Totally Mommy (kids and family)
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
Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

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

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!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp94.mp3
Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

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! 

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp93.mp3
Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

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!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp92.mp3
Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

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!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp91.mp3
Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

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!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp90.mp3
Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

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!

Direct download: TotallyMommyEp89.mp3
Category:kids and family -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

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

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