After struggling with overwhelming emotions preparing for motherhood, heightened by a pandemic, I wanted a space to share my experience to help other Mamas feel prepared and confident in all that motherhood brings.  I hope my insane tendency to over-research, test and trial everything simplifies the many choices you're in the midst of making!

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Finally, we took our first big vacation since pre-pandemic! While we’ve gone on a few long weekend road-trips, nothing compares to a full week of time off together as a family. 18 months was far too long and you can bet we won’t be waiting that long again. When it came time to decide where […]

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Kauai with a toddler
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An honest review of Coterie, the upgraded disposable diaper worth the splurge + $20 off your purchase July 31, 2021: Update since originally written. I found myself in a bind without my Coterie diapers, and needed to purchase some at the store. I gave Huggies a try again for a few days… and my baby […]

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How to design an Instagram-worthy first birthday party on a budget. We finally got to celebrate Caden. Since the pandemic started, all the typical moments I expected to experience as a first time mom were just canceled. No big baby shower, no friends coming over to meet the baby, no mommy and me classes, no […]

It’s Caden’s first birthday – how!? – and I’m taking a moment to reflect on the last year.  I’d say I’m still in denial, but the tears kicked in this past Sunday as it finally hit me that Caden is turning one.  I want to take a moment to reflect on this past year – […]

12 Lessons Learned as a First Time Mom
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Expert advice from Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist: Megan Craig, DPT  There are many things to think about in those final days of pregnancy. I had lists on top of lists of final to-dos: hospital bag, birth plan, birth playlist. I was also recommended to research pelvic floor physical therapy options. Why? Medical care and pregnancy […]

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Introducing solids is a big milestone, one that comes with lots of questions.  Here’s advice straight from a Pediatrician. When Caden began eating solid food, it felt oddly sentimental.  My little baby suddenly didn’t seem so little anymore.  While I just about died over how cute he was sitting up in his highchair, I was […]

Introducing Solids

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What’s in my diaper bag at all times for a quick exit out the door As a new mom, you’ll quickly learn that it now takes an extra 20 minutes to get out of the house.  Between squeezing time in to get yourself ready (here’s my 10 minute routine), getting baby dressed, packing baby’s diaper […]

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Diaper Bag Essentials 0 to 6 Months
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Fatherhood is not rocket science, but it’s also not the simplest thing in the world. This is a guest post by my husband, Jason. Edited by Josh Perlow. When Barbara and I started trying to have our first kid, it was a lot of fun and felt more like a dreamy haze. Was I ready […]

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These newborn products were voted clear essentials by new moms  In my final weeks of pregnancy, I was pretty stressed about still having a ton of items left on my baby registry.  I didn’t really know what products I needed to have stocked immediately and what things could wait. Aside from the obvious infant car […]

Let’s be honest about postpartum recovery after pregnancy Over the past 4 months there have been so many moments where I’ve thought “why does no one talk about this” or “why did I not know this.” As prepared as I felt throughout my pregnancy with a stocked nursery, my “postpartum recovery kit,” childcare lined up […]

5 Unexpected Postpartum Experiences

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