Teasing and Bullying… in Kindergarten?

The shirt in question, courtesy of Mini Boden

Earlier this week, my 5-year-old son came home from kindergarten rather upset. When I asked how his day had been, he said that it was "half good, half bad." He loves his new school, likes his teachers and has made fast friends, so I was surprised to hear that his day hadn't gone all that well. When I asked about the "bad" part of his day, he said that a group of kids (including … [Read more...]

What Scares You the Most About Giving Birth?

Giving birth at home scares me way less than birthing at a hospital

I've got about three months left until I'm supposed to get this baby out of me somehow. Given that it's my third child, I'm not as terrified of the unknown as I was as a first-time mom--but I've also been through vaginal deliveries twice now, and I know what hard work it truly is. I also know that no matter how much planning I do in advance, I have little control over how labor … [Read more...]

Pregnancy Exercise (or Getting Off My Butt at 26 Weeks)

Yet more walking (this time in an apple orchard)

We’ve all had it drummed into our brains by now that the appropriate weight gain for women starting pregnancy in a healthy weight range is 25 to 35 pounds, and that pregnancy is no excuse to actually “eat for two.” And yet, so many of us gain more than we should—sometimes more than is healthy for our babies or ourselves.During my first pregnancy, I gained 36 pounds. I … [Read more...]

Whether to Push for a “Push Present”

Alphabet charms from Helen Ficalora

Okay, so the name sounds completely ridiculous, and the idea kind of is too—a present for pushing a baby out (although c-section moms surely would deserve a gift for having their bellies sliced open, no?)? Isn’t that what’s supposed to happen at the end of a pregnancy—that you get the baby out, somehow? Do we need to be rewarded for completing the natural cycle of pregnancy? … [Read more...]

Why We Switched Our Toddler Car Seat Back to Rear-Facing

The car seat we moved forward-, then rear-, than forward-facing

With our first son, like so many parents, my husband and I were excited to switch our son’s car seat from rear- to forward-facing when he hit a year old. How exciting it would be for him to see where we were going! How easy it would be to pass him snacks or comfort him when he was crying! And so forward-facing he sat from then on (and now, at age five and 47 pounds, he sits in … [Read more...]

Arkansas School Peanut Ban Leads to Major Controversy

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By now, we’re all aware of the seemingly ever-increasing peanut allergies in our kids (according to the CDC, now 1 in 25 kids suffer from a peanut allergy). Parents of peanut-allergic kids may have banned the nuts from the pantry at home, but when it comes time to send their kids to school, many are coming up against frustrating resistance from parents of children who aren’t … [Read more...]

Let’s Be Real about Losing the Baby Weight, Jessica Simpson!

Courtesy of the Katie Couric Show

I’ve got to applaud Jessica Simpson for hitting her weight loss goals in a healthy way—through Weight Watchers—and she looked phenomenal on Monday, debuting her still-in-transition post-baby body on Katie Couric’s new show. (You can see the clip at the bottom of this post. ) While Simpson owned up to finding losing the baby weight challenging, I think seeing her down so many … [Read more...]

Deciding Who Can Attend a Birth

A much more peaceful birth than my first

I’m somehow already entering my seventh month of pregnancy (where does the time go?), and I’m starting to give some thought to who I’d like to have with me at the birth when the time comes.When I was pregnant the first time around, I gave birth in a local hospital. I didn’t really want anyone “extra” in the room during labor or the actual delivery as I thought I might feel … [Read more...]

What Do You Need for a Winter Baby?

Girls' owl hat from Etsy seller shayahjane

As a soon-to-be mom-of-three, you’d think I’d have most parenting questions down (at least regarding the 5-and-under set)—but I’m still struggling with some unknowns. Having had two spring babies, this time around I’m due on January 2nd—and I have no idea if there’s anything special I need or should know about having a winter baby.I always wanted to avoid having a baby in … [Read more...]

Pregnant Halloween Costumes

Cool/creepy costume from Etsy shop The Other Mothers

With my kids headed back to school this week, somehow it seems time (already?!) to turn my thoughts to Halloween. My kids’ minds have been there for weeks—both boys wanted to go with a Star Wars theme this year, and so we’ve got a 5-year-old Luke Skywalker and a 3-year-old Darth Vader ready to go.  They’re psyched, but I’m a little bummed, as I secretly kind of like doing a … [Read more...]

Transforming a Boy’s Room into a Baby Girl’s Nursery (or Vice Versa)

My first attempt at a nursery moodboard

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve got some big things on my pre-baby to-do list (thanks for the reminders that I need to do some meal prep and plan for some date nights while I still can!)—one of which is prepping the nursery for this baby girl.We moved back into my childhood home about two years ago, a year following my mom’s passing. We’re incredibly lucky to have … [Read more...]

Tackling To-Dos Before the Baby Comes

Spending quality time with my littlest (for now) one

As of today, I’ve got 18 weeks left until my due date. A whopping 126 days, give or take, to accomplish everything I need to do before this baby comes.  After going through my older sons’ baby clothes stash and donating everything that was super-masculine, I’ve got very little left for this baby girl—which leads to one of my top priorities: shopping. Here’s what I’ve got on my … [Read more...]

Nail Polish for Boys?

Purple with glitter on the left; fire engine red on the right

Yesterday was a lovely lazy day for my family. It was a gorgeous day—sunny and breezy—and we lounged around on our deck and in the backyard for much of the day. As part of my lounging, I decided to give myself a mani-pedi, including a relaxing foot soak on the deck. And that’s when the trouble began.Both of my sons, ages 3 and 5, have become really curious about nail polish … [Read more...]

My Favorite Part of Pregnancy

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It’s been keeping me up at night and keeping me company during the day—but hands down, no matter what time of day it is, my favorite part of pregnancy is feeling this baby kick.Actually, feeling the kicking or any kind of movement at all has been my favorite part of all three of my pregnancies, and what I missed the most when I wasn’t pregnant. I probably walk around like … [Read more...]

Help! Shopping Recommendations for a Baby Girl?

This is just a fraction of my recent haul.

Ever since finding out last week (on my birthday!) that we’re having a baby girl, I have not stopped feeling completely elated—or stopped the shopping spree that started virtually immediately. This little girl will be the first in my husband’s family after three generations—as well as our third and final child. As such, she’s hotly anticipated (just 19 more weeks to go!) and, … [Read more...]