CALLING ALL PARTY PEOPLE.
I know, I know, we’re no longer party animals… we’re playing pretend animals now, but seriously, fellow parents… I need help. Can anyone suggest a great site for ordering 1st birthday party invitations?! I’m looking for something relatively inexpensive, but sweet and well-made. Suggestions, please! Ok, now back to your scheduled elephant impression…
I have a “Top 5 Favorite Lullaby List”. Our little one may not be able to voice her opinion just yet, but that’s too bad - I mean, uhh, hopefully, she’ll come to appreciate these songs as “our” top 5 someday and possibly use a song or two from the same list for her future children, always remembering that they were our special songs. Anyway, here they are. And...
Hoarders!: Motherhood Edition.
I confess! I am a formula hoarder. Confused? You should be. I breastfeed my child. “So,” you ask, “why are you hoarding formula?” And THAT is quite a good question. I honestly do not have a good reason. In fact, my reason is completely irrational and I am almost afraid of typing it out for fear of severe judgement (be easy on me… please?!). I hoard formula just...
I don’t normally like to post anything that is not related to my topic, but has anyone else on tumblr received messages from a random blog, blocked them because their question made no sense or their blog appeared weird and come to find out that a few days later, that blog no longer exists, only then to receive another weird message from a different weird blog? As you can tell by the...
I have a bad mouth. It’s actually not something I am proud of, but it’s the truth. I cuss like a drunken sailor and I can be crude. I understand this is not very “lady like”, but I am going to go ahead and do the expected - I’m going to blame my parents. I grew up in a household where cursing was not taboo, it was not frowned upon and was mostly used as a sign of...
I'm Looking for Me. Have You Seen Her?
So I have just spent the last hour sobbing. The kind of sobbing that emits boogers from your nose at lightning speeds. From this sobbing, I have come to a realization. And no, it is not that I need more tissues although, I certainly do. My realization is that IT IS SO DAMN HARD TO TRY AND BE PERFECT. Amidst the turmoil of living with my in-laws, having a baby in the meantime, surviving my first...
Lesser of Two Ear-vils.
I didn’t want to put her through surgery. Couldn’t bare the thought. However, the alternative was to not have the surgery done and risk hearing issues, chronic infections and a whole slew of horrors. So, we chose the lesser of two evils. E had her surgery last Wednesday and let me tell you… I have never been more amazed by a person in my life. We woke her up earlier than usual,...
Long, Hot Showers... A Lament.
Oh, long, hot showers how happy we used to be. My legs need a-shavin’, my hair much too greasy. Long, hot showers, you used to echo my voice. I’ve had to give you up. I had not a choice. Long, hot showers, there’s somebody else… She’s tiny and cute and makes my heart melt. Oh, long, hot showers, I know it’s not fair. We’ve spent some great nights...
Philly Through Photos. →
Take a break from your thoughts relating parenting - C’mon, you know you can do it - and visit this awesome blog documenting Philadelphia through amazing photography. If you have never been to Philly, you should visit - or at least pretend visit while enjoying it through some pretty rad photos!
I don’t normally post in a reactionary manner. I usually contemplate before spewing my words on the blog. This is not the case today… I JUST SPILLED 3 OZ. OF BREAST MILK AND I WANT TO CRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH MY GOSH, I CANNOT BELIEVE I JUST DID THAT! I have been having SO many issues stocking up on my breast milk and I finally, FINALLY got ahead a bit. I...
As much as I’d love to get my blog out there, I’d rather not have to shamelessly recommend myself. With that being said, I am going to shamelessly ask you to recommend me instead. http://www.tumblr.com/directory/parenting If you don’t feel like recommending me, I will cry…uh… I mean, you should really recommend one of the other fabulous parenting blogs!
Hello, I'm Creepy. Nice To Meet You?
Ok, so I’m not really creepy… but I do worry I come off that way when I am trying to meet other parents. I’m a young mom (I’m 25) and I look much younger than I actually am (say, 18ish?). People are already confused enough when they see me out in public with my daughter. They tend to look at me, look at the ring finger (which I only have one small band on because my...
