Category Archives: Dad

MALIA MEI: A Courageous Birth – Part IV

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

MALIA MEI: A Courageous Birth – Part I

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

September Series: What Does Being a Mom Mean to You? – The Tall Mom

We are so excited to share that Jelly Bean Journals, Prairie Wife in Heels, and The Tall Mom are teaming up to bring you some special September posts on our blogs. We will all be writing for each other, as well as ourselves, on a topic relevant to our regular content. Here’s what you can find during the month of September:

We hope you are ready for another powerful perspective on what being a mom means, because The Tall Mom has shared her sentiments and she will leave you in a swirl of emotions…

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A Dad’s Dilemma: Why is this Kid Crying?

Over the past few years, Kerstin has approached me several times about doing a guest blog for Jelly Bean Journals. I love her like a sister; she and her family are an extension of my own. But I always seem to fall short when it comes to a topic, and it makes me feel as though I’m letting her down. FINALLY, this evening as I was getting my oldest son ready for bed, the topic for this blog struck me like a lightning bolt. Continue reading

How to Teach a 2-Year-Old to Ski

Seano and I both grew up skiing. But, in very different ways. Seano was practically skiing before he was walking and during the winter skied at least weekly. He now serves on our volunteer ski patrol and, at the least, skis every other Sunday during the season. When he found out we were pregnant, Seano was immediately excited to someday teach our child to ski. On the other hand, my family took a week long ski trip to Utah once a year until I was about 14. After that, I didn’t ski much for about eight years. When Seano and I started dating, it became something we could do together and I got back into it.

We decided to get N on skis this year and just see how it went. Continue reading

Three Relationship Changes I Didn’t Fully Understand…Until I Experienced Them

During our guest blog series, Jessi shared some candid thoughts in The Someday Scenario about preparing for a future life with children. It helped me revisit that same place in my journey before Daddy D and I decided to conceive. We all know that having a baby means life changes in every way possible. Over the years, I’ve heard the phrase, “you can’t fully understand until you experience it.” It used to be hard for me to accept this as an answer to, well, anything! I believe I’m competent and empathetic, so I sometimes took offense when others didn’t think I could comprehend an experience without living through it. I’ve learned that there is something to participating in life altering situations that helps me understand more than through explanation. It’s the first hand experience and emotions that affect everyone differently and teach us. It has nothing to do with a person’s competency or ability to relate and I have become a believer in this saying. I catch myself thinking or saying it more often than I’d like to admit these days. Continue reading

A Master Librarian’s Early Literacy Tips by Jenn

As you probably caught in my introduction from Tuesday, I have loved books for longer than I can remember. It was probably obvious to everyone but me that my passion for books would lead to my career as a librarian. Thankfully I have passed that love of reading onto our son, although in all honesty, he never had a chance.

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Dramatic Play: Everyday Life as a Learning Tool

While I am not an expert on dramatic play, I observe our toddler engaging in it on an almost daily basis. This activity takes place when a child performs or imitates everyday life scenarios and situations. I want to share a few “real life” play ideas and provide reassurance that it really is a good thing when our toddlers empty their drawer of freshly folded laundry…even if we mommies want to cry and pull our hair out.

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The Start of a Movement: Baby A’s Birth Story Part II

It was difficult for me to share “The Start of a Movement: Baby A’s Birth Story Part I.” It has been an even bigger challenge to muster the courage to share Part II. Thank you for joining in on my healing journey. Recovering physically and emotionally from a less than desirable birth experience has been harder than I imagined. Very special recognition goes out to all of you who have sent forth your support, prayers, positive thoughts, healing words, stellar advice and wonderful advocacy. I love each of you in the most sincere form and from a place of ultimate gratitude.

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An Ever-Growing Bond Between a Boy & His Dad

N is becoming a major daddy’s boy. He stands at the door and waits as soon as he sees his headlights. He spends what seems like hours walking in and out and around his legs. He lights up when Seano walks in. He wants daddy to hold him. He wants to wrestle and play with flashlights and tools. When leaving the house and choosing between one of our cars, he wants to go with daddy. The list goes on and on.


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