Motherhood

Preparing for the C-Section I Didn’t Want

Preparing for the C-Section I Didn’t Want

A c-section was a last resort on my birth plan. I really didn’t think it could happen to me.  But when emergency circumstances made it my best option, I was really glad I had at least considered it. It Helped to Know About Other Experiences […]

Things I Wish I Knew About Breastfeeding (TMI)

Things I Wish I Knew About Breastfeeding (TMI)

Let me preface this post with a warning: if you are not breastfeeding or about to have a baby and considering breastfeeding, then this post really isn’t for you. It’s hard enough to talk about the nitty gritty details without wondering who exactly is going […]

Birth Story: Klay Alan

Birth Story: Klay Alan

Little Klay was born on March 9, 2018 at 8 P.M. in a whirl of activity. He measured 20 ¼ inches and weighed 8lbs 4oz (a little bigger than Kaleb and Kniya, but smaller than Kam). Our names were still a bit up in the […]

Love You Madly, Baby Boy

Love You Madly, Baby Boy

He’s coming! With every baby the denial period grows. I forget I’m pregnant all the time (less so now that he’s so active and cramped). I forget in just a few weeks I will get to meet our fourth kid. Even typing that out is […]

7 Picture Books: Kids of Color Being Themselves

7 Picture Books: Kids of Color Being Themselves

With a black husband and three children that are mixed, black history is naturally important to our family year-round. Too often, the majority of black history is ignored for a white-washed version of the past. February gives us a chance to reevaluate how we incorporate […]

13 Quotes for Exhausted Parents

13 Quotes for Exhausted Parents

Parenting is simple. As long as you don’t value privacy, like repeating yourself, plan on sharing all snacks, like repeating yourself and can keep a straight face no matter what happens. It’s is exhausting. It’s awesome, but exhausting. You get worn out in ways you […]

Kid Chat: Grocery Stores and Bullies

Kid Chat: Grocery Stores and Bullies

Had a chance to take out just Kniya yesterday to the grocery store without the boys. I grabbed a coffee and a kid’s hot chocolate from our local Mocha Lounge before getting to the store. While walking through the aisles, Kniya had lots to ponder: […]

No Bake Chocolate Energy Bar Cookies

No Bake Chocolate Energy Bar Cookies

I crave chocolate. I’ve always loved no bake cookies. It occurred to me that adding a few key ingredients would still make a great cookie, while adding protein and healthy fats to act more like a snack. They are more filling and less sugary than […]

My 12 Hospital Bag Must-Haves

My 12 Hospital Bag Must-Haves

At my most recent checkup, it really surprised me to hear the nurse say 35 weeks. I’ve been thinking I have two more months in my head, when really I have about 5 weeks. Since my first three had to be induced, I am skeptical […]

Date Night With My Kid

Date Night With My Kid

Had an opportunity to take my middle child out for a “date” last month. He struggles not to want to do everything his older sister does and Knick was taking her to a girl’s basketball game. It took him most of the trip to get […]