My due date with my third baby is quickly approaching, and I am in full on preparation mode. It has been several years since I had my last baby, so I am basically starting from scratch with all the...
(Disclaimer: I have had three vaginal deliveries and have breastfed all three of my children and two refused a bottle. Feel free to drop a comment with your favorite products for C-Sections and bottle feeding! This is not a...
You may remember my post from before, What I Considered Before Having a Kid. That included all the things my husband and I thought were important to have figured out before embarking on the exciting journey of parenthood. Had...
Show of hands: how many of you hoped for a thumb sucker? Probably not too many if I had to guess. We've all heard the horror stories of kids who are way too old still sucking their thumbs. We've seen the...
As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted over the next few months, vacation season will be upon us. We aren't sure where we will be going next, but we are ready for an adventure. We currently have a 20-month-old little boy...
One month ago, I was 38 weeks pregnant, full of anxiety, anger and fear. Hospital protocols were changing daily. Visitors were banned. Laboring women could only have one person with them. This isn't what I pictured delivering my third...
This isn't how it was supposed to be. Just a couple months ago my biggest fear was the flu. With a late March due date, I hoped the flu was long gone, flowers were blooming and the sun was shining. Fast...
“You can never really be ready to have kids.” You hear this a lot when you’re wondering just when the right time is to have a kid. For some people, that’s probably true. And honestly, you can’t know and...
The Physical Stage

The Physical Stage

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In early November, I started a new job and a new career path. For the first time in almost four years, I started working 40 hours a week. I felt like a new me with my fancy email signature...
Eight is GREAT!

Eight is GREAT!

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The word "seasons" is a hot-button word in the Mom world these days. Our parenting goes through seasons, we can and can't do things based on seasons. Some seasons are busy, some are slow, some are lonely, and on...

The Honor Of Being Mom

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My ten-month-old was sick this entire past week. What began as a cold turned into a double ear infection with antibiotic-induced diarrhea, and then she rounded it out by catching roseola complete with high fever and horrible rash. To...
Facing the challenges of parenting an elementary aged child who is not a tween, but not a child anymore either.

The Space Between

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I don't even know what to call this age. This strange time between child and tween. These mid-elementary years. I was prepared (ha) for having a baby. There were steps and milestones and hunger cues. I knew that the twos and threes...

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Where to See Christmas Lights in Knoxville

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Driving around town to find the best light display has always been one of my favorite Christmas traditions. My parents drove us around every...
Knoxville Christmas Tree Farms

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