Dear New Mom

Dear New Mom: Time to Rest

There’s a lot of unspoken expectations for us moms out there. Some days we feel the pressure to keep an immaculate house and teach our kids to speak three languages before they’re walking. Okay, it’s a bit of a hyperbole, but the essence is true. There are many moms I look at and think to…
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Dear New Mom: On The Rough Days

Today’s a rough day. Sleeplessness has caught up with me, Caleb’s not feeling well, and the hot Vegas summer is setting in. Caleb has needed a 4am feeding since Bolivia to catch up with his hunger/lost weight (he lost 3lbs while we were there), so I have had one good night’s sleep since the beginning…
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Dear New Mom: It’s Really Hard

Dear New Mom: Today was day #2 of pool time. Caleb loves splashing, but HATES the back of his head touching water. I found him this fun little float thingie and didn’t have to hold him the whole time! And then he got splashed. The combination of being hungry and tired turned the tiny bits…
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Dear New Mom: Etching A Legacy

NOTE: This post is for all kinds of mamas; the kinds that parent their own kids, other people’s kids, and the kids who don’t have moms. All women are mamas of some kind and deserve to be celebrated. … Dear New Mom, In the car yesterday, Keith and I were talking about the lack of…
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Dear New Mom: The Weight

If you fall into a pond of carp you will be hickied to death. (Ken Davis) You’ll also get a lot of hickies if you hold Caleb too long; he has this misconception that my chin was created for him to suck on. Dear New Mom, the above statements are completely unrelated to my letter,…
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Dear New Mom: ???

Losing my mind. Had a great idea for a post, but it’s gone now. Actually, I had it completely written out it my head and it’s turned to brain dust. I was a bit flighty before pregnancy, but being a mom has elevated confusion and forgetfulness to a whole new level. I know you can…
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Dear New Mom: Be Honest

About a month ago, someone sent me this article. This post has sat in my draft pile ever since. Then Rachel at Finding Joy posted this on Facebook and I felt compelled to finish writing. Real motherhood is messy and wonderful and frustrating and rewarding. There are days you’ll consider a major success, others a…
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Dear New Mom: You Are A Rock Star

This letter is just as much for me as it is for you. This week has been rough so far. The Little Monkey has not dealt with daylight savings time well at all. This moment is the first time he’s had a decent nap since Saturday (that’s 4 days of no rest). And when this…
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Dear New Mom: Grief

When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. (Psalm 94:19) I can’t be the only new mom who has wrestled with grief. Grief takes on many different shapes and sizes; it’s more than just the loss of a parent. It could be the loss of a child’s health, moving to…
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Dear New Mom: Balancing Expectations

Dear New Mom: Balancing expectations is extremely difficult no matter who you are or which season of life you are in. I’ve found it nearly impossible in motherhood. Take today, for example: I have had a nasty chest cold for a few days and have developed a fever. As in, the “to do” list got…
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