Broken Phone, Better Life?

Have you ever lost or broke your phone? It’s jarring. During The Desitin Disaster, I dropped my phone in the bathtub while taking pictures because I obviously had to document the moment. So my phone has been intermittently reliable. Which means, it doesn’t work when I really need it to, of course. I thought thatContinue reading “Broken Phone, Better Life?”

Our Greatest Blessing

As hard as having kids can be, I often think about how much harder it is for women who struggle to have them. I’m still working on accepting my post baby body. I’ve tried to reframe this and be thankful I am able to have a baby body at all. Sleepless nights, mom hair, messyContinue reading “Our Greatest Blessing”

Ask Jacque: Sex Over Sleep, My Brother’s Girlfriend, The Bachelor Boyfriend

To Sex or Not to Sex My husband complains all the time that we don’t have enough sex. Like, I think once a weekish is fair right now. We have two under two, and I’m exhausted all the time. By the end of the night, I just want a shower and my bed. The ideaContinue reading “Ask Jacque: Sex Over Sleep, My Brother’s Girlfriend, The Bachelor Boyfriend”

SuperMom to WorstMom

Today was the kind of day where I felt like supermom by 11am and the worst-mom-ever by 5pm. It began with a trip to preschool with all three children. My mom usually watches baby V, while I drop the girls off, but she was busy today. So I got there really early to give myselfContinue reading “SuperMom to WorstMom”

The Power of Failure

To be honest, I don’t really believe in the word failure. What most people categorize as failure, I simply see as a learning opportunity and catalyst for change. Making mistakes is an integral part of making progress. It offers a backdrop against which we can measure our successes; it offers context. We can’t understand joyContinue reading “The Power of Failure”

It goes SHHHH

Support networks are an important part of success for many people, especially parents. Spending time with other parents can provide a safe place to vent, decompress, and brainstorm approaches to persistant issues. A group of parents can function much like a think tank: working through a problem, tapping the multitude of varying experiences of theContinue reading “It goes SHHHH”

The Power of the Belly

Yev has a super power that most of the Pinchuk men possess. They have this incredible ability to put babies to sleep, effortlessly. When I hand baby V to Yev to hold, I often have to tell him, “Don’t let her fall asleep. It’s not the right time.” And almost every time, he tells meContinue reading “The Power of the Belly”

What Does Mother’s Day Bring Up for You?

Holidays can be very difficult because they remind us of who is gone but not forgotten. When I worked at a substance abuse treatment facility, I learned about how difficult family celebration days can be for many people. At that point in my life, I had yet to experience great loss, and it was astoundingContinue reading “What Does Mother’s Day Bring Up for You?”

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Having Another Child

My friends and I are constantly asking ourselves if/when we want more children. This is a huge decision. I’ve found it really interesting when mommy threads on social media advocate for one stance over another, when the truth is that this is a very personal decision. Each child is different, and each family is different.Continue reading “6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Having Another Child”

Failing as a Mom?

Ever felt like a complete failure as a mother? I’ve experienced the word “failure” being part of every mom’s vocabulary. Yesterday was just one of many days where I felt like a failure. The girls watched too much TV. We didn’t get out of the house. I didn’t do any cleaning or laundry. No oneContinue reading “Failing as a Mom?”