Born Vegetarian

What we eat is such a personal choice.  I debated whether to do a post on this topic; the last thing I want to do is offend anyone or sound judgmental.   After all, to each their own. Who’s to say my choices are better than yours? I am faaaaaaar from a good eater.  Oreos, bagels, and pizza make up the bulk of most of my meals.  Any healthy eating that happens these days in my house is a direct result of my husband and his refusal to see peanut butter and jam sandwiches as a suitable dinner option. Continue reading

Tasty Tuesday #1

Before getting pregnant, I was very focused on healthy, plant-based eating.  Since becoming a mom, however, my main food groups have been sugar and caffeine.  Quick and easy are the most appealing type of foods to me now, and it doesn’t get much quicker or easier than Honey Nut Cheerios! I have always had a sweet tooth that I’m happy to indulge, but lately things have gotten ridiculously out of control.  Let’s just say donuts are still very much in the picture. Continue reading

Buh-bye, January!

polar bear swim

I could never be friends with these people.

SEE YA, MOST-DEPRESSING-MONTH-OF-THE-YEAR!

I don’t know about you, but I am always so glad to see the end of January.  Such a bleak month.  January might not bother you if you’re a winter fanatic (aka a person I can’t really ever be good friends with because I don’t understand how anyone can be happy outside in baltic temperatures), but I am decidedly not a winter fanatic. Continue reading

It would have been nice to know…

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

Might We Suggest…

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

Horizontal Hurdling and Other Nocturnal Nonsense

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

Mommy Friends, I’m Sorry!

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