Pumpkin pie. Special time with your loved ones. Insanely cute turkey-themed onesies. Seeing the holidays through the wide, amazed eyes of your baby. Your baby’s picture-perfect outfit—and the nearby wall—covered in pumpkin pie. Family members questioning your choice to give pumpkin pie to your baby. Your baby’s refusal to eat anything other than pie now that he’s learned of pie’s existence. The inevitable meltdown—baby’s and yours.
Wait—what just happened to that nice list? The holidays happened.
Don’t get me wrong: I love the holidays. But just because something is ultimately wonderful doesn’t mean it’s painless or stress-free. Case in point: Childbirth.
Celebrating the holidays can be challenging, which is why you might need the equivalent of an epidural. (That equivalent would be wine. Lots and lots of wine.)
There is so much to think about, so many tricky family situations to navigate and so much potential for kiddie drama. And why do we all feel 13, awkward and angsty again when we’re around our family on a holiday? The specifics of every situation are different, but the overarching themes, worries, frustrations and (thankfully) fun are the same. But the holidays are not only survivable—they are also winnable. Really.
Here are a few ideas on how to do just that, with an official launch of Momsanity’s brand-spanking-new videos. Check a few of them out below!
You might be shaking your head at me and my silly stories, but hopefully you’ll also be able to relate and come out the other side with renewed energy and a small arsenal of survival tips.
So please, take a look, comment and share—hello, awesome holiday present to me!—but above all, tell me about your holiday experiences. The good, the bad and the ugly sweaters. I’d love to hear them and hear your tips about how to survive the happiest time of the year.