Mother’s Intuition

Last week, I had my first experience with mother’s intuition.  It makes me smile thinking about it.

We dropped C off with my parents the week of our move, so that he wouldn’t be getting into boxes and cleaning products as we prepared to leave our apartment.  He did really well with them, and we made sure we Skyped every day until moving day.

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We Went Without the Internet for Three Days!

Have you ever wondered how addicted you are to your mobile device and the internet?  Try going without cell service, data service and the internet in general for three days.  I gotta say, it was pretty rough for me.  I felt like I was transported to the stone age.  Okay, maybe just the early ’90s.

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I’ll Become a Squatter Before I Ever Move Again

Last week, we moved from one Midwestern state to another.  We’re back in our home state now, which is awesome, but let me tell you – moving is a real bitch.

I’ve always gotten stressed out during moves.  Factor in mental illness (postpartum anxiety and postpartum depression) and it’s about 1000 times worse.  I had no idea that I’d find myself holding onto sanity by an unraveling thread.  If anything had gone wrong, I’m pretty sure I’d be writing this from the nuthouse.

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Your Child, The Social Justice Advocate by Jon Tingley {Guest Post}

Today, I’m happy to introduce Jon Tingley.  Jon was a coworker of Hubster’s during the past two years, and I’m honored to call him a friend.  He’s a writer and higher education professional. On his blog at jontingley.com he focuses on topics including social justice, student affairs and social media. Below, he shares his perspective on how you can talk to your child about issues related to social justice.  Thank you, Jon!

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Becoming a Working Mom by Anna S. {Guest Post}

Anna, a college friend of mine, is here today to tell us about her surprise entry into motherhood and how she balances being a mom and working full-time.  Anna and her husband are also raising their son in a residence hall.  I had to laugh at her hubby’s reaction to her positive pregnancy test – that was Hubster’s exact reaction as well!  Thank you for being here, Anna!

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Butterfly Lessons by Lauren Hale {Guest Post}

When I first shared here that I had been diagnosed with postpartum depression, Lauren Hale found my post and notified the #ppdchat Twitter army to rally around me.  I was overcome by the love and support that I received from strangers, and was so happy to find a community of women who embraced me for who I am.  I’m honored to share this post that Lauren wrote for you today.

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Finding The Truth by Leelah Orion {Guest Post}

Today, I’m happy to welcome Leelah, who has recently started blogging about making it while raising a family.  She writes from the heart, and I really appreciate her being here today.

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This is my first guest blog; I’m really nervous about it. I’m rather new to the blogging world. My blog is called Baby Steps. It’s mostly just a place to get out of my head but I hope one day it will stand up with the greats.

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I Never Used To Care Much About Music by Charity Cole {Guest Post}

I’m happy to introduce you to Charity, a wonderful, strong woman I’ve had the opportunity to meet through #ppdchat on Twitter.  She puts her soul into her writing, and it’s beautiful.  Thank you for being here today, Charity!

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Thank you Kristin for having me today.  I write about faith, family and mental health over at Giggles and Grimaces.  I share about life with three little girls, ages 5,4, 1.  Sometimes my writing, like this one, is on the serious side, other times it is about the funsies we have doing projects together!  Come check us out!

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Impossible Expectations of Mother’s Day by Jen {Guest Post}

I met today’s blogger, Jen, through #ppdchat on Twitter.  I’m constantly amazed by her positive spirit and her ability to rally around all of those who are struggling.  Thank you for being here today, Jen!

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I’m Jen of the blog tranquilamama.wordpress.com.  I have been happily married to my best friend for 9 years.  We have two girls who I refer to as Munch (4 ½ year old) and Skeeter (19 months old) on my blog.  My husband and I try to juggle parenting, professional responsibilities and housework.  I started my blog to help other moms who were struggling with postpartum mood disorders.  I received so much support from the online community that I felt called to pay it forward.  I was diagnosed with postpartum anxiety and postpartum depression seven months after the birth of my youngest, Skeeter.   I met Kristin through #ppdchat.  We bonded over our lovely home state of Wisconsin.  I am so excited that she will be moving back to the land of beer and cheese.  I am looking forward to getting the chance to meet her and her adorable C when she is settled into her new digs.  Thank you so much for letting me post and get a chance to vent about a family member who sometimes reads my blog. 

