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
Now this is the story all about how My life got flipped, turned upside down And I’d like to take a minute just sit right there I’ll tell you how I became the….girl who ended up in a random hospital off 81. Gosh, I really humor myself sometimes. But seriously, “flipped and turned upside down” […]Read More My Placenta Previa Story
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.
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.
NO ONE AROUND HERE EVER THINKS ABOUT WHAT I NEED OR WANT! Please, for the love of Target, tell me I am not the only one who has yelled this after a particularly difficult day. Bonus points if you also do this while angrily throwing dirty dishes in the sink. But the thing is, I […]Read More You are not a burden.
(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’
When I hear that someone is pregnant again, someone who was pregnant when I was or even after, I find myself thinking, “Wow! That was fast”. In my mind, so little time has passed since I was pregnant with my daughter. But as friends lap with me with their second, third, or even fourth baby, […]Read More The struggles and acceptance of secondary fertility
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