Author: Jen

Dear Brand New Mom: Keep it Real

I’ve heard Facebook described as a curated version of your life – sometimes building a blindingly perfect version for all to see. Recently, a friend posted a very real and honest parenting picture on Facebook, and it was such a great example of bravery, acceptance, and support; so with her permission I’d like to share it as a reminder to…

Dear Brand New Mom: Remember This

Dear Brand New Mom, There are some things during this newborn phase that you will likely want to quickly forget – but some things you will want to remember forever. But what about those details you didn’t know you’d want to remember? I am a scrapbooker and photo historian by nature: I love taking pictures to remember things. However, it’s…

Dear Brand New Mom: Keep it Simple

Dear Brand New Mom, Do you think that all this baby gear is OVERWHELMING!!? As you prepare for your new arrival, new parents are faced with decisions of “what do we need vs. want” coupled with “what can we afford”? The options seem endless. Then the baby arrives and you put all that stuff to use. Or do you? Do…

Dear Brand New Mom: What I Forgot

Dear Brand New Mom, I recently cared for my 4 month old nephew for an extended time period. Although I’ve had my own children, I was still a little nervous; would I remember what to do? Every baby is so different, would the tricks that worked on my kids work on him? How would the day go? It’s been over…

Dear Brand New Mom: The Worry Factor

It seems that with the arrival of your baby, something triggers inside your new mom brain: WORRY. You might worry about small things, big things, and/or the future…. I think this is something that comes attached to our babies and transfers to us immediately. Think back to something small you worried about when they were born: a small mark on…

Dear Brand New Mom: Treading in the minutiae

Dear Brand New Mom, Along with baby come a lot of new details you never imagined. How do you stay afloat among all of this minutiae when you have so many other things to do? Right now it might seem ungratifying and exhausting. I don’t think most moms get that they will be bedraggled plus have all this STUFF surrounding them….…