Even before the girls were born, people asked me about how I would handle favoritism and the sharing of attention between my twins. For parents who have more than one child, this concept can come up in conversation often. At first, I was nervous.Would I have a favorite? Would I not be able to show my babies equal attention? Would it be harder than I thought it would be?
Well, of course it would be hard – that’s just motherhood in a nutshell.
I was told during my pregnancy that being a mom of twins would be different than being a mom of a singleton. At first, I really didn’t know what that meant because this was my first time stepping foot into motherhood. I didn’t know what to expect and all I knew was what I was experiencing. Of course, it wasn’t easy. However, it was all I knew.
The starting line begins with Halloween and the finish line ends with New Year’s Day. The “Holiday Race” has officially begun.
This time of the year can be just as exciting as it is stressful for many parents. While many moms may love putting together creative costumes and buying every decoration they see, anxiety may also be very present. Between the planning and purchasing that goes into the holidays, parents may find this time of the year quite stressful when it should be enjoyed with loved ones.
Fall is in the air! And with all the pumpkin patches and haunted houses popping up, it’s only natural to get in the decorating spirit. My eager children are ready to decorate for Halloween already, so I compromised with them a bit to take baby steps to our holiday decorating this year. So we decided to make a simple scarecrow to hang out in the front yard, and we’ll gradually add as we go.
Being I was extremely pregnant at this time last year, I didn’t have much energy to do any of the activities I look forward to in the fall....This year we will venture out to pumpkin patches and festivals and watch Halloweentown too many times. We will dress the girls in overalls and plaid flannels and go for stroller rides through the changing leaves. Most importantly, we will find fun costumes for not only our girls to wear, but also for us.
The thing is we don’t have any idea what we are doing yet.
Maternity leave has run out. Your boss wants you back. It brings tears to your eyes just thinking about it, but the time has come to return to work. Ugh! And on top of adjusting yourself the change, now you also have to prepare your child to start daycare. Here are five ways you can prepare for your child’s first day at daycare.
When you become a mother, you want to give your child the world. You also may want to give your child lots and lots of ‘things’ because, well, it can be hard not to. Sometimes the toys, books or blankets you receive or purchase become more clutter than parts of your little one’s playtime. However, when you find a company or a product that holds a powerful message, those products may become a little more special than the others.
It’s official - we’re in Kindergarten! Well my daughter to be exact, but it sure felt like we all started school with her last week. The struggle is real! The change in schedule has been hard for all of us, but here are my 4 biggest tips to survive the new schedule and challenges that comes with it as a working mom.
It can be incredibly tough embracing your postpartum body. The saggy skin. The scars. The stretch marks. It isn’t the body you were used to before your pregnancy and will most likely not be that body ever again. However, there is a sentence many “Mom Bloggers” are using on social media to help build a positive “Mom-Bod” mindset when it comes to facing your postpartum body. This sentence not only rings true, but can help build a different, more positive thought process when looking in the mirror.
When looking at your postpartum body, think this: “This is the result of my successes, not my failures.”
I’ll admit - I was blessed with pretty good skin growing up. However, when I got pregnant with my girls, it didn’t take long before I noticed little bumps breaking out along my hairline. From there, they’d appear randomly on my chin or cheeks or nose. Being a self-titled “Picker,” I couldn’t stop attacking them whenever I found them.
Between facing mental health battles as a teenager to facing similar struggles during pregnancy, one thing is for sure – life doesn’t hand you what you can’t handle. Clichés are often overused, but some do hold a lot of truth. I’ve conquered quite a few demons in my lifetime: cancer, self-harm, suicide attempts, depression, anxiety. I’ve managed to make it through those difficult times and learn from them – something some people, unfortunately, do not. The dark hole of mental illness is a dark hole, but there truly is light at the other end.
With the courage “Mom Bloggers” have recently shown when posting their personal “1 in 5” stories on Instagram, I felt encouraged to share my personal “Mental Health Mama” story as well. Being someone who has struggled in the past with depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicidal ideations (as well as attempts), I felt drawn to this viral hashtag and the message attached to it.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness states that “1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year.” Many “Mom Bloggers” have taken to Instagram to share their personal mental health stories by involving this statistic as a hashtag. Putting yourself out there isn’t for everyone, but for those who do it carefully and appropriately are strong, courageous individuals – such as the following “Mom Bloggers.”
Like with anything else, pregnancy gets easier the more you do it! Here I am 37 weeks pregnant with my 3rd girl, and I have finally managed to have (dare I say) an enjoyable pregnancy. And even though my body stayed relatively fit and healthy with the last 2, I think I have struck a balance with this one that has allowed me to enjoy the ride. I chalk it up to staying present and mindful along the way.
Hi, I'm Sarah, I handle Mommee Coffee's Instagram account (@mommeecoffee - follow us!) and I'm also an artist and mom. I live in Philadelphia with my husband Eric, our son Fritz, and too many cats to name. I'm a photographer by training, but over the years I've expanded my repertoire to include illustration and writing. "Triangle and Circle" is my first children’s book, and the first of a forthcoming series of books.
We recently enjoyed a long weekend away from the kids to head to Sonoma, and Grandma was nice enough to babysit. We have a two-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl, so there still are things that they aren’t able to tell her they need. So writing it down is very important! In all the chaos of you leaving, there is no way Grandma is going to remember the things you tell her - or know what you know. I highly suggest writing it all down in order to make it easy on her, and to ease your own mind.
Sometimes, all it takes is a few encouraging words to inspire positive thinking and turn your day around. Whether it’s a famous quote or a saying you came up with to help you through the hard times, a personal mom mantra is a great tool for maintaining a healthy mindset.
If your little one’s got a thing for ladybugs, then this art project is a must try! With only a few steps, you’ll be able to make an interactive ladybug for your toddler to pull around on a string all around the house.
Once warm weather hit and I could take my girls outside without bundling them up in layers on top of layers, I remembered one thing: They’d never really been out in the hot sun before. Being that they were born at the start of a western New York winter season (a season that seems to never end), all they really knew was snow, long-sleeved onesies, extra swaddle blankets, and, oh yeah, more snow. Never had they really been outside when the sun could be of harm to them.
In our house the sound of the blender gets everyone excited (especially our two-year-old). They know that a tasty treat is coming soon, and they want to help! Here are a few tips and recipes for making smoothies with your family.