Friday, June 28, 2013
I’ve been through it before. I was the teenager who could sing all the Barney songs because my brothers – 13 and 14 years younger – loved that purple dinosaur. Blue’s Clues, Rugrats, Power Rangers. I knew them all. So, I was prepared.
I was not prepared to fall in love with this adorable striped tiger named Daniel. But I did and so did my seven-month-old son.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Emory: Daddy, we’re going to see PawPaw tonight!
Me: No, Emory, we’re going to call PawPaw tonight.
Emory: Nuh, uh … we’ll see him on Facetime.
And, Facetime PawPaw is what we did.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
My realization of impending change came in May when I attended my daughter Lily’s preschool graduation. As she stood on the stage smiling with excitement in her mini cap and gown it dawned on me that Lily was growing up. Soon she will be in Kindergarten and you know what’s next: dating, prom, graduation, college, and marriage.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
First, just getting to the lake took us almost all day. By the time we waited for Shelby to take her nap so she would be on schedule and a happy little boater it was after 2 p.m. I think we actually got the boat in the water with everyone on board by 3-ish. I really like to plan and I can tell you my planning mojo was completely off course with this outing.
Monday, June 24, 2013
But there is one other thing in my life that is extremely important and I always want to put before our children, my marriage. My husband and I have been married for 10 years and I am happy to say that I am more in love with him now than I was the day we got married, but that takes work and is so worth it.
Sometimes we have to get creative to spend quality time together, just the two of us. It may be something simple and small or a night out but either way it is time alone together. It is so important to have this. Here are a few ideas on spending time with your spouse and managing small children:
Friday, June 21, 2013
Until recently, I daily fought the urge to tell friends and family to be cautiously optimistic but not get their hopes up in case something happened. We had been on such a roller coaster ride of hope and disappointment to get here it was hard to turn my brain off and trust that all was fine. Because it took us so long to get pregnant I had ample time to learn all the ways a pregnancy could go wrong.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
When Daniela Sanders learned at 35 weeks pregnant that she’d be delivering her twins via C-section (one was breach), her first thought was “this is going to mess up breastfeeding.”
For Daniela, establishing breastfeeding early on was important. Her oldest son, 17-month-old Prater, was delivered through the birth canal and enjoyed immediate skin-to-skin time with Mom at birth.
“Breastfeeding is best for them, it’s healthier for them,” she said. “The sooner you do it, the easier it will be.”
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Fast forward a few years, kids, cats, moves and now-dead chickens later, and our family had to say goodbye to our sweet girl.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The truth is that not all salads are created equal, especially not if you add the wrong ingredients. For example, a classic Cobb salad loaded with all the fixings or a standard restaurant chef's salad and dressing can cost you more than 1,000 calories and 80 grams of fat!
Don’t give up on salads — they can be a filling, low-cal option and a great way to satisfy your daily vegetable requirements.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Instead of making up something sappy about Father’s Day I thought I would fill you in on what’s been going on in Elliot’s little world.
Friday, June 14, 2013
That’s the answer my daughter gives when asked what she wants to be when she grows up. It’s the same answer she’s always given. Actually, her very first answer was “a big sister to Dasher” (her dog); but when I explained she kind of already was that, and that it looked unlikely she would be any other kind of “big sister,” she decided on veterinarian, and has stuck to it ever since.
So, how does a parent know whether a proclaimed vocation at five years old is based on an innate passion and skill, or just one of those top answers kids give – like policeman or president or doctor?
Thursday, June 13, 2013
From the minute Miss Nandi saw her baby sister, she was smitten – from the way she looked at her, kissed her, hugged her, said her name (her first attempts at saying Talia were comical) – there was no doubt she adored the new addition to the family.
She wanted to help me feed Talia, so I’d position the bottle in a way that made her think she was feeding her baby sister all by herself. Of course when Talia would dribble milk down her chin, Nandi rushed to wipe it off, looking more like she was trying to beat and smother her with the bib. And when she tried to help burp Talia, I could see the fear in my infant’s eyes – as if she wanted to say, “Please, Mama, get this crazy child away from me!”
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I’m a working Mom of two with a one hour commute each way, as I said, we’re busy. Even as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, sometimes I struggle to provide healthy nutrition options for my kids. Since having kids, I realize now how difficult it is to get them to eat things that are also packed with nutrition – especially if you have a very picky eater.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I know I relied heavily on the recommendations of other Mom's/families that went through this selection process recently. Besides. I'd never been a Mom before. How was I supposed to know how to go about doing this?
Monday, June 10, 2013
Having grown up in the country, I knew that life’s tempo is slower and that this type of lifestyle is very different, but I forgot what it is like living in close proximity to critters! We live in an unincorporated area with no fences, leash laws or other restrictions, except for the burn ban and water rationing. The beautiful blonde Labrador, Dusty, that lives next door has chewed items the boys left in our yard including shoes, clothing and a cell phone (we got it back, still works). Dusty recently took a pair of eyeglasses out of a cup-holder in our golf cart, and chewed them beyond repair. We have holes in the yard dug by armadillos and the deer and rabbits are eating plants, flowers and grass.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Young philanthropist 8-year-old Matthew wanted to make a special request of his birthday party guests: instead of gifts, bring donations for the critically ill babies in the neonatal intensive care unit.
He brought his mom, 3-year-old brother, and the $440 donation to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth this morning and toured the unit with one of the nurses.
"My friends and I did this so the babies can go home and hang out with their families," he said.
Donations help the NICU purchase things like blankets, preemie clothes and mobiles for the babies.
Watch Matthew's story tonight on WFAA and KDFW during the 5 p.m. news.
For more information on the Birthday Buddies program, click here.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
These days, the only thing my daughter seems to be interested in is music and the latest technology that can deliver it to her.
Forgive me if I sound naïve, but I thought I had at least another three to four years before this sort of behavior began. Yet I find myself checking playlists on a daily basis to make sure all apps and playlists remain “kid-friendly”. Doing this has made me realize, more than ever before, how important it is to stay up to date on what is relevant but it has proven to be more of a challenge than I expected.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Sleep now because you won’t later. I’ve found this is the first piece of advice anyone offered this pregnant woman. Um, I’d like to meet the pregnant woman who is getting good sleep because it sure isn’t me. That ship sailed at about six weeks. I needed that advice during the months spent trying to get pregnant. If I’m not up making trips to the bathroom, I’m up because I’m ravenous because dinner didn’t taste good after all, or because I’m so congested I can’t breathe. The nights where I’m so exhausted I sleep five hours straight are pure heaven and you must believe I do treasure those, but it’s not like I’m back to my teenager or college-aged self with the sleeping in.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
There is certainly an abundance out there to choose between. In fact, several technology blogs do app highlights on a weekly basis. So, I thought I would do my own review of a handful of apps that have dramatically improved my life in one way or another! I hope some of these are a help to you and feel free to add to this list – I’m sure there are tons more great, affordable and useful apps out there for moms!
Here are a few apps I use regularly – and all of them were free!
Monday, June 3, 2013
I have loved volunteering since the day I started. Knowing that your time can help an organization to fulfill their needs that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do is a wonderful feeling. Finding an organization you are passionate about makes your time all that more special. As Gandhi has said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” So I challenged myself with finding an organization that would take volunteers as young as my son. If the list existed, I couldn’t find it. Over and over again I would call various places to see if there was anything we could do together, and we ran into dead ends. Couldn’t he at least be of help sorting food in a food bank? Stocking shelves? Doing something??