Welcome to Momosas! Co-hosts Kristen & Talia get together each week to chat about different Mom topics. While being a Mom is not all rainbows & unicorns, it is not a hugely negative experience. They share the good, bad, ugly, & hilarious of their adventures. Tune in to hear their raw experiences.
While we have touched upon this briefly in other episodes, Talia delves into their struggles to conceive this week. She and her husband have been trying to expand their family for almost a year, and she's at her wits end. She shares the tornado of blame she places on herself, the lengths they have gone to so far, and the lengths they are willing to go to in order to expand their family. We also get to hear some of the well intentioned things people say during this struggle, that does not feel so helpful. This week we have a new question to close out the episode, which will help us all feel a little more human in our mothering journey.
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Today Kristen regales us with the arrival of her third child. This episode will either have you rolling or vomiting (hopefully the former). The ladies chat about their thoughts on the Group B Strep test, primping for birth, & how the family is transitioning. This was a fun & funny episode, and was requested by a lot of you. Enjoy!
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This week Kristen & Talia get to chat with their friend Allie. Allie is a teacher turned stay at home mom of two boys. We kick the episode off with her birth stories. We get to hear about her two c-sections, one of which she labored through for more than a day! Talia & Allie also school Kristen on what a combination class is, which is still a tough concept for her to wrap her mind around. We also chat about some feeding issues Allie’s son has run into, as well as life after miscarriage. Tune in to hear a fun conversation with some serious aspects.
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This week we keep it real with our diet & exercise journey. The episode starts off with Talia describing her upbringing and culture around food, exercise, and body image. She takes us through pregnancy and postpartum, discussing her experience with trying to lose the baby weight. She also shares her struggles with emotional eating while in the hospital with Skye. We then get to hear Kristen's upbringing and culture around food, exercise, and body image. We get a glimpse into her mentality before, during, and after her pregnancies, and how she approached postpartum fitness each time. They both discuss how they want the culture of these topics to be for their kids, in the hopes of raising intuitive, confident children. They do drop a D-bag while talking, so make sure you are not listening around your kids this week.
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This week we had a super fun conversation with our friend Lauren. We have had a lot of interviews where moms tell us how difficult transitioning to multiple kids was for them, and about the postpartum mood disorders they struggled with. If you have not been able to relate, this might be the interview for you. Lauren had pretty easy transitions with all of her children, and did not deal with postpartum mood disorders. We ask her how to foster the close relationship that her children seem to share. We dive into questions pertaining to parenting, such as how to help your toddler when they are hitting, as well as helping toddlers and older kids work through emotions. She answers a listener question about stages of development, which lead to a discussion about realistic expectations for children. Whether you have toddlers or older kids, this episode has some extremely helpful parenting tips!
You asked and we provided! This week we chat about the transition from one child to two children. Kristen discusses why she thinks this transition was particularly difficult for her, and what she is planning to do for a smoother transition to three. Talia asks a few questions about transitioning, such has how the heck you safely get multiple kids from point A to point B, and what exactly do you do with one child when you are trying to get the other child to nap! Tune in this week to hear their perspective on the transition to multiple kids.
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This week we are sharing a super fun conversation we had with our friend Morgan, who is a labor & delivery nurse. She shares her birth stories with her two girls. They are drastically different experiences, and it is fun to hear her chat about it as someone who is already trained in this field. We talk about some of the struggles she had with breastfeeding her oldest, as well as her experience with postpartum OCD. She discusses how she knew something felt off, but none of the screenings for postpartum mental health were asking questions that pertained to her. We ask about things she does not love seeing as an L&D nurse, and how she advocates for her patients. We have a lot of laughs through this conversation and learned a ton.
