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Originally published in March 2014 One of the reasons the name “merelymothers” appealed to us when we started this blog was that it played on a sentiment we’d heard one too many times in casual conversation. “What do you do?” “I’m a stay-at-home mom.” “So, you don’t work?” Here’s the part where SAHMs are forced to make an awkward choice: 1. Clarify that we don’t have paying jobs or jobs that we do outside our homes, but we do “work.” 2. Or give in and get over society’s preconception of our role and admit defeat with statements like, “Nope, I’m…

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Three years ago, my husband and I welcomed our first baby. I remember the feeling of panic as we nestled her tiny body into her car seat and drove, ever so slowly, home from the hospital. When we walked in the front door, with a third person in our arms, that was when it really hit me that our lives would never be the same. Fast forward what seems like a lifetime, and we’re celebrating A’s third birthday! Looking back, it’s hard to remember what life was like before we had kids. It seems like so, so long ago. But…

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Pinterest addict that I’ve become, I’ve been admiring the gorgeous DIY “paint chip mobiles” that pop up, so I decided I would give this project a try. It seemed pretty straightforward and didn’t require too many pricey materials—just my kind of thing right now. But it was darn near impossible to find a thorough tutorial for one of these mobiles, so I’ve given it my best here :) Once I started to figure out what I’d need to replicate the most beautiful of the examples I’d seen, I knew paint chips were out of the question. You can do the…

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Even before A was born, I was curious about “babywearing.” I thought it would be cool and convenient not to have to bring our stroller around with us everywhere we went. Plus, I imagined how sweet it would be to have my happy little munchkin all snuggled up on me. My instincts were good, it turns out, since study after study has proven the incredible benefits of babywearing: It enhances immunological protection. It prevents ear infections and eases the symptoms of GERD. It regulates body temperature. It enhances lactation, the prevalence, and the duration of breast-feeding. It enhances growth/weight gain….

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Originally published in June 2013 When I read the title of Lisa Endlich Heffernan’s post, “Why I Regret Being a Stay-at-Home Mom,” I immediately wanted to hate it. The editors at the Huffington Post had done their job of choosing a title that was inflammatory enough that I just had to keep reading. What I found was that Heffernan’s piece is extremely personal to her own life’s circumstances and not actually a piece with an obvious agenda for other women. Still, I’ve spent the last week talking with friends and family about her “regrets” and how little I relate to…

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Lately, I’ve been having these dreams…romantic dreams. Not sexual, just romantic, but painfully romantic. You know, the way romance felt when you were a super-hormonal teenager, and just a fleeting glance from your crush could send you into a tizzy? Those kinds of dreams. I’m sure it’s my subconscious’s way of telling me that romance is almost absent from my life right now. This probably has something to do with there being a newborn and a toddler in the house, who (as lovely as they are) suck up pretty much all the energy and affection me and my husband have…