Love and Poop (and when both are overflowing)

The green neon numbers of the oven clock boasted 3:30 am. At least, I think they did. I hadn’t yet managed to successfully blink away all bleariness from my sleep-deprived eyes, so it’s possible I wasn’t seeing quite accurately. I guess I didn’t really care what time the kitchen clock told me it was —…

10 Things That Would Be Weird to Say Without Your Child Nearby

Happy Friday! Congratulations, you’ve made it. How are you celebrating?  I’m doing so by sitting here on my couch in a catatonic state. No seriously — I just spent the last five minutes staring blankly at the floor. My little almost-one-year-old just left to spend some quality time with Grandma and Grandpa, and I’m really…

Embracing the Normal

  A few weekends ago my son got a stomach bug. You know, the throwing-up-all-over-mom-and-dad-and-lying-face-down-on-the-floor-crying kind of bug. Our sweet boy who normally moves constantly (as indicated by the above picture of him face planting), babbles incessantly, and giggles uncontrollably became quiet, tired, and uncharacteristically snuggly. My heart broke when he would crawl up to me…

On the Days That Don’t Matter (Humility in the Tub)

Gross, I thought to myself, my nose wrinkling with every swipe of the damp rag in my hand. I readjusted my knees on the small bathmat, gripped the side of the tub, and began scrubbing again. Yeah, it’s been way too long, I acknowledged to no one in particular. A scowl etched itself further into…

If Adults Acted Like Babies – Part 1

Babies are weird. They do the most socially awkward things but get away with it just because they’re babies. What’s that about?  Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they’re super cute while being awkward. Then there’s that whole “they don’t know any better” thing. Whatever the case, I couldn’t help but…

10 Must Haves for a New Baby

Having a baby totally rocked my world. I hear people say sometimes how smooth and effortless their transition into mommyhood was — I’ve come to the conclusion that those people are either superhuman, inebriated, or just plain delusional. My little guy hit 7 months this week, and I got to thinking about all the things…

How to Get Your Child to Sleep Instantly Every Time

In lieu of my typical “3 Things Learned…” post, I’ve decided to share a few extra gold nuggets regarding sleep. Stop looking, everyone, because I have found a foolproof method for getting your child to fall asleep for naps and/or bedtime every time. Below I have listed a few simple steps along with 34 simple troubleshooting…

The Intersection of Independence (Bottle-feeding is Emotional)

Ten weeks of 1-2 night feedings was starting to grate on me. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been so blessed to have a kid who gets good long stretches of sleep. But waking up constantly at 2 or 3 every morning – well – we all know that two fragmented four hour sessions is…