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This week we had the opportunity to chat with Lindsey Hein, host of the podcast I'll Have Another. She is the mom of four boys, ages 4 months to six years. We dug into the chaos that is being a SAHM to 4 kiddos that close in age, while building her business. She speculates why she feels less mom guilt than other moms might. We also discuss the double standard of the praise a dad receives when parenting vs the praise a mom receives for the same parenting. The conversation is easy and funny, but we dig into how tough it is to be in the trenches with young kids close in age.
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This week Kristen & Talia get to chat with a speech pathologist & mom of one girl! She tells us her qualifications then we dive right into the transition of motherhood. She shares with us her experience with prolapse & battling to get that taken care of. We discuss when a stutter is "normal" or concerning, as well as insight into "normal" & helping your child to develop language. She also gives us tips on how to navigate conversations with our littles so they will respond.
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As the holidays wrap up & the new year approaches, Kristen & Talia chat about their take on resolutions, and their individual plans moving forward. Kristen plans to calm down a bit, which is always a big struggle. Talia will be cutting anxieties out of her life. They discuss past goals they where they have succeeded. Kristen also shares a hack that has been working for her regarding toddler bed time.
With Christmas just around the corner, we talk about the excitement we feel, as well as the struggles. Kristen is spreading herself thin despite her best efforts. Talia is working through her first Christmas at home since her mom passed away. We know this time of year is not for everyone, and we do not want you to feel alone. Tune in and find out you are not the only one torn between your love for this season & losing your mind.
In today's episode Kristen & Talia chat about all of the purging & reorganizing Kristen is doing in her house. They speculate what kind of lunacy her nesting will become as she gets closer to baby's arrival. They also discuss some things that have been working to make meal time smoother in Kristen's house, as well as the barriers she is facing as her oldest goes through a big developmental leap. They speculate about reward systems to help give their kids the help they need in certain areas (going to bed, potty training, etc). This episode is a little more scattered than usual, but they both share some things they have been trying that are working.
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Today Kristen goes down a rabbit hole of sleepover anxieties. Kristen & Talia talk about the pros & cons of sleepovers, as well as their experiences with sleepovers as kids. They also discuss the age they were exposed to porn and when/if that is appropriate. They also discuss how to prepare their kids to navigate scary situations. While they do not use inappropriate language, they do use a lot of anatomical terms & discuss sexual abuse. This might be an episode you want to listen to without your kids around. This conversation moves into a conversation about "the talk". They finally diverge from this topic to chat about preschool activities & hilarious kid stories.
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This week we get to have a super fun conversation with Talia's husband Todd! He regales us with his creeper story of how he & Talia first met. Due to Skye's medical needs, Todd stays home with her. He brings us through what their days look like. It includes occupational therapy, physical therapy, & riding the escalator. We delve into his hesitation with attending mom groups. We also delve into financial contribution as a stay at home parent, during which time Todd shares some great words of wisdom about contributing to the family.
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This week we chat about all of our holiday traditions! We start the episode with a quick chat about postpartum anxiety, highlighting some moments we remember working through & how that felt. Once we dive into the holidays, we discuss our favorite kind of pies. We discuss our yearly plans for Thanksgiving then chat about when to decorate for Hanukkah/Christmas. Kristen also has no clue how she acquired a Christmas tree one year. They also briefly chat about Operation Christmas Child, which Kristen cannot remember the name of. We discuss gift etiquette for the classroom, from a parent perspective & a teacher perspective.
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Today we kick off another interview diving into Lindsey's birth stories. She ranges from the rainbows & unicorn perfect birth, to a planned c-section. She shares her experience transitioning to two kids with work & living in a new place. We chat about how we entertain our oldest while the newborn grows & nurses round the clock. We also commiserate over the sadness of our baby boy's first haircut. She shares what her family's experience recovering from hurricane Florence has been like.
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This week we chat with Sarah Mac Robinson who is a mom of two. She talks about the difference in recovery between her first birth & her second birth. She shares her struggle with anxiety & what helped her to decide to take medication for it. She is so refreshing in her views of the preciousness of parenthood, & knowing she needs boundaries. We discuss the realities of the transition from one to two kids. She is also an Olympic Trial Qualifier for the marathon & discusses what her plan is for professional running moving forward, with two kids.
