Totally Mommy (kids and family)
146 - Thank You And We Love You!

To all of our listeners - thank you from the bottom of our hearts (and wine glasses) for being along for this incredible podcast (life?) journey. You've taught us so much about being better mothers and humans and that compassion and kindness and love conquer all. With incredible parents like you out there, our children are in good hands and the future is bright! We'll think of you with gratitude for every good/bad/funny to be. With so much love and respect - Elizabeth and Vanessa. 

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145 - Saving The Best For Last!

Elizabeth and Vanessa get into our very last questions - giving their unqualified advice to listeners about whether or not to get involved with an infant niece when your brother has become an absentee dad, how to handle precocious children who comment on "big tummies", the love is there in droves, but when does the "like" kick in with newborns, how to address severing ties with a toxic mother to your child now or in the future, whether to invite out of town family to a baby shower, what's more important - healthy food or non religious pre school, how to navigate choosing a baby name that is more of a nickname, how to broach the subject of periods with young daughters, and what are the first steps to take when you first get a positive pregnancy test? Enjoy!

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144 - Good Bad Funnies Ahoy!

Elizabeth and Vanessa share their good/bad/funnies (Sitting up on own! Love of plants! / Unravelling the sick perks! A long toddler instructions list! / You want ice cream, you got it!  Not interested in what's for dinner!) Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about how to navigate a former friendship for the sake of the kids, which guardians to choose for your children, how to handle awkward family christmases that aren't good influences for children, what's the appeal of unmedicated birth, whether to continue a blog about motherhood and if it's disrespecting your child's privacy, how to explain makeup to a three year old without guiding him/her into patriarchal stereotypes, how to work from home as a mother and structure your days, and what to do with a facebook happy mother in law whose political views are offensive?

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143 - We're With Her!

Elizabeth and Vanessa profess their love for the one and only Hillary Clinton! Then they discuss consent, misogyny and a whole slew of awesome listener questions such as - how to deflect anti girl baby sentiment, how to sleep train a four month old, how to overcome PTSD from a first labor to have a good experience with the second, how to cope with mom jealousy, how to teach little ones hygiene, how to navigate a terrible maternity leave nightmare where there's no support, how to encourage  your spouse to address their emotional issues before getting pregnant, how to accept a change in family planning that wasn't expected, and what to do if you thought you'd be ready to start a family but aren't sure. Enjoy!

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142 - Steer Your Own Ship!

Elizabeth and Vanessa share their good/bad/funnies (bye bye! Forging a hay path!/ Tooth bruisers! Missed the parent night!/ Hot blue! Finding a parking spot game!) before giving their unqualified advice to listener questions about articulating to your husband that you need some "me" time, how to include your deceased parent in your children's lives, how to deflect judgmental statements from a mother figure, how to set boundaries going into parenthood with a narcissistic mother, how to avoid having to attend an awful church when visiting grandparents, and lastly can we all cool it with all these kids snacks all day erry day?! Enjoy!

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141 - Practical and Logical!

Elizabeth and Vanessa dive right into giving their unqualified advice to awesome listener questions about navigating new sleep patterns after introducing a toddler, bed, how to address some tension with your best friend after a toddler tiff, when and how to begin having a dialogue with your toddler about their bodies and private areas, what to do about a oujia board table in the garage and other creepy stuff going on in the house, how to advocate for your pregnancy when it might be high risk due to cervical issues, how to navigate family get togethers when one relative has guns, how to alleviate the daughter guilt with your mom in order to alleviate your mom's guilt yourself, and what to do about dealing with depression and anxiety going into becoming pregnant? Enjoy!

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140 - We'll Be Here All Night!

Elizabeth and Vanessa share their Halloween costume plans as well as their good/bad/funnies before giving their unqualified advice to listener questions about how to deal with mentally ill and armed neighbors, how to prepare your child for baby number two, how to set a road path for fertility, and what to do as a nanny about exclusive or discriminating mom groups? Enjoy!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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129 - Spooky Spaghetti!

Elizabeth and Vanessa discuss the heart heavy events of the world as well as their good/bad/funnies (Sibling sharing! being present! / Being bound up! Questioning childcare choices! / Bathtime shenanigans! Spooky spaghetti!) Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about addressing a lack of help and support from a husband who is hands off on childcare duties, how to navigate a spouse who is gunning for a boy baby and compares everything to a golden nephew, and whether or not baby signs are a waste of time?

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128 - Parenting Style Differences!

Elizabeth and Vanessa dive right on into giving their unqualified advice to listener questions in today's episode! They discuss what to do about spending time with friends who have a far different parenting style with their kids which makes you uncomfortable, what things would we tell ourselves to do before getting pregnant now that we know what we know, how to correct people who are mispronouncing your baby's name, how to navigate the issue of vanity and self esteem through motherhood, how to navigate taking a dream trip with your spouse while leaving the baby home with caregivers, and how to react to people who have criticisms of your parenting choices whether it's sleep training or circumcision? Enjoy!

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127 - Vacay Paradise!

Vanessa's back after a fun filled vacay, yay! She and Elizabeth discuss their good/bad/funnies (Awesome trip, no tantrums! Siblings holding hands! / Flight back fear! Choking scare! / Hola Man! Husband jumped ship!) before giving their unqualified advice to listener questions about whether a toddler's aggressive behavior is just a phase or something more, how to navigate playdates with children of varying levels of aggression and mothers with varying degrees of comfort, and what to do about a sister who is a new mom and might be in a terrible hoarder/controlling husband situation? Enjoy!

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126 - Just Gotta Dump It!

Elizabeth and Vanessa dive head first into question city on today's episode, giving their unqualified advice to queries about a nice gift for your son's step-mom-to be, how to cope with in laws who seem to favor the other grandchildren, what to do with strong feelings of competition with an awesome sister in law, what to do about a childless friend who seems upset about her changing friendships due to motherhood, how to let a relative know that it is not okay to post photos of your children online, how to introduce more veggies into your picky toddler's diet, what a good come-back is for rude people judging your expanding family, and how to let a well meaning mother in law know that she is over staying her welcome? Enjoy!

