“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
I love decorating for my kids’ birthday parties and I go all-out, especially for their first birthdays. I suspect that this is something that will change as my kiddos get older because they will call the shots for their special days and probably end my party decorating craze era.
When we got our hands on the birth story of a very special little lady as seen through the eyes of her father, we couldn’t put it down. We don’t often have the opportunity to experience the challenges of bringing babies into this world through the perspective of their dads. Michael Moline, a college instructor, loving husband and devoted father, has graciously agreed to let us launch a series using his writing on this very topic. He titled his memoir “Malia Mei: A Courageous Birth” and we will be sharing it in multiple parts on a bi-weekly basis right here on the blog. We couldn’t be more honored that he is allowing us to share his beautiful work and we think you will love it as much as we do. Please include your questions and thoughts in the comments and we will make sure Michael has the opportunity to address them.
MALIA MEI: A Courageous Birth
by Michael Moline
A father’s recollection of the joy, fear, and hardships leading up to and following the unexpected premature birth of his daughter. The story of Malia Mei’s courageous journey following her birth. Continue reading
As I shared in “Loving Life with a Toddler: The Things I Most Appreciate Today” I was extremely surprised by how deeply I loved being the mom of a toddler. I must say that I have a completely different relationship with our little girl, Baby B, than with our little boy, Kiddo A, but I’m just as fond of her toddler stage. She regularly leaves me missing the two-year-old version of the boy who made me a mom and I delight in watching her explore, develop, and acquire knowledge.
Baby B is quick to Continue reading
Friends, my Baby B turned 6 months old over the weekend. We all already know how quickly babyhood time slips by, even though there are moments that can feel eternally long as a parent. I have to admit, I’m overly shocked at the lightning speed of this last half of a year. There are a couple of things that contribute to this, I suppose, Continue reading
Our beautiful friend, Mama T, is expecting her second bundle of joy. We celebrated this precious boy at a great baby sprinkle over the weekend. Because this is kiddo number two, her party hostesses requested that guests bring frozen meals to stock the deep freeze of her growing family. This was one of the most helpful things for Daddy D and me when Baby B was born, so I was more than happy to prepare an entrée. In addition, I wanted to do a little something extra for Baby J. I decided to create a delicious, glue free diaper cake! Continue reading
Technically, I have a toddler. He will turn three this fall. That is smack in the middle of toddlerhood by most people’s standards. And, in many ways by my own as well. But, there are still moments I look at him or hold him and I still know he is a baby.
I frequently fear that the next time I look at him I will fully have a little boy and any traces of my sweet baby that exist today will be gone. Continue reading
Whoop, whoop! It’s a baby sprinkle! While we were waiting for Chelse’s sweet Baby B to arrive, several of our closest friends decided to throw her a little “ Baby Sprinkle.” Continue reading
On Tuesday, I shared A Letter to My Son on His 2nd Birthday. These annual letters have become an important tradition to me. Another tradition we started from the week N was born included taking his photo on a different piece of fabric each week (it turned into each month when he turned 1). I hang them up every year at N’s birthday party. Our guests love looking at how he’s changed over the year.
Here are the photos from the last year (scroll down to see photos from last year).