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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And the Scheduling continues

I was mommy who had her babies on a schedule (routine). I blogged a lot about this when Caelum was in the newborn phase but not much since after about 5-6 months. My schedules were never forced and if he needed food or a nap at a different time we would obviously adjust. It was never a written down on the fridge set in stone kind of thing. It was more just a routine that we all naturally fell into and it was nice to pretty much know what was happening when each day. It helped me plan my day/errands/work/sitter more easily.

Now that Caelum is 16 months old the schedule …

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Mommy Stress

I hope I don't look like this!

I’ve written before on stress and keeping calm so your kids will keep calm but there is more to be said on the subject. In fact I think there could be a 1000 page book written on the topic but I’m certainly not the woman for that!

I’m just going to throw this out there- It’s really hard being a parent. Especially when they are young and need you so much. No matter how much I love my kids or how quickly my hear melts with one look I can still turn ‘happy-calm mom’ to ‘crazy-yelling mom’ in 1 second …

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A Mouthful of Teeth

So I’ve blogged many a times about teething but nothing about what to do once the teeth are in! Caelum has most of his teeth- he is only missing the ‘eye teeth’ up front. With my first I was wiping her gums with a wash cloth very early and brushed regularly twice a day once her teeth came in.

Now my life is a bit more hectic and Caelum’s very lucky to have gotten his teeth brushed even once. So because of that he absolutely will not let me brush them. He throws such a fit that if I want to actually brush them I would have to have someone …

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Shy Baby


Just like adults can be shy when entering new places and being around new people babies and kids are too! The thing with babies/kids is that they do not yet have the self consciousness and hesitancy of adults and they are literally an open book as far as emotions and feelings go.

Caelum’s new thing when he is in a new place or near new people is to stand in the spot he was put down in, cover his eyes with his fists and whimper ever so pitifully. It is the CUTEST and SWEETEST thing I’ve ever seen! He is feeling scared and nervous and this is his way of showing …

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Baby meets world

There are so many cliches about first child versus second but many of them are very true. One of them is how your first child is kept at home and with you much more and your next child or 3rd or even 4th go just about everywhere!

Caelum has been no exception. He was out and about keeping up with all his big brother and big sister’s activities from a very early age! I think it has made him more relaxed in that he is just very chill.

My little cutie!

My first- Lyra needs a bit more coaxing when I’m leaving her at new places and she is …

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Weight Gain

He'll get there anyway!

I remember when my daughter (first child!) was a newborn. My neighbor had a baby scale and It soon became mine as I used it almost daily. She ended up loosing weight and I had to supplement which was the beginning of the end to breast feeding and it was a very sad/hard time for me when I started supplementing. I think now that had I not had the scale and relaxed a bit things may have been different but I digress.

Caelum is almost 16 months old and just hit 20 pounds. He’s little! I’m little but my husband is not. My …

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Bathing My Baby

Ryder just went through a massive growth spurt. He’s huge! I love that he’s growing so fast, but it has caused a problem with his infant bath tub. He literally does not fit in either side. Evidently, it was supposed to last us at least a year. News flash: It didn’t even last three months. I mean, he can technically fit, just not comfortably.I found this to be heartbreaking and was in a pickle. Ryder loves bathtime. If you have a kid with tummy issues, by the way, baths are awesome for them.Anyway, my dad suggested taking him into …

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Cat got your tounge

Though he is still a daddy's boy he is finally saying mama on a regular basis!

The world is full of books and articles on the “stages of development” in babies and children. They keep parents constantly on the edge of your seat awaiting the onset of each new phase. This is a happy and exciting time but can also be stressful if you put too much anticipation and pressure on moving toward the next stage.

Caelum started out to seem to be quite the talker but has since quieted down a lot. He has the ability to say a lot of words but lately has decided to …

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Grandparents

I was blessed with quite possibly the best two humans on Earth as my parents. I seriously had a nearly flawless childhood and upbringing. I might not have said that in my teenage years, but I was a teenage girl and well, you know how that goes.
So, my parents are a big deal. I aspire to be like my mother, and I know my husband aspires to be like my father. That being said, they can drive me crazy when it comes to my child.
You know how they say a kid can’t be spoiled until at least six months? I don’t buy it.
My mom started warming Ryder’s bottles up in the microwave. I told her specifically not …

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Bye Bye Nap

I’ve written previously on several occasions regarding naps and the process of dropping them. My babies have always been on a routine that they pretty much fell right into. They’ve always napped and eaten around the same times each day. Caelum is on the line between being ready to drop down to one nap a day and not being quite ready.

If I lay him down for his morning nap he does great but then doesn’t sleep well that afternoon and in consequence becomes cranky and over tired.

If I don’t lay him down he becomes cranky and over tired in the morning but not as bad and then takes a nice …

 

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