To quote Barbara Kingsolver. . .


“A mother’s body remembers her babies—the folds of soft flesh, the softly furred scalp against her nose. Each child has it’s own entreaties to body and soul.” 

Say ‘mama’

Nine-months-old is a magical time where you really can start to have two-way communication with your sweet little baby. Ask her a question, and she might point to the answer. (So cute!) Tell her ‘no!’ and she might listen. (Emphasis on the might.) Here are expert tips on how you can help your 9-month-old to thrive. (Beyond repeatedly trying to get her to say ‘mama’) ?

Mama needs sleep

The sleep experts say, if your baby is still waking to feed at night, an attempt at night weaning around 9 months of age is usually a good idea. (Us: ?!) By this age, some babies continue to wake and feed out of habit, and not necessarily because they need the nourishment. Read the full story on your 9-month-old waking up here.

Look like a mama

When you’re a makeup artist, looking put-together is in your DNA. In this #MotherlyStories essay, one mama shares about how she transformed her look after becoming a mother—and why she wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Work like a mama

There is one thing working mamas want more than anything—flexibility. The flexibility to work from home, when possible. The flexibility to leave early to spend time with baby and to pick up again after baby goes to bed. The flexibility to have project-based work, rather than sit-your-rear-in-this-chair-from-9-to-5 work. AMIRITE?!?! Make. It. Happen.

Mama + dad through it all

We’ve partnered with The Longest Shortest Time podcast to share true, powerful stories from the front lines of parenthood. This beautiful story about a family sticking together through blindness will have you hugging your own a bit tighter tonight.

Smart mamas, at home

Motherly at home: what the research says. The job market has been tough, but what a fun consolation prize—spending every day with your kiddo! We look at the numbers when it comes to stay-at-home mamas, and the upside for mothers in the thick of it. A mama to rule them all. That’s you.

xo,

Team Motherly