All posts tagged family

New Year, New Job, New House…Same Mama, Awesome Everything

20140301-005930.jpg2014 has started with a bang! My tiny tot has nearly become a toddling toddler. We bought a new house. My employer hired me on full time. It’s been so busy and a little neurotic voice in my head asked me to pause from my blog world in an effort not to jinks anything. My family of three has been through wave after wave of stress, shock, surprise, change and finally sheer joy. Read more…

We knew you. We loved you.

Fotor1greats2One of the things I looked most forward to when we headed home for the Thanksgiving holiday celebration was getting a few snaps of Willow with her living great-grandparents.  She only has them on my husband’s side of the family.  I never knew any of my great-grandparents.  I actually only knew one of my grandmothers and none of my grandfathers.  I’ve seen all of them in pictures, but all but the one had passed before I was born.   Read more…

A mother is a girl’s best friend.

20131120-231129.jpgI spent the evening preparing the house for the babysitter with various informational and instructional lists. While my husband was away for two months on business, I had the fine luxury of having my mom here to help me. So much happened over these last two months. Sprouting teeth. Curling hair. Child-proofing rooms. First trip for baby to the ocean. Baby started crawling. Baby started pulling to a stand. Thanksgiving dresses were sewn. Newborn to 9 months clothes and toys were shrink-bagged and tucked away.

Read more…

Amsterdam: Mama Approved!

blogpicIn Europe, every bistro, luncheonette and soup house is setup for curbside coffee, cocktails and crumpets. What’s unique is how the chairs are setup – all facing the street – which makes for excellent people watching. The service is dandy, too. You casually stroll by and when you find it’s time for a break, you just park it in an open spot and then voila! The garcon is there within minutes to offer you a coffee or warm tea. On our recent trip, my family went to The Netherlands. We stayed in a houseboat in the Amstel river in the heart of Amsterdam. Amsterdam is so beautiful. No loud honking or people yelling or trash. Instead, you find lots of bikes with cute bells and people buzzing and whizzing by dressed in their fall poplins and whimsical hats and fancies. Definitely an eclectic scene.

Read more…

diy baby quilt

quiltswatchesOne of the things that my mom does for each grandchild is the baby quilt. It’s a really special gift, amassed with a delicate blend of motherly and grandmotherly love. Each cut of fabric, motion of the presser foot and stitch off the bobbin is carried out with hands eagerly preparing to soon hold the new bundle of joy. Read more…

This just in: New dogs and old dogs learning new tricks together.

olddogsWhen you are expecting, you are inundated with information on what to expect each week of pregnancy and upon baby’s arrival. You learn about the soft spot, the need to support baby’s neck, the necessity of cleaning all of that poo poo out of the “diaper zone”, the importance of skin-to-skin contact, the method of swaddling baby, the dangers of germs and smoke. The list goes on and on. I spent at least 6 months doing hard core research and by the time Willow was born, I felt like an expert. But, when it came to handling my baby, I quickly realized that I had to finally use the techniques and they took a lot (!) of practice to get good at them. Reading, while chowing down on delicious chocolate cake (yummmm) while pregnant so was not the same as being 4 days after delivery holding the new one. Now I found myself trying to react to real baby cries and needs. And while I personally had a ton of experience with babies from my younger years with my many nieces and nephews, it was a giant learning curve to get up to speed once I was a 24×7 caretaker of a tiny human.

Read more…

F.A.M.I.L.Y. That spells love.

treeWillow is very fortunate to have a lot of family members that are really excited about her and want to be a big part of her life.  She has 3 full sets of grandparents and lots of aunts and uncles.  When I was growing up, I had one living grandparent, one close aunt, and many distant aunts and uncles.  The importance of family is something that up until I had Willow I think I took for granted.  I have lived away from family ever since I went to college.  I was tight with money and vacation time and so I did not do regular visits home.  Also interesting is that just after Willow was born, I became very possessive of her, even with family, and was weary about visits and sharing her time with others.  Afterall, she lived in my belly for 9 months and then was glued to me (we are talking super glue!) for the first 2.5-3 months.   Read more…