My little sister turns thirty today. THIRTY! I’m pretty sure that even though we used to be seven years apart, she’s catching up to me and we’re getting closer and closer to converging at the same age. That’s possible, right? I remember waking up on my 30th birthday and startling myself by starting to cry. I wasn’t even sure why, but for some reason turning thirty … Continue reading 5 Reasons Your Thirties Are Your Best Decade
The first time my (now) husband took me to his parent’s house I didn’t get to meet them because they were out of the country, visiting their native Greece, but his yiayia (grandma) was there. She wore an ankle-length, dark navy dress, her usual attire as I would come to find, and her long gray hair was twisted into a bun that rested on the … Continue reading Yiayia’s Cooking Secrets (with Bonus Spinach Pie Recipe)
There were so many people at my high school graduation party that June. I remember feeling surprised by how many there were, family members, friends, neighbors. I had the same feeling at my sixteenth birthday party. I didn’t understand why all those people were there to celebrate something I found so insignificant. I understand, now, as a parent, that the people weren’t just celebrating ME, … Continue reading So Lucky To Have Known Him
As an adult, Christmas has been my least favorite holiday. For starters, I’m not so into the whole religious aspect. Or the wasteful over-spending on gifts no one really needs. And it’s almost not even worth mentioning the over-booking, the last-minute changes of plans, the cooking, cleaning and never-ending dish washing. I do love spending time with family, under normal circumstances, so I’ve tried VERY … Continue reading Thank Goodness The Next Christmas Isn’t Until Next Year
We struggled to become pregnant with baby number 1. We tried on our own for two years before seeking help from a reproductive endocrinologist (RE), who informed us that I very likely was not ovulating on my own at all (makes it a little harder to conceive) due to my PCOS. After a year of ingestible, injectable, and suppository meds, a combination worked and … Continue reading Emotional Stages: Discovering You Will Become The Parent of Multiples (And Then Not)
Don’t forget. Where you put the keys. To get the milk. To turn off the lights. Don’t forget. To say words that are true. And kind. And to say them often. Don’t forget. To focus. On what’s important. On who’s important. Don’t forget. That inside, somewhere, Could be the monster that will erase the past. Know today, that … Continue reading Don’t Forget.
Flu season is upon us. Flu shots, Vitamin C and hot green tea with honey can help keep the symptoms at bay….for awhile. But, even if you lucked out before, at some point it is inevitable that the flu will wreak havoc through your household. Vaccines, vitamins and all-natural remedies (can I get a what what for my neti pot?) can support your immune system functions, … Continue reading Flu Season Preparedness Tips For Parents (Hint: You’re Screwed)
At only 1 year of age, Baby Grouch has taught me how (approximately) 8230753 lbs of mommy-love can be squeezed into a teensy, tiny, Grinch-sized heart. She’s also taught me that the equivalent poundage of terror can be packed into that same cubic volume. Like some anxiety-riddled, futuristic camera, my brain captures images of Baby Grouch in worst-case scenarios. It would be easy to … Continue reading Mama Worries About You. Except When She Doesn’t.
I have been practicing yoga for almost 5 years now – I began on the recommendation of my family doctor, when I was struggling with anxiety. From the moment I started, I was surrounded by teachers I connected with and have missed very few weeks without attending a session ever since. It has changed my life; it has made a tremendous difference in improving … Continue reading Badges of Honor
It’s no secret that Mr. Grouch and I have been trying for Baby Grouch #2. We’ve been “not not trying” since she was only a few months old, and we started seeing our reproductive endocrinologist again back in May. As we embarked on this journey for a second time, I told myself I’d maintain a positive attitude. That I wouldn’t get sucked back into a … Continue reading Secondary Infertility: What I’ve Been Telling Myself