Disingenuous Elmo

Disingenuous Elmo is not the opening act of the opening act of the opening act of MGMT at Coachella. It is the theme to much of my first year of parenthood....more

My Mom Met Bob Dylan's Mom

The pride I feel for Wee Cee is like nothing I had ever experienced before I had her. Even her growing hair is a cause to celebrate. I’m sure I’m too fussy, but I don’t care. She’s my little slice of perfection and even when she’s driving me to the brink of insanity, I adore her. The fact that she can elicit a response from me at all is a credit to her developing personality and all the more reason to feel parental pride....more

The Weight of Motherhood: 72 Pounds

I cuddle, I cuddle," my preschooler mumbles in her baby talk way, a frequent occurrence now that she's uncertain about fulfilling her big kid role. And under my left arm she goes. They squirm and wiggle and shift their weight until... they're both on my lap. Sisters leaning into each other, and leaning back on their momma. Wrapped up in my old fleece robe, they are warm, they are safe....more
catpoland No problem! It was a great post.more

Giving up the teenage dream

At 17, I planned out my entire life until age 30: a college degree and marriage by 22 followed by two children (girl then boy), a master’s degree and a fulfilling professional career by 30. My plans didn’t go beyond that, so apparently I was going to drop dead or go insane after that crazy journey....more

What Motherhood Taught Me About My Personality

You know, you go through your life (in this case about 29 years so far) thinking that you’ve pretty much got yourself figured out. You come to terms with some things (like the fact that you can’t sleep with socks on no matter how cold your feet are or that you can’t say no to a brownie, regardless of what you just ate) and you take pride in others (like your natural ability to organize a party with absolutely no decorations, notice, or real planning and still have a wonderful time). And then, bam, motherhood hits you. And all the things that you knew about yourself…or at least you thought you knew about yourself…go right out the window....more

We're More Alike Than We Are Different: A Book Review of Why Have Kids?

I recently received and want to share this book review for Why Have Kids? by La Vie Childfree blog follower Gabriela Maya Bernadett.Here it is: ...more

The Longest Days

One of my favorite quotes for parenthood and life is from Gretchen Rubin's Book The Happiness Project.  In that book she says for parents the "...more

Treating Parenthood as a Privilege

What kind of story do we see in the news just about every day? Incidents of child abuse. When it comes to child abuse, the statistics in the United States are unnerving. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, in the United States a child is abused or neglected every 36 seconds....more

Being a Mom Makes Me Stronger!

I must say I love every single thing that comes along with being a mom. Being a mom opens you up. I am so much more open than I ever was. I am more understanding, patient (I have to work on that daily!) and loving. But it also creates a more critical person as well. I have no tolerance for nonsense. It sounds like a huge contradiction saying I am more understanding but have no tolerance. I think I have just grown past all the BS and know what I want from life and what I want for my children, so I cannot handle drama or immaturity....more
@alliedarr rock on mama!!more