Yesterday we came home after a 3 day weekend visiting out-of-town relatives, and tomorrow we head out again to spend 5 days celebrating Christmas with our families. Needless to say, it's been hectic! I managed to get all the laundry done and the suitcases re-packed, so that's good. We made cookies today. If you're ever … Continue reading Is It Bedtime Yet?
We had our first big snowfall here in NE Ohio today. We also had 2 extra kids in our group. I knew I needed a way for 4 kids under 5 to get some energy out, so we decided to play in the snow (we left Iris inside napping 😉). Holy cow have you ever … Continue reading Cold weather and hot tempers
One question I am usually asked by a couple is: "Will having a doula benefit my husband/partner? Is there a need for a doula since I will have my husband there to support me?" It can be hard for me to articulately answer this question, as I have never been in that role before. I … Continue reading A Doula’s Role from a Husband’s Perspective
Ive got a PSA for you: Being a mom is hard. You're shocked, I know. It's hard physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. For every one thing I do right, there's a hundred more things I get completely wrong. Long story short: Motherhood is not what I thought it would be. I love being a … Continue reading When Comparison is a Thief of Joy
A thank-you letter to all moms, everywhere. To the Mom of Littles....thank you. Thank you for taking the time to show love and affection to babies and toddlers who often can't express their gratitude. From the moment you open your eyes in the morning you are at the service of these little ones. You nurse … Continue reading A Mother’s Day Letter to All Moms
If you're a mother of a child under age six you understand how glorious it is when the weather is warm enough for outside play. My kids spend nearly every day during the months of April-October playing at a local playground. It's a great way for my children to run off all that energy and … Continue reading The 5 Types of Moms You See at the Playground
My son was just 6 weeks away from his second birthday when he became a big brother. We had a homebirth with our second and she was born at 9:29 pm while our son was sleeping, totally oblivious to what was going on in the other room. He woke up around 7 am and went … Continue reading Transitioning From 1 to 2: Tips to Make it Easier
Since I often support other women during labor, I thought I would share my own birth experiences and how each one led me to my dream of helping women before, during, and after labor. November of 2011. I was pregnant for the first time and was in the second trimester. My husband and I were … Continue reading The Day I Became a Mother