Free Panties

 The colorful mailer from Victoria's Secret was tucked in-between bills and circulars. Normally, I would probably have thrown it out, but something made me open it.I am not one to get overly excited about underpants. Also, its been 4 babies since I bought anything at Victoria's Secret. Opening the mailer, I noticed three coupons. They were circular and colorful, like pieces of candy, you couldn't help but want whatever they were selling.Free Panties! ...more

Living With A Chronic Illness

 Awoken by the soft mewing of a newborn's cry, I turned over and swung my legs over the side of the bed. Before my feet reached the floor, shards of glass pierced through my heels. I could barely walk. This was a nightmare I couldn't wake up from.As the mother of 6 young children, I was clearly unprepared for the reality I was facing. In an instant, I was thrust into someone else's life. Someone I did not recognize....more

Penis Envy? Not Me!

I don't have a penis, but I live with three of them.The littlest one is always out and about.Always.Since I do not own one myself, I have this irrational fear the little boy is going to cut his penis off in some tragic accident.I mean, there it is right out in front, waiting for disaster.The following scenarios run through my mind as he runs around the house.Door closes on it...chop!Safety scissors slip...chop!Flying leap off the wall unit...chop!...more

A Worthy Fight

What type of parent doesn't fight for their child?My father chose to give up.After I was out of my teens, he explained to me that my mother made his life very difficult. There was always an issue with child support or visitation and he couldn't deal with the constant arguing.Six year old me just wanted her daddy.No stories exist about our lives before the divorce. Does anyone remember what my life looked like back then? We were a family. Somewhere down the line, my parents forgot that....more

Preparing For A Stress-Free Day At The Beach

My husband hates the beach. I am not sure which he dislikes more, the risk of sunburn or the annoying feeling of sand in between his toes. Plus, I am neurotic about letting my kids anywhere near water, so he has to put up with me too.When summer arrives, it doesn't take much to convince him that we should bring the kids to the beach, aka, Lake Taghkanic....more
I completely concur, anyone going to the beach must bring plenty of to engage their kids while ...more

Break The Silence

Was I ready to relive the pain of stillbirth?My fingers trembled as I turned on the television. Who was I kidding? I wasn't brave enough to do this. I can't even watch the opening of “Up” without tearing up. I started to change the channel, but I couldn't do it. I was transfixed watching, knowing full well what was going to play out.My husband walked in and realized I was watching “that movie.”...more
Sending BIG hugs of comfort. Unfortunately, I too know the stillness of labor room when the ...more

Potty Mouth

When I set out to potty train my first child, I received a lot of advice. I was told that I should bring my daughter to the bathroom with me so she could learn by watching me. This wasn't a new concept at our house. I couldn't remember a time when I used the bathroom alone. At this rate, she should be an expert. I bought a pack of training pants, and figured potty training would be easy....more

May Day Birthday

May Day, is not a commonly celebrated holiday in the United States, unless you have a child whose birthday falls on the date, like I do.Sixteen years ago, when I arrived at the birthing center on May 1st ,all the nurses marveled that I was having a May Day baby. In an epidural fog, I planned to research the holiday for when Abigail,was old enough to appreciate it....more

Do Former Mean Girls Raise Queen Bees?

“We can be friends on the bus, but not at school.” My eight-year-old and her friends have already started experiencing the mean girl mentality. I have witnessed girls slowly turning on one another on the playground as well as in the backseat of my minivan. Girls who were inseparable before third grade will be entering fourth grade as strangers. ...more
Thank you so much! This topic needs a lot more attention. Our school district has no tolerance ...more

Unknown

The unknown is overshadowing my thoughts.An envelope sits on my kitchen counter. In a few months, Josie will be a kindergartener. The same excitement and sadness fills my heart as it has 6 times before.The registration packet has some questions left unanswered. Similarly, the corresponding pages in her baby book are still unwritten.This shouldn't have come as any surprise to me, as the constant reminders are always there....more