Since Harlow’s birth, Mazzy’s birthday and the holidays all fell on top of eachother this year, I’ve got so many thank you cards to write, I am debating writing any at all. (Is it possible that 40-50 people will all assume their card got lost in the mail?)

Add this to the birth announcements I still have to send out and the holiday cards I debate getting every year and my tongue already wants to shrivel up and die from the thought of licking all those envelopes.

But, there are a few people in my life that really deserve a proper card this year and thankfully, the best way to address them is online…


Dear Readers, Fans (can I call you fans?), and Friends,

I want to use today to thank you all for your comments and advice.

Three years ago when I had Mazzy, I didn’t have a blog where I could talk about my baby issues and get tons of quality advice in return. I would have to google my problem, which would take me to a Baby Center message board, where I would read a thread that starts with genuine suggestions and then slowly devolves into a fight I would have had in junior high school.

Now, I write about reflux issues with Harlow or sleep training Mazzy for the second time and not only do I get tons of free advice, I get it from people I trust, who are smart, non-judgemental, and have a great sense of humor. People whose names I recognize and personalities I have come to know. A few people who have been reading and commenting on Mommy Shorts for 2+ years now.

I know I don’t respond to comments like I used to. I always plan to. But then the day slips away and I have tomorrow’s blog post to write, children to take care of, a husband that doesn’t want to be ignored and ice cream sitting in my freezer that is not going to eat itself, so I say I’ll do it tomorrow… but then tomorrow comes, the comments build up and the task seems impossible.

Please know, whether I respond to comments or not, I read each and every one of them. Reading your comments is one of my favorite parts of the day. A lot of the time, I think the fodder in the comment section ends up being better than the original postβ€” which is why I steal from you all so frequently.

Thank you all for reading, sharing your stories, commiserating, challenging me, and giving me your hard-earned parenting advice.

This blog has become a very special and crucial part of my life and you guys are all a huge reason why.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for caring about my family. I hope everyone has a very happy holiday season.

xo, Ilana (aka Mommy Shorts)

ps: If this felt unusually sappy, please blame the sleep deprivation.

pps: I ordered theΒ Fisher-Price Newborn Rock n’ Play Sleeper
thanks to the ridiuclous number of testimonials that it helps babies with acid reflux under yesterday’s post. I hope it works!