• As a Mommy

    Halfway Point in Pregnancy, Part III

    20 weeks Then, Then and Now We’ve made it to the halfway mark with this pregnancy already! Last time I wrote a blog post comparing 20 week update for my second pregnancy and my first. To keep with tradition and also show how different pregnancies can be, I’ve given some updates about this pregnancy so far. Morning sickness This time I was a lot more affected by symptoms of nausea, lightheadedness etc. than the first two pregnancies. “Morning sickness” is a deceptive term, since you can have these symptoms any time of day. I tended to be more nauseated towards the evening. Luckily, it was never to the point of…

  • As a Mrs.

    Give the Gift of Time: Unique Watches for Every Person

    One thing I learned about my husband early on in our dating life, was that he was a watch collector. He’s not much of a cuff link or tie-pin guy, so watches are his main statement accessory to his wardrobe. I also learned he’s less interested in the ubiquitous designer watches, but more drawn to unique watches and thoughtfully-crafted timepieces. One company that offers both of these features in their products is JORD, maker of luxury wooden watches. I’ve been eyeing JORD timepieces for awhile online, and when they approached me to do a giveaway partnership, I didn’t hesitate at all! The model of the watch worn by my husband…

  • As A Creative

    Make your Birthday Invitations and Holiday Cards Stand Out

    If you know me well, you would know I’m someone who loves old-fashioned correspondences…I’m referring to snail mail. My mom instilled in me the importance in sending hand-written birthday invitations, heartfelt thank-you notes after events, sympathy cards and personalized holiday greetings.  Sure you can send a text or email in a click, but people still like receiving tangible pieces of mail. Not going to lie, I never overlook the details of a well-designed invite or greeting card and always on the look out for trends in stationery. Because this is something I invest time into every year for birthdays and holidays, I am happy to partner with Basic Invite to…

  • As a Mommy

    Gender Reveal for Baby #3

    Gender Reveal…   Oh boy x 3…you read this right! So if you calculate it to include the dogs, the ratio of males to females in our household…it will be 6:1. I am the sole carrier of estrogen…still. We are blessed to carry on the male dynasty. I’m officially like that mom from Bridesmaids. Let me be candid for a minute.I was definitely disappointed at first when I found out it was another boy. I was 10 weeks in, got the call while I was at work, and it just caught me so off-guard. Of course I dreamt of cute bows and tutus and a mini-me that I could go…

  • As a Mommy

    We Have Something To Tell You…

    Yup, here we go again!!!  We wanted to wait until after Carter’s 1st bday last week to announce that Baby #3 is on his/her way in April 2019!! When we broke the news to close friends and family has prompted many questions, and some unsolicited, but well meaning advice. Here are some answers to a few FAQ’s: (BTW my husband edited this post to include his own voice since he said “I made this baby too”…so enjoy reading) “Was this baby planned?” Of course, by a Higher power! In that Calvinist sense, every baby is planned, as is everything else in our lives. As Christians, we believe God has His…

  • As a Mommy,  As a Mrs.

    31st Birthday Lessons

    Another year, another list of lessons learned. Turning 30 last year was a huge milestone, but what made it even more significant was becoming a mother of two… a week later. What a difference a year makes!! As I embark on my 31st year of life today (or is it technically my 32nd since I’ve already lived 31 years?), I was reflecting on what I have learned over this past year. Here’s what I came up with: I’m more than just a mother. Motherhood takes up the majority of my everyday life, but it alone does not define me. I’m a wife, a daughter, an OT, a friend, a colleague,…

  • 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…