Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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The Tales We Share

Tales From the Nursery is the place to be for expectant women and mothers of small children.  Let us entertain you and reduce your stress, worries and feelings of loneliness by providing honest and humorous stories about motherhood as well as resource information.

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Darcy (darcyzalewski@gmail.com) is a happily married woman in her early 30s (gulp!) with a daughter born in 2010 and a son born in 2012.  (Yes, they are 25 months apart!) She has been blogging on and off since 2001. While pregnant in 2010, she had the desire to write about soon-to-be motherhood and thus, Tales From the Nursery was born. Since it’s inception as a pregnancy diary, it has evolved into a place where readers can find an honest look at pregnancy, motherhood, and local Metro Milwaukee life. Prior to opening Tales From the Nursery, Darcy maintained a popular niche gaming blog for over a year, was linked by a couple gaming community news sites (WoW.com aka WoWInsider and Aion’s Eye On Community), and appeared on several podcasts, even cohosting one (Polygamerous) for a few months. With her experience, she has learned how to network and build her audience from the ground up on more than one occasion.

Darcy transformed!
Photo by: Kayvon Esmaili for Disney / Location: The London Hotel

And if you are interested in knowing more… read on!

You’ll Read About…

If you stick around you’ll find resourceful information about topics such as natural childbirth, pregnancy, cosleeping, cloth diapering and breastfeeding from an honest perspective.  You’ll also get to know our family – our hopes and dreams, our struggles, and our joys.  Mixed in with all that will be some entertainment (I promise to keep it as clean as this Hoover post), playfulness, and moments of vulnerability.  And if you became an accidental natural parent like I did and are trying to sort out all this mommy warring, we can support each other.  I try not to get too controversial (I don’t like people upset with me), but I do like to have respectful, thought-provoking discussions.  I don’t claim to know it all (I’m only an expert on my own family, not everyone else’s) and will even ask for your help at times.

Busy Mama, Busy Blogger…

Darcy likes to be called… well, Darcy.  She loves to write, tries to deny that she’s addicted to her smart phone, will read a 700 page book straight through if left undisturbed, loves heavy metal, has an affair with peanut butter and chocolate, and can’t wait to get more ink on her skin.  Funny, smart, compassionate, and dedicated have been used to describe her by friends and family.

Always looking at how to learn, grow and expand her brand, she attends conferences and press events.  Darcy looks forward to these opportunities in order to network, hone and gain new skills and be inspired.  If you are interested in working together or providing sponsorship, please email darcyzalewski@gmail.com.

Conferences Attended and Upcoming:

  • Brands and Bloggers Summit (#BBSummit12) July 21, 2012 in Chicago, IL
  • BlogHer ’12 (#BlogHer12) August 2-4, 2012 in New York City
  • Bloggy Boot Camp: Brand Edition (#BloggyBootCamp) November 2-3. 2012 in Chicago. IL
  • BlissDom ’13 (#blissdom13) March 21-23, 2013 in Dallas, TX
  • Type A Conference (#typeacon) September 27-30, 2013 in Atlanta, GA

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Press Events Attended and Upcoming:

More About Who We Are…

I’m Darcy, happily married to Brian since 2006. We are the proud parents of RissaBoo, our 2010 Halloween pumpkin. Poor thing, she’ll quickly learn that Wisconsin children require costumes that fit over snow pants.  And, our son, Mr. X, born in December 2012 has made me question the idea of half birthdays, combined parties and combined gifts.  So much to sort out so his special day doesn’t feel swallowed up by the holidays surrounding.

While on maternity leave in 2010, my job was eliminated due to the company’s contract not being renewed. When that happened I became a stay-at-home mom (SAHM). In February 2011, I started freelance writing for Patch.com (online community newsource). This endeavor sadly ended just a few days before Mother’s Day 2011, when Patch decided to eliminate several freelance columns nationwide.

Life has definitely changed for us, so here I am, baring it all on the blog (well, almost all!). Whether I’m writing about my life or a product, it’s honest and personal.

The biggest change has been discovering my semi-crunchy self! That means you’ll read about breastfeeding, cloth diapering, babywearing, and cosleeping here. Going from two people living on two incomes (okay, let’s be real, my income was more like half an income) to three people living on one means I’m attempting to be more frugal. Saving is sexy!

So that’s the new “about.” I’ve kept the “old” one down below as a marker of where we were when we started this blog, in case you’re curious.

The Us at the Start of Tales From the Nursery – July 2010

My husband, Brian, and I have been married since May 2006, but have been committed to each other since May 2002 when we started dating during college.

Like many couples, we care about and support each other, our families are important to us, we both work full-time, and never quite feel like financial stability is a Real Thing.

Perhaps unlike many other couples, we’re into metal music and some geeky things such as gaming. This certainly is not our first blog, but perhaps will be the most special and personal one to date.

One area that has been a challenge for us, and seems to be an increasingly common issue, was the difficulty we had conceiving. Now, I’m not going to ask for pity regarding this, especially since some couples experience a lot more difficulty that we have…. while others experience less. It took over 3 years of trying before we had our first positive pregnancy test, and thus, we are expecting our first lil’ bundle of joy in November 2010.

Thus, the urge to write and share my experiences as the mood strikes me led to Brian setting up this blog. You will likely see a variety of posts: journal type entries that express thoughts and feelings, issues/concerns/ponders, wishes and daydreams, and an assortment of experiences from the challenges of conceiving to conception and beyond. The types of posts I write will evolve as my pregnancy progresses and after the baby arrives.

I hope at least some of what I share will help others – especially if they are feeling alone in their experiences. Otherwise, at least maybe I can bring a smile to your face when you need it. (Pregnancy hormones are crazy, aren’t they?!)

~Darcy~ Happy and Proud Mama-To-Be