Eight months with Gilli

My sweet baby, Today you are eight months old. This month you finally parted ways with the swaddle! You were so content being wrapped up tight, Dada and I just went with it. I thought we were going to swaddle you off to college! You cackle when you laugh and I love how you fall from Dada’s arms into mine… Read more →

Book update: Hiding out for the home stretch

The Boss and I escaped to Connecticut yesterday. We’re here through the weekend for the helping hands, food and family time, but mostly so I can hide out in FIL’s study and write. We’ve been here less than thirty hours and I’ve already written two chapters. It’s amazing how much one can accomplish when you’re not bouncing between a toddler and… Read more →

Mid-swaddle kisses

Today was a long day of mommying. Every time I wanted to sit down, or use the bathroom, or edit a chapter, or take a breath someone needed something. By the time TB got home I was face-down in a pillow with Gilli by my side. Some days are just like this and no matter how many times I tell… Read more →

How to be grateful on Thanksgiving (Five ways Muslims can show gratitude)

Today is Thanksgiving. And like most families, mine will be seated around a large table with family later this afternoon. We’ll pass the stuffing and gravy. We’ll chit-chat while someone carves the turkey. Most of us will peek at dessert before it’s served. And as is tradition, we’ll go around the horn and everyone will say what they’re grateful for.… Read more →

Book update: Focus on the writing

My days have been flooded with rivers of self-doubt when I think about how I’m ever going to finish my book.   The Boss keeps reminding me to focus on writing the book – not talking about it, or worrying about it, because neither of those two things will help me write or finish this book. And he’s right.  … Read more →

One month with Gilli

Dearest Gilli, Today you are one month old. I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed. It feels like you were born only hours ago. Yet somehow here we are one full month later. My heart ballooned with joy the moment I saw you. You have the most beautiful hands and the cutest button nose. You look a lot… Read more →

How to manage a toddler and an infant

Now that I’ve got my hands full with Min and Gilli, I’ve been asking a lot of moms how they transitioned from one kiddo to two. I’ve gotten some really great advice (along with a few jarring reality checks!) over the last few weeks, and recently, my friend JoAnne of Sweet Ginger Mama shared with me some practical tips of… Read more →

Book cover ideas, Marie Kondo, and boys

So, I think we have the cover art for my book! There’s still some discussion happening between my publisher, editor and myself, but you know how sometimes you have an idea, and then you come across lots of other ideas, but you still keep going back to your first idea? I think that’s sort of where I am right now.… Read more →