Women's Rights

Why I would never protest a peaceful protest

The Women's March rallied more than one million people at hundreds of rallies - women and men of all walks of life, varying political beliefs - all coming together under one of the core principles of the First Amendment: the right to join with fellow citizens in peaceful assembly. Zero arrests were made because it was just that,… Continue reading Why I would never protest a peaceful protest

Love and Marriage · military life · pregnancy and parenthood

A letter to our military child

When we got pregnant, my first thought was a blur of joy and shock. My second thought was to count through the nine months it would take to grow you to see if daddy would be home for your birth.  If we were staying in Hawaii, he would have deployed for a fourth time. Lucky us, we had… Continue reading A letter to our military child

pregnancy and parenthood

The one-liner that I vow to stop saying to expectant mothers

Before crossing from expectant mother to new mother, I was busy working on my birth plan. Yet, many mamas often told me some form of "Forget your birth plan. Honey, you can't plan your labor. You'll just be upset when things don't go according to plan."  I understood that. But I also didn't find that to… Continue reading The one-liner that I vow to stop saying to expectant mothers

Love and Marriage · pregnancy and parenthood

Finding self-love as a mother

I had a weird request for my approaching 27th birthday. I asked my husband to take photos of me. Just me.  Recently, a series of harmless events happened that provoked some reflection. We received our 2016 family yearbook, I started documenting more videos for the "one second of every day" app, and I have three piles of dressy… Continue reading Finding self-love as a mother

pregnancy and parenthood

Accountability in Motherhood

Lately I've been gripping to a theme of accountability - something that has been either extremely easy or incredibly challenging since becoming a mother. I'm accountable to keep my baby healthy and happy, and the work to do that is on auto-pilot at this point. But I'm also accountable to my health and happiness, which is a… Continue reading Accountability in Motherhood

pregnancy and parenthood

The best way to help a new mom

I was that new mom who cringed every time someone offered to hold him so that I could attempt to sleep. I was that new mom whose anxiety soared when someone tried to touch my dirty laundry and dishes. And I still am the mom, at nine months postpartum, who brushes off babysitting offers.  And in confiding with… Continue reading The best way to help a new mom

pregnancy and parenthood

2017: gracefully exiting survival mode

As I head into the new year, I'm working on a "less is more" resolution, and I'm surprised just how much of this can apply to my motherhood journey in particular. I'm part of countless groups and resources online pertaining to parenthood. There are groups for your health, for your sanity, for your entertainment ...… Continue reading 2017: gracefully exiting survival mode