Archive for tag 'motherhood'

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Self-esteem and motherhood

Recently there was a post on the boards where someone asked a fairly simple question. How is your self-esteem these days?  My answer to that is not very easy for me to own up to, but I did answer on the board and I have been thinking about it ever since. I hate to acknowledge [...]

The Courageous “Choice”

Before I got baby fever and started perusing the online parenting world, I naively had no clue about the “Mommy Wars.”  A few hot debates quickly jumped out, such as exclusive breast feeding versus bottle feeding and attachment parenting versus the cry it out crowd.  While I think it’s unfortunate that these debates sometimes sink [...]


Things You Did

It seems like I’ve seen a lot of videos posted lately about pregnancy and motherhood. I watch them, and I cry with them even though I didn’t experience pregnancy. So to my son, I say: You didn’t give me stretch marks. You didn’t grow in my belly for nine months. Mom and Dad will never pull [...]


Baby Fever

I am not a baby person.  I know that sounds strange (and maybe a little taboo) for a mom to say, especially one who worked as a caretaker of little ones in the past. But Drake was my first real experience when it came to a baby. Before him, I had never even held an [...]

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Swarm: What Does Your Mom Wish She’d Done Differently?

In this special edition of the Swarm, several of the Bees asked their moms what they would have done differently as a mom. What would I have done differently: 1. Given my children a religious foundation. Although we established virtues and values in our children without the benefit of any religious upbringing, I wish we [...]


My First Year of Motherhood

Little Deer’s first birthday is next week (oh my goodness!) and as we get closer and closer to the big day, I can’t help but think about what a year it’s been. Though turning one is a big milestone for LD, it’s also a huge one for me. I have made it through my first [...]

It's about getting messy and having fun, my Joe with his mouth full of candy and a hand covered in frosting building his house with his Aunt.

Be present not perfect: my new mantra for the holiday season

I recently read the book Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist with my moms’ group.  One chapter that particularly resonated with me was called “Present not Perfect.”  In it the author talked about how sometimes in the holiday season we tend to overdo it.  We overspend, overindulge, and overcommit ourselves.  We often forget what is [...]

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