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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One More Family Member

Just when you think your family is complete, you realize something is missing. We need a special friend for the whole family can cuddle with and love…a pet.

We had been telling Ava for months now that we would give her a puppy if she would pee in the potty. It seemed it would take forever and it did take months to completely potty train her even at night time. My husband started a promise for a puppy.

Well, we ran out of pull ups and I decided I wasn’t going to buy anymore. We were going cold turkey not pull ups and I told her reward was to not be wet …

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Stop Questioning My Parenting Decisions!

Ryder loves his evening walks with Mom and Dad, even if they aren't at Wal-Mart.


I’m annoyed to say the least.
Over the past week, I’ve had multiple people comment on my parenting choices. I can’t believe this is starting already, and I know I’ll have to get used to it, but it doesn’t make me any less annoyed.
I’m one of those moms who is keeping her children away from the unclean public for the recommended six to eight weeks. My decisions don’t need validation, but I have many reasons for making them.
First of all, Ryder is not breastfed. This means he’s no longer …
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Napping Trouble

During baby’s first year there are many aspects of the words ‘nap’ and ‘sleep’ that are talked about continuously. It seems just as soon as something seems settled into a routine something changes. Apparently that doesn’t change when they are over a year either.

Caelum has suddenly decided to not want to take 2 naps. He doesn’t realize however that he still needs 2 naps! My daughter has been early at everything her whole life and dropped her morning nap at 15 months. She has suddenly decided to not want to sleep either but that’s another blog.

Caelum is 14 months old now and I really  quite ready for him to …

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Try Not to Lose the Baby

It’s one thing to care for an immobile bundle of joy and another to care for a walking (sometimes running) tornado of energy.

I was anxious for him to walk because he could play better with his sister and outside. This is the case and that part I enjoy immensely however he is so different than my daughter was and I find it fascinating.

Lyra would stay in the room we were in and play quietly. Caelum plays quietly but all over the house. He is so fast and so quiet- I really worry about losing him! I didn’t do a lot of child proofing with my daughter (*insert astonished gasp here*) but …

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Dear Husband, I’m Sorry

My husband and son bonding on Father's Day. This was also my son's one-month-old "birthday."


Last week, I was running some errands while my husband was at home with Ryder. I took my sweet time browsing around, as I needed to feel somewhat normal; which by the way, isn’t possible while wearing a massive panty liner, granny panties and yoga pants.
I finally made my way to the cash wrap and was unloading my cart when my phone rang.
The frantic voice on the other end of the line demanded to know why I’d been gone for so long. My son was screaming …
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Baby Finds New Way to Self-Sooth

Now with both girls home during the day Damon I setting less attention from me. He wasn’t really a pacifier baby, but recently he has found his thumb. I am working on making him a little more independent with going to sleep. My goal was to cut down my time with all the kids as I am thinking about getting a full time job. I was a little disappointed with Damon picking up a bad habit of sucking on his thumb. Again, somehow the bad habit has tricked to my other two kids. Just when I thought the regression was behind us, it starts with something new. I explained and …

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Feeling Blue? You’re Not Alone.


As I sat on our back porch in tears, I glanced inside to see my husband and the most perfect 13-day-old little boy staring back at me. I was experiencing the baby blues, and I was terrified. After spending 40 weeks waiting to meet the single most important person in my life, I was ashamed to feel any emotion other than pure and simple joy.
But, I did.
I felt sad and isolated. My heart was tortured by this feeling of grief. I was mourning the loss of self. I would never again be the woman I was before my sweet little boy was born, and on that night, I …

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Crying Mommy

Ryder posing for his one month pictures in between gas pain crying spells.


I have the most awesomely beautiful and happy child on the face of the planet. He’s the coolest kid on the block, and I have so much fun with him. I don’t even hate the 2 a.m. feedings anymore. In fact, I sort of love them, because I get to wake up, feed and cuddle the most rad little dude in the world.
So, when my typically happy baby has his daily gas pains and starts screaming in the most terrifying way, I can’t stand it. Don’t get me wrong, …
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Family Disabilities

When you have little kids, even before they are born, we all worry what traits they will inherit. We hope they will be healthy and we hope they will be happy. As they get older I still worry about anything that might have gotten passed to them that just hasn’t presented itself yet.

For example, I am dyslexic. I hope my children will not struggle with school like I did, but if they do I will be there to support and provide support with there needs. We also start to wonder about any social problems or other issues that are little ones may be struggling with, or why can’t my four-year-old …

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I Am Mom, Hear Me Roar

The connection between you and your baby will be undeniable, just like your mothering instincts.

This Mom gig is absolutely terrifying.Since giving birth to my son 25 days ago, I have Googled more than any mom ever should. I’m now an expert in the color, consistency and smell of infant stool. Go ahead, quiz me.My thermostat never goes below 68 degrees, never goes above 72 degrees, and we sleep with a humidifier in our room.I check my son’s temperature and record it in my baby diary multiple times a day. Yes, I did order a journal specifically for recording my little …
 

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