It Could Have Been Me

Weeks later, I am still thinking of the recent incidents of the little boy entering the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo and of the fatal alligator attack of the toddler vacationing in Florida. I am absolutely heartbroken for the parents that have lost their child. I am saddened that a rare animal was killed. […]

To My Baby Boy/Big Boy On His 5th Birthday

Dear Mattykinz, It seems ridiculous to think of it now but when I first learned you were going to be a boy, I was filled with worry and apprehension. I’m not really into cars, dirt, sports, bugs, or pretty much anything that is typically associated with raising a boy. And even though I know those […]

When a 72 Year-Old Woman Gives Birth

As reported in the news a few days ago, doctors have raised ethical and health concerns after a 72 year-old woman recently gave birth to her first child following two years of IVF treatment. I understand the initial ethical question over whether or not IVF should be performed on a woman of advanced age and the […]

An Old Town Weekend

Dear Babes, It’s already been a few weeks since our return and yet you two are still going on and on about this year’s family vacation. You’ve been very much into animals lately, so for our trip this year we figured why not headline it with one of the most famous zoos in the country, […]

Random Musings #1

I’ve spent the majority of the past two months awake and breastfeeding a restless newborn. The times I’ve been just too exhausted to read or do anything constructive (which has been almost all of the time) I’ve resorted to watching TV. A lot of it. And most of it has been reality tv, or “supposed” […]

Bringing Home Baby

In my last post, I wrote about deliveries not going as planned, only to turn around and have just such an experience ending in a cesarean section. I had imagined that during my last week of pregnancy I would be on cloud nine and super excited over my impending arrival. As it turned out, I spent […]

Labor Pains

So I’m filling out my pre-registration form to deliver at the hospital and one of the questions listed asks something to the effect of “Do you plan to use medication as part of your pain management?” Um, yes please.  I’ll take everything you have, and please have it ready when I get there. Did they […]

Common Core = Common Sense?

Several days ago, a parent posted a photo of a check he had made out to his child’s school with symbols instead of written numbers. His apparent objective was to show his frustration over how ridiculous he feels the Common Core math standards are, and his post worked, renewing yet again a heated online debate over […]

On the Controversy in Kentucky

The entire Kentucky county clerk controversy continues to confound me. I feel like there must be some bigger part of the story that I am missing or clearly not understanding here, because it doesn’t seem that difficult to me. You believe whatever it is you believe, and based on that belief, you either continue to […]

Pregnancy Progression

It’s been a tough two months. With my two previous gestations, I experienced varying levels of sciatic nerve pain and pelvic girdle pain. It wasn’t fun by any means but I got through it. This time around, it progressed into full-blown symphysis pubis dysfunction, something I’d never heard of until now and that I won’t […]

On Your First Day of Kindergarten…

It’s not as if I’m not used to you going off every day; you’ve been in daycare/preschool since you were just a few months old. You leave home for days at a time to stay with Grandma without a second look back. Clearly, there have been no separation anxiety or attachment issues going on here. But […]

More Like Divorced at First Sight…

Well that went downhill quickly! After finally catching up on all episodes of Married At First Sight Season 2, I’m surprised ( and yet, not so surprised) to learn that 0 for 3 couples have remained together. And that not only did they merely separate, but some of them ended badly. I’m a few weeks behind […]

The Struggle Continues…

The struggle has continued for me lately to write and post with any regularity. The beginning of the year found me balancing an increased workload at the job with me also researching and finding a school for Lila (which felt like a part time job in and of itself). It was quite the arduous process […]

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in A Shoe…

Several weeks ago it was reported that Annegret Raunigk of Germany, age 65, is expecting quadruplets. She has already 13 children (the oldest of which is 44) and 7 grandchildren. I don’t believe it is anyone’s right or business to meddle into someone’s decision to procreate. One should be entitled to have as many children as […]

A Magical Weekend

Dear Babes, We did it! Daddy and I managed to get you to Disney World for the surprise of your short little lives, and all without you suspecting a single thing!  You’ve been asking to go to Disney World for the better part of a year now, and all we ever say is “We’ll see” […]

Pause. Breathe. Reset.

I’ve always had difficulty in finding time to write. I have but a small window in which I feel I am in my most optimum writing mode, generally mid-morning to early afternoon. Unfortunately, I am rarely, if ever, able to actually get any writing done during that time frame. I’m so not a morning person […]

A Kindergarten Conundrum

In just a few days, I’m expected to select the elementary school for my child that will educate, mold, nourish, and enrich her for the next 5-6 years. So far, this has proven to be quite the exhausting undertaking. Because, to begin with, I didn’t even realize it was time for this just yet. This […]

I Was A Mean Girl Once

I was largely a compassionate and empathetic child. I sobbed uncontrollably during Forrest Gump when the kids were mean to him on the bus and when they threw rocks at him and made him run. I hated Trix commercials and always wished I could meet the rabbit and share a bowl of cereal with him. And […]

Our Weekend #2

Dear Babes, We started our weekend off with our usual Friday family movie night and watched Night at the Museum. You enjoyed the movie, requesting already to know if there was a “next one” that we could also get, and for us to go on a trip to a museum like the one in the […]