Before I became a parent, I heard on more than one occasion how difficult it was to maintain friendships once you have children.  You would watch in TV shows or hear from others that the last thing you feel...
The Meaning of Valentine's Day I don’t need a Valentine, a paper with a heart. I don’t need some Hallmark words with baby Cupid art. I don’t need those fresh cut roses filled with reds or pinks. I don't need a box of...
I often ask myself if I’ve been good enough or if we have enough to make it through the day. Was dinner good enough or did my lackluster cooking skills leave my children’s tummies begging for more? Did I do...
Most of us are very familiar with the concept of “once you have kids, say goodbye to romance.” No, I’m not talking about sex. I’m talking about something (arguably) more important, but less flashy to the point where it gets pushed...
I married a great guy. He’s a likable husband. I should be proud of that. I am proud of that. But I'm also annoyed by it, if I'm being honest.  I am the wife of a likable husband. The grumpy...

The Proposal

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Hello, lovely parents of the Internet! I am Gretchin, mom of a wild two-year-old, Ellie, and new contributor to BVT Moms Blog. I’m so happy to be here, to share my stories, and learn from other amazing Vermont moms! I’d...
It is said that in the beginning, Moses did not have a name. He was born to a woman who didn’t name him or know what to call him. It was his adopted mother who plucked him from amongst...
What’s on the to-do list in your mind? Not the one you’ve written down already and have been checking things off of this week. I’m talking about the mental one that you haven’t yet gotten around to writing. Does...
When my husband and I brought our oldest son home from the hospital, I just wasn’t right. I didn't know at the time, but I was suffering from postpartum anxiety. People don’t talk about this enough, but I wish...
BurlingtonVT Moms Blog is partnering with Vermont Midwives Association to bring you our latest series titled “How I Became a Mother” in honor of Mother’s Day.  Each of us has a unique journey on how we got here…here being...
Dedicated to My Amazing Mother in Law. I love my mother-in-law and she loves me. (My husband jokes that she loves me more than him because I gave her grandchildren!) We actually enjoy spending time together and I am more...
When I became a stepmother, I had been warned that parenting was the hardest job I would ever have, but also the most rewarding. That didn't even begin to cover my experience being a stepparent. For me, the absolute...
When Meghan Markle bravely declared on international news that she was, “Not okay,” after the birth of her first child, I found myself nodding along to the clip, recalling those first few weeks and months as a new mom,...

I am Insecure

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I am insecure. Not all the time, and not in all situations, but insecurity is not a foreign concept to me. It's not something I like to admit or am happy about, but I cannot deny its existence or its wounds. Can...

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The Ultimate Guide to Vermont Fall Fun: What You Don’t Want...

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