It's play time!Did you see the HuffPo article that circulated the web all about introverts?
Being a grade A introvert myself, I thought it was kind of awesome, and really spot on! And as an introvert, I know how hard it can be to go out and connect with other moms. But mom support is kind of like soup for the soul, so it's so important for us introverts to learn how to get out and make friends. So here's my guide to getting out, for the introverted Mama…
1. Make time to recharge!
You're not going to be up for going out and spending energy on small talk and making friends if you're already on empty. So make it a priority to have some quiet down time each day. Maybe it's during nap time. Maybe it's just a new "quiet time" each day where all the kids have to play quietly in their own spaces. Whatever you've got to do to find time to recharge your tank, do it.
2. Say yes to 1 social thing a week
It may seem small, but it's a really great start. And it's not so overwhelming of a commitment that
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Meeting this little one for the first time was priceless!If you are or have been pregnant, you know that women from everywhere give you advice and share their stories about when they had a baby.Read More »from 3 Reasons Why Women Are Obsessed with Childbirth
No matter their age, they tell you about their experience - which they can remember so vividly. Whether you like the advice or not, it's clear that women are obsessed by childbirth. Maybe obsessed isn't the best word. Women are infatuated/ overjoyed/ impacted/ deeply changed by the birth of their children. And rightly so. I have had the same experience with the births of both of my girls. Here are 3 reasons why I think women are obsessed/ infatuated/ overjoyed/ impacted/ deeply changed by the birth of their children:
1. You feel like superwoman
Drugs or no drugs, you push a body out of your own. 2 hours or 2 days, you labor in indescribable pain until your wet and fuzzy baby is laid upon your chest. For most women it is quite literally the most difficult physical feat they have accomplished and as a result, you feel like you should wear a cape and
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7 things I appreciate as a mom They say the grass is greener on the other side. Well on the side of motherhood, the lawn is covered with toys, missing sippy cups, and half-finished snacks. Pre-motherhood, life is pretty sweet. But once you cross over and have a little bundle of joy of your own, you realize that things you previously took for granted, are so much more amazing than you ever gave them credit for. Here's a look at a few things that I never had a full appreciation for prior to becoming a mom.
1. WipesRelated: Trend alert! 40 baby names that are NEW to the top 100
Prior to being a mom, I foolishly used to think that wipes were meant to wipe babies' bums. Now that I'm the other side of motherhood, I use wipes for everything and always have some close at hand. Besides their usual line of work, I use them to spiff up my dashboard, blot out spills from clothing, or as a quick clean up after a meal - face, highchair tray, floor, ceiling, etc.
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How to capture baby's first We've been watching and waiting for months, wondering when we'd get a glimpse of our baby's first smile. And then, when we least expected it, Judah surprised us with a beautiful big grin just last month! Capturing this important (and most adorable) of baby's firsts on camera, however, has proven a challenge.
If you've asked yourself, "When do babies smile?" the answer is a bit variable. Babies smile reflexively almost as soon as they're born; it's not until about 6 to 8 weeks that babies begin to smile socially. Since Judah was born early, we knew that his first smile might come a little bit later than other babies. We'd been watching him, waiting for that special moment, and we were rewarded with such a pleasant surprise right at week 10.
Since then, Judah's been smiling like a champ. Our favorite moments are when we come into his room when he first wakes up and he looks up at us with the sweetest smile of the day, as if to say, "Hiya,Read More »from 3 Sneaky Ways to Get Baby's First Smile on Camera
Why I let my toddler take risks
My older daughter, who came to us at the age of three-and-a-half years old, has been cautious since the day we met her. If something was hot, she stayed far away. If a slide or climbing structure seemed a bit too high, she didn't even try it. Her diligence regarding staying away from bodies of water was unmatched. We had it easy, really. Then along came Elvie, and we found out what "polar opposite" really meant. Not only is Elvie unafraid to try new things, sometimes she'll try things that hurt her a bit before a second time. She wants to conquer things, and she doesn't factor my anxiety level into whether or not she wants to do something. She will not be stopped, and I finally realized that I need to lighten up on the little things. We've always been cautious about safety when it comes to things that are major risks - we're not going to send her into a backyard with an unattended swimming pool, for instance - but I've come to discover that for her, sometimes a little bit of allowedRead More »from 4 Reasons Why I Let My Toddler Take Risks
- I love baby names (theoretical baby names, that is - picking one for my actual children has been surprisingly difficult). Because we have two girls and knew in advance of their births that they were female, I haven't spent as much time looking at or thinking about boy names, so I loved taking a few minutes to check out this great list of baby boy names. These are the names that are shooting fastest up the Social Security names list; you'll see a lot of unique names here. My favorite? Remington. Which one do you like most? - By Janssen Bradshaw
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10 reasons I love being a young mom
With a little help from my surrounding culture, I was convinced that I'd never be successful, never have money, and never have a long-lasting relationship with my then-boyfriend (now-husband). Everything I ever envisioned for myself was quietly fading, leaving me alone, scared, with absolutely no certainty in life.
Except for the fact that I had a child growing in my body.
Yet now, looking back, I realize how perfect that timing really was. It taught me more about myself, about life, than I ever thought I needed to know - and it also made me realize that becoming a mother at any age comes with positive perks.
Here are 10 reasons I love being a younger mom:
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I wasn't used to a certain amount of discretionary income, or spur-of-the-moment vacations, or
- Face it - if there's anything you love almost as much as your baby, it's the Internet. Where else would we find parenting inspiration, advice and tips for baby-rearing in the 21st century? In celebration of the impact the Internet has made on our world in such a relatively short time, I've rounded up these 7 baby names inspired by the tech world at large. Tell me, which is your favorite? - By Erin Loechner
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7 ways having a baby brought us closer
We thought we were a pretty solid couple before having kids, but having a baby changes everything. And this time, I'm talking about it changing for the better! We have found so many ways that having a child has brought us closer. Here are my 7 favorites…
1. Watching Each Other Be Goofy
Now, my husband is a really funny guy. But he's always been funny in an intelligent-and-witty sort of way. Now I get to see him be funny in a goofy-and-childlike way. Which is just so full of joy. Big smiles.
2. Quality Time
We spent a lot of time together when it was just the two of us. But I'm not sure we ever put as much effort into spending quality time and making family memories before. Our son inspires us to go out and have fun together.
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3. Learning to Be More Selfless
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- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Wed, Aug 14, 2013 3:49 PM EDT
7 simple ways for mamas to get In the hustle and bustle of the everyday, many mamas tend to lose sight of themselves and their needs. Being a parent is a selfless (and often thankless) job and there is always something that needs to be done. A load of laundry to do, errands to run, snacks to be made, work projects to finish…some days it seems never-ending.Read More »from 7 Sneaky Ways Any Mom Can Get Some Time for Herself
But, even when it seems like there's no hope for finding any "me time" in your busy schedule, it is so important to squeeze it in. Sometimes your "me time" may involve leaving the house, but sometimes it may be something small, yet perfectly indulgent, being squeezed in during nap time. Whatever the case, finding "me time" as a mama is an important part of staying balanced, and even though it may feel like it is taking way from your motherly "duties," it will actually help you come back refreshed and better able to be the best mama you can be. Here are a few ideas for squeezing in some "me time" as a mama - things that I like to do and that you might too!