Tall Mom tiny baby: June 2016


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Muse Cat Food. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's funny. Some couples choose to have fur babies in their lives before they think about having human families. The opposite was true for us.

After I gave birth to my first tiny baby, now my little lad, our household was flipped upside down. Months of agonizing colic and then my postpartum depression really put a ton of stress and difficulty on top of our family. There were some days that I couldn't even shower or fathom making anything to eat. I drastically lost weight, stopped communicating with most of the outside world, and retreated into our tiny apartment. 

During the midst of my postpartum treatment at the Women and Infants Day Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, there was a three day weekend. It was Memorial Day weekend, and for someone who is suffering from a mental illness, to know that one needs to not continue with treatment for not just a weekend - but a long weekend - is incredibly scary.

I knew that my routine would be off. I would be missing out on my daily therapy sessions, and was afraid that no one would be monitoring me. 

I was afraid I would fail.

But my husband became my hero that weekend, whether he knew it or not. He decided to get our family a cat.

Saving Dad's Sanity #Garage Cleanup

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GarageCleanUp #CollectiveBias

Ok guys - REAL TALK here: I remember years ago when I got married, my dad, all his friends, and all the old-timers told me, "being married ain't no picnic.  You sure you wanna do it?"  Of course, I blew them all off and thought, nah - not me, it'll be different. Well, marriage is really hard.  Beautiful, amazing, but lots of work and really hard.  Then, when I told all the old-timers that Tall Mom was pregnant, they said pretty much the same thing, "kids change everything, and they make ya nuts."  Again, I replied the same, nah - not me, it'll be different.  Sure enough, two kids later, most everything has changed and my life is nuts.  And what's worse, if you had told me re organizing my garage would be the highlight of my Father's Day weekend 5 years ago, I would have laughed you out of my high rise apartment in downtown Providence.  But now, I own a house, have two kids, two cars, a mortgage payment the size of Laos' GDP, and reorganizing my garage was indeed the highlight of my Father's Day weekend. And I couldn't have been happier about it. Hit the jump to find out why.

Milk Nursingwear Review & Giveaway

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Adorable milk nursingwear breastfeeding top for moms who are nursing their babies.
My little lass turned one year old a couple weeks ago, which honestly blows my mind. This past year has flown by, and as excited as I am about her impending first steps and first words, I find myself begging time to slow down

I'm cherishing every special "baby" moment, even though I guess she can technically now be called a toddler. Her little babbles, snuggling together in bed after her usual 5am wakeup, and breastfeeding. 

You know, it's funny. I never really thought about breastfeeding that much until I had kids. But now that I've nursed two tiny babies, it comes as natural to me as breathing. I'm still nursing my little lass several times a day, and don't have a particular cut-off date in mind. She's already begun self-weaning a little bit, but still prefers nursing during times when she is sleepy or needs comforting. 

One of the quirky things about nursing a wiggly one year old is that she is easily distracted, and may beg to nurse, but once she begins, may quickly change her mind and pop off to go play with someone or something. 

This is one of the many reasons why I adore nursing shirts and dresses, especially from the brand Milk Nursingwear

My First "Dad Moment"

Thursday, June 2, 2016

I've been a dad now for just over three years.  It's been terrible, fun as hell, tiring, and my heart has expanded in ways I never thought possible.  Of course, the main love of my life has been, and always will be, my wife.  But, I've come to realize that even though I always put my wife first, there is something different and special about one's relationship with their own child.  That relationship is full of firsts, crying sessions (both adult and child), sleepless nights, booboos that need to be kissed better, and temper tantrums.  Well, come to think of it - relationships with your partner sound pretty similar to this too.  But you know what I mean.

While being a dad is a special privilege, and it's never been short of something new that happens every single day - I honestly think I had my first REAL "dad moment" a few weeks ago.  And, oddly enough, it was at McCoy Stadium.

Mom's Day Out at Mystic Aquarium

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Being a life-long native Rhode Islander, I have had the pleasure of visiting Mystic Aquarium several times in my life. It first started off as field trips when I was in school, then visits with my family as a child, and in 2014 I went as a parent for the first time. Seeing my son's reaction to the beluga whales is still one of my most favorite moments, and I absolutely loved bringing my toddler to the aquarium.

However, I realized afterwards that there was still so much that I wanted to see at Mystic Aquarium, and I just never really had the time because I was with my son.