abby-howard:

Today’s Junior Scientist Power Hour is all about ladies and their weird periods! What are periods? We don’t really know. But you can always tell when a woman is on her period because she has opinions that men don’t like, and sometimes they get mad!

It’s not like women get mad any other times, or that even if a woman is on her period, you should still listen to the words she says and not write them off as “crazy uterus talk”

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I gave you things I wasn’t sure I even had.

Today, Spencer and I signed up for a birth center tour and an info session about cloth diapering. We started researching childbirth and breastfeeding classes, mom’s groups, and my pregnancy pillow came in the mail. We’ve already decided on the stroller and crib we want, and we pretty much know how we want the nursery to look.

We’re just a few days away from the 4 month to go mark… and I’m finally starting to get anxious. I just feel so unsure of how to do this. I’m awesome with babies and I adore them, so I’m not worried about that aspect… it’s just the fact that in just over 4 months, our lives are going to totally change and I don’t know if I’m ready for it. I’m completely, totally, absolutely ready to meet our little one…but I don’t know if I’m ready for all the other changes that will come with it.

It just feels so huge right now. Terrifying and exciting all at the same time.

Dear little bird:

I want you to grow up knowing that it’s okay not to be perfect. It’s okay not to feel like you are good enough, to feel like you’re weak, or you have a long way to go. These things are not bad. They don’t feel good, but as long as you don’t let them run your life, as long as you just regard them as a feeling, a part of you instead of the whole… they can teach you, and help you grow.

Right now, your daddy and I are dealing with some of these things in our own lives. We feel like we’re not enough. We fight. There’s always a sink full of dishes and a basket full of laundry that we ignore for too long. There’s no room to eat at the dining table because there’s so much unread mail to be sorted. We treat each other badly sometimes. We spend more money than we should, we waste food and go out to eat far too often.

But these things don’t define us. We take them as examples of ways we can improve, things we can do to strengthen our relationship and make our lives that much better. They inspire us to strive to be better. To spend our time being productive, instead of watching tv. To make a budget, and change the way we spend our money. To spend more time really being together, and to talk about everything. They make us see what is really important in our lives, and what is simply there.

Sometimes these things are very difficult. Sometimes we disagree. Sometimes they drag us down and make us feel unworthy, or unable to make any changes. Sometimes we fight, we cry, and we give up. There’s times when we feel like things won’t get better. But they always do.

I don’t want you to grow up believing that your daddy and I are perfect, that we aren’t capable of doing wrong. I want you to see the truth, and to learn from it. I want you to know that, even with all our flaws, someone out there still loves us completely - whether that person is your future spouse, us (as your parents), your friends, your pets, or your children… someone will love you regardless of what you do. I want you to know that there are many things we do wrong, and to see us tackle and learn from them. I want you to see us be challenged, frustrated, beaten down, and weary. And then, I want you to see us push back against those things, to accomplish what we need and want, and to pick ourselves back up and do what we need to do.

I want you to learn to believe that, through everything, you are capable and worthy, no matter how many times you believe that you’re not.

Love,
Your mom

lalondes:

>teenage actress’s private nudes get leaked

>teenage actress is reviled as a slut and a whore and a bad role model

>james franco asks a seventeen-year-old girl if he can meet her in a private hotel room

>james franco gets to go on saturday night live and joke about what a silly doofus he is for soliciting sex from a girl literally half his age

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The kind of mom I want to be.

It’s hard not to think about what kind of parent you’ll be while creating and growing a tiny little human inside of yourself. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, the kind of mom I want to be and the kind of life I want to create for my family.

More than anything, I want to be a mom that never lets my child forget that they are loved. I want to be a mom who fills baby’s life with an abundance of snuggles and kisses. I want early morning snuggles with daddy in bed. I want to place kisses on bellies and toes and fingers and noses and ears and the little fat rolls on their knees. I want skin to skin contact while breastfeeding, taking baths together, dancing in the morning sun, or snuggling up together. I want to always hold daddy’s hand, and to teach  my child that they came from love - it is what created them. I want to be able to pick up my child and tell them that I love them, in every situation - whether they just took their first steps, I’m dropping them off with grandma or going to the bathroom, they spilled an entire bag of flour on the floor, or they just pooped in the bathtub; I want to be able to rejoice in the good, and take the bad in stride. I want to see the love and beauty in everything, and to teach those things to my child.

I want to be a mom who gives my child what they need. I want to feed my baby when they’re hungry, kiss them when they’re sad, soothe them to sleep, clean their little toes and tummies in the bath, let them cling when they need to, but also help them to be independent and learn on their own. I want to teach them to take chances, because not everything that is safe and comfortable is what we need. I want to give them confidence and self love in as many ways as I can, but also teach them to recognize and work on their weaknesses - not to let those things bring them down, but to strengthen them as a person. I want to encourage and inspire them, and to teach them to believe that they can reach their goals and dreams.

I want to be a mom who teaches my child to be a “do-er.” To help others, to set goals, to create, to travel, to grow, to dream, to hope, and to love. I want them to learn that they don’t have to settle, and they don’t have to be sedentary - they can make their own adventures, change the world, and shape their life the way they want it to be. They do not have to sit idly and watch things happen…they can take part.

20 weeks. Halfway there.

20 weeks. Halfway there.

ivy-and-twine:

To Boldly Go!

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anatomy of a dreamer Hello. My name's Chelsey. I'm 24, live in NE Minneapolis, and am married to a pretty cool guy. We're having our first baby in August, unless you count our cat. We spend most of our time at concerts or watching crime shows.

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