a weekend of highs and lows

Is it possible to cry tears of joy and sadness at the same time? That’s pretty much where I am today, as I’m thinking about the weekend ahead. July 29 is a day of great joy for us. July 29 is the one year anniversary of the date we found out we were pregnant; something we had been told wasn’t possible for us. For the first 15 years of our marriage, we were the “if” we ever have kids, no...

in my daughter’s eyes

When my daughter sees me I want her to see a mother who loves her unconditionally; a loving wife, daughter and friend who sets an example of how she deserves to be treated by everyone in her life; a role model of a strong woman who doesn’t take no for an answer on the things that matter most to her. Loving unconditionally means loving her on the best days and the worst one as well. It will al...

daddy’s way is ok!

We’ve all heard the saying “mother knows best” a million times, but does she really? What if daddy knows best? Or what if you both know everything AND nothing at the same time. These kids of ours don’t come with an owner’s manual. Over the course of the past three months I’ve made plenty of mistakes. I just look at my daughter and say “mommy’s sorry, I’m new here!” . She accept...

put your own oxygen mask on first

Pretend with me for a moment that you are on a family vacation headed to the Hawaiian Islands when the plane experiences major turbulence. Suddenly, the air masks drop down from the ceiling. Before takeoff the flight attendant told you what to do: “put your own oxygen mask on before tending to your child”, but in this instant moment of panic it never even crosses your mind to put your mask on ...

you’re my favorite

"You're My Favorite" is something my husband and I have always said to each other. Of course we also say "I love you" but "you're my favorite" is also part of our regular mushy mushy dialogue. When I was pregnant I heard over and over and over again "when you hold that little girl you will experience a love like you've never felt before." I have to say, this actually worried me a little. Somehow I...

mommy frenemies

When I was prego I joined a few private "Women Due in April" pregnancy groups on Facebook. As a first time mommy-to-be, they were occasionally useful for the "Is anyone else experiencing x, y or z." Now that we've all had our babies, these groups have continued to share experiences with our babes and members ask questions about feeding, diapering, fussyness, and all the other joyous and not-so-joy...

a brief history lesson

A little about me....Where shall I start? Perhaps at the beginning? Nah. Let's start at age 17, when I met the love of my life. You could say it was love at first sight through the kitchen window....of The Red Robin in Folsom, California (glamorous, eh?). I was an expo (for all you non-restaurant folk, that's the person who goes between "front of house" and "back of house" or "the kitchen" and "...