A Baby Blues Check In

It’s no secret that I struggled for the first month or so of Jack’s life. The transition into motherhood was not a smooth one for me, and during that time, I felt like I’d never have it all under control. I felt like I’d always be fighting simply to keep my head above water.

I mean, during those first 6 weeks, it was a good day if Cory came home from work I wasn’t in the same spot on the couch where he’d left me 10 hours prior. (It was a super good day if I wasn’t crying when he got home.)

(Super good days were few and far between.)

But yesterday, while Cory went to play golf, I casually went to the grocery store, prepped lunches and dinners for the week, and got Jack to nap, it dawned on me. I’m doing the damn thing.

And not only am I doing the damn thing, I’m doing it well.

Doing it well doesn’t imply that I’m spectacular. It doesn’t mean that I have things figured out, or that I don’t make mistakes, or that my house is immaculate, or that I don’t have days where I literally throw my hands up in frustration; but it does imply that I’m no longer just keeping my head above water.

The solo grocery store trip? The prepping meals? The getting Jack to nap? (All while alone?) Four or five months ago, those were all things I never thought I’d be able to do.

I don’t have a funny story or a witty way to end this post, but because my postpartum story resonated with so many women, I felt like it was necessary to check in to let other moms know that it absolutely gets better.

And easier. And more exciting. And much happier.

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8 Things I Literally Can’t Even

Watching the news. I literally can’t even because the news is way too full of anxiety-producing material. I’m a professional at conjuring up the most terrifying situations in my mind, I don’t need anyone else’s help thankyouverymuch.

You being late. I literally can’t even. I just can’t.

The doorbell. I literally can’t even because it sends Penny into a fit, therefore it sends Jack into a fit, therefore therefore it’s a major meltdown in my house. If you ring the door bell just to alert me that you left a package on my doorstep and you WALK AWAY, I will hunt you down.

Parenting brags on Facebook. Sally slept through the night? John poo-pooed in the potty? You pumped 10 ounces in one sitting? Your husband gets 6 weeks of paternity leave? I literally can’t even.

Packing away Jack’s clothes. I literally can’t even because he’s still a baby – how does he not fit into half his wardrobe anymore?!? I can’t. I literally can’t even.

The fact that Jack will be SIX MONTHS OLD this month. That’s half a year. I literally.can’t.even.

Mommy wars. I literally can’t even because COME ON, isn’t every woman just doing the absolute best that she can?

Golf. I literally can’t even because why does it take one thousand hours to play a round of golf?

Now That I’m a Mom, I Believe…

In giving people the benefit of the doubt.

I am a bedtime Nazi.

All parties (especially ones including alcohol) should start at noon and end by 5pm.

Now that my body has gown (and is currently sustaining) a human life, I adore it.

Every restaurant should have a drive thru and/or delivery option.

My husband is even more amazing than I had originally believed.

Working out is critical for my own sanity (not vanity.)

Sleep is a form of currency.

I need more support than I could have ever possibly imagined.

Dating your spouse is so important.

Everyone is making it up as they go along.

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8 Tips for the Mistake-Prone Mom

It’s the Friday of a holiday weekend, and I won’t sleep if I don’t give you some very serious, unsolicited advice. In the past few months, I’ve learned a few things. Brace yourself for my astounding wisdom.

1. Don’t walk around the house in just your bra for too long. You run the risk of forgetting…and taking the dog out. In the daylight.

2. Don’t be a hero: drink the wine, your breastmilk will be fine. You don’t have to walk this road of motherhood alone. Wine is here for you. Always.

3. Driving long distances with your baby is more difficult than it sounds. Road trip + Google Maps’ estimated time of arrival + baby = two additional hours.

4. Need a quick panic attack? Fall asleep in bed with your infant.

5. Don’t ever say, he’s finally sleeping through the night! #jinx

6. No one thinks your baby is as cute as you do. Maybe your mother does, but that’s it. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s the honest truth.

7. If you plan a conference call during nap time, nap time will not happen that day. Babies have a sixth sense and know when you have important plans that don’t include them. When that happens, they go HAM and obliterate any and all routine.

8. Don’t lick the mustard off your hand unless you’re sure it’s mustard. I’ll just leave this here.

Rodan + Fields Mini Review

Can I be honest for a second? I love breastfeeding, but I hate the toll that it’s taking on my hormones. Dude, my skin is all kinds of messed up, and I’m terribly self-conscious about it. I’ve tried almost everything, and nothing seems to help. I feel like a broken record, as I’ve had hit-or-miss skin for a few years now.

When Sara so kindly offered to send me some Rodan + Fields samples, I quickly obliged. It seems like R+F is all over my Facebook newsfeed these days, and I’ve be seeing some of my friends make amazing claims about the products. Needless to say, I was super interested in these products.


