Category: Mothering is hard

Mama guilt and afternoon rest

She woke up this morning, looked at me and said “pretend you’re mama puppy.” That meant she was baby puppy and barked and whimpered at me while I was mama puppy and had to bark all my answers at her.  It was a bit too early in my day to be barking morning greetings to my child but she asked and she’s cute and … Read More Mama guilt and afternoon rest

Denial is the first step to not admitting we’re in the toddler years

I wasn’t ready for it, I’m not going to lie. The attitude. The firm shakes of the head and the cry of “no!” The folded arms. The tantrums.  The deep scowls and body flops to the floor. She’s not even two.  Yet these are the reactions I have had as I stare in horror at the Terrible Twos rushing at us like an out … Read More Denial is the first step to not admitting we’re in the toddler years

Letter to my daughter

At 20 months of age you are insanely clingy and there are brief moments it drives me crazy.“I need my hands free to push this cart! Good grief! ““I brought the stroller so you would sit in it, not so I can carry you in the sling while I push an empty stroller and get bewildered looks.” But those protests are quick ones because … Read More Letter to my daughter

I wish I was a better mother

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   I wish I was better at being a mom. I wish I didn’t cry like a toddler when my toddler won’t nap on the one day I really needed one myself. I wish I didn’t let curse words fly out when she won’t sleep and when I know better and when I’m supposed to be that good Christian … Read More I wish I was a better mother

Toddlers, books and motherhood

My house was a mess and my photos were remaining unedited, which was driving me crazy. Little Miss wanted to sit in my lap and have me read to her, the first time ever. I sat in the middle of that mess and read to her after feeling frustrated and annoyed only 15 minutes before, For most of the night she was clinging to … Read More Toddlers, books and motherhood

Embracing the role of motherhood

For 13 years when someone asked what I did for a living I said “I’m a newspaper reporter”.  It made me feel like I had accomplished something in life. Four years of college, a degree, and a job in what I went to college for. I was a contributing member of society. I was a public servant, informing the community. I was important, at … Read More Embracing the role of motherhood

His boyness is still there | Sayre, PA Photography

He’s changing so fast and I’m not ready for it. He’s not dressing up like superheroes as much as he used to. He’s not asking if he can wear a ninja costume to the store. He’s not jumping off the couch quite as much. He’s too into TV and the digital world. I’m already hearing a heavy teenage-like sigh when I tell him it’s … Read More His boyness is still there | Sayre, PA Photography

Navigating life with “only” two children

We only have two children in our family which means getting out the door to go somewhere 45 minutes away shouldn’t be such an ordeal. But it is. “Do you have the diaper bag?”“Did you get your toys together to take to grandma and grandpa’s?”“Do you have my camera?”“Have you seen my Kindle?”“We’ve got everything? Ok. Let’s go.” All in the car, engine running.“Did … Read More Navigating life with “only” two children

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Hey, mama, you got this!

Hey, mama. Did you just have a c-section, or maybe just a rough labor? First of all, don’t compare yourselves to other moms and say “She’s up and around and had her baby a week ago. I should be doing the same thing!” Every mama is different because each body is different. Let your body heal. Let your soul heal and rest. Enjoy your … Read More Hey, mama, you got this!