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A million questions and so little time. Inspiration and support for the first year.

25 baby article submissions by the Mothering community.

Mining Joy from the Muck of Daily Mothering

If you've followed me much, maybe you've heard me say this already: motherhood brought me to my knees. Motherhood broke me open, and then brought me... sometimes kicking and screaming (literally)... through the muck of daily mothering to a fullness of selfhood I couldn't have even begun to imagine at the beginning of the bumpy journey.     I was a walking list of risk factors for maternal depressive symptoms (often narrowly pigeon-holed as postpartum depression). Many hands, many ideas and much good guidance helped me navigate those baby, toddler and preschooler... read more

Mayim Bialik Opens Up About Her Breastfeeding Challenges and Becoming a Lactation Educator

How Adoption is Unique

As an adopted person, my birthday this week brings thoughts about my entry into this world, thoughts about some ways that adoption is unique.   Before getting my degree and writing Parenting for Peace, my previous body of work explored the psychological and social issues in adoption. Understanding how adoption is unique can help bring healing and wholeness to everyone involved.   "Out of Everydayness": One Way Adoption is Unique One of my favorite places is Hawaii, and I'm enchanted by the uniquely Hawaiian concepts of hanai and 'ohana. These have to do with family... read more

A Valentine for my Babies

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 always easy. Especially at first, when you’re so fragile, so perfectly miniature. Either content or screaming. Either sleeping or hungry. At first the love I had for you was primitive. I had no doubt I would throw myself in front of an attacking bear, I knew I couldn’t bear your cries, I knew you belonged in my arms. I loved you.   And you loved me... read more

On Sex and Cosleeping

From our wedding, by Owl Heart I got married back in November, after knowing my husband for 7 years.  He is my best friend, my soul partner, my rock, my clown, all of those good things.  And we often don’t sleep together. “Gasp!  What?!  You don’t sleep together?!  Doomed for sure…” I can imagine some people thinking. But I am writing to dispel the myth that cosleeping leads to a sexless relationship, as well as the notion that couples have to sleep in the same bed in order to have a happy sex life. A common sentiment expressed when the topic of cosleeping comes... read more

This Is Our Last Baby … I Think

By Jessica Rassette for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers     There is nothing better than a baby bundle. A lump of baby all bundled up on your chest with their frog legs curled up underneath them. Chest to chest, heartbeat to heartbeat, their big fat cheeks covered in drool just begging to be munched on. Yep, nothing is better than a baby bundle.   I’ve been doing the baby bundle with our youngest a lot lately. He’s five months old and my baby bundle days are numbered. Any chance I get I grab that boy around his big ol’ belly and squeeze him as... read more

Mothering with Mental Illness: Inside Postpartum Anxiety

  By Olivia Hinebaugh   I look at this picture and I just know that in that moment, I was in the thick of it. The odd thing is, I didn’t realize it at the time. I knew I was weepy. I knew having a newborn was overwhelming and that I’d probably lose sleep. I knew my body would go through crazy changes in those first few weeks.   I was surprised at the ferocity with which I wanted to protect my newborn son. Bonding with him was never the issue. I loved him, but more so I wanted to protect him. The need to protect him, however, went above and beyond what is typical... read more

How to Improve Your Arm's Reach Crib: My Quest for the Perfect Co-Sleeper

By Megan Leary   I started a hunt for the perfect co-sleeper in the latter days of my second pregnancy. As a semi-co-sleeping family I wanted something that would house my little guy safely in his own area but be attached directly to our bed. I wanted to reach out and touch him, pull him near to nurse, then push him back so I could get comfy rest.   Hey guess what doesn't exist in America? My perfect co-sleeper. They have some in Itay. Here is one in the UK. Look at this awesome one in Germany. But if you want something stateside your choices are very... read more

Sprout

                  I was five months pregnant with my youngest son when my husband died, six or so weeks past the huge exhale that accompanied passing into the second trimester of the pregnancy. My husband and I had been wanting another child for years and had just about given up hope when our baby began growing in my belly. While my husband received the news of my second pregnancy with unadulterated joy and pride, I immediately became a nervous wreck. I only relaxed and rejoiced around the four months mark, finally allowing my heart to believe what my body... read more

Surviving a High Need Baby

by Jill Vettel               There’s a lot of advice out there on how to fix a high-need baby; everything from a chiropractor to aggressive swaddling to aromatherapy to the always (not) helpful maybe he’s just picking up on your negative vibes.    But having a baby that defies all cures and advice and tricks- a baby that just cries, that needs more for no reason in particular- all of the fixes and advice just make the situation worse. In my darkest, most exhausted hours I wondered if it was my fault. After all, what kind of mother couldn’t even help her... read more

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