News Roundup

Weekly News Update - end of the daySome of the articles of interest to working mothers that we’ve seen around the web recently…

  • The NYT’s Motherlode blog asks readers how they cope with the end-of-the-weekday combination of needy kids and a tired mom.
  • Elle looks at a female-led company with a “bring your kid to work” policy.
  • On Scary Mommy, Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa Heffernan look back at (and second guess) the decision to become a stay-at-home mom.
  • The Baltimore Sun examines the trend of consuming your placenta (in pill form, etc.), after giving birth in hopes of easing postpartum depression.
  • Renegade Mothering gets real about parents “embracing the moment” (some language NSFW).

Make sure to check out the news update over at Corporette!

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  1. anonmom says:

    Does anyone have any favorite Mom blogs that they’d like to share? Work has been slow, so I’ve been reading A Cup of Jo a lot. I also like Don’t Blame the Kids (written by a Corpor#### commenter) but she doesn’t update all that often. I tried to read Oh Happy Day but the cutesy, craftiness gave me hives. I like some of the articles on Mommyish, but the “click through a million slides illustrated by stock photos” format drives me nuts. Bonus for mom bloggers in the DC area!

    • Lyssa says:

      Not to jack anonmom’s thread, but I’ll add a call for pregnancy/TTC blogs and forums. I made the mistake of venturing into The Bump’s TTC forum last week, and I seriously fear for humanity if these are the people reproducing nowadays.

      • anonmom says:

        When I was pregnant I read the DC Urban Moms and Dads “Expecting” forum. DCUM tends to be really high-strung, but the expecting section was slightly less crazy, and I got a lot of useful info as a first time mom.

      • Spirograph says:

        I’m glad Im not the only one who had that reaction to The Bump.

        I hope someone has some suggestions to either of these questions! I’ve also been on the lookout for mommyblogs, but all the ones I’ve dabbled in have posts that outlast my attention span or are just to saccharine, too crass (which I find even more off-putting when it’s talking about small children), or too SAHM-y for me. I do like Cup of Jo, though.

        My new tactic to scroll through my facebook feed and read things my friends have pre-curated by linking on their own pages… but some of my friends post a lot of stupid stuff, so this isn’t foolproof either.

    • I like Suburban Snapshots, written by a work-from-home web designer named Brenna (and the blog’s FB page, where she is often hilarious):

    • She doesn’t post very often, but I think the blogger behind The Ugly Volvo is hilarious.

    • (former) preg 3L says:

      I read Alphamom and I really like her Advice Smackdowns (posted about 2-3 times per week, wherein she responds to reader questions) as well as her Pregnancy Calendar (enjoyed while I was pregnant).

    • For a much, much less serious blog, I absolutely love Illustrated with Crappy Pictures.

  2. Anon for This says:

    I just wanted to share something that is making me quite happy today, but isn’t something I can share with anyone in real life.

    Husband and I are about to start TTC, and thus far, most of our steps to that end are primarily very necessary, but very boring ones. Planning out finances, leave options, what this will mean for our relationship, reading about what can go wrong, etc- it is enough to stress even the very most laid back human being out.

    A few days ago, I saw a friend online with a baby carrier in a very adorable print (Baby Ergo in Sea Skipper if you’re interested). In talking to my husband, I mentioned that I loved this carrier and it was sold out everywhere online. Dear that he is, he found one and bought it. I know that many would say it’s very much putting the cart before the horse, but in my husband’s words- so what? So what if we give it as a gift to someone else. So what.

    This helped me realize that I’ve been so focused on preparing myself to make it through every possible negative of parenthood, but I haven’t allowed myself to think of the happy things much. I think that’s what is making me happy today- realizing that it’s not all work-life balance and feeling stressed out and getting puked on, but it’s also an incredibe tiny human being who sometimes you can dress in impractical but adorable things.

    Thank you for just letting me throw it out there. Also- I’m going to second the request for pregnancy/TTC blogs and forums, and even some that aren’t primarily geared at those facing challenges TTC.

    • anonmom says:

      Aw, that’s really sweet. I had a similar moment when I was enduring the miseries of the first trimester and my sister sent me a care package that included some newborn size onesies “to help you remember why you’re doing this.” Good luck!

    • That is really sweet and a great gesture. Apart from getting life insurance (which I would recommend if you haven’t done it already) , we didn’t really plan to ttc. One day I had a strong biological urge and needed to start trying and luckily my husband was on the same page. Unfortunately we ended up dealing with infertility so it took a while, but I am now just a few weeks from my due date :) As a result, I’ve superstitiously only really read about one step ahead (so first lots on ivf, then once pregnant only each trimester, now lots on birth and the first few weeks).
      It’s hard, but try not to dwell too much on the negative outcomes. There was a phrase in a recent NYtimes oped that really resonated with me which I’ll butcher now, but it was something to the effect of modern society turning pregnancy into a 9 month illness for which the only cure is birth. Yes, there is a lot that can go wrong and it’s often unpleasant, but it’s still an awe inspiring experience.
      On many message boards, you’ll hear all about the complications and ppl ranting about how uncomfortable or difficult things are. And while they are helpful resources when you do have a strange symptom, I think they generally tend towards the negative and focus you even more on potential negative outcomes. I haven’t been able to quit reading them entirely, but I always try to keep that thought in the back of my mind.
      So all in all, a long way of saying I think your husband’s gesture was lovely and just try to enjoy each step vs dwelling on the worst.

      • Meg Murry says:

        Very sweet!
        And I second the suggestion for life insurance – it will beuch cheaper to lock in a rate now that once you are pregnant or if you have an complications. For instance, my BMI postpartum pushed me into a higher cost category than my pre-pregnancy weight would have been. Since I was only a few weeks postpartum, the insurance company put in a clause that if my BMI dropped to the lower level within a certain number of months they would take me to the lower rate. It didn’t happen though.