They’re More Than Bottles

It’s time. Our youngest is almost 18 months old and hasn’t had a bottle in over 4 months. It’s time to clean out the kitchen cabinet that is overflowing with bottles, the bottle warmer, and all things “infant.” The truth is, it has been time for awhile, but something in my mommy heart keeps stopping…

The Perfect Storm

I’m not sure when it happened. I suppose slowly over the past year as I have been working daily to get healthier physically, mentally and emotionally, but somehow it feels more sudden. I no longer hate my body. As long as I can remember I have had a mental list of things, if given the…

Beautiful Blur

I finally got everything loaded back into the car-  it was 95 degrees, crazy humid, and I was drenched in sweat and EXHAUSTED! Was this all worth it?!? For a simple morning play date out I had spent a ridiculous amount of time and energy. Between getting up early to prep and pack the snacks (so…

To The First Time Mom

Dear First Time Mom, I’m not going to tell you all the tips that everyone has already been telling you. I’m not going to say “Sleep now before the baby gets here” or “Enjoy time with your husband because everything is about to change!” I won’t recommend which bottles you should use, or give you…

Do You Need a Bigger Tank?

Did you know goldfish will grow to the size of their environment? Typically they stay small because they are kept in small bowls (or die within 24 hours- it’s a toss up) but if allowed to they can grow to be quite large. I’m sure this is true of other types of fish as well,…

Mom Seeking Mom

“Come here often?”  I said awkwardly to a complete stranger/other mom at the park. No, seriously you guys, I literally said that. It was like some sort of desperate early 90’s pick up line.. and to no surprise to me.. the poor woman nervously smiled, nodded, scooped her child up, and headed to the furthest…

Roots On Wheels

4- That’s the number of times Chad and I have moved since getting married 3 years ago. 3- the number of states we have lived in, in that time. 2- the number of new tiny humans that we have brought into the world. 0- the number of regrets we have. As we are fast approaching…

Don’t Be a Joy Thief, Ok?

It’s like my ol’ pal Teddy once said “Comparison is the thief of joy” Ok, it was Theodore Roosevelt, and we weren’t exactly pals, but I like to think had we met we would have been fast friends. I have no doubt you have seen that quote all over your Pinterest feed and being shared…

Touched. Out.

I remember the days before we became “mommy and daddy”. We were SO in love we couldn’t keep our hands off of each other… seriously! We were so consumed with being 100% present with one another we literally couldn’t watch a movie for the first 6 months of our relationship. We would last about 10…

Your Marriage Is Your Carry On

We just got back from a week without our children in Mexico (… pause for jealous glares…) Chad and I had a lot of time to talk during that week–obviously because there weren’t two screaming children requiring our constant attention. Of course we reminisced over the past 3 years and all of the wonderful, awful,…

My Children Will Never Come First

There’s this idea that when we become a mom everything changes and we cease to be the person we were before we had children. To some extent I agree with that, but completely disagree at the same time. What can I say, I’m complicated. I lost myself in that belief for awhile after McKinley was…

Loosen The F Up

It’s been a long day with 2 little sassholes 2 and under. I’m in the kitchen with dirty dishes from the day of endless meals for others that I made and I’m just trying to get everything clean before Chad gets home from work. I’ve put this pressure on myself that the house needs to be…