What do the best mom-blogs have in common? They capture your attention, pique your curiosity, answer questions you always wanted to know. They make you laugh, cry, think or nod and say, “I know exactly how she feels!”
Blogs written by famous mothers are no different. In fact, it’s nice to remember that after the cameras are off, the stylists have gone home and the star-studded events are over, these women go home to diapers, homework, sibling squabbles and all the other issues we mothers deal with every day.
Here are five of the blogs that caught our attention this week – from Vanessa Lachey’s brave recounting of her tearful baby blues to Michelle Duggar’s pre-planning strategy for traveling with her enormous family. Read, enjoy and tell us what you think!
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Vanessa Lachey: My baby blues 2 of 6"On Saturday, September 29, my baby blues finally got the best of me. I was in my maternity leggings, un-showered with throw-up on my shirt, hives ALL over my body (another lovely post-pregnancy perk I got), and a sweet, loving little boy who couldn't look at me and smile to make it all better. He was just too young. I started crying. I was feeding Camden and crying my eyes out. I felt like I had officially come undone....Where was the super woman who always thought and knew she could do it all? Where was the organized Vanessa who had it all under control no matter what the obstacle? She was gone, and I thought...forever."
Michelle Duggar: How my huge family packs for a trip 3 of 6"Packing begins quite a bit earlier for us so we can get all of the details down. We start weeks in advance....My daughters have figured out this amazing system for packing. They'll get a day's worth of clothes laid out. They stack the largest size at the bottom and they just work their way up, making a stack with all of the boys' shirts in it for each day. And then they just roll each bundle up and slide it inside of a plastic bag with a label on it for that day. At the end of the day, they can use the plastic bag as the dirty clothes bag for all of that day's items."
From: Michelle Duggar's TLC blog.
Jenna von Oy: My girl is growing up 4 of 6"Gray has grown out of another set of clothes, and they are now attic-bound. For some reason, I get teary with each little shirt and onesie that gets packed up. It's the passing of yet another beautiful phase and the ushering in of a new one, which makes me more than a little emotional....But it's really all about the bloomers. I'm mostly sad to say goodbye to the first pair she wore for her first photo shoot at the hospital. They were so big on her then, I had to tuck them into her itty bitty diaper. And now, I can't stuff her thighs in there with a shoehorn. Not that I've tried, obviously....I know, I know. If it's this hard to bid farewell to some clothing, what's going to happen when she starts Kindergarten?"
From: The Cradle Chronicles.
Kate Gosselin: My Cookie Bake Bonanza 5 of 6"About three times a year...I pull out the large mixing bowls, the huge stand mixer (I think I need a restaurant grade mixer because that thing is never big enough!), and rally all my willing kids and, almost in the blink of an eye, we turn into a full blown bakery! ...Typically, I aim to bake and package in the 400-500 range....This big baking day has not only saved a lot of money, but it has become what I believe will be a "stand out" memory for my kids' childhood memories. We are not only working together to create a "healthy" sweet snack now, but I believe that we are also creating a long lasting family bond that will be "baked" into their memories for years to come!"
From: The Stir.
Rosie O’Donnell: My baby’s first vaccinations 6 of 6"i warned michelle today would be tough/dakotas first shots/i was an old pro/mom of 5 and all/yet i was unable to stop/the tears flowing/as i tried - embarrassed - all the tricks i know/bite the inside of my mouth/open my eyes wide/breathe thru my nose only/squeeze the back of my calfs tight/nothing works/my new baby girl/has cracked open my heart/leaving me powerless/reeling and raw"
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