Hannah Murphy

I love babies, guitars,boots, bars, sarcasm and dinosaurs. Currently winging motherhood like a BOSS. www.napsandnostalgia.con
Recent Articles

9 Things Every New Mom Needs To Know Before Giving Birth

The act of giving birth can teach you a lot about yourself. From body image to mental clarity and strength; there's a lot more to giving birth than just contractions and breathing techniques. In fact, it's such a monumentally life-changing event that…
By Hannah Murphy

15 Ridiculous Times When Your Kid Will Demand A Snack

I feel that I was fairly prepared for most of what motherhood would entail — the diapers, sleepless nights, and feeding routines were all an expected part of my new life. However, there's been one specific part of parenthood that has resulted in way …
By Hannah Murphy

10 Things Moms Wish They Could Lie About, But Simply Can't

Part of being a parent is teaching our children about this great big world we live in. It's our job to answer their many pressing questions, and to educate them about the many communities surrounding them. It sounds simple enough but, truthfully, tea…
By Hannah Murphy

13 Stages Of Not Planning To Helicopter Parent, But Helicopter Parenting Anyway

Before I became a parent, I assumed I knew all there was to know about parenting. When speaking about my theoretical children of the future, I would tell people that kids were parent-proof; that parents really didn't have to hover over them every hou…
By Hannah Murphy

10 Gross Things Every Kid Does When It's Bedtime

I don't if you guys have heard or not, but kids are kind of gross. They can take the cleanest, shiniest, most germ-free surface in the house and turn it into a petri dish with one swipe of their snotty, germ-infested, little hands. Even the things th…
By Hannah Murphy

7 Things No One Will Tell You About Kids And Guns, But I Will

With so much talk about guns and gun control in the media, it's understandable that parents might feel especially overwhelmed. As a gun owner though, I feel like the conversation surrounding guns is both misdirected and misunderstood, and as a parent…
By Hannah Murphy

10 Rules Every Young Mom Should Follow When Commenting On Parenting Articles

My job as a full time writer has been both a blessing and a curse. I'll never forget my first published piece of work. I was so excited and so proud, but like a rookie, I read the comments. One commenter hailed me as their spirit animal, and the next…
By Hannah Murphy

9 Signs Your Family Is Definitely Obsessed With Soccer (And Proud Of It)

If you know who Mia Hamm and Tim Howard are without referencing Google, you know what it’s like to grow up obsessing over soccer (“futbol” for my friends across the pond and, well, everywhere else in the world). Soccer is quickly gaining popularity i…
By Hannah Murphy

14 Texts Every Woman Sends Her Partner When Her Water Breaks

Although most women don't experience their water voluntarily breaking, those that do are quick to describe the experience as unforgettable. I'm one of those women, and like most women who have experienced their water rupturing before me, I may have p…
By Hannah Murphy

10 Things No One Will Tell You About Postpartum Sex, But I Will

Sex, though something I enjoy, isn't something that I talk about all that often. It's not that I'm a "prude" or that I think talking about sex is dirty, because I'm not and I think talking about sex is healthy. It's just that I keep my personal life,…
By Hannah Murphy

12 Texts Every Woman Sends Her Partner During Preschool Pickup

If you've yet to experience school pickup, let me just tell you that you're both lucky and unfortunate. On one hand, the "pickup line" at your kid's school is the most adorable form of entertainment you'll ever encounter. On the other hand, it's kind…
By Hannah Murphy

10 Times Your Kid Was A Better Functioning Adult Than You Are

There's no denying that being a parent is, at times, both chaotic and anxiety inducing. Kids are just a little bit crazy, and meeting their often unreasonable demands can make even the best of us crack on occasion. The funny thing about this undeniab…
By Hannah Murphy

10 Things You Should Never Say To A Mom Dealing With Anxiety

If you don't understand the difference between stress and anxiety, odds are you've never been diagnosed with any kind of anxiety disorder. Parents are infamous for telling tales of stress and anxiety, but for those of us who have been clinically diag…
By Hannah Murphy

8 Sacrifices You Make When You Cry It Out That Are Totally Worth It

As someone who has sleep trained not just one, but two children, I know a thing or two about the ups and downs of teaching a baby how to get some sleep. I understand the sacrifices you make when you cry it out, but I also get that those sacrifices ar…
By Hannah Murphy

13 Women On Why They'll Never Regret Getting An Epidural

I'm not sure of exactly when all these birthing competitions started, but I'm really not a fan of the debate. Personally, I'm an advocate of all that western medicine has to offer, and happily and confidently opted for epidurals during both my labors…
By Hannah Murphy

10 Reasons Lazy Moms Are About To Outlive The Rest Of You

When I found out I was pregnant, I became as proactive about my pending parental journey as possibly, hoping to be the kind of woman who kicked motherhood in the ass by day and conquered vegan cooking by night. Now that I'm three years into this role…
By Hannah Murphy

10 Ways Mom-Friends Can Help A Mom Suffering From Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) is the sort of pain that sneaks up on you. It's the sort of pain that you can't see from the outside, and to anyone that's never experienced it, finding the words to describe how truly painful it is can be difficult. I kno…
By Hannah Murphy

12 Rules For Parenting When You Have Anxiety

I've been a mother for three years now, and have experienced countless ups, downs, and in betweens since I took on this role. Shortly after becoming a mother, I became a mother with anxiety, and quite unexpectedly. Anxiety was an unfamiliar feeling f…
By Hannah Murphy

7 Things You Learn About Your Baby When You Sleep Train

As a parent who has sleep trained not one, but two children, I understand that it's not for everyone. It was quite effective for both of my boys, but that definitely doesn't mean it was necessarily easy. Sleep training takes a lot of trial and error,…
By Hannah Murphy

8 Things You Don't Have To Do During Potty Training, Even Though Everyone Says You Do

When my partner and I began tossing around the idea of potty training our son, like many parents, we consulted Dr. Google for information on how to begin the process. We were bombarded by a mountain of information from experts and other parents on “t…
By Hannah Murphy