Hearing These Five Sounds Mean You’re a Mom

Hearing these five sounds, such as the lip-smacking of a hungry newborn, mean you're a mom! Come see if you agree with these sounds of motherhood.

I used to cry when I heard it. The smacking of teeny, tiny newborn lips. My ravaged, raw breasts — trying so hard to get the hang of breastfeeding a newborn — would clench defensively. Together with the hungry cry, the wet cry, the poopy cry, and the gassy cry, that lip-smacking sound announced to [Read More]

What My Son Doesn’t Want You To Know


We sit in the doctor’s office for yet another yearly check-up. As my eyes sweep the small examination room, I wonder if I will ever NOT think about how this room must have been built in 1982, what with its faux wood paneling. “Mom,” my lanky eleven-year-old says. “Remember?” Smiling, he then smacks his lips slowly, [Read More]

Where is the Strangest Place You Ever Breastfed?


The crickets. It’s the crickets chirping in the air that signal the end of summer to me here in Michigan. The nights get cooler and the crickets chirp louder and more often. The sun, which never seemed to set just a few weeks ago, goes to bed by 9 pm. And it is this late [Read More]

What to Write on a Baby Shower Cake


A couple of my co-workers are pregnant and due around the same time. Yesterday we had a baby shower for them and I was the lucky person instructed chosen to order the cake. At the bakery, they asked what I wanted written on the cake. “Good luck, you’ll need it!” popped into my mind. No, [Read More]

Parenting Classes That I Wish Were Offered

Remember when you found out you were going to be a parent? You signed up for classes on bathing your newborn, breastfeeding, installing a car seat, etc. Well, here are the parenting classes that I wish were REALLY offered. These would have been so useful! How to buy birthday presents for 9-year-old boys. In this [Read More]

I Am Mom Enough

Most of the folks reading my blog are parents, grandparents, and a few soon-to-be parents. So I think the majority of you must have heard, read, or seen the controversial new Time Magazine cover: Now I won’t go into a thoughtful discussion of this cover like the one you’ll find over at The Mommy Psychologist, [Read More]

Newborn Picture Perfect

I mentioned in my Pregnancy v. Parenthood post a couple weeks ago that I know a lot of expecting mothers. One of them had a baby girl last week and she’s adorable. I know this because exactly 1 week after being born, this little baby had the sweetest newborn photos posted on Facebook. You know, [Read More]