Melody S


I am the mother of a beautiful little girl, as well as a full-time PhD student and sessional instructor. This blog is my space to explore parenting ideas, to vent, and to chronicle my journey with trying to juggle motherhood and academia.


  • Diapers 'n' Dissertations

    When my daughter was 6 weeks old, I decided to start a blog, in order to chronicle the challenges of trying to balance motherhood with completing and defending my PhD dissertation. I hope that this can be a place to explore ideas, vent (sometimes), and open up a discourse on the joys and difficulties of balancing family and academia.


  • Introducing Solids

    I have a confession: I'm a planner. I like to know well in advance what is happening from one day to the next. I don't like surprises. I like knowing what's... Read more

    Posted on 22 March 2012 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Don't Call Me Doctor

    At the beginning of every term, I introduce myself to my students, tell them a bit about myself and my research, and then stress that I would prefer that they... Read more

    Posted on 08 March 2012 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Baby Sign Language

    Baby Sign Language

    I toyed with the idea of teaching McKenna sign language almost from the moment I knew I was pregnant. It just seemed like a win-win situation to me - I could... Read more

    Posted on 08 March 2012 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Turning into My Mother

    There are many things that we, as kids, used to give my Mom a hard time about. Some of them I now find myself doing with McKenna. Oh, the horror! To give you... Read more

    Posted on 05 March 2012 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Baby Goes to the Office

    I had yet to bring McKenna with me to the office, other than to show her off a few weeks after she was born. On days when I have to go into work, McKenna usuall... Read more

    Posted on 05 March 2012 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Things We Love

    Things Love

    In our house, we have certain products that we just can't live without; that make our lives easier and keep baby happy. Here are some of these products (more... Read more

    Posted on 02 March 2012 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Babies and Pets

    Babies Pets

    McKenna (@ 6 weeks) and Reese Recently, there was a tragic story of a 2-day-old infant who was killed by the family dog in Airdrie, Alberta. Read more

    Posted on 28 February 2012 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • McKenna's Birth Story

    McKenna's Birth Story

    My initial plan was to have a homebirth with McKenna. Because I am young, and in pretty good health, I didn't see the need for a dramatic, medicalized hospital... Read more

    Posted on 26 February 2012 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Breastfeeding Facilities

    McKenna and I are visiting my family in Fredericton, NB this week. It's been so nice to be home and to get to introduce her to my friends and family. Read more

    Posted on 18 February 2012 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • New Baby Resolutions

    I don't typically make New Years Resolutions. They're usually lame, and just give people another excuse to feel like a failure when they inevitable don't succee... Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2012 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Cloth Diaper Fiasco

    I consider my self to be environmentally conscious. I recycle as much as I can and try to keep waste to a minimum. So when I discovered I was pregnant, I made... Read more

    Posted on 04 February 2012 FAMILY, PARENTING
  • To Give Or Not to Give (Unsolicited Advice)

    I fully expected to get lots of unsolicited advice from family, friends, and even complete strangers - from advice on how to dress the baby for the weather to... Read more

    Posted on 04 February 2012 FAMILY, PARENTING