The Hospital Birth of My First – Part 1: When my son went overdue

I wanted to feel nothing. As I plunged my hands into a bowl full of ice water, I remembered in high school when I electively took ice baths after track practice and how the shocking, debilitating cold almost urged me to vomit. This was different. This was worse. I needed my hands numb. I needed to feel nothing. It was July 11. It was my due date. Instead of feeling overwhelmed with elation, relishing in the glory and excitement that awaits...

The Short, Sweet, and (somewhat) Cheap Cloth Diaper Registry Checklist

Welcome to Team Fluff Bum. If you’re still waffling on the idea of cloth diapering your babe, I understand; it’s a big decision, and there are a lot of pros and (some) cons. And the research…uffda! It can be seriously overwhelming; I’ve been there. Do not let it discourage you! For me, the pros have far outweighed the cons, and I’m happy to be a resource for you anytime–wanna talk about poop? I’m down. I am among millions of cloth...

The Completely Long-winded Baby Registry Checklist

You’re expecting. YAY! Getting prepared for baby’s arrival is mostly exciting and a tad overwhelming, filled with decorating the nursery, reading all those “what to expect” books (or not reading them), and mentally wrapping your mind around what parenthood will bring. But you know what you can’t prepare for? Getting a heck of a lot of advice, whether you ask for it or not. How ironic…here I am, giving my advice. So here’s the thing: know that most people, mothers especially, have...

The BEST Coconut Oil Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are arguably the best cookies on the planet. My husband always finds ways to slyly ask me to make these at least a couple times a week. He doesn’t always get them, as often as he asks, but when he does, he’s like a giddy little kid, sneaking them for breakfast and packing more than one in his lunch for work, thinking I won’t notice them vanishing from the bowl. Hunny, I always notice. Anyway, these truly are the best. When...

February 2014 – The Winter I Lost You – Part Three

Every winter, I’m reminded of you. Every winter, I’ve been missing you. It’s taken me years to write this, but I’ve been writing…I’ve been writing your story, our story. And now that winter is turning to spring, the ice has thawed and vanished, and the air has lost its bite, I feel that I can breathe, and I feel that you’re OK. I feel it’s time that I’ve finished; it’s time to share your story. I know it’s not much,...

February 2014: The Winter I Lost You – Part Two

Every winter, I’m reminded of you. Every winter, I find myself missing you again. It’s taken me years to write this, but I’ve been doing it…I’ve been writing. So many times I’ve had to walk away from it, but I always come back. I always come back to you. I’ve been writing your story. This is for you. * * * Part Two * * * I can’t forget his eyes. They did not lie. He probably didn’t even know, but his eyes...

February 2014: The Winter I Lost You – Part One

Every winter, I’m reminded of you. Every winter, I find myself missing you again. It’s taken me years to write this, but I’ve been doing it…I’ve been writing. So many times I’ve had to walk away from it, but I always come back. I always come back to you. I’ve been writing your story. This is for you. * * * Part One * * * I remember driving home from work, ecstatic that it was Friday and the sun was outspoken,...

Whole-Wheat Banana Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

Sometimes, I wake up wanting chocolate. Dark chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate. These real-food muffins make chocolate for breakfast perfectly acceptable. Typically, when I think of muffins, I think: cupcakes for breakfast. And it’s true, most muffin recipes call for just as much sugar, if not more, than cupcakes drowned in frosting. I’m not sure about you, but that is not how I want to start off my morning, throwing a highly processed sugar-bomb in my gut. But these…these are the exception, thanks to...

Your Child is Not a Machine.

There was nothing extraordinary about last night. The lights in the nursery were dimmed; Bennett had a warm bath; and he snuggled up to my chest to nurse before bed. This was typical. This was routine. My husband lied on the floor next to the crib, waiting to burp him halfway through his feeding. Salmon was baking in the oven downstairs. Wine was waiting to be uncorked and poured after a long, wicked week. The clock read 7:16 when I noticed Bennett had...

How to Switch to Safer, Cleaner Products at Home

We’re surrounded by plastic every day. We’re exposed to toxins and harmful chemicals every day. Every day. It seems inevitable. But there are small ways to try and control or limit your interaction with certain toxins. Now, I’m neither a doctor nor scientist; however, I feel that I’ve done enough research in my life to believe that countless products we use on our bodies, store in our refrigerators, clean with in our kitchens, put on our babies, day after day...