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Enjoy the Ride

3 Things by Allison Slater Tate, AllisonSlaterTate.com

3 Things by Allison Slater Tate, AllisonSlaterTate.com


The most important tool a mother possesses is her sense of humor.

Having babies and children inevitably leaves mothers in ridiculous situations. The first time I ever tried a breast pump and my red hot, pulsing boobs whooshed in and out of the suction cup like something out of a Roadrunner cartoon, my mom, my husband and I stared in wide-eyed wonderment.

I have been peed on, barfed on, and even pooped on more times than I can count, often in public. I have held a baby while my teeth were cleaned and while an OB gave me a pelvic exam. I have found myself trying to balance a baby with one arm while assisting a pooping child in the public restroom at the grocery store and keeping a preschooler from doing naked belly slides in the neighboring stall – simultaneously.

And I learned to laugh about all of it.

I laugh at the outlandish excuses my children give me for not doing their homework. I laugh at the complete unreasonableness of my 5-year-old. I laugh when I find out my child told all the other moms at school that I am pregnant again – and they believed him! – when I am really, really not pregnant. At all.

Humor is essential for surviving motherhood, but even more, for enjoying motherhood. These little people of ours are crazy. Enjoy the ridiculous absurdity of it all. This is the fun part – this is the ride. Enjoy the ride. Throw your hands up in the air, lean your head back, and laugh.



I love Pandora, especially the Pandora app on my iPhone. Believe it or not, Pandora has become a valuable tool in my daily parenting.

I use a “Wiggles” station to keep the baby happy when she’s in her highchair waiting for dinner or when I have to put her in her jumper so I can get dressed. I use my “I Gotta Feeling” station to stage impromptu dance parties with my kids. At bedtime, I have started playing the “Disney” station on low after we finish bedtime stories as our snuggle-time soundtrack. It helps the kids wind down with songs both familiar and soothing. Even my defiant, anti-bedtime 5-year-old now willingly submits to the process because he enjoys the music so much. Pandora has changed the entire tenor of bedtime, and I couldn’t be more grateful.


I’m on my fourth baby, but she’s my first baby in five years. The baby product world changes monumentally in five years. I’m enjoying the new, improved world of baby gear, but my favorite innovation has been Nosefrida, The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator.

It’s made by a Swedish company (of COURSE, because the Swedes do everything awesome — hello, IKEA), FridaBaby. Instead of wrestling with the giant, green, unforgiving rubber nasal aspirator bulb from the hospital, I have been able to rid my baby of nasal gunk in a decidedly disgusting, unarguably primitive, but amazingly effective way: by sucking it out myself through a plastic tube with a little blue sponge filter.

It’s not pretty, but it is extremely satisfying, not unlike popping a pimple. I know, I have now completely grossed you out, but admit it — you are intrigued. Totally worth the eww factor. It’s the best thing since Tivo, and Tivo is the best thing since fire.


Contributor: Allison Slater Tate
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  • wendy @ mama one to three February 5, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Excellent on all three! I have heard great things about this snot sucking device! Should I have another baby so I can do this??

  • Alison February 5, 2013 at 7:53 am

    You’re right, I am intrigued by the nasal sucker!
    Still, gross. :)

  • Jennifer Wescott February 5, 2013 at 8:13 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! I am always telling my friends when they have a new baby, to stay sane remember to laugh … mostly so you don’t cry, LOL!

  • Katie Mang February 5, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Completely agree on the NoseFrida and so excited to try out the new Pandora “kid friendly” stations!

  • Melissa February 5, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Sense of humor, check! At least, I think so.
    I’ll have to give Pandora another go. I got mad at it last year and haven’t visited again since….
    Thoroughly disgusted by the snot straw. I am gagging a little.

    p.s. you look beautiful in the picture.

  • Madeleine February 5, 2013 at 8:55 am

    I don’t even know what Pandora is – must run off and google.

    Also, the snot sucker thing seems to be more of a North American thing. I had my two in Europe (England and Ireland) and, though we did get a snot sucker in some first aid for babies kit we bought, it’s not something everyone seems to have or something everyone seems to do. Interesting cultural differences is baby-snot-treatment, don’t you think!?

  • Lindsey February 5, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Brilliant! And I am thrilled to see my very first babysitter commenting on this too- wow!!! xoxo

  • Lacy February 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Completely agreed on the nosefrida! Both my kids hate it, but it is so effective that it’s worth wrestling with them to make their noses breath-through-able again. Also excited to try your Pandora stations. And yes on the public restroom juggle!

  • Sue Mandel July 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Allison, I really enjoy your writing and what you have to say. As a parenting professional just launching a center and new to the online world, I love finding good mommy bloggers for myself, and to recommend to parents. Thanks!
    Dr. Sue, Mommy Advisor


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