Why do I constantly feel what I've done isn't enough? After 15-hour days, I somehow feel guilty sitting down to rest. Whenever people approach me to offer help, I often wonder if they're thinking, How can she be tired? She's not working.
I didn't handle the transition from one to two kids very well. I've been trying to figure out why. Maybe it was just more overwhelming than I was prepared for. Maybe I needed more Zoloft than I was willing to admit. Maybe I was too rigid in my expectations. Maybe all of this has made me softer and more willing to bob along in the chaos.
I'm surrounded by baby bumps and adorable, fat, juicy babies. I don't want any more babies... mentally. Logically, I know that I'm not cut out to do this all over again. But sometimes my baby fever needs a nice, cold bucket of ice water thrown on it.
Between the ages of four to seven months, your baby will go through many important developmental changes. Here is a look at what to watch for in terms of social, physical, sensory, language, and cognitive milestones in your four-to-seven month old baby.
A human sperm and egg are the most natural of substances. They are not manufactured chemically. By definition, you are not artificial. You are nature's cherished miracles.
While labor and sleepless nights may top the list for many of us when we think of tough motherhood experiences, it's the emotional challenges that I've found to be the hardest. After all, when you love someone the way you love a child, you become vulnerable in a way you never imagined possible.
My baby bump is a magnet. It has a powerful pull over your curious hands, no matter if you're a family member, a friend or even a total stranger in the grocery store.
I want my girl to make a name for herself, so to speak -- and I'll be damned if anything I choose gets in her way.
I'm not saying you have to agree with anyone's decisions to pursue their fertility options. If you feel it's wrong, that's your choice and means that you should not go through treatment. But to impose your beliefs on anyone, to dismiss children that are already here on this earth, should not be tolerated.
Leaving the house has become a production. Shoes. Diaper bag. Diapers and wipes in the diaper bag. Blanket. Toys if needed. Jacket. Baby food. Wallet. Keys. Phone. My brain. There was once a time where I could just grab my keys and go. Those days are no more.
Very premature birth leaves scars for life. The tears in my eyes while I write this are proof that even after eight years, the pain is still there.
Twelve days after my mom died, my son was born. I'll never know if my mom let go after I gave her "permission" to, but it's something that I think about often.
I believe that as a physician it is my duty to offer a recommendation to my patients based on my years of training and experience. While discord can be uncomfortable with patients with whom I disagree, I owe it to the women I care for to enter a dialog surrounding their medical choices and to engage in thoughtful discussion and respectful debate.
At first, your baby will view the world in concrete terms. The way he reasons and responds is directly correlated to this particular stage. For this reason, it is important to take your child's development into consideration when speaking with your child and when placing behavioral expectations on him.
Nine years ago, when my first baby was born and those eating disorders and body image issues still stood way too close, these experiences would have really bothered me -- but today I know the truth of it.
You deserve an award for not evicting what is surely the world's worst houseguest. Acknowledge that, and instead of beating yourself up for feeling the way anybody would feel if a fellow human had just literally sh*t all over them, pat yourself on the back.