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…

A High Maintenance Kind of Week

I wish I could say that Darwin has adjusted with flying colors his first week of school. But it’s been tough. Not in an obvious sort of way. But woven throughout the day with different, but nonetheless strong indicators of a child who is overwhelmed. Like meal time. When he says he doesn’t like what’s…

A No Good Terrible Morning

First day at a new school. First bus ride ever. We had been prepping for this day for awhile. Slowly building up in frequency the discussions on his next step as the days neared. He was scared. And didn’t want to go. That much was clear as he reiterated his desire to stay at the…

Full-Time Mom

Hey, it’s been awhile. I’ve been full-time mom’ing it for the last month and to be honest. It’s been awesome. Not that it isn’t hard as shit sometimes. But with school starting tomorrow, I feel sad. Because over the last month, our connection has grown even stronger. The way in which we communicate hitting a…

Traumatic Birth Stories

I recently read an article about a trend in women sharing traumatic birth stories. And it got me thinking about my own. With the impending birth of my second child, it’s something I find myself talking about more and more. But with ease. For the first time ever. Glossing over some of the more painful…

Toma Mi Mano

It was the first of a series of trial days at Pachamama, the school we are heavily considering for next year for our son Darwin. After two years at a small guardaria in Tumbaco, a nice mix of play with some learning in a cozy environment, he was ready for the next step. Encompassing all…

The First Trimester

They call it morning sickness. Though it tends to last all day. Rendering me pretty much useless. And let’s face it, a little irritable. I found out I was pregnant in March of this year. Since we had conceived our first son quickly, we had high hopes it would be the same this time around….

Kid ‘N Play

One of the best… And I mean, the best. Things about kids, is their completely unbiased and open approach to friends. I’m not sure it will always be like this for my son. In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion it won’t be. But I will hold tight to that hope that even if others…

Mama Measles

With an outbreak in the United States, measles and vaccinations have been flooding my newsfeed. And here are my thoughts. I vaccinate. Do I trust that the government has my best interest at heart and that these substances are completely safe and free from causing issues like autism. Not at all. Do I know what’s…

A Tale of Two Tongues

As a native English speaker living in Ecuador with a son who has been here since he was 18 months. I wanted to share a story about language development based on a thread I saw online about children and speech acquisition. We all know that the earlier you start, the easier it is. There are…