• As a Mommy,  As an OT

    When Your Toddler Has Vacation Blues

    What do you do when your toddler has vacation blues or becomes homesick while on vacation? I didn’t even realize that was a thing…until we traveled with our toddler last week. Well let’s explore what it means and what you can do to help your little one who might be longing for the comforts of home. Last week we took a roadtrip up to New York to stay attend our nephew’s baby dedication, spend some time with my in-laws and then a 5-day vacation in the Hamptons with a few of our friends and their kids.  We’ve traveled with Chase numerous times since he’s been born, including Florida, NY, Philly…

  • As a Mommy

    Why I took A Month-long Break from Blogging

    Hi guys! I took a break from blogging and I’m here to say I’m sorry, but not sorry. At first it was unintentional, but then I decided to take a deliberate break. Sorry that I didn’t warn you, although I’m sure you didn’t notice I was MIA. So anyway, here’s why I decided to do it. Time – As many of you know, I’m a mom of 2 little ones (2.5 years and 10 months old). I’m also working full-time (for the most part) as an occupational therapist at a hospital. On top of that there are all the regular day-to-day duties of mom-ing, wife-ing and housekeeping that need to…

  • As a Mommy,  As an OT

    Having a Sensory Kid

    Too sticky, too wet, too loud, too bright, too mushy! Not bouncy enough, not tight enough, not soft enough, not crunchy enough! Sound like a child you have or know? Sound like an adult you know? As humans, we all have certain sensory needs or sensitivities.  Sensory processing is a way of our brains and body to understand the external stimuli through our five senses: sight, sound, taste, feel and smell.  Around the toddler age, kids start to develop an awareness for what type of sensations they prefer, tolerate or dislike. For example, they might love being tucked in tightly in a blanket, or hate the feel of grass on…

  • As a Mommy

    Diversity for Little Readers

    For 30+ years, my mother was a reading teacher for elementary school children.  Basically, she’s an expert in knowing what literary content is age appropriate at each reading level. She has always impressed upon my brother and I that books are a gateway to imagination and knowledge.  Her and my dad bought us children’s books about adoption to learn more about where we came from and why we had a different story than other children we knew.  Since my sons are mixed-race, it makes sense that my mom would ensure that her two grandsons received books with multicultural characters.  It is important for young children to not only be able…

  • As A Creative

    Toddler Room Makeover

    Back in February we decided to transition Chase from the nursery to his own big boy room…which is a better way of saying his little brother evicted him from his crib. It took me awhile to formulate a plan to make his new room enticing enough that he wouldn’t miss his nursery.  Like most toddler boys, Chase is a huge fan of anything that has wheels: cars, trains, trucks and planes. Transportation became the theme of the decor. I’ve included some of the before/after shots. First thing we did was change the color of the walls and the built-in desk to give it a brighter and fresher look. We debated…

  • As A DC Local

    Vaca in Tulum

    My two best girlfriends, Mary and Caroline, and I thought up a plan to do a girls trip to Mexico in celebration of turning 30. We have known each other since we were freshman roommates in college, so we knew this trip would be epic. Well last year we turned 30, but I was knocked up, so Mexico was put on hold. Finally we settled on June 2018, once I got the plans in place for my parents to come help hubby with the bambinos. We were going to Tulúm, Quintano Roo, MEH-HEE-CO!!!! I have to admit I barely did any planning for this trip, since both my friends got…

  • As a Mommy

    Raised Real- Baby food solutions

    I bet I’m not the only mom that struggles to get their kids to eat vegetables.  Yes, my little ones are only 8 months and 2 years, but I was told the earlier you start introducing new and unique foods, the easier it will be to work it into their regular diet. I was a very picky eater as a child, so I hoped that we could start early with our boys to develop a diverse palate. Well, karma is something because I now have a toddler that won’t eat much more than chicken, spaghetti, rice&beans and PBJ. When Chase first started on solids at 4 months old, I was…

  • As a Mrs.

    Fatherhood Reflections

    My husband’s birthday always falls near Father’s Day. Last year, he turned forty and I asked him to guest post about Forty and Fatherhood. Since it was such a popular post among readers, I asked if he wanted to do another guest post for his birthday today. For many of our friends and family, they get to see a different side of my husband through his writing voice. So this year, he decided to reflect on new life as a dad of two and what is making his heart heavy. I was about 15 years old and at what I thought was the peak of my physical strength when I…

  • As a Mommy

    Long Hair Don’t Care: Boy Mom’s Perspective

    “Oh my god, look at that hair!” “Your son’s hair is beautiful, he could pass as a girl!” “Can I touch his hair?” Yup. These are the main things we hear from strangers when we go out in public. My son’s curly fro is definitely his main feature, and attracts a lot of attention wherever we go. I get a lot of questions and comments about his hair (the good and the bad), so I decided it was a topic worth diving into. I’ve collaborated on this post with another boy mommy blogger friend, Mazel, who also has two boys with unique, long hair. I’m so happy to have her…

  • As a Mommy

    Mama and Baby Workout

    I was talking with a soon-to-be mommy, and she asked me what gym I belonged to. I almost spit out my drink laughing since I haven’t set foot into a gym in God knows how long. The biggest reason/excuse for not going to the gym is never having the time, especially when balancing the responsibilities of work and home life. However, I have to remind myself that just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you need to rule out exercise all together! It’s important for mamas to exercise, no matter what form it may be…jogging, weightlifting, zumba, kazaxe, kickboxing etc. Exercise after having a baby has so many benefits, including boosting energy…