I Showed up at the Dog Groomer Instead of For My Hair Appointment…

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Since I started working for the family business and am spending more time getting ready to teach a social media class at the UW, I’ve had little to no extra time to write here. I miss it. Working part-time has been an interesting balancing act that has had both good and bad outcomes.

The first month I went back to work, I was pretty much a wreck. I forgot a birthday, didn’t pay the monthly piano lesson bill, and showed up at the dog groomers instead of for my hair appointment—and even now, I’m sure I’m neglecting to remember what else I forgot. If you know, don’t remind me, please. It’s over. :) More

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New Beginnings ~ Thoughts on Pregnancy

This is Bella at 5 years old with her kitty, Zip, who she still sleeps with every night.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Our first daughter, Bella, was born in the Fall, so that makes this time of year even more special to me. It’s hard to believe she will be ten years old in a few weeks. Where has the time gone? Every year, around this time, I think back on the last few months of my first pregnancy. This is one of the things I remember the most… More

Let’s Talk About Sex

I didn’t plan on having “the talk” with our daughter, Bella, quite yet. She’s only 9 ½. But, a few weeks ago when we were at grandma’s house, she showed me the books she had been looking at—Where Did I come From?, by Peter Mayle and The Girls Body Book: Everything You Need to Know for Growing up YOU, by Kelli Dunham. She was curious and a little embarrassed, but she wanted to bring one of the books home.

Hmm.

Is it already time to talk about this? More

Traveling With Kids

I LOVE to travel. There was a time in my life where I dreamed of being a globetrotting photojournalist. Before having kids my husband and I traveled to unique spots off the beaten path and winged it. Once we showed up in the Cook Islands with accommodations set up for only the first couple of nights. It was a little exciting not knowing exactly which island we would go to, where we would store our bags, and where we would to sleep. It didn’t really matter.

We would lazily wake up in the mornings, have our coffee on the beach, and have no idea how our day would unfold. I would journal and take a million pictures of the ocean, vegetation, and architecture. It was all very laid back and we didn’t need to worry about anything, except deciding at the last minute where we would go next.

And then we had kids…

Those first few years of traveling with children (and all their gear) were a bit shocking. It used to be so easy… Lugging the stroller, sippy cups, bottles, and diaper gear around puts a different spin on traveling. So much for traveling light. Then there is the airplane ride to think about–Will our kids be those screaming crazed children who make a packed flight absolute hell for everyone? Did I forget anything? Do I have enough food for my youngest, who has a severe food allergy and cannot eat airplane food? Where is the EpiPen? Do I have enough activities and books to keep everyone occupied? Is someone sitting next to us going to stink up the area by farting because then I’ll have to worry about my kids asking aloud, “What’s that smell?” Yes, that actually happened and it was hilarious and embarrassing. More

Babies Movie

I’ve been hearing great things about this unique film over the last week. The 70 minute movie covers one year in the life of four babies from around the world, from Mongolia to Namibia to San Francisco to Tokyo. I can’t wait to see it!

This is the synopsis:

“The adventure of a lifetime begins…Directed by award-winning filmmaker Thomas Balmès, from an original idea by producer Alain Chabat, Babies simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps. The children are, respectively, in order of on-screen introduction: Ponijao, who lives with her family near Opuwo, Namibia; Bayarjargal, who resides with his family in Mongolia, near Bayanchandmani; Mari, who lives with her family in Tokyo, Japan; and Hattie, who resides with her family in the United States, in San Francisco.

Re-defining the nonfiction art form, Babies joyfully captures on film the earliest stages of the journey of humanity that are at once unique and universal to us all.”

The Adventures of Lulu and Max: The Adventure Begins by Cheyney Barrieau

 

Oh My God – It’s positive!! I’m pregnant! I looked at my husband, Gib, he was wide-eyed and could only say “Oh my God.” I couldn’t believe it – our lives had just changed within seconds! Holy crap, what do I do now? I’ve never been pregnant before!  A million thoughts ran through my head: Is there a protocol to this? Do I call the doctor? What sort of theme should the nursery be? Should I sit down? I already felt overwhelmed – I was about to produce another human in my stomach! We giggled in the hallway but tried to keep our excitement to a minimum because our kitchen was being gutted and renovated by a bunch of guys who really didn’t need to know that I had just peed on a stick. More

What’s Love Got To Do With It? by Sandra Ellison ~ Infertility, Pregnancy, & In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

Infertility, Pregnancy, & In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

I always knew I wanted to be a mom. I knew it was the one gift from God that made me special and a right he blessed me with.

When all my friends were getting ready to prepare for their first-born babies, I was wishing I was not struggling so hard just to get pregnant. If you have seen movies where they portray couples sitting in a fertility clinic trying hard to pretend like they are not the cause of infertility, and it seemed awkward, and… Well, uncomfortable–IT’S TRUE. I remember sitting in the first fertility clinic and feeling like I was literally in a movie. It was surreal. All of us sitting in there felt uncomfortable. We all knew why we were there, but it was like there was an elephant in the room. More

Breastfeeding Disasters by Liz Nord

Breastfeeding was not easy for me. I wanted to be good at it and do the best thing for my babies. The intense pressure I felt to do the best for my babies was both internal and external. We all hear repeatedly that breast milk is the best nutritional choice. It helps defend against infections, prevents allergies, protects against a number of chronic conditions, helps you bond with your baby, and supposedly makes your child smarter. One thing I learned early on about parenting is that things don’t always work out as you thought, hoped, or planned for. I know that sounds obvious, but that was hard for me to accept back when I was a serious type A personality, and felt the need to be a perfect mother (I’ve since realized that’s impossible and unnecessary—phew!!).

Bella was my first baby. I loved snuggling with her and gazing at her while sitting in the rocking chair breastfeeding. It was so peaceful and beautiful, at first. Then something changed. I started feeling anxious and trapped. I didn’t feel comfortable breastfeeding in public, it began hurting more and more, I hated pumping, and Bella started throwing up and crying excessively. I didn’t know what to do. More

Masks by Andrea Dodd

As mama, I wear many masks. Before I was a mother, anticipating the birth of my first daughter, I wore the “everything’s going to be just fine mask”… despite my critical examination of new mothers intact bodies and their obvious survival of birth. I was not convinced I would survive. I was not even convinced everything was going to be ok. But I wore it. And it was and is–OK.

Corbin is almost ten, and Anna is seven. I gave birth TWO times. And I lived through it. More

School’s Out Funday! by Molly Pitts

You know the shopping carts at some grocery stores that are shaped as cars? You know the ones-huge, uncontrollable, and just overall annoying. One of the reasons I don’t like taking all three of my kids to the store at the same time is because they beg to go into those car(t)s. I actually need them just to get my kids through the grocery store because they are all five and under, and fitting them all in to one cart just doesn’t work. The oldest could definitely walk, but then it is just annoying because she gets antsy and starts climbing on the cart almost causing a near disaster by tipping over the other two. I rarely give in to things, but today I will be using the car cart to my advantage.

Today there is no school. We have so much we can do in our small town on a rainy no school day–there is a kid’s museum, several indoor kids play zones, a gym for little ones, a movie theater, or even just tromping around in the soggy woods. But, I have an eight month old and she naps during all this fun time. I also have a house that I need to keep stocked with groceries to feed all these mouths around here. Most importantly, dinner needs to be cooked so I can beat out the magical witching hours of 4-6 PM. So, there will be no museums, playtime away from home, or even a walk. More

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