Six months ago, you could find me posting on the One Mother to Another Facebook page seven or eight times a day. I filled up your News Feeds with pictures of my cluttered living room, regaled you with stories of grocery store meltdowns and commiserated with ...
“Five more minutes.” This is my older son’s habitual plea as my husband and I deposit him in bed each night, entreating us to stay with him as he falls asleep. New to the world of “big boy” novelties—a toddler bed and Lightning McQueen underwear ...
Dear New Mom Friend: So far, we’ve only had a few play dates and we’re still in the process of feeling each other out. The first time we met—that day at the playground when you caught me lusting after your top-of-the-line double stroller from the ...
Today, I am tired of being the one who holds it all together. Maybe that sounds whiny or accusatory. It’s not meant to be either of those things. I am unbelievably grateful for the gift of motherhood and I am appreciative of all that my ...
I’m sitting here with a blank page in front of me and I’m not sure how to say what I need to say. So I’m going to nix my usual long-winded style and just rip off the Band-Aid. Effective immediately, I will be stepping away from One Mother to Another. I know this statement will come as a […]
Tomorrow morning at 4:01 AM, my older son turns three. Each year on his birthday as I recount the past 365 days of being a mother, my heart is a warzone of clashing emotions. At the end of the first year, there was fulfillment and longing, happiness and heartache, wonder and delight, plus just enough […]
My older son who turns three later this week (sob) has gotten really into the concept of sinking and floating lately. In the bathtub, he loves to talk about his various toys and whether they sink or float and, ever since my husband took him the christening of a submarine at his work, he’s been interested […]
Many of you have been following One Mother to Another for several years now and, in that time, tracked its evolution from a small page that only my mother followed to a large, diverse community of mothers from all over the world. Somewhere along the way, it also blossomed from being a lonely mom hobby […]
OMTA mamas, Since we’re at the start of a brand-new year, I wanted to take a minute to check in with all of you about the direction of One Mother to Another. If you’ve been here awhile, you may have noticed that the tone and content of OMTA has changed slightly over the last year […]
The end of the year is always a time of reflection for me. Like many people, I use it as an opportunity to look back on the last 365 days and take stock of where I saw personal growth and where I remained stagnant. Or, more plainly put, where I succeeded and where I failed. […]
As I discussed in my last post, my husband and I are in pretty major debt. We landed in this hole through a combination of credit cards used for things we couldn’t afford, student loans, and car loans. Recently, we’ve been using the Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover to dig ourselves out. If you’re brand […]
The longer I’m a mother, the more I recognize that not everyone is blessed with parents who turn into good grandparents. I hear my girlfriends’ laments of meddlesome mothers and absentee in-laws, parents who overreach and ones who never come around and it makes me realize how fortunate my children are to have not one, […]
On the outside, my family looks like your average middle class household with all the trappings of a successful life. We drive decent cars, we live in a nice house, we have all the necessities and a lot of the little extras, too. There’s always money in the budget for nights when I don’t feel […]
There’s a play gym a few towns over that my kids and I visit occasionally on rainy days. It’s in the basement of an old mill building and looks like the kind of place that had a particularly dreary existence before it was reincarnated as a welcome respite for beleaguered mothers. Replete with bounce houses […]