I took this quick (like, 30 seconds) test that determined the REDEFINE regimen would be best for me. Sara quickly reached out to me to explain what she’d be sending me and why, which I greatly appreciated!

Guys, the MACRO Exfoliating scrub that she sent me is out.of.this.world (not pictured because I used it immediately. Sorry!) It made my skin feel so smooth. After using the products for a few days, I noticed that my skin appeared less irritated, which totally got me hooked. The only thing that’s keeping me from purchasing these products RIGHT NOW is my budget. Such is life.

If you’re struggling with your skin (like I always seem to be) and you have a budget to invest in quality skincare products, you need to reach out to Sara (or check out her Facebook page.) She’s always posting amazing stuff and she’s extremely helpful!

Video Blog Day 2

Can I be honest? I have no idea how Lindsay did this every day – it’s so difficult to find the time to sit down in front of the camera. But that’s why I look up to her – she’s awesome. Here’s my video blog for the day where I’m talking about the challenges, surprises, and most rewarding aspects of new motherhood. I’m looking real attractive, per the usual.*


Life With a Baby and a Great Dane

People have been wildly interested in Penny since the day we brought her home, but more recently, people are interested in how she’s been adjusting to life with a baby.

Since my post about things to consider before owning a Great Dane has been one of my most popular, I figured I’d follow up with some expectations to have when adding a baby to your Great Dane’s life. And really, who doesn’t love pictures of big dogs and tiny humans?

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1. Expect initial disinterest. Danes are known to be giant scaredy cats, but Penny takes in to a whole ‘nother level. I fully expected her to freak out over a new baby in the house, but she was more disinterested than anything. She absolutely ran away when we first got home from the hospital, but I’m certain she was spooked by the car seat…not the baby.

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2. Expect rebellion. Oh my dear sweet Jesus. Once we brought Jack home, it was like Penny was replaced with a brand new puppy. She was eating off the counter, going to the bathroom in the house, and acting like a crazed Tasmanian Devil (she actually put a hole in a wall from running around the house and taking a corner too quickly…) For a month or two, she completely regressed from all the training and progress we’d made over the previous two years. It was frustrating and exhausting to say the least. Many tears were shed.

3. Carve out quality time. I’ve said it before, but Danes are velcro dogs and highly sensitive. They crave attention and physical contact; both of which can seem like limited resources when you spend your entire day caring for a new baby. (Don’t worry, a Dane will be sure to let you know when she’s in need of some TLC.)

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Obviously, Penny got bumped down the totem pole when Jack was born, but we could have absolutely done a better job of easing that transition. I think we could have avoided most of our problems in #2 if we had been more mindful of Penny’s needs (other than the basic food, water, bathroom bit.)

4. They really are gentle giants. Penny stands at over 3 feet tall and weighs over 100 pounds, but she is beyond delicate with Jack. Clearly, I would never leave them together unsupervised, but those two babes cuddle and nuzzle each other as if Jack was Penny’s own puppy. It’s the most precious thing.

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5. Go on as many walks as possible. Great Danes are dogs who need 20 – 30 minutes of activity every day in order to be wiped out. On days when we get in walks with Penny, she’s much more content, well behaved, and patient with Jack. It’s well worth the extra effort!

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While I’m sure most of these tips can apply to most dog breeds, I can only speak to my experiences with a Great Dane. As always, I have to say that Great Danes are such a special (dare I say, delicate?) breed, so please do your research before owning one!

Video Blog Day 1

Hey there! Like I mentioned yesterday, I switching things up a bit with a week of video blogs. If you hate video blogs, come back next week and I promise things will be back to regularly scheduled programming.

Like I mention in the video, I have a few ideas of what I want to talk about in these videos, but if you have any topic suggestions, please let me know. I aim to please! :)

Back to Reality

slowThese past ten days of vacation were amazing. We headed up to Cape Cod for a week with our friends Bobby + Whitney (with a pitstop to see my parents) and it was a much needed break from reality. I didn’t know it before we got there, but the Cape Cod house doesn’t have wifi, and I fully embraced the forced disconnection.

Walks to the bay, days spent in Provincetown and Chatam, and relaxing on the back deck with Bloody Marys were some of the highlights from the week. The 10+ hour car rides to and from were slightly painful, but there’s something I love about road trip conversations.

coryComing back from vacation is always bittersweet, and the fact that tomorrow is the beginning of September intensifies that feeling for me tenfold.

I’m feeling refreshed and energized for what the last part of 2015 has in store; and while this has been a fantastic summer, I’m absolutely ready to welcome my favorite season with open arms! wellfleetCheck back tomorrow – I’m mixing things up a bit and taking a page out of this lady’s book and starting a little vlogging challenge ;)

Chit chat: Did you take any fun trips or vacations this summer?