Nurture Her Nature

Ode to a Recliner

I’m not always sentimental about things. I couldn’t wait to get rid of Story’s bassinet and baby clothes. Most of her artwork has found its way to the recycle bin. And when I’m in purge mode, nothing is safe. However, I have a very strong attachment to one particular piece of furniture: the recliner.

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Re-defining a Word

To correctly classify an animal, there are seven layers of taxonomy that describe in full detail who they are. Humans, scientifically speaking, require the same level of detail to correctly outline their lineage and their connection to other beings. However, we typically use one layer and term to identify the core of who we are. Family. It’s the foundation of where we came from, our history, those who we are linked to by a set of genes. At least, that is how I defined it until four years ago when a series of events widened my view. (more…)

40 Is Fabulous!

Family is fabulous. Friends are fabulous. Fairy gardens are fabulous. So how could my fortieth birthday party be anything less than fabulous? Well, there was the fact that I waited waaaay too long to secure a caterer and a cake (much to Ali’s ire, which, I’m not ashamed to say, brought me a bit of glee). My house wasn’t in shape at all to receive guests the day before. Oh, and I had given up on the outside long before. Anyone daring to come through the front door was at the mercy of overgrown shrubs. There was a 100% chance of rain. And I had a difficult time finding just the right things for the make-your-own-fairy-garden party favors.

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What My Girls Are Bringing Home From Daycare

Choosing a daycare is an important decision. A lot goes into it. You have to be comfortable with the teachers, the food, the space, and the curriculum. When it comes to the girls’ daycare, I am happy. I feel confident that they will be safe and engaged with activities and learning. In fact, I am given evidence of their engagement and learning on a daily basis. They are sent home with multiple pages of artwork each day, most of which are haphazardly discarded on the floor of the car or torn into tiny pieces before we exit the parking lot. There is one brand of art activity, however, that I cannot discard with the heap. Every so often, daycare will send home a random object cut out of construction paper with my child’s head glued to it in a series I call “What daycare is gluing my kid’s head to today.” (more…)

Six Tips for Sleeping Well During Pregnancy

By Regina of momdiscuss.com

Many mothers expect to have sleepless nights after delivery, and so they are in most cases not prepared for the sleepless nights that come with pregnancy. The body goes through many changes during pregnancy, and the hormonal imbalances may make it hard for ladies to sleep. Stress and anxiety are almost inevitable for pregnant women also make it difficult for them to get any sleep. However, even with all these challenges, it is still possible to sleep well, and here are some tips to help you out. (more…)