Holiday Gift Guide for a New Mama

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and I love it!  I love the music, the fun family gatherings and activities, the movies, the food, and just plain celebrating and giving thanks....more

The Doldrums: New Baby and the Disappearing Date Night

The other day my husband lamented,  "we are in the doldrums of our relationship."...more

How to keep your relationship strong after having a baby

Having a baby is usually a time of great joy but it is also a time when the relationship between partners is challenged. This is because we undergo a major transformation when we become parents. A whole new part of our psyche is born - the Inner Mother or Inner Father. This personal change, together with the fact that there is now another person in the family system, leads to new relationship patterns. ...more

Help Your Other Child Adjust Better To A New Sibling

YAY! So you’re having a new baby! How exciting! ...more

Favorite Products for #2

 Adding another baby to the family is such an amazing blessing, truly a gift.  But, there's also no denying that it's a crazy time...lots of adjustment and juggling that goes on!  (Check out my previous post with tips for preparing for #2).  My older son Jack was nine days shy of...more

So ... Now I'm a Parent?

the past 6 weeks have had me reflecting on this journey that jp and i have gotten ourselves on. we jumped on a fast moving train and 6 short weeks ago we were welcomed into a very special club of “motherhood.” i’ve been thinking of what it means to be a parent and trying to really let that feeling … that notion … sink in. what does it mean to be a parent? is that something i’m supposed to feel the minute i laid my eyes on my little girls? or is it something that evolves, and is constantly changing as life moves on? i think it’s both....more

10 After-Baby Tips for Husbands Everywhere

When I become a first time mother, I felt stressed, tired, sleep deprived, and frustrated. I just felt overwhelmed while my husband was well-rested, energetic, and relaxed. Until one day, my frustration got to the point where I got upset when he wasn't helping out with the baby. I would tell him that he wouldn't come to help me when the baby cried constantly or come and offer to watch the baby because I needed a rest. My husband would tell me, "You didn't ask me," or "You need to let me know if you need a break." ...more
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Before You

Before you I was just me. A college graduate. A writer, a friend, and a sister, a wife and a daughter.Before you I had plans. So many plans. To travel to Europe,  write a book of short stories, learn how to cook.Before you I had worries. Daily – hourly -- worries that flooded my mind at the most inopportune of times. Worries about not making enough money; worries that I didn’t spend enough time nurturing relationships. Worries that I was losing my passion for so many things....more

A BIG EASY Fourth of July AND A New Baby Comes In With A BANG!

Baby Beckett's due date was July 5th, so the plan for us this year was to spend the 4th of July in New Orleans instead of on the river.  Robby and I loaded up and headed south on the 3rd, staying with Ryan and Allison since David and Codi's guest bedroom had been turned into a nursery. The morning of the 4th, Ryan, Allison,Robby and I all went down to the the French Quarters to walk around and eat some lunch... ...more