Here's a Mother's Day present from me to you that will last all year long: Some mommy reminders for the other 364 days, when little ones (and big ones) aren't being quite as lovely and accommodating.
A little vanity isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I’m starting to think it’s necessary if you want to make it through the first few years of motherhood with your sanity semi-intact.
I say that because at varying points in the last four-and-a-half years, I’ve been that mom. You know, the one who forgets to re-clip her nursing bra and whose boobs are subsequently lopsided. The one who walks out of the house with spit-up on her shoulder and doesn’t realize it for a good hour. The one who occasionally eats a Peppermint Pattie for breakfast and wonders if that counts as brushing her teeth because she’s running late.
Yeah, that’s me. And chances are, that’s occasionally you, too.
You know you’re a mom when you see a really great baby product and you get just as excited as you would over a pair of ridiculously gorgeous shoes.
Well, I was all mom this past weekend at the New York Baby Show. Despite yet another kiddie sickness that almost derailed my trip, I made it there—and I am so glad that I did. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have found these three products that just may change my life.
Too dramatic? Trust me. These are good.
Mom brain gets a bad rap.
Don’t get me wrong—it drives me nuts most of the time. Oh, who am I kidding? It drives me nuts all of the time. I either feel like I’m in some hazy, half-awake state, or my brain is so overloaded with the things I need to do, it feels like it’s going to explode.
And I forget things. A lot of things.
Something happens when you decide that you’re done having kids.
And before you tell me that I might change my mind and that hey, you never know, let me stop you right there. It ain’t happening. We have two amazing, beautiful children, and we are done. Finito. The shop is closed for business.
I know what you’re thinking, and unless you’re my mom (who thinks I should have another 15 kids), it’s most likely: No more dirty diapers! No more worrying about the soft spot on their heads! No more 3 a.m. feedings!
Kids are a whirlwind. If you’re a parent, I don’t need to tell you that. But I may need to remind you that you’re not the only one who occasionally gets lost in the craziness and lets the little things slide. And I’m not just saying that because my son accidentally ended up wearing sneakers that were a size and a half too small for way longer than I’d care to admit.
I think it’s that as parents—and otherwise functional members of society who still have to put on pants every day—our brains can only handle so much. But if we want to hold onto our sanity, we have to do more than just survive.
It's 2016, and the controversy about breastfeeding in public is still going strong. What's your take?
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