Incredulous Mom

Here you'll find musings about my experiences is a full-time working, first-time mother of one. I write from the heart, which sometimes includes poop and swearing. This isn't The New Yorker.

Why I’m Glad I Co-Sleep Despite What the Doctors Say

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It's 6:30 a.m. I've been lying awake since 5:00 a.m. I have an 18-month old. You may be asking why I'm up so early, right? Let me start off by saying that for my family of three (and one dog who is not in this crazy sleeping equation, thank goodness), co-sleeping has really... Read more

4 (Fun!) Ways to Keep Busy While You Wait for Baby to Arrive

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I was out walking with my son, who is just three weeks from turning (ghasp!) one year old. As I walked, I mused about how last year at this time I was a hobbling with a 10 lb. baby in launch mode. I remember how hot it was, how my feet looked like they belonged... Read more

3 New-Mom Mistakes I Wish I Never Made

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As new parents, we worry about making mistakes with our new little delicate delivery -- our baby. I made a few mistakes, but they had nothing to do with our new arrival; instead, the things I screwed up were all things that had nothing to with baby and everything to do with me. If I could... Read more

Why I Lied to My Baby’s Pediatrician

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I don't condone lying. Honesty is always the best policy, right?  Weeeell, I may have been fudging a few things lately... um... to our pediatrician. I know, I know, I'm a terrible mom. Or so I thought -- until I talked to other moms who admitted to telling a few little white lies... Read more

5 Registry Lessons I Learned… the Hard Way

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1. Find a mom to shop with. Registering is overwhelming. The best thing I did was plan to have a champion by my side -- my sister-in-law, a three-time "Black Belt Mommy". Having someone experienced there to give you thumbs up or thumbs down on key baby items melts away any anxiety you... Read more

5 Fresh Baby Shower Game Ideas That Put a Creative Spin on the Old Classics

Now, I'm not one to be a spoil-sport. When I attend a shower, I'm right there sniffing melted candy-bar poo out of diapers, taking licks of baby food out of anonymous jars and confidently guessing the nursery rhymes that go with the clues during Mother Goose Jeopardy. But if I'm being honest, traditional shower games... Read more

My Struggle to Make It Through Split-Shift Parenting

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I'm due to pick up my boy at 4:40 on the dot from daycare. That means I must leave work by 4:30. The problem? It hasn't always been happening. You see, to save on child care cost, and to minimize the time our son spends at daycare, my husband and I agreed to change our... Read more

4 Things I Wish I Knew to Expect from My Postpartum Body

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I thought I'd prepared for it all. After you've read so many books, articles, blogs, podcast after podcast, YouTube videos, and relentless interrogation of Preggos before me, I figured there would be no surprises. There were. Some, I was ready for, but others, well... you'll see: 1. The Postpartum Bathroom Experience Triple P, I call... Read more

7 Tips All New Moms Need Before They Start Breastfeeding

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The decision to breastfeed is a personal one. For some women, it's a no-brainer, but for others, it's not a consideration. I decided from the the beginning that I would breastfeed my baby, but I'm going to share a secret with you: I was a bit weirded out by the idea. It was a quick... Read more

10 Things You Won’t Want to Be Without During Labor

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Well, gals -- for those of you creeping up on the big day, I applaud you. If you're anything like I was, you're probably spending hours online searching anything and everything under the sun about pregnancy, labor and how to care for a newborn. You've probably given up on trying to hide your... Read more