The Language of Motherhood

Recently Hunter and I walked down to the small playground in our neighborhood. This was during the week, so Sam was at work and I was on my own. Hunter loves the playground, but he is a bit of a daredevil. At 14 months old, he steps off play structures without noticing, flies down slides, and is constantly on the move. When Sam is there one person can be helping him up while the other person helps him come down, or we can each guard an opening on a play structure, etc (Sam also is the photographer, so these particular…

Labor and Dates

If you’re pregnant or have recently given birth you may have heard about eating dates during the last four weeks of your pregnancy to help with labor. Being in the medical field, I was very interested in this during my pregnancy with Hunter given the research article written by Al-Kuran et. al. published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The research showed that women who ate six dates every day for the last four weeks of their pregnancy were more likely to go into labor naturally, with their cervix more dilated, their bags of water intact, and have a…

June Favorites

I can’t believe June is almost over! June is a big month for us with lots of family celebrations. And of course this month marks the beginning of summer–my favorite season(!) and the halfway point of the year. I thought I would celebrate all the June fun and share some of my June Favorites. I have been enjoying the monthly favorites on some of my favorite blogs and podcasts, so I thought I would try my hand at it! Favorite Food September 2015 Sam and I traveled to Italy and I got seriously hooked on Nutella. I also came home…

My Choice to be a Stay-at-Home Mom

After giving birth to Hunter last summer I was home on maternity leave for a few months and did go back to work in the fall. Hunter went to daycare. Hunter was fine at daycare, but I was not fine at work. Sam did the hard job of dropping him off at daycare, but I still struggled emotionally knowing it wasn’t me feeding him, changing him, making him laugh, rocking him to sleep, comforting a cry, or watching him meet and master new milestones (the list goes on…). As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I had a good job. A career.…

Life

Wow! Life has definitely taken over for the past several months! Let’s do a quick recap shall we? Last time we left you I was pregnant with our sweet little boy (who is almost 10 months old now!). I have to say pregnancy agreed with me…up until 39 weeks. My family suffered a devastating tragedy when I was 39 weeks pregnant and my body seemed to only be able to process one thing at a time. So I, like many very pregnant women, was pretty uncomfortable those last few weeks. I eventually was induced when I was 41 + 1…

Two Week Honeymoon Itinerary in Hawaii – Part 3

Capt Andy's Dinner Sunset Sail

Full day break downs – Part 3 Day 8 – Monday- Kauai After landing in Kauai and grabbing our rental car, we checked into out hotel Kauai Beach Resort . In Kauai we decided to stay in one hotel and use this as our home base instead of bouncing around from place to place. The hotel we chose had a lot of nice amenities including multiple pools, a hot tub, and a fire pit. The first night we arrived we grabbed dinner and read a book around the fire pit to relax. Day 9 – Tuesday- Kauai Day 9 was all about exploring the island…

Two Week Honeymoon Itinerary in Hawaii – Part 2

Full day break downs – Part 2 Day 6 – Saturday – Maui On day 6 we started down the road to Hana also known as the Hana Highway. The description of the road itself might grab your attention. The road is over 60 miles long connecting Kahului with the town of Hana. The journey takes about 2.5 hours to drive when no stops are made due to the very winding  nature of the road and many narrow bridges and passes. The road has over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide. At this point you might be asking what is so special…

Two week Honeymoon Itinerary in Hawaii – Part 1

Honolulu Zoo

Full day break downs-Part 1 Day 1 – Monday – Oʻahu After checking into the hotel, we walked down to beach And then to dinner  at Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant where we got to eat under a nice tree alongside the beach during sunset. After dinner we went back to our room and went to bed. We wanted an early start the next day and after a long plane ride we were pretty wiped out at this point. Day 2 – Tuesday- Oʻahu Excited to start our first full day in Hawaii! After breakfast, we went straight to the zoo (a zoo…

Two Week Honeymoon Itinerary in Hawaii – Overview

So this blog post is way overdue. My wife and I got married almost two years ago and chose to go to Hawaii for our honeymoon. We spent a lot of time planning the trip and it was one of the most memorable trips we have ever had, so I wanted to share our experience.  We generally planned one thing to do each day (some days were travel), but then we left ourselves plenty of time to explore and do our own thing. I recommend you do the same. I will say this now, we intended to see Pearl Harbor at the…

PacaPod Review

I am almost 37 weeks pregnant and finally considered to be in my 9th month of pregnancy! Pregnancy has actually been pretty good to me, but I do feel like I have been pregnant forever and I am anxiously waiting to meet our baby boy. As the final countdown is on, I am trying to cross off my to-do list in preparation for his arrival. One of those things is packing our hospital bags, including a bag for baby in what will eventually be his diaper bag (I know I’m a little late–I think this is usually recommended closer to…