Mommy Wars

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Before I became a mom, I had no inkling just how controversial every single aspect of child rearing could be. I got my first glimpse of it while I was pregnant with RT. I was a member of several pregnancy forums, and I began seeing women argue viciously over hot-button topics such as natural vs. medicated births, diet and exercise, and supplements. Once the little ones were born, still more polarizing disputes emerged. New mothers were attacking one another over decisions like co-sleeping, crying it out (CIO), vaccination schedules, breastfeeding vs. formula feeding, and staying at home vs. working. I was appalled that these women, who had come together to support one another during a universally stressful time, would turn on each other so suddenly and violently. This was my introduction to the “Mommy Wars.” […]

How To Save Money as a New or Expecting Mom

When you have a baby on the way, you are absolutely inundated with information about the latest and “best” products for little ones. It can be hard to filter through everything and figure out what you really need for a newborn/infant, and what you can skip in order to save money. The truth is, babies […]

Life With a Newborn

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If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve already heard the wonderful news. Our daughter was born on the night of Saturday, July 11th! We came home the following Tuesday and began adjusting to our new way of life. I won’t lie, it’s definitely been a challenge at times, but my little girl is the most spectacular being I have ever laid eyes on, and we could not be happier. […]

Preparing for a New Addition: Part Five – The Last Minute

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I now have 25 days left until my official due date. I’ll find out on Friday if I’m going to be induced early due to gestational diabetes. In theory, my baby could arrive any day now. That thought is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. The nursery is all set up. Newborn clothes are washed and hung up in the closet. We have a stockpile of diapers and wipes. Our hospital bags are packed. All of our last minute purchases are in the mail on the way to our door. We’re as ready as anyone can be for a new arrival. So, of course this is when we decided to change our minds about some of the crucial child-rearing decisions we’d made. […]