Jessica Collins Grimes

Jessica Collins Grimes is a working mom and freelance writer who blogs about her attempts to juggle career, family, fitness and fun on Keeping Mommy Sane (www.keepingmommysane.com). She lives in the Boston area with her husband, their 6-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. Follow her on Twitter @SaneMommy, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KeepingMommySane or on Pinterest at pinterest.com/jcollins82.

The 8 Most Difficult Mommy Moments I’ve Experienced So Far

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No one said being a parent would be easy. In fact, everyone – family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, little old ladies at the grocery store – reminded me that it was just the opposite, that being a mom would be the "hardest job I’d ever love." So I knew there would be challenges and roadblocks, but...

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10 Things I Wish I Did Before Babies

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As a mom of a 6-year-old and a soon-to-be 2-year-old, it’s easy to forget what my life was like before having kids – you know, back when I could sleep until noon or spend an entire Saturday afternoon leisurely window shopping. Of course, I love my children and cannot image my life without them (that... read more

Why Potty Training My Daughter Is Making Me Cry

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My daughter, who turns two next month, recently started the process of potty training. This is happening much earlier than I expected. Potty training was a long, drawn-out process with my older son and every time we thought we were making progress, we'd take three giant steps backwards. So when my daughter started... read more

Why All Moms-to-Be Should Stand Up for Kim Kardashian and Her Pregnancy Weight Gain

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Before we go any further, let’s get one thing straight: I am not a Kardashian fan. I’ve never watched any of their shows. I still don’t quite understand how or why they are famous. But they have permeated popular culture and now I find myself in the unlikeliest of places: defending Kim Kardashian.... read more

5 Easy Ways to Get Your Toddler Excited About Helping!

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My 21-month-old daughter wants to help with everything. If she sees me sweeping, she immediately tries to snatch the broom, announcing, “I help!” And don’t get me started on emptying the dishwasher. When she sees the dishwasher door open, she will fly across the room and go straight for her sippy cups, matching the tops... read more

7 Unexpected (and Unglamourous) Ways Motherhood Has Changed Me

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I used to love watching scary movies when I was younger. I still have memories of junior high sleepovers, when a group of us girls would make buckets of popcorn, curl up in our sleeping bags and watch horrible, D-list movies like “Silent Night, Deadly Night” and “Child’s Play.” We’d scream and shriek, finding some... read more

12 Signs Your Baby Isn’t a Baby Anymore (Tear!)

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My 21-month-old daughter and I recently had a rare Saturday to ourselves – a true "Girls Day." We went shopping and to a local children’s museum and out to lunch and had a lovely day together. At some point during the day, it hit me: my baby isn’t really a baby anymore. I suspect the... read more

Moms Don’t Play Cars With Their Sons? I Beg to Differ!

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I recently read an article about Mattel's attempts to boost the sagging sales of their Hot Wheels line by targeting moms and "teaching" them how to play cars with their sons, thinking that this will make them more likely to buy them for their kids. Really? We need formal lessons? Admittedly, I am... read more

Why I Wish I Had Taken Maternity Photos

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A good friend of mine recently welcomed her third baby. When I stopped by to meet that little bundle, she showed me some gorgeous photos a photographer friend of hers had taken the previous month to capture the last few weeks of her pregnancy. My friend looked beautiful, peaceful, serene. So maternal. As I thumbed... read more

How to Keep Your Kid From Playing Favorites — a Must-Read for Moms (and Dads!)

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My toddler is going through a “mommy phase.” She wants me all the time, whether it’s to give her or a bath or read her stories at bedtime or kiss her boo-boos when she falls. I’m the one she calls for when she wakes up in the morning. When I dare to leave the room,... read more