7 Things to Remember when Your Kid Comes Home Post-Op

Once my three year old, Cylus, was released from the hospital after 19 days, I was elated but wasn’t thinking about what challenges we might face once we got home. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are getting ready to bring your child home after surgery.

  1. Take it slow
    When your child gets home, he/she will want to get into their normal routine, which they probably aren’t ready for yet. Set
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19 Days in the Hospital with My 3 Year Old

Words cannot describe what it’s like to have your child experience tremendous pain. Your heart breaks more with every scream and plea for relief. You are supposed to be their protector and make everything better. And when their fate is in the hands of another, it can be terrifying. When they have to experience something horrific to help them get better, it’s almost unbearable. You would give anything to take their place and bare their … [ READ MORE ]

My Struggles with Potty Training

When my youngest was about 18 months, he showed a huge interest in using the bathroom. My thought – Yes! This is going to be EASY! He has two older brothers and kids can learn things a lot earlier if they are eager to imitate their older siblings. Unfortunately, but not shockingly, my genius baby’s early potty training attempts were short lived. Those that have been there know that you can’t rush kids into it … [ READ MORE ]

Why Kids Should Never Watch Scary Movies

When I was in kindergarten I had a pet tarantula that I found in my yard. Gross, right? I thought it was the coolest thing ever! I didn’t touch it, but I liked to watch it. I only kept it for show-and-tell, then I let it go. That being said, I want to share how I acquired my biggest fear… spiders.

At the end of the year (of kindergarten), all of the girls from my … [ READ MORE ]

Treat People How You Want to be Treated

This is a phrase I repeat many times every single day. My kids are frequently fighting or being mean to one another. My 10 year old and 5 year old boys are usually butting heads. That’s quite an age difference. They both want to play together, but the 5 years between them causes a lot of problems. Tyler, my 5 year old is always picking things up from his brother, Evan – 10, that he’s … [ READ MORE ]

And Then They Were Gone

It’s bittersweet to drive away from your home, friends, and family on a new adventure to another place with no knowledge of what’s to come. If you’ve ever had to move a significant distance from everything you know, then you can relate. I lived in Oklahoma my entire life, so when my husband and I decided to move our family to California, I was excited and a little nervous. I have always wanted to experience … [ READ MORE ]

Reading – Hate It or Love It?

Most people either love or hate to read. I’ve been in both categories throughout my life. I was pretty smart in school, but I was always a slow reader. That made reading frustrating and I HATED it! I read a few books in high school (by choice) that I liked. I read Hairstyles of the Damned, Shopgirl, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Nearly all of the required reading, I did … [ READ MORE ]

My Journey to Feeling Better

Since I gave birth to my husband’s and my second baby, I decided to get an IUD (I will not mention which one at this point because I believe it’s irrelevant and I wouldn’t recommend getting any including the one I had). It seemed like the easiest and most reliable option at the time, since a mistake with the pill led to our second pregnancy, but a wonderful little boy (now 2). After I got … [ READ MORE ]

Why I’m Starting to Blog, Again

I have had many blogs in the past. My first blog in high school, I would post poetry on Blogspot that no one ever read. It was mostly an escape for me at the time. Then, I semi-blogged on Myspace around the same time period, but it was more like whining about how hard it was being a teenager with parents who cared. Next, I got extremely lazy with the rest of the world and … [ READ MORE ]