I never got around to writing the post I promised everyone that pertained to flying with a 3-month-old and I honestly can’t even wrap my head around doing so now. I have flown with my little man twice and although every baseball wife I know does it without complaint, I can tell you it is not the most enjoyable experience – speaking for myself when I say so.
When I flew with Jet he was 3 months and 5 months respectively, and everyone told me those would be the easy times. I really didn’t believe them, but now that my boy is approaching 8 months I realize that flying with him is progressively more challenging. He is sooooo active now and refuses to take naps the way he used to. I am sure I am making this whole experience out to be much harder in my head than it likely would be in reality, – just as I did when we first flew 5 months ago – but I loathe burdening people which subsequently results in me feeling overwhelmed by the idea of inconveniencing all my fellow travelers with my little baby. I suppose I will have to get over these feelings if I ever want to fly with my child again.
All this being said, since I have this irrational fear of flying with my son, and I have also started working real estate again, I have not been able to visit David since I came back home in April. This means that it has been 3, yes three, 3 months since I have seen him but even harder, since Jet has seen his daddy. While this year has had its challenges, I am focusing on all of the wonderful things in our lives.
I am so grateful to be home and to have a beautiful place that my family can call home. For the stability that being home has afforded my child (he FINALLY started sleeping through the night at 6.5 months. Hip Hip Hurray!). For the companionship and love that our four-legged children provide us. For the help that I have been receiving from my mother and the family. For everyone’s health. And for the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Life is beautiful.
It has been a solid seven months since I have written a post. A lot has transpired in my life since then and I can honestly say that I feel the presence of God in my life more than ever. Since I last checked in, David and I bought a house, David became a Cleveland Indian, – farewell NYY – we welcomed our beautiful baby boy into the world, and just yesterday, we celebrated another amazing year of marriage.
Now that I am the mama to my own offspring – not just four-legged furry babies – my life is consumed by poopy diapers, spit up and lack of sleep, all of which do not hold a candle to the love that I have for my little man. Believe it or not, what most people find “yucky”, I find truly gratifying. There’s nothing like seeing a nice poopy diaper and celebrating that your baby’s digestive system is working efficiently. But enough about the favorite topic of new parents – poo – and onto what my goals are for this blog in 2014. I can’t promise that I will have the time to contribute to this blog the way I have in years past, but I will try to document my experiences as a mother while living the life of a baseball wife.
Moving forward I plan on sharing my favorite mommy products, taking into account how much we travel. As unconventional a lifestyle as we live, our son will also have to be raised in a rather unconventional way – we have learned to adapt and so will he.
Next up: Flying for the first time with a 3-month-old.
I wanted to write a quick post wishing everyone a happy mother’s day. Today is a very special day after all and all the amazing women out there who have cared for a child, human or otherwise, deserve a whole lot of love.
That being said, when I texted all of my mom friends today, much to my surprise, I received a bunch of “You too’s!” This really got me thinking. What better day than today to announce one of my big surprises?!
You may have guessed it by now, and YES, David and I are expecting our first two-legged child! Since we have four children already that move around on four legs, I felt it worth noting that this one will, in fact, walk upright on only two legs. (I guess we are moving up in the world – pun intended).
So there you have it, folks! David and I are due to have our first human baby on October 31st. None other than Halloween! I guess my three black cats are a good omen after all. 🙂
‘Till next time!
I can’t get enough of my love-bugs. Excuse me if you will, but this should warm your heart. Besides, it is totally baseball related; This is how David spends his typical off-days. 😉
For those of you who haven’t taken notice, there are many perks to being a professional baseball player. While living this life is far from easy, there is tremendous good that can come from being part of the baseball family. More often than not, I believe that I was placed on this path, alongside David, so that we can touch and enrich the lives of those less fortunate. As a baseball wife, I have given up my career in order to lift up my husband’s. I have touched on this numerous times throughout my blog but I sincerely believe that my job in this life is to support my beloved – being the best wife and mother possible.
