I'm the mama of a sweet toddler girl; a lover of fine goods; and a big fan of summertime. My musings have appeared on many websites, including Huffington Post; The FashionSpot; and McSweeney's; and in another life, I lived in Los Angeles and worked on sitcoms. I'm constantly rearranging furniture; prefer my laundry to dry on a clothesline; and will never let go of the dream that one day my husband and I will own a quaint hotel somewhere on the coast of Italy. Kids stay free. Breakfast buffet included.
If you gave birth in a hospital, the day you head home with your newborn is a moment like no other. It's as if you've been given your very own set of parenting wings, and now you are ready to fly on your own.
But. Are you really?
Sure, it's an exciting time, but holy sh*t! It's also terrifying if you've never had a child before! I mean, there's an infant in your house!
Here are the 10 stages first-time parents go through when they bring their baby home from the hospital.
For those of you who haven't yet done it, godspeed.
Life with a toddler is never dull. If they're not throwing a tantrum, they're throwing Cheerios on the floor. And if they're not throwing Cheerios on the floor, they're likely sticking them up their noses. Among other things.
After 3-year-old J.J. was diagnosed with autism, his doctor suggested he get a pet. After some deliberation, J.J.'s mom, Ashleigh Hart, decided to get him some chickens. And guess what? They did wonders for J.J.! According to Hart, "He's talking more. He still has speech problems but he's talking much better. It's great exercise for him." The family also uses the eggs, both for eating and to teach J.J. new skills. Hart explained that when J.J. squeezes an egg too hard and it breaks, he better understands "cause and effect." Sounds great, right?
Wrong! J.J.'s beloved pet chickens are being taken away from him because the city council in their Florida town voted 3 to 2 that the chicken permit program -- which allowed the family to own chickens for one year -- needs to end. Neighbors aren't really feeling J.J.'s chickens as much as he is -- so much so that the family found decapitated chicks in their backyard. Lovely!
Sometimes bad things happen to good people and it makes no sense. But other times really tragic and horrible things happen to multiple people, and it kind of makes you lose faith in, well, pretty much everything. This, sadly, is one of those stories. Sergeant First Class Jim Vester, who served in the Iraq war, was senselessly shot and killed on Wednesday when he was buying an iPad for his parents from someone who had advertised on Craigslist. He was 32 years old and left his wife, Jamie, and 1-year-old son, Gavin, behind.
Thankfully, the teen brothers who allegedly did this have been caught and arrested. And thankfully, there has been an extremely generous outpouring of support in the form of donations for the family. But still. Why on earth did this have to happen? A man dedicates a good portion of his life to his country, and this is how it ends for him? And he doesn't get to watch his son grow up now? Just doesn't make sense.