29 Candles


Personal

This year my birthday is a little bit different, mostly because I’ll be thinking about my mom a lot more than I ever have on my birthday and partly because I can’t help but think back over the last five years. Five years ago I was approaching the end of my first year of university, […]

February 26, 2010

Gifts


Parenting, Personal

I have been given the gift of a year. I am one of the very fortunate women in this country who has benefits that add up to a year off with most of my pay so that I can bond with my baby girl and teach her as much as she’ll take in. I know […]

February 25, 2010

Lessons for my daughter


Parenting, Personal

Lesson for my daughter: No, all women don’t look like that, or act like that When I was growing up, I never really believed that I would be affected by peer pressure or media imagery, but when I think back to all the issues I had with my body, there is one place I can […]

February 20, 2010

50 Reasons I Love My Husband


Personal

He talks for the dog so I can talk to the dog He’s smart He’s funny He gets up with the baby and lets me sleep He gets up with the dog and lets me sleep He gives great hugs He gives great backrubs He does the jobs I hate doing (like emptying the dishwasher […]

February 20, 2010

In training


Parenting, Personal

I have a maternity shirt that’s styled like a football jersey and says ‘Mom in training’ on the front. I still wear it to sleep in both because it’s comfortable and because the words still ring true. In the past year my identity has changed dramatically and I’m still adjusting. I’m a mom now, I’m […]

February 17, 2010

I’m coming out


Issues, Parenting, Personal

I am formula feeding my baby. I didn’t plan it and I’ve been afraid to say it out loud. In fact, the three health professionals that I have talked to about it have seen me get teary-eyed. It was a decision I came to after several very difficult days and I am terrified of being […]

February 5, 2010