Love and Marriage · pregnancy and parenthood

How happiness changes as I get older

In between slicing mangoes and toasting waffles - while making sure our collie isn't stealing our labradoodle's food like he always tries when I'm looking away -  I overhear on the morning news that it's International Happiness Day!  My mind races to so many different thoughts on happiness. My baby boy is starting to whine… Continue reading How happiness changes as I get older

pregnancy and parenthood

12 things I’ve learned in my baby’s first year

Month 1: Meal trains are everything, and Earth Angel New Mama Bottom Spray comes straight from the heavens (via Amazon Prime). Also, Amazon Prime is worth every penny, since getting out of the house with a newborn is a two-hour performance that results in six hours of subsequent exhaustion. Month 2: The fourth trimester is the most… Continue reading 12 things I’ve learned in my baby’s first year

pregnancy and parenthood

How I feel about breastfeeding one year later

About half of mothers will be breastfeeding in our country by six months postpartum, and only one-third  will still be nursing by 12 months. This is far below the WHO's recommendation that moms nurse their babies through the first two years at minimum.  I'll admit, those recent statistics - based off the 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card … Continue reading How I feel about breastfeeding one year later

pregnancy and parenthood

On Parenthood: 11 months 

Our little man is as sweet, animated and mischievous as ever. This past month has been one exhausting game of chase, keeping up with his innocent curiosity and newly-acquired mobility. He has picked up some serious speed! Items of greatest interest include pretty much anything that is off limits, especially the shiny dog bowls. He no longer… Continue reading On Parenthood: 11 months 

pregnancy and parenthood

On Parenthood: 10 months old

We're officially on the move!  What started as scooting, reaching and shuffling is now full-steam-ahead crawling and pulling up to stand on everything. Stair gates are installed, as well as a few other baby proofing hacks around the house. He has FINALLY discovered how to roll from tummy to back, and vice versa - which has… Continue reading On Parenthood: 10 months old

Love and Marriage · pregnancy and parenthood

The one warning that we should be giving to expectant mothers

Thanks to Facebook's "On This Day," feature, I saw a blog I had written on this day one year ago countering all the negative warnings that people innocently give to expectant mothers, as if we are doomed for a life of "never agains."  These innocent warnings are intensified with comments of how much we stand to lose… Continue reading The one warning that we should be giving to expectant mothers

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