More new mom questions…

Questions, questions. We are starting a huge family undertaking tomorrow, and amidst a long to-do list and much bustling over the past weeks, our little miss started a new phase that is causing some pause in our home...Ok, actually it is terrifying me, but we've already been to the pediatrician once, so I'm canvassing experience.;)Over Christmas break there were a few instances where she stopped breathing after getting startled or scared. We freaked out each time, because, let’s be real, … [Read more...]

Prayer for Sick Children

I don't know about your homes, but out here we are all in some unfortunate phase of a nasty virus, smack in the middle of such a fun Christmas season. Of course we are most worried for the little one, and so this morning I'm offering up a prayer I found in a little prayer book given at my baby shower...For the Health of a ChildHoly Mother, health of the sick and constant aide of those who pray to you, please speak with me to your divine Son. He showed himself loving and merciful in … [Read more...]

There’s Still Time…

I’m very embarrassed to say that my daughter saw our nativity for the first time yesterday. Also, our second purple candle on the Advent wreath had yet to be lit, and our first one is almost gone because I left it burning on accident one night the first week after saying our prayer around the Advent wreath (which, as an aside, we’ve done twice).  All of this does not bode well for our first Advent as parents, nor does it mesh with whatever rosy catholic dreams I had envisioned in ‘passing on the … [Read more...]

Waffles Anyone?

Fall 2013-- First Holidays, DC Trip 435

Happy Advent! We are happily embracing the second day of the season, but honestly are still “recuperating” from a house full of loved ones from last week (and a broken dishwasher and garbage disposal. Oy.)I don’t know about everyone else, but we cooked for crowd on Thanksgiving and still have plenty of left-over’s to “use up” or “repurpose”…not that this is a hardship, let’s be honest! I love using it all in creative ways, so when my husband heard from someone about stuffing waffles, we decid … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Preparations

I don't know about you, but with Red’s annual Advent/Christmas post fresh in my mind, I’ve very much been thinking through what I need to do before Advent starts for our little family (thanks Red, very, very helpful as always!). But before we get there, we have wonderful Thanksgiving to prepare for and in my home this will mean family, dear friends, and two little Goddaughters coming our way for the holiday. While not a special season set apart like Advent or a holy day like Christmas from a Cat … [Read more...]


Do you ever feel like God keeps giving you little nudges about growth he wants of you either personally or in your marriage (or both)? Um...yeah. That's where I am this morning, except for he is pushing, not nudging!My husband and I have been embarking on more robust nightly quiet times together for a particular prayer intention. What a great thing this has been for us! While I know God is leading us slowly to His will on that intention, some of the “ancillary” results of our prayer have bro … [Read more...]

Consignments: Worth their weight in gold!

Recently, a dear friend passed on an extra ticket to a local baby and children’s consignment sale slated for the end of last week. I had known about the sale for a few weeks and thought I would check it out, but honestly wasn’t sure of what to expect. This was certainly the case since for many of the items we have needed for our daughter since she's been born, I’d much rather have new simply because we want more children and I feel they’ll have a longer shelf life that way. Further, I think I hav … [Read more...]

Thoughts on baby food?

I apologize in advance for having two posts in a row about feeding a baby, but it is an important topic in my life right now! I’m sure one of the Builders has written about this at some point and I missed it when I was a reader (maybe not?), but I’m looking for some feeding advice. As I wrote here I am still nursing (hooray!) and will continue doing so hopefully for several more months. Even so, we have started Pia on some baby food here and there and though we are not jumping headlong into fee … [Read more...]

Tiny victories

I still very much feel like I’m in new mama land, but today is a big day for me. Not only is Pia, my sweet firstborn, 7 months old (oh my, how did that happen?), but it also marks month 7 of nursing her. I am positive some of you can relate, but breastfeeding was a huge, huge issue for me at first – I had wanted to do it and thought it was important, but was completely shocked at how difficult (and painful) it was for me. Wasn’t it supposed to “just work” after all? Why wasn’t the pain going away … [Read more...]

…To thriving

Hello everyone! I am shouting out from Baby Land here, and since my Pia has a special baby honing beacon on whatever I’m doing, I’m almost positive she’ll wake up early one paragraph into this post!I was thinking and praying about what to write about first over the past few days – first impressions and all that! – but really and truly all I kept coming back to is how much change has happened in my new little family such a short amount of time. I am amazed at how much happens in the first few … [Read more...]