During the week, we mostly eat at home amidst the chaos of after school activities and homework. My husband and I feel that it’s important to sit down and enjoy some family time with our kids over a meal, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. We’ve learned that family meal time requires a fair amount of planning and then having the fortitude of sticking to our plan. Without a plan, or our commitment, it’s simply easier to order out or dine and dash.
There are plenty of things no one tells you about having a baby. Some things moms and dads might assume you don’t want to know about (projectile poop) and some things maybe they don’t consider worth mentioning (baby acne). Then there are the big-ticket items that begin at birth and live on until your baby is 35 years old. I’m not sure why these are shrouded in secrecy because they certainly have the most impact on your daily life.
Growing up, I never officially learned to swim. We lived in Queens, so the only swimming pool I had access to was the Atlantic Ocean, and with the strong riptides, it wasn’t a very safe place for a lesson. We would jump the waves, get pounded, and were able to make it to shore when we’d had enough, but you won’t see me in the deep end of a pool.
A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to check out the La Femme Expo in Buffalo with my mom and sister. This year was the 4th anniversary of the event, and I was excited to attend. If you’ve never heard of the event (I hadn’t!), it’s “an exclusive opportunity to shop and explore over 100 exhibits that are catered towards pampering, educating and celebrating women of all ages.” You can read more about the event on their website here.
I’ve always wanted to be a Mom. I was thrilled to become pregnant with my son a decade ago (how the heck do I have an almost 10 year old?!) and again five years ago when I had my daughter. Having some experience now, I often find myself saying “Motherhood is not for the weak.” It’s fun, it’s beautiful, but it’s also terrifying. There are even times when it can be heartbreaking.