• Wisteria in Central Park

    Week in Review, Vol. 14

    It's been a great week this week! Not only have we been able to see some of our son's first smiles, one of my dearest friends is in town and I'm so glad I will have some time with her over the next week! Another plus is that my son is getting his vaccines on Monday, so we'll be able to take him out more in public--just in time for Memorial Day celebrations. I can't wait!

  • Musee d'Orsay Clock
    Life,  Parenting

    Five Time-Saving Things I Can’t Live Without

    Before I became a mom, I knew that my life would change. And, of course, it did! I talk about some of my feelings on motherhood here, but one of the biggest things to adjust to has been the change in my day-to-day schedule. Let me preface this post by saying how lucky I feel to 1) be able to work from home at the moment, 2) have my husband at home for the moment, and 3) have help from my mother-in-law. But even with help, the days suddenly seem a lot shorter! I've really learned to embrace any time-saving opportunity I have. While some of these are definitely parenting-specific,…

  • Mother
    Life,  Parenting

    Week in Review, Vol. 13

    This week has been a tough one emotionally–not only was Thursday my late mother’s birthday, but tomorrow is also Mother’s Day. I lost my mom very recently (last September) after her thirty-year-long battle with multiple sclerosis. She was diagnosed at the age of 27 right before she was married after being misdiagnosed with Lyme disease. Over the past fifteen years, I’d watched her change from someone who could walk fairly long distances with only a little bit of difficulty to someone who could not even push herself up in bed. After multiple, weeks-long stays in the Newport, RI hospital, and a stint in an assisted living facility, she was doing…

  • Memories-Family Photo
    Life,  Parenting

    Memories, Letters, and Family

    Prior to my son's arrival, my maternal grandmother called me and asked what we wanted as a present for him. I asked her to write a letter about her life so that she could share her memories with him. At 96 years young, she has lived through a lot--the Great Depression, World War II, the Sixties, Vietnam, the Millennium, and many, many more world events--and I wanted to have a record of that. The resulting letter was well over twenty pages long and covered everything about her life, from where she was born to every place she ever lived, how she met her husband, her family, her jobs, and so…

  • May Cherry Blossoms

    Week in Review, Vol. 12

    It's May! The weather has been perfect all week, the garden is finally blooming, and we have friends visiting today--what could be better? I'm in the process of switching over my clothes from winter to summer, as we completely missed spring. Oh well! Right now I'm embracing the 90 degree days. Remind me of this next month when I'm bemoaning the heat!