First days with your newborn – life seems to slow down a bit

First days with your newborn – life seems to slow down a bit

Once you hear the little cry and hold this little being who just came from inside you, the joy and love that you feel is beyond words. The world seems to stop and all you can think about is the little miracle in your arms. You see that little chest go up and down as she experiences her first breaths and all the pregnancy and labor pains are forgotten and you are filled up in a way you didn't dream was possible. It is amazing how being in the presence of a newborn…continue reading →
Preparing for the arrival of our third baby – a little different than our first and second

Preparing for the arrival of our third baby – a little different than our first and second

When you have spent the last nine months thinking about the little person inside you, it is so wonderful to know that you will finally be meeting him or her. I wonder if it's a boy or girl, the temperament, what he or she will look and feel like. I am ready to move beyond pregnancy and finally get to know this little person who will change our family forever. The preparation is a little different with the birth of each new child. With your first baby, you spend so much time thinking…continue reading →
Raising a happy three year old – implement a discipline strategy that rewards good behavior

Raising a happy three year old – implement a discipline strategy that rewards good behavior

Heightened curiosity, more vivid imagination, longer attention span, and increased autonomy are a few of the neat things that have come with Calvin turning three. But with this age also came more frustration and emotion from him as tries to find his identity and be his own little person. For us, it also became the first time we realized we needed a more structured discipline strategy. The threat of a "time-out or break" wasn't enough to control his behavior anymore I had been thinking about this for a couple of months, but I…continue reading →
Like attracts like – when I feel happy then positive happy things come back to me

Like attracts like – when I feel happy then positive happy things come back to me

The simple law of attraction—the energy that I put out comes back to me—has never been so clear to me then when I am a wife and a mom. My emotional state seems to affect the energy of our home me so strongly. When I feel happy and positive, happiness and joy seems to radiate back to me. But when I am unhappy looking negatively on the day, I have unhappy encounters with Dan, my children seem to misbehave and its a waterfall effect. One thing after another goes wrong. The tough thing…continue reading →
Feeling the baby inside me – One of the most beautiful feelings in the world

Feeling the baby inside me – One of the most beautiful feelings in the world

I love feeling the baby flutters and kicks inside me. It just never gets old. Around 20 weeks, you start to feel these little delicate flutters at random times. Then the movements become more frequent, with more force, and finally on more of a set schedule. The baby starts their routine even in the womb—moving around and getting exercise at the same times every day. Why do I keep staring at my belly as the baby moves? Then as the baby gets bigger, you don't just feel the baby, but see it too.…continue reading →
It is Craziness – try to see the beauty in the crazy

It is Craziness – try to see the beauty in the crazy

We had good friends over for breakfast this weekend. They are friends from our life before children who have become great friends after children. I believe that we choose our friends and our friends make us be better people. With lifetime friends like this, we have seen each other evolve from young social singles to married couples with a baby and now to families. More children at our gatherings have brought more chaos as well I've learned to prepare as much as I can in advance so I can just enjoy their company…continue reading →
On the toughest days – choose love instead

On the toughest days – choose love instead

I once heard someone say, "choose love" today. I have to remind myself of this often as a parent. This morning I woke up early like I do every morning with the hope that I will have some me time.  Time to myself, doing yoga, meditating, and writing is the way I like to start my day. It doesn't matter what time of day you choose, I believe every mom needs some time for herself in order to be her best all day. Happy wife happy life so they say. The toughest moment…continue reading →