Maybe We Speak Different Languages

Sometimes I think my toddler has selective hearing. I guess this is what being two-and-a-half means. She hears what I'm saying but doesn't care. She knows what I want her to do (or not to do), but thinks to herself, "Yeah, really don't care, Mom! ...more

A Breastfeeding Mother's Fear: Will My Baby Fail The Weight Check?

Butterflies in my stomach, inability to sleep.  Hope that I would make the grade, nerves that I would not. Anxiety about being blamed for something I was ignorant about. Trepidation about being judged, eager for praise, terrified of being ...more

You're a Great Mom

Credit: 4 Months Baby Feeling Happy photo by Shutterstock. Dear Momma Who Just Went Back to Work, ...more

10 Things I Didn't Expect From Motherhood

I read a slew of books during pregnancy. I loved finding out the size of my baby every week in relation to food/fruit dimension. I also had a book dedicated to “teach” parents about the first few years of toddlerhood. And here I am. Two years and ...more

You Can Survive the Weekend. I Promise.

Those first few days and weeks of your divorce are a most confusing and agonizing time. You are troubled by the process, the emotions, the finances, and of course, how to carry on with the rest of your life. However, probably the most dreaded of ...more

The Comparison Trap: Why We Compare Our Children to Others

I work a few times a month at a non-profit dental clinic for children. Just last week, I saw a sweet 13-month-old boy who could already say about 20 words. That's more than my own son who is almost two. When I came home, I was telling my husband about this little boy, when he stopped me mid-sentence and asked, "Why do you keep doing that? You're always comparing." ...more

Celebrating the Mother Figures in My Life

I was lucky to have many mother figures present in my life when I was little. Each of these phenomenal women helped to make me the mother I am today. ...more

5 Reasons Why Athletes Make Awesome Moms

Time's up. Now that my 6-week postpartum hiatus is over, I have officially re-entered the world of sore muscles, sweat (not sweats—those never left the picture), and tennis shoes. Oh, yeah! There is just something thrilling about the feeling of sweating when it is NOT related to postpartum hormones wreaking havoc as they try to re-balance and causing me to sweat profusely at awkward times. ...more

Animal Hugs

Talia loves animals. Besides the myriad of mostly wild cats, couple of parrots and lizards in Ruwais, there weren't many animals around for her to have a close experience with. Since we've been in the States she has used every opportunity possible to hug every animal she finds: ...more

Science Expo!

Last night, Our Lady of Mercy hosted it's 3rd Annual Science Expo.The middle school kids have been hard at work on their projects since October....more

The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

I got myself a brand new nephew and he's pretty perfect. So perfect, in fact, that he was polite enough to come two days before we left on vacation. (I totally dodged a bullet on that one.) ...more

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Caught in the Current

Life continues to feel slightly more normal. I’m getting stronger, sleeping better, and overall, having much less pain. It’s somewhat easier to leave the house and go out into the world ....more

Book Review: Hugo & Rose by Bridget Foley

From the back of the book: Rose is disappointed with her life, though she has no reason to be - she has a beautiful family and a perfectly nice house in the suburbs. But to Rose, this ordinary life feels overshadowed by her other life - the one she leads every night in her dreams. After a childhood accident, Rose's dreams take her to a wondrous island fraught with adventure ....more

Stepping Through Mothers Day

The Comparison Trap: Why We Compare Our Children to Others

I work a few times a month at a non-profit dental clinic for children. Just last week, I saw a sweet 13-month-old boy who could already say about 20 words. That's more than my own son who is almost two. When I came home, I was telling my husband about this little boy, when he stopped me mid-sentence and asked, "Why do you keep doing that? You're always comparing." ...more

To Be Happy That You're You

Today my youngest turns 10 years old. I'm so happy that she's her....more

The Mighty and Thoughts on Prejudice

I wrote a couple years ago titled I'm Prejudiced. And So Are You and it's being featured over on The Mighty. ...more