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These are the crazy confessions of a novice mommy and her adventures in world "mom-ination." If you've followed my blog on PEOPLE.com/Babies, or read my new book Situation Momedy: A First-Time Mom's Guide to Laughing Your Way Through Pregancy & Year One, you're likely already familiar with my writing style and “Mommy-centric” blog fodder. If not, I'll introduce myself with this brief summary: Suffice it to say, I have kids. Two, in fact. Now, I’m not suggesting this defines me entirely, but it certainly goes a long way toward explaining my daily trials and tribulations with spit-up and dirty diapers. I also have five dogs, which throws some wacky canine parenting in the mix too. I hope you’ll continue coming back again and again for more of my motherhood anecdotes, and I look forward to hearing from you. If you haven't yet read "Situation Momedy," I hope you'll check it out! You can find a link for purchase under the "links" tab above. It makes a fun baby shower gift, even if you aren't a new mom yourself! The sequel, Situation Momedy: A Very Special Episode in Toddlerdom, is due to be released by Medallion Press in February 2017. Please feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram too!

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December 24, 2015

Photography by: Mike Yamin Photography



             It’s absurd how many blog posts I’ve crafted in my head over the last few months, determined that I would find an opportunity to write them down at some point, but… bah humbug! There were trees to decorate, presents to wrap, cookies to bake, dogs to chase after, and kids to wrangle. Not to mention, one mysterious little Elf on a Shelf who enjoyed dishing out antics of her own. My writing efforts were thwarted by life– as so often happens when one is a parent. (One who’s so insane that she’s also simultaneously attempting to write her second book while touring for the first one.) As a matter of fact, I’m starting to think my lack of blog posts probably says more about my parenting than any of the posts I could have written– namely, that I’m a hands-on, full-time, very busy mommy to two girls who never stop running, exploring, asking questions, looking for the next challenge, or looking for the next thing to challenge me on. Just as it should be! I’m sure you know that story all too well, since you’re a parent too!

Quite a few of those blogs I’ve mentally constructed have since been relinquished to that great big baby brain-ravaged abyss in my head. I imagine they’ve been lost in the shuffle of the very things they pertained to: Marlowe’s first birthday celebration, my Situation Momedy book tour, our Thanksgiving holiday, and the chaos of the stomach virus that ran rampant and so rudely attacked my ENTIRE family at the same time. Ugh. Don’t germs have any sympathy for how difficult it is for a mom to take care of her puking children when she, herself, is puking? Let’s just say that made for a pretty nasty 48-hour display. And more loads of laundry than I care to count.

Since it’s impossible for me to retroactively recap each and every one of those posts I’d planned to share, I thought I’d stick with a simple message this week… thank you for your continued readership, and warm wishes to you for the holiday season! (Warm wishes aren’t tough right now, given that it’s a balmy 70 degrees here in Nashville. Mother Nature must be having menopausal hot flashes.) Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or something I’ve managed to leave out, a very merry to you and yours from me and mine. We pray you have an endless supply of health, happiness, and fun parenting adventures in the New Year!


Until next time… Peace, Love, and Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy


PS. You can buy my new book, Situation Momedy HERE!! (It makes a perfect baby shower gift!)

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