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Will you ever have another one?

May 21, 2008

If not, you could just get a fun widget and pretend. I  have to pass this on, a Pregnancy Clock for your MySpace page. Get it here, and share it with any of your MySpace pals or other bloggers who are expecting. Look, it measures your baby’s progress in real time! Maybe I should make […]

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Momma Cum Laude’s daughter is here!!!

March 29, 2008

She’s a college student and also (officially) a single mom. Momma Cum Laude has been blogging about her pregnancy, her fears, her joys, her doubts in the father and everything in between for a few months now.

And today her daughter was born! Anna.

Head over and wish her the best.

I left my husband when Benjamin was just four months old…and even though he was an idiot of a husband, I can’t imagine being without him in those first few months. But Momma Cum Laude is living with her parents and has that much needed support.

There is nothing, nothing in this world harder than caring for a newborn. So hats off to you Momma Cum Laude…we are all sending you calming vibes and hoping you’re getting some sleep. And remember, sleep deprivation is a form of torture. So if you feel like you might absolutely lose your mind…that’s normal.

The best piece of advice I can give you: ask for help if you can. Don’t be too proud. I made that mistake and still do…

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Sleep deprivation is a cruel, cruel thing.

January 12, 2008

This is dedicated to every parent who hasn’t slept through the night for months and months. Until 10 days ago my 2 year old has been waking up nearly every night. I have had few all-nighters streaks but… on average he’s up at least once, maybe twice or three times a night.

Maybe I’m an idiot and every other mother knows this – but just in case I’m not – here’s what I figured out.

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Single Mom Recipes

January 5, 2008

What do you cook up when you’re rushed in the morning? Or in the evening when you get home from work and don’t feel like making an elaborate meal? I thought I would share my favorite recipies in hopes that you share yours.

These are all super quick, super easy and super healthy recipies that are some of Benjamin’s favorites. And I love them too.

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A web site deceiving single moms

January 5, 2008

I did a Google for “single mother” last night and this site popped up …

The site is filled with little anecdotes and tips on managing your life as a single mother. They had me fooled until I read this line, buried in a list of advice on parenting alone:

Your child is powerless and vulnerable to the possibly less-than-ideal consequences he faces as the child of a single parent.

Less than ideal? You mean it would be more ideal for us to be with the lousy men who either left us, abused us or treated us “less than ideally”?

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The test for any single working mother: the morning wake up.

January 4, 2008

Some mornings are better than others. This morning was a bad one. Benjamin usually wakes up between 7:15 and 7:30. But this morning it was 6:45. I had been up late last night cleaning and didn’t actually fall asleep until around 11:45. Yesterday was a great morning. He was in a happy mood, we got up and at ‘em with few whines or whimpers and were on our merry way. But this morning he knew things were back to normal – meaning mommy gets ready for work and then he goes to daycare – so he proceeded to push every one of my buttons.

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He’s back.

January 2, 2008

Yesterday morning Benjamin’s father picked him up for his first overnight at Daddy’s in nearly two years. I kept myself busy all day shopping with my best friend. We are both single mothers and spent nearly three hours in one store! Shopping with no kids is truly a luxury. I came home to my empty apartment and couldn’t bear the loud silence. I am never, ever home without him here. I didn’t know what to do so I just tried to take a quick nap. I couldn’t sleep and just laid there thinking about how lonely and miserable my life would be without Benjamin. I remind myself of this every day but having 36 hours of child-free time made it really sink in.

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On sharing a child.

December 31, 2007

After nearly two years my son’s father has taken him for his 36 hours of visitation. (Usually he watches him at my place) Right now there’s a pit in my stomach. Not of fear. I know he will take care of him…he is after all a good father and he does love his son more […]

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Who takes pictures of you?

December 23, 2007

This is one of a handful of pictures I have of Benjamin and I together. Thanks to a mirror and my wonderful camera. I snapped it just one week after leaving my ex-husband. Benjamin was just 4 months old (isn’t he a cutie!!!).Anyway, to date I have had only a few taken of us together by an outside party.

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Daddy is coming back.

December 2, 2007

Well, it’s been six weeks since his car broke down. He called yesterday – telling me he’s 90% sure he’ll be here Monday and Tuesday to watch Benjamin. I’m actually nervous about leaving him alone with his own father. Isn’t that strange? It’s just that it’s been so long since they’ve spent time together. But, this is good. A boy does need his father and despite his complete irresponsibility the Ex has, with the exception of the last six weeks, been here every week since the divorce.

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