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Redefining stay-at-home parenting

Hey there! We are so excited you’ve joined us on our adventure!

The title of this blog was inspired by the start of our friendship: we were all pregnant with our first babies when we met at prenatal class, and our “bumps” knew each other before they were even born. As they grew into toddlers and became best friends, the three of us formed a pretty strong bond as, together, we navigated the ups and downs of our first years of parenthood. And let us tell you, we are so happy and lucky to have found each other.

We lean on one another during some of our most difficult times, and we started this blog to let you in on the action. We want to include you in those vent sessions that get us through our worst days—the things that you don’t always read about (kind of like Fight Club, but for moms)—and encourage you to take part. Everyday things like struggling to brush your kid’s teeth, feed a picky eater, and find activities to keep those busy toddlers busy. We also hope to end stigmas and speak openly about difficult subjects like what postpartum anxiety really looks like, how it feels to wean from breastfeeding, whether you’re ready or not, and all those tearful moments in between. We hope to create a space for you to join in the conversation, share your own stories, and know that you are not alone on this bumpy parenting adventure.

While we’re at it, we hope to look more closely at what it means to be a stay-at-home parent today. In our culture of non-traditional hours and more contract and freelance work, the meaning of “stay-at-home” starts to get a bit blurry. Although by definition we all identify as stay-at-home moms, our lives and family situations look very different. Sometimes that includes working on the side during naps and after bedtime. Sometimes it means hiring a babysitter a few mornings a week. But just like you, at the end of the day, working or not, we are all trying to do what is best for our children and our families.

Do you identify as a stay-at-home dad? As a working mom? What are some of the challenges you have faced? We want to hear from you! Lets talk about it.

Wendy, Jackie, and Char

Located in Toronto's east end, we are three stay-at-home(ish) moms who met at prenatal class and have connected over many things, including our personal interests, our parenting styles, and our children (who are now toddlers).

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