Brown Bear

I feel like sometimes Maya’s life is like a little game-show where she’s the contestant and we’re Alex Trebec or Pat Sajak, quizzing her constantly — except instead of money the prize is always a hug or a kiss. 🙂

She doesn’t seem to get exasperated most of the time as we ask her questions, but I’m sure sometimes she’s thinking, “Mommy, I just SHOWED you where my car/train/Minnie/belly is!”

[I know we’re just a few years away from chronic eye rolling … might as well prepare myself now!]

Repetition is how babies learn to communicate, so we’ve been doing a lot of it — ever since she was born, but especially now.

It’s not like she’s doing anything special — she’s engaging in completely age-appropriate activities/progress — but I guess I didn’t realize just how much she is absorbing!! Seriously, kids this age are sponges!

For example, I didn’t even realize she knew which foods she was eating, but when I asked her — out of curiosity — where her cheese, chicken, soup, grapes, goldfish crackers, etc. were — she pointed to each food. Continue reading “Brown Bear”


“Read to me”

As soon as I starting earning an allowance, all of my money went towards books.

At the time, I was obsessed with four book series: The Babysitters Club, Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High. I’d plow through them quicker than my parents could get me to Annie’s Book Store (our local book shop) and would often choose getting lost in a book over anything else. I can remember my mom calling up to me that it was dinner-time and — even with all my love of food — sometimes it would take me a while to get to the kitchen, I was so enamored with a book. Continue reading ““Read to me””


Here goes! Thanks for all the questions, everyone.

Q.When you are at a point where you are thinking about c/s, what is it that you do or tell yourself to escape falling into the trap?
A. I am really happy to say that I haven’t thought about doing it in so long, that I haven’t needed to think much about it. When I finally decided to go cold-turkey, I made the commitment to myself to choose pride over guilt. Somehow that reframing of things really clicked with me. I wish I could say I use it in all aspects of my life (like when I emotionally or mindlessly eat, or when I exercise even when I don’t feel like doing it) but I know I have the potential now to carry it through to other areas of my life, and that makes me feel good. I am going to try to remember “pride over guilt” as my mantra going forward, because I think it epitomizes/highlights my Type-A nature in a good way. If I want to stay in the lines, so to speak, I need to choose pride over guilt.

Q. If you could be known for having done ONE thing well in your life (although there will be many!), what would it be?
Wow, good question. I haven’t had children yet, but I imagine that’s the one thing I’d want to be known for: being a good mom. Since that judgment is a long way off, I like to  think blogging has been my biggest success/contribution to society, my form of “volunteering” (since I do it for no income and with no paid advertising). Blogging is something of which I’m very proud and think I’ve done well at it, given the feedback I hear here on my blog, the guest posts I’ve been asked to write, and the new blog I’m participating at (WeAreTheRealDeal). 

Volunteering can be many things to many people. Some people volunteer at soup kitchens, some people are Big Sisters or Big Brothers, some run charity races … I feel like through my words and experiences, I’m volunteering in my own way, touching people’s lives. No, I’m not touching the lives of the homeless or the needy … but I’m taking issues that usually go under the radar screen, to light, raising awareness … all the while being transparent about my journey. I like to think that I’m making a difference.

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