Chaunie Brusie

Chaunie is in her twenties with four young kids and has finally gotten used to complete strangers asking her if she "knows how that happens" and if "they're all hers." She was a labor and delivery nurse in her past life and now spends her days writing and changing diapers. She's working on her first novel, which, ironically, also involves babies and changing diapers.
Recent Articles

I Ran My First Half Marathon After Having Four Kids & Learned A Valuable Lesson

Two weeks ago, I crossed something off my bucket list: I ran my first-ever half marathon. I've always loved running, but my running style is more "slow and steady finishes the race" rather than any type of pace that could ever be considered speedy. B…
By Chaunie Brusie

Actually, I Didn't "Miss Out" On My 20s Because I Had Kids

I spent the third decade of my life pregnant, giving birth, and having kids, but I don't regret "missing out" on my 20s by having kids young. There's nothing wrong with choosing a different path than the rest of your peers and besides, that whole par…
By Chaunie Brusie

Actually, I Love Being A Work-From-Home Mom

I've been a work-at-home mom in some capacity, either part-time or full-time, for the entire duration of my life as a mother. So in other words, I've spent the past eight years of my life as a mom working from home. I've also worked outside of the ho…
By Chaunie Brusie

The Most Important Parenting Advice I Got Came From My Mother-In-Law

More often than not, the role of mother-in-laws get a bad reputation for meddling or dishing out completely unhelpful parenting advice. Like in the movie Monster In Law, mother-in-laws are often painted as women who secretly despise their daughter-in…
By Chaunie Brusie

How Giving Birth Changed The Way I Felt About My Own Strength

I know many people think it's somehow supposed to ultimately be the "dream" to lose the baby weight after having kids, but to be honest, I'm over here like, nope, it's not happening. Despite my best efforts, I am no skinnier or smaller after having m…
By Chaunie Brusie

Honestly, I'm Not Sure I Like Being A Stay-At-Home Mom

I've been a strange hybrid of a stay-at-home mom since I became a parent eight years ago. I call myself a strange hybrid because although I'm the primary at-home parent, I've also always worked in some capacity, either as a part-time nurse or from ho…
By Chaunie Brusie

My Baby Had Colic & It's Affected Her Health Forever

My second daughter had colic from pretty much the moment she was born, and to this day, I wonder if we handled it correctly. I swear I knew something was wrong with my daughter the second the midwife lifted her to my chest. She was crying, of course,…
By Chaunie Brusie

This Is How I Learned To Love Breastfeeding

I breastfed all my four children, but I can't say that I loved breastfeeding right from the start. For me, breastfeeding was one of those non-decisions decisions. I worked in OB and I was in nursing school during my first pregnancy so breastfeeding w…
By Chaunie Brusie

Actually, I Didn't Like Being Pregnant At All

I know I'm not alone in this, but my deep, dark secret is that I don't really like being pregnant. But let's just get one thing out of the way right up front: Not enjoying the physical process of being pregnant is not to be confused with not apprecia…
By Chaunie Brusie

I Didn't Know I Had Postpartum Depression

Here's some real talk for you: despite the fact that I am a registered nurse and that I'd been working in the OB department when I had my first daughter, I didn't recognize postpartum depression when it happened to me. I educated over 100 women, if n…
By Chaunie Brusie

Actually, I Loved The Newborn Stage

Life with a newborn changes everything. And after having four of those said newborns, I finally know that little life lesson better than I would have ever thought possible, which is why you'll probably think I'm wild for what I'm about to say, but he…
By Chaunie Brusie

The One Thing About The Disney Gator Attack Every Parent Needs To Remember

Late at night on Tuesday, June 14, a 2-year-old little boy was dragged by an alligator into the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney World's popular Grand Floridian resort in Orlando. Although officials initially launched their search for the toddler hoping f…
By Chaunie Brusie

When It Comes To Parenting, My Husband Is Better At It Than Me

My husband is a freaking saint. He cooks, he gets up with the kids at night, and I swear he's a far better stereotypical mother than I will ever be. If I wasn't married to the man, I'd be highly annoyed by him, honestly. I can vividly recall our very…
By Chaunie Brusie

The Real Reasons My Husband & I Fight In Front Of Our Kids

Whatever you do, don't fight in front of your kids, or something like that, so the common advice for parents goes. I know a lot of the experts say that you're not supposed to do it, but in all honesty, my husband and I fight in front of our kids on a…
By Chaunie Brusie

Honestly, I Think I'm Done Breastfeeding For Good

I've spent a total of five years of my life breastfeeding babies. Looking back, I'm happy I was physically able to breastfeed all four of my kids because I know that's not always something every woman is able to do. And though I reflect on those year…
By Chaunie Brusie

My First Year As A Mom Was The Hardest Of My Life

My daughter is turning 8 this week, which seems completely unbelievable to me, but also feels, in a way, like I've made it to some kind of parenting milestone. Something about realizing that come next year, I'll have been parenting for a full decade …
By Chaunie Brusie

The Biggest Fight I Had With My Husband Changed Our Marriage Forever

You know how most often, the fights you have as a couple are about the most ridiculous things? Like who didn't change the toilet paper roll or who got more time "off" this week or who got the most sleep last night? I've had plenty of those kind of fi…
By Chaunie Brusie

I Wanted An Epidural After Having 2 Unmedicated Births & I Loved It

After two unmedicated births, I decided to spring for an medicated delivery with my third child (and first son), and quite frankly, getting an epidural after two unmedicated births was amazing. I had two very different birth experiences with my first…
By Chaunie Brusie

I'm Turning 30 On Mother's Day & This Is The Only…

Every few years, much like this year, my birthday falls on Mother's Day, and while I feel both kind of warm and fuzzy inside to have two such momentous occasions on the same day, it also means one very depressing thing: my day boils down to a two-for…
By Chaunie Brusie

6 Women From Flint, Michigan Share How The Water Crisis Has Affected Their Lives

A few weeks ago, as I was checking out at the grocery store, my eyes flashed over to the issue of Time magazine on the shelf, with a beautiful baby on the cover and the headline screaming about the poisoning of an entire population in Flint, Michigan…
By Chaunie Brusie