Swimsuit shopping with a post-baby bod

Every time I go swimsuit shopping I swear Bill Withers sings, “Aint No Sunshine when she’s gone“, in my dressing room. And by “gone”, he’s talking about my pre-baby body. (Don’t be smilin’ Bill. You’ve never had diastasis recti.) For real. I don’t even know why I go swimsuit shopping anymore. I should just wear a…

Motherhood is a 1908 Victorian

A mom is born overnight, while motherhood is a process. Motherhood doesn’t come with a set of prefab instructions like a Lego house, nor does it come with happy little Lego heads with perfectly coiffed hair. No. Motherhood is more like a 1908 Victorian: it’s character and charm are built on solid ground that’s established…

Don’t go to the Mall of America 5-days Postpartum

This should seem like a given. The Mall of America is NOT for the faint of heart ever, let alone when your hormones are raging and you’ve just pushed out a watermelon. All roads lead to tears. Well, apparently I’m a sucker for learning things the hard way, because at just 5-days postpartum I made the…

My Love Affair with All Things Irish

Paddy’s Day is my favorite holiday next to Christmas, and it’s not because I love drinking Guinness (although that is true, but only while in Ireland because it really does taste better. #beersnob). It’s also not because I like throwing caution to the wind and dancing jigs while wearing my blazing green Paddy’s Day jacket (although that’s…

Why I haven’t Showered in 7 Years

Ok. That’s not entirely true. Obviously I’ve showered in 7 years, but since having kids? Showering has taken on a whole new meaning. Before children I used to get ready for work every morning with a nice hot shower that casually woke me up and helped me start my day. Oh good morning, steam and soap….

Mom Brain: you’re not alone

The first time I went to the grocery store and bagged all of my groceries but didn’t have my wallet I was shocked. How could this happen?! I exclaimed to the cashier, rubbing my pregnant belly and exasperating that I had NEVER done this before. (Bless her for being gracious and telling me “this happens all the…

The Physics of Life

There is a time when your little one needs you for everything. They cry and you attend to their need. They stumble and you scoop them up and fix their pain. Their joy, sorrow, fear, worry, and anger is all yours because they are an over-extension of you! And then all of a sudden…….they’re not….

It’s just a couch!

I woke up the day after Thanksgiving like someone was sitting on my chest. I felt heavy and burdened. Sure, it was probably the turkey and carb-overload, but regardless I was in a funk, and SUPER mad about it too because we were getting our tree that day! (The best day of the year for…