Why I’m Talking About Pregnancy

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Let me start by saying that I AM NOT PREGNANT. Nor do I plan to be. I’m quite happy with my 7 year old son and our little family of three. In fact, as we were flying home this week, I looked down the row of our airplane seats and thought, This is perfect. Dad gets […]

Blogmas 2013: Parents are People

Thanks for joining me for Day Four of Blogmas, where I bring you the best blog posts of 2013 according to you! If this is your first time here, you’ve got some catching up to do. On Monday, I picked my 20 favorite posts from all of the submissions. On Tuesday, I gathered up the […]

Sponsored Video: One of the Good Guys


When I growing up, I had my life planned out. Married at 23. Kids at 25. And then, when I was 29 and ringing in the millennium, my kids would be off at a babysitter’s house while my dashing husband and I were out on a harbor cruise partying like it was 1999. Because it […]

5 Easy Steps to Become the Cool Mom on Halloween


Halloween is for kids, right? They love to dress up. We do, too. Only in more expensive designer duds, not in costumes. They love candy. We do, too. Only our waistlines don’t. They love to go door to door asking for candy. We usually hide from people going door to door. But YOU TOO can […]

The Push and Pull of Motherhood


It’s okay. You can go play with the others. Mommy’s right here. These are the words I would frequently say to my then toddler, Evan. He was a bright, very verbal, somewhat precocious child. He was shy, but not in the traditional sense. He wouldn’t hide behind my legs. He would simply cling to me […]

My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Memory


Even as a very young child, my mother always seemed to get us confused. Well, maybe not us but certainly our names. “Da… Ton… FADRA!!!” She’d go through abbreviated versions of all four of her children until she happened to land on the right one. We joked about it. We thought it was funny, and probably […]

Embracing the Momness of Vacation


We never had a lot of money growing up so we didn’t have the luxury of taking “real” family vacations. Our version of vacation was usually a day trip to Kings Dominion, or a weekend trip to Williamsburg in a rented motorhome. (Someday, I’ll have to write down some of my motorhome stories because they […]

Blogmas 2012: Motherhood is a Strong Emotion

  Yesterday, I posted the funny. It’s easy to pick out the funny posts. But not every nomination comes neatly packaged into a category like humor. So I end up reading all of the posts and trying to find some common themes. Last year, I found a lot of funny, smart, touching posts. And it […]

My Psychosomatic Pregnancy

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Sometimes I think I’m some kind of strange version of a woman. My ovaries have never ached for a baby. I’ve never nested. I don’t melt when I see babies out there. I don’t long for all that goes along with babies. I’m pretty sure that’s why I only ended up with one child. And […]

The Introverted Mother


Go to Dictionary.com and look up the definition of “introvert.” You probably won’t be surprised. in·tro·vert [n., adj. in-truh-vurt; v. in-truh-vurt] noun 1. a shy person. 2. Psychology . a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings 3. Zoology . a part that is or can be introverted. But I have a confession to make that might surprise some of you if you’ve ever met me. I am an introvert. It’s true and I can prove it. It’s because Christy […]

My Parenting Report Card: Needs Improvement


When I was 23 years old, I decided to become a teacher. I had graduated college with a degree in Biology and not much of a plan or direction. So I took a job in an Invertebrate Zoology lab conducting research and supervising volunteers. Looks great on paper but in reality, I spent my days […]