I was four months pregnant with my second, and I was telling my cousins how anxious I was to have a baby without my mom. I choked up every time I talked about it. There were nights when I would curl up in a ball and sob, terrified of how I was going to do … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Moms Need a Postpartum Doula (and How to Find One)
I hated packing bags for the hospital. Absolutely hated it. Well, really, I just hate packing bags of any kind, but there's something about packing a bag FOR A BABY that makes it feel so much more intense, especially the first time around. Probably because having a baby is a pretty big deal, and having … Continue reading Hospital Bag: Baby #1 vs. Baby #2
We sat in the doctor's office waiting to be seen. My youngest, Larkin, who had just turned one, was there for his routine check-up. I was bracing myself for the shots and the screaming that was to come, while hoping that I would be strong enough to fight the urge to comfort him by popping … Continue reading Pediatricians Can Give Bad Advice Too.
You know it's been a fabulous week all around when I'm receiving waaaay more WORST moments than Best. I even tried to think of some of my own Best Moments, and nope! I had nothin'. So for those of you who sent me some "Bests," (there were only three of them!), look for those next … Continue reading Our Worst Parenting Moments (Part 3)
The nurse placed my first child on my chest after he had been pulled from my body. My arms were still strapped down to the operating table, and the doctor was sewing up my Caesarean incision. She looked down at me and said, "Here's your baby boy!" My eyes looked in her direction. "And here is your … Continue reading Is Your Inner Mom Voice as Critical as Mine is?