A Letter to my Daughter on her First Birthday

By | October 28, 2014

Dear Bean, Just a few seconds old! In true second child fashion, this first birthday letter is late. Very late. You turned one a week, 11 days, 19, 21, 23 (okay this is just getting embarrassing) days ago. But I guess that means I just need to make this letter extra special - kind of like you. One year ago, I thought you would never come out. It was looking like you were destined to live inside my womb until it was time to go to college, feet tucked oh so uncomfortably up inside my ribcage. But then in true female fashion, one good shopping trip was just enough to get you moving. And the rest was history. Not that I intend to stereotype you. You don't have to love shopping just because you're a girl. In fact, mom and dad's bank account wil ... Read the full post.

The Bisque that Broke the Camel's Back

By | October 20, 2014

As I sat in the grocery store parking lot, car running, trying to pull myself together, I heard my cell phone ping alerting me to a new text message. My eyes were swollen and red from intense crying and my nose was running, partially due to an oncoming cold but mostly from the hysterics. *Have the kids eaten dinner yet?* I can't even have a nervous breakdown in peace. Rewind to earlier that day. It was a Monday and I was home with the kids, due to the "we take all the {paid} holidays!!!11" daycare policy. Life lately has been hellish, on all fronts. And I was preparing for another relatively stressful week, while also brewing what I'd discover 4 days later to be Bronchitis. If it's not already obviously by the introduction, this story ... Read the full post.

And god made a dog...

By | July 30, 2014

I'd like to share this video as a precursor to my post for tomorrow. So, hopefully, no one will call the ASPCA on me. This video was the kind that used to make me Ooooh and Aaaaah pre-baby. Now I'm all, "Yeah that's nice, but if anyone will take our beagle I'll GLADLY give her for free." Enjoy. Share:Share on TumblrEmailPrintLike this:Like Loading... ... Read the full post.

Review Time: LilyPadz

By | February 2, 2014

Reviews: When it feels right or the mood strikes, I'm going to review some products here. I will write reviews independent of any kind of compensation. This is so you know that my opinion is 100% untainted by dollah dollah bills. View my full review policy here. The other day, someone in my online mommy group brought LilyPadz to my attention. She was looking for advice from someone who had used them, which I had not, however after reading the description on Amazon.com I decided I kind of needed to have them. From Amazon: "LilyPadz are the revolutionary alternative to traditional nursing pads combining such unique features as flexibility, breathability, invisibility and 'sticks-to-you-ability' to provide the kind of leakage protection that ... Read the full post.

No time. There's never any time!

By | December 23, 2013

We are tired parents. So, what does a working mom of a 2 year old and a newborn have to do in a day? Since you asked, here's my day in have-to's: I have to hit snooze, at least 3 times. Have to shower and blow dry my hair without waking up these kids. Where's the coffee? I have to remember to brush my teeth after this cup of coffee. I have to nurse the baby. Have to get the kids dressed. I have to find Charlie's other boot. Where the fuck is the other boot?! Have to let the dogs out. Have to get out of the house by 7:15. Did I pay the daycare bill? Shit, have to write that check. Where are the fucking envelopes?! Gotta have another cup of coffee. Thank god for Dunkin Donuts. We'll stop on the way. Dexte ... Read the full post.

Grateful for B

By | November 28, 2013

I have always thought my grandparents died way too soon. Maybe it feels that way no matter when you lose a grandparent. But, I lost one before I was born, one in college, and the other two just after. None of them got to see me get married or meet my babies, their great-grandbabies. So, when I met and married Tristan, I was so excited to be welcomed into such a loving family with not one, but TWO grandparents still around. I have a lot to be thankful for this year. A beautiful, healthy little girl. An adorable little boy. An awesome best friend and husband. A new home. A warm and loving family-in-law to spend this holiday with. But, none of it would be possible with Nana B. Nana B, B Nana, or just "B". She hasn't been feeling tip-top latel ... Read the full post.

I am a miserable mom.

By | November 12, 2013

"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great." - A League of Their Own   A mommy-group friend of mine recently shared a link to a blog post posing the question, "Why is being a miserable mom so trendy?" Reading this post made me wonder: Shit, am I miserable? Are we really all miserable? Are we that friend that no one wants to hang out with anymore because we can't stop the verbal diarrhea about how awful our life is? Are we that coworker that constantly complains about how much work they have to do, when in reality if they would just shut the fuck up and get to work they wouldn't have so much damn work to do? When you become a mom, does misery automatically become the new black ... Read the full post.

Spunky Charles is Two!

By | November 8, 2013

"...and she loved a little boy very, very much - even more than she loved herself" - The Giving Tree Dear Charlie, How is it possible that it has been two years since you were born? A day that I thought was never going to end marked the start of this journey that is flying by with lightening speed. My baby isn't a baby anymore. I'm going to call this past year the Year of the Personality. Over the last 365 days, we've seen your personality really begin to form and shine through. You are curious and energetic and smart and funny and sweet and so many other things; it's hard to find one word to describe you. But, one of your teachers may have said it best when she wrote me an email a few months ago... She called you "Spunky Charles." An ... Read the full post.

An Open Letter from the Dogs

By | November 7, 2013

Dear Owners, Is that bacon? Listen, we've got to talk. What gives? You brought home another one of those little mini-humans and, once again, nobody even asked us. We have some grievances and our frustrations have been building up for a while, so we thought it was finally time to bring these things to your attention. First and foremost, our names are Dexter and Libby. Get it right. It's not Asshole, Little Shit, Fucker, or Douche Bag. You gave us the names, is it really that hard to remember them? And yes, we bark. We're dogs - that's kind of what you signed up for. If you don't want me to bark at the sink, maybe you should wash the dishes more than once a week. I mean, there's food remnants stuck on those plates. And it smells so good. Like ... Read the full post.

Top 10: One month - Nora style!

By | November 5, 2013

Waah! I don't wanna grow up!!! How is it even possible that I am writing about my new baby being a MONTH old? I feel like it's been a day, or a week. I thought time flew by with Charlie, but this is just out of control. In fact, there are many things that are different with the second baby. Like how they only take 10 minutes of pushing instead of 110. Or how you actually know what to do with 'it' when the doctor hands the baby over and leaves you all alone in the delivery room. Or how you actually get sleep in the hospital because you only have 2 visitors (your parents). Or, any of the following: 10. You actually take showers during the day. That's right, you actually put the baby down in its bassinet, and you take a shower. Sometimes, whe ... Read the full post.

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