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!


Hugs Fix Everything

I think as parents we hold our child for the first time and think about how we will always protect them and love them. As the grow it gets harder and harder to protect them. They get mobile and fall.

Sometimes our quick hands are there while others we find ourselves trying to comfort our little one. My husband and I joke about our cat like reflexes to our children falling. We have stopped a lot of booboos, but it is getting harder as they get older.

We love the age where a hug can fix everything. Tears are quickly dried up with a hug from mom. I wonder when the mommy …


The “Mommy Job”: Part 2

So true!

In my previous blog post I talked about the struggles of being a mom and juggling all that it encompasses.

I have decided to create a job position including title, responsibilities, expectations etc… for being a ‘mom’.

I made myself a schedule and it looks like this:

5:30 AM Wake up and exercise
6 AM Have coffee with my husband (along with a quick devotion and prayer time)
6:30 Kids are up (enough said!) I’m able to give them a good breakfast and spend some happy and patient time with them because I’ve already gotten my mind, body and spirit right for the day. On the …


Sleep Regression

Babies spend most of their time sleeping, but when and where seems to change at the drop of a hat.

At three weeks old, Ryder slept in his crib. I didn’t plan this milestone, and I have to admit I cried like a baby that night, because I felt like he didn’t need me anymore.
I knew early on my husband and I would need to keep our bed (and our room) to ourselves. It was a personal choice to start getting Ryder used to his crib early, and I know it’s not a choice that works for everyone. But for us, it was very important that …


Firework Safety

The summer is rearing up with the 4th of July this week. My little ones have always been fearful of fireworks. There sensitive ears have not let them enjoy them yet. It seems it is a healthy fear as most experts would recommend children should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous.

If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Did you know…Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C) — hot enough to melt gold?

Buy only legal fireworks (legal fireworks have a label with the manufacturer’s name and directions; illegal ones are unlabeled), and store …


Marriage After Baby: It’s Not a Bed of Roses

My husband and I before marriage and baby. We are trying every day to nurture our marriage as we navigate through parenthood.

My husband and I spent nine months preparing for the joys of parenthood. We read books about how to make our baby happy, purchased everything everyone said we needed, went to a “baby boot camp” and made sure Ryder would have the cutest and most fun nursery on the block.
We knew what we were in for with the sleepless nights and dirty diapers. We were so excited to hold our bundle of joy and felt we were prepared for anything. And …

The “Mommy Job”

I have tried being a stay at home mom, being a full time working mom and now working part time. I must say the balance of working part time is wonderful. We sacrifice a lot in terms of money but it’s well worth it. My only complaint is that my job’s are ‘too flexible’ creating too many variables in decided my schedule each week. But I essentially schedule my work around my kids and I am so blessed.

I want to say that no matter what you have chosen to or are doing because you have no choice you can be a great mom either way. I am in no way judging …


What Kind of Parent Are You?

After being around other moms I started to think about what kind of mom I have become. There are so many different ways to parent and who am I to say which way is right.

The traditionalist- parents stay home full time with there kids.
Type A or Alpha mom – the juggling mom always in control. Schedules are color coded. Never late for appointments and never frazzled by life. A super multitasker is what she does best.
Crunchy mama- urban dictionary defines her as the mother that is all for breast feeding, natural products for her children, cloth diapers and is usually barefoot.
Rebel mom – is one that tends to go against …


Coping with an Early Riser

Both my kids slept great and late as babies but suddenly began waking very early in the mornings and haven’t slept in again. My daughter has started coming to my room at 5:45AM! And she normally goes to bed around 7:15 or so but lately can’t get to sleep until close to 9. She tries poor thing- she will lay in her bed quietly but she just can’t sleep.

My 14 month old has been waking up at 6:15-6:30 for the last few months and he had previously slept until 8 every day! When he wakes up he is very hungry so I’ve started giving him a snack and some milk just …


Just Go With It

I have had a revelation and I thought I should share it, some of you may be able to relate. My personality is one that likes to feel organized and in control and when it isn’t I feel uneasy so you can image my first round of motherhood was not easy. Motherhood is not organized as children are always full of surprises. I had to develop a more carefree approach and still have to work on it to this day. I don’t like messes, which with multiple children is virtually impossible to avoid. It takes all my strength sometimes to smile after my child has pour something independently and spilled. …


Taking Care of Me

I was a wife before I became a mother, and a single woman before that. I need to remember to hold onto my own identity so my son can see what a strong woman looks like, first hand.

My son is only four weeks old, and I have a nanny. She’s actually one of my friends turned nanny, but a person whom I trust and is paid to watch Ryder for 12 hours a week, nonetheless.
I know it’s highly probable one or more of you is reading this with your jaw on the ground. Well, please pick up your jaw, and I’m OK with the judgement….


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