Oh, girls. . . You’re giving me a run for my money today. . Mae, you cried more than usual last night. Which is saying a lot because you are a newborn, after all. I think you knew today was your due date so you were partying-celebrating your would-be birthday. I got frustrated and felt […]Read More In the Trenches
Disclaimer: Look, I am a super anxious person. I told Rob that if I was a rapper, my rap name would be Defrost because I have no chill. The absolute last adjective someone would use to describe me is “relaxed”. So, if you’re a person who over-analyzes, over-googles and over-reacts, this is probably a great […]Read More A C-Section Birth Story: For Those of You with No Chill, Like Me
Two Croc-laden feet, tucked under to boost him to the table. Tiny chambray shirt holding onto his mama’s arm. He asked “Pretty please, sit by me?”. She obliged. I thought of the baby we didn’t know. And the one we don’t know yet. I thought of my girl, feet now dangling towards the floor. I […]Read More Mother’s Day – 2018.
It. is. happening. I am having a baby. And I would say I don’t believe it but that would be a bold faced lie. I do believe it because I am moody as hell, I have a four month bump (I am not four months along, yet) and too many turns in the car makes […]Read More When You Finally Get Pregnant–and You Feel a Little Bit Guilty.
There are two standard dreaded stages of parenting: the terrible twos (potty training, grocery store meltdowns, and food refusal) or the teens (eye rolling, dating, eating one out of house and home). But for me, upon learning I was pregnant, I immediately feared how I would parent from ages 7 to 9. I am not […]Read More Seven Year Olds Aren’t So Scary
I was the kind of mom that hovered over when someone held my baby. Is she fussing? She might be hungry. I think her paci is going to fall out. Here, I will just take her. It took me a good while to recognize and embrace the notion that my child was her very own […]Read More Open Hands.
(I initially posted this to Instagram but moved it here so I could edit it a little more) I had one of those moments as a mother today that you know you’re going to remember forever. Austen got dressed this morning and then came into tell me that she felt like she needed to be the […]Read More Forgiveness.
Oh, look! Another parenting article about having it all! Here is the part where I tell you that you can’t have it all — it’s just impossible. Or, I tell you you can have it all — in these ten easy steps. I might even sell you something at the end. The thing about having it […]Read More How to unlearn the myth of ‘having it all’
Early in my co-parenting journey, I heard a quote that redefined the way I viewed my relationship with my ex-husband. Glennon Doyle Melton said, “Just do the next right thing. One thing at a time. That’ll take you all the way home.” Often times, co-parenting means dealing with someone who has brought you tremendous pain […]Read More Co-parenting: It takes two
Over and over again, I found myself saying, “I am really lucky” and “We are so blessed” as people congratulated us at our wedding. Yes, it’s true — I am blessed beyond measure to have a healthy family, a partner who is committed to me and my daughter, and the joy of sharing all of […]Read More Yes I’m blessed — but I did the work