“Malia Mei: A Courageous Birth” is a memoir by Michael Moline, a college instructor, loving husband and devoted father, that includes his recollection of the joy, fear, and hardships leading up to and following the unexpected premature birth of his daughter. Jelly Bean Journals is honored to share their story in this multi-part, bi-weekly series. Continue reading
Little Brother N lay in my arms screaming at me to feed him; desperately pleading with me to give him what he wanted. I tried to remain calm and rely on the different ideas and tools I had read about or learned while nursing our older son for more than 14 months. I used a soothing voice and tried to coax him to me. When I switched sides, he still wasn’t interested. When I moved positions, he looked at me like I was the worst mom in the world. After what felt like hours but was likely a handful of minutes, I gave in and offered him a bottle. He settled in and smiled at me with his eyes. Continue reading
Happy Mother’s Day (a few days early) to all of you amazing moms who are part of our Jelly Bean Journals community. No one knows how much you give, how deep you love, or the things that fill your brain space more than another mom. And we are in your boat, on your team, supporting you and cheering you on as loud as we can. We hope your upcoming Mother’s Day is a time for you to pause, relax and be spoiled by the little ones in your life who are so grateful for you but really have no idea that you are far more grateful for them. Continue reading
A while back, I got together with a group of friends, mostly moms, and the topic came up about disciplining other people’s children. Everyone seemed to have very different opinions on this. It makes sense that there were such a wide variety of responses; raising children is about the most personal, vulnerable thing you can do. As parents, we make what seems like hundreds of decisions a day that impact who our children are becoming. We are trying our best and doing what we believe is right. However, we all raise our kids our own way and have different standards for discipline within our home and families. What is right and what is tolerated in one home, is not in another. As Big Brother N gets older and is gradually with friends and grandparents more, this topic continues to stay on the top of my mind. Continue reading
Hey all! We celebrated the third anniversary of the Jelly Bean Journals blog back in January. That’s more than 225 posts! In all of this time, I’ve never recapped my favorite posts. So, I took a look back at my favorite posts and shared little notes about why these posts made my favs list. Personally, for me, a huge part of starting this blog Continue reading
I know I’m not shocking any of you when I say that we are big holiday people. Well, more accurately, I am a big holiday person. I always go overboard and have been working on scaling back to a more reasonable level. I will always have special treats and traditions for my family around the holiday, but maybe, just maybe they don’t need quite so many. Continue reading
After so much walking, and so little action, we decided to get comfy in our room to save up our energy for the next day. The doctor and nurses started visiting with us about inducing. We all agreed we would wait to see what the rest of the night had in store and regroup in the morning. Continue reading
I should have known. I’m the first to admit, “Each pregnancy and child are different.” The same two people can make multiple babies, and physically and emotionally there’s no way you know they’re siblings. So, why, oh why, would I ever expect my labor and deliveries to be similar? Continue reading
We are offering another Mommy Juice Tour!
Join us at The Hangar for a night of drinks featuring Moonshine from Mystic Mountain Distillery, live music from Ten Ton Cadillac, and transportation from Casper Executive Car and Limo! It’s the perfect way to spend time with old and new friends. We call this a Mommy Juice Tour in honor of our series, but you don’t have to be a mommy to participate!
Your night will include great company, five drinks, pizza, salad, live music, a ranking card to provide feedback on your drinks, entry to a prize drawing, and transportation! Have your ride drop you off at the East or West Side WalMart in Casper, WY. We will take you home at the end of the night. You must be 21 years old to join us.
We had an awesome turnout and an amazing time on our Mommy Juice Margarita Tour. Like last time, spaces are limited and your spot is not confirmed until your registration form is complete and payment arrangements have been made. No group registrations will be accepted.
Mommy Juice Tour Agenda:
4:00 pm East Side WalMart Drop Off (4400 E 2nd St)
4:40 pm West Side WalMart Drop Off (4255 CY Ave)
6:00 pm Pizza and Salad
7:00 pm Prize Drawings
8:00 pm Ten Ton Cadillac Live Music
10:00 pm East Side Rides Home
11:00 pm West Side Rides Home
Pay at the Event $65
This price includes great company, five drinks, pizza, salad, live music, a ranking card, door prize entry, transportation, and a hoot of a time.
CASH, CHECK, or MONEY ORDER, only. Payment for prepay must be postmarked by Monday, February 27, 2017. Make checks out to Jelly Bean Journals.
Register using the form below, mail your payment, and mark your calendar for Friday, March 4th. Registration form must be completed by Monday, February 27, 2017.
If you’d like to sponsor our tour, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Mommy Juice Tour Info
I was anxious with anticipation as I lay in the ultrasound room waiting to find out if I was having a boy or girl. It was my choice last time to wait to find out the sex of Big Brother N. This time, Seano really wanted to know. Prior to our 20-week appointment we had decided we would find out the sex of our growing baby. Little Brother N wasn’t cooperating as the ultrasound tech drove the wand over my belly and we waited and waited for what felt like hours but was probably mere seconds. Finally, she said, “Oh, I can tell what you are!” She proceeded to type, “Oh boy, I’m a boy!” on the ultrasound screen next his male parts. We were going to have another baby boy! Several things immediately went through my head: little boys love their mommas so hard, and I was going to be lucky enough to get to experience this again; a built in best friend for Big Brother N; and we would hardly need anything as I kept EVERYTHING from Big Brother N’s babyhood. So far, it seems I’m right on all three accounts. Continue reading