Sickest Holidays

Saturday, December 27, 2014


My guy has been sick for over a week. Fevers reaching all the way up to 40 degrees Celsius. Couldn't figure out what was going on, took him to the doctor and everything, since he didn't have a sore throat or anything like that until yesterday when BAM -- DOUBLE EAR INFECTION. 

We have been pretty anxious to get them well (Sofia ended up having strep), since it was Christmastime and we've got two new babies on my side (one month old and another a mere 3 days old), and then on my husband's side there are two little cousins. I mean other than just trying to keep them from infecting everyone, we wanted them to be able to enjoy Christmas! 

Hubby's ended being sick, and my mom too. Only my dad, Maya and I have managed to escape the clutches of illness this time round. Weird thing is that everyone has something completely different! 

Anyhow, looking on the bright side of things, we had a lovely Christmas being to spend time with everyone. There is so much to be grateful for... Including being able to take care of one another when we're not feeling well. The support we can give one another during times when we're down is something that is the most precious and shouldn't be taken for granted. 

So, while it has been quite a bit of work  being up in the night with our feverish children administering medication (we're up to our third large bottle of Tylenol in a week!) and getting drinks of water and letting hubby rest to recover himself, I'm looking at this as a chance for my children to feel the tender side of love from their mother who can be a bit on the hard side at times. I guess it's working cause my boy just climbed up beside as I was napping on the couch and fell asleep in my arms. 

It's been a lot of soup-making and temperature taking over this last week. Hopefully the kids'll be better for part of this school break so we can get out of the house and do something together more fun!

SOFIA is SEVEN

Wednesday, December 10, 2014



MY FIRST BABY IS SEVEN.
Like, what the hey?!

Gave her a little gift first thing this morning ... If you can't see, it's a "Little Miss" mug. And this one is "Little Miss Fun". And that's who she is--my little miss fun! She loves to make people laugh. She can't stand to see her baby sister cry. She will work hard to make her smile. This girl LOVES life; bouncing up from her bed every morning to take on the day (often earlier than I am ready for). I pray she never, ever, ever changes. What a gift she is to me and our little family.

Road Trips with the Kids

Friday, August 15, 2014



I am currently with my family, taking our third road-trip of the summer. Maya, our six month old, is getting trained HARD at what it means to be a part of this traveling circus!

Working Out Hard Decisions

Friday, August 01, 2014



So, I left my job.
I left my job of 12 years that I loved,
that I put my heart and soul into,
that I started as a mere single, young adult of 21 years old and left as a wife and mother of 3 children.
There was a lot of growing up on the job.
These were my formative years as an adult.
Leaving this job was a hard decision to make.

The Strangest Problem

Thursday, May 01, 2014


As many of you who are parents of small babies know, you can ride the wave of sweet stretches of knowing what your baby wants at each part of the day, and then one day, it can all turn to hell.

This has been my last ten days.

Insider tips on surviving your newborn

Friday, March 28, 2014


Whether this is your first newborn or your seventh, newborns are hard. You're sleep deprived and your recovering from the most trauma your body will ever naturally go through, and you're supposed to have a good solution as to how to calm your baby as he communicates his specific need through ear piercing crying? Sometimes they're like complicated puzzles that you're trying to solve while blindfolded.

Well, in a way, it does get easier as a mother as you learn some tricks along the way. This is my third newborn and I'd like to share with you what I've learned through experience and wonderful advice in case it helps you.

Today's Parenting Panic Hustle Moment

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Okay, every parent has definitely experienced this before:

That moment in the day where it would be helpful if you could split yourself into two so that you could get a situation under control. I'm gonna call it the Parenting Panic Hustle Moment.

Today's went a little like this:

Immediate Joys and Challenges

Thursday, February 27, 2014


The latest addition to our family joined us a month and two days ago. Yes, already. And already, she has gained two and half pounds, grown 6 cms, and is already learning when it's time for nighttime sleep (read: she starts screaming like crazy at around 8:30 pm to be prepared for bed). This month has gone by quick and fast. 

Newborns, no matter how many you've had, are hard (right, Genie?). I am grateful, however, that her "difficulty level" falls within my acceptable range of newborn care capability... I am happy that I am not completely losing my mind (I warned my kids before Maya was born that they are going to see their mother at her absolute grumpiest).

But here, just a few highlights from this past month...

Capture

Saturday, February 01, 2014


I am pretty sure that this is my last child. I think. And I keep looking down at Maya and thinking that this is going to be the last time I get to experience these newborn days, and it makes me sad. Sadder than I could have imagined when I had my first baby, back when newborns terrified me and there were would be many nights where I'd just sit in the livingroom at 3 am for the 18th night in a row where I am at a loss at how to get her to go back to sleep or, at the very least, to stop crying. Those nights brought many frustrated tears. I could not wait for my baby to grow up.

The arrival of our over-planned baby!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Big announcement!
My husband and I just welcomed our third baby into the family: Maya Renée on Friday.


Originally due on January 29, she arrived five days early after a horrible week of being unable to eat nearly anything. Then on Friday at 4:30 am, you can imagine my RELIEF when I started to feel the first of the contractions that would land my baby girl in my arms at 11:52 am.