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Family Photoshoot

I had the honor of doing an impromptu family session when I visited Pauline, Co-Founder of Bird & Bauble, the other day. It was actually my first family photo session. These were some of my favorites.    Thank you Pauline for letting me share some of your most tender moments with your family.  

My son’s turning 3 and it’s terrifying!

It’s time to write a mommy update. The last time I actually wrote about motherhood/parenting was a few months ago and with all the recent developments, I thought now would be a good time. Just a reminder: I’m never going to sugar coat my experiences. Here you’re going to get the raw and ugly sides of my motherhood experience, as well as the fabulous and sweet moments. Like the title of this post suggests, my son O is turning 3 this month and here’s what I have to say about it: I’m terrified. Why? Well, you’ve probably heard about the “terrible two’s”, but how about the “terrifying three’s”? We (my husband and I) were kind of hoping that we would skip all of that and have ourselves an easy going toddler from now until, well, forever? The two’s were actually “ok”. Sure he developed more of an opinion and he’s the pickiest eater ever, but he rarely ever pulled full blown temper tantrums at home or out in public. Nor did he outright refuse to listen …

Leaning On Each Other – My Interview with author Shay Chan Hodges

Lets talk about motherhood and work. When I was still pregnant with O, I dropped out of the work force. My family encouraged me to. They told me that it would be better for the baby to have his mother take care of him, especially in the early years. All my training in child psychology confirmed this. It would be economically challenging but luckily we wouldn’t be without health insurance and I had help from family. So I didn’t really think twice about it. However the story doesn’t end there. I soon learned that staying at home would be harder for me than I thought. I was the type of person that needed and wanted to work, and if I didn’t, I knew that staying at home alone with a child would ultimately drive me crazy.  So after my husband returned from New York, I began to think about how to go about getting back to work, and be able to be a full-time mother to my son. Although it was tough when my husband lived apart from us in New …

A family reunited?: What happened after my husband returned

About 2 months ago, my husband returned from his year of fellowship in Manhattan. A year that almost tore apart this family. At least, that was how we felt at the time. I had written a post prior to his return about our 1 year long-distance marriage and what I had learned from it. Now it all but seems like a distant…nightmare. When I wrote that post, I probably left a lot of readers hanging, largely because I was unsure as to how things would turn out after he returned. We could all only imagine and hope that things would be better and that we would work together as a couple to re-strengthen our marriage. Well, I wanted to briefly share and update you on how things have been. Close friends can probably already tell that things have been going well. But I wanted to share more deeply the impact that it has had on us and for me individually. My husband’s return changed more things than one. I should also mention that he had the …

Fathers Day 2015

Happy Fathers Day Baba! We survived another year! And while we’re not able to spend this day together, you’re in our hearts and we’re sending you our love. Please know that we appreciate you and we thank you for all that you’ve done for us from afar. We know it’s been tough. You’ll be coming back for good in less than 2 weeks (can you believe it?) and a new chapter awaits us! Get ready….cuz we’re excited! Love and prayers, Mummy and the O-meister.

What i’ve learned from a year of a long distance marriage

  I thought I’d start from where I left off from my last blog post. I will be a little candid, and I thank my husband ahead of time for allowing me to write about our lives or about him. After all I did start this blog with the intention of doing so: read here So what happened? The Rut happened. We all get in a rut some times. We run into challenging times. And as much as I’d like to give myself credit for surviving it, I won’t deny how hard it was and that is was easily one of the toughest years of my life..and how alot of it was self-inflicted. When you’re in a rut, you don’t really think about it, you kind of just go through it. I believe my rut started in December of last year (2014), but its origins might have been sooner. My husband and I had been living apart for about 6 months (he in New York, our son and I here in the Bay Area), with my visits occurring roughly once …

Driving for a nap – probably shouldn’t do this

  It’s 10:30pm on a Friday night. I just put Toddler to sleep a few minutes ago, and I’m about to crash, but I thought I’d take a few minutes share a dilemma I’ve had these last few days. It’s a common problem, and here’s my problem solving process. Dilemma: Toddler is tired, but for some reason (maybe because he pooped), he doesn’t go down for his nap. This happened for the last two days and then today. Solution A: Leave him alone. Let him be really tired, crabby, and finally crash right before dinner. Solution B: Drive him around in my car until he falls asleep and wakes up (approx 1-2 hours). Neither sounded that great to me at the time, but I chose solution B. The reasoning for this stemmed from when Toddler was just born. I was obsessed about his naps. He had to have his naps, every day at the right time. And I’d do anything to get it done. My research showed that babies need a certain amount of sleep at every stage of their …