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125 - Is Etiquette A Thing Of The Past?

Elizabeth and Vanessa share their good/bad/funnies (Medicine! Oliver's box! / Tactical tantrums! Sleep stress! / Why on earth is he crying? Oliver rehearsing scenes! ) before giving their unqualified advice to listener questions about whether or not thank you cards are a thing of the past, how to navigate a trillion toddler birthdays and gifts each summer, what are the must haves for becoming a new mom, and what to do about family planning when you and your spouse are not on the same page? Enjoy!

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124 - Proper Names For Privates!

Elizabeth and Vanessa dive out of their wine glasses and into some awesome listener questions about what to do or bring for a friend who has just had her first baby, a VERY IMPORTANT question about whether or not it's okay to use "cute" names for private parts with our children, whether it's a good idea to bring baby for a 5 day work trip or leave at home with Daddy, how to navigate a stressful living situation with your sister in law who might be a neglectful parent, and lastly, is it okay to intervene if you suspect there's some learning delays for a child that are not being addressed by a friend? Enjoy!

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123 - You Are In the Perfect Place!

Vanessa and Elizabeth get into self help territory to start before sharing their good/bad/funnies (Fun in the water! Last pump session! / Rambunctious energy! Weaning hormones!/ Youtube personality obsessions! Inside singing jokes!). Then they give their unqualified advice to a fun listener question about how they chose their children's names! Enjoy!

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122 - Would You Like Some Crippling Fears With That?

To kick off another super happy snappy podcast, Elizabeth dives into her crippling fear about death (don't worry, she's going to a therapist!) before she and Vanessa share their good/bad/funnies (Feeling Feelings! Camping Success!/ Sleep Troubles For Both!/ Mama Went Poo! Oliver's "Bits"!) Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about how to handle family's annoying comments comparing your baby to a cousin, what to do about a friendship that doesn't quite fit in with your life since becoming a mother, and what is our take on around the house nudity? Enjoy!

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121 - You Got Questions? We Got Answers!

Vanessa and Elizabeth go all in with their unqualified advice on some great listener questions about the emotional challenge of weaning, pros and cons of daycare, plan for introducing formula, how to bounce back from overstepping bounds with a mom friend, and how to navigate a child care arrangement with a friend? Enjoy!

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Laimemoms, we salute you!! We discuss our Mothers Days as well as our good/bad/funnies (Sharing rooms! Adaptable Oliver! /New specs! Scary dreams! / Orangutan mishap! Ordering Chips and guac!). Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about what to bring to a unisex baby shower, what's the deal with acupuncture, how to keep from obsessing while trying to get pregnant, and lastly how to reconcile baby photo contests with wanting to promote healthy body image? Enjoy!

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119 - Mama Needs A (Napa) Vacay!

Elizabeth and Vanessa discuss their Napa dreams as well as their good/bad/funnies (Sibling greetings! Playing solo! / Giving Medicine! Sprained ankle! / First baby flirt! Pacifier tribal dance!) before giving their unqualified advice to listener questions about how to handle working mom guilt, how to navigate playground glares, dealing with night wakings and boob obsession at 18 months, and lastly a big question about how to deal with realistic looking toy guns at the park? Enjoy!

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118 - Mood Swing Sisters!

Vanessa and Elizabeth are mood soul sisters once again! After discussing their recent social anxiety, they dive into their good/bad/funnies (Smiling at an angel! Book memorization! / Sleep Regression! Food tantrum! / Neighbor goat! Mo Ball!) Before giving their unqualified advice to listener questions about how to temper pregnancy excitement and curb anxiety after several early losses, and how to see eye to eye with a partner regarding adoption and fostering children with potential special needs? Enjoy!

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Elizabeth and Vanessa discuss the beauty and point of life (well, Elizabeth rambles on forever about it...) then their good/bad/funnies (Sibling interactions! Doggie friendships!/ The lack of balance!, New tantrums!/ Goats! No money, Mama!). Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about what we suggest to do for friends who are new moms to make things easy for them, and how to navigate sharing the news of a new pregnancy in a high stress, young skewing workplace? Enjoy!

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116 - Feeding Flip Outs!

Elizabeth and Vanessa discuss Elizabeth's experience of a nursing strike and an eye opening lactaction consultant visit as well as the plague that has befallen both homes. They discuss their good/bad/funnies (Formula for the win! Train joy!/ Failure to thrive!, Scary moment by the street!/ Old Macdonald Mama style!, Mary Had A Little Lamb with choreography!) Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about giving a special gift to a sister who's having a child after having lost a child,  whether or not to get a doula when your husband is not on board, how to handle a friendship with someone whose political views are troubling? Enjoy!

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115 - It's Always The MIL!

Elizabeth and Vanessa dive right on into giving their unqualified advice to some awesome listener questions about what to do about having grandmothers as childcare when it's affecting your marriage, how to make new mom friends in a new area, what are the postpartum recovery essentials no one talks about, how to be there for a friend who is having an unplanned baby, what to do about the not great eating habits of your in laws, how to handle a creepy situation with a coworker who is obsessed with your child, whether it's selfish to not have your baby spend the night at a relatives house, and lastly how to put a mother in law in her place about unsolicited (and unqualified!) advice? Enjoy!

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114 - Moms To Two Year Olds!

Happy Births-days to us! Elizabeth and Vanessa discuss the wonderful new frontier of having two year olds, a challenging mothering moment for Elizabeth and their good/bad/funnies (Birthday boy! Incredible memories!/ Daycare dropoffs! Falling off the bed!/ Sweet wake ups! Teddy tattling on mommy!). Then they give their unqualified advice to a listener question about handling the worry and anxiety around a speech delayed toddler. Enjoy!

