Being on social media has advantages when you’re parenting for the first time. I had my previously-written-about group of awesome internet friends. I could share pictures of my new baby with my friends and family (whether they wanted to see 100 pictures of slightly
I write young adult novels, and in the writing community, there is an ongoing discussion about needing more diversity in the books that are published for children. A lot of these discussions have informed more than just my writing.
There are days I feel totally and completely incompetent. Take today for instance. My bedroom floor is littered with toys, books, and clothes. There are far too many water glasses on my dresser. My kitchen is messy and all of my daughter’s cloth diapers
There are so many things in this modern day that I feel aren't conducive to being a mother. But there is one thing about these years that is amazing: There are wonderful communities of mothers on the internet.
"Don’t think of it as pain. Think of it as an interesting sensation that requires all of your attention." ~ Ina May Gaskin -- Within this mindset, labor and birth can be a beautiful and wondrous time. Too often we hear stories that focus
If you ask me what the hardest year of my marriage has been, I wouldn’t even have to think: it was the first year we were parents. My husband and I have been together ten years, married for five. We’ve had those good times
By Olivia Hinebaugh I’m trying to get organized. What mom isn’t? (If you are already organized, I’m not sure I want to know that.) As part of this project for self-betterment, house-cleansing, time-management-improvement, I broke down my typical weekday. I drafted up a
By Olivia Hinebaugh I knew when I found out I was pregnant for the second time that I wanted my son to be included in as much of the pregnancy and birth as possible. I grew up knowing all about pregnancy and birth
By Olivia Hinebaugh Reblogged with permission from Lucy & Leo I know. I know, little one. We’re a pair you and I. I love you. And you don’t have to say it; I know you love me too. Being your mother isn’t
By Olivia Hinebaugh A lot of new moms feel like they could use more help in those first few weeks. I wish I had thought about who I might need or want to talk to in those emotional, sleepy, overwhelming days. Bottom line: