Author Archive for suburbamom

Choose A Child

BabyPark

Part of what was difficult about starting my two-year-old’s therapies was not being able to do things with my four-year-old.  I felt like I was choosing one child over the other.  I was so concerned about my big guy getting left in the corner, I didn’t expect what was coming next. When my baby needed…

Silos

Silos

Since I’ve been home with our three angels, a big change I’m still getting used to is my husband and I not sharing equity in household information.  In the old days, we dropped the kids off at daycare and carpooled to work.  We shared information about the house, kids, social engagements, etc. and discussed and…

Schedule

Calendar

Our schedule’s been getting rough.  A lot of the therapy we were doing in-home, we are now doing in centers.  It means a lot of driving, being away from home all day, packing lunches, sitting in traffic, using the travel potty in the car.  We are still adjusting to the new routine, but the adjustment…

DIY Puffy Bow Tutorial

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I had some leftover fabric from my DIY Nursing Cover Tutorial, so I threw together a bow.  I’ve made several bow ties for my boys and friends, but I wanted a bow for me!  I was going for the Minnie Mouse vibe, so I added batting to give it softer, cartoon-like edges. The finished bow is…

DIY Nursing Cover Tutorial

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Nursing covers are surprisingly expensive to purchase, and even more surprisingly easy and inexpensive to make.  It’s all straight cuts and seams! I grabbed a yard of fabric for $5 and 1/3yd of boning for $1, and I was set! This will make a nursing cover that is about 40” wide and 24.5” long with…

Quality over Quantity

GrouchoMask

I know children’s development is usually measured quantitatively, like in numbers of words per sentence, or how high they can count, but in this mama’s world, it’s all about quality. With my first pregnancy, I was stressed about being a good mommy, and my husband always told me to focus on loving them, and the…

Who Am I?

HugMommy

With the birth of each child, I have felt a strong calling to be home with them, but finances have never allowed it, and I’ve never had the support of my husband or mentors in the desire.  The birth of my third son coincided with the beginning of my two-year-old’s therapies.  While on maternity leave,…

Tan Lines

TanLines

How is it that I’m tan?  I mean, seriously.  Anyone who knows me knows I can’t get a tan.  As a teenager, I would lay out in the backyard for hours in hopes of getting a bit of color, that wasn’t a freckle. I’m a mom whose life is running from one appointment to another. …

Denial

YoungestHat1

I used to think denial was something people chose when they refused to deal with their emotions.  Now, I know it really is impossible to grieve without first denying. After dealing with the grief of my middle son’s diagnosis, I thought I would be fine if my third son also had a diagnosis.  I recently…

Expect Joy

MiddleTowel

My son’s diagnosis brought a dark cloud, which seemed to suck the joy out of life.  I selfishly mourned the dreams I had for my children and our family.  I panicked with the loss of control I had over his behavior and our schedule.  His behavior, which to others seems normal for a two-year-old, was…