Being a mom is the most important, but hardest job in the world. Once you master something – finding a comfy sleep position when you’re pregnant, giving your slippery newborn a bath or dealing with toddler meltdowns – you move on to the next stage with really no idea how to handle what’s to come. Things you thought would come naturally like breastfeeding and getting your baby to fall asleep often don’t.
And then there’s figuring out how to balance parenting with everything else – working, feeding your family (because they want dinner every. single. night) and trying to stay connected to that guy who’s also feeling a little crazed, too. It’s the ultimate crash course.
Simply put: Becoming a parent is overwhelming.
Mommy Crib Notes helps women have less stress and more joy at every stage of parenthood. The advice you read here can help with decisions like if you should find out your baby’s gender or share your baby’s name. Plus, there are pointers to help you deal with the next stage of parenting like secrets to make life with a newborn easier and how to get your baby to sleep more.
Motherhood is a trip (the biggest adventure ever!). You’re not going to be perfect. Sometimes, you’re not even going to be close. But with the crazy-fierce love that motherhood brings, you’ll figure out how to parent the just-right way for you and your family.
The Mom Behind the Blog
Stunned, with stick in hand and teary eyes, I looked at my dog and whispered, “I’m pregnant.” My first child (just nine months old) was crawling around on the floor. At the time, I couldn’t imagine how I was going to handle raising two back-to-back babies and working full-time.
With our first child, I had read a book and tracked my ovulation, fertile days and the trajectory of the moon. Well, not really, but it felt like the stars and planets needed to be aligned to get pregnant. But the second time all I needed to do was quit breastfeeding. (Little did I know that you’re most fertile the year after giving birth.)
I’m not going to lie: Those first few years were pretty insane. Trying to be the mom I wanted to be – you know, some sort of Martha Stewart-Mary Poppins hybrid – and do all the things made me long for hospitalization sometimes (for the cooked meals and the medically necessary break). But I found tips and tricks along the way that made life as a working mom easier and let me relax enough to soak up all the special day-to-day moments that go by so fast.
Like the huge smile of my baby jumping up and down in her bouncer, or the feeling I got when cuddling close during our nursing sessions. I loved seeing the world through my toddlers’ eyes – they think everything is amazing. Every. Little. Thing. Then there are the piles of art they create, the funny things kids say, and the silly adventures like nature scavenger hunts and finding the perfect puddle to jump in.
I could go on, and on, because the truth is that I’ve never done anything better than giving birth to my two kids.
These days, my life looks very different than it did when my littles were at their tiniest. But I’m still trying my best to be an awesome mom and a pretty good wife and make a living doing what I love (which is writing, by the way).
In my 9-to-5, I write for publications like Pregnancy & Newborn, Redbook and USA Today. But most frequently, I’m tapping out health articles for hospitals like Johns Hopkins. During my free time, I work on this blog, which recently was called out for being one of “33 Best Mom Blogs You Haven’t Read Yet.”
I’m here to help you. Giving solid advice that makes your life easier or boosts your confidence as a mom is important to me. What are you struggling with today? Maybe what worked for me will work for you, too.
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