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    Hitting the Home Stretch

    Oh the 3rd trimester, how it feels like the longest few months of your life yet in a few short weeks, a newborn will be joining your family. I remember with Harley, the 3rd trimester wasn’t too bad. I did have Braxton Hicks contractions and I literally thought every little symptom could be labor. Now at 36 weeks with baby number 2, I have definitely seen a difference in what false and true labor are. I have implemented some tricks in this pregnancy to make the 3rd trimester just a little bit easier. Continue to Workout Through Your Pregnancy With Harley, the gym was the first thing I gave up.…

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    To My First Born

    To my first born child, As the days get closer to meeting your new sibling, I realized that I am cherishing these last few moments of us together. Just you and I. You made me a mother. How did I ever get so lucky to have you as my daughter? You are confident, sassy, smart and loving. You have shown me things in this world that I have forgotten to see for years at a time. I will never stop loving you and you will never not be my baby. There are a few things I want you to remember when this sibling arrived. Because of our success with you,…

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    It’s Not Easy

    Today was one of the hardest days I had as a mother. Harley hit a new level of temper tantrums. Anything we did, just resulted in ear shattering screams and tears. Asking her a question, she would respond no daddy no daddy no daddy. No one could get her to stop. The screams and meltdown kept coming. Today was a day I questioned my sanity. Why did this day happen on a day that I’ve only slept 5 hours? This was a day I felt like I could give up. Motherhood is hard. Motherhood makes me want to crawl into a little ball at times and sob my eyes out.…

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    An Important Tool

    Being an EMT in the ER for the past 4 years, I have faced many situations. Constantly children are shuttled in because they swallowed something and parents are worried that it will not pass. Other times we get children who are choking and the item couldn’t be cleared by the Heimlich maneuver. I am so glad to partner with Life Vac and ihelpmoms for this post. Life Vac gives me peace of mind at home. If the Heimlich doesn’t work, this tool steps in. With a quick suction to the face, and a pumping action, you can dislodge the object that is obstructing the airway! It comes with face masks…

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    Getting Closer

    As the days get closer to us welcoming a second little bundle joy into our family, I have been reflecting a lot. Reflecting on how lucky I am to be a mom to a healthy happy 19 month old, a wife to the most amazing and supportive husband around and a daughter/grand daughter to the best family I could ask for. As I grow larger and get more uncomfortable, I want to remember these moments. I want to remember the kicks I get after finally sitting down after a 12 hour shift. I want to remember the way Harley sits on top of my belly and laughs when her sibling…

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    The 3rd Trimester

    Oh boy! You have made it to the finish line! The third trimester is said to be full of magic and rainbows! In a few short weeks, a new baby will be in your arms. You will soon encounter the most pure love of your life. But is the third trimester really that great. Definitely not in my experience. The second trimester was a time where your energy came back. Even though your belly grew, you felt pretty normal. Life is peachy keen. You get ultrasounds, see the doctor every month and start to feel little flutters in your belly that turn into full blown kicks. Well the third trimester…

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    Beating Anxiety

    I remember the day as if it was yesterday. Having my first anxiety attack with Harley was paralyzing. I had never experienced any sort of anxiety until I was about 5 months pregnant. I honestly didn’t know what was happening to me. At that point in my life, I was working night shift usually 3 days a week, and then going to school two days a week for over 11 hours a day. I am sure my lack of sleep greatly contributed to the anxiety attacks. It also didn’t help that our classrooms had no window, so for most of the day I was only under fluorescent lights. I remember…

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    Murphy’s Naturals

    Camping has always been a favorite pastime for my family. Yet, the worst part about camping is the fact that mosquitos absolutely love me and Harley. I can barely step outside without having millions of them on me just waiting for a quick bite. Then the itch ensues. On any certain trip, I can count on going through numerous bottles of anti itch cream because my bites turn into full on welts. With this pregnancy, it seems that the mosquitos officially can’t leave me alone! I think the baby has turned my blood even sweeter. I am constantly tormented by the buzz in the ear. I am so thankful to…

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    Are You A Good Mom

    In my 18 months of being a mom to a wonderful little girl, I often find myself asking am I a good mom? I constantly compare myself to the moms I see around me. I notice when their child looks happier, has less meltdowns, and seems more advanced. It immediately starts a cascade of thoughts running through my head. Because let’s face it, we go through this world looking at others hoping our lives have just a glimpse of what others are looking for. With this second pregnancy, I have decided that I need to take a step back and give myself the affirmations that I am doing the right…

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    The Secrets of Motherhood

    When you become a mom, you become apart of a special club. A club that is reserved for women who have spread their love to another being. Often people say motherhood is beautiful. Motherhood is easy. Motherhood is perfect. They forget to say a lot! Motherhood is messy. The messes start from the minute you conceive. You are throwing up, you are losing your independence, you are losing your body, but instead you are gaining the biggest love you could ever imagine. Motherhood is messy after giving birth. From the spit ups to diaper changes and everything in between. I never knew a small creature could make such a mess…