I don’t have babies anymore

My Big Kids

I lay quietly next to you, watching your chest rise and fall as you slept. Every few minutes, you’d sigh and a little whistle would escape your nose. Weren’t you just a baby? Weren’t you just toddling down the hallway waiting for someone to praise you? Weren’t we just getting rid of the pacifier and… [Read More]

5 Get Ready for Kindergarten Skills

GettingReady For Kindergarten (1)

I spent years teaching kindergarten before I was an at home mom and there were definitely things I wished all of my students could do. Now, as I’m sending my own little guy into “big school,” I’m trying to make sure he’s as ready as possible. Surprisingly, it’s not really letters, phonics, and counting that… [Read More]

If I Knew Then What I Know Now #Sisterhoodunite

Heading home

This post is part of a sponsorship with the Sisterhood of Motherhood campaign. Miss E is about to turn four. FOUR! My baby, my final child, has been around for 48 months. How is that even remotely possible? It’s been 1449 days since I brought her home from the hospital. It’s been 41 months since she… [Read More]

Why can’t I eat brownies for breakfast?

Kids With Cake

I am not a huge fan of saying “Because I said so.”  Sure, it’s squeaked passed my lips on occasion, but I don’t feel like it is a particularly great answer. Sometimes though, you have no choice. There are questions in which the answer is either too long and complicated to explain or you simply don’t… [Read More]

Parenting – we all need a little support #sisterhoodunite

I’m a mama – an epidural having, breastfeeding, bottle feeding, disposable diaper toting, stroller pushing, baby food making AND buying, working in the home, stay at home mama. I’ve also worked out of the home, attempted baby wearing and have vaccinated my children. I kiss, cuddle AND yell. I have done all of these things… [Read More]

The key to dealing with a picky eater

I bet that title got your attention. Well, unfortunately, this is not a post where I discovered the answer to an age-old parenting dilemna. If I had the answer, I’d be making a bazillion dollars pimping it on Dr. Oz, Ellen and the Today Show. Alas, I have no miracle cure for the picky eater…. [Read More]

Surviving winter weather with kids; how to avoid insanity

I’m excited to bring on some new writers to the site. Formal announcements and changes coming soon. But for now…meet Kristin. School is cancelled due to weather…again. This means EVERYTHING else on the calendar (with the exception of my hubby’s work) is either cancelled or postponed as well. None of the regular kid activities are… [Read More]

He’s still my little boy

I’ve been a little cranky with Mr. A lately. He’s having some “development” issues, ie. behavior problems. I think he’s having a growth spurt as he’s eating ALL. THE. TIME. I’m hoping that’s the cause of his blatent lack of caring when I ask him to do something. But that’s not the point of this post…. [Read More]

This is how my morning started

I didn’t know that we were going to have a moment this morning when I got out of bed. We ate our breakfast, you and your brother played a game or two on your LeapPads and the phones. We got dressed and brushed teeth. I was thrilled that when I asked you to get into… [Read More]

6 ways my children and cats are eerily similar

Last night I crawled into bed next to my husband, who was reading a book. He reached over and started scratching my head and arm. Not five seconds later, one of our cats, Schubert, was all up in my face, trying to get my husband to rub him instead of me. Seriously cat? It’s MY… [Read More]