• Life story,  Musings

    A Birthday and a Hope

    Tomorrow we celebrate our Little Miss turning 3. Not only do I feel old realizing this, but I’ve also seen some Mom Bloggers posting about their last baby being a lengthy list of last ‘firsts’ and how heartbroken they are to realize this is the last first they’ll experience. First steps, first tooth, first night sleeping all night, etc… but in all honesty I’m glad she is both my little girl, my only girl and my last. Pregnancy and the fourth trimester was tough for me. (see here) She is already a force to be reckoned with, for the good and the bad. She’s loving, creative and especially imaginative, which…

  • Life story,  Musings

    Hugs can help

    When I realized that April was almost over a week ago, Mister observed that we had been traveling for the first half of the month and all of us were sick in the last two weeks of it. Through all of the craziness that April offered, one thing was constant; the desire and request for hugs. Both of the kiddos are keen snugglers and to be honest, so are Mister and I. I thought back and realized that even if the day wasn’t going as smoothly as we had anticipated, a hug tended to help soften the grumpy attitudes we had developed. We had to make an unexpected trip up…

  • Informative,  Life story,  Musings

    Medicated Motherhood

    Being a parent is stressful. Managing a chronic condition on a daily basis where nothing is certain, despite doing relatively the same thing at the same time every day, is stressful. Interacting with a toddler who is trying to learn how to exert their independence while not being able to clearly communicate is stressful. I won’t even delve into the extra pressures mothers feel from the external pressures we see, hear, read about, scroll by on social media. That’s a whole blog post itself. After I had my daughter, she had to spend a week in the NICU due to a serious case of jaundice that almost led to her having…

  • Life story

    I am a Mom

    When I was young I played with dolls, Barbies mainly, and treated them like my children. I’d dress them and change them (mainly their outfits, sometimes their hair styles). I couldn’t wait to be a mom in real life. Then I got into high school and realized there were so many things I wanted to do with my life and I wasn’t sure being a mom would fit with those desires and dreams. Backpacking across Europe sounds lovely, but not with a baby or toddler in tow. I wanted to travel and see the world without being burdened with family responsibilities. I now look back on the times when I’d…

  • Life story,  Uncategorized

    Life balance

    When I was young one of the things I dreamed about doing was gymnastics. I wanted to be that girl who launched herself over the vault and completed a perfect dismount. I watched any gymnastics I could that was played on TV (and we didn’t have cable either) and tried to emulate the moves I saw the young women performing. One of the things I could pretend to compete on was the balance beam. We had recently built a deck and had leftover lumber of various sizes lying around behind our garage. I found a piece of 4×4 lumber (perfect for deck posts) that I imagined was my balance beam.…

  • Life story

    I’ve been blessed

    Have you ever taken time out from your busy day to think about how blessed you are? I know, as a Christ follower, we are all blessed to be children of God and forgiven for our sins, but have you thought about those around you who have made you feel blessed? Dictionary.com lists a few different definitions for blessed: (adj.) 1. consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified: the Blessed Sacrament. 2. worthy of adoration, reverence, or worship: the Blessed Trinity 3. divinely or supremely favored; fortunate: to be blessed with a strong, healthy body; blessed with an ability to find friends. 4. blissfully happy or contented. 5. Roman Catholic Church, beatified. I know we don’t…

  • Life story

    Helpful tips & tricks

    So I want to pass along some tips and products that I’ve already found amazingly helpful as a new mom. I’ve not been given any monies by any of these companies to give a positive review. Promise. Britax B-Safe car seat: it’s awesome. It’s got a 5 point harness that’s easy to get an infant in and out of without too much difficulty. The seat itself is fairly light and the base can be installed using either the LATCH system on newer cars or by utilizing the seat belt straps to secure it. Given it’s the first car seat we’re using, I would give it a 5 star rating for…

  • Life story

    Parenting is HARD

    I know that parenting is a wonderful thing and raising children is something both the Mister and I wanted to do with our lives, but geeze… parenting is harder than anyone can warn you about. Just like being pregnant, every child is different. Yes, it is very much worth the sacrifice we’re making to raise him and eventually any siblings God may bless us with down the line, but still. For the first few days of his life once Jackson was home we tried to keep to the same schedule for his feedings that we had while in the hospital. DON’T do that with your newborn. The suggestion of not…

  • Life story

    Jaundice sucks

    So jaundice sucks, and apparently is more common in newborns than I thought. Supposedly it can affect 60% of newborns to some degree. Given we’re new parents and all it was just our luck that our son had it and needed additional treatment for it in the nursery at the hospital. Unfortunately our son had a few things stacked against him when it came to fighting back against it. First: I’m diabetic. (Being diabetic can increase the likelihood that any children I had (or have) have a higher chance of jaundice. Awesome.) Secondly: he was assisted out by vacuum extraction so there was some additional swelling & bruising on his…