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Category: Motherly Love

Mom life is both parts challenging and amazing!  I love writing about my experiences with my children.

The Joys Of Pregnancy At 24 Weeks

I am happy to announce that our pregnancy is entering its 24th week! Our little boy is growing faster by the day and weighs about 1.2 pounds. In a few more weeks I will be starting the 3rd and final trimester. I talk about many of the joys of pregnancy I get to experience during my 24th week in this post…

Pregnancy Brain: Is It Real?

Is “pregnancy brain” real? Like many pregnant moms I am finding myself being unusually forgetful, feeling more mentally foggy, and even using the wrong words in conversation. This article discusses the normal brain changes that occur during pregnancy and how these changes may be nature’s way of transitioning women into motherhood. In fact, pregnancy brain may actually be a good thing…

Unpaid Maternity Leave As A Registered Nurse: How To Make It Work

As an expecting mother and registered nurse, I will soon be confronting one of the biggest downfalls to being a per diem RN: unpaid maternity leave. Unpaid maternity leave in the US can be a real financial drain for families. This post discusses how to plan for unpaid maternity leave as a per diem registered nurse including several tips on how to make it work best for you…

The Art Of Taking Road Trips With A Toddler

We have pretty much been-there-done-that with every single tip ever mentioned on how to make road tripping easier when you’re toting a toddler along. Having made several 8 hour car treks from LA to Northern California over a half dozen times you would think we would be experts at toddler travel by now. Yet, road tripping with our toddler remains a constant learning experience for us. This week was no exception as our family trekked eight hours from El Segundo to Tomales Bay located on the Northern California Pacific Coast for a well-needed vacation. Read more to learn our top 5 tricks for toddler travel and why it is so important for us to keep taking family vacations with a toddler in tow…

Nurse Flexibility In The Workplace: How Becoming A Per Diem Nurse Helped Me Find A Work-Life Balance

The nursing profession has flexibility perks that make it a lot easier to be a working mom. Being a per diem nurse makes it possible to work less and/or more flexible work hours. Other benefits include higher pay and other opportunities for growth. There are also drawbacks including not having employment benefits, getting canceled when there are low RN needs and others…

A Mom’s Guide To Self Care

The celebration of Mother’s Day serves as a good reminder to give a little extra thanks and acknowledgement for all the extraordinary work Moms do. However, many Moms are so busy they don’t take good care of themselves the rest of the time. Unfortunately, it is very hard to take care of others when you don’t take care of yourself too. This post discusses the importance of self-care for mom and includes a guide for self-care 365 days of the year…

How Pediatric Nurse Training Reminded Me To Have More Gratitude

When you have your health, you have everything. My experiences as a nurse have taught me that having good health makes you the richest person in the world. On another hand, being ill makes life seem poor even if you are monetarily wealthy.
Pediatric nurse training has significantly reinforced my gratitude for having a healthy child. This post discusses why gratitude is so important and the many ways moms can practice gratitude for continued good health…

How We Do Sunday Funday As Parents

My husband and I do Sunday Funday differently now that we are parents. Having a new baby drastically changes the social life but there are easy ways you can still have fun while being responsible parents too. This post includes the 5 essentials for Sunday Funday and the reasons why a growler at the park makes for the best family date…

RN Life: How I Prepare For A 12 Hour Shift

Preparing for a 12 hour shift at the hospital requires some prearranged ground work and organization at home to ensure the day starts off on the right foot. I am a working Mom, and I have a system for making sure that things run smoothly most of the time. I discuss grocery shopping, sleep, getting regular exercise and I provide a minute-by-minute break down of my mornings on work days…