Category: Parenting

More with less: Simplifying life

How did I get here? One day, I went to the hospital and had a baby. The next day, they sent me home with said baby. I was completely head over heels in love with my new bundle. I would like to say I was unhealthily obsessed, but I don’t think that’s possible when it […]

What I learned when I went back to work

I remember my last boss telling me right before I had my son, Dallas, that I would need to be a working mom, that I would be bored without adult conversation and all the brain stimulation that a newborn just can’t give me. At the time, man, was he wrong. I couldn’t wait to quit […]

Traveling to Ireland with children

Two weeks in Ireland? Sweet. Doing it with a four-year-old and an 18-month-old? Not so sweet. Actually, never mind. Really. I’ll just stay home. Those were my first thoughts when a friend invited my family and me to Ireland. She and her family live on Inis Mor (pronounced Inishmore), one of the rugged Aran Islands […]

Falling in love with running

I was not a runner.  I was working on a small-scale farm that supplied vegetables for a restaurant.  My schedule wasn’t demanding, which meant I had free time to explore and hike the local trails. And then one day, on a whim, some co-workers and I signed up for a 5k trail run. That’s when […]

A doula explains placenta encapsulation

When I first heard about placenta encapsulation, I was skeptical. It sounded gross and weird. When I was pregnant with my fourth child my doula friend told me that ingesting some placenta could help the uterus to contract — reducing blood loss and balance my mood. Really? I’d had a small postpartum hemorrhage with two […]