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Carriage Before Marriage

The Heartbreak Of Weaning

Amy Wruble | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Amy Wruble

When it came time to have my own child, I knew breastfeeding was doctor recommended, so I put it on my to-do list, like getting the car seat installed or learning baby CPR. I had no idea I'd love it.

10 Truths About Taking Your Kids To Disney

Amy Wruble | Posted 08.28.2014 | Parents
Amy Wruble

We played "Mommy do you have any more trash for me to throw out?" for longer than the entire duration of The Jungle Cruise.

Fashion Faux Mas: 10 Reasons Moms Dress Like Crap

Amy Wruble | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Amy Wruble

Considering the collection of moist and disgusting things typically found in a mom's bag (cracker crumb lint, half-eaten banana, leaky sippy cup, used wipes and worse), her best bet is a diaper bag or waterproof tote. Clutches, I hardly knew ya.

The Personal Pain Of Secondary Infertility

Amy Wruble | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Amy Wruble

In my case, the glitch is declining egg quality, but I know other, younger mamas who can't seem to make a second baby either. It's wildly frustrating. And it hurts not to be able to create the family you envisioned.

What Is It With Mothers, Daughters And Hair?

Amy Wruble | Posted 11.15.2013 | Parents
Amy Wruble

Hair is such a hot button for mothers and daughters. Even my own mom, generous with compliments, saves her criticisms for my 'do. How could I ever break the cycle?

40 Effed Up Things About Being 40

Amy Wruble | Posted 08.06.2013 | Women
Amy Wruble

After a few years of not being able to read the fine print, I broke down and bought my first pair of reading glasses. It was like the reverse of a teen nervously buying condoms. "First pair of reading glasses," I informed the clerk, just to prove that I'm not at all embarrassed. "My mom wears those," she smiled. And now I'm mortified.

Why It's Especially Hard For Me To Hand Down The Hand-Me-Downs

Amy Wruble | Posted 06.23.2013 | Parents
Amy Wruble

I've been both of these women now, and while I know there are still many, many parenting milestones ahead, it feels strange to have already closed the lid on these boxes.

14 Valentine's Gifts You Definitely Shouldn't Give Your Wife

Amy Wruble | Posted 04.15.2013 | Weddings
Amy Wruble

Your wife is your Carol Brady -- why are you trying to make her feel like Alice? Forget about household appliances. Instead, imagine what Jay-Z is giving Beyoncé. Now find an affordable version of that.

14 Valentine's Gifts Your Husband Will Not Appreciate

Adrian Kulp | Posted 04.14.2013 | Weddings
Adrian Kulp

If you've already got the perfect present for your hubby, let's hope it isn't on this list. This is stuff we just DON'T need...

To My Daughter Who Is Starting College (In 16 Years)

Amy Wruble | Posted 02.26.2013 | Parents
Amy Wruble

To help calm my fears, I've drafted a letter full of sound parental wisdom that I plan to give my daughter when it's time for her to leave the nest.

20 Things I Wish I'd Known About the First Year

Amy Wruble | Posted 01.21.2013 | Parents
Amy Wruble

People will tell you, "It goes by so fast!" Those people do not remember what the first year was really like.

My Anti-Bucket List

Amy Wruble | Posted 12.26.2012 | Women
Amy Wruble

Instead of pressuring myself to see the world, run a marathon or win a Grammy (as a mom to a toddler, I consider it a victory when I leave the house with clean hair), I thought I'd let myself off the hook on some of my least favorite activities.

Back Off, Stay-at-Home Dads

Amy Wruble | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents
Amy Wruble

Sometimes when I see stay-at-home dads being all competent and relaxed, hoisting their toddlers with one hand while making realistic elephant sounds, I feel a little threatened.

Why It's Easier To Lie About Our Unconventional Family

Amy Wruble | Posted 11.03.2012 | Parents
Amy Wruble

I figure my job is to stop fibbing, get comfortable in my skin and do a good job raising Viv to know and cherish all different kinds of families.

Why I'll Encourage My Daughter to Have Babies Sooner Than I Did

Amy Wruble | Posted 10.08.2012 | Parents
Amy Wruble

As my mother helpfully pointed out, if Viv waits until she's 40 to have kids like I did, then I'll be 80 (eighty!) before I'm a grandma.