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If It Makes Her Happy…

If It Makes Her Happy…

Before having my own kid, I was always a little judgmental of the parents who would buy “licensed” stuff for their kids— a tee-shirt with movie characters plastered across the front, crib bedding covered in Winnie the Pooh designs, a birthday party with a TV show theme, etc. I never really understood why someone would [...]

Going Back to Work: Alex’s Story

Going Back to Work: Alex’s Story

My Position: Graphic Artist for a design and manufacturing company Length of Time Off: 12 weeks (California “disability”) Position Status: Full-time Even before I was married, I knew I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. When I got pregnant, it was something that my husband and I talked about, but living in southern California with it’s high cost of living… [...]

Going Back to Work: Mary Ellen’s Story

Going Back to Work: Mary Ellen’s Story

My Position: Kindergarten teacher Length of Time Off:  Nine months Position Status: Full-time When I first found out I was going to have a December baby, I was very excited because I knew that I would be taking the remainder of the year off and returning to work the following September. As a teacher, I have [...]

Childhood Myths

Childhood Myths

In recent years I have come to realize that I was a gullible child. I don’t mean it in a negative sense, I just believed pretty much anything an adult told me. I loved and trusted the adults in my life, and I had no reason to not trust them. Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy [...]

Going Back to Work: Christy’s Story

Going Back to Work: Christy’s Story

My Position: 911 Dispatcher Length of Time Off: 7 weeks Position Status: Full Time I didn’t know what to expect with having a newborn. I wasn’t sure if Alexis would be an easygoing baby or a difficult baby— all I knew going into my time off was that I could take up to 12 weeks off with FMLA (Family [...]

Going Back to Work: Corey’s Story

Going Back to Work: Corey’s Story

My Position: Developmental specialist at Children’s Hospital in CO Length of Time Off: Six weeks Position Status: Full-time (although I returned part-time for the first four weeks) For as long as I can remember, I have been as career-focused as they come. My little man was a surprise, and at first I was actually a [...]

Going Back to Work: Debbie’s Story

Going Back to Work: Debbie’s Story

My Position: United States Postal Carrier Length of Time Off: Six weeks Position Status: Full-time I had taken six weeks of FMLA. I fully intended to work up until my due date and take the six weeks caring for my daughter, but my blood pressure began to rise toward the end of my pregnancy and I [...]

A Letter to My Birthday Girl

A Letter to My Birthday Girl

I was completely conflicted with emotions when my baby girl turned one year old. Of course I was thrilled, but I was also a little sad too. I spent the day hurrying around setting up her party and making sure things were running smoothly, but when things finally settled down at the end of the [...]

The Not-So-Talked-About Milestones

The Not-So-Talked-About Milestones

Milestones— They are exciting. We are always looking forward to the next one. We’re wondering if our kid is going to be the one that hits them early, is “average,” or does them late. From early on, I was told my son would probably be late to hitting some of the physical milestones, at least [...]

A Two-Year-Old’s Favorite Words: No. Me.

A Two-Year-Old’s Favorite Words: No. Me.

My son is two. He is a pretty rad two. He currently has two favorite words. No. Me. He has started telling us “no” in different tones and connotations.  The other day we thought it would be fun to teach him the word in other languages (at least it would be something different). No.   [...]