We had a fabulous time at our Bloom event for new and expectant moms on May 1st at Hotel Parq Central, sponsored by St. Joseph’s Home Visiting. There were some amazing speakers . . . Royale Da Raluca from Babywearing NM Lucy Barabe Annalea Hart Thanks so much to Hotel Parq Central for […]
I have always enjoyed making our summer bucket lists. I love to day dream about summer and get my mind organized with all the things I’d like us to do. But this year the thought of making a bucket list is a little more stress ridden. My kids will be 7, 5 and almost 3 […]
If you’ve got Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out for Summer” scrolling through your head, I am right there with you! I can’t wait to run barefoot through the grass and lounge lazily in the backyard watching my kids splash in mud puddles. Before you let the school doors swing shut behind you, here are a few […]
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I was standing over her crib in the NICU, just watching her sleep. She was seven weeks of pure preciousness! A hospital volunteer walked up behind me and asked. “Are you mom?” I proudly said, “Yes! Foster mom.” My heart was soaring. For the first time in my life, I got to acknowledge that I […]
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Once upon a time we were children—let your mind be playful! As the fourth of eight children, I grew up in a family where play was plentiful. From coaxing my baby siblings to smile to organized sandlot baseball games, daily play with my brothers and sisters or neighborhood kids was part of my life. We were free-range kids before the […]
My husband and I went through the loss (miscarriage) of our first baby at just five weeks. Afterwards, I knew I was different. Research shows that pregnancy changes a woman’s brain. My desire to nurture was intensified. My longing to have a baby increased exponentially. I felt I looked at children differently. Still – I […]
May is International Doula Month. To celebrate, I wanted to share about my experience with a doula for my second birth and help clear up some misconceptions about doulas. When my first daughter was born back in 2013, it was just me, my husband, my mother, and about 20 health care professionals in the room. […]
Let me preface this post by saying that I am THE LEAST artistic person EVER. I don’t craft. I can’t draw. And I’m color blind so that definitely doesn’t help either. However, thanks mostly to Pinterest, I have managed to come up with some easy crafts that are perfect gifts for Mother’s Day and other […]
My mom nemesis has definitely been self-care. The needs of my kids are so urgent compared to taking care of me, which seems like it can wait. (Um, it can’t wait . . . unless you want to run into angry mom with crazy eyes.) I wrote a post about a year and half ago […]
Reward your kids for a job well done . . . With something other than food! So many of my clients say that their bad habits with eating started when they were young. Their parents started with food as a reward for all activities that were well done. Getting a good report card at school […]
“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” — Kate DiCamillo Ahhh…. stretched out in a hammock under a tree, reading at a leisurely pace, my book chosen from the pile of “books-to-read-when-I-have-time,” and the summer shade providing a space for […]
Have you ever had one of those nights when your little one(s) just will NOT go to sleep? In spite of Samuel L. Jackson’s excellent read aloud version of “Go the [Bleep] to Sleep” by Adam Mansbach, I know that quoting this particular book to my children is probably not my best option. So, instead, […]