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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Skin Rashes Return

Kids I’m learning seem to always have something going on. Whether it be a scratch or bruise or they are sick or constipated or have a fever it’s something. Caelum had some skin issues when he was born. He had baby acne really bad for a couple weeks and he had eczema. It cleared up pretty quickly with some cream the doctor gave us and hadn’t returned until this week.

I used to think eczema was just something some kids had and you could do nothing to prevent it but could only treat it. Now I’m learning that there are many things to do to prevent it. First find the cause. It …

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Stay At Home Mom

The stigma that comes with a stay at home mom is not a pretty one. It seems most people assume that you don’t need the money and you get to relax with the kids all day. It makes me giggle when my husband tells me you can’t wait to go back to work. I am not even sure what to categorize myself as these days because I work from home and we are still trying to get our business off the ground.

I feel like I have three different jobs on top of being a mom. My house never seems clean, there is always clothes to clean, dinner is never rarely …

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When To Take Baby

When you have a child it truly is a miracle. A part of you leaves you and is roaming the world changing and growing as you get to watch and nurture them. It can be hard to be apart from them and almost as hard to be with them constantly!

Recently we went to Bush Gardens and my mom offered to keep Caelum for us when we went. He is 13 months old now and he’s a very contented baby so I know he would’ve been fine and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also know that it would have made the trip very different for the family. We would need to stop for …

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Where Does the Time Go?

As I turn the page to June, I ask myself, “where did the time go”? Damon is 7 months and is getting into everything and eating like a big boy. It seems like yesterday my oldest was born and I try to treasure everyday.

I find it very important to capture life without the clutter. I liked the idea for files for each year. It seems easier to manage a file then a scrapbook. It takes up very little space which is a plus. I used a box for my oldest and it is full of too many things that don’t hold a lot of memories, just space.

I also like the …

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Where We Are Now

Having children and watching them grow is a fast train to be on that can be hard to keep up with. Each day must be treated as special because they will literally be different the next day.

Now that Caelum is 13 months old he is truly stealing my heart more and more every day. We look at each other across the room and I can make a face at him that makes him laugh so loudly. He gives hugs and kisses. He is now using a sippy cup only- no more bottles. He still uses his pacifier which is fine with me. He is walking around everywhere and becoming more steady …

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Kid BBQ Tips

Being a hostess during a BBQ with our neighbors who also has kids can be a little tricky. Planning for tantrums, messes, picky eaters and a surprise redirection activity made our Memorial Day BBQ a fun one.

It was a long day in the sun for all our little ones and of course it was our infant sporting the best mood. He was the only one that got a nap in so it was no wonder he was ready to play. He also was hungry just before we ate which freed my hands up to eat myself and help the other kids.

I wanted to make sure we had some chill activities …

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Stranger Danger

Caelum has not really had any separation anxiety as of yet. He has recently started getting upset when I drop him off at church but only for a couple minutes and then I’m told he is fine. I’m glad he is social and secure but almost wish he would be at least a little weary of strangers.

We were in line at Wal-mart and I had gotten the wrong brand of something and they wouldn’t use my coupon with it. Caelum was sitting in the cart and I went to unstrap him and go to the back of the store and retrieve the correct brand item when the lady behind me reaches …

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My Top 10 Gross Situations

Alright, here are my top 10 gross situations that I have dealt with as a mom:

1. Wipe snot with your bare hands. Proceed to wipe said snot onto your pants. What are you to do if your child blows snot and you don’t have a tissue?

2. Smell things to determine what they are. Is that poop? Did you just throw up? There’s only one way to tell…

3. Stick your hand in the toilet. One day Ava put her clean pull up in the toilet and I think it almost absorbed all the water…now there’s a new kinda commercial. I find myself toilet diving for items often.

4. Smell someones butt. The …

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And He’s Off!!

Too big?

I got my wish- Caelum is walking! And no I’m not wishing he wasn’t! He took his first steps on his first birthday then about 3 weeks later was taking several steps at a time and this week is walking all over the place.

There are many new considerations now that he is mobile. He can reach things he couldn’t before so I have to double check my childproofing. He seems to be mentally older now that he’s walking- not sure if this is a connection or coincidence. He wants to sit in the big parts of carts with the older seats/buckles with his big …

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Bedtime is Brighter

All parents are struggling to get there children to bed now that the sun is setting later and I am no different.

Our bedtime routine has turned into an argument about the sun being out and why does the baby get to stay up. With multiple children planning bedtime for all of them gets a little tricky. Some days it is the oldest that needs to go to bed first, but of course will be the last to admit it. Ava doesn’t seem to fight sleep when she is tired she will go lay down. And the baby’s feedings get off schedule and I find I have to “fake” that I …

 

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