5 Things Toddlers & Cats Have in Common

Ever noticed the uncanny similarities between your toddler and your favorite feline?

I have two cats and one toddler (and a dog, but she’s the most easy-going creature in this house, including my husband and myself; as such, she is not the subject of this post). Recently, I’ve realized there are a startling number of similarities between the toddler and the cats.

I love my kid, and in general, I love my cats, but these similarities are not particularly endearing and not great selling points for anyone considering becoming a parent or adopting a cat. If you’re one of those people and don’t want to be discouraged, I suggest you stop reading here. If you’ve already got kids and/or cats, feel free to keep going; you’re probably just jaded enough to appreciate my observations.  Continue reading “5 Things Toddlers & Cats Have in Common”

Dispatches from the Baby Zone

Just another day in baby land…

0600: Strange noises coming from baby’s room. Remain motionless and hope that husband gets out of bed first. Crack one eye to see that husband is actually in the shower (damn). Stumble, bleary-eyed, out of bed. Further investigation confirms suspicion that baby has indeed awoken. Instantly regret last night’s decision to watch “one more episode” of Game of Thrones and consequently staying up until midnight. Remember that I am not 20 years old anymore and vow to never repeat this mistake again. Attempt to not fall down the stairs while going to make a bottle.

0630: Baby falls back asleep after his bottle. Gently (oh so gently) lay him back down in crib and creep out of nursery like a ninja. Send fervent thanks up to all the gods while stumbling back to bed and grab a sock to drape over my eyes. Wonder for the hundredth morning in a row why the sun must be so infernally bright.  Continue reading “Dispatches from the Baby Zone”

This is the 1 gadget you need for introducing solids

Is baby ready to start gumming some real food? This tool will make introducing solids as smooth as pureed bananas!

“I’m sending you the link now. I’m warning you now: It’s not cute, it’s not eligible for Prime shipping, and I think it ships from Canada, but I’m telling you—this is the one.”

Ugh, no Prime shipping? From CANADA? What was my mother thinking? Not even a cute color?? Why in the world would I buy this baby food grinder?

One simple reason: it works.  Continue reading “This is the 1 gadget you need for introducing solids”

Top 10 Crock Pot Recipes for Busy Mamas

Busy mama? Not sure what to feed all those tiny (and big) mouths yelling for dinner? We’ve got you covered! | Motherhood Collective

First of all, you’re not confused; this is not a cooking blog.

But – this is a blog about motherhood, and by and large, it’s mamas who are called upon to provide the food so that our world isn’t ripped apart by hangry little humans (or big humans for that matter). As a stay-at-home mom, I usually have a kid hanging off my yoga pants while I cook, so I like to keep things as simple as possible. There’s only so far my worn-out yoga pants will stretch before they just give up (and believe me, no one wants to see that) which is why I am a huge fan of the slow cooker.  Continue reading “Top 10 Crock Pot Recipes for Busy Mamas”

The moments of motherhood

These are the small moments that make up motherhood.

Yesterday I felt impatient. It was one of those days that most (probably all) stay-at-home mom experience occasionally, when you’re frustrated because it feels like you can’t get anything done.

I had been working on a post, and my brain had finally come up with the perfect way to describe something: the paragraph that would finally take my writing from okay to brilliant. Every time I tried to type it out, however, my son would come crawling toward my computer at breakneck speed and an up-to-no-good glint in his big blue eyes. After a few attempts, I sighed and shut the laptop, realizing that my brilliance would have to wait till naptime. By then, my perfect words had vanished, sacrificed on the altar of fifteen repeat readings of Dr. Seuss.  Continue reading “The moments of motherhood”

Why I Quit Baby-Led Weaning

Get the scoop on baby-led weaning – the good, the bad, and the very, very messy.

First off: I’m not a baby-feeding expert. I only have one baby, and he’s only 9 months old so we’re still trying things out.

My only qualifications thus far are:

1) I did read the book and tried Baby Led Weaning for at least a month. I have also fed purees so I can compare the methods.

2) My child is basically a goat who will eat anything I put in his mouth, so I probably haven’t messed up too badly so far with introducing solids.

3) I’m super lazy so you know anything I recommend is going to be easy and low-maintenance.  Continue reading “Why I Quit Baby-Led Weaning”

I want my child to be average.

How do I measure my success as a parent if my children are simply average?

Don’t misunderstand me; I don’t want my child to struggle or be unhappy.

I think we’re too quick to attach a negative meaning to the word “average.” We assume that to be average is to live a substandard life in some way when that’s not the case at all.

I do have dreams about my kid being wildly successful and happy and amazingly talented at everything he attempts (of course), but my goal as a parent is to give him permission to be simply average.  Continue reading “I want my child to be average.”