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My son is busy, busy, busy! I get him outside as much as possible – the playground, the pool, even the backyard with a hose and some beach buckets. But there are always those times when he can’t be...
When a mother imagines her child’s birth, she envisions pushing, sweating, laboring and finally having her newborn placed on her chest. Cesarean sections are rarely part of that dream and leave many mothers feeling as if they missed out...
Santa has an impossible job, finding the perfect gift for every child is no easy feat. Though Santa gets full credit for the win on Christmas morn, let's be honest, it is the elves that do all the hard...
I didn’t know what to expect when I dropped my 11-year-old off at his first sleepaway camp. He, his cousin, and four soccer teammates spent a week away with zero communication back home. Not a text, call, email, or...

Never Say Never!

Have you ever looked at a mom who has kids older than your own and thought “I will never do that” or “I will never say that"? I was one of those moms when my baby was too small...
Straight to the dance studio from school, then straight home to do homework to get to the soccer field on time. Long drive to places far away and weekend hotel stays. This is our daily life. Both of my...
After almost 13 years as a mother, you'd think I'd no longer be surprised when looking for my keys in my bag that I fish out a blue crayon and a Paw Patrol character, but I here am. When you...
Last October, I found out I was pregnant with baby no. five. While not entirely unexpected, the news wasn't something I was able to completely celebrate; I had a lot of concerns and fears about having that fifth baby....
  I have always loved Valentine's Day. It’s partly because I am a romantic sap who collects quotes about love, and partly that I cannot resist the allure of glitter, hearts, red and pink, especially against the back drop of...
When we moved to Jacksonville last summer, I was beyond eager and ready to find our ‘spot.' You know, the place that feels like home; your go-to excursion when you have to get out of the house, and it’s...
My son, Mark, was born at 27 weeks and 4 days. He weighed 1 pound and 7 ounces at birth, and we spent 115 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. As a first-time mom, I remember the personal...
Parents Bethany Russel and Mikey Armanno had been anticipating the arrival of their third child on May 4. She was going to be their "Star Wars baby" but on Monday, April 29, their plan took an unexpected turn. After Bethany...

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