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A Montessori-Inspired Kid’s Closet

My daughter recently turned three. I’m learning that as awesome as Three has been so far, three year olds (and thirty-somethings, for that matter) can be extremely particular and demanding. For several months before her birthday, SB had become increasingly interested in what she was wearing AND extremely stubborn when I chose the “wrong” things. For our family, we’ve found that giving her autonomy helps make the day go smoother. I…

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Motherhood/ Pregnancy & Birth

The Intersection of Childbirth, Motherhood, Self Discovery, and Healing

Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, AKA Heaven

  As much as we all want motherhood to be sunshine and roses all the time, the reality is that in between the beautiful and perfect moments, the majority of the time it is the most difficult thing in the world. Not just simply because of manual labor and exhaustion involved, but because of the emotional upheaval that just comes with the territory. Childbirth and motherhood preparation is about self-discovery…

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Motherhood

Mama Needs a Full Night’s Sleep!

Last week my friend Heather posted this picture on her Facebook page last week and I thought it was funniest/coolest thing I have seen a regular doc do in a long time! I asked her if I could share it on the M+BL Facebook page and she said of course! Then we both realized that she forgot to white out the numbers of the doctor’s license, so I took it…

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Motherhood

Does Being a Working Mom Make You Feel Guilty or Great?

Does Being a Working Mom Make You Feel Guilty or Great? 2

When I was pregnant with Penelope, I worked in an office full time doing project management/marketing type stuff and I really enjoyed my job. The pay was not great because it was a non-profit, but the benefits were good, plus I loved my co-workers and I had flexible hours. The plan was to bring Penelope to work when she was a baby as well as work from home. But when…

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Lifestyle/ Motherhood

How I Almost Became The Smug Mom

How I Almost Became The Smug Mom

  My daughter was the perfect baby. She was born after an easy, drug-free, natural labor. She took to breastfeeding like a duck to water and consumed nothing but breastmilk for her first seven months. She didn’t even know that bottles existed. I practiced ecological breastfeeding and wasn’t separated from her for more than a few minutes for her entire first year. I made all of her baby food, cloth-diapered,…

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Motherhood/ Pregnancy & Birth

Postpartum is 3 Years, Not 6 Weeks

Postpartum is 3 Years, Not 6 Weeks

  That’s a picture of Miss Penelope. She is almost three-and-a-half. I don’t know where time goes! Seems like just yesterday I was giving birth to her. It’s weird no longer being a postpartum mom and making the transition to having a kid and not a baby. Did you know that postpartum is technically three years long?  I have no idea when, where, or why the world starting thinking it was…

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Lifestyle/ Motherhood

Sanity-Saving Moments of Renewal for Mamas

Sanity-Saving Moments of Renewal for Mamas

  When I had my first baby, I was so focused on the pregnancy and preparing myself for a natural birth that I didn’t do a lot of mental preparation for motherhood. And I soon discovered that motherhood is hard. For me, one of the most difficult transitions was getting used to the idea that I was not in control – particularly regarding my time. Suddenly, there’s a tiny, adorable…

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Motherhood

A Field of Dreams – The Maternal Version

  When my daughter was little she would hug me a million times, anytime we had to go our separate ways. Me to work. Her to daycare, school, a birthday party, grandparent visits. Sometimes tears would flow, hot and fast. She’d become a streaky red ball of snot with golden hair. She’d grab my neck and wrap herself around me like a kudzu vine. Then 4 becomes 6. I’d get…

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