Motherhood

Why We’re Experimenting with Cloth Diapering the Second Time Around

August 21, 2019

This post was sponsored by Esembly

Owen wore diapers until he was over three and every single diaper he wore was disposable. Call it new mom anxiety or ignorance, but cloth diapering never really crossed my mind as a true reality for our family. It seemed like a messy, unnecessary and maybe even impossible challenge in a city like Brooklyn. Four years ago I was completely unaware of the wonderful cloth diapering options available to urban families like ours and I was naive to the horrific evidence of the damage disposable diapers are doing to our planet. So without too much thought we stuck to disposable and while that worked for us the first time around (despite the footprint we left behind), we are taking a different approach this time. 

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How I’m Preparing my Closet for Postpartum

August 20, 2019

If you read one of my more recent articles over on Camille Styles you know I’m doing my best to prepare my mind and body for postpartum. Some may say I have jumped the gun on preparing my closet, but it’s important to me that I have a handful of items I know I can most likely wear when June arrives. Of course it’s impossible to know exactly what my body will look and feel like after giving birth sometime next month, but based on my body today I made a couple of educated guesses and overall I’m feeling really good about it.

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How to Prepare Your First Born for a New Sibling with Artifact Uprising

August 15, 2019

This post was sponsored by Artifact Uprising.

Like most parents expecting their second child, we’ve been reading all the fun tips online when it comes to how to prepare your first born for a new sibling. We have a handful of books we’ve been reading to Owen – our favorite is The New Small Person by Lauren Child, we’ve secretly picked up a few small gifts for June to give Owen after she’s born, and Owen has even picked out a few things for June. We re-purchased two of his favorite toys from when he was a baby and we even made our own Baby Board Book with Artifact Uprising for her! 

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An Intentional End of the Summer Bucket List

August 6, 2019

Changes are coming in hot for our family. A new baby, the end of summer, the last summer with just Owen and I at home, Owen’s first day of school, paternity leave for Zack, a heap of visitors and an attempt at maternity leave for me – just to name a few. While I’m working hard to prepare our family for these changes and transitions, a large part of that has been finding the quiet moments in between and holding on tight before our life as we know it dramatically changes. I’ve read social posts and articles from other mothers who have been there who open up about mourning the loss of their family as it is and while I’m certainly not above those emotions, I have a different feeling about it all. 

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The Reality of Maternity Leave as a Freelancer

August 1, 2019

As my due date rapidly approaches I’m finding myself buried in work as I plan to take what on the surface will appear as no time off from my site and social channels. The world of freelancer maternity leave is one that even I know very little about, but after experimenting with a couple months of downtime after my miscarriage last year I learned the harsh reality that this business simply cannot pause or stop. Two months of not staying consistent with content meant nearly six months of unpaid time as I rebuilt – something I’m not interested in doing for the second time in less than twelve months, even if that’s more of what a true maternity leave would look like. 

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Meet Sarah Copeland + Learn Everything You Need to Know About Picky Eaters

July 28, 2019

You guys! This post kicks off a new series here on Household that I have been dreaming about for years. Since I started Household over four years ago I’ve had the chance to connect with mothers all over the world, open up, have meaningful conversations and build a community I wouldn’t otherwise have. While the public discussions we have on my Instagram feed and in the comments here are near and dear to my heart, some of the private chats I’ve had you guys have shifted my perspective on motherhood and sometimes even the way I parent. I’ve always wanted to find a way to highlight each of you incredible mothers, give you a place to share your stories and get real about the aspects of this gig that keep us up at night.

Today begins our first of many mother interviews and I’m over here doing a happy dance with a few tears in my eyes as I hit publish. I had a really eye opening conversation with cookbook author, friend and mother, Sarah Copeland, about toddler pickiness and how incredibly normal it was about a year ago. Our chat was so transformative and reassuring that Owen would in fact, eventually, venture away from his ten item diet that I feel like parents everywhere could benefit from her insight. Considering food has been such an essential element of what makes Household what it is I felt like there was no better person and topic to start with. 

If you’re in the depths of a picky phase I hope this conversation with Sarah provides solidarity, hope, resources and if nothing else a virtual hug that you are simply not alone. Enjoy!

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Ten Must-Haves You Should Add to Your Baby Registry Now

July 23, 2019

We definitely over did it the first time around with our baby registry and as much as we appreciate our generous friends and family who spoiled us with gifts, this time we really wanted to be more intentional about what we brought into our home. When it comes to baby gear, I’m sure every other New Yorker can relate – space is limited and we’ve really gotta cap it off at essentials. So we did just that! 

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How We Encourage Our Three Year Old To Read Daily

June 12, 2019

Owen has always been a big reader, but in the last few months he’s taken an even more intense liking to it. We always try to read throughout the day, but if all else fails it’s the last thing we do before bed. After teeth are brushed we encourage him to pick out three to five books which he usually replies, how about 15 books? He’s a little negotiator and as much as reading 15 books isn’t what we always want to do at the end of the day we love that he’s our little reader and never want to stop encouraging him to read.

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Five Ways to Support Women’s Rights and Healthcare

May 21, 2019

On Friday I shared a really informative article written by the girls at Cup of Jo about everything you need to know about Alabama’s abortion ban. If you still feel in the dark on what’s happening when it comes to women’s rights and healthcare in this country I highly recommend you give it a read. Below are five ways you can support women today.

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