Happiness is ______ {Week Twenty-Nine} #happinessis


2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so […]

“The Last One” Woes


She climbed onto my lap quite dinosaur-esque, readying her position for some nap-related boob-time. I leaned back into the couch, my trusty heating pad clicked on to a “1” resting against my lower back. Just as I began to open Facebook, I instinctively decided to look down for a second at my baby’s drowsy eyes, […]

How a Fever, Sleepless Nights, & Obnoxious Kids Changed Me as a Mom Forever

baby v at seaworld

After getting sick late Wednesday night, I spent the last part of the week in a fever-induced haze. Tired, rundown, haggard,¬†vacillating¬†between sweating and freezing, all while battling a suspicious fever that persisted with no other symptoms or ailments to warrant or explain its existence. I did my damnedest to scrub the evil fever from my […]

Today, I Broke Down and Gave In


The past two weeks of “back-to-school” have been particularly tough for me, watching my kindergartner go off the first time, my oldest son practicing at 6:15am for (TEXAS!!) tackle football for his new-to-him junior high, getting used to the 5:45am alarm clock, 18-hour days, cooking spectacular lunches, all with a teething infant and a smidgeon […]

Making It Count

feeding ducks at SeaWorld San Antonio

Some days are more frantic than others – when no matter how hard I run after it, I can’t catch my breath, I can’t find where I last placed my sanity, and a quick whiff under my arm tells me I’ve forgotten more than my first name and whether or not I had breakfast. But […]

One (Heartbreakingly Beautiful) Week


“Mommy? Why is your belly still big?” My seven-year-old asked. “Because my belly is still getting used to not having Baby V in it, sweetie. It now has a lot of air in it.” I answered. Likening it to a balloon, he poked at it a bit, but I winced, as I was still a […]

The Flood


He woke up from his nap and of course, moseyed over to me for some quality fresh-from-his-nap boob time. He crawled up into my lap, half-asleep, nuzzled himself into my shirt while I tiredly sat at my desk, slurped coffee, hoping the warmth of it would help soothe my throat some. (Despite my best efforts, […]

The End of an Era – How Do I Let Go?


For over ten years I’ve been kissing and snuggling and hugging baby-type people, kissing and devouring their baby faces, dressing their chubby baby arms into small outfits, squeaking and squealing in baby-type talk to them. How do I let it go? How do I let this be the last baby, and never have another? I […]

Top Teeth


We literally had to hang Baby Dude by the rafters to get a shot of his new tooth poking through. (Alright, we don’t have any rafters, but still…) Operation Dangle Baby Dude had to be done, he wouldn’t let us pry his baby mouth open long enough to get a picture of it, and it’s […]

Dear Baby Dude, Love The Twins


Dearest Baby Dude, We know we’re tasty, and filled with nutritional awesomeness, but we’re not a teething toy, nor are we something to poke at, twist, nibble or scratch. We are there for sustenance and refreshment, but dude, sometimes ya gotta give us time fill up before you come after us again! What’s with that, […]

Soccer Mom


Saturday was the end of season soccer “tournament” which was played on squishy grass and mud, in bone-chilling temps, with take-your-breath-away wind. As if that wasn’t enough, the “tournament” rules itself didn’t make much sense to me. It was double elimination, which means, it took two losses to be eliminated, except, there weren’t that many […]

Slow Down Sweet Children, Slow Down


She leans against me, nursing, clutching my shirt, eyelids weighed down, as she drifts into her mid-afternoon slumber. How did she get to be so big, and yet, be so small at the same time? Still needing me, still baby-ish, yet, compared to her newborn brother, that big-ness of being the big sister…. how did […]

Tired, Boob-Filled Days


Feed. Burp. Change diaper. Bounce/Dance/Rock. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. This one’s a fiesty one. He’s pretty much all-boob, all the time. ‘Cept he shares it with his sister, and so, as you can imagine, there’s no rest for Mom AKA Mrs. Boobie-McMilkMaker. Yeah, that’s me. I’m a milk-makin’ machine. Boobs hangin’ out all the time, it […]

Bosom Buddies


One was on the left.One was on the right.Both fell asleep.He rolled over to her.This is how they ended up. Dying of cuteness, seriously.

False Labor


I had a wake up call last night, after nursing my 20 month old, I realized the contractions that came about after nursing were suddenly more regular than they’d ever been, even though very very mild, a mere tightening. I’d been having contractions for a few weeks now, nothing too intense, some were just awkward, […]

Breastfeeding Email Campaign – Boycott G105 – join me?


You know, with all of todays issues, you’d think a radio announcer had something better to do than to pick on breastfeeding women during his morning show. He not only advocated using formula, saying his 30 year practicing pediatrician knew more than a breastfeeding mama who phoned in, he called her ‘creepy’ when she said […]