Having a baby changes everything in a marriage

*This article originally appeared on Her View From Home. I know you’re nervous. I know you’re excited. I know you’re feeling a love you never thought possible. A newborn baby, or a child placed in your arms—your child. You’ve been overwhelmed by polite smiles and unsolicited “words of advice” about how to care for your [...]

I Gave Birth to Barnacle Babies

I Gave Birth to Barnacle Babies

Photo by mauRÍCIO santos on UnsplashI live smack dab in the middle of the country, no oceans around for more than a thousand miles. And yet, I have barnacles. I took sail on my mother ship not knowing what to expect. I had an idea of what my course would look like, but you never truly understand motherhood [...]

There’s nothing quite like the magic of babyhood

*This article originally appeared on Her View From Home. Big brown eyes bordered by long delicate lashes lock with mine. Chubby cheeks grow rounder as a toothless smile spreads across his face. His feet kick excitedly and his arms reach out toward me. If I could freeze time, it’s moments like this that I’d keep [...]

I’m always anxious about my health

*This article originally appeared on Her View From Home. Anxiety and I have been acquaintances for a long time, but I didn’t get to know it intimately until recent years. Worrying, feeling unsettled or restless, and sensationalizing things were pillars in my home growing up. It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized [...]

To the introverted mom who’s feeling overwhelmed

*This post originally appeared on Her View From Home. As an introvert, I am comfortable being alone. After spending time with large groups of people, I need my time and space to recharge. Therefore, socialization takes concerted effort and strategic planning (i.e. what is a reasonable amount of time to make an appearance and slip [...]