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Book Writing Postpartum

29 Oct
Book Writing Postpartum

© Stephen Nakatani, Flickr Creative Commons

It’s been almost five years since The Denim Jungle germinated inside me. It began as a promise and grew to be guide, challenger, and teacher.

At times, it was downright maddening and frustrating. I would’ve given anything to just be done with it. But throwing in the towel was never an option. It was a mysterious inevitability inside me, pushing me toward the finish line.

Never once did I think I’d be anything but elated to cross that finish line. Yet for the past few weeks, I’ve had the blues about it. Continue reading

How Do You Prioritize?

29 Sep

Baby Von SzabaHow do you prioritize between outside needs and internal inspiration?

Well, to start with, you need to get back to the basics of the word need.

For instance for the past three years, on top of my monetary and motherly contributions to my family, I felt I needed to blog 2-3 times a week, all for a possible audience of future books.

The one problem with that?

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Maternity Leave

14 Apr

Pregnant 38 WeeksThis baby is officially due Wednesdayif I haven’t had it already. You see, you’re reading this today, but I’m writing it a week early… just in case.

I wanted to let you to know that I’m going away for a little while, at least digitally.

You’ll still see the occasional updates from me on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, of course, but the blog is going to
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Being a Big Sister

10 Apr

Hawaii Hylland ThreeAny parent-to-be can’t help but worry (at least a little) about the great unknown of transitioning from one child to two.

In addition to logistics like sleeping arrangements, meltdown management, and nap juggling, there are the uncertainties of adding another person into the family dynamic.

As one parent explained it, you’re not just adding one child, you’re adding three relationships (mom-kid, dad-kid, and kid-kid). Mind you, that’s in addition to shaking up the three relationships you’ve already established…

But even with all that uncertainty hanging in the ether, my heart sings with the promise of two magical little words:
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It’s a Boy! It’s a Girl! Who Cares?

3 Mar

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“What? You’re not going to find out the baby’s sex? I couldn’t do it!”

That is the single most common response I get when people ask me what I’m having.

So let me clarify: It’s not that I don’t want to know. I don’t want others to know. At least not yet.

From the moment someone’s expecting, “It’s a Boy! It’s a Girl!” is the slogan du jour—on invites, balloons, cards, baby shower decorations, onesies, you name it.

The sexy topic of pregnancy is, well, sex (or gender to be more precise). Continue reading

You Might Be Third Trimester If…

20 Feb

Third TrimesterWarning: The situations you’re about to read are real. Third Trimester is not to be taken likely. If you or someone you love experiences any of these symptoms, enact relaxation measures immediately: sit, raise feet, and eat something immediately—preferably chocolate.

You Might Be Third Trimester If…

  • You return home from a night out with friends and touch-up paint the trim of your whole house.
  • Those cute little flutter kicks have evolved into a Alien-movie undulations. Continue reading

Breastfeeding Station*

20 Jan

* Appreciated by non-breastfeeding moms, too.

Breastfeeding StationHave a baby shower coming up or a friend? Or maybe you’re due yourself?

This is my all-time favorite “baby” gift.

I give it to every expecting mother I know. While other friends and family are picking out the perfect tiny this or cuddly that, I know from experience: Mom is doing the hard work growing that baby, and the hard work has only begun.

Give her something that will make her say in the middle of the night,

[Your name] is a life saver!

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