Larryville Mom

Finding My 'Me' Thing

Megan Spreer

It’s funny. They tell you that you’ll change when you have a kid. I was always like, “Duh. Of course you’ll change. You’re a parent. How could you not?” But really, I had no idea just how much changes. As in, parts of you become unrecognizable (and I’m not even ...

5 Things They Don't Tell You About Pregnancy

Megan Spreer

When it comes to pregnancy, people lie. That is, until you’re pregnant yourself. Then the truth magically comes out of people. My cousin, who is 15 weeks pregnant, messaged me this week to say that her morning sickness not only hasn’t gone away like people said it would, but it ...

Don't Be Like Mommy, Love Your Body

Megan Spreer

I can still vividly recall a conversation with my husband last June. I was sitting with him at a restaurant, barely able to breathe through my Spanx, still carrying 20+ pounds of baby weight and feeling frumpy and gross. He scolded me for my insecurity. “You’re beautiful.” he told me. ...

Marriage Advice: Take Him on a Beercation

Megan Spreer

One of the things that I heard often when Aaron and I first got married was the whole “Don’t stop dating your husband” spiel. “Put him first, kids second,” and “Keep the spark alive,” were also occasionally thrown at me. Well, six years in, I will honestly say that I ...

Working Moms Do Not Have it Easier

Megan Spreer

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/apr/29/272638/ This May marks a year since I left my full-time office gig to be at home with my girls. Granted, I still work (from home), but my life is very different than it was when I was at a 9 to 5 most of the day. There are things ...

We Should Really Call it Grandmother's Day

Megan Spreer

Mother’s Day is now 18 days away. I didn’t realize how close it was until my brother called on Monday to discuss plans for my mom this year. I’m gonna be real here. I’m dreading Mother’s Day. Why? Because Hallmark, Pinterest, and every commercial on TV have done nothing but ...

Excuse Me While I Breastfeed My Seven-Year-Old

Megan Spreer

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/apr/14/271849/ I still remember the day very vividly. I was waiting tables at the Lawrence Old Chicago (may it rest in peace) and I walked up to my first table of the day to take their drink orders. When I looked down, I was horrified to see a mom openly ...

The Easter Bunny: The Stuff of Nightmares

Megan Spreer

Dying eggs, chocolate bunnies, Grandma’s potato salad — these are all things that come to mind when I think of Easter. They are things that I’m excited to pass down to my children as we continue to establish our own [holiday traditions][1]. There’s one thing from my childhood that I’m ...

I'm Becoming My Mother

Megan Spreer

“If you took better care of your things, they wouldn’t get broken.” As soon as the words escaped my mouth last week, I cringed at the flashback of my mother telling me the same sentence, word-for-word as a kid. I was notorious for losing things, misplacing things, and being inconsolable ...

I'm a vaccinator

Megan Spreer

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/mar/25/271036/ There is a [measles outbreak in New York][1]. As a parent, reading headlines about this is pretty concerning. As a parent of a child who has yet to receive her MMR vaccine, it’s terrifying. Vaccines are one of the hot button topics in the [Mommy Wars][2]. It’s almost become ...

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