Totally Mommy
139 - Meltdown In Michaels!

Elizabeth and Vanessa discuss their good/bad/funnies (I'm mad at you! Peeing in the potty! / Make this great day end! / Naked in Michaels! Batman origin story!) before giving their unqualified advice to listener questions about looking into doggy adoption in a home with kids, how to navigate not wanting to travel to family for holidays with a brand new born, what to do about having seen something that bordered on abuse to a child, how to navigate a strained relationship with an alcoholic mother in relation to your child, and how to handle judgment on your child's name? Enjoy!

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Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

138 - Some Bittersweet News!

Elizabeth and Vanessa share the news that they are bringing this podcast to a close - sending all listeners so much love and gratitude for being along for this wild ride! After the news drop, they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about how to find joy in the new title of "mommy" and an unpleasant pregnancy, how to proceed in a relationship with a cousin who has a rocky road ahead in motherhood, how to deflect weird comments about babies' weights, and how to reconcile wanting to be a mother but not being comfortable around children? Enjoy!

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Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

137 - Poetry In Motion!

Elizabeth shares Vanessa's beautiful poem about motherhood before they dive into their good, bad, funnies! Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about how to deal with an immature and difficult sister for the sake of her kids, how to support a best friend who is proceeding with caution in her pregnancy, what a bedtime routine with two children looks like, how to make sincere mom friends, whether a child's new coping technique is cause for concern, and how to find the joy in a surprise second pregnancy when it is making you sick? Enjoy!

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Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

136 - Perspective Is The Fabric Of Our Lives!

Elizabeth and Vanessa discuss how life perspective gives us, well... perspective! They give their unqualified advice to listener questions about how to set "birth time" boundaries with a best friend, whether to trust an OBGYN who is playing "fast and loose" with the Clomid :), what gift to give to a friend to make car trips with her toddler a little easier, how to navigate toddler street safety with your spouse who is not on the same page, what to do about a friend who is taking advantage of your generosity as a babysitter, and how to decide when to take the plunge with pregnancy number two after having suffered from PPD? Enjoy!

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Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

135 - Peppy For Preschool!

Elizabeth and Vanessa share their good/bad/funnies (Preschool success! We have two good eaters! / Sayonara snuggles! Where's Grandma?/ Precious preschool moments! He's growin' up!). Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about how to choose what kind of labor you want (hospital or home) for a second birth when you know what it's all about, how to prepare for an international flight with a thirteen month old, what to do to start planning and preparing for baby when you've just gotten your positive test, and how to deflect unwanted comments about assumed gender disappointment when there is none? Enjoy!

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Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

134 - Unqualified Answers Ahead!

Elizabeth and Vanessa dive right on into the pool of listener's fantastic questions! They give their unqualified advice on how to be there for a best friend who is becoming a mom, whether to invest in new friendships in your new neighborhood or keep up with your older mom friendships, what to say to a friend who hasn't been supportive of you but has also been focused on new motherhood, what's the deal with the bravo show, There Goes The Motherhood, how to playdates work when the babies can't yet really "play", how to avoid not feeling heard regarding latching problems with your second baby as you were with your first, what are the rules with baby names that sound close to friends' kid's names, and how to navigate time with an older cousin who is potentially a bad influence? Enjoy!

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Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

133 - Welcome Back Vanessa!

V-Dog is back in action! She and Elizabeth discuss their good/bad/funnies (Trip success! Otis playing games! / Pacifier weaning! Daycare closing! / Sandcastle-suitcase! I know you love me!). Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about how to foster healthy sleeping habits after getting off track, how to respond to compliments about your daughter that make you uncomfortable, how to find great babysitters in a new are, how and when to find time to be intimate with you husband with opposite schedules and a toddler, and how to change grandparent names after they've already been established? Enjoy!

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Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

132 - Baby Number Two w/Michaela McManus!

While Vanessa's on vacay, Elizabeth's radiant and very pregnant friend, the wonderful Michaela McManus is filling in! They discuss pregnancy the second time around, the beauty of lists and their good/bad/funnies (The end is nigh! Imagination play!/ Transitions! Lack of balance! / The doggie ate it! Restin' and chattin') Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about whether or not to leave your child with a friend who has raised some red flags, and how to navigate correcting grandparents on your child's name/nickname? Enjoy!

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Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

131 - Laying Pipers!

Elizabeth and Vanessa discuss what exactly the term "laying pipe" might mean (Vanessa's still not quite clear...) and then their good/bad/funnies! After that they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about what things to consider in your life to prepare to start trying to get pregnant - financially, emotionally and physically, and how to navigate a friend who always has negative "just you wait" advice when it comes to motherhood? Enjoy!

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Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

130 - The Gift of Laughter!

Elizabeth and Vanessa cozy up and give a ton of unqualified advice to listener questions about picking the right godparents for your future children, how to navigate grandparents who pressure your child to give unwanted hugs/kisses, how to (if to) offer support to a friend who might be suffering from PPD, whether or not it's normal to miss the baby days when you have a toddler and/or crave the later years when you have a baby, what we'd suggest to do with your first born to create special memories before a sibling enters the picture, how to navigate going on zoloft for PPD when it comes with some mom/wife guilt, how to find peace with a father getting quickly into a new, strange relationship after losing your mom and becoming a mother? Enjoy!

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Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT