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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Lessons Learned During Pregnancy

Take time to appreciate the little moments during pregnancy, no matter how hard it may seem.

Of all the advice mothers gave me throughout pregnancy, the one piece of advice I did not receive was what I needed to hear the most: Enjoy it. I hated pregnancy, and I will not for one moment attempt to act like it was this blissful, glowing time in my life. Even for a few weeks after my son was born, I still remembered how much I hated being pregnant. But now, as I look back on those 40 weeks, I almost miss being pregnant in a way I swore I …
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Sibling Differences

My crew on a typical afternoon!

My daughter was never ‘scared’ of things but was always cautious. She took time to work up to going down a slide and she preceeded cautiously around new places or play grounds. Caelum on the other hand is turning out to be quite the definition of a stereotypical boy. He is 14 months old and can skateboard sitting down but that isn’t enough he now tries to stand and balance on it. If I didn’t stop him I think he would go down a 30 foot slide without hesitation! He ate a dead bug the other day- it was …

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Unrealistic Expectations

Weighing in after childbirth can be daunting. Take unrealistic expectations off the table, and let yourself progress at your own pace.


I just knew that I would be back to working out very soon after having Ryder. I set goals for my weight loss, and I had to get on top of them. I did gain a whopping 75 pounds, after all. I was going to be back in the gym by the time he was four weeks old, and I would have all the weight lost by the three month mark. It sounds a little ridiculous, now, but I just knew it was important to me.
My …
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To School or Not to School?

It’s always seemed so strange to me to have kids who stay by your side and are so small and such a part of you and then send them off to school all day 5 days a week! My kids aren’t school aged yet but the thought of someone else being with them more than I am the majority of the week really bothers me.

I have had my daughter in a 3 day a week preschool so I can work and she loves it! I take Caelum to the ‘mothers morning out’ part while she is in school. Now I have to decide whether or not to enroll him next year …

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My Champion, Not My Enemy

It doesn't get any better than watching your son stare into your husband's eyes with love.

Last week, I wrote about the changes and struggles currently impacting my marriage since Ryder’s arrival into this world. I’d like to add to it and continue to promote open discussion about how hard it can be to maintain your marriage with a little one around. Relax. It’s normal.

In the weeks following our son’s birth, I felt so much love for Ryder, and I completely neglected my husband. The man who was responsible for creating this little miracle with me suddenly took the back burner to all things baby. …

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Hurricane Prepareness with Kids

While the west coast prepared for their awesome 4th of July celebration us on the east coast were moving all our patio furniture in our garage out of fear it would be swept away the first hurricane of the season, Andrew. I was happy to find out our trampoline fit in the garage.

When you have kids your preparedness kit looks a lot different. Before it was a time to cuddle with some good movies and maybe have a few adult drinks. This time it was movie after movie, but they were all Disney movies. We made cookies and all the kids settled in our room so they would be at …

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Joining the Coven

As a mother, be confident in your worth, as well as others!

It was the day we brought Ryder home from the hospital when I realized I was now a part of a coven. No, not the kind with witches, although I’m sure every mom out there has felt like a somewhat of a witch at some point with the amount of hormones we have raging through our bodies after childbirth. This coven is indeed magical and sacred, but in the best of ways.

I’m a self-confessed social media addict, so after Ryder was born I splattered my Instagram account with photos of the cutest kid …

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Parental Seperation Anxiety

Haha... yep!

I’ve always felt very connected to my kids as I’m sure is pretty normal when they are grown inside you and essentially attached to you for a while as well after birth. It can be hard to watch them as they grow and gravitate toward others for affection. Caelum is a very sociable and sweet baby and enjoys the company of others. He did go through a phase for only a few weeks where he cried when I would drop him off somewhere but that seems to have passed. I must say when we are at a gathering although I just want to hold him and keep him close …

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No Cheese Please

After finding out that I couldn’t tolerate cheese I still would indulge. Finally I have decided to come to terms with the whole family being, baby included, lactose intolerant.

I am always trying to figure out how to get around serving dairy. I know I struggle with trying to come up with balanced meals for my little ones especially. And you can imagine breast feeding wasn’t always the best option. Now new products are always coming out to help plan better meals. My girls love ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, Mac n cheese, grill cheese, but it have found some great substitutions.

As infants all my little ones needed to be on the …

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Why Do We Label Everything?

I refuse to put a label on my parenting choices. I will parent the way I see fit for my son's growth and needs. And my little six-week-old doesn't seem to mind.


I’ve been asked what parenting style I plan to follow since the moment I found out I was pregnant with Ryder. I was intrigued at first, and I looked into every parenting style I could find. I did thorough research before I came to my conclusion.
I’m not putting a label on the way I raise my child. If forced to put a label on my parenting it would be “The Ask …
 

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