Updates and Free Printable for Parents!

A few updates: ♥  I am officially the mother of three kids under 4 years old.  I know because I now own a minivan. Meet our newest sweetie, Miles. The delivery went as planned, although I had a brief scare when he needed some oxygen after birth.  The medical team assured us this was a … Continue reading Updates and Free Printable for Parents!

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8 Strange Things About Expecting an Uncomplicated Delivery After Having a NICU Baby

If he can stay put long enough, we are expecting the arrival of our next little one by C-section next week. We are only now getting around to preparing the house for his arrival by sorting clothes, setting up the crib, and installing the infant car seat. The timing struck me as odd since we … Continue reading 8 Strange Things About Expecting an Uncomplicated Delivery After Having a NICU Baby

Our “Homeschool Curriculum” Fall 2015

At the very beginning of this year, I shared why I am so excited to "homeschool" this fall.  I use the quotes because most of the time, "homeschool" with my almost-4-year-old son and almost-2-year-old daughter is woven into everyday playing and errand running rather than appearing more "school-like," such as doing worksheets at a table.  But sometimes we … Continue reading Our “Homeschool Curriculum” Fall 2015

Maternity Sewing Links: Altering Pants

Originally I planned to share a tutorial on how I added waist and hip room to a pair of maternity pants by adding tapered upper side panels.  I soon discovered, however, that the pants were too worn out to carry on with, even though they fit beautifully now.  See....I know what I like, it doesn't … Continue reading Maternity Sewing Links: Altering Pants

Maternity Sewing Links: Bra Making and Adjustments

One of the most helpful maternity sewing projects I've come across is how to sew your own bra and make adjustments to existing ones.  The running joke is that while you are pregnant or nursing, you can wear any size bra and at some point during the day, it will fit you.  The rest of … Continue reading Maternity Sewing Links: Bra Making and Adjustments

Post-Hospital Haze II

We are finally emerging from the post-hospital haze, which is similar in almost every respect to the post-hospital haze from last year; it occurred during the same months, I went through the same cleaning rituals- mostly gutting the fridge and vacuuming dog hair- I FINALLY saw friends, and I'm working on reading a Brandon Sanderson book. … Continue reading Post-Hospital Haze II

QOTD: This Is a Job for Daddy.

Tomorrow marks one month that June has been in the hospital, and we had originally planned on just a 4-day stay. To recap, the various reasons the stay has lengthened include the switch from the two-stage LTR that was planned to the one-stage version, difficulty extubating after the LTR, which led to the need for … Continue reading QOTD: This Is a Job for Daddy.

When you get a good overnight team at the hospital…

We've spent a lot of time inpatient at our children's hospital and have stayed on six different inpatient units so far (Cardiovascular ICU, Pediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU, Progressive Care Unit, Pulmonology floor, and Cardiac floor). All of our stays have been a net positive experience, although my husband and I have both been known to … Continue reading When you get a good overnight team at the hospital…

Mama from the Unit

  Like all mothers of special needs/medically complex children, I'm used to being called Mom by my daughter's dozens of care providers.  As in:"Hi, are you Mom? I'm Dr. Vargas.""Ok, Mom, I'll have you help hold June for this part."And, "Mom, does this plan of care sound good to you?  You have any questions?"It doesn't bother … Continue reading Mama from the Unit

Maternity Sewing: Adding a Pregnancy Panel Two Ways

Next up in the maternity sewing series is two ways to add a full pregnancy panel to a below-the-belly pair of maternity pants. The first way is for drawstring or elastic-waist pants, and the second is for less flexible waistbands. Pregnant women are pretty sharply divided between those who prefer the below-the-belly waist bands and those … Continue reading Maternity Sewing: Adding a Pregnancy Panel Two Ways