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113 - Quest For Questions!

Elizabeth and Vanessa dive right in and give their unqualified advice to listener questions about setting boundaries in a family with mental health issues who are active in your kids lives, whether to sacrifice the mother's sanity for a child's athletic endeavors, what to do about the fear of losing yourself to motherhood and letting go of a hard won creative career, how to navigate dealing with infertility when you are surrounded by other people's pregnancy joy, what we think a grandparents role should be in grandchildren's lives, and lastly what is a good gift to bring a three month old and their mother? Enjoy!

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112 - Disney Dreamin'!

Warning: Elizabeth and Vanessa get off to an x rated start before launching into their good bad funnies (Mama's Funny! Disney delight!/ Exhaustion!, Working away!/ My mama!, Disturbing reactions!). Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about choosing to be a single mother, what to do about a husband who isn't supportive of having a doula, how to approach freelance writing as a new mom, and what to do to deal with the frustration of not getting pregnant month after month? Enjoy!

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111 - Spanking Slapdown!

Elizabeth and Vanessa discuss their good, bad, funnies (routines! dog and kid walk! / Prolapse! tantrums!/ pumping noise! Penis butt! ) before really going big on a fantastic listener question about spanking, and whether there is a better way to discipline? Enjoy!

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110 - The Kid Loves Hats!

Elizabeth and Vanessa find out that they have even more in common than they thought via bakery businesses and food issues before diving into their good/bad/funnies (baking together! Solo play!/ Marriage backburner! hair cut!/ Making new mom friends! He loves hats!). Then they answer a two-parter listener question about breastfeeding - what was Elizabeth's experience with elimination dieting for digestive issues, and what can we say in regards to the struggle of breastfeeding and the decision to stop or supplement with formula? Enjoy!

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109 - Body Talk With Babies!

Elizabeth and Vanessa dive into their good/bad/funnies (Table manners! Great gusto!/ A low moment! Naughty time! / "Thanks!" Poopnut!)  before giving their unqualified advice to listener questions about how to communicate with in laws about their visiting and enthusiasm for a new baby, how to talk to our children about their bodies and sexuality through the ages, what to do about confronting parents who are allowing their child to tantrum in a restaurant, and whether or not to have a third child as a single mom? Enjoy!

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108 - Valentine's Day Success!

Elizabeth and Vanessa share their good/bad/funnies (Valentine's day fun! Fun nephew visit!/ I want to go "home"! A sad three year anniversary / Boogies in your face! Loving that Mexican food!) before giving their unqualified advice how to navigate mentoring a new mother, how to cope with fragile feelings around others parenting, and what to do about worries that your child might be facing developmental challenges? Enjoy!

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107 - Potty Possibilities!

Vanessa and Elizabeth have a rather dark check in (shout out to The Mental Illness Happy Hour!) before discussing their good/bad/funnies (sunny daycare drop offs! Feeling better all around! / Night wakings! Adorable sleep regression!/ Poop nearly in the potty! The hershey kiss of fecal matter!) Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about whether to take a full time job and sacrifice family time or not, whether or not to have a second baby shower, and how to approach the delicate subject of TV time with your child's daycare? Enjoy!

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106 - Alphabet Surprise w/Vanessa Ragland!

Big news!! Our from here on out all official and all cohost, VANESSA RAGLAND is here to discuss our good/bad/funnies (Otis taking a bottle! Making outside fun!/ Post baby blues! Emotional daycare drop offs! / Coffee again (aka, Elizabeth is dumb)! My son is licking the pavement!). Then we give our unqualified advice to a listener question about reserving pumping space in an office and how to deal with a coworker who doesn't get the rules. Enjoy!

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105 - It's Happening So Enjoy w/ Katya Lidsky!

Elizabeth dear friend - writer, actress, and friend to all doggies, KATYA LIDSKY is here to cohost! We discuss our good/bad/funnies (Tantrum avoidance! Waiting 'til you're ready!/ Mom to two guilt! Overwhelming paralyzation!/ Poopy monstah! Honey the dog has passed!) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about how to approach a health concern with a parent of a child you provide childcare for, and how to navigate the difficult world of feeling good in your incredible body (that just created a baby!) post partum? Enjoy!

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104 - We're Baaaack w/Vanessa Ragland!

Back in the Mommy saddle times two! Couldn't do it without the eloquent and good-smelling VANESSA RAGLAND! We discuss car birth, two kids and our good/bad/funnies before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about the fear of passing on mental illness as a qualifier in whether or not to have children, and how to heal a marriage that post partum has had a rocky start? Enjoy!

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103 - And Then There Were Four!

In this special episode, we are thrilled to share our joyful news of our baby boy, Otis, joining our family! We are over the moon with happiness and excited to share the story of his birth (born in the Volvo!) as well as how the first week has been and how having this sweet little angel in our family has been for each of us. We are filled with love and gratitude and sending that your way as well – Happy Holidays everyone!

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102 - Ho Ho Holidays w/Vanessa Ragland!

Happy Holidays Laimemoms & Dads! Cohostest with the mostest, VANESSA RAGLAND is here to discuss impending baby-dom, our concerns over gun safety as mothers, and of course our good/bad/funnies! (Learning to relax! Pie sharing! Feeling anxious about labor! Turkey day sick den!/ Belly crumbs! Santa impressions!). Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about a heartbreaking situation involving a spouse's betrayal and having to face single motherhood, how to cope with "gender disappointment" and why some parents seem hell bent on making it seem like being parents is, well... hell? Enjoy!

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101 - The Year 3000 w/Rebekka Johnson!

Hip hip hooray! The multi talented comedy person and Apple sister, REBEKKA JOHNSON is in the house! We discuss our good/bad/funnies (Waving to everyone! Great fathers!/ No sleep for the sleepless! Feeling overwhelmed!/ The year 3000! What's the deal with sex?) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about how a second pregnancy is different, what toys to have on deck for small spaces, and how to handle to beginnings of tantrums? Enjoy!

