if i had known then, what i know now: baby “stuff” edition

A short 14 months ago my husband and I walked in to our local Babies R Us with trembling hands and knots in our stomachs, faced with the task of choosing all the things we needed to have for the arrival of our Little Miss. How does one pick out a car seat when you can't try it out? How do you know which diapers to choose to ensure you never ever have a leaky blow-out? Again, in the "you can't t...

if i had known then, what i know now: pregnancy edition

Hindsight is 20/20, right? I thought it would be fun to do a little series titled "If I Had Known Then, What I Know Now" and what better place to start than the beginning: Pregnancy! How to Make a Baby What I Knew Then For those of us who choose to make a baby, I think it goes a little something like this: Husband/wife: Let's have a baby! Husband/wife: OK, but let's not start having timed...

the thankless side of motherhood

I had a revelation while at dinner with friends last night: raising a baby from birth to nine months is not gratifying. You feed them, bathe them, put them to sleep, respond to their every need and all they do to thank you for that is wake up the next day with the same set of needs. Over and over and over again. You see glimmers of hope that life is beginning to register in their tiny minds as the...

traditions: undo stress or undue stress?

It’s time for another Delicately Balancing Life confession: since having Juliet, I’ve become a little bit obsessed with creating family traditions. I had some traditions as a child and have fond memories of those and I want the same for Juliet—not necessarily the same traditions I had, but traditions of our own that she will look back on many years from now with a smile on her face. The H...

guest blog post: dealing with working parent jealousy

Welcome to the latest #TakeOverTuesday blog post! This week's post is from Lexie, a working mom who loves spending time with her family, coffee, yoga, pilates, wine, and making lists. Her work as a professional stage manager taught her to manage anything – objects, people, time, money, you name it. A stage manager is always responsible for “calling the show,” and these skills are often extr...

vegas, no baby!

When the besties invite you to join them in their two-bedroom penthouse at the Vdara in Vegas to celebrate their anniversary and your hubby’s birthday, you immediately accept their invitation….and then suddenly remember that you’re a parent and a mild panic attack ensues over the idea of leaving your little overnight for the first time. But my husband and I made a promise to each other that ...

guest blog post: wine country: rock the 70’s inspired trend on your next visit to napa valley + what wineries to visit with your kids!

Well, hello there #ThirstyThursday! This week's guest blogger is Mallory from www.vine-living.com. Mallory has THE. LIFE! and is blogging about a subject that is very near and dear to my heart....wine in the Napa Valley! Next time you're in the Valley and looking for some tips on wineries or food, hit Mallory up! She is a wealth of information and is super sweet too! I hope you enjoy her recommen...

embracing the unknown

The beauty of the life I’ve built has been the known. I’ve been married to the same man for 17 years, lived in the same house for 13 years, worked at the same job for 12 years, had mostly the same group of friends for 20 years. For the past decade+, our lives have been very known. As a self-confessed control freak planner, known is a comfortable place. It’s predictable. For some, known is bo...

guest blog post: 3 simple ways i improved my parenting style

Welcome to #TakeOverTuesday! This week our guest blogger is Amanda, a stay at home mama to 2 beautiful girls. Camila is 3, and loves dinosaurs. Alenna is 9 months, and loves mama. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 7.5 years (awwww, we love love here at Delicately Balancing Life!). Her blog is all about sharing their story of raising hope, faith, love, kids, family, health, an...

guest blog post: the joys of being a wfhd

Welcome to this week’s edition of #TakeOverTuesday! This week’s guest blogger is my favorite person in the whole entire world….my hubby! He keeps me sane, loves me like no other could, is an amazing father to our daughter and is an all around great guy! I’m lucky to call him mine! He is a partner in every sense of the word. I couldn’t do what I do without him, including all the fun we ha...