Parenting/Motherhood

31 Days of Real Life: Day One

Last year I attempted to write for 31 Days about Grace last year. If I were to guess, I’d say I ended up writing 6 posts, so I counted and I actually wrote 22! I’m pleasantly surprised. I wanted to participate with The Nester again this year, but in a low pressure kind of way….

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This IS My Life (Grief & Motherhood)

Ever have those moments when you think you can’t wait til your life gets back to normal? Lately I’ve been dreaming of the days when I’m not coercing a toddler, when I don’t miss dad so much, when I actually wake up feeling rested, when the fridge isn’t empty, when the laundry basket isn’t full,…

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Door #6 and Why I’m Sick of Doubting Myself

Someone posted this photo of 10 doors on social media yesterday. I was curious, so I picked door #6 and could not believe how accurately it described how I feel about myself right now. Yikes. “…the inside of your home or car is a total mess!” Um…how about the inside of my head?! Lately, I’ve…

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Dear Caleb: On the Night You Were Born

Dear Caleb: The night you were born was so bittersweet. As we were saying hello to you, we were saying goodbye to Grandpa Mike. You spent just 8 hours together on Earth, but never got to meet. Even when I might be sad on your birthday because I miss Grandpa Mike, know that you are…

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Night Terrors

Caleb is really friendly in public. I get a lot of comments about how he never cries and he’s the perfect baby. It’s kind of infuriating. Take last night for example. Since he was about 7 months old, he’s experienced night terrors a few times a month. Usually, we go in, wake him up and…

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Dear New Mom: Time to Rest

There’s a lot of unspoken expectations for us moms out there. Some days we feel the pressure to keep an immaculate house and teach our kids to speak three languages before they’re walking. Okay, it’s a bit of a hyperbole, but the essence is true. There are many moms I look at and think to…

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Dear New Mom: On The Rough Days

Today’s a rough day. Sleeplessness has caught up with me, Caleb’s not feeling well, and the hot Vegas summer is setting in. Caleb has needed a 4am feeding since Bolivia to catch up with his hunger/lost weight (he lost 3lbs while we were there), so I have had one good night’s sleep since the beginning…

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Dear New Mom: It’s Really Hard

Dear New Mom: Today was day #2 of pool time. Caleb loves splashing, but HATES the back of his head touching water. I found him this fun little float thingie and didn’t have to hold him the whole time! And then he got splashed. The combination of being hungry and tired turned the tiny bits…

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Dear New Mom: Etching A Legacy

NOTE: This post is for all kinds of mamas; the kinds that parent their own kids, other people’s kids, and the kids who don’t have moms. All women are mamas of some kind and deserve to be celebrated. … Dear New Mom, In the car yesterday, Keith and I were talking about the lack of…

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Dear New Mom: The Weight

If you fall into a pond of carp you will be hickied to death. (Ken Davis) You’ll also get a lot of hickies if you hold Caleb too long; he has this misconception that my chin was created for him to suck on. Dear New Mom, the above statements are completely unrelated to my letter,…

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