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This week we get to chat with Claire Martin-Royale, founder & owner of The Fit Moms Plan. We kick off the conversation getting into her birth stories. She birthed 2 kids, over 9.5lbs, 18 months apart. She had a roller coasted ride for her first birth, which really wiped her husband out. She brings us through the inner workings of raising two kids with a husband whose job takes him away from home for months, while she built a successful business. She also discusses those few years of burning the candle at both ends and the long term impact it took on her health. She offers us a plethora of information on abdominal separation/diastasis recti.
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This week we chat with Suzy Slane! She is a mom of five who is open about her anxiety, and the highs and lows of motherhood. We discuss postpartum anxiety, medication, & running to manage anxiety. We also discuss mom guilt, showering, and how integral we are to the survival of our kids. She gets real about her transition to running, and how she makes it happen while managing her kids & house.
This week we try to keep the conversation loosey goosey, but end up launching into a conversation about raising girls. We also discuss parenting compliments. We chat about the joys of stretching casts, splints, & leg braces. We also update you on what all the kids are up to this week.
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This week Kristen & Talia discuss their different family dynamics. While one of them works out of the home & the other is a stay at home mom, they seem to share a lot of the same worries. They wonder if their husbands feel the same guilt they do. We round out the conversation with a discussion about pies & poop etiquette at parties.
In this episode Kristen shares her perspective on the marketing of wine culture. We discuss family influence on drinking, which is one of the few things Talia & Kristen have in common. You will also get to hear our hilarious mimosa expedition. Additionally, we get some perspective from Talia about starting the school year as a teach & working with parents.
In this episode we chat with Kristen's husband Patrick! He talks about why he encouraged Kristen & Talia to launch this podcast. They also discuss his favorite & least favorite traits about Kristen as a wife & mom. They all laugh about some pregnancy meltdowns. We mostly get a dad's perspective on the whole parenting gig.
In this episode we begin our chat by discussing the train wreck that is family pictures. We then launch into some opinions we found on the internet & give our perspective. Finally, we get into the unsolicited advice we have been offered. Between a toddler who is medically incapable of eating & a toddler who hits a lot, the unsolicited advice they have received runs the gamut.
Today we hear briefly about some medical issues Kristen ran into with her youngest. Then things get pretty heavy when we get to hear the in depth story of everything that Skye has been through. This is a long, detailed, & emotional episode.
Today we chat about parenting & relationship hacks that have worked for us. Showers are a non-negotiable for both of us, so we share how we make that work. We also have bathroom talk & how we go to the bathroom as a family. Kristen shares how she potty trained her oldest, which is a pretty standard approach. Talia also shares a hack she used for walking.
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Today we share our birth stories! We discuss c-sections, epidurals, & medicine free births. We also chat about how much we love nurses during the process. We learn that Skye mooned everyone & Kristen's kids have huge heads.
Today we have a heavy episode, where we discuss our experiences with miscarriage. One of us is also in a weird camp of not necessarily being infertile, but struggling to conceive. We also talk about Post Partum Anxiety & the leading question our doctors asked to skirt the subject. Ultimately, we devolve into a conversation about sharing baby names.
Today we discuss the stark contrast in how each of our moms taught us about getting our period. This devolves into a discussion on our hatred for growing boobs & how severe of a tomboy Kristen was. One of our moms helped put a tampon in her daughter while the other mom handed out a pamphlet. This segues into a conversation about telling daughters about their period, the sex talk, & the Diva cup.
Today we chat about the visions we had of ourselves as parents, & how it actually turned out. We discuss sleep, discipline approaches, swearing, being a working mom vs stay at home mom, and food approaches. Kristen discloses her obsession with the brain.
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