Ears For Fears.
Chronic ear infections + Developmental/Anatomical issue = Baby needs tubes put in. Welcome to a first-time mom’s hell. A lot of parents I know have already reassured me (several times) that the surgery is quick, easy and a no-brainer. I get that, I really do. BUT I would be lying if I said the thought of my little girl “going under” and having surgery at 7 months doesn’t...
So I have just noticed - 6 months later - that my breastpump has a battery option and does not need to be plugged into the wall. All those times that I had to pump in public restrooms and public places… I had plugged into the wall for ALL to see. GO ME.
Sleep Positioner Alert! →
Stumbled upon this article and I am not really shocked by it. I remember waking up one morning to discover our daughter’s head cocked back after pushing herself up in the sleep positioner so that the base of her neck was at the top of the positioner. Extremely scary. Especially for first-time parents. My husband I were extremely worried, but were suffering such conflicting feelings about...
Doctor's Office and Diarrhea.
Ahhh, the doctor’s office… We have only been there, ohhh, 5 or 6 times in the last month between well visits and sick visits (boo). Tuesday was a well-turned-sick visit. Our dear babe has been battling a double ear infection since Thanksgiving and had finished her 4th round of antibiotics, which did absolutely nothing for her. She also managed to pick up a lovely respiratory virus...
Three's Company, Too.
Just when we thought our little darling was getting the hang of sleeping in her crib - KAZAM! (don’t you just love onomatopoeia’s?!?!) - no more crib sleep! As soon as we lay her down, no matter how deep of a sleep - BAM! (see, there I go again!) - she’s wide awake and screaming. For now, I am chalking it up to the fact that she has a double ear infection (on-going since...
Long Overdue Gooey-ness!
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Of Mice and (Wo)Men.
I would like to take this opportunity to give some new moms-to-be a little “heads up”. I notice a lot of “tumblees” discussing birth plans and birth experiences on their blogs. I, too, had a birth plan - and you know what they say about “The best laid plans”… My birth plan went a little something like this: 1) go into labor on or before due date 2) get...
I'm in The New York Times' "Motherlode" column,...
Read this article. Yes, this is a demand. :) mammalingo: I have an essay in The New York Times’ Motherlode column today. It’s about the need for a word to describe a clueless, first-time new mother. I happened to be the most inept, clueless, first-time new mother ever… so I had a lot to write about.
Learning To Fly.
Maybe it’s because I do everything in super fast mom-speed nowadays, but I can’t seem to remember to zip up my fly after getting dressed or going to the bathroom. Hopefully typing this out will help to engrain this simple task into my brain so that complete strangers will stop staring at me so funny, wanting to say something but not really sure of how…
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Gooey Gooey Goodness!
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These days it seems like I am thinking a thousand steps ahead. I am forced to plan out the entire week; get things ready for daycare and any travel in advance, carve out time to shower and (hopefully) wash my hair, sneak in some time to visit with friends and family, keep track of how many days the baby has been on her antibiotics, remember to bathe her, remember to stock up on dwindling items...
Mind Your Beeswax!
When my husband and I got engaged, the first question everyone asked was, “So… did you set a date?!?!?!” When we got married, the first question on everyone’s mind was, “So… when is the baby coming??!??!” When we had our daughter, the first question everyone HAD to know was, “When is the next baby coming?!??!” REALLY? What is the big rush...
So Much Gooey-ness!
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Another Big Gooey Thanks!
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Need A Spare?
I’ve come to terms with my extra weight. No, really… I have. I weigh 20 pounds more than I did before I was pregnant. I have a gorgeous, healthy baby so the trade off is something I can deal with. The weight is really not the issue. It’s the spare tire that sits around my waste. Oops, I mean WAIST. I obviously can’t fit into my old clothes right now and I can’t diet...
Etsy Lovin'! →
I bought one of AEWilder’s vintage button growth charts and had it personalized as a Christmas gift for our daughter. I can’t even begin to tell you how beautiful it is and how cool, funky and original it looks. Such an amazing find and PERFECT to keep in mind for baby shower, birthday or any occasion gifts! The shop owner is super sweet, quick to respond and very helpful when...
