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...]