Holding On and Letting Go

Those first few nights of being a mother, I set my alarm for every four hours out, full of paranoid panic that if I didn’t, my baby would starve while I slept, zombie-like, in various stages of new parenthood dreams. My own mother, upon hearing of this particular branch of insanity, had to reassure me …

Traveling w/ Kids: It’s Not Awful, But It IS Different

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of posts from parents that basically all say that traveling with kids is the pits: no rest, no relaxation, no fun–just supervision and crankiness and stress the vast majority of the time. (Or my own personal favorite: “Let’s get real–it’s really only a vacation for the kids.”) I get it. …

Today, You Are One (+ Thoughts on My 1st Year of Motherhood)

¬†Photo courtesy of my sis My baby Raven, Today, you are one. WOW. What a year it has been! From the moment you first drew breath, you have seemingly been determined to learn as much as you can every day and to try to hit as many milestones as you can before each new month …

I Thought I’d Be Ready to Move Her Into Her Own Room at 2 Months, But…

¬† You know what’s crazy? Parenthood has been about 20% what I expected, and 80% (mostly delightfully) not what I expected at all. I guess my problem has always been that I tend to pay much more attention to all the negative hype around something rather than the positive. That was definitely true of marriage–for …

A Surprise ER Visit + 4 More Things

Remember how I haven’t done a little 5-things-update for, like, months? Well, I figured it’s high time I’d better fix that, so here you go: 1. Five days after giving birth to Raven, I started having these odd chest pains. Sometimes they would just be dull and heavy–like I had a baby sitting on my …

Strawberry Shortcake + Anticipation of the Future

Today my Sunday schedule was totally thrown off (thanks to my calling, or volunteer work, at my church). Instead of attending choir practice in the morning and church for 3 hours in the afternoon, I went to church meetings from 9-12 and spent the afternoon at home while my husband was attending our regular meetings …