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10 Things A Postpartum Mom (Actually) Wants

Katie Mullis Crenshaw | Posted 02.05.2016 | Parents
Katie Mullis Crenshaw

Do you know a friend/coworker/relative/deserving stranger who is about to have/just had a baby? Do you want to help?

To the Mom With a Toddler and a Baby

Amber Kuiper | Posted 02.01.2016 | Parents
Amber Kuiper

You're tired, I know. Exhausted, actually. But amidst the exhaustion, you've found energy to intentionally love each of your sweet kiddos because you are amazing and the love you have for them runs so deep that you'd give up the world for them to feel it.

Being There For The Beautiful Birth Of My Grandbaby

Lisa Pullen Kent | Posted 01.24.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Pullen Kent

After teaching my yoga class this morning, I find I have several voicemails from my son, Jeremy, whose wife is rapidly approaching her due date. I've been waiting for this call, prepared to drop everything and go for the birth of their first child; my first grandchild. And now it's time.

I'm a Single Mom by Choice and Feel Anything But Brave

Mommy Nearest | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I recently "came out" with my pregnancy as a single mother by choice on Facebook, and I was surprised that the most common reaction to my post was "You're a badass!"

See You Later, Sleep. {And Why I'm Okay With It.}

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 12.10.2015 | Parents
Kali Kasprzyk

Do you remember the days of staying up into the wee hours of the morning laughing with friends, not a care in the world, perhaps having one-to-many co...

You Won't 'Enjoy Every Moment' Of Being A New Mom, And That's OK

Christine Marion-Jolicoeur | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Christine Marion-Jolicoeur

I think this kind of talk about babies and motherhood doesn't do new parents any favors.

The Top 10 Unadvertised Benefits of New Motherhood

Sarah Showfety | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Sarah Showfety

It's all true. Having a newborn is ridiculously hard. But new motherhood has its privileges.

Falling In Love With My Grandson

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 09.09.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

My daughter, my eldest child, just had her first child -- a baby boy. They live in Israel, and I flew over for his birth and to help afterwards. What was meant to be a two-week trip, became four and I became an integral part of a very important time in my first grand baby's life, and in those first few weeks that my daughter became a mother.

All The Times I Said 'No' To My 4-Year-Old Today

Amy Wruble | Posted 09.03.2015 | Parents
Amy Wruble

No, I will not paint your nails right before you eat popcorn. That is just pointless.

How to Take Your Infant for a Stroll (in 70 Easy Steps)

Jolie Jenkins | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Jolie Jenkins

Get brilliant idea to take a stroller walk. Hoist 20-pound wiggly baby up two flights of stairs to change its diaper and clothes. Wrestle with wiggly baby for several minutes to do so. Particularly struggle with pants.

To My Husband On Your First Father's Day

Kate Awsumb | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Kate Awsumb

Last Father's Day, the dog, the fetus and I gave you a fancy schmancy vacuum cleaner (clearly strategic on our part). As pumped as you were to spend some quality time with your Dyson, you were even more excited to think how you'd spend the next Father's Day as a real, live D-A-D but I bet you didn't realize all the other things you'd become.

Baby On The Way: Are You Ready For Your New Financial Reality?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Raising a child is a costly proposition. The USDA estimated that a child born in 2013 will cost the average family about $245,000 -- before college!

My Child is the Boss in our Home

Ashli Mazer | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Ashli Mazer

Having a baby demoted my status in the chain of command in this house. No longer do I call the shots. All commands have been handed over to her. My child is the boss in our home.

Friends, Where Art Thou? (A Pregnancy Poem)

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

I used to have plans! I used to have fun! Did this simply cease, due to my oven and bun? Pregnant women get tired, sure sometimes we're slow, But guys, that's not me! Where the fuck did you go?!

This Is What Motherhood Did To Me

Ashli Mazer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Ashli Mazer

This is what motherhood did to me. Motherhood turned me into someone else. Someone who, on most days, I don't recognize. Motherhood took the former me and shook her up a bit. Rocked the ground on which she once stood.

What Wondrous Love Is This? A Reflection On The Birth Of My Son Walter

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I'm frequently asked the loaded question of how much I am madly in love with Walter. I mostly give the questioner what they want with a nod of assent. But the truth of my emotion is more complicated. I think maybe the problem is with how I have, up to this point, understood the word "love."

You'll Always Be My First

Amy Wruble | Posted 05.09.2015 | Parents
Amy Wruble

"You're my favorite person in the whole world" is not something you're going to hear me say anymore. Not only is it unfair to Daddy, but it really won't go over well with your baby sister, once she's born and learns to talk. For now, though, it's hard not to keep thinking it.

A Letter To The New Big Sister

Meg Owen | Posted 04.29.2015 | Parents
Meg Owen

Your little sister smiles from ear to ear when she sees your face, and always looks for you when she hears your voice. Even though I'm her mommy, I have a feeling that you're her favorite person.

10 Ways to REALLY Help Someone Who Has a New Baby

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

I would have given a kidney if someone would have done any of these things for me after the birth of my second child. To the people who brought my family food while I was so busy with my baby, you will never know the full extent of my gratitude!

Why I Love That 2 A.M. Feeding

Rachel Toalson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

All day long, your brothers have pulled and demanded and captured my time while you have slept and dreamed and grown, little by little by little. But right now is our time, because brothers are sleeping and Daddy is sleeping and the whole world is silently breathing its way toward morning.

5 Things for New Moms to Give Their Husbands

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Your husband cannot read your mind. He doesn't know that you wanted him to pick up dinner from the Thai restaurant on the corner because you've been pacing the kitchen all afternoon with a fussy baby.

To Expectant Mom From New Mom, With Love

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

Pregnancy can be an isolating experience, if only because it's your own. No one can know how you feel, because they aren't you. And you have no idea how to feel, because it's not something you've ever done before. Every day, every feeling, is new.

Traveling With Your New Baby? Here's What You Need to Bring

Lisa Stadnyk-Webb | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Lisa Stadnyk-Webb

Traveling with babies and young children requires a little bit of preparation and a big carry-on bag. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but once you get your first trip out of the way you'll see that if you follow the Scout motto and always "Be prepared" it can be a great adventure.

Is Parenthood 'Worth It'?

Daniel Wong | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Daniel Wong

It was already 1:30 in the morning, and I had to wake up at 6. Tomorrow was going to be a long day -- as if the night wasn't already long enough. I felt frustrated and defeated. Who knew that a tiny, 11-pound baby could make a grown man feel so pitiful?

Yes, Parenting IS the Hardest Job

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

Parenting is the hardest job you'll EVER have. I repeatedly heard folks say this before I had my first child. I had no earthly idea what they meant.