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The Day I Was a Terrible Parent

I was a terrible parent today. I yelled way too much. I lost my patience. I felt like I was at my wit’s end all day long.   I was a terrible parent today. I woke...

Bye Bye Binky: Saying Adios to the Pacifier

Binky.Pacifier.Nu-Nu.Wubba. No matter what your family calls them, those little soothers can be a total lifesaver for a grumpy baby. Thankfully, both of my babies took a pacifier fairly early on and easy, which...

The Club No One Wants to Belong To

This is not a club you want to belong to. This is not a club you want a membership for. But this club brings women together in their loss, healing, grief, and sorrow. It’s...

Bending the Gender Norms

When we found out we were having a boy, there were so many different things that ran through my mind. Would he play football like his daddy? Would he be a mama’s boy? Could...

We Were Supposed to Start School Today

Today was supposed to be our first day of school.   If you had asked me back in March when schools closed if we'd still be dealing with this virus, I would have laughed. I thought...

You’re Not Doing It Wrong, Mama–It’s Just THAT Hard!

As a mom of two toddlers at the moment, my life is a total circus most of the time.  Someone always needs something every second of the day, and some days, I honestly have...

Aging Gracefully: Thoughts On Turning 40

Currently, I am less than four months away from my "big" birthday...yes, turning the big 4-0. I have always loved my birthday and never really felt the traditional black cloud that often hangs over those...

Meet Our Indianapolis Moms: Janelle McDonald

Hey there, mamas!  I’m Janelle McDonald, and I wear a wide variety of hats in this crazy life that I’m living these days. I am a 6th-grade teacher by day (I love middle schoolers!), a...

Surviving Motherhood: Life With Two Toddlers (An Update)

Some of you may remember my previous post as I prepared for life with babies born 10 months apart. At the time of my initial post, I was 7 months pregnant with my daughter and...

My Struggle With Social Media

I will be the first to admit that I have a serious love-hate relationship with all things social media. When I moved across the country from Seattle 15 years ago without any family members...

Being A Mom Made Me a Homebody

Before I had kids, I was always on the go. I was very much a busybody; I always had to be doing something, planning something, or waiting for the next event to happen. I...

Caught Between “Enjoy Every Moment” and “I Can’t Wait Until You’re Older”

Life is such a funny thing. With two babies under two and a half, I cannot tell you how many times I have heard “enjoy these moments; they fly by so fast”, which I...

My Tank Is Empty: When Mom Is Worn Out

It’s 7:45 pm on a Friday evening. I have just put my kids to bed, but not without my toddler throwing not one, but three monstrous tantrums over who knows what.  My dogs have...

I’m A C-Section Mama…And Proud Of It!

My pregnancies were far from easy. Yes, I did decide to have my children slightly later than the average woman, but other than that, I was in pretty good health and mentally prepared to...
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