I remember thinking I was going to die, and that I just couldn't do it anymore, but at the same time feeling stronger than any other human on earth in that moment. Labour is like lifting a car off of someone. You don't know you've got it in you until you do it, and there's no way you could summon that strength under ordinary conditions.
I've always been a big sharer of personal stories. I disclose embarrassing anecdotes about myself at parties, and I am drawn to blogging as a way to share my personal experiences with others. My wife, on the other hand, has always been a very private person. We are always having conversations about how much to… Continue reading Risking their right to privacy: mom bloggers and “sharenting”
Today is my wife's birthday. I'm throwing her a surprise party, and trying to play it cool this morning before guests arrive. Yesterday was a manic day of getting the house and yard ready for the party, and my wife was micromanaging me in the kitchen, questioning why I was prepping so much food (her:… Continue reading Savouring Sunday
I started drafting this review back in March. Then I fell off the book club bandwagon. I missed the meeting where we discussed this book, and the next book... But I'm back on track for July. And I did read Simplicity Parenting, so I thought I'd make a brief review post about it now. Better… Continue reading Simplicity Parenting, a review
I've always been an eternal optimist. To an obnoxious extent. It took a lot of formal and informal education for me to learn that active listening and empathy required not always looking for the positive in people's experiences. Sometimes people just need to experience a negative emotion. Sometimes negative feelings can't, or even shouldn't, be… Continue reading So negative lately
We were all sick, all weekend. My wife took a sick day on Monday and it allowed me to take 20 minutes to get some garden weeding done and another 20 minutes to have a BATH!! (it has been so long since I've soaked...). But it's true what they say, mothers don't get a sick… Continue reading 3 Things on a Wednesday
I see a lot of posts on social media about what it means to be a stay at home parent or a working parent, how these parents made the decision to stay at home or go back to work, and the guilt and pressures they feel about their decision (because ALL parents feel guilt). I… Continue reading The Work-At-Home-Parent
Inspired by International Women's Day (and the #daywithoutawoman campaign that has my friends all taking the day off of work) I'm starting a self-care campaign for myself and anyone else who wants in on this challenge. I'm using the hashtag #selfcareformama on twitter (@momwithawife). I was a pro at self-care when I was pregnant. I meditated, ate… Continue reading Self-Care Campaign
I recently changed my blog URL, and with that my previous followers - my beloved community of like-minded families - stopped seeing my blog posts in their blog readers. This is a big deal because I posted some seriously awesome stuff in the past 2 weeks. I wrote about my baby starting solid food and… Continue reading Compendium of missing posts
I’d been going back and forth on the future plans for my blog – to expand it and make it fancy schmancy and try to attract all kinds of alternative families to my little hub of inclusive ramblings, or to keep it as my private and quiet little corner of the internet. My wife and… Continue reading I’ve upgraded my blog, kind of by accident.