Welcome to With A Baby In Tow!

I’m Dana, a full-time stay-at-home mom of two (only one of those is a human baby). This mom thing is by far the hardest job I’ve ever had, and at one point in time, I changed adult diapers for a living. This photograph from my wedding is what I like to think I look like 24/7 while earning my domestic goddess status:


This is a little more accurate:


I live in Ohio with my 2-year-old son, Oliver. Favorite pastimes include flinging food, reorganizing the kitchen cabinets (of course the pots and pans belong in the recycle bin mom, duh), sneaking into the shower to steal daddy’s toothbrush, and being too stinkin’ cute.


And my first born Wiz, who has proved to be better at cleaning up baby spit up than any burp cloth on the market:


Our family of four is rounded out by my husband Brad, a 6th year physics graduate student by day and Calvin Klein model by night. (Okay so he’s not really a model, but seriously, check out that smile)


But wait, there’s more! Our family will be growing in January 2015 when this little cutie makes an appearance.


So why start a mommy blog? I found being a new stay-at-home mom a fairly isolating experience at first. The first day my husband went back to work after the birth of Oliver I sat on the couch crying. Feeling lonely, scared, depressed, and overwhelmed, I was constantly scouring the internet looking for other new moms I could relate to. I needed validation that I was not the only crazy woman out there fantasizing about throwing her crying baby out the window.

Now a few months into motherhood, and with a slight (emphasis on the slight) handle on things, I want to be that relatable shoulder for someone else to lean on.

What else should you know about me? I have a degree in psychology that led to two attempts at graduate school for an advanced degree. Both times I dropped out during the first semester. Some people may call me a quitter, and they’d be right. But I don’t think that’s a bad thing. When Oliver was born I was working another random job to pass the time until my husband finished his degree, thus, my decision to be a stay-at-home mom seemed like a no-brainer.

I love cooking…well baking to be more specific, mostly because I’ll take any excuse to eat sugar and chocolate. Cream with coffee is my drug of choice: I’m a flavored creamer addict. Although since being pregnant with Oliver, I stick to the caffeine-free variety unless I want to be up with a fidgety baby at 3am. I wish I was crafty; I have a deep respect for those who are, but I am not. I was the kid having trouble with macaroni picture frames in art class. Most of my creativity gets funneled into writing. If I could do this for a living I would. My dream is to be a freelance writer, maybe a novelist.

Most days absolutely nothing special or exciting happens in my life (talk about the hard sell on why you should keep reading), and while that would have bothered me in the past, I’m learning to like the mundane. I can’t promise this blog will be filled with crazy, off-the-wall anecdotes or shocking twists and turns. That’s really not my aim anyway. I just hope you as the reader can see a little bit of your life in mine, and be reassured that you are not alone.



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