Our Experience with ISR

Our Experience with ISR

I can’t believe it’s almost summer! Today, I  wanted to share about our experience with ISR Self-Rescue swim lessons. We first learned about ISR a few years ago, and decided that we would enroll Lucy. She did her first ISR session at the age of 17 months and her second session around two and a half years old. This summer will be Lucy’s third summer of ISR lessons (about 3.5) and Winnie’s first summer — she will be 16 months when the lessons begin. I’ve shared more about our ISR experience in this saved Instagram story highlight, but wanted to keep here on my blog […]

reflections: the loss of autonomy

reflections: the loss of autonomy

I’ve raised my voice at my kids. I’ve had adult temper tantrums. I’ve blamed my kids for my bad attitude and for sometimes just…doing things children do. I’ve had days where I didn’t like the way I showed up as a mom. I’m not as patient as I want to be. I’ve been so frustrated and annoyed and OVER IT. I was telling my therapist about a particularly bad day — one where I blew it as a mom. I cried as I told her I don’t want to be like this — an angry “bad mom.” She gently said, “you’re not a bad mom. […]

some thoughts on jeans

some thoughts on jeans

I’m wearing the jeans I bought a couple weeks postpartum after having Lucy a couple years ago. My pre-pregnancy jeans didn’t fit; these were two sizes up from my “normal” size. They have since been coined my “postpartum jeans.” Except now, one year after having my second child, these fit me better than my “normal” jeans. Normal being what I used to fit into pre-babies. And what I fit into after babies at one point or another. But now – I think these jeans are my new normal. And that’s okay. It’s okay if your body fluctuates and changes. It’s okay if you don’t fit […]

Bunny-Inspired Easter Gift Ideas

Bunny-Inspired Easter Gift Ideas

If you know me personally or have followed me for awhile, you likely know that my oldest daughter Lucy LOVES bunnies! We have accumulated QUITE the collection of all things bunny, from chairs and pillows to toys and stuffed animals to clothes and shoes. And more! I  thought it would be fun to share some bunny-inspired Easter gift ideas for your little ones! I  sort of feel like a bunny gift ideas expert at this point because our home is filled with cute tiny bunny things, thanks to  loving family and friends. I had so much fun putting together these bunny-inspired gift ideas — a […]

Winnie’s First Birthday!

Winnie’s First Birthday!

WINNIE CLAIRE IS ONE! I  wanted to share a few photos from her birthday party (just us four + my sister who was visiting). It was a really special day celebrating! I’ve shared a lot of times how I  was sort of anxious/dreading her birthday because well, her first year of life was not what I  wanted or expected. And, her first birthday made me sad to think about because I knew that a big party like we had for Lucy’s first birthday wasn’t going to happen during a pandemic. One thing I’ve noticed is that often these worries and sadness and just feelings of […]

reflections before my daughter’s first birthday

reflections before my daughter’s first birthday

I’m planning a first birthday party for my daughter and the only party attendees live in our house. I’m watching my daughter, whose blue eyes sparkle and personality changes every day, grow right in front of me, yet most people only see her through a screen. I’m rocking my daughter to sleep in the middle of the night because she is teething and it feels like just yesterday we rocked her for every single nap. And now she sleeps on her own, all by herself, except times like now where she just needs mama. I’m grieving what I wanted, expected, planned, assumed, hoped her first […]