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100 - Happy 100th To Us w/Vanessa Ragland!

Fabulous cohost, VANESSA RAGLAND is here for today's gratitude themed episode! We discuss documentaries and an awesome non profit that helps refugee parents before diving into our good/bad/funnies (Giggly Delight! Nesting mania!/ Pickle meltdown! Not a great scene at daycare!/ You're my hero! Performance prompting!). Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about how to address a behavioral issue that only happens at daycare,how to go about finding the right doula,how to be supportive to a new mother who is struggling with her work situation, and what to do about teaching children how to address adults? Enjoy! 

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99 - Safety Preparedness w/Tara Copeland!

She's an actress, improvisor and mother to Maggie - triple threat TARA COPELAND is cohost today! We discuss our joint venture in baby safety training, and how that paid off, plus our good/bad/funnies (Communicating with kindness! Sweet to bugs!/Sleep struggles! Mom friend nostalgia!/ The power of KEITH! Mom fog rollin' in!) Then we give our unqualified advice to a listener question about a mother in law who is circumcision obsessed!

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98 - And A Side Of Jalapeno Poppers w/Vanessa Ragland!

Elizabeth and cohost/love VANESSA RAGLAND breeze through their good/bad/funnies (Communicating fun! It's all good!/ Watering can finale fail! Wack weekend and hurt foot!/ Kissy Mommy! PIZZA!) before giving their unqualified advice to listener questions about navigating a vegan or vegetarian diet while breastfeeding (in a family of meat eaters), how we feel about Santa and kids, what are some meditation techniques appropriate for young ones, and how to choose and ask potential guardians for your kids were something to happen to you? Enjoy!

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97 - A Son's Love w/Casey Wilson!

Hooray! The hilarious and mega talented CASEY WILSON is here to cohost! We discuss the challenging post partum period, having the right kind of support, and of course our good/bad/funnies! (Lovey and tantrum lessons! Sleep, glorious sleep!/ Body confidence plunge! Mom guilt and balance!/ Cleaning Lady spiral! Leather jackets!) Then we give our advice to a listener question about pregnancy forums. Enjoy!

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96 - It's... Challenge w/Vanessa Ragland!

Aww, yeah, VANESSA RAGLAND is in tha house and we're gettin' loopy! After many sidetracks involving baja fresh and scary men on planes, we discuss our good/bad/funnies (Sleeping IN til 7! Rolling Down Hills!/ TV monster! Tree dirt!/ "Oh MAN!" Goat kisser!) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about navigating a relationship with a "parenting" competitive relative, how to respond to inquiries about your family planning and timing with work, how much TV is okay for an 18 month old, and whether to choose being a stay at home mom over working if it means feeling a little financially tight? Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp96.mp3
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95 - Tough Man Crying w/LeeLee Pitts!

Elizabeth good friend and multi-hyphenate, LeeLee Pitts is back to cohost, discussing the start of school, why time outs should be time-ins, and of course our good/bad/funnies! (Full sentences! School success! Judging other parents! Reaching a breaking point! Ruby wil fix it! Telling jokes!) Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about dealing with family fueled jealousy over a sister's pregnancy, how to handle a challenging child while struggling to face your own mortality, and what's the perfect response to those annoying, "when are you having kids" questions? Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp95.mp3
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94 - Grandparent Drama w/Vanessa Ragland!

It's a Vanessa week! The Curated Tee's co-founder VANESSA RAGLAND is here to discuss our recent experiences with little monster people (eeep!) plus our good/bad/funnies (Consistency success! Watching the kid emerge! Existential time realization! Poop parade! Hippo doggies! Tiny smart alec!) Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about moving forward with a new pregnancy after a traumatic loss, how to handle an uneasy feeling about having a well meaning Grandfather provide childcare, what to do about a jealous and passive aggressive mother in law, and lastly how to let future grandparents know that a sensitive topic regarding their grandchild will be off limits? Enjoy!

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93 - Finding The Smooth Rock w/Michaela McManus!

The loving, radiant actress and mom, MICHAELA MCMANUS is back to cohost! We discuss our motherhood shift in identity, plus our good/bad/funnies (18 months! Car seat install! No sleep ever again! Mom guilt! No thank little bro! Adorable emotional mirroring!). Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about how to handle rude mother in law comments about post baby weight, what activities to do for children with a wide range of ages, and how to help yourself heal emotionally around sex after physically healing? Enjoy! 

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92 - We're All Doing Great w/Vanessa Ragland!

Cohost extraordinaire is back to discuss ALL things motherhood - good/bad/funnies, nighttime routings, circumcision, and a bunch of other stuff we never thought we'd be talking about on a mom podcast! Also we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about memory photo books for kids, some practical questions about diapers and weaning, whether or not to visit a friend immediately after giving birth at the hospital, what food to bring, etc... and a question about how to be supportive to a mom to be who is dealing with a family crisis? Enjoy!

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91 - Sweet, sweet independence w/Alexis Jaeger!

Hip hip hooray! Our only official "qualified" guest to give advice is here - newly CA licensed psychotherapist ALEXIS JAEGER is back to discuss our good/bad/funnies (Time away! Work is legal! New baby anxiety! Feeling unorganized! Teddy's reaction to our return! Four year old's wisdom!) before giving our advice to some doozie listener questions about whether or not to suggest adoption to a struggling mother to be, and what are the right questions to ask when exploring whether or not to have a child? Enjoy!

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90 - Let's Make It Official w/Vanessa Ragland!

