I’ve been really bad at writing this year. Terrible, actually. Usually I’m able to sit in front of the screen watching the cursor blink for a few minutes and then the words flow faster than my fingers can dance across the keyboard. But this year, life has been hurling at me, and my mind has… Continue reading Copacabana
Dear Talia, I have done a poor job of documenting your growth and milestones on this blog, and for that I am deeply sorry. Today I want to tell you about the strongest, most tenacious, stubborn, persistent and wonderful girl I’ve ever known; you. I’ve often sat in wonderment of all the things I thought… Continue reading Nevertheless, she persisted
I’ve always believed in shopping small. Growing up, my mom always shopped at small markets and stores. When I moved to Santa Cruz, shopping small was a way of life that I happily embraced. David and I try a different, family owned restaurant on our monthly date nights. I think the food folks make as… Continue reading Sassy Little Soul
I am one of three. I’m the little sister to two big brothers. I know this fact has shaped me more than I’ll ever realize. It’s why I wanted Lucas to have Talia. Having two big brothers made me me. Four years ago today, my brother Sam and I joined a club we never wanted to… Continue reading Siblings
Dear Talia, You are seven months old today. As I type this, you are sleeping next to me, and I am watching you breathe. You are a very still sleeper, I can barely make out the rise and fall of your chest, but I am still mesmerized by it. We fought long and hard to… Continue reading Seven-Month Talia
With Mother’s Day coming up, I’ve been thinking a lot about the moms I know. The proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and I believe that’s true, but I also know it has taken a village to raise this mom. The mothers who came before me and welcomed me into motherhood… Continue reading The Moms
New parents get a lot of (often) unsolicited advice. Sometimes it’s good advise that can be helpful. Sometimes it’s advice that you would never use. The best advice I received as a mom is this: make time for your marriage. My mom always encouraged me to go on dates with David when Lucas was an… Continue reading Date Night, how I love thee!
Three years ago today, I found out I was going to be a mom. David and I had been married for almost 8 months, and I was feeling GNARLY. Because my cycle is super weird and ranges between 37-52 days, I was technically not late, but took two home pregnancy tests, over a week apart,… Continue reading Knocked up
I tag photos and posts with #typicallucas and have been asked how it came about. When I was pregnant, Lucas’s Godmother was having a conversation with our friend, it was something about Lucas already being so popular and unavailable while still in utero, and our friend responded with, “Typical Lucas.” And that’s how it all… Continue reading Mr. Lucas at 29 months
I love cupcakes. To quote the poet 50 Cent, I love cupcakes like a fat kid loves cake… wait what? Same difference? Cupcakes are just cake? Nope! Cupcakes are perfect in size and frosting to cake ratio, IMHO. They’re compact size allows for easy travel, and they’re adorable to boot. I can proselytize more on… Continue reading Why cupcakes?
Talia at 6 months is just as sassy and tenacious as she was in utero. I’ve never met anyone who can go from sweet and happy to terrifyingly angry as fast as she can. She’s not a fan of smiling for the camera, but is full of smiles and coos when the camera is put… Continue reading Happy (belated) half-birthday, Talia Aliza!
They say the internet is written in permanent ink, and I want to leave a love letter to my children here. Years from now, I hope they can read these words and get to know me, as I navigate getting to know them. Above all else, I hope they know how much joy and love they fill my life with…