I got together with a group of Mamas the other day to talk about sleep – what works, what doesn’t, the challenges and joys…but mostly…the lack of sleep with little ones in the house. It was a wonderfully candid conversation that was validating and raw. It was reassuring to know that we’re not the only family who has evolving sleeping arrangements. In the last 11 months, sleep has been a constant give and take, ebbing and flowing with milestones, teething, growing, emotions, and desperation. Here is a glimpse of what evolving sleep looks like at our house. Read more
Today is our 3rd anniversary and I can’t help but reflect on how much our relationship has changed, especially since having J. We’ve known each other almost 7 years and have seen many ups and downs. This past year has been especially filled with change, adjustments, and compromise. It’s been challenging every step of the way, yet rewarding beyond measure. It has depth and breath and life. It’s sustaining. Truly sustaining. I don’t know where I would be without it. Without you. Read more
The other day I read an article about missing the village I never had and it resonated with me. Daily I feel the pull, the desire for communal living, for raising children side by side, for a shoulder to cry on and a friend to laugh with. While the article put words to an emotion so deep within me, it also made me feel so blessed. I am blessed to have a village surrounding me and I am forever grateful for it.
I can’t even begin to truly describe my village. It’s so complex yet so simple. It’s beautiful. It’s love. It’s learning. It’s sharing. It’s there.
Some days this sends me over the edge. It leaves me frazzled and frustrated and tired. But most days I try to find patience, to see it from a one year old’s perspective, and embrace it as a learning experience. Read more
Everyone has suggestions for teething woes. Frozen teething rings. Ice cubes in mesh holders. Counter pressure. Tylenol. Camilia. Homeopathic teething tablets. Oral gels. In desperation: does whiskey on the gums work?!? Just kidding!!! And now, of course, the amber teething necklace. Read more
J was just shy of 6 months when he had a melt down at Applebee’s while we were eating. I looked at my husband, shrugged my shoulders, reached for a celery stick, and so it began. The start of baby-led weaning. Read more