My Life With Two Kids

Apr 23, 2014 by

On February 10th my lovable and snug-able baby boy, Luke, came into this world.  Having had a c-section the first-time around with my daughter, I was hoping for a natural birth.  I envisioned a beautiful drug-free, peaceful birth that would be like this:

rainbows and butterflies
Twenty-six hours of  labor and one epidural later, I eagerly requested opted for a repeat c-section.   It still was a beautiful, empowering birth, but rather than rainbows and butterflies, it was a little more like this:

slice

Despite feeling like a sliced pizza, it was one of the happiest days of my life.   Adding this baby to our family has made life a little more complicated and chaotic, but in a good way (on most days anyway).  It’s good to have balance in our household so my husband doesn’t feel overwhelmed by two demanding women.  Thankfully, our daughter loves her baby brother.  Now if only we can teach her to be a little gentler with him.  This is pretty much how she holds the baby when she gets her little hands on him:

Career Advice to My Daughter

Mar 26, 2014 by

Throughout my daughter’s life we will shower her with advice on everything. Whether she follows it or not, I feel it is important to share with her the lessons I have learned from my parents, friends, colleagues, and personal life experience. I had wonderful parents who loved and supported me no matter what career path in life I decided to pursue. They were immigrants. My father was a self-employed tailor and my mom perfected the art of home-making. Their beliefs were simple: hard work and compassion for others, yields reward. Despite their simple beliefs, they made us feel special and wanted nothing but the best for us. They always encouraged us to work to the best of our abilities and not let the little things get us down.

Mom’s Greatest Hits

Mar 19, 2014 by

Music

I love music. It is the one thing in life that can uplift my spirits, calm me, and remind me to take life a little less seriously. There are many recording artists out there who have given me great advice through song when I needed it most. However, there are many songs that have taken on new meaning for me now that I am a mom. Here is a compilation of those tunes that I find have been reinvented for me as a parent:

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Rolling Stones. I can totally relate to Mick Jagger’s angst in trying to get some of whatever it is that will keep him satisfied. For the mom version, I like to sing these variations in the lyrics:

When I’m trying to clean my house, and I just can’t keep it clean…or When I’m trying to get some sleep, and the baby starts to scream…or…Every time I make some food, and my baby won’t eat…I can’t get no satisfaction!

Advice to My Daughter: Make-Up 101

Mar 12, 2014 by

My daughter is almost three years old. While she loves rolling around in dirt, she also loves all things girlie – shoes, purses, anything sparkly, and MAKE-UP! Many mornings she’ll sit on the bathroom vanity, watching me in amazement as I hurriedly put on make-up before work. The scene is always the same. She tries to grab my stuff. I tell her “no” and she begins to cry and go into convulsions. I relent and give her the first thing I can toss to her, and she ends up with lip gloss all over her nose, eyes, and cheeks. I clean her up and politely kick her out of the bathroom and plop her in front of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

The Highs and Lows of Motherhood

Mar 5, 2014 by

Must remember this.  Photo Credit: Pinterest

I have a confession to make…I go through phases when I am really overwhelmed (and frustrated) with trying to be a happy mom and good wife, all while trying to build a successful career. I have good days and tough days. I am well aware that life is filled with peaks and valleys. It is hard to be perfect, upbeat, and happy ALL the time. And I am learning that it’s ok if I am not. I am also learning that it is important to teach my child to ride the waves of life’s highs and lows. The good and the bad. It builds character. It will prepare her for the challenging road ahead. I am finding that motherhood especially is filled with highs and lows.

Here are some examples:

High – There are times when I am able to provide a healthy home-cooked meal to be enjoyed by all.

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