Category: Our Stories
Why We Made Apple Picking a Family Tradition
We’ve been picking apples every year for a few years now and we’re happy to make it a family tradition. But we’re not just doing it for the apples.
My Baby Wants to Stop Nursing, But I’m Not Ready
My plan was to breastfeed my baby until he was a year and a half. Or at least a year. But he had other plans about nursing and I’m not ok with it.
It’s OK to Hate the Newborn Stage
Having a newborn is supposed to be joyful, full of bonding experiences. But the nonstop crying of newborns makes it almost impossible for the first months.
What to Expect With IVF: Passion and Pain
The emotional rollercoaster of one couple’s IVF journey, as told from the hopeful mom-to-be. Needles, tests, never ending appointments all for one final test.
How to Teach Empathy By Saving Ants
In an effort to teach about empathy and kindness, I stop my kids from killing insects. I hope they grow into compassionate adults.
Compassion Fatigue in the Maternity Ward
Giving birth is the most painful experience in most mothers’ lives, so having a little empathy during labor should be expected from the attending nurse.
A Day in the Life of Lyra (2)
One warm fall day told through photos.
A Day in the Life of Lyra
One summer day in the life of 16-month-old Lyra, as told via iPhone photos by her mom:
12 Months in a Blink
It’s remarkable how slowly and quickly a year can pass. It was literally ages ago that I gave birth to Lyra. But also it was yesterday. I’m pretty sure every parent can relate. That’s why I’m so happy I took monthly photos. On the 18th of every month, I snapped that picture and as time…
Our First Ever Gingerbread House
Mom came to visit this weekend and we spent the time building our very first gingerbread house. I picked up the kit a couple weeks earlier from the grocery store. It was labeled as “easy” with a 2 out of 4 simplicity rating. The image on the box certainly made it look simple and adorable.…
The Fancy Mirror
Babies love mirrors. If you have kids, I’m not telling you anything new. Being fascinated by our own reflections is something that starts early. A couple weeks ago Ivan and I went to an estate auction with a couple friends. There was a lot to look at, including the house which had a huge indoor…
7 Months Later
The last time I posted about my pregnancy, I was 37 weeks. That was about 7 months ago. So it doesn’t take a lot of thought to figure out that our daughter is now almost 7 months old. Lyra is a very healthy, extraordinarily happy, petite baby girl that has brought endless joy to our…
The Pregnant Discomforts No One Warns You About
Being Pregnant was going to be magical and serene, or so I thought. It turns out pregnancy comes with a series of uncomfortable woes.