Dear Stay-at-Home Mom

Dear Stay-at-Home Mom, Let's face it - you live just a little against the norm. You don't really know where you fit anymore. Somehow, you've lost relevance with your friends who don't have kids. And the friends who do have kids are now back to work after mat leave. You feel startlingly lonely all of … Continue reading Dear Stay-at-Home Mom

My 5 Favourite Free Activities to do with Kids in Kitchener-Waterloo

Now that Zoe is back in school (part-time, so only 2-3 days a week), Elsie and I are in the throes of finding our rhythm again. Elsie is by far my extroverted, social butterfly who is happiest when Big Sis is around. On the days that Zoe is in school, she is a little bit … Continue reading My 5 Favourite Free Activities to do with Kids in Kitchener-Waterloo

The Big Question: On Thinking Ahead and Savouring My Last Year Being a Full-Time Stay-at-Home Mom

For the past five years, I've blithely answered, "Oh, I'll go back to work once both of our kids are in school." Figuring that that answer bought me oodles of time to figure out my career trajectory before both girls were attending said school. Yet, suddenly, here I am, in the last year before my … Continue reading The Big Question: On Thinking Ahead and Savouring My Last Year Being a Full-Time Stay-at-Home Mom

Back to School Blues

How is it that we're already standing on the threshold of a brand new school year? Somehow I've been thrown back into schedules, early mornings, packing lunches, rushing out the door. When I feel like I had just closed the chapter on that routine mere days ago. How did two whole months of summer bliss … Continue reading Back to School Blues

Blood, Sweat and Tears: A Story in which Elsie Bled, I Sweat, and Zoe Cried

*Just a word of caution - if blood isn't your thing, this blog post may not be for you. Consider yourself warned.* Last night was the typical after dinner gong show, except that I was doing it alone after a day of looking after four kids. Jeff was working late and wouldn't be home until … Continue reading Blood, Sweat and Tears: A Story in which Elsie Bled, I Sweat, and Zoe Cried

Dear Future Self: A Mother’s Prayer

Dear Future Self, Please tell me that we get through this - this messy, sticky, sleep-deprived, ordinary chaos. Tell me that someday, I will drink coffee again for pleasure, not survival. Reassure me that I will go to bed someday at 10 pm and not wake up until my alarm goes off in the morning. … Continue reading Dear Future Self: A Mother’s Prayer

The Pre-Baby Dress: Body Image, Raising Daughters and Being Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Last week I wore a dress that had been languishing in the back of my closet. This particular dress had made the cut after my closet purge. I'm not sure why I kept it, besides the fact that it's a pretty dress. Perhaps because it represents my pre-baby body. Probably because I have been hoping … Continue reading The Pre-Baby Dress: Body Image, Raising Daughters and Being Fearfully and Wonderfully Made