Big Totally Mommy news - introducing the latest bi-monthly permanent cohost for your listening pleasure, VANESSA RAGLAND! We adore her so much, just had to make it official! She's here to discuss work-in-Bulgaria related weaning, and our good/bad/funnies (Starting daycare! Smooth travels! Crying at daycare! Eating at daycare! Crying upon seeing mama! Fishy faces!). Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about feeling cracked open and worried in motherhood, what items we'd recommend for a registry (check out our recommendations HERE) how to navigate choosing guardianship for your child, what to do when your husband isn't quite ready for kids but you are, and lastly, how to approach a delicate grandparent jealousy between in laws? Enjoy!

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89 - Grieving The Grief w/Kate Spencer!

The beautiful inside-and-out, fantastic writer and mother to two, KATE SPENCER is back to discuss all things motherhood - being a member of the "dead mothers' club", answering a four year olds poignant questions about grief and loss, and of course our good/bad/funnies! Then we give our unqualified advice on a listener question about whether to have another home birth or go the hospital route with baby number two. Enjoy!

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88 - Oh The Places You'll Go w/Priyanka Mattoo!

Elizabeth's cohost this week is the multitalented writer, mother and friend to many, PRIYANKA MATTOO! We discuss "traveling" with toddlers (goodbye vacations!) why the Swedish playground system is heaven and of course our good/bad/funnies! Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about how to come around to an unplanned pregnancy, what to do in parenting classes when one parent hogs the attention and time, and how to navigate the question of "do we want another?" Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp88.mp3
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87 - It's Potty (Party) Time w/Jessica St. Clair!

Y'all, the sunshine day dream that is Playing House's JESSICA ST. CLAIR is back! We discuss our good/bad/funnies (Potty time! Life lessons through Motherhood!/ Baby Oprah's first heartbreak! Tantrums!/ Adorable fake phone calls! Hamming it up over breakfast!) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about whether or not it's okay to leave a 6 month old for a four day trip, and how to navigate the challenging conversation about having another baby when the parents aren't for sure on the same page? Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp87.mp3
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86 - A Window Into Motherhood w/Kimmy Gatewood!

She's a cohost triple threat - charming, funny, and wise! The wonderful KIMMY GATEWOOD, mother to 7 month old Lottie, is here to discuss our good/bad/funnies (Potty time! Crawling! Tantrum handling fail! Post partum sounds! Bless you! Dancing baby!). Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about how to deal with feelings of guilt or sadness on behalf of your first baby when contemplating bringing another baby into the mix, how to handle being the best man in a destination wedding when it is happening over your baby's due date, and what to do about the annoying aunt and her annoying comments about the baby? Enjoy!

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85 - An English Mama w/Amy Barham!

The all around lovely "Mama" and hilarious writer, AMY BARHAM is back to cohost! We discuss our good/bad/funnies (Sense of humor! Saying thank you!/ Scary internet! Constant exhaustion!/ Looking up the future! Time for night night!) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about how to cope with early motherhood worry vortexes, and whether or not to let potential entertainment representation know about an early pregnancy? Enjoy!

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84 - Get In There w/Morgan Walsh!

Elizabeth's life zen master, MORGAN WALSH is back to make us laugh and cry and quote. We discuss our good/bad/funnies (A 3 year old beast! Pregnancy massage!/ Listeless searching! Foot surgery!/ Pooping behind bushes! Diseased water table!) before diving into listener questions about dealing with end of day tantrums, difficulties feeding solids, how to share your pregnancy joy with someone who is struggling with IVF, and lastly how to set boundaries with an enthusiastic friend who wants to be very involved in your infant's life! Enjoy! 

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83 - The Banana Symbolism w/Vanessa Ragland!

The gorgeous through and through co-creator of Curated Tees, actress, mom, general joy giver VANESSA RAGLAND is back to cohost! We discuss our good/bad/funnies (Reading! Healthy ultrasound! Daycare guilt! Emotional leaps!  Roughhousing copying Mom! Daycare convo backfire!) before giving our honest answers to listener questions about healing from a traumatic birthing experience, how to support a friend who is going through another terrible loss, and what to tell in laws who don't see eye to eye on how to feed your child? Enjoy!

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82 - Communication Is Key w/Lennon Parham!

The calming, wise, sage and uber talented LENNON PARHAM (of USA's Playing House!) is here to cohost this week! We discuss our good/bad/funnies (Photos under control! Adaptive and communicative! Pregnancy guilt! Toddler tantrums! Cartoon emotions! Lyrical genius!) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about ending friendships on your child's behalf, how/when to ask an employer about pumping at work, and a question about whether or not it's okay to have a lovey in the crib with your baby? Enjoy!

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81 - Who Is The Bottle For w/Nicole Myers Steel!

Textile designer and Mother beauty (inside and out) NICOLE MYERS STEEL is here to discuss our good/bad/funnies (Morning sickness fade! Easy street! No veggies! Feeding a marriage! Daycare buddy! Who is the bottle for?) before we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about how to make mommy friends in a new city, how to stop from comparing your baby to others when it comes to sleep troubles, and whether daycare is really worth it when it's making your baby sick? Enjoy!

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80 - Bath vs. Shower w/June Diane Raphael!

One of Elizabeth's besties and Totally Mommy fave guest, JUNE DIANE RAPHAEL is back to share her lovely wisdom on all things mommy! She first learns some upsetting news about Elizabeth's hygiene habits before they discuss their good/bad/funnies (Toddlerdom!  High fevers! Near accidents! Warranted social anxiety! I'll pass on the broccoli!) Then they give their unqualified advice to an awesome LaimeDAD who wrote in regarding favoritism from babies. Enjoy! 

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79 - Toothbrush Prank w/Vanessa Ragland!

Ring the hooray bells, the wonderful VANESSA RAGLAND is back as cohost with her infinite wisdom and charming smile! We discuss our good/bad/funnies (Adorable communications! Mischievous jokes! sweaty planes! blood draws! baby brother no nos! endless spinning!) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about coping with mom guilt around breastfeeding, whether to confront a friend who is emotionally abusing her daughter, and how to handle a delicate childcare situation that could potentially hurt your relationship with your sister. Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp79.mp3
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78 - Memory Books w/Natalie Smyka!

