Surviving Life with a Newborn

I’ve been meaning to write. I really have. Every night, I go to bed with the best intentions for the next day ....more

Investing for Your Kids: Strategies for New Parents

Millennials are having babies. About 20,000,000 of them have already done so. And there are plenty more where they came from ....more

(Not) Settling for Life in Suburbia

With the exception of the minivan, Eric and I are headed straight for a suburbia lifestyle or maybe we’re already there. We are no longer cool, hip, going out on weeknight newlyweds (although did we ever do that anyway?). We are now two thirty-something adults with real jobs (public affairs for me, firefighter for him) with real salaries and real bills ....more

For the rest of my life, I will be someone’s mom.

We’ve got less than six weeks to go, and the countdown is on. With this raging September heat we’ve been having in southern California (I’m over the 90s okay?!), I am really hoping this baby decides to make an appearance sooner rather than later. In fact, I’m often asked: “You ready for this baby?” And my first thought is, yeah, get this thing outta me! ...more

What It’s Really Like to Be Pregnant

A tongue-in-cheek look at what pregnancy has been like for me these past 28 weeks. People Will Be...more

On Becoming a New Uncle

Hello! My name is Kevin, and I am Erika’s youngest brother at 21 years of age. Since she’s been pregnant, she’s been super busy and hasn’t been able to keep up with her blog so I took upon myself to give you all some perspective on what I’m expecting as a soon-to-be uncle ....more

When It Rains, It Pours

Eric and I were so excited to become homeowners last fall. Home ownership has always been a huge goal for us, so when it finally happened—after years of thinking it was just a distant dream—we were absolutely thrilled. When we bought this two-bedroom house, we knew it would be too small for us once we started expanding our family ....more

What to Expect with My Pregnancy

While I am the first to admit that this pregnancy hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies (mostly because I’ve been having such a hard time with the physical and emotional changes), I will say that when I first got pregnant, I was absolutely thrilled and couldn’t wait to learn absolutely everything about what my body would be going through. A friend had given me her baby books, and with that stack came the classic What to Expect When You’re Expecting. If anyone knows me, they know that I love to arm myself with as much education as possible before I take on a project ....more

The Family Car Dilemma

First off, I want to say, thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the kind words and sympathetic ears on my last post. When a post is written like that, it can easily be misconstrued amd I am so grateful that everyone took it the correct way and empathized with my current plight. I am happy to say after a low-key and family-filled weekend, I am doing a lot better and hope to get into full baby prep soon ....more

My Blogging Hiatus and What I’ve Been Up To

So somewhere around six months ago, I pretty much stopped my usual blogging routine. It wasn’t intentional. I was just sort of over it, and I needed a break ....more