Someone I Can Count On

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“I have a problem” are not the four words you want to receive in a text message from your visa-carrying spouse while at U.S. immigration. I started to imagine worse case scenarios. His next text interrupted my thoughts, “I forgot my license.”   I jumped into problem solving mode with a sense of urgency and intensity. I spentRead more

Dear Mija: On Turning Two and How Being a Mom is The Best Never Ending Job

If you are new here, these are series of letters I started writing to my daughter before she was born. This was the first one, and this is one her Daddy wrote her. I wrote about her birth story here  and a year ago I wrote this one. I seem to write a lot about raising a bilingual and bicultural daughter and about the hardest part of motherhood .Read more

Dear Mija: 8 months {Baby kankles, smiles and sleeping in a crib}

Dear Mija- If there was such a thing as the prime of your baby-ness…this would be it. You are in this incredibly fun, interactive, scootin’ and crawlin’ and pullin’ up stage, but not yet waddlin’ around the house. You are curious and observant and content as long as there is something or someone to playRead more

Tears at the Kitchen Table: Thoughts on Motherhood, Hard Goodbyes and Needing My Mom

I didn’t cry at Elena’s birth. The pure joy and sweat dripping from my forehead replaced any potential tears, but last Monday morning I sat at my kitchen table with big tears rolling down my face. It’s been 6 weeks since Elena’s birth and my body has mostly healed, my milk has come in andRead more