Menu

To quote Edward Sharpe. . .

“Home is wherever I’m with you”

Tiny little foodie

Children and vegetables can sometimes go together like, well—children and vegetables.

Have no fear, mama: We’ve gathered the best ideas experts have to offer to help your little ones get all the nutrition they need. Employ these simple healthy-eating strategies from the experts (and mamas!) at Weelicious, The Forest Feast and Yummy Toddler Food and your wee one will be eating like a foodie in no time. Your job—grab the fruits, veggies and this article—and start chopping. ?

I love the way you date me

Date night at home doesn’t have to translate to pizza and Netflix, again. (Though old faithful does sound kinda awesome ?). We’re sharing 8 lovely date nights you can host in your own home—while your little ones are sleeping. Invite us over for your dinner party, will ya?

FEATURED VIDEO

Sparkle and shine

Motherhood is 2/3 love and 1/3 cleaning stuff off the floor. If all roads lead to the ground at your home too, you’ll want to read our 5 favorite child-safe cleaning products?. We have extremely strong feelings about a particular all-surface spray. #BeMine

No judgment zone

As busy mamas, we’ve all got a ton on our plates. So one wise woman is giving us all permission to let ourselves off the hook when daily life doesn’t go according to plan. French fries ?for dinner? NO BIGGIE. (And pass the ketchup!)


Yours in clean counters, self-care and a rocking date night,

XO,

#TeamMotherly

When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.

FEATURED VIDEO

The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.



As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

This article was sponsored by Dr. Brown's. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

Our Partners

My husband and I always talked about starting a family a few years after we were married so we could truly enjoy the “newlywed” phase. But that was over before it started. I was pregnant on our wedding day. Surprise!

Keep reading Show less
Life