8 episodes

Come laugh and learn with Natalie Mills and Sarah Stark, two friends navigating motherhood together. Motherhood is messy, it’s beautiful, it’s scary, and often all of these things put together are kind of hilarious. If you like a good poop story or want to tag along as these friends try to figure out the best way to raise their little humans you’ll like these conversations and you’ll love this Lumpy Mother community.

The Lumpy Mothe‪r‬ Natalie Mills & Sarah Stark

    • Parenting
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Come laugh and learn with Natalie Mills and Sarah Stark, two friends navigating motherhood together. Motherhood is messy, it’s beautiful, it’s scary, and often all of these things put together are kind of hilarious. If you like a good poop story or want to tag along as these friends try to figure out the best way to raise their little humans you’ll like these conversations and you’ll love this Lumpy Mother community.

    Episode 7 - Air Fryers and Missing Teeth

    Episode 7 - Air Fryers and Missing Teeth

    Sarah and Natalie talk about Natalie’s favorite kitchen gadget of all time, the horrible things that happen to your body after you have kids, how hard it is to come face to face with your own emotions, and more in this episode of The Lumpy Mother.
    Resources mentioned this week include the Instagram page @coachingwithkelsey.
    You can follow Lumpy Mother on Facebook and Instagram @lumpymotherpodcast, on Twitter @lumpymotherpod1, and on TikTok @lumpymotherpodcast.
    We want to hear from you! Email us at lumpymotherpodcast@gmail.com with your yes, no's and hello's, or anything else you might want to share!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 6 - Antiracist Educators and Negative Self Talk

    Episode 6 - Antiracist Educators and Negative Self Talk

    Sarah and Natalie talk about impactful antiracist educators, the importance of date nights, how to disrupt the negative self talk that fills our heads, and more in this episode of The Lumpy Mother.
    Resources mentioned this week include Instagram pages @evolvedteacher, @firstname.basis, @drbeckyathome, and @biglittlefeelings; plus TikTok account @brian_fretwell and the book “What To Say When You Talk To Yourself” by Shad Helmstetter.
    You can follow Lumpy Mother on Facebook and Instagram @lumpymotherpodcast, on Twitter @lumpymotherpod1, and on TikTok @lumpymotherpodcast.
    We want to hear from you! Email us at lumpymotherpodcast@gmail.com with your yes, no's and hello's, or anything else you might want to share!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 5 - Perfectionism and Public Restrooms

    Episode 5 - Perfectionism and Public Restrooms

    Natalie and Sarah talk about how damaging perfectionism can be, using public restrooms with small children, celebrating the Korean holiday Seollal, and more in this episode of The Lumpy Mother!
    Resources mentioned this week include the book Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and Jeff King on TikTok @jkvaluaddr.
    You can follow Lumpy Mother on Facebook and Instagram @lumpymotherpodcast, on Twitter @lumpymotherpod1, and on TikTok @lumpymotherpodcast.
    We want to hear from you! Email us at lumpymotherpodcast@gmail.com with your yes, no's and hello's, or anything else you might want to share!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 4 - Sleep Deprivation and Mom Instincts

    Episode 4 - Sleep Deprivation and Mom Instincts

    Sarah and Natalie talk about sleep deprivation, trusting your parental instincts, new fashion trends they are absolutely bitter about, and more in this episode of The Lumpy Mother.
    Resources mentioned this week include the Instagram account @drbeckyathome and the podcast Sleep With Me.
    You can follow Lumpy Mother on Facebook and Instagram @lumpymotherpodcast and on Twitter @lumpymotherpod1.
    We want to hear from you! Email us at lumpymotherpodcast@gmail.com with your yes, no's and hello's, or anything else you might want to share!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 3 - Folding Socks and Garbage Chores