You Don't NEED To, But You Certainly CAN...
I don’t believe this blog is up for “recommendation” yet. It’s (excuse the pun) just an infant blog. HOWEVER, please feel free to tell everyone you know about it. Shout it out to the world, “I READ SPEAKMOM AND YOU SHOULD TOO!” (or something like that?!). It would be very much appreciated ;)
You Can Call Me "The Dairy Queen".
We’re just approaching our daughter’s 6 months (1/2 Birthday as I like to call it) and I can’t believe I’ve held off from any kind of food this entire time. I have sustained my daughter on breast milk alone for almost an entire 6 months. Something about that is so amazing. Other things about that are just plain nuts. I remember getting extremely excited when my milk...
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Love. Love. LOVE. →
New Moms (and not-so-new Moms) REJOICE! I stumbled upon this website while pregnant and it changed my life. I had so many questions about every possible topic you can think of and Sweet Peas & Stilettos pointed me in all of the right directions - and some! There’s an added bonus for us girly girls, too. Go to the section aptly named “Girl Stuff”. Even if you can’t buy...
The Daddy Complex: Raising Arizona (reblog) →
Just as I was sitting to write my own post about this topic, I saw this come up in my dashboard and thought it was best to share. The Daddy Complex raises some very valid points to which I feel very strongly towards. The greatest source of prevention and protection is communication. I hope to raise my daughter with a constant “open dialogue” policy. Yes, some heavy topics will arise,...
Infant Vaccinations: 1, Autism Claims: 0
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/01/05/health/AP-EU-MED-Autism-Fraud.html?partner=rss&emc=rss I am so upset that this false information caused so much stress, insecurity, and unnecessary illness and/or death for so many families around the world. I have to admit, I was one of the many mothers-to-be who spent hours upon hours researching and weighing out my options regarding vaccines for...
I Resolute To Not Resolute.
I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions. Sorry, people. I just don’t get em and don’t even want to try. To each his/her own, I say! However, I’ve gotten to thinking (sometimes, this hurts my head)… … and this is coincidentally happening right at the beginning of a new year, so please don’t mistake my upcoming thoughts as a...
Turn it Up to Eleven.
So, yes. I’m one of those mothers who has serious seperation anxiety when not with my child. If you’ve read my other posts, this is quite clear to you. HOWEVER, I must admit that there is one thing I TRULY enjoy doing but cannot do with her in the car… TURN MY MUSIC UP WAY TOO LOUD! It is just so freeing and it fills my soul up. Guilty, guilty pleasure… how I love thee!
A Big Gooey Thanks!
Thank you to my new (and very first) followers! I appreciate you being the foundation to a hopefully long-lasting, successful, relateable blog! You rock! :)
Much Ado About... Well, Nothing, Really.
It only took 5 and 1/2 months, but I finally put my daughter down for bedtime in her crib. I assure you, she was not the hold up. I must admit, my own selfish wants/needs were. It all started like this… The last few weeks have been posture torture. You see, my daughter decided to stop enjoying sleep in her bassinet. I figured the only other option since I was nursing and “needed...
The phrase “working mother” is redundant. -Jane Sellman
Apologies (but not really) for the Mouth-Full!
Sorry Hallmark store lady. Sorry mailman. Sorry Banana Republic sales clerk. Sorry every single person I come into contact with, if only for a fleeting minute. You’re going to hear all about my beautiful, happy, amazing daughter whether you like it or not. Chances are… I’ll even show you a picture! Deal with it :)
Don't dump on me. Your kids, that is.
An Open Letter To Those Who Believe It Is “OK” To Dump Your Children Off On Others In Order For You To Better Enjoy Your Time Amongst Family/Friends: Once again… I am new at this whole “mom” thing and I probably don’t have much room to talk, but there are a few things -in my opinion- that are obviously not “ok” in any situation. One of them happens...
Here's to another years' beginning rising from the...
I URGE EVERYONE to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE enjoy yourselves but BE SAFE tonight! Ring in 2011 fiercely but responsibly! HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE!