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:


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:

Top 3 Ways to Keep Your Children Safer Online

Apr 18, 2014 by

I’m a geek. I like to talk about science, electronics and aliens. I know the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow and that if you are going to stamp a huge lion, you should do it when they’re small. I also watch a lot of sci-fi, particularly Star Trek. Back in 2012, I met Sir Patrick Stewart; an event that, as I assured Melanie, did not surpass the day we were married on my list of best-days-ever. I guess I can see why she looked skeptical since I was moving our wedding picture to make room for my signed Captain Picard head-shot when I said it.

But if I had to pick the most prominent of my geek-defining qualities, it would be my love of information technology. Yes, it’s my livelihood but it’s also my hobby. I’m just as content spending a Saturday afternoon analyzing network traffic as normal people are at the sports field — or disco — or that hot place with the sand. It was my biggest passion for a long time.

Words, Independence, and Assertiveness. Two isn’t So Terrible.

Apr 1, 2014 by

eeds at the farm

My daughter will be two soon. She is getting so many new words each and every day. My husband often quotes ‘Old School , “Look at the baby, look at the baby”, when I tell him to look at Edith, listen to Edith, did you see what Edith did? It’s a fascinating age, and yes… sometimes challenging.

In addition to her words, Edith is also becoming Edith, testing limits and challenging authority…constantly!

Her testing us isn’t as shocking to us, now that it’s the second time around. “This isn’t our first rodeo”… Although, now there is the added opinions and feedback of my 4, soon to be 5 year old, who is observing both his sister’s behavior and his dad and my reactions to it. This certainly brings an added level of pressure not to waffle.

The Parent’s Dictionary

Mar 27, 2014 by


Remember way back when in the days B.C. (before children) when life was easy? Undoubtedly, with the birth of your children, things have changed. Below are a few terms that you may have used before that have taken on an entirely different meaning since you’ve become a parent!

Welcome to the Parent’s Dictionary.

Happy Hour – That precious time between when the kids are (finally) asleep and the moment you conk out on the couch.

Vacation – Two adults and at least one child sharing a hotel room for one week and trying to convince yourself that you’re relaxing and having fun.

Booty Call – When your kid poops in the middle of the night. To change or not to change the diaper…that is the question.

Blow Out – You used to worry about having one of these on the highway…now you worry about your baby having one when you don’t have a change of clothes.

10 Important Lessons Learned Through Team Sports

Mar 21, 2014 by

I don’t know where my son got the sports gene. Neither I nor my husband are sports enthusiasts, but our son is another story…he lives for baseball in the spring and fall, basketball during the winter, and track in the summer. Give this kid a ball and he’s happy. Beyond exercise, there’s so much more he’s learned from playing sports – he’s getting an opportunity to learn essential life lessons on the field and on the court.

1) He learns to lose…gracefully. Losing is not fun, but it’s part of life. Some days, your opponents are just a better team, sometimes you just don’t play well enough to win. Losing with grace and accepting responsibility for your loss (and not blaming everything else…the field was too wet, it was too windy, a black cat crossed our path…) is a real badge of maturity.

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