During my second pregnancy, I heard from many moms about the ease of having a second child. The baby stuff is sooo much easier with your second. You’re a pro now, you got this! And in some ways, that was true. By the time we had our second, we were still preoccupied with safety and development, but are more patient, flexible and resilient. We don’t sweat the small stuff nearly as much, are smarter in choosing our battles, and tend to look at the bigger picture. But I’m not referring to parenting. … Read More Why Was the Second Baby Easier and Happier?
The Hubs and I finally had our religious ceremony, surrounded by our closest family members, and our toddler. Late Friday night, in sub-zero temperatures, we exchanged vows and rings, and celebrated our religious union with champagne, music, Peruvian food and cake. Days away from celebrating our five-year (civil) wedding anniversary, why we chose… Read More We Did It! We Got Married, Again
The Hubby and I decided recently to have our marriage blessed by the Catholic Church. Dating since college, we had planned on getting married eventually but certain factors complicated the matter….like Mother Nature. A surprise pregnancy, more exactly. Given our time limitations, we decided to get married in city hall, surrounded by our closest friends and family,… Read More Planning our “Second” Wedding: Why Validate Our Marriage in the Church?
I’ve spent the last month submerging myself in work and several side projects. Though I have felt an immense sense of satisfaction investing time and energy on matters that personally matter to me, I’m also ashamed to admit I have grown increasingly fearful–not of personal successes or failures–but scared that all this work takes me… Read More Feeling Guilt-Free in a Work-Life Balance
It sat heavy on my conscience like a bag of marbles. A tiny insignificant secret I kept from the Hubby for over six months. Fingers clenched tightly in palms and a stomach twisted with anxiety, I looked into his eyes and released the truth. By mandyxclear, using the Creative Common license Small or large, secrets hurt.… Read More Who the Hell Are You Again? Keeping Secrets in a Marriage
You’ve probably heard that marriage can be likened to a rose, which blossoms only when tended carefully and lovingly. And being the tending, loving and caring gardener you are, the roses are blooming—but not without a lot of blood, sweat and tears. When you and the Hubby fight, you diligently work out your differences and… Read More Daughter-In-Law Versus Mother-In-Law: War of the Roses
This past week, our daughter spent some time with her grandparents. She played with her cousins, consumed massive amounts of sweets, and stayed up late watching her beloved Disney movies. Basically, she had a blast. Just as importantly, the Hubby and I had some much-needed alone time. By mharvey 75 using the Creative Commons License Our… Read More Motivational Monday: Reclaiming a Marriage After an Unplanned Pregnancy