Mama

As mothers, we go by many names. For whatever reason, instead of referring to myself as “Mom,” or “Mommy” when I’m with Lily, I’ve always called myself, “Mama.” I call myself that name, my mom (now known as “DiDi,”) calls me that, and several people at my place of employment affectionately refer to me as “Mama”….

Me, Me, Me.

I have Fridays off. It’s a rare blessing to have the opportunity to spend time with my girl instead of scraping together more money for another day of day care. Our time is filled with food and play and *THE ROUTINE.* We live and die by this routine, and usually, we both appreciate it. Today, Lily was…

Break on Down

As the days and months go by and my daughter grows before my eyes, time seems both like an endless cycle of tasks and a blurry daydream. I can’t believe it was an entire year ago that I was hugely pregnant and anxiously awaiting the biggest life change of them all. The beginning was difficult, and…

EMBRACING THE CLICHÉ

Happy New Year! Most people were eager to say goodbye to 2016, and I was probably among them. It was a strange and often traumatic year for various reasons, but as I examined on my first-born blog, 2016 wasn’t all horrible. I became a mom. Without trying, I became what I once referred to as…

What They Won’t Tell You About Breastfeeding

Looking at the 3 total ounces of milk I had pumped while at work one day last week, I realized, it was all ending. Breastfeeding is such a hot topic in the world of pregnancy and parenthood because within the last 20 years, it has practically become a religion in itself. Everyone from pediatricians to…

THE WAITING GAME

K, guys. That last one was a little harsh, I know. I am pleased to report things are looking up. The fact that I’m even sitting here, outside on my deck writing this is proof that things can and do get better. I found out there is no set time for things to improve, and…

Postpartum and the Return to Life

Hi. I’m still here. We are all still alive, (I think.) What I did was go back to work. All my intentions of writing a few great pieces about the last days of maternity leave went out the window with my baby who used to sleep through the night. Man, I thought I had it all…

MAternity Leave vs. MEternity Leave

I have about two weeks left of maternity leave, and with it a mix of emotions. Growing up, I was lucky to have my mom at home with my brother and I full time. As an adolescent dreaming about my adulthood, I always imagined I would do the same. As an adult in the working…

Product Wars

I have about 25 minutes to myself. This has to go fast. When you are a new mom, you will hit several walls. I think my pattern is about every 3 weeks, sometimes more frequently if I’m lacking sleep. My latest wall occurred epically on Father’s Day (#wifeoftheyear). I decided I couldn’t make my daughter happy…

THE TRENCHES OF HELL

The most cliché thing about this blog so far is how I haven’t written because I’m too damn busy with my kid. Gone are the days of going out to a coffee shop to pound out a post over an iced coffee, or staying up late to get a couple written ahead of time. As…

REMINDER

Today is the six week anniversary of my daughter’s birth, and we celebrated it by being up every hour on the hour last night. As you can imagine, it’s easy to quickly feel the despair of many days without proper rest and allow it to cloud the view. I’m guilty of it. We’ve decided that parenthood…

Momness

I can’t believe this happened. When I started to have feelings of “momness”, I felt somewhat embarrassed. I realize “momness” is a fake word. If you’ve ever spent any time with me at The Daily Sampler, you’ll know I like to express myself via language that is sometimes foul and sometimes fake. Let me go…