• Uncategorized

    Gift Guide for Coffee-Loving Moms

    "The days are long, but the years are short." Truer words have never been spoken. When I became a first time mom, I thought that line was a load of BS. The days were long, the nights were longer, and a month felt like 10 years. How could years feel like anything less than an eternity? "It gets better around the third month," some well-intentioned friends told us. For someone who was surviving one hour at a time, this felt like a life sentence. When people told me that the newborn stage was the easiest, I wasn't sure which I wanted to do more- strangle them with my bare hands or break down in tears…

  • Toddler Years

    The 30 Best Christmas Toys for Toddlers on Amazon

    It’s the most wonderful tiiiiime of the yeeeear! Unfortunately the most wonderful time of the year is extremely stressful and confusing when you have to find popular, age appropriate toys for kids. Before having a kid, I had no idea what they liked. Do one year olds still shove everything in their mouths? Can a two year old do puzzles yet? Does a four year old still like stuffed animals? And what is popular right now? If I'm going to spend money on something, I don't want it to start accumulating dust on day 2. I’m still a little clueless to be honest. Fortunately, Amazon has us all covered. They have released…

  • Newborns & Your Postpartum Self,  Preparing for Baby

    2018 Must Have Black Friday Deals on Amazon

    Black Friday + Cyber Monday is here y’all! This is the BEST time of the year to save on baby items.   When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I didn’t know what I would really need. But after rounding the second month with baby #2, I have tried and tested enough products to know what I can live without, and what I can’t.   When browsing Amazon’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, I found 5 critical items that I would recommend to every new mother. *This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure for details.   Here are my top 5 items for new moms, on sale on Amazon…

  • Newborns & Your Postpartum Self,  Personal Stories,  Preparing for Baby

    Snuza Hero Review

    Did you know that babies can stop breathing when they fall into a deep sleep? I didn’t until recently.   My understanding of SIDS was that the risks plummeted when babies had proper air circulation. This meant making sure that they were laid to sleep on their back, and their face was kept uncovered. Oh, and fans could help.   The other times they died sounded like a big mystery. Turns out, it’s often from falling into deep sleep.   **This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase a product using my direct link, I receive a small compensation at no extra cost to you. I only recommend…

    Comments Off on Snuza Hero Review
  • Newborns & Your Postpartum Self,  Preparing for Baby

    My Windi Review

    Is your baby gassy? Do you ever wonder why God created them with the inability to burp and fart on their own? Yea, me neither.   But if you answered yes to either of these questions, a little birdy told me about a really weird product called Windi the Gasspasser that works wonders in helping relieve gas. You just have to get past all the gross, freaky stuff first. But apparently it’s worth every dime.     Now, I’ve been covered with enough bodily fluids to appreciate a good tip whenever someone is passing them out. So if you don’t want to get pooped on, or have your baby covered…

  • Personal Stories

    #MomFail Mall Outing

    I usually like living in Thailand, but sometimes I hate it. Like when I need Amazon (Jeff Bezos, we NEED you here!!!).   As a mom, what would be simple tasks become infinitely more complicated, especially in a big city.   A few days ago I wanted to pick up a couple basic things for the house and baby. Instead of getting what I needed, this is what happened:     Hope your outings are better than mine!   Best,

    Comments Off on #MomFail Mall Outing
  • Newborns & Your Postpartum Self,  Preparing for Baby,  Self Care

    Preventing Postpartum Depression with a Second Child

    In a world where we compare everyone’s Facebook highlights to our lowest moments, is it any wonder why we are ashamed to talk about postpartum depression?   If it is supposed to be the happiest time of our lives, why do we find ourselves crying into cold coffee?   Is it possible to love and resent a baby at the same time? Or am I just the worst mom in the world?   If you have ever experienced the hell of postpartum depression (which you probably have if you are reading this), you are likely scared to death of having another child. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want one.…

  • Personal Stories

    Introducing Petra Mae

    My first daughter entered the world fist first and screaming. My second slid into this world in silence. From the womb these two girls have been completely different, as have my pregnancies. It comes as no surprise that their births have been too.   My Unusual Risks   After hemorrhaging during Emmie’s birth (you can read about it here), I was deemed high risk for a repeat bleed. This would be manageable if it weren’t for my family’s history of practically sneezing out babies, and Bangkok’s bad traffic.   A taxi birth had a high likelihood of being fatal for me, so my doctor felt that it was important for…

  • Newborns & Your Postpartum Self

    5 Crazy Post-Birth Realities

    When I was preparing for our first child, I became a Pinterest fanatic. I read every one of the “Things that Nobody Tells You” articles that I could find and talked to a lot of moms. They talked about postpartum bleeding, the terror of pooping, and other such nightmarish things (if you want to learn more about those things, this is a good read). I thought that I was ready. But still (sigh), after giving birth I discovered yet more surprises.   I was pretty upset that nobody told me these 5 things, because every time I stumbled into one, I felt like a rug was pulled out from under…

    Comments Off on 5 Crazy Post-Birth Realities
  • Personal Stories

    Redeeming a Terrible Birth Experience

    Emmie’s birth went off like a bang from the moment she drew her first breath. Blood curdling screams echoed through the house for the next 8 hours. And speaking of blood, there was a lot of it. Too much in fact.   Let me rewind…   “Natural” is Best, Right?   Before Emmie was born, I was obsessed with doing everything possible to have a pain free, natural birth experience, and to optimize our chances of bonding from the start (You can call me crazy. I was).   I followed the Hypnobabies course (useless), read books such as Childbirth Without Fear (I wish I still had a copy, because I…