• NaBloPoMo

    I stood with Henry.

    I sat up straight and smiled at the dermatologist walking in the room. She smiled back, sat down, and explained my diagnosis. “Julie, you have a hair loss condition called Telogen Effluvium. Your body went into shock immediately after the loss of your nephew and almost losing your sister. Three months ago, those two events were enough to shut your body down momentarily. Your fingernails stopped growing too. Your body seems to have corrected the shock. I see where your fingernails grew again. Your hair will do the same but because hair grows in a cycle, it will take about a year or maybe longer for your hair to grow…

  • Parenting

    Henry.

    I don’t want to write this. I don’t want a lot of things but I especially don’t want to write this. I suppose when you need the right words, you turn to a writer. That’s me. A writer. My name is Julie. My parents are Tom and Abbie. I have three younger siblings – Jessica, Jon, and Jenna. Jenna. I met Jenna when I was in Kindergarten. I remember the day she was born. I remember waiting in the waiting room with my two siblings and my aunt Mary. A male nurse ran in to tell us my mom had her baby. I asked if I had a brother or…

  • Humor

    The boy.

    A video sat in the corner of a room, recording two little girls eating dinner. The video was recording for an important reason. They were going to hear big news: “You’re going to have a baby brother.” Hell no I didn’t say that. My sister did. I have two sisters and one brother. I have two daughters, Emma and Kate. Jessica has two daughters, Gabby and Savannah. Jenna has two daughters, Evelyn and June. And Jon has a female dog. Hi Claire! I do have a nephew and another niece, Ben and Lucy. They are on Scott’s side of the family. Until recently, I had 5 nieces and 1 nephew. Are you keeping track? I…

  • Humor

    A bug’s life.

    I want you to meet someone. This is June Elaine. They call her June Bug after, well, ahem – her aunt Julie Bug. Hey, maybe she’ll start Baby Bug Bytes one day. June shares her middle name, Elaine, with her other aunt, Jessica. And there’s Evelyn. She’s a big sister at two years old. While June stole the show on April 2nd, visitors still snuck a glance at Evelyn. She was easy to spot. Her blonde head of curls could be found hiding in the closet or inside the bathroom, laughing and pulling the emergency cord for a nurse. Becoming a big sister brings its own attention. But Evelyn’s attention is a little different. Although unspoken, her milestones…

  • Humor

    Happy tears.

    An update on my niece, Evelyn: There was an accident last Sunday. Evelyn suffered a blow to the head which caused her to bleed on her brain. The leaks were stopped after 4 hours of surgery. The neurosurgeon said the blood stayed in between her skull and first membrane. Evelyn did not suffer any permanent brain damage and she should develop normally. Evelyn was transferred to the PICU for several days to recover. And then she was transferred to a regular hospital room. The neurosurgeon called her a miracle baby. I was the luckiest person in the world when my sister placed my niece in my arms to rock her…

  • Parenting

    Camp Jules.

    There are certain people I look up to in life – the men and women in the armed forces, police officers, firefighters, nurses and doctors, people that spend their time helping charities. And the mothers and fathers of 3 or more children. I bow down. But mostly the mothers because I’m biased. I am watching my 1-year-old niece, Gabby, for the week. It’s Camp Jules! Camp Jules is exhausting. Anyone that has 3 kids and says “oh, it’s not any more work than 2” are all a bunch of liars. Yeah, I know – you could say if Gabby were my real kid it would be a gradual addition to…

  • Humor

    The boy.

    I have a new pair of footsies in the making! My brother and sister-in-law are expecting their first child. And it’s a boy. Well, snips and snails and puppy dog tails – Yee-haw! Aunt Jules just got the blessing to shop in the boy clothes section! I have two daughters. My sisters gave me two nieces. The only thing I know is pink dryer lint. I’ve never been to “the other side” of the baby clothes section. I have caught glimpses of camo and monster truck prints from my land of pink tutus and hair bows. I could look but never touch. But a nephew. I can fully submerge myself in everything boy.…

  • Humor

    To The Great Bambino.

    To my unborn niece – The Great Bambino. Baby girl. I have called you the Great Bambino since the day I found out about your existence. You must be wondering, “but why does Aunt Jules call me Bambino?” I’ll tell you why, little one. I mean, I have nothing else to do. I’m just killin’ time before you are placed in my arms. There was a baseball player named George Herman Ruth, Jr.. He played baseball a long, long time ago. George was born 118 years ago – whoa! But George is not known as what his mommy and daddy named him. He was given a lot of nicknames: Sultan…

  • Humor

    Aunt Jules re-born: March 2013!

    Guess what?!?! I’m going to be an AUNT again!! My baby sister, Jenna, and her new husband, Steven, are going to bless my other arm with a bundle of pink or blue in March! Aunt Jules is getting her hands full of babies! I cannot wait to add to my collection of footprints! Will those footsies be another niece? Or will it be a nephew? My parents have 3 granddaughters. Will the boy show up? Or will my sisters and our daughters forever share clothes, bobby pins, tampons, curling irons and makeup?  Whatever the sex, I am freaking PUMPED. This Aunthood is awesome. My sisters pop the babies out and…

  • Humor

    It's an Aunt JJ weekend!

    My sister, Jessica, is not like any other aunt I know.  Jenna and Ashley do not act like Jessica when they are around the girls.  Jenna and Ashley don’t put up with the whining crap from Emma or the crying from Kate.  They know when to walk away and give me back the girls. Jessica is her own Aunt breed.  She wants to see Emma and Kate so bad you would think she gave birth to them and got them taken away from her.  That’s how obsessed she is. Jessica uses any excuse to get herself to Kansas City. This weekend is one of them.  Jessica will meet us at…