    Episode 3 - Folding Socks and Garbage Chores

    Natalie and Sarah talk through their big and small New Year’s Resolutions, why mornings are the worst, redefining success when you’re a stay at home parent, and more in this episode of The Lumpy Mother!
    Resources mentioned this week include the Instagram account @coachingwithkelsey
    You can follow Lumpy Mother on Facebook and Instagram @lumpymotherpodcast and on Twitter @lumpymotherpod1.
    We want to hear from you! Email us at lumpymotherpodcast@gmail.com with your yes’, no’s, and hello’s, or anything else you might want to share!
    Transcript:
    Natalie: Hi, I'm Natalie Mills!
    Sarah: And I'm Sarah Stark!
    Natalie: And you are listening to the Lumpy Mother, the podcast where we share the joys and terrors of motherhood.
    Sarah: We are two best friends and Moms who love learning and laughing together. I have an 8 month old son and a 2 1/2 year old daughter.
    Natalie: and I have 4 kids, and 8 year old daughter and 3 songs who are 7, 6, and 18 months.
    Sarah: So, if you fiercely love your kids but also fiercely love when they leave for school in the morning...
    Natalie: Then you have come to the right space.
    Sarah: The way this works is that Natalie and I will have a yes, a no, and a hello for the week. Or, in other words, something good, bad, and random that has to do with our week in parenting.
    Natalie: Sarah and I have a feeling that you will relate to our experiences.
    Sarah: But if you can't relate, tell us about it! Email us at Lumpymotherpodcast@gmail.com! We love to learn and we want to know what you think about the topics we cover. and we just might share it in an episode.
    Natalie: Every week we want to talk just for a few minutes about the things we talked about in the previous episode as a little update. Sarah do you want to go first this time?
    Sarah: Yes. So last week my no was about power struggles and the main thing was doing my 2 1/2 year old daughter, Evie's, hair because she hates it! and I want her to have bodily autonomy but yeah, she gets so many things in her hair, so I almost force her every time to put her hair up. Anyway, I've been trying to be more relaxed about that this week. Today, Evie's hair was covered in cream cheese, she had a popsicle so she's sticky. It was really bad. We decided that we're going to cut her hair but I still want to wait because of covid and we don't go anywhere unless we absolutely have to so until then I"m just going to have to play with it or maybe only do her hair when other people come over. Letting go is really hard because it looks bad. She looks so dirty and she just had a bath yesterday. I gave her another bath today...I guess she's just going to have to have more baths. She loves baths, maybe that will mix things up.
    Natalie: I vote that you just do it in your kitchen with a pair of scissors.
    Sarah: Gasp
    Natalie: I cut all of our kids hair and Nick's hair.
    Sarah: nice, you probably save so much that money that way! I guess I was thinking I wanted her first hair cut to be a picture/video experience. But only one of us can go in with her, so maybe it'd be better with both of us there for the experience.
    Natalie: I feel like it's just as special of a memory if Mommy does it.
    Sarah: Yeah and we can save a bunch of her locks. Maybe that's what we'll do. So that's where we are with that. and then for my hello last week I talked about how I tried to escape zip ties based on this guy who is an ex-royal marine that I found on instagram. He does all these escape videos and one of them was escaping zip ties. and I tried it unsuccessfully again. The zip ties were just too heavy duty I think.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 1 - Alligator Spins and Poopoo Bubbles

    Episode 1 - Alligator Spins and Poopoo Bubbles

    Natalie and Sarah talk about bad advice for new moms, how to handle it when kids choose a favorite parent, and whether or not our kids (or us) will ever grow out of potty humor.
    Resources mentioned this week include the Instagram accounts: @drbeckyathome, @biglittlefeelings, @ourmamavillage.
    You can follow Lumpy Mother on Facebook and Instagram @lumpymotherpodcast or Twitter @Lumpymotherpod1.
    We want to hear from you! Email us at lumpymotherpodcast@gmail.com with your yes, no's and hello's, or anything else you might want to share!
    Welcome and thank you for checking out the first episode of The Lumpy Mother Podcast! The Lumpy Mother is a space where parents can feel less alone in their day-to-day struggles while also learning along with the hosts as they navigate this vigorous undertaking that is parenting. Let's celebrate the joys and terrors of parenthood together while making sure to laugh at ourselves and how ridiculously hard it all is at the same time.
    Each week, Natalie and Sarah share a yes, no, and a hello about something going on in their parenting experience. In other words, they share something good, something bad, and something random each week. They have a feeling you'll be able to relate to all the ups, downs, twists and turns they discuss.
    Episode 1 premiere's with Natalie's yes--the advice she gives to a first time parent. Traveling down this path brought with it all the horrible advice Natalie received before she had her first baby. Sleep when the baby sleeps is one such piece of horrible advice. No matter how well meaning this advice may be, it doesn't work! Not to mention, if you sleep when the baby sleeps and are still exhausted (which you will be!) it feels like there is A LOT of room for error. This common piece of bad advice is plain silly when you consider that the only time you CAN sleep is when the baby sleeps. There is also, the common saying floating around social media that accurately represents this advice which states, "fold laundry when the baby folds laundry." A truer rebuttal may yet to be revealed.
    The best advice Natalie received as a new mom was actually advice that was given to her friend, Nora. Nora's older sister told her she needed to go over every week and clean for Natalie after she became a mom for the first time. Nora fulfilled this and Natalie couldn't have been more thankful, especially since she struggled with postpartum challenges. Taking care and paying attention to your Mental Health is the advice Natalie now believes is the most important to convey to anyone who is about to become a new Mom. Especially when it feels like you're supposed to be happy when you have a new baby, which is certainly not the case when so many things are going on with your body in addition to the mental load that comes along with the unforgiving sleep deprivation and such a major life transition. Natalie also advises not to compare yourself to other moms as a way to protect your mental health after you become a new Mom. It's important to remember that all of our motherhood experiences are unique to our lives and our children. It's impossible to be accurate when comparing yourself to othe Moms and isn't helpful in the least let alone realistic.
    Sarah weighs in on what advice she provides someone who is about to become a new Mom and suggests being RELENTLESSLY kind to yourself! You don't have to believe the terrible thoughts that may come into your head. Those are thoughts, and you can choose whether or not you believe them. You are not alone in those terrifying thoughts that can come to you during the postpartum period. You are not a bad Mom if you have these thoughts, though it may be a sign, as it was for Sarah who had Postpartum Depression (PPD), that you need to seek help, and that's okay! Everything is going to be okay.
    Sarah's turn to share her parenting yes of the week. Sarah has been

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Courthoney1 ,

Fun and Informative

This show is so entertaining not for just mothers but for women in general. As a single woman, I love hearing women supporting women as well as tips for one day when I do have a family!

BBellaboo ,

Funny and Informative!

I love their brutal honesty and the advice they give on motherhood. Great podcast!

BrenBma ,

What a hoot!

These two are great together. What a fun way to brighten your day!

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