• 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…

  • 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

    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…

  • 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

    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…