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postpartum hormones: trying to find calm in the crazy

postpartum hormones

I feel crazy.  My brain is spinning in 500 different directions and somehow spaced out at the same time.  I feel panicky and like I can’t breathe one minute and furious the next.  I want to scream and cry and throw things.

Hello, postpartum hormones.  It’s awful to see you again.

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10 free date nights

free date nights

It is HARD to make Date Night happen when you’ve got kids and no money.  BUT (and we all know this) it is so incredibly important to make time with your partner a priority.  I love my husband, and I want to stay connected.  I don’t want to lose who we are as a couple in the process of figuring out who we are as parents.  So…

IDEAS FOR FREE DATE NIGHTS

I did some brainstorming with my people and came up with a list of 10 date nights that are 100% free.  (Any food used could easily come from the week’s grocery trip without straining your budget.)

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#SAHMlife – In the Middle of the Chaos

#SAHMlife

I constantly feel in between staying at home and working.  It’s terrible.  It’s like I still haven’t given myself permission to be at home, not to work, to raise my babies.  It feels selfish, somehow, when David’s killing himself to provide for us.  I know being a stay-at-home mom is a job and a sacrifice, too.  But, in my brain, it feels like the opposite for some reason.

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on the course: training for my first half marathon

on the course

Today’s the day!  My sister and I are registered for a half marathon in September, and today we officially start our training plan.  (I’m using Hal Higdon.)

There are a few obstacles here:

  1. I’m not fully healed from delivery in February.  My pelvis still gets sore when I overdo it.  (I suppose that’s what happens when a 9-pound baby pushes his way through there in three hours.)
  2. Because of said pelvic pain, I haven’t been able to get where I need to to start training – I’m only up to 2 miles, and I need to be able to run 3.
  3. Finding the time to run will be tricky with a 2-year-old and a 4-month-old.

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the road to Lucille Violet – from loss to high-risk pregnancy

a guest post from Perfectly Port

I’m so excited to be partnering with Erin from Perfectly Port today!  We connected on Instagram and have a million things in common.  I know you’ll appreciate her story.  You can check out my post on her blog at www.perfectlyportfamily.com.  

road to Lucille VioletHi, my name is Erin and I am a wife to Scott, mom to Solon (7), Vera (5) and Lucille (1). I love God and I love to encourage women because being a wife, mother, friend and all the other titles we hold can be so rewarding but so hard too! I blog over at www.perfectlyportfamily.com. I am so excited to be guest posting here with Molly today and sharing a piece of my story with you!

The road to motherhood is different for every woman and this week it’s National Infertility Awareness Week. Although my story is not tied directly with infertility, I hope it brings encouragement to you wherever you are in your mothering journey.

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in fertility

If you are experiencing issues with fertility and are looking for some things to try, please keep reading.

However, if you’re not in a place to think about that right now, or if you’ve had enough of others’ attempts to “fix it”, maybe bookmark this and come back to it later.

It’s not my intention to say, “We did all this, and it totally worked!  You should do it, too!”  All I want is to share some of the things we tried, to offer potentially new ideas, to give a little bit of hope. (more…)

in the in-between: a letter to new mamas

a letter to new mamas

During this precious time of new life and constant adjustment, I find myself particularly reflective.  I find myself noticing little things I wish I had known with Lily.  I find myself wanting to take note of thoughts I’d share with my sister if and when she becomes a mother – things I don’t want to forget. (more…)

my plan for postpartum self-care

a listing my life post plan for postpartum self-care

I was very fortunate to receive a gift certificate to Lush for my birthday this year.  Baby Boy will be here any day now, and I want to make sure I’m set up for success for my postpartum self-care routines.

Taking care of yourself post-delivery is one of the most uncomfortable things I’ve ever experienced.  Not only are you grappling with how to care for a newborn, but your body has just been put through the wringer.  It’s feeling bloated and deflated at the same time. And sore and chapped and swollen and bloody.  It’s not pretty.  But you’ve also just done the most amazing, rewarding thing.  The perfect recipe for some well-deserved (and necessary) pampering! (more…)

Overnight Oats: Our Morning Saver

a quick, easy recipe for baby or the mom or dad on-the-goOur mornings got a whole lot easier and much less stressful once I began making overnight oats.  I was a little skeptical because some of the recipes I found seemed a bit complicated, and I wasn’t sure how long the oats would last.  However, after over a year of eating overnight oats for breakfast, I have mastered a recipe that we love!

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Self-Care: A Seemingly Impossible Feat

I realized while at a stoplight recently that I haven’t been taking care of myself – like a slap-in-the-face, makes-you-want-to-cry kind of duh!  Nothing (well, okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration) gets to me more or makes me feel more depressed and overwhelmed than when I realize I’ve been neglecting myself.  I’m not taken care of.  I’m not doing well.  I’m not doing me well.  It’s a slippery slope that quickly leads to negativity snowballs and panic attacks.

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