• Sleep Deprived Dreams

    My daughter seems to be teething non-stop these days. While I’m glad she has more than two teeth, it means she sleeps very fitfully. Any noise will wake her. She’ll take an hour to settle down. She’ll just want to be held for an hour. And the teeth come in one…at…a…time. This mommy is tired. For as long as I can remember, I have always had bouts of vivid dreams. Sometimes they only lasted a week. Sometimes they occurred almost every night for a month. I drew inspiration from them, used them as the foundations of my stories. I looked forward to sleep just so I could escape into an…

  • Why Couldn’t the Old Man Who Bumped His Head Get Up in the Morning?

    You probably don’t know this, but I can be a little dark and twisted. While I’d like to say it’s from sleep deprivation, it’s not. No, my friends and I have always been a bit…morbid. Since high school. At least. And then comes the sleep deprivation and entertaining 2 toddlers all day. And singing nursery rhymes on repeat. It’s cloudy today, but likely won’t rain. It never seems to here. But it makes me think of rain. And when I think of rain, I think of the nursery rhyme: It’s raining, it’s pouring The old man is snoring. He went to bed and bumped his head And couldn’t get up…

  • Celebrating Mothers: Mother’s Guilt by theworldtravelingmom

    The Lily Cafe is thrilled to be celebrating this month and is honored to be able to share this lovely post on mom guilt by theworldtravelingmom! I am changing gears a little bit today for this blog. I want to talk about Mother’s Guilt. Doctors use words like postpartum, exhaustion, and hormonal changes. They give you pamphlets and offer advice on how to combat these things. They give you warning signs and reds flags to look for. But what they don’t […] via Mother’s Guilt. — theworldtravelingmom Thank you so much for letting me share! Do stop by this lovely lady’s blog and give her a follow! I hope you enjoyed…

  • Surviving Toddlerhood, Part 6: Choices and Control, Control and Choices

    How would you feel if someone made you eat meatloaf and green beans when you clearly wanted a steak and fries? How would you feel if someone insisted you wear the blue pants instead of your favorite jeans? How would you feel if someone said you had to do the dishes before you could sit and enjoy some TV time? You probably wouldn’t be too happy, would you? Okay, I get it. Toddlers are just kids. As parents we know what’s best for them. But think of toddlers as little people instead. Little people with their own likes and dislikes, opinions, and needs and wants. Of course we want what’s…

  • Celebrating Mothers: Reflection on Being a Mom by New Mama’s Reflections

    The Lily Cafe is thrilled to be celebrating mothers this month and is honored to be able to share this lovely reflection on motherhood by New Mama’s Reflections! As this years’ Mother’s Day approaches, I have slightly informed my husband not to forget that I am now a mom and our daughter is too little to think of a gift 😀 Honestly though, I really don’t need a gift. My baby girl is my gift. Becoming a mother is a gift in its […] via Reflection on Being a Mom — New Mama’s Reflections Thank you so much for letting me share this! Do stop by this lovely lady’s blog and…

  • Surviving Toddlerhood Guest: The Uncensored Mother and What She Learns From Her Threenager

    We’ve all heard of the terrible two’s and the threenager. Sure, it can be awful and soul crushing. But these toddlers are just finding their voice and, as parents, we need to be there to guide them. Today’s guest post comes via The Uncensored Mother and is all about raising that threenager and what she learns from here every day. You know those moms you see with the toddlers who are unruly, little assholes? The ones you get embarrassed for because of their child’s behaviour? The ones you can’t stop staring at in the grocery store, and quietly mutter to yourself, “WHY do they even bring their kids in public?”…

  • Celebrating Mothers: Motherhood by Unconventional Mami

    The Lily Cafe is thrilled to celebrate mothers this May and is honored to host Unconventional Mami! I thought I knew how to live and love before the birth of my son. I thought I was a caring, determined, motivated, nonjudgmental, optimistic, responsible, strong, seized the day kind of person before he came into my life. Boy, was I wrong! All the childbirth preparedness classes in the world could not prepare me for the reality of motherhood. For the first time in my life, I was overwhelmed with the complexity of my emotions. I was not the type of preggers with a beautiful glow, always comfortably chic from head to…

  • Surviving Toddlerhood Guest: Just Breathe Mama With Some Tips for Disciplining a Toddler

    Disciplining a toddler can be freakishly difficult and tricky. Here are some great tips and ideas from Just Breathe Mama! It is so so so important that when you are disciplining a toddler that you and your partner are on the same page. If you are not on the same page, toddlers totally know that and will start manipulating one of you. And then in return, this usually results in a fight between mom and […] via Disciplining a Toddler — Just Breathe Mama

  • Dancing Queen

    My dancing queen, soon you will be one. For 8 months, I knew almost nothing about you. I knew you were going to be daddy’s princess at 16 weeks. I knew you liked to have hiccups at some of the most irritating times (please, let mommy sleep). I knew you were getting ready to come when you dropped at 32 weeks. I knew you were as anxious to meet us as we were to meet you when you came early at 36 weeks. So sweet, so adorable from that first moment. I got to hold you in those first few hours like I had never gotten to hold your brother.…

  • Dream Job by Lindsey from The Mommiest Introvert

    The Lily Cafe is thrilled to present Lindsey from The Mommiest Introvert! Lindsey is an introverted Mom to two extroverted kids and wife to an extroverted husband, trying to be her awkward self and still function in society. Her blog is about all things motherhood, as well as other topics that are important to her, such as her faith, books, and food.   Growing up, we all had a dream job, a “What do you want to be when you grow up” answer. Doctor, lawyer, firefighter, teacher, gardener, zookeeper, etc. But what about stay at home mom? How many moms said they wanted to be a stay at home mom…