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An Open Letter to My Son

For a while, I have been wanting to publish an open letter to my son, but the timing never seemed right, until now. Here’s an excerpt from An Open Letter to My Son.

“…Dear Poppy, my most wonderful and treasured gift,

Just a few days ago, your father asked me to explain how I feel about you but wasn’t easy. Not because I am unsure of how I feel, but the fullness of a miracle cannot be adequately explained, only experienced. There aren’t enough words, phrases, expressions, or languages in the entire world to truly explain how I feel about you or to summarize in a few moments the love I have for you. It will take a lifetime just to give you a peek into my love for you, but I will do my best to try here and now.

The week before I found out that I was pregnant with you, I told your dad that I felt like something was missing from my life. He asked what that “it” was, but I couldn’t tell him because I wasn’t certain. A few days later, I received my answer. It was you, Son. My life was nearly perfect, but it was missing you. Now, I feel complete.

Watching you grow each and every day has been the greatest joy of my life. You are smart, funny, intelligent, inquisitive, curious, loving, and so much more. I could not have been blessed with a more perfect son. When I look at you, I see the future. I see hope and all that is good in the world. You have a light about you that will only grow brighter. Don’t ever let anything or anyone dim your light, including me.

Poppy, it is my prayer that the world gives you all of the desires of your heart. I pray that life treats you fairly, people treat you kindly, and I hope that your father and I raise you to return that same energy to the world. The journey that is life will not always be easy, but I promise to be here to support you and love you, unconditionally, as long as there are breath and life in my body.

Son, you are prayers in the flesh, hopes and dreams manifested. You are everything that I have ever wanted and needed in a child. I thank God for you every single day for blessing me with the honor and duty of being your mother. These words here are only able to illustrate but a minuscule, a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of my love and gratitude for you.

Son, my Poppy, I love you more than you’ll ever, ever know.


The One With the Boobies and the Milkies.

Happy Birthday, Little One! + Items Needed To Survive The First Year Of Motherhood

This post has been in the vault for a few months now, and I can not believe that it is time to finally post it!! My son is one year old! Where did that time go?! It’s cliche to say, but I remember my pre-labor and labor like it was yesterday. I went to work on Monday, was admitted on Tuesday, and gave birth early Wednesday morning. Seriously, where did the time go?

This past year I’ve felt a rollercoaster of emotions: exhaustion, joy, appreciation, gratitude, sorrow, pain, relief, but most importantly, love.

poppy-newborn.pngIt was love that got me through the first year…. the love of my beautiful boy, the love of my husband, and my love for Amazon Prime. If you are a new mom or a soon-to-be mom, I highly suggest becoming a Prime member (click the link for a 30-day trial).

Super handy items such as these nursing bras and nipple cream can be at your door in 48 hours or less. The best part? You don’t have to leave your house!

In addition to the items mentioned above, the following FIVE items were complete lifesavers during the first year of my little one’s life. I hope you enjoy my list!

In no particular order:

1. Graco FastAction Travel System (car seat and stroller).

I would not recommend a product unless I used it myself and found it to be absolutely life-changing (here I go with the dramatics again!)! But seriously, I love this product because it includes the car seat base, infant car seat, and stroller for less than $200.


  • Car seat snaps right into the stroller
  • Stroller expands and collapses in five seconds
  • The car seat straps are easy to adjust


  • The car seat straps dig into the side of baby’s neck
  • The sun visor on the car seat isn’t designed to be removed, thus making it difficult to clean
  • The stroller seat is designed for larger babies, maybe 20+ lbs. My son was swallowed up by the stroller seat until recently.

2. Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing

All of the shout-outs to Poppy’s god-parents. My husband and I put this on our Amazon baby registry not thinking anyone would actually buy this, but they did! This swing is the truth!


  • The straps tighten enough to hold a newborn in place
  • The seat detaches to be used as a portable bouncer
  • The swing can be powered by either the power cord or with batteries


  • The nature sounds are piss-poor, no other way to state that LOL
  • The mobile doesn’t spin
  • There isn’t seemingly much variance between speed 4 and speed 6 (the highest).

3. Boppy Newborn Lounger

This is a great item for those moments when you need somewhere safe to place baby.  We could have put our son on the couch, but we didn’t want to put our baby on the same surface that our dogs slept on. Yes, we were those parents… in the beginning.


  • Soft, easy to spot clean fabric
  • Light-weight, very portable
  • Cute design


  • Designed for babies up to 16 pounds
  • Pillowcase is not included
  • Kind of pricey since it can only be used for 3-4 months.

4. Graco Pack ‘N Play

Although we used this product a lot during the first few weeks, we got the bulk of our use within the last few months.


  • The napper-to-changer function is user-friendly.
  • The Pack ‘N Play is easily assembled and disassembled
  • The mesh pouches on the side are perfect for storing diapers and wipes


  • The Pack N Play is fairly low which makes diaper changes somewhat challenging
  • The bassinet cannot be lowered, making it unsafe for sleeping once baby becomes adventurous
  • There’s one mattress for both the bassinet and play yard

5. Cosco Simple Steps Walker

My mother-in-law bought this for Poppy just as he was beginning to “cruise” around the house and he loved it.


  • There is a removeable snack tray for easy clean up
  • The seat height has two adjustable settings
  • Machine washable seat


  • The tallest setting is fairly low
  • Food gets caught between the tray and the seat

As with any product, be sure to read and follow all directions carefully and be sure to supervise Baby at all times.

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