Aside from the obvious learning how to change a diaper, how to breastfeed, etc., I learned a lot about myself by becoming a mother. I was prepared to learn as I went about how to actually mother someone, but I didn't realize that I would learn so much about myself by being someone's mother... See full … Continue reading What I’ve Learned from Motherhood
Fairly recently, my father and I had been talking about how my daughter's hair was growing out so that it curled at her neck (making it look kind of like a mullet). He made a comment about how he couldn't wait for it to get longer so she would "stop looking like a boy." Upon … Continue reading Raising Daughters
Walking around campus, I sometimes feel like an alien. Yet pushing my daughter in the swing at the park among other moms makes me feel the same way. The 25-year-old to 30-year-old mothers look at me like they're sorry for the mistake I've made, or else they assume that when I say "school's out," I … Continue reading 10 Memes that Perfectly Describe Being a College Mom
There are a lot of stigmas surrounding motherhood. You have to feed your baby organic homemade food, breastfeed from day one until at least a year, dress them fashionably but not 'too adult', buy them the most eco-friendly and developmentally stimulating toys, decorate their nursery with $100+ wallpaper and chic, Etsy plushies, and care for … Continue reading I’m a Mother Who Can’t Do It All & That’s Okay
I am so happy Sharon– author of Becoming Mother –said this! I have suffered so much guilt from dropping my daughter off. I even project that guilt onto my daughter’s teachers, making me think they hate me for daring to send her to school. I’ve often felt that the only societally justifiable jobs to forgo being a STAHM are nurse or teacher, but I try to remind myself that it’s (mostly) all in my head.
Some women tear up as they leave their children at daycare for the first time.
I practically skip inside.
Grin from ear to ear.
I. LOVE. DAYCARE.
Last Monday was Henry’s first day of daycare. Another daycare mom saw me taking him inside and asked if it was his first day. After I nodded, she jumped out of her van and gave me the biggest hug and said, “Isn’t it great!”
“YESSS!!!” I yelled.
“With the first one, you’re bawling about it and then the second, you’re just like ‘have fun!'”
She gets it.
It’s true. The first time we started daycare was much more involved and made me a little nervous. We spent about 20 minutes going through the list of critical bits of information that the infant teacher needed to know to feed, change, and soothe our baby to sleep.
She likes to be rocked to sleep while…
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I’m a busy person, and I like it that way. That’s how it’s always been for me. Throughout elementary and middle school, I participated in various extracurricular activities, from dance to karate to piano to voice and then back to karate, and so on and so forth. I was a member of a Girl Scout … Continue reading Transitioning from School to Summer
Recommitting to my happiness-- In the continued spirit of the New Year, I wanted to share my one-- all-encompassing --resolution with all of you: to be happier. Last week I wrote about all the good things that happened last year, such as becoming editor of Brenau's literary magazine and my daughter turning one. Which made … Continue reading Resolving to Be More Resolute
A recap of my 2016 & fingers crossed for 2017 I'm writing this at 11:42 p.m. on December 31st, 2016. Not shockingly at all, but New Year's blindsided me, as did Christmas (which I rushed to throw together once the semester ended), as did Thanksgiving (which was pitifully celebrated by three people around a slightly … Continue reading A Year to Remember
Where was this class in high school? I have never used any formula I learned in chemistry in my adult life. What I did need to know was how to register to vote, how to write a check, how to file taxes, the ins and outs of real estate. A lot of people will say … Continue reading How to Be a Functioning Adult 101
Or if not underrated, under watched by the new generation. Here is a list of movies that are underrated, though each qualified because of a masterful combination of music, good editing, acting, humor, and general epic-ness. P.S. See how many "Harry Potter" actors you can spot! Fair and Away (1991) starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman... … Continue reading 19 Underrated Movies You Need to Watch Right Now