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The Mom I Used To Be

Ok mammas, I know we have all seen the Luvs commercials.  You know, the ones that show the difference in the mom you are with your first and the mom you change in to with your second?  I think a lot of us can admit that they are preeetttyyyy accurate.  I mean, I can totally relate to the mom that hands her babe off to the auto shop mechanic and even the one that leaves the house with one diaper, a few wipes and a sippy. I've been a mom for about seven years, but I gave birth to my first four years ago (more on the reasoning behind that here).  As a new mom you have so many expectations...
Friendships are hard.  At least for me.  Growing up, I was a tomboy--one of the guys--with a fierce independent streak. I never had a lot of girl friends. I also moved around a bit, so I don't have any friends that I've known since elementary school.  College and grad school brought dear friends--kindred spirits--but distance keeps us apart these days. My husband is my absolute best friend, and I'm lucky to be married to him. We've had lots of adventures and have moved across country a few times in our nearly decade-long marriage.  Its easy to be best friends with him, especially because we're both slightly weird. Adult friendships, though, are difficult for me, especially with other women. Wonderful and worth it,...
It wasn't until I became a mom that I realized how outrageously expensive disposable diaper really are!  I now realize that when you receive diapers as a baby gift, you are really getting the BEST GIFT EVER!  Like putting gas in your car, diapers become a necessary item that can quickly put a big dent in your families budget. When my oldest child was in diapers I thought I had a pretty good idea of where to purchase the cheapest diapers.  Turns out...I was wrong! So I set out on a mission to help find the best deals in (disposable) diapering.  Hopefully, this thorough comparison, will help to cut down on some of the foot work and research (that most...
Dear 3 month postpartum self, I know you saw the pictures of Scarlett Johansson's tiny little bod at her movie premiere like two months after giving birth. I know it made you want to curl up in a ball and never put clothes on or go out in public again. It sucks, because being a new mom in our media obsessed world is hard enough; there are a million and one things you can compare to and nit-pick and worry about. And then these celebs (and other real life moms around you) basically walk out of the hospital looking like they never carried a child around in their abdomen for 9 months. And there's nothing wrong with that. More power to...
When I moved to the south as a ten-year-old, one of the things that stood out to me the most was the use of the words "sir" and "ma'am".  This was a huge culture shock for me and took a very long time for me to get used to because NOBODY talked like that in California, where I grew up.  Nobody talked like that in Montana or Connecticut (where my parents grew up) either, so this was very foreign to my whole family.  Fast forward twenty-something years, and I actually love the mannerly way here.  Or so I thought I did.  That was until I transitioned from someone who said, "yes, ma'am" to someone who hears it.  I get...

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