He sits on his grandfather's knee, looking up at him. A little giggle bursts from his lips. At first it is hesitant like a question. Then it comes again and again until his laughter is uncontrollable. Generations stretch between them like string. If you took the ends of that string and held them together, you … Continue reading The Fourth Month, Reflection
Apples I celebrated my very first Mother's Day as a mother. I've enjoyed this new title - with all the joy, love, and responsibility that has come with it- and it was special to have a day dedicated to it. We had a long weekend away as a family in Lisbon. Though it rained most … Continue reading March’s Apples & Onions
My sister recently recommended The Five Love Languages to me, and I've already recommended it to two others. Why? Because Gary Chapman coherently and succinctly explains how people communicate love. Chapman wrote the book based on years of experience as a marriage counselor. I'm thankful that he decided to stop and review his experiences to … Continue reading The Five Love Languages, Review
We celebrated one of my dear friend's birthdays ... and one of the best bits was that we got to go out on the town (W in tow, of course)! My husband found a really great new-to-us bar that combines three loves: art, books, and cocktails! Add being there with some of my best people, … Continue reading Enjoyed Last Week
When I was packing my hospital bag, I found it difficult to find a practical list of things I might need during the birth. There were many lists out there, but they seemed to differ drastically, and I couldn't always see why those items were useful. It seemed you had to plan for a million … Continue reading What was in my hospital bag?
It's been a little quiet around here recently, on the blog I mean. That has partly been because I've been enjoying some time away from social media and instead consuming parenting books (sleep, food, and behavior) in my "free" moments. But it's also due to life getting a little crazy. When I say crazy, I … Continue reading Falling Behind (and getting going again)
As someone who is often reading articles with headlines likes this, The 5 Best Toys of All Time, I laughed at myself when I started reading the content of this article. So true. (If, however, you are actually after an article that evaluates toys for children and their development, then this one is worth a … Continue reading Enjoyed Last Week
When I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. I’d also heard all kinds of stories; some made it sound easy and others made it sound really difficult. Like parenting, breastfeeding was one thing I couldn’t practice beforehand. While breastfeeding is something each woman needs to figure out for herself, there were six steps … Continue reading Planning to breastfeed? Here’s what worked for me.
Although I'd read this before, I revisited Mama OT's article on tips to help babies learn to roll because, well, that's what we're working on at home these days. I was already doing a few of the things, but was reminded of other strategies I could add to my arsenal. Most successful has been singing … Continue reading Enjoyed Last Week
This has become our routine, you and me. Almost hourly I lift you to my breast and you suckle, sometimes fast and other times soft and slow. It has been my joy to watch your butterfly smiles flutter, ever so briefly, across your face as you pull and swallow. Today I lift you and swing … Continue reading The Third Month, Reflection