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Why New Parents Must Go To Yard Sales by Jason Ross {Guest Post}

I’m pleased to welcome Jason Ross today!  His blog is filled with awesome parenting tips, and I enjoy reading his perspective.  Thanks for being here, Jason!

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Jason Ross is a proud father of a 1 year old daughter, Abby, and blogging partner of Lauren Ross.  Not too long after his daughter was born he began blogging on Ordinary Parent as a way to offer his thoughts, opinions, and stories of parenthood that may help other parents, or expectant parents, along their journey.  His wife, Lauren, joins him with frequent posts as well. They are a couple ordinary parents, offering their advice for other ordinary parents. 

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Tips For A Happy Move by Marisa {Guest Post}

My friend, Marisa, is taking the reigns today with our first guest post!  She has some excellent tips for those of us who find ourselves moving this summer.  Thank you for being here, Marisa!

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Hi, friends and followers of Little Mama Jama! I’m Marisa, college friend of Kristin and blogger over at count on me for life, where I write about life as a medical student’s/doctor’s significant other and my adventures with my husband-to-be. Thank you for letting me be part of your blog!

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The Month of Moving Begins

I’m a little sad today.  Today is the last day we have as a family in C’s first home.  We’re dropping him off with my parents tomorrow, and he’ll be with them for a week while we pack up our things and move out of state.  I’m not too sad about leaving our first family “home” behind, because let’s face it – it hasn’t been that easy living in a one-bedroom apartment.  What saddens me more is that we won’t see our little C for a week while we start the first phase of our big transition.  Phase one entails living in Hubster’s brother’s house for the 3+ weeks before we can get our keys for our new apartment, on the campus of Hubster’s new job.

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Time to Clean Out the Cupboards!

Well, we move in six days.  SIX.  DAYS.  Yeah, I’m freaking out just a little.

We’re trying to use up all of the food in our cupboards, refrigerator and freezer so that we don’t need to worry about hauling it to another state.  I discovered the motherlode of frozen fruit in our freezer.  Apparently, I was once really pumped about making smoothies.  When was the last time I made a smoothie?  Probably in December.  I’m now consuming a LOT of fruit smoothies.

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25 Before 25: Take C to the Zoo!

Hooray!  I can cross off #10 on my 25 Before 25 list.  We took C to the zoo for the first time, and he…was generally indifferent.

Sure, he started out with a smile...

He enjoyed seeing some of the fish, and he smiled at the monkeys.  But the sound that he made the most during our trek around the zoo?  The sound of a loud yawn.  Yeah, my child was bored at the zoo.  He was more interested in watching the other children than seeing the animals.

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Geeky Family Pics at Cliche “World’s Biggest” Item

Yep, we did it.  We stopped at one of those items billed as the “World’s Biggest” and took our picture at it.  We decided that our first family road trip vacation just wouldn’t be complete without a cliche family picture at the World’s Biggest Authentic Hockey Stick.

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Wordless Wednesday: C’s Adventures

He laughed so hard at the cool air blowing in his face from the air conditioning.

Swiiiiiiiings!

Checking out the playground!

We Stopped at the Beach

Our lodge was located near many miles of hiking trails.  While we were out on a walk, we stopped at this beautiful lakeshore.

C thinks Hubster is the most hilarious person in the world!

It was chilly, but C was brave and dipped his toes in the lake.

C and I battled the wind to get a picture together.

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Be Enough Me: A Letter to 16-Year-Old Me

Dear Kristin,

There will be several circumstances in your life that you may not think you can handle, but you can.  Know that you are strong and resilient.  You have a support system that is very strong.  God and your family provide a strong foundation.  Your faith may shake, but your foundation is built on solid rock.

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Postpartum Mother’s Day Gift from Lauren Hale

The lovely Lauren Hale, of My Postpartum Voice, tweeted this slideshow that she compiled.  I love it so much that I wanted to share it with all of you.  If you’re struggling today, know that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to the wonderful mothers in my life!  Today, I want to especially honor all of the strong, brave women who are battling postpartum mood disorders.  Know that you are loved very much.  Sending lots of love and hugs your way.  For more information on postpartum mood disorders, please visit Postpartum Progress.