Elizabeth's new mom friend, the lovely actress Natalie Smyka is cohost this week! We discuss our good/bad/funnies (Memory books for deceased loved ones! Excitement for travel! Bath poops! Hair wash failures! Mistaking ancient men for Dada! Odd pregnancy symptoms!) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about pet love after baby, how to plan for mother/mother in law visits after birth, whether Elizabeth is dealing with guilt in adding a second child, how to handle the grief that bubbles up with motherless motherhood, and how to connect with a nephew who lives across the country? Enjoy!

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77 - The Good Gets Gooder w/Alex Conrad!

Elizabeth's super smarty pants Doctor friend, anesthesiologist and mama to a five month old cherub is here! ALEX CONRAD comes on and discusses going back to work and balancing it all before we dive into our good/bad/funnies (Sweetie pie bedtime routines! Chicken tenders save the day! The hassle of pumping! Bathtub wipeout! Eating solids! New words!) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about how to deal with unsafe grandparents, and how to handle letting your coworkers know about your pregnancy if you are suffering from morning sickness and it's affecting your work. Enjoy!

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76 - Adding Another To The Mix w/Psychic Andy!

Elizabeth's husband and co-partner in family building, PSYCHIC ANDY!, is here to discuss our latest big news! Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about transitioning beverages for babies at one year, whether or not to have a tubal ligation during cesarean, how to acclimate pets to new babies, how to divert unwanted parenting advice, and whether or not to pay extra for a baby shower due to someone else's extravagance.

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75 - Get Ya Some Boundaries Quick w/Rosemarie Dewitt!

The all around talented, beautiful and wise actress ROSEMARIE DEWITT is here to charm us all with her insight on motherhood's gift of boundaries, our good bad funnies (Babies interacting! Balancing the marriage part of it! Not making a little bad into a big bad! New inflections! Husband pranks!) Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about fear of becoming our parents as parents, how to manage a young au pair for two little ones, how to keep your pregnancy news to yourself until you are comfortable sharing, how to stay connected to family and their children when they live far away, and lastly, what to do about friends who post insensitive things online about their children in an attempt to be funny? Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp75.mp3
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74 - Let Go What Doesn't Work w/Courtney Gatewood!

She's a new mom friend to Elizabeth with a lovely, calm and sage energy. Mom to two, COURTNEY GATEWOOD is here to discuss our good/bad/funnies (postpartum depression preparedness! Couples therapy! Room sharing conundrums! Affordable housing! Sock obsession! Lentil shower!). Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about making a huge move/life transition two months postpartum, whether there are nicknames associated with Kendall, what to do about flat boobs after baby, and how to handle a toddler who is upset when Mom comes to pick her up from Grandmas. Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp74.mp3
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73 - Worry Vortex w/LeeLee Pitts!

Elizabeth's dear friend and wonder mama, LeeLee Pitts is back cohosting and bringing hilarious stories true to form! After some quick, light discussion of horrific natural disasters and mommy worry, we dive into our good/bad/funnies (Clean house, clean heart! snuggle time! sapphire vomit! tantrums! Knock knock jokes!)  before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about how to navigate visiting relatives who want the most time with baby, how to gracefully dodge nosy nellies when it comes to trying to conceive, and lastly, a big question about dealing with not getting pregnant right away and whether having had an abortion earlier in life might play a part. Enjoy!

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72 - Preemie Perfection w/Grey Delisle Griffin!

The most talented voice actor of all time, GREY DELISLE GRIFFIN is here to delight us with tales of mothering two boys (age 8 yrs and 9 mos) and of course we share our good/bad/funnies! (Understanding concepts! Hilarious thoughts of an 8 year old! Sick babies! Pre-eclampsia! Snot brush! Johnny Cash!) Then we discuss a heartbreaking listener question about co-parenting a four year old through a separation and potentially a divorce. Enjoy!

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71 - Time For Advice w/Vanessa Ragland!

Elizabeth's dear friend, the talented and beautiful inside-n-out, Vanessa Ragland is here for this question/unqualified advice heavy episode. We discuss our good/bad/funnies (Independent play! No naps! New frustrations! Cheese! Carpet Poops!) before diving into a whole lotta listener questions about how much science (genetic testing, IVF, etc)  to use when there is a chance of having a child with a genetic disease, what are the slam-dunk new baby items we think everyone needs, when did Elizabeth do acupuncture for fertility when it worked for her pregnancy, how to stay connected to your sisters when they are all mothers and you are not, whether or not it's appropriate to post a breastfeeding photo online, and lastly, how to reconcile the fear that your child will be like an unpleasant relative who share a birthday? Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp71.mp3
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70 - Thank God For "Mommy Friends" w/June Raphael!

LaimeMoms, SHE'S HERE! The co-host we've all been waiting for, the glorious JUNE RAPHAEL comes on and charms our mommy socks off! We discuss our good/bad/funnies (Morning sunshine! First steps! Supporting friends! Diaper Rash conversations! One year old car cruising! Knock knock who's there?!) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about how to divert or avoid instigative comments and questions about your pregnancy to-be, and also how to cope with the disappointment of not getting pregnant every month? Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp70.mp3
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69 - Placenta Pills Please w/Mary Elizabeth Ellis!

One of Elizabeth's besties, Mary Elizabeth Ellis is back with her hilarious stories and full of heart insights to the aftermath of childbirth (bubble of peace to anyone who is pregnant for the first 25 mins!) why she'll take placenta pills and of course their good/bad funnies! Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about pelvic pain during pregnancy, how to handle a kid who will not eat solids, and how to address a potentially touchy situation with a nanny regarding attention and care. Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp69.mp3
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68 - We Can't Buy The Train w/Margot Leitman!

