Baby J is here! She's beautiful, healthy (aside from a little weight gain issue), and the sweetest, calmest little baby I've ever seen. I felt a very raw, natural connection to her as soon as I had her. Maybe it was because I had her naturally (not my choice, and a story for another time), … Continue reading When the 2nd Baby Makes you Sad
My doctor told me yesterday that I need to be on a "soft" bedrest until I'm 36 weeks along. She didn't put me on strict bedrest because it's summer break so I'm not teaching at the moment, and she knows I have a toddler. Putting a toddler-mom on bedrest is the essentially the same thing as … Continue reading The Sweetest Moments
Do you ever find yourself staring at your phone mindlessly? Scrolling through social media posts, with no real end goal in mind? Do you look at your phone for so long that you start to realize that you're not even enjoying it, and nothing you're reading is important? Or maybe it was important the first … Continue reading Intentional Momming (Part 1): Technology & Social Media
I have struggled a little with writing about this. I have wanted to sound uplifiting, but not come off as hypocritical. I don't actually love my postpartum body at all, and I didn't want to write about 'embracing my tiger stripes' or anything like that. When I was deep in the struggle of hating how my … Continue reading Learning to Love my Baby Bod
We are currently building a new house, and my parents are hosting us for about 6 months until it can be finished. Our new house has much more space than we've ever had before. Chris and I lived in a condo for a hot minute when we first got married, upgraded to a townhouse when … Continue reading Playroom Dreams
Yesterday morning was one of those mornings in our house. Isaiah woke up very cranky, very clingy, and way too early. Typically, he sleeps until I’m about ready for work. If he wakes up a few minutes early, he can normally entertain himself in his crib until I pick him up. But not this time. I … Continue reading Working Mom Guilt: The Lie we Tell Ourselves
This past Saturday was Isaiah's first birthday party! The weather was beautiful, and we were able to let the party flow outside and inside so everyone was comfortable. I went for a baseball "theme", but didn't get many pictures of the actual decor. Honestly, I've decided that I'm not good at kid parties, and I … Continue reading Isaiah’s Birthday Party!
My baby is one. Whew, even typing that makes me teary-eyed. I have been an emotional wreck this week. I think a big part of it is knowing that this will be Isaiah’s only birthday as our only baby. And that makes me feel really guilty. Josephine will probably get the short end of the … Continue reading Happy First Birthday, Isaiah!
It’s clear by now that I’m a big fan of the minimal lifestyle. I fundamentally believe that owning less makes cleaning/organizing less of a chore, which can make life happy. Additionally, having less to maintain and keep up with forces you to be intentional about what you own. Minimalism causes you to create an environment … Continue reading The Minimalist Shopaholic
Usually I try to create content on The Mama Collective that presents an issue I have faced, and a collection of ideas on how to deal with that issue (based on what I’ve learned). I don’t have that for you all today. I have more of a personal revelation to share, instead. Do you ever … Continue reading Marriage is Hard and Life is Busy