Rae Steward

Rae is a mama, writer, and sweatpants enthusiast who practices authenticity, bravery, and silliness.

I Was A Breast Milk Donor, & It Was One Of The Best Decisions I Ever Made

I'm not one of those women who loved every minute of pregnancy, as I spent a great deal of the time feeling exhausted, emotional, and physically ill. But all things considered, even though I didn't love pregnancy, it was pretty easy for my body to…
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I Think I Look Better After Having Kids Than I Did Before I Got Pregnant

In 2011, I worked out regularly because I could go to the gym whenever I wanted. I was tan from countless hours spent at the beach, and I was thin, even though I ate huge portions of (mostly) healthy food. I had super short hair, and wore big,…
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An Open Letter To The 60 Pounds I Gained When I Was Pregnant

Dear 60 Pounds I Gained When I Was Pregnant, I didn't really think it was possible to have you. I mean, I had always walked through the world as a stick-skinny, bobblehead of a girl. I was gangly, lanky, and very, very thin. By the time I got…
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I Was Too Terrified To Push During Labor, Because Something Didn't Feel Right

When I had my first child, I was one of those moms you love to hate because I experienced my perfect birth plan. My contractions started at midnight and I labored at home until 5 AM. We got to the birthing center at 5:30 AM, where I continued to…
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I Don't Know How To Raise My Daughter In Donald Trump's America

This little girl. My little girl. She smiles constantly. Every day spent with her is full of giggles, wide-eyed wonder, and endless squishy baby hugs. She’s an especially easy baby, content to just sit and admire the small miracles of the world,…
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I'm A Hot Mess Mom & You Know What? I Think It Rules.

Being a modern-day mom is not for the faint of heart. Contemporary culture has made this already impossible job description all the more difficult by providing an overwhelming number of baby products, ever-changing safety guidelines, complex…
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I'm A Mom & A Recovering Alcoholic

When I look back on my life, I see myself as a scared, sad girl. From my earliest memories through my early 20s, fear and sorrow and anxiety were an inextricable part of my identity. I moved through the world with a sense of certainty that I would…
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