Our cohost today is mom to a 2.5 yr. old, storyteller extraordinaire and author of "Gawky" and soon-to-be released "Long Story Short" MARGOT LEITMAN! We discuss the challenges of sleep troubles plus our good/bad/funnies (including a super funny about toddler love as well as a train debacle) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about how to help parents with their parenting issues when you are the nanny, and how to explain death to a child in a way that they understand at the age of 4. Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp68.mp3
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67 - Nighttime Giggles w/Leila Howland!

The charming and delightful Young Adult novelist, LEILA HOWLAND, is cohost today! (Be sure to buy her upcoming book, "The Forget-Me-Not Summer" in May!) We discuss work/life balance, and our good/bad/funnies (going to sleep giggles! Watching complex thought processes! Regressing in sleep routines! Weaning failures! Faking injuries! Spouse frustration karma!) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about posting photos of children online and appropriateness, as well as a question about home configuration that accommodates baby! Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp67.mp3
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66 - Authenticity Model w/Amy Biedel!

Elizabeth's dear friend and authenticity afficionado AMY BIEDEL is back to discuss being true to yo'self, DANCE, and of course our good/bad/funnies! (Highlights include a hall of fame "mic drop" by a three year old and a baby putting on heels). Then we give our unqualified advice to a universally felt listener question about delayed post-partum. Enjoy!

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65 - Politely Wearing Pants w/Morgan Walsh!

The spectacular all around MORGAN WALSH is back co co-host (much to Elizabeth's delight!) We discuss friendships and unfriendships as well as our good/bad/funnies - Morgan's funny includes the pinnacle of awesome that her daughter experienced recently, before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about how to encourage your spouse to spend some one on one time with your child (without seeming judge-y) and how to support your young nephew when he is dealing with the trauma and devastation that comes with having an alcoholic mother. Thank you for listening and... Enjoy!

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64 - This Too Shall Pass w/Danielle Schneider!

The super talented and lovely and hilarious DANIELLE SCHNEIDER is here to cohost!  We discuss her experience as a super busy working mom, why Sidney Poitier has a special place in her heart and of course, our good/bad/funnies! (Mommy Kisses! Family Connections! Unable to find balance! Wanting to be #1! Disgusting breastmilk tricks! Acting out scenes!) Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about whether or not to provide homemade food to daycare, if it's okay to (and how to) give momma advice when you see a baby carrier being worn incorrectly, what the deal is with pacifiers and nursing interference, and lastly how to handle a two year old's new phase of not wanting her Daddy around? Enjoy!

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63 - Mohawk Mayhem w/ Mo Gaffney!

The super talented actress and co-host of the fantastic podcast, The Mo Mo Show, MO GAFFNEY is here with tales of the teen years! We discuss what it's like parenting a teenager, how to cope with "style" rebellion, and of course our good/bad/funnies (aka, happy/sad/grateful/weird!) Then we give our honest advice to listener questions about how to be there for a sibling who will be a teen mom, how to cope with a change in career plans due to motherhood, whether or not to support a sister in law who has made some bad choices, and lastly, what are our positive pregnancy test and sharing the good news with our partners stories? Enjoy!

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62 - A Tale Of Two Cheeks And One Year!

In this special episode of Totally Mommy, Elizabeth wishes Baby Oprah a very happy first birthday by re-sharing the episode of Totally Married (#142, A Tale Of Two Cheeks) that she and Andy recorded just one week after Baby Oprah joined their family and brought endless joy into their lives. Regular programming back next week. Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp62.mp3
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61 - Daycare Freak Out w/Vanessa Ragland!

Elizabeth's soul sister, Vanessa Ragland is back cohosting to talk her down after having an existential crisis over Teddy's first day at Daycare. We discuss the seismic shift that is our babies' upcoming first birthdays and our good/bad/funnies (First day of Daycare and freedom! Vrooming cars and intentional play! Abandoning a screaming baby at daycare! The insane juggling act of being a self employed mother! Precocious four year olds at daycare! And a baby who likes his sensory supplies like he likes his food - in his mouth!) Before answering an awesome listener question about mom wars, and how to avoid letting other moms' opinions get to us. Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp61.mp3
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60 - Come Play With My Daddy w/Amy Barham!

The beautiful and lovely AMY BARHAM is back to cohost with her soothing British accent! We discuss our good/bad/funnies (four years old! new communication! scary dreams! ER visits! Valentine's gone weird! No habla Englais!) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about dark post partum dreams and how to handle explaining adult stuff (prison visits) to your six year old when they are beginning to piece things together. Enjoy!

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59 - New Moms, New Wardrobes w/Daniella Liben Pally!

 

Style maven, DANIELLA LIBEN PALLY is back to discuss taking stock of your closet as a new mom, and what it’s like having kids super close in age (15 months apart!) Before she and Elizabeth dole out their good/bad/funnies (Learning to sniff! New little man of the house! Mom boredom! Potty Training! Not crying wolf after all! First crayon drawling!) before answering listener questions about the pain/healing part of labor and delivery (bubble of peace y’all!), how to handle a family member who seems disinclined to have her children bond with the family, and lastly, what’s the deal with giving kids the father’s last name? Enjoy!

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58 - Girls with Boy Names w/Holly Shakoor!

 

She’s a PR queen extraordinaire and fellow mama to a darling daughter. Elizabeth’s friend HOLLY SHAKOOR is here as co-host! She and Elizabeth discuss their good/bad/funnies (Buying new clothes/self care! She’s crawling! Daycare guilt! First sickness! It’s a girl… and her name is Teddy!  Name doubts based on emails!) Before answering listener questions about how to set up boundaries with female relatives after some major hurts surrounding motherhood, and how to let your husband know in a fun/cute/meaningful way that baby number two is en route! Enjoy!

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57 - The Dog Pod w/Theresa Thorn!

