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Pregnancy Announcement – Our family is growing!

Pregnancy Announcement – Our family is growing!

Back in February, I told you all I was considering artificial insemination to become a Single Mom by Choice (SMC). I’m so happy to announce that after all of this time, I am officially pregnant with baby number 2! I wanted to write down my […]

Toddler Christmas List Ideas

Toddler Christmas List Ideas

Toddler Christmas List Ideas Halloween has passed and so we all know what that means: it’s time to start prepping for Christmas! I know I know, what about Thanksgiving? We love that day too, but Christmas preparations need to begin right away. At least if […]

Tips for traveling to Chicago with a toddler

Tips for traveling to Chicago with a toddler

You may have heard that we recently took a family vacation to Chicago. It was a really fun trip and one that I learned a lot about the city on in a very short amount of time. Those lessons cost me a lot of extra money and time wasted though, so do yourself a favor and learn from what I already went through! Here are 11 tips for traveling to Chicago. (more…)

Chicago Family Vacation Part 1 – A day at the Navy Pier

Chicago Family Vacation Part 1 – A day at the Navy Pier

Some people said I was crazy to take a 2 year old on vacation by myself. And while some people would have been right, it was also SO worth it. We took a solo family vacation to Chicago and it was amazing! Our flight landed […]

I let daycare potty train my toddler — and it worked in less than a week!

I let daycare potty train my toddler — and it worked in less than a week!

Potty training is hard. My 2.5 year old son has been showing signs of potty-training interest for more than a year, yet I couldn’t successful train him no matter what I tried. We attempted naked weekends, special prizes for successful potty trips, stickers, and more. […]

TTC acronyms so you can understand your support groups

TTC acronyms so you can understand your support groups

I recently joined a Facebook group called SMBC TTC …. in case you have no freaking clue what that means like I did at first, it means Single Mom By Choice Trying To Conceive. (Click this link if you’re interested in learning why I joined a single mom by choice TTC support group.) Almost every part of the trial and error process of conceiving is referred to in acronym form. It can be incredibly frustrating and overwhelming to understand questions and answers when you first join support groups because it feels like everyone is talking in code.

The truth is, the phrases women use to describe their journey are universal and the acronyms are just a faster way to type the phrase. They are also used in place of very long, medical terms because no one can spell (or pronounce) the full name anyways. Here’s a running list of all of the TTC acronyms I’ve come across* in my single mom support groups.

*This post will be updated as I run into new abbreviations and learn what they mean. Feel free to comment with questions or TTC abbreviations you know.  (more…)

Mommy and Son Date Night Ideas

Mommy and Son Date Night Ideas

One thing I’ve noticed is that Z and I get very antsy when we fall into a mundane routine. Wake up, get dressed, go to school, come home, watch TV, eat dinner, go to sleep. It’s not a bad routine, but it’s boring. We start […]

How to get my 2 year old to stop using a pacifier

How to get my 2 year old to stop using a pacifier

We were a hard-core pacifier house, ya’ll. I mean we LOVED that binky, both of us. A pacifier is such an easy way to calm your baby and offer soothing when you can’t always be there. We had the paci during wake times and nap times and […]

Coffee orders (and at-home brews) to get you through a few parenting firsts

Coffee orders (and at-home brews) to get you through a few parenting firsts

Coffee is the nectar of the Gods. This is not an opinion, my dear comrades, it’s fact. Whatever god, gods or goddesses you believe in or don’t, we can all agree that this sweet, sweet juice is what nudges us parents successfully from one day into the next.

And while I, for one, am fully capable of drinking the exact same cup o’ joe each and every day, like the tried and true diesel fuel that gets even the biggest big rig’s gears a’turnin, it’s more fun when we can change it up a bit with the perfect taste and caffeination level for all of our mommy firsts.

So here’s my expertly* brewed advice for the best coffee orders (and at-home brews) to get you through your parenting firsts. (more…)

Single mom by choice — why I’m considering sperm donation at 26 years old

Single mom by choice — why I’m considering sperm donation at 26 years old

My son and I just celebrated his second birthday on January 30. I’ve had baby fever something fierce for about 6 months now and the idea of waiting until I find the elusive “one” in order to have more children seems absurd. I’m ready to […]