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!

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Remain Calm

Pretty much me in my 'rough' moments

Seems easy enough right? I  mean after all you love your children! While this is true it is still one of the hardest jobs ever. (I only say one of because I myself haven’t worked EVERY job out there but I would like to think it’s THE hardest!) Being a parent means you don’t get a lot of “me” time or breaks. You have someone clinging to you constantly needing things from you pretty much 99% of the time. Not just awake time but sleep time too!

It can not forget to be mentioned that being a parent …

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Gourmet Baby Food

When you are married to a chef, your babies grow up eating gourmet baby food. Damon isn’t any different and he is loving is roasted carrots, mashed cauliflower and asparagus. Not only have we seen the benefits of healthy fresh baby food but our girls have experienced a variety of flavors and are more willing to try different foods.

If you give our four-year-old some food she can describe the ingredients. It is exciting to raise a super taster. Whenever we make a new salsa or sauce for our business we let her try it to get a truthful reaction. It goes with that old saying…” If you want the truth …

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The Woes of Real Food

Caelum was breast fed until 3-4 months when I went back to work and everything went downhill from there. He never had any sensitivity to any kind of formula or anything I ate when I was breastfeeding. Now that he is on regular people food I’m discovering he in fact does have some sensitivities.When baby starts eating what you eat you can either let him have it with all the spices and fixings you are having or make him some separated with less flair. I decided to let him have it. He did fine for a while but then suddenly began having yucky stools that left a bad diaper rash. …

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A New Kinda Craving

From craving Mexican Food to weird cravings like fried pickles and cheese cake, I was craving something new. After giving birth it seems the craving for things don’t go away. I was craving my husbands awesome BBQ sauce, but he surprised me with something else.

Disappointed and frustrated with the winey girls suddenly I was craving something else, some alone time. I was not really angry, just feeling like a run or a night out with other adults. I can’t speak for all mothers but I know what I need to be a good mom and that is a break from it all every once and awhile.

Sometimes I wonder if other …

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Kids Are People Too

Ha! I do have high expectations but hopefully not this bad!

It can be difficult to let go of control as your little ones grow but it (in my opinion) is essential to healthy growth and development to let them be themselves. This means when they are so little and don’t know who they are yet letting them explore that.

I have a theme to all my blogs I’ve noticed and that theme is “balance”. I think that each parent must use their own judgement based on their own personal situations and that in every thing there is a balance.

With my 1 year old and 3 year old I …

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Stomachache or Hurting for Attention

When a baby cries you know that they are hungry, tired or sick. It is a simple equation of basic solutions. It is a lot of trial and error. As children grow and talk I always thought it would be easier to figure out what they need.

Now that I have a four and three- year- old they seem to be bigger and more complicated. Now crying consists of feels getting hurt, basic needs not being met, an unwillingness to go to bed or do what is asked of them, and manipulation.

Bella, our oldest, has seemed to figure out how to get our attention or she magically gets a stomachache at …

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Balancing More Than One Child

My crew :)

I always wanted 6 kids. As I got older it went down to 4 and now that I have 3 I’m done. First I want to say that if you only have one child you are not selfish and your child will not be lonely and sad. Likewise if you have 5 they will not be neglected and you are not over crowding the world. The point is to look at yourself (emotionally, physically, financially, spiritually), your situation and your family and make the best decision for you.

I used to think I was born to be a nurse and a mom. I now know …

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Water Play

Sometimes a little water play can help your babies mood. It really helps all ages. Anytime someone is feeling grumpy I try to redirect them to a different activity or we incorporate music. My husband commented on how our girls always perk up in the bath. Toddlers especially love water play. Every baby is different but I was lucky that all of mine really loved bath time. Although seems to give them energy not send all them in for the night.

Now that things are heating up outside it is fun to incorporate water into their play. For our baby that means a pool. The girls have been having fun washing …

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Here Comes the Big Ones!

Teething when Caelum’s two little bottom teeth came in was nothing compared to his front ones and his molars! Poor baby they are all coming in at the same time. Traditional teething methods don’t seem to cut it for him so I have been trying different things.

He has had Tylenol when he seems febrile or exceptionally fussy but I try to stay away from medication. He does have Orajel more than I like (I don’t like the stuff, have heard too many negative things about it!) but it does work very well. Teething rings do not help, chewing on things doesn’t help. I’ve tried popsicles, frozen bananas, wet washcloth, frozen wash …

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Military Mom and Spouse

With Mother’s Day behind us and Memorial day not to far behind I thought it would be great to solute our Military mom’s and spouses.

As spouses of a service member, we endure so many struggles that some will never be able to comprehend. At a glimpse, we must look like everyone else. But we hold an extra weight on our sleeve.But if you take a closer look you would see life is so different the great sacrifice.

Our lives are full of love, unpredictable moments, unforeseen sorrows, strong friendships and mostly, our lives consist of pure devotion to our service member and our country.

Our lives consist of picking up camis from …

 

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