The lovely and honest THERESA THORN from Maxfun's One Bad Mother is back to discuss all things doggy! ER... mommy! And doggy! We talk about training these wild beasts before doling out our good/bad/funnies (Rays of sunshine! The 10 month sweet spot! Stuff, all the stuff! Sleep regression! Sippy cup drink-off! Ruby's new reality!) before giving our unqualified advice to listener questions about introducing new dog to new baby, why Elizabeth doesn't like for strangers to touch Baby Oprah, and lastly a question for our Laimemoms - anyone out there have a child with hearing loss who can offer support/advice to a fellow new mom? Enjoy!

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56 - Bladder Emergencies w/Vanessa Ragland!

The glorious VANESSA RAGLAND is back and in primo co-hosting mode with tales of being lost with a full bladder and hysterical texts from babysitters. We discuss our good/bad/funnies (Dancing! Climbing stairs! Balance! Diaper Change fiascos! Reading farts! Dog poops matching baby food!) before answering listener questions about the fun/good/bad/funny vortex that is the pregnancy message board, whether or not to get the flu shot while pregnant, and the biggest question of them all - to circumcise or to not circumcise? Enjoy!

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55 - Fran Drescher To The Rescue w/Alexis Jaeger!

Dear friend and Psychotherapist, the wonderful ALEXIS JAEGER is back to discuss all things Mommy! We talk our good/bad/funnies (Healthy babies! Snuggle love! Feeling trapped! Food foiled! Three year old comments! Diaper on the car!) before answering listener questions about how to approach the topic of discussing private parts and good/bad touching as well as how to manage favoritism amongst kiddo siblings. Enjoy!

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54 - Sibling Chats w/LeeLee Pitts!

Today's episode is co-hosted with the all around lovely and sage LeeLee Pitts! We discuss our good/bad/funnies (Siblings communicating! Baby Oprah's a genius! No sleep! Being smug parents! Sleeping through the night!) before we answer listener questions about how to handle gifts that don't jive with your style or space, how to approach vegetarianism with a little one, and lastly how to handle the chaos of holidays/family get togethers when your sister's parenting style and energy is too much to handle. Enjoy!

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53 - Starting The Year Off With A Poo w/Stephanie Escajeda!

Happy New Year, Laimemoms! Good friend and frequent co-host, the hysterical STEPHANIE ESCAJEDA is here to keep it real with discussions of poosplosions, plus our good/bad/funnies (Christmas! Daddy Time! Santa Truths! Fear Wormholes! Words Of Wisdom! High Fives!) before answering listener questions about wanting your spouse to share your excitement for having kids, and how to get back into the groove after baby. Enjoy! *Warning, don't play this around kids for various reasons including Santa and orgasms!

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Happy New Years Eve, Laimemoms!! For this special episode - also our one year anniversary!! - I decided to share a story of two beautiful new beginnings told by the wonderful Kate Spencer (Editor and Chief of Mommyish.com) Back to our usual good/bad/funnies next week - thank you for going on this amazing journey of parenting with me over this past year, I adore you!! Enjoy!

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51 - Christmas Eve Edition!

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! Here's to a fantastic holiday with your kiddos and loved ones - Elizabeth's all time favorite Co-host, Psychic Andy is back to discuss how the holidays feel different now that we're parents, plus our good/bad/funnies (Christmas munchkins! First waves! Santa lines! Bathtub spills! Clapping while Crying! Eating like a champ!) before answering listener questions about how to ask a relative about why they won't let people hold their baby, to cut or not to cut (your daughter's hair), how to handle the stress of not getting pregnant right away, how to navigate the legalities of assigning guardianship of your child to your sibling should the unthinkable happen, and what to do about difference in parenting styles (ie, spanking versus not),  a heartbreaking question about how and when to tell new people in your life about having lost a child, and lastly, what's a great gender neutral baby gift to give to some hip parents to be? Wishing you all a festive holiday! Enjoy!

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50 - Adoption Story w/Melissa Green!

Elizabeth's awesome baby music class teacher, singer-songwriter MELISSA GREEN is as co-host here to discuss the beautiful story of how her little babe came into her and her wife's life as an eleven-day-old darling! Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about the practical - car seats! To the horrifying - what to do when your eleven year old asks you some tough questions about oral sex? Enjoy!

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49 - Two Funnies Each w/Susannah Becket!

She’s a hilarious writer/ improvisor and fellow new mommy to an adorable six month old baby boy - SUSANNAH BECKET is here to discuss our good/bad/funnies (times two!) including Making it through the first trip away! Enjoying independence during Christmas prep! Falling hard! Breastfeeding stress! Post fall cuddles! Scratches on Mama! Baby Strength! and Peeing off the scale! Then we give our unqualified advice to listener questions about when it’s time to stop saying “I just had a baby” and how to handle work, childcare, financial losses during baby sicknesses, and how to address coworkers who are posting pics of your child without your consent? Enjoy!

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48 - Compassion In Action w/Morgan Walsh!

 

The sage and beautiful mama to three MORGAN WALSH came back on for some awesome “hot topic” discussions about choosing your battles, compassion, and gender creativity in kids. We share our good/bad/funnies (Heads on chests! Uniting like-minded children! First colds! Busy mode! Christmas music surprise! Frisbee mishap!) Before answering listener questions about intrusive questions from a Mother In Law, and how to cope with feeling overwhelmed when pregnant. Enjoy!

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47 - Separation Oy Vay w/Vanessa Ragland!

After her last brave and beautiful episode of Totally Mommy, the inspiring VANESSA RAGLAND is back! We discuss our Good/Bad/Funnies (Clapping! Playing Together! Separation Anxiety! First Swim! Media Entertainment!) before diving in with our unqualified advice to listener questions about introducing dog and baby, struggling with fear of pregnancy and labor, and how to communicate with your mom about your choice to stay home with your kids when that wasn’t what she did with you. Enjoy!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp47.mp3
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