What It’s Like to Be a New Mother – Infographic

Giving birth to and caring for an infant is likely the greatest challenge a woman endures. The worry, lack of sleep and dramatic lifestyle change can be overwhelming, to say the least. However, as many mothers find, it is well worth the reward of a happy, healthy and loving child. The folks at PersonalCreations recently surveyed over 1,000 mothers about their experiences with a new baby. Check out the infographic below to discover what it’s like to be a new mother!

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Toilet-Palooza & Things That Shouldn’t Be in the Laundry

I have an autistic 5-year-old son who recently completed potty training and is obsessed with H2O. Water is his boo, his jam, his passion. I know this because I have attended several impromptu Toliet-Palooza festivals and floods he has hosted inside our bathrooms and kitchen. As fun as they were, we now must keep these doors locked, which presents another problem.

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As a Dad of Daughters, I Have a 6th Sense & Can Scare Boyfriends

I am the father of three children. I have two daughters and a son. My kids mean everything to me. My son is growing up, and I see him maturing a little more every day. But I will always look at my daughters and see them as those same little girls I put in ponytails (with varying degrees of success) and drove to school years ago. And that is the problem. Raising daughters is tricky.

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Bedtime…Why Must It Come EVERY SINGLE NIGHT?!?!

My girlfriend was over one day picking her daughter up from an epic 9th birthday sleepover. We chatted in the kitchen discussing the girls and how late they went to sleep the night before. I casually told her that it didn’t really matter to me because the twins had not yet slept through the night, (FYI they are two) and come to think of it… I really could not remember having a full night’s sleep.

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Big Girls Don’t Cry: 18 Ridiculous Reasons My Kids Cry

If there is one thing my kids do well, it is cry. They came into this world crying and they haven’t really stopped since. Children cry for so many different reasons, I can’t even keep track of them all – Mommy leaving, not wanting to eat their veggies, getting hurt – you name it. But, most of the time they cry for completely ridiculous reasons that don’t even make any sense. Here are 18 ridiculous reasons my kids cry.

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Twin Toddlers, Teeth and Torture

Well friends, that magical time in our lives just recently rolled around – I made the bi-annual trek to the dentist’s office with the twins. To say that the twinnies hate the dentist would be the grossest understatement of the century. I thought we had a chance at a pleasant visit this time. The girls were so enamored with the office fish tank and the buckets of toys. They are two though and unfortunately had no clue that the brightly colored games, toys and Disney wall decals were nothing but smoke and mirrors.

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3 Simple Steps To Guilt-Free Parenting

Ah Guilt – a parent’s constant companion! From morning until night, it follows us around like a bad smell. And when I say bad, I mean smelly-nappy-left-for-days-in-a-bin-bag-already-filled-with-rotting-meat-smelly. Just so we’re clear. No matter how good a job we do or how hard we work, we just can’t seem to shake the feeling. It’s as if we’re always accompanied by an old judge banging his over-used gavel (not a euphemism) and shouting “Guilty!” at every possible opportunity.

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Say What?! 20 Crazy Things I’ve Actually Said as a Parent

Before I had kids, I always pictured my life to be perfect with perfectly dressed and perfectly behaved, beautiful children. Reality check. Although I do think my children are beautiful…nothing is perfect. Sh#t hit the fan as soon as our first child was born and things got even more ridiculous when we added more children to the mix. Farewell planning. Three children later, I find myself often saying pretty funny things to them. Out loud. In public…sometimes in front of strangers. You would be amazed at some of the things you find yourself saying as a parent.

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5 Truths About the Suburban Stay-At-Home Mom

As the self-proclaimed Stay-At-Home Queen of Suburbia, I feel it is my duty to confirm some truths regarding what us Stay-At-Home Moms do all day…I mean there are a lot of hours in the day, right? If we aren’t going to work what the heck do we do all day?! Get our nails done? Shop? Here are five truths about being a stay-at-home mom.

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Sleep Training Ain’t for Sissies!

When it comes to getting your baby to sleep, don’t be misled by the stories about THAT MOM who manages to get it done so easily she’s shocked at your difficult time. There is always THAT MOM whose little angel just naturally starts sleeping through the night…at three weeks. And, finally, there are ALL THE OTHER MOMS who stumble through their little Tyrant’s first year, trying, failing, doubling-back, and then trying something else…until their little Tyrant finally, maybe, capitulates to a full night’s sleep.

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