Striking a Balance

In reality, you need to determine how much you’re willing to give on each side in order to strike your personal balance. What works for someone else is not going to work for you. We all have different family structures, different schedules, different expenses…different everything!

A Very "Louse-y" Situation

I could feel the blood drain from face as I read the message. I swear the scent of "Dettol" wafted past my nose. Someone in my daughter’s pre-k class has head lice. I tried to focus throughout the rest of my meeting but couldn’t shake the imaginary itching all over my body.

The NICU Shadow

Nine months later, washing my hair, putting laundry in the dryer, drinking my coffee, I still find myself revisiting Noah’s NICU experience. Noah spent 59 days and nights in the NICU and they were hard. Mostly for him, but for us, too. The NICU shadow doesn’t let me forget.

Where Did My Baby Go?

I think that’s what we all want for our children. We want them to be self-sufficient and believe in themselves as they go out into the world. But, then there’s that little selfish part that actually wants them to stay little forever because you enjoy being needed all the time,

When the Nights are Long

Your head is pounding as if someone hit you over the head with a box of diapers. Doesn’t your baby know you need to go to work in a few hours and need to be semi-functional? All you want to do is curl up in your bed, bury your head in the covers and stay there for a good 12 hours…

Mom, You're not Alone

Although I don’t rejoice in my friend’s pain, there was comfort in knowing that I’m not alone. As mothers of young children in this stage of life, we are pulled in so many different directions. Our children need us, our aging parents need us, were trying to keep our marriages and friendships intact.

Empowering your Struggling Child

Nowadays, children spend large portions of their days in car-seats, carriages, jump-aroos, bouncers and playpens. Some kids may have started off in the NICU and their bodies and sensory systems have been impacted in a way that affects their development and the way their body moves.

On the Day of Your Baby Shower

"There is perfection in imperfection. Inevitably, everything will not go as planned. But someday really soon, maybe even as soon as tomorrow, you will laugh about all the things that went wrong and they will make the day all the more memorable."

How to End Your Year on a High Note!

We’re so busy in our daily lives as mothers that sometimes we don’t recognize  all the wonderful accomplishments and milestones we have made in a year. They get tucked away in our minds behind the loads of laundry, schedules, doctor visits, birthday parties and never ending cleaning up. 

Cheers to the Magic Makers...

In some way it’s nice to believe that the season itself comes with this spirit of cheer and goodwill. But somewhere behind the scenes of all the merry, is a mom with exhausted eyes and weary hands. She smiles with satisfaction to see her family enjoying the fruits of her labor, months in the making!

Valuing My Birth Story

“Today, we will be sharing our birth stories,” announced one of the facilitators with a smile. I almost choked. My chest tightened, as a dull sense of fear overwhelmed me. It’s hard to clarify exactly why, but in that very moment, the thought of sharing our birth story spelled dread.

She Dreamed, She Believed, She Achieved

As mothers, we inherently spend a lot of time taking care of others  and making sure their wants and needs are addressed. We do it because we love them and want what is best for them and ultimately that gives us joy. However, to be strong for them, we also must be strong for ourselves.

Unwrapping the gift of gratitude on Thanksgiving and everyday

This year has been a tough one for so many of us. We have faced monstrous natural disasters and so much turmoil and conflict in our world. But today I’m thankful for a little girl next to me on my bed, her tiny hand gripping my shirt gently, just to make sure I’m still here. I’m grateful for a little boy peacefully sleeping in his own bed, happy and strong in spite of all he has struggled through.

Aaachoo! Everything You Need to Know About the Flu!

It’s that dreaded time of year again. Snotty noses, fevers, body aches and sleepless nights abound. It’s flu season! Are you prepared? Dr. Gary Kramer and Dr. Rebecca Kimsey of Pediatric Specialists, Coral Gables are sharing their insights on flu prevention, when to visit the pediatrician and the difference between cold and flu!

A Miracle in her Living Room

Through it all, faith and prayers keep me going. Faith to know God is with me. And lots of prayer. From colds which cause uncommon havoc in a special needs child to allergies or even a runny nose. In the midst of all these trials, I bathe my son in prayer.