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Finn’s Birth Story

**(TRIGGER WARNING: This birth story discusses things related to preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), an emergency c-section, birth trauma, postpartum depression (PPD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). If you believe that reading this will be comprising to your mental health, please feel free to skip this post. […]

Goodbye, plans! (And hello new ones)

“I think I want to wait until after Christmas next year to have another baby.” This was part of a conversation that I was having with my husband over breakfast the morning of December 5th. I had just received an email that StrongFirst was hosting a SFG 1 Kettlebell certification course in Seattle next September. […]

Too big? Says who?

“You’re too big for him.” Growing up I never gave much thought to this idea. That I was “too big.” Sure, I had insecurities and struggled with self esteem. I wanted to look pretty, have nice clothes and wished that some things about my body had been different, but I never really considered myself “big.” […]

I’m Done with Trying to Be a Perfect Mom

Perfectionism and I go way, WAY back. Certainly way earlier than when I became a mother almost two years ago. I remember moving back home one summer in between semesters of college and getting bent out of shape because my boyfriend at the time had turned a box the “wrong way.” I mean, it was […]

“She’s just a little girl!” – Breaking Gender Stereotypes

“She’s just a little girl!” the man kept yelling. I had joined up with my family for a camping trip at the Coast over Labor Day weekend. Our camp site was at an organized family camp, which means there were lots of other campers and a lot of family activities planned. One of those activities […]

Mom Guilt: The Definitive Guide to Mom Shaming

Motherhood. We don’t know any other aspect of life that brings on so many insecurities. When our baby makes his or her way into this world, we are suddenly faced with a very big and important job: caring for and raising another human being……and we really don’t want to screw it up. We walk around […]

A Letter to the Old Me Before Mom: I Still See You…..and You Still Matter

Dear Old Me, I still see you. Sprawled out on the couch with two pillows under your head. Binge watching Parenthood and Orange is the New Black, pondering what you will be doing that day. I see you quietly sitting, sipping on some coffee and working on a blog that you’ve been at for awhile. […]

How to Start a New Workout Regime and Stick With It!

When I was growing up I’d do my mom’s Jane Fonda workouts. Then I stopped. Later, it was Tae Bo with Billy Blanks. Then I stopped. Then, I was working out everyday at a gym for 2+ hours. Then I stopped. Then I started running everyday. Then I stopped. Then I did P90X. THEN. I. […]

What’s Your Bright Blue Elephant?

“That’s awesome! You’re going to win!,” one of my third grade classmates exclaimed as he looked over the coloring job that I’d done. Each one of us in class got a coloring sheet of paper. It had an elephant dressed in a policeman outfit directing traffic on it. Our teacher told us that we were […]

Why Middle School Sucks: Raising a Son to Fend For Himself

It’s a pretty common occurrence for Jack and I to just kind of hang out after his nursing sessions. After he’s done eating he’ll continue to lay across my lap while he smiles, coos, and laughs. I tickle him or play with his feet and sometimes, we just sit there and stare at each other. […]