A Baby Will Turn You Into Someone Different Than You’ve Ever Imagined

My youngest sister has her first baby now. And, as a result, I think I have become her go-to person when she is wondering anything about motherhood. From breastfeeding, to “what’s that!”, to “should I worry?” questions, it has brought us a little closer as sisters. We are 8 years apart in age, but now it seems like now that she is a Mom, we have plenty to talk about. I look at her reaction to things and smile now that I have have survived 3 newborns. She texted me the other day to let me know that she had … Continue reading

A Day in the Life of Your Baby

Sometimes, I look at my baby and wonder what he is thinking. After all, I have so much control over his day to day life, and he has hardly any, and I wonder if he is ever puzzled by what is going on around him. In fact, I don’t really need to wonder, because I know he is. But, if you look at it from his perspective, it has to be kind of strange. He is pulled out of bed and gets to crawl around on the floor for a bit. We hop in the car to take Daddy somewhere, … Continue reading

Kim Kardashian is Pregnant

I almost hate to write this blog because I am not fond of the Kardashian family nor their empire.  I don’t understand how any of them got to be where they are (sans Bruce Jenner) or how they stay there.  I briefly watched an episode of their reality show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and am certain my IQ dropped during those few minutes.  I think Kim’s 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries was a total sham on her part.  I am still not sure if he was in on the moneymaking marriage or not. But, news is news whether I … Continue reading

Reflections on Transitioning from Pregnancy to Motherhood

I look back at blog entries I wrote when I was pregnant, as well as e-mails I sent my friends, and it’s clear that there were moments when I was so eager for pregnancy to end. I really enjoyed pregnancy for the most part, but near the end I became so sore and uncomfortable, and I could hardly contain my excitement to cradle my baby in my arms for the first time. As much as I was ready to become a mother, however, there are some things about pregnancy that I truly miss. I used to lay on my side … Continue reading

Understanding in Marriage

This is one of those qualities marriages need in spades. And the reality is sometimes we don’t understand why our partner is behaving the way they do. That’s largely because women and women think and behave differently in situations and respond differently to them. Women, on the whole, remembering of course there are always exceptions to every rule or generalization, tends to worry more and be more emotional. This is especially true when the woman is pregnant. Emotions tend to come to the fore. At times the man might not understand why she is behaving as she us. Sometimes she … Continue reading

Add a Little Pizzazz to Your Delivery Experience

When my son was born, I packed the basics and didn’t think much beyond the toothpaste and underwear while throwing my hospital bag together. The next time around, however, I plan on going the extra mile by adding a little glamour. Anyone who has ever seen pictures of themselves after delivery knows how nice it would be to add a little sparkle to their tired face and the baggy hospital night gown, as well as the bland delivery room. First of all, I’m putting my sister on beauty duty. It will be her job to make sure my lips are … Continue reading

Registry Details: Diaper Bag Essentials

Over the past year I have picked up pointers and ideas from other moms about which baby accessories are essential and which ones are a waste of cash. I’ve also learned a thing or two from experience. One thing I cannot say enough about is the importance of a well packed diaper bag, something I knew nothing about when I was creating my registry. When you are first handed the registry scanner and you begin to puruse the aisles, it can be overwhelming at first. There are so many products to choose from. There are so many things that you … Continue reading

Bonding with Your Baby with a Disability

Attachment is a lasting bond that develops early in a child’s life. Attachment can occur between the mother and child as well as with others: dad and child, grandparents and child, even foster parents can enhance a child’s life through attachment. Attachment is more than just an emotional bond, it is a critical component to the healthy development of the child. Children who experience attachment and feel the love of a caregiver have a better chance of growing into adults who are capable of sustaining lasting, close relationships. Some parents find it difficult to bond with a child who has … Continue reading

Beach Baby

Living near the beach, my son has been a beach baby since he could sit up. He was crawling in the sand long before he could walk. He’s the second generation beach baby as I have plenty of photos of myself on the beach by the age of two. The beach holds a lot of fun for a toddler. The sand is fun to play in. It doesn’t seem to matter if they are playing with the sand with their hands or building a sand castle with shovels, sand is just simply fun. We’ve taken my son’s beach toys out … Continue reading

Safety Tips on Jogging With a Stroller: Part II

Jogging with your baby is great exercise for Moms. It will help you to lose any weight that you might have put on when you were pregnant. It will help to tone your muscles and enjoy the company of your child while you exercise. In Part I we discussed safety tips while jogging with baby. Other additional safety tips include: * Be sure to strap your baby in the jogging stroller completely to avoid any injury. If your baby is not strapped in he or she may fall out of the stroller while you are jogging. Little fingers also have … Continue reading