Lyz is a freelance writer, with an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. She also works as a blogger for the Huffington Post and a regular contributor to Mommyish, Mom.me and The Real Moms of Eastern Iowa, a hyper-local mom blog and most importantly BabyZone. Her writing has been published in Real Weddings, Guidepost, The Des Moines Register and YourTango, LearnVest, and Babble.com. She has been syndicated on MSNBC, The Today Show Website, Yahoo! Shine, and MSN Glo. She maintains a blog about pants, chicken nuggets and babies over on LyzLenz.com.
Maybe I’ve been spending too much time with the under 9-month crowd, but babies look and act a lot like dinosaurs—the short arms, the roaring and all that attacking of humans. My house feels like Jurassic Park.
I agonized over the decision to stay at home with my children. It wasn’t anything I set out to do. It wasn’t the plan I had for my future. But when I became pregnant with my second child and my husband and I sat down to look at the budget, staying home just made sense. We live in the Midwest and I have struggled to find a job. I ended up working freelance from home. While I made a decent salary, the cost of childcare for two would mean I would be working just to cover the bills. It didn’t make any sense. Plus, we rationalized, it would just be for a short time before our children were in school.
So, we saved and paid off my remaining student loans. Then, I quit my jobs and said “goodbye” to the babysitter.
Second babies don’t get as much attention. Parents often miss their milestones and they get a sibling in almost all of their baby pictures. But it isn’t awful being a second baby, your parents are more relaxed and you have a better chance of mom saying, “Screw it, you can have ice cream.” Here are 10 things I let my second child do that I never dreamed of doing with my first.
At a play date in the park, a woman asked me if my son was still nursing. She wasn’t judging me or my son. She was just curious. She had a daughter the same age and was just making conversation. I didn’t mind. I told her “yes” and then explained how he hated the bottle. It was all normal mom chit chat, until the other mom smiled and said, “You know men and their boobs.”
I cringed and changed the subject.
While Jenny McCarthy and Kristin Cavallari are outspoken detractors of vaccines, several other celebrities also support the anti-vaccination movement.
Not all celebrities agree with Jenny McCarthy and Kristin Cavallari. Here are 11 celebrities who support vaccinations.
You always thought your infant was judging you and now you have proof. These six funny Twitter accounts written from the perspective of babies and toddlers are just the thing you need to be able to laugh at the spit-up down your shirt and the temper tantrum at your feet.
I spend a lot of time creating healthy meals for my 8-month-old baby to eat. I don’t know why I bother; here are the meals he’d much rather eat.