Full disclosure: I'm 36 weeks pregnant and don't have time to be writing this. Why don't I have time to write this? Because I NEED to clean my headlights. I cannot bring a baby into this home until the...
As moms, we get a lot of advice. Friends, family, other parents, complete strangers, people who haven't had kids -- everyone has advice for a first-time mom. It's like being pregnant and then having a kid is equivalent to...
The first time I saw a positive pregnancy test, I had nothing but hopes and dreams about how magical my pregnancy was going to be. I browsed maternity outfits and dreamed of getting my baby belly. The second time,...
Being a new mom is hard.  There, I said it. Now once we get past that everyone-knows-it-but-sometimes-won't-admit-it statement, we can acknowledge that being a new mom is also joyful, wonderful, enlightening, and pretty dang awesome! Becoming a mother has simultaneously...
I feel like I need to start this request with an apology. My generation has been really opinionated. We've shunned advice to put cereal in formula at two weeks old and scoffed at the mere suggestion that our baby sleep...
"This was simply the wall. Every time you ran a marathon, you hit a wall. The wall was both a physical and a mental barrier, but it could be overcome (carb-loading, hydration, focus on your technique)...It didn't feel like...
When I was 27-years-old, I had no kids and held a part-time job at Victoria's Secret while I worked my way through graduate school classes. Part of the reason I chose Victoria's Secret out of the wide range of choices...
If you're a mom, you're a member of a special club. Membership comes with plenty of perks: an endless supply of hilarious stories about toddler antics to tell at parties, lightning quick reflexes that come in handy for things...
When it comes to motherhood, there are lots of things up for debate: breast or bottle? Cloth or disposable? Crib or co-sleep? Public, private, or homeschool? The list drags on and on and on…But there is one thing on...

Mom Club Reject

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Mommin' ain't for the faint of heart, yo. From the very moment that sperm does its dance with your egg, life is forever changed. Pregnancy does a number on our bodies. Stretchmarks, sore boobs, nausea, crying over ASPCA commercials,...
When I became a mother in 2003, I had the same concerns as any other new mom: Is my baby healthy? Is he eating enough? Shouldn’t he be sitting up by now? How do I get him to sleep...

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I attended a baby shower a couple weeks ago. At the sign in table, there were slips of paper for guests to write down some wisdom or advice for the soon-to-be parents. I've participated in this shower ritual countless...

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Where to See Christmas Lights in Knoxville

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Driving around town to find the best light display has always been one of my favorite Christmas traditions. My parents drove us around every...
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