3am

Little Dude’s been up since 3. I’m currently not tired, so it’s ok. We’re both just sitting up in bed, working on our hobbies: I’m playing with him and blogging; he’s playing with me and crawling. Outside the door, I can hear the cats meowing and scratching on furniture. They know some humans are awake. […]

Learning How to Love

Four months into parenthood, and I feel like a different person. Not only have I gone through immense physical changes over the past year – going from pregnant to childbirth to maintaining a child on the outside – there has been amazing emotional growth. I’m incredibly thankful for the chance to go deeper and learn […]

Some Changes

So, I kept saying that I didn’t want this to become a mommy blog, but I felt weird having my family opinions mingle with my political, pop culture, and social beliefs. What if someone was looking for breast feeding advice and stumbled across a post about rape culture? Unprepared, that could be a little jarring. […]

After 2 months – Kintsugi

Kintsugi is the art of repairing ceramics by illuminating the flaws with gold resin. This makes the piece more beautiful and valuable, the history being celebrated instead of tossed to the side. Ten days ago, I woke up at around 2:30 in the morning with a rock solid right breast that felt like someone had […]

Surviving The First Month

This post is about dealing with a newborn. While my experience is from a heteronormative viewpoint, I think some of the advice could help families of all backgrounds. Always consult your healthcare provider before making any medical decisions. If you are dealing with depression and/or anxiety, please talk to your healthcare provider. Trigger warning for […]

Pant-hood

This blog post is about certain demographics of guardians/parents. I understand that parenthood comes in a multitude of shapes and sizes. This is also coming from the perspective of a white, cisgendered, heterosexual woman who primarily socializes with other white, cisgendered, heterosexual people. A lot of these situations may not apply to every demographic. I […]

Thank you card how-to

I hope that this blog doesn’t become a mommy blog. While the following post was inspired by receiving baby gifts, it really is multipurpose. Thank you cards are expected after many large events that are tied in with gift-giving. I just finished writing the second wave of thank you cards for gifts we’ve gotten from […]

Measurment of Worth

Trigger warnings for discussions about pregnancy. This post focuses around my experience as a cisgendered heterosexual white woman. I had a friend recently suggest that I write some poems about being pregnant. There is a strange… mmm, expectation, I guess, around pregnancy and childbirth where it must immediately change you in a profound way. That’s […]

Raising Feminist Sons

* Guest Contributor Shannon Brugh grew up in northern Idaho, but later moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where she received her B.A. in English Literature. After receiving her Masters in Teaching from Seattle University, Shannon went on to teach high school English. In addition to her contributions to Rattle & Pen, she can be found…

A tale told by an idiot

Today, I made the decision to take a Facebook sabbatical. Not all social media, just FB. I have friends who live in other areas that I still want to have some contact with and the internet is, right now, the best way to do that. Facebook has long been the refuge of psuedo-news and half-hearted […]