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C’s First Time at the Pool

We had a great time on vacation this week, and I’ll be featuring several of our experiences over the next few days.  First up is C in the pool.  It was his first experience swimming.  He wasn’t scared at all, but he got cold pretty quickly and clung to us.  Our time in the pool was quite short.  We had to warm that little guy back up!

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Crazy Face!

When The Residents Are Away, We Like To Play

Here’s a little fun we had the other evening!  I can’t get the embed to work for whatever reason, but here’s the direct link to the video.  Enjoy! :)

Wordless Wednesday: The New Stroller Arrived!

C helps Hubster assemble the new stroller!

C is excited about his new BOB jogging stroller!

Juggling, Juggling, Juggling…

Ever feel like you’re juggling with so many balls in the air that you’re just waiting for one of them to drop?

We’re moving out of state in just over two weeks.  In the meantime, we’re trying to fit in numerous doctor appointments, C’s one-year photo session with a smash cake from a local baker, a family vacation, a family trip to the state zoo…and I know there’s more that I’m forgetting.  Plus there’s just so many details involved in moving to a new state.  Changes of address, insurance, car title/registration, driver’s license, etc.  Since we won’t be able to move to our apartment until the end of June, I’m making lists of what cannot sit in the heat of outdoor storage for a month.  I’m planning the system of how we’ll know what to leave in outdoor storage and what will need to be placed indoors.  What can we pack now, and what needs to wait until the last few days before the move?

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Be Enough Me: My Dream Day

This week’s Just.Be.Enough Be Enough Me prompt is, “My Dream Day…”

When I saw this week’s prompt, I got really excited.  I’m a dreamer, and dreaming up a perfect day sounded like so much fun.  I pulled some inspiration from our amazing honeymoon in NoCal. :)

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Seeking Guest Bloggers!

We have two big moves coming up in the next two months, and I’d love to have some guest bloggers to feature during that time.

I’m looking for posts from guest bloggers for the period of May 21-28 and June 20-26.

If you’re interested in writing a guest post (or two!) for me, please comment here, via email, or find me on Facebook or Twitter!

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Hubster Graduates!

Today, Hubster graduated with his Masters of Science.  I couldn’t be prouder.  :)

Hubster with his parents and C

He has worked so hard these past two years, all the while supporting C and me through so many ups and downs.

Ups and Downs…

I have to admit that today I was 98% happy and proud of Hubster and 2% jealous.  When we started this adventure two years ago, we intended to graduate with our master’s degrees together today.  We survived through a horrendous first trimester of pregnancy for me, in which I suffered hyperemesis and lost both my job (graduate assistantship) and was forced to withdraw from school.  We experienced the birth of our awesome son, whom I simply cannot imagine life without.  We lived through two months of colic, followed by about four months of C’s high needs.  We handled my diagnosis of postpartum depression and the tumultuous period that followed.  Now, we celebrate Hubster’s success and look forward to the exciting next step for our family.

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A Poem for Mothers

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,Lullaby, rockabye, lullaby loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peek-a-boo
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullaby, rockaby lullaby loo.
The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
- Ruth Hulbert Hamilton

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Monkey Smash Cake

I ordered this awesome monkey smash cake for C’s 1st birthday photo shoot!  Unfortunately, our very pregnant photographer had to reschedule; but our cake baker offered to remake this cake for free.  She’s awesome – and so talented!

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Chicken Tomato Basil Panini

If I could be in love with a sandwich, this would be the one for me.  And now, I’m sharing it with you.

Let your love affair begin.

You will need:

1 chicken breast (I like to cut mine in half, ending up with two thin pieces.)
1 slice of provolone cheese
2 slices of tomato
basil pesto sauce
ciabatta bread

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Be Enough Me: Looking in the Mirror

This week’s Just.Be.Enough Be Enough Me prompt was, “When I look in the mirror…”


This weekend, we celebrated my son’s 1st birthday.  I hated most of the pictures of myself from that day.  I saw the extra pounds around my waist that I’ve been struggling to get rid of for exactly one year now.  I saw the bags under my eyes from my recent insomnia.  I saw the anxiety in my eyes, something that I’ve really been struggling with as we’re now a month away from moving out of state.

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Happy 1st Birthday, C-Monkey!

Birthday smiles!

His new Melissa & Doug toolbox.

Excited about his new zoo train!

A "banana" cake for our little monkey!

Not sure what to think about the cake.

Happy Birthday to our C-Monkey!