parenting

You’re not doing a good job (and other lies we imply)

March 13, 2014

Me and my clingy guy this week while working in the garage. I’m obviously not amused. I’m attempting a garage sale this weekend (and of course now rain is scheduled for Saturday), there’s a birthday party to plan (Bluebelle is turning 4!), and I have so much other stuff on my plate that my stress [...]

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The first 24 hours. (In pictures!)

July 15, 2013

Here is a documentation of Squishy’s first few hours of life. I think it’s mainly his first 24 hours.  Also, I’ll probably refer to him as Squishy or Little Man on here from here on out. “Squishy” kind of stuck as a nickname in the hospital, from his big squishy cheeks and cuteness.  Also – [...]

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When you just want your mom (or dad).

June 18, 2013

Me and my own girl Most of the time, I embrace the fact that I didn’t have the “typical” family experience growing up. Sometimes that’s not the case. I just want to take this time to be completely honest and say I wish my mother was more like a typical mom right now. I always [...]

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Watching out for the mommy trolls.

May 30, 2013

This is something I’ve said in person to many a friend but something I haven’t ever really talked about online. I never really noticed it until I became pregnant with Bluebelle, but after then it became a glaring blip on my social media radar (especially Facebook). I think women get a kick out of torturing [...]

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The face of motherhood

May 11, 2013

As I sat at my friend’s house this morning and I scrolled through my Facebook feed, I saw the pictures of my friends’ mothers and grandmothers littered throughout. Of beautiful women who raised them. As I saw the digital captures of old film photos of younger, smiling faces and era stricken clothing, I was struck [...]

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3 years ago, I became a mom.

April 5, 2013

Three years ago, I thought I knew what I was getting into. I had read books, taken classes, and watched countless videos. And then you were born. Suddenly, I couldn’t sleep. I didn’t know how I could function with you outside of me. You were so perfect and fragile. I couldn’t bear to let you [...]

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Our trip to the ER

March 5, 2013

This has been an exhausting time. I will fill you in on more details this week — but I’ve been out of town taking care of stuff, burning the candle at both ends. I’m tired and ready to rest — but that’s not the post for today. Last night as we were all getting ready [...]

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I became a connoisseur of children’s TV.

January 31, 2013

Go ahead, call me a bad parent now, but we have watched a lot more TV since we moved into this apartment.  I use the TV for noise most days and since B is in the room, I try to keep it on kid-friendly channels. Bluebelle doesn’t watch it all day long, but it doesn’t [...]

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I have been called to serve my family. I mean, really.

January 30, 2013

(Photo courtesy of miss pupik on flickr) Do you ever feel under-appreciated? I’ll admit I do. I often feel like I run the same race every day. Maybe we all feel that way? I read recently that being a parent feels like you’ll never get an A+ again, and often I feel that way. I wash [...]

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Becoming a preschooler.

January 17, 2013

We’ve hit a bit of a rough stage here lately with Bluebelle. Don’t get me wrong, we are in a fun stage as well, but isn’t that the caveat of childhood milestones? You get both with every stage? That’s my experience, anyway. The wonderful things about her current stage is that she’s a problem solver. [...]

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