2wheelerLearning to ride a “2 wheeler” has been looming over us for years. I recall playing sometime last year and Landon saying “well I can learn to ride a 2 wheeler when I am 6.” as he watched the little neighborhood girl whip around on her bike in the cul de sac. That longing statement of “I want to be big…just not yet” was inspiring and at the same time ominous. So when his brother clearly was too big for his tricycle and needed the next bike up, we told him “you aren’t getting training wheels” like true cheap mean parents. I mean…he was turning 6, we recalled for him. Time to buck up, kiddo.

For weeks now when we play outside and I am the drill sergeant. “Let’s go practice your bike”. The caution-filled kid ::cough:: Kevin’s kid ::cough:: triple checked I was holding on. Goes 3 feet and immediately declares victory or defeat. Ready to return to the yard for safety. Rinse and repeat each day. Cue mom frustration out the wazoo.

Then last night as I am trying to answer a few more emails after carpool/homework/snack/circus wrangling, I hear “mom, I wanna practice”. I pretty much bolted up from my seat. He and his little brother strap on their Lighting McQueen helmets and we bop over to the cul de sac ready to roll. I get Landon started and almost immediately I realize Ollie is hanging a little too close to the main road for my comfort. In that split second I go back to help him get started, I then turn around…and Landon is perfection. Going all by himself down the street. No parent running along side. Ride or die, son. He slows and rolls into the grass putting his feet down. He did it! All by himself. The neighbor girl and her older brother both run out and start cheering. The joy on his face is something I want to remember forever. The pride was contagious. My face hurts from smiling.


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After I posted this video on Facebook, my friend Tim posted this poem. What a punch to the gut but so true. I’m savoring every moment.

Learning the Bicycle

for Heather

The older children pedal past
Stable as little gyros, spinning hard
To supper, bath, and bed, until at last
We also quit, silent and tired
Beside the darkening yard where trees
Now shadow up instead of down.
Their predictable lengths can only tease
Her as, head lowered, she walks her bike alone
Somewhere between her wanting to ride
And her certainty she will always fall.
Tomorrow, though I will run behind,
Arms out to catch her, she’ll tilt then balance wide
Of my reach, till distance makes her small,
Smaller, beyond the place I stop and know
That to teach her I had to follow
And when she learned I had to let her go.


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rp_IMG_2213-1024x768.jpegHi. New here? Yesterday Ollie and I appeared on ABC 11 here in Raleigh to talk about his bout with Periorbital Cellulitis . Also in the story, the anchor teased that this blog chronicled my parenting adventures and how this isn’t my first weird medical diagnosis. She was right. For whatever reason, I seem to be the resident “oh my friend had that” spokesperson. I choose to write about these thing because a)I cope by laughing at myself and b) I figure I might as well calm people down in their Google searches. So I thought I would take the time to highlight all the wonderful things that I have experienced.


I have had 2 miscarriages. I had totally different reactions to each of them. This was really how this all started in wanting to talk about the tough things so other people can feel comfort. Mark Zuckerburg actually just came out about this recently as well noting how little it is talked about. I want to change that. Read those posts here:

Sad News

Good Info on Recurrent Miscarriages

Confession Time

Lady Issues

I am not shy. I’ve talked about a variety of lady issues including bladder problems during pregnancy, birth control and even sex. Behold!

Knixwear Review – Where I talk about a variety of things and review underwear

Consider Me Miles Davis – Incontinence during pregnancy and beyond

Love, Sex & Bonding - A series I did with my friends around the trials of marriage and sex.

That Time I Got Mother Effin Shingles - Yup. With a 2 month old.

My Missing Mirena – I had an IUD go through my uterus

My Found Mirena – Then I had surgery to get it out and the pictures are amazeballs

Birth Control with Gifs! – I discuss the outcome of the mirena incident and tout the Diva Cup!

Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

I suffered from anxiety and some depression after both kids. I want to make sure everyone has a voice in their recovery.

Therapy Writing

Motherhood Mental Health 

I hate – Word vomit from a dark place…and how I went for help

Let’s Talk about PPD Part 1  & Part 2

Kid Ailments

If my kids get something out of the ordinary, I blog about it.

The Cheeks – Ollie’s Eczema

Pinworms - Yup. Gross

Periorbital Cellulitis – you know this one

Tale of Ole Corn Nose – How to get corn out of a toddler’s nose

Asian Pear Allergy – Yeah. Random, I know

Breastfeeding Woes


Other Popular Posts

These are just a few of the posts I get the most comments and traffic on.

Wonder Week 19 or the 4 Month Sleep Regression – Got a 4 month old that won’t sleep? You aren’t alone, my friend.

Sleep When the Baby Sleeps – Why good intention advice makes me stabby

Toddler Dinners – I write about kid good A LOT.


So there ya go. All the weird in one place.

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