Ya know, you get into this thing. This parent thing. You have this new little thing to take care of. You don’t know what to expect. They don’t know what to expect.
Not only does she completely trust you to care of her every need. Her birth-mom trusted you to care for her child. To love her unconditionally.
I never thought this would be hard for me. I always thought this would be easy. Mothering seemed like it was instinctual to me since I was a little girl imagining 7 children (Cabbage Patches at the time, Sandy, Bethany, Katie, Shane, Headah, Lara & Brenda if you must know…). It didn’t come that easy for me.
From the moment of Faith’s birth when we were in the air flying from Minneapolis to Tampa and we heard that her birth mom decided to see her (not the plan), we knew things were going to be ok… but different. Then when we got there and got to spend an incredible night into early morning and full day with Faith’s birth-mom, I couldn’t let my guard down. I couldn’t fully attach to her knowing that she was not “mine” yet.
Unbeknownst to her, A* gave me (us) some of the most precious days of our daughter’s life. She gave us tips and insight. She assured us from the first moment we saw Faith and her, “She’s yours”. But I could tell in her eyes that it was killing her on the inside. And it was SO hard for me knowing that I was taking something from her. It was like we were kids again and I was stealing a toy. Before TPR was to happen, I went to speak with her for the last time and I came back and collapsed into Tony’s arms. I felt like I was the one causing her pain. And that killed me. Read the rest of this entry »
Hello JM mommies and mommies-to-be! We have a really great giveaway to tell you about. Robin Tacchetti, a Physical Therapist and mom of three, created the Biddy Belly, an adorable playmat that helps babies enjoy tummy time. Tummy time is important for babies as it helps them develop gross motor and cognitive skills, and prepares them for things like rolling, crawling and walking.
Continue reading to find out how to win one of these super cute Biddy Belly tummy time mats. Read the rest of this entry »
April 30th, the last day Cora was alive. As much as I have come to terms with some things, it’s still hard. I STILL have the “if only I’d done this,” and “I should have done that,” thoughts that pop into my head, forever haunting me.
In the end, no matter what, she’s not here. She’s not here. And that hurts more than anything I could ever express.
I’m supposed to be planning a birthday party. Instead I’ll make cupcakes and release butterflies. As much as I love that tradition, it’s just not the same.
“See this character, Mom? This is Chi Eekway Papanoida. She’s a senator from Pantora, the moon of Orto Poltunia. She wears a cloak covered in Wroonian healing stones. She was an advisor to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine during the Clone Wars. Did you get that?”
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I am thrilled to bring you some fun Learn Through Movement activities with my friends Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas and Train Up a Child. We are sharing all kinds of activities that will help kids learn while moving and having fun. Monday, we all shared some math activities. I shared our Math Number Hunt which got the kids outside where they practiced counting and numerical order. Today’s Learn Through Movement activity focuses on Reading and includes free printables.
I decided it would be fun for the kids to go on an I Spy Neighborhood Walk. I created some free printables which you can download here. On the printables, I included sights that kids might see on a stroll around the neighborhood, and a place for them to record their post walk thoughts. There are pictures and words to help emergent readers make the connection between words and print. My 3 year old is not reading yet so the pictures were a big help to her. My 4 year old twins are readers so they used the words more than the pictures as they walked along.
I got some cheap clipboards at the Dollar Store and used them for this activity. Simply tie a pencil to a clipboard and the checklist can be completed on the walk. Before we left we talked about what a neighborhood was and what sorts of things we might see. The kids had lots of great ideas for things I hadn’t even thought to put on my list. I then gave them their clipboards and asked them to read me the names of the things they would be looking for. Read the rest of this entry »
Breastfeeding moms rock! That’s why we’ve chosen breastfeeding memes as our very first round of memes for Mommy Meme Monday. Check out our list of the ten most hilarious breastfeeding memes.
If we could get into the minds of our little ones…
Wonder where he’ll go for dinner and dessert…
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So, I have become pregnant again. It wasn’t planned, but I’m excited…most of the time. When I’m not terrified.
I have such a hard time talking about pregnancy with people. I’ll only be 6 weeks on Monday, but since I get so very sick, I don’t even try to keep it a secret. And of course, pregnancy means people want to talk about babies.
They don’t understand what torture that is for me.
They don’t understand that every plan of after birth is prefaced by a “Hopefully.”
Hopefully, when the baby gets here….
I’ll be nursing this baby. Hopefully.
Erin’s going to love helping with the baby. Hopefully. If all goes well. If my baby doesn’t die sometime between now and then.
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I just finished making baby numero dos. Wonderful to have two children, but, as everyone who has had children can attest to, it is also wonderfully expensive. I tried to prepare financially for both births, but had a difficult time finding reliable information online- all I could really find was general, “Your labor and delivery could cost over $10,000,”.
But how much to the hospital?
How much to the doctor?
How much for my epidural?
How much will insurance REALLY pay? Read the rest of this entry »
“Mom, I made this picture at school.”
“Very cool. Tell me about it.”
“It’s me and Desmond and Felix and we’re at Imagination World and everything’s chocolate, like chocolate balloons are there and a chocolate car and the sky is chocolate and we’re standing on chocolate mountains.”
“Where is Imagination World?”
“It’s the world inside my head, inside my imagination.”
“I want to go there.”