Preparing for the birth of your baby can be overwhelming. If it is your first baby, it is often a deep dive into a whole new world. Your body is changing, your life is changing, your hormones are all...
Last weekend we hit a wall. A wall of screens. I had seen my daughter's behavior unraveling. Day by day it was worse. She was cranky, unwilling to play independently, clingy, and super freaking protective of her screen time. You...
Let me clarify that I do in fact know that my child is human.  It's not that I suddenly woke up one day thinking I was raising a small puppy only to find a human child at my table. No,...
There was a day I volunteered in my daughter's classroom and I heard the most peculiar thing. A student asked the teacher, "Where is my pencil?" The teacher said, "Be a problem solver." This struck me at first, but...
Skidmarks - we see them, we try to clean them and we generally can't get around them. But oftentimes, those skidmarks are impossible to get out - which means another cute pair of underwear is lost. But it doesn't have to...
As the Coronavirus marches on, we've all been trying to find our new normal. Part of that for so many families has been trying to find ways to entertain our kids. For myself that meant indulging in a whole...
We’ve all been told at one point in early motherhood, “breast is best” or some iteration of the phrase. Generally, I’ve noticed this advice comes from a well-meaning OBGYN or nurse. Other times it comes from a slightly passive...
As I sit here debating on what I should write about as my very first post for the OC Mom Collective, my twenty-year-old son walks in from his bike ride. Firstly, I can't believe that I actually have a...
It was recently World Doula Week, and as anxiety mounts for new and expecting mamas during these unpredictable times, the role of a baby doula is more important than ever. While many hospitals are limiting the number of birth supporters...
If you’re like me and you hear the words Nanny Tax, you’re probably thinking, that doesn’t apply to me because I don’t have a nanny. Except, you probably have a babysitter, right?  And maybe you even have a housekeeper or...
Frida mom, a top-selling company specializing in postpartum products, created one of the most truthful depictions of new motherhood in its 30-second ad intended for Sunday evening's Oscars. Instead, it was banned. Citing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and...
I’m not the mom I want to be. Not even close. And I’m not talking about how I see “perfect” moms on social media and I lament that I can’t “do it all.” Sure, I have those days and...
This week, one of my best friends brought me into her inner world to tell me that she was newly pregnant after years of trying for another baby. I believe I responded with many exclamation points and screams of...
October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, so I wanted to share a friend’s poignant story of how the loss of her son to SIDS gave her the courage to gain back control of her own life and...

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