Baby Poop Face Masks

I fancy myself a bit of a hippie mom. But our pediatrician’s recommendation to slather baby poop on our faces had even me doing a double take. Our soft-spoken doctora launching into a story about another father, who in his eagerness to revel in the benefits of his new arrival’s droppings, spread the green colostrum…

Two Times A Charm

Less than a week after delivering sweet Mona Lu, I’m feeling almost back to normal and better than I have in a long time. After a nasty fall that I never really healed from at the end of my pregnancy and a belly that weighed heavily on my body, I am up and moving again….

The New School of Unschool

The concept of child led learning where their interests determine the direction of their education. So if the kid likes boats. You take them for a ride in the ocean and do your best to surround them with opportunities to delve deeper into their natural inclinations. Still very controversial as a method of teaching, but…

Reality vs Expectation

My scar hurts right now, my friend shared with me as I explained my recent apprehension to schedule the c-section that has been recommended to me by my doctor at 39 weeks due to the size of my baby relative to the size of me. She went on to say that her scar had fused…

A Big Baby

It’s not impossible. But if you were my wife or daughter, I would recommend a C-section. He says it gently, as he knows it’s not what I want to hear. More answers to consider in an ongoing question of whether I’ll be able to deliver my baby naturally. As the weeks tick by, she’s only…

To Beach Or Not To Beach

I don’t know if it’s because I’m nine months pregnant and stir crazy. Or if it’s just that time again. For a new adventure. After over two years in the valley outside of Quito and in our third house, my husband and I have been talking seriously about moving to the beach. We’re beach people…

Cleaning House

Call it nesting, but my latest home project had me attacking our cleaning products with a vengeance looking for all-natural, sustainable and low-waste ways to keep mi casa fresh. First up, the holy grail. These are the products I use on a daily basis. An all-purpose cleaner that I make by soaking oranges in white…

The Fall

It was something I should have been looking out for. That this one time, I didn’t. Water that had spilled out of the dog’s bowl and off the rubber mat onto the slick tile floor. I hurriedly reached for the swinging door to the living room when my feet flew out from underneath me. Hands…

The Calm Between The Storms

A week after negotiations and everything in Ecuador is back to normal. In fact, it ended almost as abruptly as it began. The government agreed to repeal the decree that increased the fuel price, and so far a personal and corporate income tax has been proposed for the wealthy as an alternative to pay back…

Hitting Close To Home

After more than a week of restrictive movement due to the protests, my family and I decided to venture just a little outside our square mile bubble that included a few local stores and friend’s houses. We had a short list. Run over to Nate’s uncle’s house in Tumbaco about fifteen minutes away for a…