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!


The Art of Language

They're always watching us!

Caelum being now 15 months has a decent vocabulary but it still consists of mostly one word responses. However as with all children they understand much more than they can articulate! I will hand him his diaper I just changed (no not the poopy ones!) and tell his to throw it in the trash and he does! We can say ‘lets ride bikes’ and he will take our hand and lead us to the garage door and point at it. He is so aware of what is going on around him it amazes me.
If someone around him uses an upset or angry tone …

Can’t we all just get along!

You know I didn’t realize sibling rivalry would already have started when the youngest is only 15 months old but it sure has! My almost 4 year old daughter will follow Caelum around the house taking whatever he picks up and tries to play with. She is generally a very sweet loving little girl but there’s just something about siblings that I think is bred in us telling us we must annoy one another!There are various ways of dealing with this: Ignoring, punishing, separating… etc..I’ve decided that I don’t want to yell and be angry I try my best each day to remain calm no matter what occurs. I don’t …


Bonding with each child

When I had Lyra and only her there was no choice but to bond! It wasn’t something I had to make time to do it just happened because she was my world. Now that my stepson lives with us and I have Caelum I’m finding it harder to keep that strong relationship with each child going.You would think since we live together and they are my children that there would be a naturally occurring bond- and there is- but it’s something that needs work to build and strengthen.The other day I went on a quick 10 minute bike ride with just Lyra and it …


Growing up

It’s so amazing to watch your little newborn change from a lump that can do pretty much nothing to a small person learning things faster than you can keep up! There are things I teach my kids as a parent, things their caretaker’s and family members teach them, things they learn from peers (and yes from TV- I admit it!) but there are certain things that are instinctual.

This week Caelum has decided he is interested in using utensils. This consists mostly of hitting himself, trying to eat said utensil and throwing them but there’s interest! He likes to feed himself but needs me to put the food on his …


Forward or Backward

Much research and debate has been done/had over the subject of how long to keep your child rear facing. There are many arguments and points on either side of the debate, however, to me one side seems to stand out in terms of safety.

With my daughter I became caught up in the excitement and soon after her first birthday when she was barely 20 lbs I bought her a new seat and switched her to forward facing. Being older and wiser, I am now very grateful that we were never in an accident.

It is now recommended to keep your child rear facing until at least 2 years of age …


Loving your kids too much

When you have kids something changes inside of you. Your no longer just yourself but you have a piece of you that is physically separate from you and wandering the world. It’s very amazing and miraculous but also scary! It’s easy to become so obsessed that you “over love your kids”.As a parent you view your child in a way that you view no other child. Your child is special and unique to you. I’m having to remind myself lately that if I treat my kids as if they are more special than any other kid they will begin to think that too. Even though as their mother they …


Failing the Parent Test

Initially infants cry to communicate the needs with their care giver but by month 6 or seven they start to learn that the cry will not only get there needs met but also their wants. I like to call it the parent test. Kids are always pushing the line to see if you will bend. Now that I have different ranges of children, I can see the full range of the test. I find it was easier as a baby. You know better because after you have met all the basic needs then the cry just means they are sleepy. Of course when you are in the middle of a …


A New Kind of Normal

Ryder loves going on adventures in his car seat, but often, getting him into the car and getting all the gear ready is an exhausting task in and of itself

I remember telling my husband in the early days of Ryder’s life, “I just want to feel back to normal.”
Ha! I will never again feel the kind of normalcy that I felt prior to May 15, 2014. And I love it.
Life with a baby is hard. It’s taxing. It’s impossible to go out in public without an hour of preparation and good timing. I now have to set aside two hours to …

Napping Woes

That's some good sleep!

Part of me is ready for Caelum to catch up with Lyra. She doesn’t nap, is potty trained, gets in/out of the car by herself and is very independent. But most of me definitely doesn’t want the time to speed up at all! My kids both naturally transitioned into a schedule pretty quickly. They did well with it because the knew when they ate and slept. I didn’t wait until they were over tired to put them down for a nap or until they were so hungry they cried for a feeding.

Now as they are getting older the time of transition between phases …


Romantic Dinner…for 5

As my husband and I are getting to know other parents, it is fun to joke about the times when going anywhere seems to be out of the question. When your children are in the “wiggle stage”, it is unenjoyable to really go anywhere. We take turns running the errands without the kids. Even my neighbor and I have been taking turns watching each other’s kids so we can run errands kid-free. Timing is everything when running errands. They have to have lots of snacks, toys and surprise treats. My kids have a two errand maximum after that it is down hill.

Dinner seems out of the question during the “wiggly …


Health News

Basics About Your Newborn’s Body

Even the best-prepared parents may be surprised by a few things that are quite normal in newborns!

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