No Longer Empty-Handed

I can’t feel them in my arms anymore. It’s inexplicable, really. I’ve stared at four positive pregnancy tests in the last four years. And each time—without fail—I could immediately feel them in my arms. The anticipation was instant, the bond immediate. Some may roll their eyes at such extreme statements, but the knowledge that a…

The Loneliest Job: Hope for Every Mother

The bloodcurdling scream pierced the tranquility of countless shoppers. I swallowed hard and began the painstaking trek towards the automatic doors, which seemed miles away. It mightn’t have taken me so long had I not had 32 pounds of boneless deadweight to pull behind me while also holding 20 pounds of oblivious enthusiasm in my…

Slippery Thighs & Sunday Lies

I had the opportunity to write once again for Just 18 Summers this past week. Check out an excerpt below and consider exploring Just18Summers.com and the great parenting resources you’ll find there! Slathering vegetable oil onto my two-year-old’s leg while he screamed in perfect unison with my three-month-old wasn’t exactly how I’d envisioned the start…

“Open When” Letters: A Thoughtful Gift for All Occasions

Gift giving can get stressful and downright annoying sometimes. Don’t get me wrong — I absolutely LOVE giving gifts. I think I get more excited than the ones on the receiving end most of the time. But sometimes, gosh darn it, you just get tired of buying more stuff that will be oohed and aahhed…

Love and Poop (and when both are overflowing)

The green neon numbers of the oven clock boasted 3:30 am. At least, I think they did. I hadn’t yet managed to successfully blink away all bleariness from my sleep-deprived eyes, so it’s possible I wasn’t seeing quite accurately. I guess I didn’t really care what time the kitchen clock told me it was —…

“Wild and One” Birthday Pow Wow

It’s been a while since I’ve done a DIY post, so I thought I’d share my most recent project with you — B’s birthday party! After much Pinterest-ing (that’s a word, right? It is now…), I decided on a “Wild and One” theme for our little brave. I saw lots of examples online of some pretty…

10 Things That Would Be Weird to Say Without Your Child Nearby

Happy Friday! Congratulations, you’ve made it. How are you celebrating?  I’m doing so by sitting here on my couch in a catatonic state. No seriously — I just spent the last five minutes staring blankly at the floor. My little almost-one-year-old just left to spend some quality time with Grandma and Grandpa, and I’m really…

Embracing the Normal

  A few weekends ago my son got a stomach bug. You know, the throwing-up-all-over-mom-and-dad-and-lying-face-down-on-the-floor-crying kind of bug. Our sweet boy who normally moves constantly (as indicated by the above picture of him face planting), babbles incessantly, and giggles uncontrollably became quiet, tired, and uncharacteristically snuggly. My heart broke when he would crawl up to me…