I started this blog with 2 goals:
- To write about things that I find funny or frustrating, like my experiences as a new mama and all the learning and growth (and fear and anxiety and poop) that comes along with it; to share things that might make your life easier because they have helped me.
- To become filthy rich and be adored by the masses for my cuteness and amazing ideas.
Yesterday was my son’s 6 month birthday. How we are already at this point is baffling to me. Many of our days together have felt very long. How have 6 months’ worth of them already passed? Seems like the expression is true: The days are long but the years are short. Well, in my case, the months have been short.
I thought it would be interesting to look back on the goals I set for myself during my maternity leave. Keep in mind that I set these goals before my son was born. Before I knew better. Before I knew anything about this wild, amazing, chaotic, emotional ride called motherhood. Continue reading
For the past few months, my Inner Productivity Junkie has been sulking in the corner. She doesn’t like to be ignored, but as a new mama, I haven’t quite figured out how to keep both her and my son happy. Continue reading
Yet another post about my personal rollercoaster ride into new motherhood! Have you been waiting with bated breath? Don’t answer that.
Like most women expecting their first child, I read the books about what to expect. I knew to expect sleep deprivation, baby blues, and that I would still look pregnant for a few days after popping out my little human. (My husband risked a punch in the throat when he made a comment about that the day after I GAVE HIM A SON.) I also knew to expect loads of good stuff. Continue reading
I have had numerous jobs in my life, each of which came with its own challenges: long hours on my feet, late nights, ridiculous uniforms, narky customers, boredom. Before I started maternity leave, my career as a teacher challenged me on a daily basis as I tried to guide my students through a hefty curriculum whilst contending with a broad range of learning needs, behavioural concerns, and parental expectations. I have to say, though…nothing has ever challenged me so much as being a rookie mom.
This post isn’t going to be about all the stuff that I have found difficult, though. Instead, I want to share some of the things that have helped make my new job easier/helped me maintain an iota of sanity, in hopes that they might help out another new mama or two. Continue reading
Ah, sleep. Such a contentious topic in mommy circles. At the risk of jinxing things, I have to say that we have been very fortunate in the sleep department as far as my son goes. A few blips and regressions from time to time, but overall our little man likes his rest. That’s all I’ll say on the topic of baby sleep because I know not all new moms are as lucky and they may hunt me down and maim me out of sleep-deprived envy.
That’s not to say I’m not sleep-deprived, though. Continue reading
Dear (insert your name here if you are a female friend of mine with a child born before August 2015)(within the last 10 years or so),
I owe you a big apology. Actually, I owe you many.
I have always thought myself to be a good friend to my, er, friends. Since adding ‘mother’ to my list of personal descriptors, however, I have come to realize that I was actually a very crap friend to you, at a time when you really needed me. Continue reading