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I am not, by any stretch, a fashionista. In fact, I care a lot more about where my clothing comes from than about what it looks like. On the other hand, I don’t love being frumpy and feeling unattractive either. And also every time...
Have you read the book "The Five Love Languages" by Dr. Gary Chapman? The book and subsequent books for kids, teens, and others- are excellent. Definitely worth the read, or at least knowing and understanding the concepts of the book.
In the books, the idea is that love languages generally don't change. I'm no PhD, but I would say that's probably true....except during early parenthood. This season of life is entirely different from the rest of adulthood. In this alternate universe filled with diapers and toys and tantrums, very different things fill the love tank.
Postpartum hormones are NO JOKE. If you have (or think you might have) depression, blues, or psychosis - or even if you're just struggling for balance- don't miss these surprising ways to balance your hormones, take control of your emotions and get your life back!
Let me put it out there: This post is an opinion. After talking with many mothers about the experience of parenting, asking questions, gathering information and doing my own research, I’m sharing some of the things I’ve learned from a wide variety of mom perspectives. Please hear me: take this—and all other information you hear about having kids- with a grain of salt. The fact is, only you can determine what’s right for you and your family, and there is no one stereotypical “best parent type”. You are the parent your children need. And you will do a killer job, if you make the effort (which you will…hello, you’re reading posts on whether or not you should have kids. You’re already awesome.) This post is specifically for those who are searching and wanting to know what criteria they might make that call on.
*This post is a continuation from the last post entitled When Childbirth Steals your Sex Drive. It’s worth checking out if you haven’t already and if, in fact, childbirth has stolen your sex drive. Or you just wish you liked sex.
If you’re struggling to relight the passion flames amidst the exhaustion of parenting small people, take heart. We’ve got you covered here with ten great ways to dive back into a fabulous sex life- family-raising and all.
Hey there, mama. Remember when you were young and stretch-mark free and wanted sex more than sleep?
If the mother ship sails over different waters, take heart, good woman. You're not alone in these choppy seas.
There is barely a time in the history of relationships when maintaining intimacy- sexual and otherwise-really is the glue that holds the thing together. And yet… intimacy is like this mysterious unicorn that doesn’t like the sound of baby tears.
What to do?
I remember the first time my husband tried to plan a date for us after our first baby. He thought we'd come home, baby would go down peacefully and we'd have a nice candelit dinner together.
Two hours of baby-screaming later, we were no closer to any kind of dinner, much less candlelight and romance.
Babies can be...
Then there was that time when I named my baby “unconquerable.”
Ok, so that’s not her actual name, but that’s what her name means, and that was very intentional on my part—women are powerful, and I knew she was a strong one even before she was born.
All well and good until she decided to stop breastfeeding at nine months. She was mad at me for going on a trip, and when I got back she would have nothing to do with nursing. What ensued was an epic battle of wills, especially considering the contestants were a fully grown and capable mother-woman and a tiny, fiercely determined infant...and the infant almost won. Talk about unconquerable. I might have brought that battle on myself.
But she didn’t win- I did. And I want to share my tricks for any of you who might be going through a similar struggle. You are not alone, momma, and victory is possible. While you’re in it, there’s a few things you need to do.
The thing about babies is they take up all the time. And the snuggles, and the emotional energy and the sleeping hours and the patience and more or less everything else that you had to offer your spouse becoming three. Can we blame
Babyproof your marriage.
While preparing for our first baby and wanting to know what to expect, I came across article after after article touting this fantastical phrase in the headline.
After four years of attempting marriage + parenting, I have only one question: Have these authors had babies?
Every parent I’ve ever met can testify to this fact:
When I meet people who tell me they live in, say, the Virgin Islands or Jamaica or Key Largo, I have to try really hard not to be sangry (this is my word for sad/angry), particularly when my parka and five layers of thermals are not adequate to hold out the hypothermia while getting the mail. Wintertime in my corner of world is a dark, gray, frigid five months, in which the entire population comes down with this year's variety of serious strains of illness. Somehow my people insist on staying here, despite my informing them that tropical paradises do exist and people live there, so should we. I have no idea how my logic hasn’t won them yet.
A few months ago I was away from my nine-month-old for seven days. Even though she’d been on solid foods for six months, we had a great nursing relationship and she was still nursing several times a day.
Then my trip happened.
When I returned, she wanted to have nothing to do with nursing. I had pumped while I was away to keep up my milk supply, but she was accustomed to the bottle and preferred it. Not only that, but she was mad. And try as I might, I could not get this girl to take the breast. For days. And days.
After tons of work, research, and tears, we finally got back to it and have been happily breastfeeding ever since.
Dear Mom Bod,
We should probably talk.
You know I haven’t seen you—I mean, really seen you in full-length-mirror-glory-- since the day you pushed out our amazing child. I guess I should probably stop being all passive aggressive about it and just confront the situation.
The thing is, you’re just….how do I say… freakishly unpopular. According to
Tis the season for Peppermint Mochas and pretty red cups and sugary caffeinated joy.
But if you’re breastfeeding a sensitive baby or otherwise averse to coffee and caffeine, then the happy coffee season can be a challenge, particularly for those who love the black stuff. Friend, your problem has been solved.
If you are in that magical and harried time after having a baby, there is just no need to run around like a crazy person during the holidays. Really. Take it a lot easier this season by clearing out the family calendar and making space for recuperation and rejuvenation. Here are a few beautiful ideas to celebrate the season without running yourself ragged or having to dress up. Let the festivities begin.