Your High School Freshman Really Wants You to Know Some Things

A few weeks ago, on our last summer afternoon, my girls and I escaped the heat by heading to our local movie theater. As we stood waiting in line at the snack counter, my soon-to-be freshman took hold of her younger sister’s wheelchair, took the ...more

My Baby May Not Survive

I thought yesterday was the worst day of my life. I was wrong, and apparently I may be wrong again. There is absolutely no way to prepare oneself for the news that your 35-day-old baby may not survive. I have loved this little baby so deeply for 35 ...more

Thing Ramen Noodles Can Teach Parents

I recently got to introduce my son to one of my favorite college food staples: Ramen Noodles. I watched him marveling at the length of the noodles, giggling as he dangled ribbons of noodles over his mouth, waiting to catch them and slurp them up in ...more

Please Teach Your Kids About Disability

Your children watch and learn from you, every day, every moment. They listen to your words, imitate your actions, follow your cues on how to behave in new situations, and mimic your example on how to interact with people they meet. And they will ...more

Say No to Visitors, New Moms!

Until I had my son, it had never occurred to me that the first days, weeks, and months of being new parents would be sheer hell. I mean it. I don't envy any of you who are currently trying make it through the first two months of parenthood. It's ...more

Who Would Be Your Celebrity BFF? Mine Would Be Angelina Jolie.

I was a dinner party recently and after a couple glasses of wines, with all the standard pleasantries out of the way, someone out of the blue asked us all a totally random question. It wasn’t in keeping with the theme of what we were talking about (I think we may have been discussing how well zucchini has been growing in our gardens this summer or maybe we were discussing how happy – or not – we are that the kids are back in school). Regardless, this particular houseguest hijacked the conversation with their question for all. ...more
I would pick Tina Fey. I value someone who can make me laugh, plus she seems pretty intelligent ...more

The Stigma of Hidden Special Needs

I have children with special needs. Hearing loss, heart defect... those don't cause people to raise an eyebrow. A murmur of sympathy for my son who as endured heart surgery? Yes. A few polite questions about hearing loss? Sure. Judgment? No. But what about other special needs? Try telling someone your child was born addicted to cocaine. Or suffers from FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). These will get you a different reaction entirely. ...more

To Be a Good Parent, I Had to Forgive Mine First

Like any new mother, after I had my daughter I experienced a wide range of emotions. Joy, excitement, fear: Those were just a few I seemed to feel on a daily basis. Two emotions I didn't anticipate myself having were resentment and bitterness. They weren't feelings directed at my new child, but at my own parents. And they were issues and hurts that I thought I had dealt with a long time ago. ...more

First Day of School (you know, because school started 3 weeks ago…)

I’ve been meaning to post the First Day of School pictures, but you know how time flies. Better late than never, I say!...more

Things I love about him (12)

I used to add snippets here of the things I love about him (my son) but I haven’t done it since 2006. He was five then. He’s 13 now ....more

Review | Maxi-Cosi Bohemian Blue Collection

I have a separate review site now, for featuring products that do not also include a giveaway for my readers. Today I am reviewing a stroller by Maxi Cosi, in their new Bohemian Blue Collection. Come on over and check it out if you are interested! ...more

5 Tips for Photographing Kids While at a Baseball Game

Last summer my family and I set out to visit 6 ballparks in one summer. They included 4 minor league parks and 2 major league ones. At the time the boys were 4, 2 and weeks old ....more


Giddy. That's how I'd describe the last week. Pure giddiness ....more

I've Been Busy Doing ... Something

I seem to have a time management issue on my hands. It wasn't that long ago that I made some hard decisions and moved some things around because I needed to get more done in a day. It worked, by the way ....more

When to Be Mama Bear and When to Chill

There are some battles that my boys need to learn to fight for themselves. I can’t be there for every moment of their lives and they need to know how to stand up for themselves. But there are some times when Mama Bear needs to come out ....more

Gender Prediction Old Wives Tales – Boy or Girl?

13 weeks 3 days – Obviously taking selfies is more important than cleaning our bathroom mirrors… #priorities 14 weeks – Maternity top 15 weeks – Maternity tank & Jeggings As some of you know before we went on our Wisconsin trip a couple weekends ago, we went to another doctor’s appointment for #babyfoley2015. Before the appointment they had asked if we wanted to find out the gender, because if we did they could tell us at this appointment. I was 13 weeks and 3 days, the top pic above ....more

The Blogger's Digest #57

Welcome! The Blogger's Digest is a weekly gathering of bloggers to share their most recent posts and build community with one another. All genres of posts are welcome and visiting other's blogs is highly encouraged! ...more

Dressing the Boy

Before the boy left, I bought him these Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Bootssfrom Amazon: I also bought some Levi 501 jeans in his size when they went to 31 dollars, which is a price I never thought I’d say was reasonable, but now they are up at forty seven, and I have seen them higher. It’s something to find jeans in his size, though. If you’re curious, you could try here: Levi’s Men’s 501 Original Fit Jean, Dark Stonewash, 31×36 ....more