Blog Introduction

Welcome to the latest domestic-themed blog to clutter the internet tubes! To give a bit of background, I was inspired to start this blog by two major life changes that happen to be hitting at around the same time:

  1. A baby on the way. It’s our first, and my husband and I are pretty excited about it. (In that nervous kind of way I suspect all soon-to-be parents are.) Since I’m still towards the beginning of the second trimester, there’s quite a ways to go, and lots of planning and preparation ahead of us.

    12 week ultrasound. The little pumpkin is due in early November.

  2. The purchase of our first home. This was largely motivated by Major Life Change #1, since for the past few years we’d been living in a small one-bedroom apartment that would be a little hard-pressed to accommodate a baby. The new house is a traditional Chicago bungalow, cozy and well-maintained but generally in need of some cosmetic updates.

    The new house. Closing is set for mid-June, if all goes well.

So given the timing of these two events, I thought it would be interesting to write a blog about this whole new “parenthood and homeownership” adventure, starting here at the very beginning. It’ll be a combination of my firsthand experiences as well as sharing what I learn and research along the way.

And as crazy as it may sound with everything going on, there’s so much I’m hoping to do in the next few months. Some potential topics for future blog posts include:

  • Nutrition and health during pregnancy
  • Reflections on the home buying process
  • Nursery design and baby budgeting
  • Gardening and landscaping within the confines of a narrow city lot
  • Separating the science from the myths on childbirth and SIDS
  • Updating a usable but tired and worn-out kitchen

And I’m sure all this only scratches the surface of subjects that are likely to crop up as the journey continues.

Anyway, stay tuned for some actual non-introductory content to be posted soon!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful idea! I’m looking forward to reading more! This is great because it lets us all be a part of this exciting and amazing time in yours and Joe’s life. Love you both so much!

  2. Hi Julie! Thanks for the comment, and I’m glad you like the blog! I’m really looking forward to sharing more about our experiences as this adventure continues. :)

  3. Sarah, just discovered your blog! What a great idea! I hope you don’t mind if I follow along, too. I’ve been doing some quilting and crocheting of baby things, something I love to do. Let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like!

    Your new house looks perfect, hope the closing goes well! Can’t wait to hear all the details!

    You and Joe are very special to me. Love you so much!


  4. Hi Grandmama! I’m glad you like it, and definitely don’t mind if you follow along! I love the idea of sharing what’s going on with friends and family all over the country. :)

  5. Wow, girl, you are amazing! I mostly slept and had morning sickness when I was carrying Joe! This blog sounds cool, and I will see if I can send you scans of a few of the books that seemed to know what they were talking about when I was having kids. Plus Stephen’s mom sent me a “Book for Grannies” that has some recent research plus tried and true comparisons, it looks interesting too.

  6. Thanks for the comment, and I’m glad everyone seems to be enjoying the blog so far! Book recommendations would be much appreciated — I’ve actually noticed that it’s a little tricky to sort out the good factual information from the myths and the weird hyper-opinionated parenting ideologies that people advocate on the internet.

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