Savoring the Last Weeks of Having a Baby

Savoring the Last Weeks of Having a Baby

From Baby to Mom's Super Hero When Alina was just an itty baby, I saw a status update in my Facebook stream that caused me to pause and breathe in gratitude over the moments I was living. My friend, a mother of three girls, was lamenting over the loss of her last's baby stage. She said something like, "I've been letting Sally sleep in our bed lately. Bob isn't happy, but since she's our last baby, I want to soak this all in." (names changed) At the time, I thought it was interesting that a mother would change her parenting strategy because of baby stages. Since, with my first child, I was … [Read more...]

The Role I Hope Sports Play In My Children’s Lives

The Role I Hope Sports Play In My Children’s Lives

Alina's First AYSO Soccer Season! I cannot tell you how excited and happy we are to watch our little girl enjoy her first season of AYSO soccer. This is a moment in our parenting legacy that both D and I have been anxiously awaiting. She's on our region's Under 5 team, which means they meet only once a week for an hour. The first 30 minutes is a practice, while the team (of 25 little girls!) breaks into small 3 v. 3 games for the second half. Totally low stress, but with all the bells and whistles of soccer gear and uniforms. At such a young age, its very much a Parent-n-Me experience. … [Read more...]

Love Letter to My 4 Year Old And A Legacy I’m Proud Of

Love Letter to My 4 Year Old And A Legacy I’m Proud Of

I've been writing love letters to my daughter for almost three years now. I started De Su Mama shortly after Alina turned a year old. At that point, I had no idea how the incredible parenting adventure I'd be taken on would change my life. I had no idea how much I'd fall in love. As a baby, I was desperate to protect her. As a toddler, I was challenged to develop her. As a preschooler, now, I'm in awe of her. As Alina herself would tell you, we are not friends - I am her mother, and she is my daughter - but I'd be lying if I didn't say she's pretty much everything I need in a friend. In one … [Read more...]

Querido Sebas: Love Letter To My Son At 18 Months

Querido Sebas: Love Letter To My Son At 18 Months

This love letter to my son comes just a couple weeks after he turned a year and a half old. Honestly though, it feels like he has been with us since forever. I probably take his babyhood for granted. Devoting a bit of time to write out his love letters seems even more prudent then, because the memories of his early years will very soon be lost to new memories we make together. One thing is for sure: I adore this baby boy of mine... Querido Sebastian, Why am I so surprised that you've turned into a big little boy? This month you turned 18 months and I am shocked - shocked that my son … [Read more...]

Beautiful Curly Mixed Hair {Wordless Wednesday}

Beautiful Curly Mixed Hair {Wordless Wednesday}

I Love Her Curly Mixed Hair We had so much fun on our first big vacation as a family of four. My favorite time spent was lounging on the beaches of Southern Florida, watching my babies play in the sand. With sunscreen lathered on her pretty brown face, my daughter looked radiant to me. Goodness, she's grown up so fast. I especially loved her hair, which soaked up the sun and ocean water to create defined strands of beautiful ringlet curls. Alina, I'm so happy that the humidity and pace of tropical living suits you. I have always loved visiting Miami, soaking up the crazy Cubans, … [Read more...]

Love Letter to My Preschooler: 8/21/13

Love Letter to My Preschooler: 8/21/13

Dearest Alina, Today is August 21, a day that has historically been all about me. It's my birthday today, baby girl. Today I am a year old, a year wiser, a year more secure and confident in the decisions I've made and the legacy built with your father. But, this year is different because my birth day is all about you. Today you are 3 years, 7 months and 5 days old, and will be embarking on your first day of preschool. As we walk into classroom #112 later this morning, I want you to know how much you have changed my life. You are a vision of readiness. As you articulate exactly why … [Read more...]

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