• As a Mommy

    The Truth About Stretch Marks and Pregnancy

    Let’s talk about stretch (marks) baby! One of the possible effects of pregnancy and a growing belly is the development of stretch marks. Essentially, stretch marks are scars that develop under the skin due to rapid growth. Over the past three pregnancies, I’ve gotten questions about stretch marks: how do you prevent them, what causes them, and if/how you can treat them if they appear. Since I’m an OT, and not a dermatologist, this is not my area of expertise. I did some research online and also consulted with my good friend and dermatologist, Dr. Sarika Snell, about this topic. Since she’s the expert, I let her field the questions…

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    As A Creative,  As a Mommy,  As a Mrs.

    New Year, Same Me, New Goals

    New year goals….are you someone that believes in making new resolutions at the start of every year? Are you someone that typically fails at them or forgets about them by mid-year if not earlier? You can’t see it, but my hand is raised in the air. However, this doesn’t stop me from planning them each January…because I like to torture myself. Just kidding, but I do appreciate the idea of reflecting on the past, and planning for the future. The word “resolution” is defined as “a firm decision to do or not do something”. That’s a lot of commitment. One thing I’ve learned about life, especially after becoming a mom,…

  • As a Mommy

    Gift Guide: Ideas for the Expecting and New Mom

    4 Days Until Christmas!!! Still not sure what to get gift to get your pregnant friend or family member? Scrambling to find that perfect gift for a new mom? I received a few inquiries for what to get moms in both of these scenarios, which sparked the idea for this post.  A lot of these were from the top of my head of things I really appreciated either during my pregnancies or immediately postpartum. Let me first preface that I only included postpartum gifts for MOM not baby. I’m a huge advocate for thinking of the mom first, as her needs and desires often fall secondary to baby after delivery.…

  • 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 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

    What is a sensory kid? Have you ever heard the words: 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, a sensory kid starts to develop an awareness for what type of sensations they prefer, tolerate or dislike. For example, they might love being…