Six Off-the-Wall Tips for New (or New-Again) Moms

Greetings! I write to you from the blissful trenches of life with a baby and a toddler. Things are different this time around, and the adjustment has been a bit slower in coming than the first time. There are so many wonderful books and resources out there on how to prepare, adjust, and navigate life with littles (including Erin’s, of course!). Today, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to share with you. Things that are probably too silly to land in the pages of such respected books, but that – quirky though they are—may prove useful one day as you’re juggling your kiddos in blessed chaos. And please, chime in with your own off-the-wall aids that you’ve discovered on your journey! Out and About (1)   Keep a few things in the car to help with smooth outings and the unexpected: A container of wipes that lives there. Useful for the obvious and so much more. A snap-and-go or umbrella stroller, if you have room in your trunk. Just let it live there, so that when your arms are falling off you can fly to your trunk and pull out the gloriously-wheeled contraption. A spare baby carrier (such as an ergo, mobywrap, etc.) I use one at home often, and have borrowed another to keep in the car. Too many times I’d forgotten mine at home when I needed it most for errands. Borrowing a spare from someone who’s not using theirs has been a lifeline. A spare outfit for your baby, and maybe a spare shirt for you if your little one is prone to spitting up....

The Joys and Challenges of Pregnancy

So, just in case you missed my Facebook posts and emails and tweets (yes, I realize that I now sound like a bone fide spammer), I’m on the radio today!  I’m talking about the “Joys and Challenges of Pregnancy” and I’d love it if you tuned in.  Click here for a list of stations or to hear the broadcast online and come back to tell me what you...

Ways to Induce Labor According to the Old Wives

There comes a point in every mama’s pregnancy that–no matter how terrified of labor– the mama decides that she wants to and NEEDS to get that baby out.  And FAST. I’m at that point. And, suddenly, I’m feeling the urge to google things like “Do jumping jacks make your water break?” and (worse) I’ve even considered (considered) doing insane things like going for a long walk or attempting to have sex.  There’s desperation for you. Since I’ve thoroughly researched the topic, both recently and for my book, I thought I’d share some of my “expertise” with you.  (DISCLAIMER:  I actually wrote this section for my book and in the end, the lawyers took it out because “Old Wive’s Tales aren’t always medically accurate” so please take everything I say here with an ENORMOUS grain of salt.) Ways to Induce Labor According to the Old Wives Somewhere between 34 and 41 weeks of pregnancy, you might decide to take matters into your own hands and try to induce labor at home. I fully support this. Not because I think it will work—it probably won’t—but because the diversion of trying to induce labor at home will probably keep you from destroying the still-dirty baseboards in your nursery or wasting more gas on another trip to the hospital. Here are the old wives’ best labor-inducing tricks: 1.    Eating spicy food. The story goes that eating a spicy burrito will get your whole digestive track moving and doing the Macarena, and your cervix will want to join the fun. The only effect I ever felt from eating spicy food was heartburn, but it’s...

Maternity Lingerie: Yay or Nay?

Okay, so this is probably the most random thing I’ve ever posted about… but, since I mention it in my book and at least four women have asked me about it, I figured why not. Here’s the deal: Back when I worked for Nick, one of the publicists I worked with sent me a big ‘ole box full of maternity lingerie (from Cake Lingerie, if you must know). Yes, they make it. And, yes, I have several pieces to prove it. Anyway, the stuff is gorgeous.  Silky and sweet and pretty and… well, everything lingerie should be.  And, before I was pregnant, I loved it.  I thought my husband would, too. But here’s the thing:  Now that I AM pregnant, I’m finding it more hilarious than sexy.  I mean, really, what’s more hilarious than a big ‘ole belly sticking out from a pink flowery baby doll?  I’m having a hard time getting past that… So, anyway, tell me what you think?  Is maternity lingerie a DO or a DON’T.  Tell me in the comments… P.S.  That is NOT me in the photo… I...

Tales From a Doctor Stalker

I think my OB might be getting a teensy bit annoyed with me. Or a lot a bit annoyed with me. To set the record straight: she’s done NOTHING to indicate that she’s annoyed. In fact, every time I’ve seen her, she’s been incredibly kind and gracious and caring. But, if I were her, I’d be annoyed with me. So, I’m projecting. It’s just that I am at that point in my pregnancy where every twinge, ache or pain feels like a worry. And, to top it all off, I’m utterly miserable, so sometimes I just call her or go into the office to tell her that. And to see if somehow she’s invented a miracle drug that will make the nausea and vomiting and weight gain and swelling and back pain all go away. But, as much as I’d like to let go and chill out, I can’t. I’m too needy right now and she’s about the only person I can pay to listen to my whining and moaning. So she’s stuck. For eight more weeks. Or less if I can convince her to induce me early. Question: Am I the only one who stalks my doctor when...

REPOST: A Neglige to Hide My C-Section Scar

REPOST from: Friday, July 7, 2006 9:29 am While honeymoon lingerie is nice, post-baby lingerie is even better. This little known fact is the reason that my mom and sisters threw me a surprise post-partum lingerie shower last weekend. This is also the reason that I am sitting up at 5:30 in the morning working on my blog instead of last night when I (the perpetual scheduler) had planned on doing it. I was (ahem) otherwise occupied. Now, for those of you who are wondering what exactly a post-partum lingerie shower is, let me fill you in. We had strawberry cake and toasted Joey with champagne flutes full of sparkling cider. My sister won a prize because she knew that my favorite dessert is tiramisu and my favorite thing about my husband is the fact that he’s a peacemaker. I received a pink negligee that had been carefully selected to hide even the smallest stretch mark and a pair of turquoise boy shorts that are high cut enough to cover my c-section scar. We laughed. We cried. We gushed about how much we missed Joey even though we had only been gone for an hour and he was just down the street at home with his Daddy. What was most likely my mom’s ploy to get another grandchild turned out to be a wonderful renewal in our post-baby marriage. I think any new mom can agree that sex isn’t exactly a priority with a newborn on your hip and bags under your eyes. In the months since I had Joey, I’ve felt anything but sexy. Those post-baby pounds and...
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