acorn squash and gorgonzola salad

Happy fall, everyone. Here in Louisiana, it never really feels like fall. But I am celebrating my favorite season, dammit. That means pumpkin bread, TV fireplace (because a real on is out of the question here), and squash. I sort of stole this salad idea from Valerie Burtinelli (food network personality, former wife of Eddie…

thirsty thursday: sedona signature martini

Ok, so I totally stole this recipe from Sedona Taphouse – a lovely restaurant I used to frequent during my time in Richmond, VA. This drink it so die for. Its a little tiny bit sweet and citrusy with a kick of vodka (I use Tito’s of course.) And I love my child, but sometimes,…

newborn photos!!

Here they are!!! No explanation necessary ❤ They are also on Facebook 🙂

in the past 7 weeks, i have…

Harper is 7 and a half weeks old now. It feels like she has been on this earth for an eternity. But it also feels like time is flying. Fast. Too fast. Parenthood comes with a very steep learning curve. And we have learned a LOT in those short 7 weeks. Now, I hate mommy…

the breastfeeding diaries

“Goddammit!” I screamed as I unclipped the My Breast Friend nursing pillow from around my waist and lobbed it across the room. My breast friend, indeed. Another sleepless night spent fighting with my child to nurse. Because recently she has started this new thing where she latches perfectly and starts sucking, gets a let down, handles…

not the birth i planned, but the birth i needed

It was going to be great. A midwife-attended birth at a birth center. No drugs, no interventions. Just me, and my doula, and my husband, one nurse, and one midwife. My pregnancy had been textbook normal. No issues, everything progressing exactly when and how it should. I figured labor and birth would be the same….

the nursery

It is basically finished! We wanted it to be feminine, but not girly. I love millennial pink and grey, so that sort of served as the color palate. The painting on the wall is of a dress I actually bought for Harper that I loved so much it sort of started the gears turning for…

the “joy” of the third trimester

I am 34 weeks along now. And, as promised, I have a whole new list of complaints. Women who do pregnancy with ease and grace, I envy you. There is a baby where my lungs used to be. Shortness of breath is now a regular occurrence. Gas. All of the Gas. Fortunately I have not…

What in the world is pelvic floor physical therapy?

Yesterday I had my first pelvic floor physical therapy appointment. I will have 3 or 4 of these before I give birth and at least one afterwards. It was the coolest thing ever. Let me tell you about it. Amber Anderson is a physical therapist who received her doctoral degree from Elon University in physical…

nursery design

This is what we are going for (stolen from another blog). We still have not put the nursery together, but I will post pictures when we do. 🙂

am i allowed to say i don’t like being pregnant?

As I near the end of my second trimester, it is time for an update. I am realizing the end of what is called the honeymoon phase of pregnancy is waning and we are entering the homestretch. This concerns me. Primarily because I think I missed the honeymoon part. I will offer the same disclaimer…

someone i used to love died

Someone I used to love died on Monday. I found out on Tuesday. The obituary was published on Thursday. Today, Saturday, his family and friends will mourn his loss and celebrate his life with a memorial service. Funny how time works. It had been 6 or 7 years since I had spoken to Nash. Five…