Life After Baby Archive

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Things All Moms Need to Hear, Refusing to Let Body Image Ruin My Sex Life & More

Being in the trenches of motherhood is rough some days. It always goes in streaks too. Several days will be extremely tough, making me rethink why I ever thought I could raise tiny humans. Then a switch is flipped and I’m granted several days in a row that go well with children

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Sharing My Feelings and Fears on Trying to Conceive and Parenting

Hey all, I’ve been writing my heart out over at mom.me this month. I hope you’re enjoying the posts my friend A. Hager is writing and sharing with you. I have lots of updates coming soon. But in case you missed these posts, here’s what has been going on. Unloading the Weight of

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I’d Appreciate It if You Would Shut Up (because I’m trying to raise children with a healthy body image)

“I’m sick of being fat” is what she said. I knew she meant ‘I’m sick of feeling like crap’. You know the feeling – no energy, short of breath, can’t keep up with the kids kind of crap. But that’s not what she said. What she said was ‘I’m sick of being

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The Importance of Supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post to share information about supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G.   All moms worry about their children. Some worries are small, others carry an enormous weight. Right from the beginning, I’ve worried about the health and wellbeing

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Dear Mom, I’m Sorry #PutYourHeartToPaper

This is a sponsored conversation challenging me to think beyond a simple “I love you” for Mother’s Day. So, I sat down to think about my relationship with my mom and want to share my thoughts with you. Dear Mom, First of all, I want to apologize. Only now do I realize

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Mom Confession: I Didn’t Make My Own Baby Food

This is a sponsored conversation about transitioning babies to solid foods. All thoughts and experiences shared are my own. Before I had kids I had lots of ideas about the type of mother I wanted to be. I don’t want to say I’m not the kind of mom I used to imagine,

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How I Turned a Potential Toddler Art Disaster Into a Beautiful Memory #StressLess2BMyBest #Ad

This is a sponsored story about a time I turned a stressful parenting moment into a happy one.  My kids like to draw. On everything. No surface in my house is safe from crayons, markers or colored pencils. We’ve tried to limit where they can use art supplies, what they can access,

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The Progression of a Sibling Relationship

Despite being amazed at how fast Aerissa and Xander are growing, I’m most fascinated by their evolving relationship. When Xander was a little baby, Rissa was a doting and overly loving big sister. She was always curious what the baby was doing and wanted to help. At times she’d be jealous of

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And Then Xander Turned Two

  My dear sweet little boy turns two today! I wasn’t quite sure I could handle being a mom of two until he entered my world. He’s funny, sweet, and laid back. He absolutely LOVES to play with water or anything he can pour, build with blocks, and dress up with his

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Trying for Three

Looking back through old blog posts, it’s really neat watching Rissa grow up. I started writing here when I was pregnant with her and it is hard to believe she is turning 4 years old this month. Really it’s amazing how much she has grown up this year alone – we weaned

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How Would You Describe Your Child?

I stared at the question on the preschool parent questionnaire. How would you describe your child? I’m not sure why, but I always hated being asked about my baby’s temperament at well baby checks. It felt like there was a possibility of giving the wrong answer or labeling unintentionally or being just

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Getting Ready to Send My Oldest Off to Preschool

Say what?! Didn’t I say last year that I wasn’t going to enroll my 3 year old in preschool? I still believe my reasons for NOT planning to enroll her are valid. It’s just that she changed the game plan on me. In fact, signing her up for preschool was the key to

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Motherhood isn’t what I thought it would be

Did you have preconceived notions about what motherhood would be like? I did. I thought it’d be loving and wonderful all the time. (I mean, it is but it isn’t all at the same time.) I wouldn’t get mad at my kids. I would cherish every single moment no matter what. I

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Don’t Listen to Me! I’m a Quack.

Just because I write about parenting topics on Disney’s BabyZone and on my blog doesn’t mean I know better than you. It doesn’t mean I am better than you. It just means I like to write about my experiences and some people like to read them. Basically it just means I kind

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Budding Preschool Friendships

I admire my daughter’s approach to friendships. She generally assumes everyone around her is a friend, especially if they’re in one of her classes. She does her best to learn people’s names. She notices when classmates are absent and she looks forward to seeing them again. Rissa gets very excited about talking

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Getting Around Town With Two Kids as a One Car Family

We received the double stroller featured for review. Post includes affiliate links. It’s not easy being a one car family, especially with two young children. When we first made the decision to drop down to one car, it was no big deal. Rissa was still a baby and my car had broken

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Baby on the Brain, Getting Ready for Date Night & More – It’s a BabyZone Round Up!

Last week was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I started to suspect that I was pregnant again earlier this month, then thought I might have miscarried. I wasn’t sure, just knew things were off with my body and cycle. And, of course, searching info online didn’t help. After seeing my

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Transitioning to a Big Girl Bed

We received a Delta toddler bed and table and chairs set for review purposes. Post may contain Amazon affiliate links. My little girl is growing up…and transitioning to her own room. It fills me with a mix of emotions from “yay, she’s growing up!” to “awww, she’s growing up so fast!” She’s

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Getting My Sexy Back and More – It’s a BabyZone Round Up

I’ve talked before about how I was not up to doing the deed right away after having my first baby. While some women are ready right away, that’s just not true for everyone. So if that’s you – you’re not alone! Since then it’s been a new journey in the intimacy department.

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Making Snow Memories

I stood there, feeling the cold wind whipping across my cheeks. I wanted to go inside where it was warm, but the look of joy on my son’s and daughter’s faces made me wait a little longer. I remember shoveling snow with my dad when I was my daughter’s age. It was