There’s something about Portland autumns: the crispness in the air on a brisk morning, the golden tinge to the sunlight, the colors sweeping over the landscape in brassy reds and yellows. This season happens to be my favorite, and...
My son is turning one at the end of the month and I am full of many emotions.  I can hardly believe that a year ago we welcomed our sweet little baby boy into our lives.  I'm sad to...
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The Comparison Conundrum

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We know not to compare. We know that every baby is different. Given a long enough timeline, nearly every baby will talk and walk and have all their teeth. We're all doing the best we can and we're good,...
I turned off the bedside light and was quiet for a moment, then said, "I think we're done nursing."  My husband, who falls asleep practically the moment his head hits the pillow, replied, "Well, you guys had a good...
I did not set out to fail. I set out to be a no-nonsense, strong mama bear who would stand for her children and herself and be a beacon of feminism and maternity. I was planning on being a...
Let's be honest. Being a new mom is hard enough. Your entire world is rocked like a 9.0 earthquake. Your body is doing weird things; you're up all night with this tiny, new human being that is just as...
Everyone has their assumptions about stay-at-home-moms. They spend all of their time inside of Target, get to stroll through parks whenever they want, and have all the time in the world to keep the house clean. Maybe that is...
To the On-Call Advice Nurse, I need to say some things to you. Most importantly, THANK YOU. Thank you for calling me back much faster than the answering service said you would. Thank you for listening to my ten-minute ramble about what...
Before I had my first child, I was blissfully naive about, well, a lot of things. Many moms-to-be have an overly romanticized version of motherhood BEFORE having their first child. No one thinks it will be easy, but new...
Dear Mama of a Very Little Baby, I see you walking your fussy baby around the block. Again and again. And then again. I see the light in your window at 3:37 a.m. I saw it last night too....

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