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Mom’s Broken Sleep Cycle

In previous years I always prided myself on being "the cool mom" who let my kids stay up late. They'd pass out when tired and I'd surpass them with my binge-Netflix marathons and catch up on my favorite video games. Since adults need less sleep than the little ones, it would work out in my favor because I could stay up until the early hours of the morning and still get enough sleep before the kids would rise around 10 or 11am.  Everyone got enough sleep, we just weren't active morning people. Now that my daughter has chosen to go back to public school, she has to adjust to waking up in the morning. I do too. So I changed my routine to go … [Read more...]

When It’s Really Over

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed trying to avoid schoolwork at one in the morning. I often do this to torture myself because I'm essentially alone, but not really because I can't actually do anything that involves noise. No sewing, no kitchen experiments... Generally nights like this really only end in several games of League of Legends which is followed by an intense headache, a sense of failure, and foreseen doom when I realize I have but hours to sleep. But on this night I came across a very touching article. When Friendship is Lost tells the tale of two friends who brave through motherhood together when it suddenly just dies. … [Read more...]

Big Girls Don’t Cry.

I have been experimenting with different levels of acceptance with my "new" body. I'm still breastfeeding and I quit smoking, so there are some adjustments to be had in the future that may affect this vessel in which I experience life. However, at this moment I am the biggest I have ever been, a whole two sizes bigger than my "fat" pants from several years ago. I've never been a small girl.  I moved from a children's 16 to a juniors 7. Even in my post-high school, angsty, self-hate days when drugs were for breakfast lunch and dinner I was only a size 11. My hips are naturally wide and my breasts are very large. Having my daughter in 2007 … [Read more...]

Just Between Friends

I have always held onto a lot of my baby stuff since Gaia was born almost 7 years ago. I had hoped to pass everything down to future children or at least pass it along to friends making their own families complete. Now that my best friend has been a mother for 6 months, she has a lot of the basics you'd look for. After having many discussions with my fiance, we decided it was time to purge that stuff too. He's fine with the size our family is now. I wasn't until recently. A few weeks ago I was doing chores before work when I tuned into my actions. I was running form room to room in a nonsensical pattern and I was getting about half as much … [Read more...]

Notes from the Nude

Once upon a time I read a post about a mom who wanted her sons to see her naked and it caused controversy on Facebook. Go figure. It wasn't my page, thank goodness. But all the same, women were completely outraged that this mother would let her boys see her naked body. Some suggested it was nothing short of child endangerment. And that folks is what made me mad. See I am constantly reminded of the story of a mother breastfeeding during bath time who was arrested. And more and more parents who are actually taking care of their kids are being punished for something as simple as getting a second opinion on medical care or even playing outside. … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding Has Changed My Life

Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival! This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe's Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today's post is about how breastfeeding has changed your life. Please read the other blogs in today's carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th-31st!   Before I ever had children I would have laughed if you told me my life would be the way it is now. I was pretty much the opposite of what I am not, with a few … [Read more...]

Behind the Scenes: Homeschool Planning

I have been diggin' myself a hole in all the curriculum I bought this summer. I bought a little bit too much, but I didn't know what I wanted and to be honest I still don't know exactly what will work best for my daughter. It is really fun to see all the things we'll be learning together this year and I'm feel positive overall about our first year homeschooling. I've enrolled miss Gaia in a S.T.E.M. class this fall. It was pretty pricey, but i hear they're all the rage.... plus she needs that socialization and "school feel" so we're giving it a go. I was looking for some other focus of Science here at home though since it really is my … [Read more...]

In Which I’m an Angry Feminist.

It's not often I get political up in here, but it's been long over due. Things happen in the world that upset me. I sometimes find myself digging myself in this deep, deep hole of despair because something awful is happening half way across the planet and there's nothing I can do about it. In order to protect myself from these feelings of guilt and hopelessness I try to avoid knowing too much about things that don't directly affect me. My fiance gets mad at my purpose-driven ignorance. He wants to know why I don't want to cry about Russia instead of making pop corn and watching Star Wars. I don't like to cry. And so that is that. But … [Read more...]

I’m a Jealous, Lonely Mama.

My friend Kristen talks about how motherhood is lonely. I'd be lying if I didn't shed a tear by the end of her confession about feeling totally and utterly alone. It's true, even if you're blessed with loving children and surrounded by a loving partner and a handful of friends, motherhood can still be one of the loneliest places to be at the end of the day. Because my babies have such a huge gap I can look back and recall that feeling with my oldest. That feeling when she wasn't a baby anymore, but some crazy independent tiny person learning to do things all by herself. The loneliness started creeping in somewhere close to her second … [Read more...]

Out and About with Catwoman {Girls Costumes Review}

I guess it's normal for a child to be excited about spending summer break with Grandma. Honestly, I thought I'd be excited too. She's been gone 5 days now and I miss her terribly. And I'm not the only one... Anders has been pretty lonely these last few days. I made sure they had plenty of fun together before she left though. We're lucky to live in such a child-friendly apartment complex. Sometimes Gaia feels a little more than heroic, so she decided to spend last Friday dressed as one of her favorite DC Comics characters: Catwoman. As you can see, she's having quite the blast enjoying her childhood as one of the best female heroes. The … [Read more...]