures so I was open to trying it out, but I hadn’t planned on it being a daily part of our lives. I still made sure to register for the best strollers, swings, bouncy seats, etc to [...]

Top 7 Reason Toddlers are Awesome

Top 7 Reason Toddlers are Awesome

Endless laughs The other night my toddler ran around naked with an empty paper waste-basket on her head.  Efficiency You will never compete your errands or shopping faster than when you have a toddler on meltdown alert with you. Weight-loss You are having lunch when Junior suddenly decides only mommy’s food will quell his hunger. [...]

The Plight of Taking a Shower: Mama Edition

The Plight of Taking a Shower: Mama Edition

When you have a toddler and need to shower while they are awake with no other adult to keep an eye on them, your internal dialogue might sound something like mine: “Ok. She has a sippy of water and a snack that she most likely won’t choke on. Bedroom door is locked so she can’t [...]

Autism: Alternative Therapies

Autism: Alternative Therapies

You can read about our son’s autism diagnosis here and the process of beginning services here. Brody was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at 16 months old. Very young for an autism diagnosis, but as it turns out, it was spot on. The developmental pediatrician gave us hope and said that with the right services and a [...]

My Top 10 New Mommy Mistakes

My Top 10 New Mommy Mistakes

Hindsight is always 20/20, and 20 months in to raising our first child, these are my top 10 new mommy mistakes. Some were small, some were huge, and others were just ridiculous! Not seeing a lactation consultant. It was a painful and tear-filled first few months that might not have been as bad had I sought [...]

Why We Weaned

Why We Weaned

When Elizabeth was handed to me directly after being born, my first question was “can I try to breastfeed her?” Why that was a question, I have no idea, but with it began 18.5 months of breastfeeding. We had ups and downs, and one very emotional week where I cried to my fellow MSW Mamas [...]

When the “Should” Hits The Fan

When the “Should” Hits The Fan

When my husband and I began the discussion about having kids and then started off on our journey towards conception, I thought I had a good idea what I’d be in for. After all, I had a degree in education, had taught preschool through to 12th grade, and had worked as a nanny for many [...]

Autism: Receiving Services

Autism: Receiving Services

Brody was 16 months old when he was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, which is a disorder on the autism spectrum (read about how we got his diagnosis here). The doctor called it a “mild form” of autism. His hopes were that with the appropriate services, Brody would start to make more progress and “catch up” and [...]