Out of all the benefits being a big leaguer brings, the one that stands out is the backing you receive for your philanthropic work. This is the main reason I have had to hold off on starting a Foundation with David. For a long time now I have wanted to create a 501C3 but as the saying goes- the best things in life are worth waiting for… I recognize that while there is no certainty in this world and especially none, that David will be a Major Leaguer, I look forward to the day when we can reach large audiences for the purpose of good.
One of my favorite quotes: You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
You have heard this time and time again; it is a fundamental truth and something that one cannot ignore. We, as responsible beings, given the gift of life, must look within and establish what we want for ourselves in our present existence. This revelation must begin from your core and transmit into a greater purpose.
You must first begin by entrusting yourself, holding dear the belief that you are willing and able to do whatever you set your heart and mind to do; one cannot accomplish their maximum potential with a disjointed heart and mind. These changes can begin with a mere step. Believe, allow your potential to unfold and welcome the change towards a greater you and subsequent world!
For those of you who are loyal readers of this blog, you are aware that I, myself, have found a resounding passion for animal rights. Although I have only taken a few steps in this journey, I have begun to make the change that I hope will permeate into the lives of many.
Another truthful quote by Mahatma Gandhi that I love and pertains so well to animal advocacy is, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” I am 100% convinced that compassion and love are what make this world turn. In order to have lightness we have darkness and with good comes evil. These are all polar opposites and as such there is an opposition to love, that which is war. There is so much hope within our nation, yet at the moment we are stuck fighting a war with our pet overpopulation epidemic (more details on this here: The pet revolution starts with you: Spay and neuter your pets). While our pet crisis may be minor in comparison to other things, it gives light to the greater issue – lack of compassion. I find that the compassion or lack thereof for animals transcends cultures. As humans, if we can open our hearts to animals then we are one step closer to understanding what it means to have unconditional love for our fellow humans.
Whether it be for animal rights or another cause you hold dear to your heart (I have many!), I encourage you to take a single step in the right direction and to make a change that you wish to see in the world!
Many blessings and love.
BE THE COMPASSIONATE. BE THE EMPATHETIC. BE THE MORAL. BE THE PROGRESSIVE.
BE THE EXAMPLE. And as always…BEGR8ER!
One of the causes that is nearest and dearest to my heart is reducing animal overpopulation. I feel very strongly about rescuing homeless animals and do my best at encouraging others to do the same. The key to being effective is in education, however. Knowledge is power! My goal once David makes it to “the show” is to create a foundation that will educate our youth regarding these pressing issues.
In a country where the ratio of dogs and cats to humans is 7 to 1, it doesn’t take much to realize we are in the midst of a pet over-population and euthanasia crisis. The most effective, and quite frankly the only way to alleviate this issue, which has been plaguing this nation for decades, is to be responsible pet owners and spay and neuter our pets.
In America alone, nearly 60% of dogs and over 75% of cats in shelters do not make it out alive. This number jumps substantially in urban areas, where it is not unusual to see numbers as high as 98% for cats and 75% for dogs.
In order to make a dent in the overwhelming number of animals euthanized in shelters each year, approximately 4.5 Million, we need to spread the word and ask all our friends and family to spay and neuter their pets. If we can stop accidental breeding, as well as uneducated breeding, we can significantly reduce the number of pets that end up in shelters across the nation and subsequently, the kill rates for unadopted pets that are otherwise perfectly healthy.
Despite many misconceptions, sterilizing your pets by spaying and neutering them is actually better for them, both biologically and psychologically. Male dogs are much happier and experience less male dominance frustration. Female dogs can rest easy by not attracting unwanted attention from males due to pheromones emitted while in heat. In cats, you will have much fewer issues with marking and you won’t have to worry about the fact that your female cat can get pregnant every 3 months.
We need you to join the revolution. Spay and neuter your pets today!