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It's time to get woke, people. We've got work to do.
In the home stretch of another maternity leave and feeling a wave of emotions I can't explain.
Working motherhood is a constant, evolving lesson in doing your best and failing hard. I'm six weeks in to being a mom of two, and here are six things I've learned so far.
Conquering motherhood like a badass, one diaper at a time.
What happens on maternity leave stays on maternity leave, so do whatever you want and enjoy it while it lasts.
Two fire alarms, Chipotle and an epidural gave us one beautiful, strong nugget.
The hardest part about becoming a family of four is not getting swallowed into an emotional black hole as your first baby becomes a sibling, toddler and real human being overnight.
Mothers are losing their babies to people with guns, and I can no longer remain silent.
You can't fool me, tiny diva. I know false labor when I feel it...I think.
I launched a brand as a gentle reminder that you are one badass mama.
Sheryl Sandberg says, "don't leave before you leave." But I'll tell you, it's hard not to leave when you piss your pants every time you sneeze.
Post-partum amnesia is a real thing, where all you remember is holding your sweet sloppy potato as they either sew you up or wipe you down, slide you into some mesh panties, and send you on your way.
It's almost time for D(elivery)-Day, and I'm getting sweatier by the week.
Being forced to work from home is hard for an extrovert, but I'm figuring it out one day at a time.
Imposter syndrome is evil, life-sucking black magic that eats women's souls and forces us to apologize for things at which we're actually pretty good.
It's a great day to be #gingerbaby's mom.
Exciting news on Strong Like Mama!
I'm a puddle most days, and that's alright.
Sometimes growing up isn't so bad.
I'm more than halfway along and on the brink of a mama meltdown.
10 years later, and we still like each other.
There's a new #ladyboss coming to town.
If you should ever encounter a floater, here's what you do.
Sometimes you just need to lean the f*** out.
Bring it on Monday.
We are all cool moms. Sometimes we just need someone to tell us that.
Every family has a primary poop parent. #Gingerbaby nominated Matt, and he accepted with a bare hand.
As a first-time mom, I got a lot of advice. Take them or leave them, here are the things that just didn't work for me.
Everyone is a curious critic.
Matt is out-of-town today and tomorrow, so things are more hectic than usual. I want to get in the office early this morning. Realistically, I want to get in the office sometime this morning.
If I'm going to leave my kid with strangers during the week, I might as well go somewhere I love.
Cheers to adventures in 2016!
Reflecting on the year past and projecting the year ahead makes me feel the existential feels. I don't know what I'm doing with my life, but I do know I'm grateful for a lot of things in it.
It seems like being away from family would allow me to get some tasks done. It does not.
Being a parent is tough. But if you can find two minutes to reflect on all the stupid shit you say, being a parent becomes hilarious.
Prepare for the dark months and treat yoself.
There's nothing worse than taking your kid to the emergency room. On Tuesday, we felt helpless, we second-guessed every decision, and it was the first time we ever thought about losing #gingerbaby.
I work at the greatest place in the world that behaves more like a family than a business- it's one of our founding principles. Our chairman and founder, Pat Fallon, passed away on Friday, leaving a gaping hole in all the hearts who knew him.
Playing stay-at-home mom for a day made my week.
There's a recent Time article that pegs millennial parents as self-involved, competitive optimists who just want to be friends with their children. Most of what is below confirms these things.
That time I ruined a peaceful evening.
After a long couple of weeks with late nights and traveling, I took Friday off to get some errands and appointments done without #gingerbaby. I'm an only child, so flying solo should be my thing. But alas, I'm an extrovert.
Traveling is hard when you've got a nugget at home, but sharing your purpose with your little one makes all the difference.
In one year, Cooper's put life in perspective like I never imagined. In one year, I realized I am strong like all mamas.
I wrote this Tuesday morning when I realized I don't need sleep because coffee.
Maybe it's teething, clumsy genes, the blood moon or some combination of the three, but today the kid could not catch a break.
I'm dedicated to showing my son what a strong, working mama looks like, but at what expense?
Infant eczema never killed anyone. It did; however, help me overcome self-doubt (a life-sucking vampire) and discover my mama instincts.
There are things people without kids take for granted. Like being able to use both hands at all times. I took a trip to Target today without #gingerbaby, and it was the most glorious experience.
From our physical appearances, my genes are supposed to dominate in every way possible. But the story is more complicated than that.
In the beginning...
#Gingerdad woke up to Poopageddon 2015. Alone.
I took to motherhood like a total champ. I managed to grow a ginger who seemed to like me. We bonded, nursed, slept, repeat. What didn’t come easy was going back to work.