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About: Megan McCoy Dellecese

Megan is a wife, mother to two young children, freelance writer, and educator. She shares her attempts at simplifying, among other things, at her blog, Meg Acts Out. When not busy meeting deadlines and chasing cats and kids, she enjoys acting in community theatre (where she met her husband), watching old movies, and sharpening her history buff skills.

Recent Posts by Megan McCoy Dellecese

Self Care to Help You in Your Fifth Trimester

I recently discovered the term (and accompanying book) “fifth trimester” to describe the transition of returning to work after having a baby. While the fourth trimester, or “lying in” period, is the time you’re able to bond with the baby and focus on healing yourself, the fifth trimester is all about returning to relative normalcy.

Every trimester brings with it its own challenges, but the fifth is arguably the most challenging. The physical exhaustion that a newborn brings along with the return to a faster pace can take a huge toll. However, this is nothing compared to the emotional challenges of leaving one’s baby behind, oftentimes with a stranger.

I just returned from maternity leave, myself, this past week. While it’s my third child, it doesn’t get any easier. One of the only things that helps ease the pain – as with many of the challenges of each of having … Read More

Extending the Life of Your Cloth Diapers

When you have more than one child, it’s practically a given that you’ll hand down clothing from one kiddo to the next. One of the awesome things about cloth diapering is that you can do the exact same thing with your diaper stash, depending on how hard a baby is on them.

The trick here is to master how to make your cloth go the distance. This is where we check in with our #ThirstiesLive Guru, Laura, with some great tips and tricks to extend your CD’s life.

While, officially, Thirsties Cloth Diapers are designed to diaper babies from birth to potty (we’re hesitant to give a specific life expectancy for our cloth diapers because, like clothing hand-me-downs, each household’s diaper care and use is unique), we have a lot of customer feedback about their Thirsties diapers really going the distance.

On Instagram, some of the Thirsties family weighed Read More

Making a Family Resolution

Happy 2018, everybody!

The word “resolution” has gotten a bad rap lately. This year it seems that people are either fiercely against making a new year’s resolution or passionately jumping headlong into their lofty goal for 2018; not much wiggle room. While I set some meaningful intentions for the year, I felt too much negative pressure to set one in particular.

What did get me excited was the idea of creating a resolution with our family in mind. This time of year, I think to lift my mindset up from the downer of saying goodbye to the holidays, so looking forward to what this year can bring for us as a whole family is actually fun.

Here are the things I take into account when making a family resolution:

Think about what your family needs more (or less) of. Have you gotten into a rut, only leaving the house for … Read More

Our Common Threads

“The more things change, the more things stay the same.” – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Motherhood is hard. There, I said it. Not only is the actual act of caring for and raising tiny humans difficult on so many levels, but there’s the criticism that comes with it. We deal with enough Mom Guilt (the guilt and criticism we thrust upon ourselves), but even more challenging is the nit-picking from the rest of society. Whether social media, the folks at the grocery store, or our very own relatives, opinions fly from every which direction.

I recently realized that we sometimes unknowingly criticize each other for a particularly ridiculous reason: the size of our broods.

It’s as if a parent with only one child isn’t the same ilk as one with two, and a parent with two has it “easy” compared to a parent of three, and so on and so on. … Read More

Cloth Diapering a Newborn

Basics of Newborn Cloth

For some, it’s a tough decision to figure out if is worth it to cloth diaper your newborn child. There are lots of pros and cons to consider, for sure. Is it more financially viable to do disposables or cloth diapers? Will I need to get a set of cloth diapers just for tiny newborn legs in addition to one for when she grows a bit? And one of the very most often asked questions: how many diapers will I need??

Today, we’re sharing some great information from a recent #ThirstiesLive that will help in your decision-making.

So, how is cloth diapering a newborn different from diapering an older baby?

If you’ve cloth diapered an older baby or are just looking into cloth diapering, odds are you’ve been doing some research. But, while a lot of the information out there about cloth diapering is relevant to … Read More

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