Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!


MomTalk Farewell

On behalf of Onslow Memorial Hospital, we would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who has been involved with our MomTalk program and used it as a resource over the years. We hope it has provided valuable information and guidance to parents and families in our Onslow community and beyond. We are very fortunate to have had such passionate local mom bloggers willing to share their meaningful experiences, advice and support.As of October, the MomTalk program has been suspended. Although we will no longer actively maintain the website or feature new blog content, we invite you to visit (or revisit) our past blog posts that will remain on our website. For additional resources, Onslow Memorial will continue …


Growing your family

It’s funny when everything seems calm and nice I always get the urge to change things. Like when your having a nice calm afternoon at home on a Saturday and decide to go to the store or the park or somewhere and the next thing you know it’s getting dark and your exhausted from dragging the kids out and everyone’s tired and cranky.

Well currently life is nice and the kids are all at good sweet ages and I’m of course having the urge to have another baby!

This decision is such a tough one to make with so many factors involved. Some of which that I’ve thought about are …


Beating up on little brother

My poor little boy gets the short end of the stick quite often around here being the youngest but sometimes he even gets “beaten with the stick” too! (*this is a joke I nor anyone else “beats” my child with a “stick”!)

Lyra (who is now 4) has given Caelum a black eye, scraped toe and bloody nose all this week. She isn’t as violent as that sentence makes her seem but she is rather rough for a girl. I don’t mind it in that I think it’s making Caelum “tough” but I was quite bothered by the bloody nose… She definitely got in trouble for that one! It was interesting …


Over stepping the line or helping?

Each parent has the right to raise their child how they choose. I am very much in support of that because barring they’re raising them to be murderers diversity is what makes the world so interesting and beautiful. That being said there are some basic safety issues that can really cause some controversy between parents- friends and strangers.

An example: My friend had posted a picture of her child while he was sleeping in his car seat and the top chest clip was down more towards his stomach and someone made a friendly comment about raising it up for safety reasons and she was very upset. She was venting to me about and and said that she took the picture down …


The imagination of a child

It’s an amazing thing to have a conversation with a 2, 3, 4 or 5 year old. Their imaginations at that age to me are so fascinating. I wonder what happens as we age because adults don’t seem to have quite the same free and innocent imagination as a child.

Caelum has started ‘pretending’ this week. It’s interesting because Lyra didn’t do this until she was probably 2 or at least closer to it. Caelum is barely 17 months old. It first happened when he wanted to eat and my husband and I didn’t want to get up so we ‘pretended’ to hand him some food like we were currently doing …


Growing up together

Yes they are this happy all the time! Ha!

Now that Caelum’s getting older and communicating more he and Lyra are really starting to enjoy each other’s company and it’s so sweet to watch.

They like to do things together lately- sitting, eating, watching TV, playing in the same room, laughing, chasing. Essentially things that friends like to do together they like to do. Every time I get the vacuum cleaner out they begin this game where they follow me around screaming as if it’s going to eat them. It’s never been so much fun to vacuum before!

Some negatives come from it in that Lyra (who just …


Not all things are meant to be shared

Like Germs!! That’s right I teach my children to share but not to share germs!!

Small disclaimer (that could be a whole blog post by itself): Just because my child does something that seems rude doesn’t mean I’m not teaching them. Don’t judge a parents parenting based on one moment you witness of their child. We can teach all we like but they will mess up because they are learning hence the word ‘teach’.

So Caelum had pink eye last week and I had written a blog about it. Well his actually got worse and lasted over a week. This is 9 days of waking up after each sleep with his eye …


Coming alive

It’s amazing to see a baby from the moment they are born (before that really!)  and watch them grow into their own person. And they do! My oldest is 12 so I still have A LOT of watching to do as far as kids growing up goes but so far it has blown me away. They truly do become their own person with their own independent thoughts and ideas. It’s hard to let go of control but necessary.

This week Caelum has really been strange with his affection. He typically likes everyone but doesn’t want to be held by a stranger or left with strangers (he covers his eyes and stands there whining- it’s so cute!). But this week one minute …



Babies and kids talk when they want to talk and they don’t when they don’t. There I said it, Very profound I know.It’s true though. My (now 4 year old) will recite something as if it were the easiest most natural thing in the world but get in front of people and instead of reciting she says random things like “frog” or “nothing” or “the jar talked to me”. She does this to get people to laugh. And I’m fine with that. I’d rather her feel free, happy and make others laugh than feel shy, nervous and pressured.Well I think it’s the same thing with little ones. Caelum goes through …


When you can’t keep germs away

Kids are going to get sick, it just happens. No matter how much of a bubble you keep them in or how much hand sanitizer you pour on them they will get sick. And it’s actually most of the time a good thing as it builds their immunity as it creates antibody’s. Antibody’s are proteins produced by the bodies immune system in response to certain detected harmful substances like germs. So each time we or our children are sick from one specific germ we build an antibody specific to that antigen and therefore have a stronger immunity toward that strain of germ (antigen).

Now that I’ve gotten the science lesson out of the way… Caelum has gotten pink eye! He woke …


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