A mother's love

Sometimes Wally Ben will lift up his eyebrows in a way that says, wow, look at that, really? And it is a face that makes me so overwhelmed with this feeling, this realization, of something that I know that I know and feel but that surprises me every time I feel it—man, I love this kid! Usually at these moments, I realize that I am reflecting on how much I love him. I want to put it into words so...


Wally Ben's First Library Class

We went to Gail Borden’s “Wonderful Ones” class tonight, the first in a series of 6 weekly classes for kids 9-24 months old. The classes are on Thursday from 6:15-6:45, and include 15 minutes of stories, singing, rhymes, and dancing, and then 15 minutes of playtime. They also offer sessions during the day, but we picked the 6:15 time so the whole family could go. The class...


My New Favorite Place to Shop—Moms of Multiples Sales

This past weekend I heard from my sister in law about a “Cluster Sale” in Tinley Park. The only thing I knew was that she would be going at 7:30 to wait in line, although the sale didn’t start until 9AM. A friend she was going with had been to the sale the prior spring, and let us know that if you wanted particular big items or the best choice of clothing, it was a good idea to...


Celebrating our 2 year anniversary. What do couples do?

Wednesday, June 30 marked 2 years since our fabulous Mexico wedding. Normally we don’t make big deals about birthdays and anniversaries around here. Ever since the morning of my 11th birthday, when I didn’t wake up with my heart pounding out of my chest like I usually did on my big day—from then on, I’ve had a more laid back approach to birthdays and anniversaries. The way I...


Motherhood as a metaphor for, well, motherhood

My first Mother’s Day was last weekend, and I have to say, it’s like getting an extra birthday in a year. You wake up and you know that this is a day to celebrate you, and that feels pretty darn good. And in my case, you wake up at 5:45 AM because your little guy just can’t wait to see his mom on Mother’s Day. For the record, he rounded out the day with a few good naps, so...


My Own Pregnancy Questions Answered Part 2 of 2

A few weeks ago I posted the first part of this blog, answering the questions I had a year ago about taking care of a baby. And now the rest of my mom-of-a-5 1/2-month-old answers: How often will the little guy eat? And what is formula? My theory right now is, formula means Wally can get up at night when the baby’s hungry. If that’s right, I’m good with that. Bah….mmmm….wha...


My own pre-baby questions answered: Part 1 of 2

I thought the other day about a blog post I wrote back in April. Back in the day when Wally V was just a we little chicken nugget, perhaps still with a tail, hanging out in my bump of a belly. The blog was called “Things I don’t know,” but perhaps a more appropriate title would have been “A teeny tiny smidgen of the millions of things I don’t know about being a mom,...


Crying Sucks or, How the Controlled Cry Ruined My Saturday.

I don’t want to bounce this little man forever. For one, Wally IV can’t do the bouncing, as it hurts his back, so I am having to bounce him to nap around 3-5 times a day. At the recommendation of several people who commented on my blog, I decided to figure out how to get Wally Ben to fall asleep on his own. But I didn’t want to start by just letting him cry unless I knew how to...


Update: The daytime nap is on track

After my “On the daytime nap” post I got so much great advice that I got the confidence to figure this nap “issue” out. Or at least to try. My first step was to get him on a better schedule. I had heard of the eat, play, sleep pattern before, and when someone mentioned it as helpful with the post-colicky baby, I decided to commit to it. We actually accidentally fell into a...


My favorite baby items!

When I was pregnant, the most frustrating experience by far was registering. I explained the adventure in detail on my pregnancy blog here. I just had no idea what I would need as a new mom taking care of a new little life! After I posted that blog, I got tons of extremely helpful advice via email or messages from my Facebook friends, and even a few phone calls from people I hadn’t heard...