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Mommy

Some activities are just for you because mama you should be having fun with and WITHOUT your baby.

Activity #29: Upgrade your own “crib”

August 25, 2014

You probably did nice things to your baby’s room to get it ready for him. How about your own bedroom? Make a small change that will make you happy in your sleeping space. Move a piece of furniture, hang something on the wall, or get rid of a clutter pile. (I didn’t say clean up […]

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Activity #26: Count your steps

August 4, 2014

Your 26th weekly challenge is to invest in a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps each day. You’ll be surprised how many steps a mom can take just running around the house, but if you’re going to reach 10,000, you’ll need to take a walk outside for sure. This is good motivation to get some […]

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Some activities are just for you because mama you should be having fun with and WITHOUT your baby.

Activity #25: Host an ugly baby (clothes) contest

July 28, 2014

Dress up your baby in the worst, ugliest gift outfit and invite over some other poorly dressed babies for a costume party and ugly-clothing contest. Dorky gifts, ratty hand-me-downs, and hopeless mismatches can finally have their day. Try not to be offended if your idea of cutest-outfit-ever winds up on one of the other models. […]

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Going all Mary Poppins on my bedroom {Rookie Moms Challenge #29}

July 22, 2014

When school was cancelled for a snow day this Spring (argh!), the first thing I did was jump to the list of Rookie Mom challenges and see if there were any I could complete while home with the boy all day long. There was a perfect one: Challenge# 29, Refresh your bedroom. I took Weston […]

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Some activities are just for you because mama you should be having fun with and WITHOUT your baby.

Activity #23: Build muscles at bootcamp

July 14, 2014

By the time my first baby was 10 weeks old, I had not exercised for about 6 months. Baby Bootcamp was my re-introduction to sweating and I loved it. I was not a gym-goer in my normal life, and Baby Bootcamp was perfect for me. Here’s why: Exercising in the company of other sleep-deprived, temporarily […]

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How to behave: a Mom’s Group toolbox

July 2, 2014

Years ago, I went to my first mom’s group meeting, lugging my 5-week old in his bucket carseat. My c-section scar was still hurting when I lifted the seat and my breasts were so large from nursing that I felt unlike myself. Normally petite, abeit with C-cups passed down through many generations of voluptuous Russian […]

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Some activities are just for you because mama you should be having fun with and WITHOUT your baby.

Activity #21: Talk about something besides sleep

June 30, 2014

We know there are those people whose infants start sleeping eleven or twelve hours a night around four months old. These so-called “babies” take three daily naps at 8, 12 and 4.30. And then there are the rest of us. At one point my moms group’s weekly discussion was so dominated by sleep that we […]

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Activity #19: Invite someone dangerous to tea

June 17, 2014

Andrea Scher, co-creator of Mondo Beyondo (Google it!) I was driving down the street yesterday when a neighborhood friend, Andrea, pulled out in front of me in her station wagon. I was only driving behind her for only a couple of blocks, but we rolled down our car windows to wave at each other and […]

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Some activities are just for you because mama you should be having fun with and WITHOUT your baby.

Baby at the nail salon {Rookie Moms Challenge # 8}

May 30, 2014

Today’s challenge: Get a pedicure with your baby in tow. Confession: I needed a pedicure in a bad way. The last time I had even thought about my toenails was 1 week before my due date when a friend treated me to a girls’ day. So keep in mind that I had my daughter 11 days past […]

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Join the Pumping Project

May 28, 2014

Look at this woman.  Do you look like her when you express milk for your baby? If so, please explain yourself. Having spent a fair amount of time both pumping and searching for images of pumping women from the major pump manufacturers, we’ve found there is a lack of unrealistic imagery out there. That photo […]

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Some activities are just for you because mama you should be having fun with and WITHOUT your baby.

I planned a girlfriends’ get together {Rookie Moms Challenge #10}

May 16, 2014

I don’t get to see my girlfriends as much as I used to. I guess that kind of goes with the territory of having an infant at home, but it still bums me out. So when my friend Kalen mentioned a group of our girlfriends should get together I jumped at the chance. Since we […]

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Climb out of the darkness of PPD

May 14, 2014

Becoming a mother was a huge shock for me, and not just in the good way. I felt surprisingly bad at it and I found myself saying stuff like, “New motherhood is like heartbreak; everyone says it’s hard but until you actually go through it, you have no idea how hard it can be.” I was rocked to […]

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