Parents and Parenting

Perhaps it’s because Father’s Day is on Sunday and Mother’s Day just passed, or maybe because I just had a baby, but I’ve been thinking a lot about my parents lately. How they say that there’s certain things you won’t understand until you have kids of your own. How becoming a parent makes you appreciate…

On Motherhood

I’m 5 weeks, 1 day into being a mom, and wow. I love Sophia. I love the faces she makes in her sleep, her hands, her squeals, the way she throws an arm around me when she’s asleep on me chest. She has made me slow down and take deep breaths, smile more, pray more, and evaluate what…

Sophia’s Birth

After months of waiting, the day to have Sophia had finally come. As we checked into the hospital early in the morning on April 24, I felt as ready as I could be. While the day certainly wasn’t a walk in the park, I was pleasantly surprised that my contractions never felt too strong (bless the person…

Heart Issues

  I’ve written before about how living in Mexico makes me feel like my heart is divided, but have felt it more profoundly during my pregnancy. I decided to have the baby in Texas because I can drive to my parents’ house in less than a day, making it possible to go back and forth for appointments and…

33.5 Weeks Pregnant

My pregnancy app tells me I have 46 days to go. Yikes. And that the baby is the size of a pineapple. What I’m wondering is if that includes the stem? Or just the body of the pineapple? Because there’s a big difference. Here are some random thoughts on pregnancy so far, and thoughts on…

On Cross-Cultural Love

(Almost 3 years ago, I wrote about what it was like to have a Mexican boyfriend. This post sort of builds on some of the concepts I touched on then. It’s cool to see how our relationship has changed and grown!) Having a close relationship with someone from another culture-a day-in, day-out relationships, a relationship that…

Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ll be celebrating-ish tomorrow with Carlos because today he is working late. I say “celebrating-ish” because we always do something low-key and aren’t big on gifts (Carlos is going to love what I got him this year, though!). We’re so low-key that I only have memory of two Valentine’s Days out of…

2017 Resolutions

I’m not normally a big resolutions person, and this year I’m trying to be extra gracious to myself because in 13 weeks, we’re having our first baby (time flies!!). I do have a few goals between here and April 24 (baby’s due date), though: Finish 2nd Draft of Book. Just last week, I finished my first…

When in Rome and It’s All Greek to Me

Late Saturday night, I arrived back home from a two-week trip to Rome, Athens, and Santorini. The fact that I was not only able to go to these three places, but enjoy them, at five and a half months pregnant, is a miracle. The trip initially started out as a a trip to visit my sister, Laura,…

On Marriage, (almost ) 2 Years In

In the first few weeks of pregnancy, my energy levels dropped majorly. I literally lacked the gusto to fight back or argue with Carlos about anything. Cleaning tired me out. Additionally, I now had to depend on Carlos to do many things I normally did, like cooking and grocery shopping, because my nausea was bad. The same…

A 4-chamber baby heart

  Last month, I wrote about my reaction to finding out I was pregnant here. I’m still having my moments of questioning the timing, worrying about how my relationship with Carlos is going to change with a baby, where we’re going to fit a crib, and asking God, “WHY ME?!” when heartburn is keeping me awake…

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving 2012. I had returned from my 10-month stint in Ireland just a few weeks before and a few days after that, my mom had surgery for breast cancer. Because she was still recovering on Thanksgiving day, this meant that my sisters and I took charge of the meal while my mom “politely” shouted instructions…