Top 10: One month – Nora style!

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 ... Read the full post.

We survived the first year.

Children make your life important. ~Erma Bombeck   Raise the roof, we made it through the first year! Where did the time go? Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was on all fours in a hospital bed, rocking back and forth and begging someone (anyone) to just “get this baby out of me!”? But the reality is here, my baby is no longer a baby. Reflecting on the first 365 days brings tears to my eyes. It flew by in a haze…an amazing, terrifying, validating, beautiful haze. It has been the hardest and the best year of my life. In the last year, I have learned more than I could ever have dreamed. I’ve learned more about myself, about the world, about other people. It’s funny because lately, I’ve noticed that ... Read the full post.

The Top 10 Ways My Life Has Changed Since 11/8/2011

Back in the day, before I became all slacker-like, I would write a monthly “Top 10” list of mom-isms/baby-isms/random-isms. In honor of C hitting the big 1-0 (ten months!!!) soon, I decided to bring the Top 10 back. Holy shit, my baby is a toddler. In this world, I believe that there are two kinds of people: mothers and not mothers. It doesn’t mean that not mothers are bad or emotionally inept. Hell, not all biological mothers are “mothers” (like this lady) just as I’m sure not all non-procreative women are “not mothers” – after all, some people really, really, really love their pets. But having a child is like entering some crazy alternate universe, and you’ll only “get̶ ... Read the full post.

A Quick Top 10

Since we last “spoke”, I celebrated my first Mother’s Day! Charlie and Tristan did such a great job. It started with sleeping in, followed by breakfast in bed, homemade and heartfelt cards, a new bead for my bracelet, and my favorite candies from Len Libby’s! I also got flowers from my own Momma and a very sweet card from my Sister. All in all, the day made me super grateful for the awesome family I have! Our first Mother’s Day! In my last post, I promised a really good Top 10 for Charlie’s 6 month bday. I’m certain that I DID have a good idea for a top 10 list, but in the last two weeks it has slipped out of my brain. So, I’m going to give you a Top 10 “Random Things in the Lif ... Read the full post.

10 Things I Want My Son to Know

We all want the best for our children, and we try to provide that by being the best parents we can. Most of the time, we know lessons are more easily learned by doing than by telling.  You know, the whole “actions speak louder than words” thing. Nonetheless, here are the top ten pieces of life advice that I want to give my son. 1. I don’t like worms, snakes or bugs. Please don’t store these creatures in your pockets. Also, I will not close my eyes and open my mouth. But that doesn’t mean I love you any less. 2.  When you break up with your first girlfriend, do it gently. Don’t ever use the word ‘psycho’ – even if she seems to be. Women, especially the young ones, are emotional beings b ... Read the full post.

10 Things – 5 Month Edition

This Sunday was not only Easter, but it also marked the 5-month anniversary of the birth of Charlie! I cannot freaking believe how fast time is flying by. As you may know, Tristan and I were team green throughout my whole pregnancy and we didn’t find out Charlie was a ‘he’ until he was born. I would have been perfectly happy had he been a either sex, and the surprise was absolutely, undoubtedly, without question worth the wait! Hearing Tristan exclaim “It’s a boy!” is a moment that I will cherish forever. So, for my top 10 this month, I thought I’d put a different spin on it. Warning: you’ll probably be offended if you’re a mother to a little girl. Sorry about that. Top 10 Reasons I am G ... Read the full post.

10 Things…Month 4

Big C turned 4 months on the 8th, which just happened to be my favorite (okay, only) sister’s birthday! Happy big 3-0 to Aunt Elizabeth! (I’m sure she loves that I continue to rub it in that she’s 30, but it’s fine – I’ll be there next year and she can return the favor!) In tradition of my monthly top 10’s, I thought I’d put a little spin on my list this month and review the top 10 ways becoming a mother has changed me. It has only been 4 months, yet I feel like it was a past life when I existed without Charlie. In fact, I’m not sure I really did exist before Charlie, if that makes any sense. Probably the moms get what I’m saying. Anyway, here we go. Top 10. 10. I have become what ... Read the full post.

Top 10: 3 Deep

This last month was full of adventure and excitement. Not only did we have to battle the worst flu season to hit since the Black Plague, but we also celebrated the birthdays of two special, furry friends! That’s right, Dexter and Libby turned 5! Well, at least we think Libby is 5…she was adopted so we have no clue really. But we know Dexter is. So, we just call it close enough. Anyway, here are my top 10’s, three months in. 10. The secret to getting back to your pre-pregnancy weight – Getting the flu, 3 times. Yes, if you have a baby in the winter months, you will get sick! 9. You know you’re a mom when you don’t care that you are covered, daily, in another human being’s bodily fluids. I’ve be ... Read the full post.

Top 10: Two Month Edition

A new list of mommy-isms, after 2 months on the job. 10. Yup, still getting excited about the farts, poops and burps. “What color was it?” is now a completely normal topic of conversation between you and your husband. Additionally, you have no problem taking a big whiff at your child’s nether regions to find out if he has made you a little gift. Even in public. 9. It is becoming increasingly difficult to hold back the mommy advice to pregnant friends. That’s not because you think you know everything, but because newborns can be such a puzzle you just want to share the wealth when you’ve connected two pieces. 8. Mommy brain has set in…it’s not your fault that you completely forgot to the family Chris ... Read the full post.

Top 10 Things I’ve Learned as a New Mom

Here are my top ten’s after just about one month of Mommyhood: 10. You never thought it possible to get so excited about farts, burps, pees and poops – but it is. Oh, it is. 9. After pregnancy, your body will never be the same – although, that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. While my body is different (my hips are wider, and my boobs are way, way bigger), I’m already fitting into pre-pregnancy jeans that didn’t even fit me before I was pregnant! 8. Showering daily is not always a necessity. 7. Yes, that sour milk smell IS coming from your hair. 6. No, it doesn’t matter if it was just gas, that baby just smiled at you! 5. Now you understand why most of the women told you why labor “isn’t ... Read the full post.