She blogs... because she's here!


It's been about five weeks 
since our PRINCESS has arrived
and of course I've wanted to blog about it. 
I've been busy.
Like we moved into our new home
11 hours before she was born busy... Yeah. 

I honestly did not realize how 
exhausting and challenging 
it would be having 4 children
and having 2 of those 4 children
one year apart. 

I did not realize how 
truly gut-wrenching it is 
to have two children crying at the same time
and how hard the decision would be 
of who to go to first. 

I did not know there would be guilt associated 
with choosing one cry over the other
and that the look in those little eyes when mama 
says, "I'll be right there love"
, but yet they don't understand
why mama's not coming immediately
and it makes them sad... 
Those big sad brown eyes 
that break my heart numerous times a day...

No one told me about that part, 
or about the feeling of relief 
when you kiss those little hurts away 
and receive those smiles of everything is okay, 
or how big your heart would grow when you know
that right now in this moment you can make everything alright, 
because you know there are times when you won't be able to... 

No one mentioned that
being a mom of four would 
ultimately be the 
most rewarding and amazing thing that 
I would ever do in my life
and that I could ever hold so much love at once.

They save those words,
that sage advice, 
no one can tell you that. 
You just have to figure it out as you go...

I know I have a lot of figuring out to do, 
but I'm savoring the journey, the process, 
and all of the moments of being a mom. 

So without further ado, 
I introduce our 
grand finale, 
the littlest love of my life
 or as we affectionately call her 
Princess Blythe
 First Born

One W eek

One Month! 

Baby Ro is curious about her, AJ (the athlete), and Jane (the artist)
adore her, and Mr. Sergeant & I are completely smitten with her...
All in all we are in love with the tiniest sergeant kid. 

Stay tuned for more, as I've finally carved out writing time! 


Life, it happens...

Well, well, well... Hi folks! 
It's been quite a while hasn't it. I'm hoping this is not the norm. 
Actually, I'm not hoping. I know it isn't. I've craved this. I've needed this. I've wanted to write for so long, but the words wouldn't come... The words were stuck in my heart, in my head, all jumbled up and not making sense, so I couldn't get them out. I wanted to come on here and write about us finding a new home and how crazy we are for moving in my NINTH... (YES NINTH!!!!) MONTH OF PREGNANCY! A complete first. I wanted to come share the news about my amazing Sister in Law taking the job of her dreams overseas, I wanted to share all of our trips and explorations with you. I wanted to share that I have made the most wonderful friends and that they surprised me with the loveliest impromptu baby shower and so much love that I was moved to tears. I've never felt so blessed in my life. I even wanted to share with you a few days ago how my amazing husband and I have been married for almost a decade and we celebrated that without much fanfare on July 7th, but alas I haven't been able to do that. 

Here's why...
I've been sad.
I've been battling my blues all alone. 
I've been keeping it bottled inside and not sharing it with anyone. 
I've put on a brave happy face, and I've not let anyone in. 
I've been dealing with pregnancy depression.  This isn't the usually happy go lucky posts,  but this time I don't care. I need you to know where I've been. I need you to know my story and how I truly am at my core. If you're going to read my words and my life, then you need to know me. All of me. 

I thought depression or baby blues came after the baby was born, but no... I've learned the hard way that they can come long before the baby arrives. That you can battle through some pretty ugly stuff long before your beautiful baby is in your arms, and that battle is completely wicked. It's rough y'all.

I'm able to write this because I'm feeling better. I'm doing better... so much.
I told my husband and my doctor what I was dealing with. We made a plan (a no medicine plan), and stuck to it. I began to eat a little differently, I exercise a little more, I physically write in a journal, and I am present... not in the background of my life, but actually in it. My faith has been a major catalyst in my recovery as well. Little shifts like this have made all the difference.
I am pleasantly surprised with how well I am doing, but I'm also a nervous. I'm nervous because I know what happens after you have a baby and those awesome hormones go all awry. I'm nervous, but I'm okay, I'm okay because I know what I need to do. 

I will ask you though, to pray for me, for my family, for my recovery after the baby arrives (any day now), that things go smoothly as possible and that I stay present. I stay here. I stay grounded and enjoy the newest blessing bestowed upon me. A darling surprise baby, that made it to full term despite all the odds stacked against us. 

If you're not the praying kind, happy thoughts & positive vibes are also welcome. You know what I really love are comments. Those truly brighten up my day in a major way. I have gone back several times over the past few months and read comments. They have been a big help and I don't know if I can say it enough, but thank you for commenting on my posts. Thank you so much.

Well, I'm tired and having contractions, so I'm going to rest up now. I have a ridiculous amount of things I want to share with you soon, but first a healthy baby and delivery are on the horizon. How about I leave you with a picture? Yes? Okay! This is from our family/maternity photo shoot with a brilliant new photographer in the area.

Thank you for reading this post 
and for sticking with me through it all!


Happy 1st Birthday Baby Ro!!!!!!!!

Guys!!!! Can you believe it?
It's happening!
This guy turns ONE today!!!!

It feels like it's flown by.
I mean, really it seems like just yesterday
I was on bed rest
trying to keep him baking, 
then he decided to have other plans 
and join us on that fateful day in May. 

It's been awesome.
He's a bundle of joy
in every since of the phrase.
He is curious, smart, 
shy, contemplative,
and a big love bug.
His hugs and kisses are a treat
his laughter can't be beat. 

I love this darling boy,
as he brings our lives so much joy
and it's a major blessing
to be be his mama.

Getting to one was so much fun
and I can't wait to see
all the adventures we're going to have 
this year. 

Happy Birthday Baby Ro
We love you!

PS. I have no idea why I went into rhyme mode. Sorry. Hahahaha.


A mini update... Life.

Okay peoples. I've got about 10 minutes before Baby Ro wakes up so I'm going to make this fast. I'm still pregnant! Yay!!!!  I'm not in a hospital on bed rest! Double Yay!!! And we're having a.... Haahaha NOPE. Not telling. You've got to guess. 

No but really, this pregnancy has been a breeze and I'm sad that it's my last one, but it IS MY LAST ONE. I have no idea how people get pregnant back to back to back, over and over again, but I have to stand up and give them a shout with an ovation because baby, it's not easy.
 I honestly feel like I've been pregnant for 2 years and I never ever want to do it again. Ever. I can't wait to meet this baby because despite my being over pregnancy, I am enjoying the judo kicks I get to the internal organs every night while trying to cozy up to Mr. Sergeant and watch HGTV (My favorite "show" according to The Athlete in the mother's day book he made for me. LOL!), but I'd 
love to see the little person doing the kicking.

Let's see... what else is new... Oh... I became a Beachbody Coach, and I love it. I am really enjoy working from home and helping others reach their health and fitness goals.
It's been really rewarding seeing my friends and family lose weight, get fit, and become the best version of themselves. 

I can't wait to share my journey with you all as I get back on the healthy train after baby comes. I've been working out and running while pregnant, but I'll be really hitting it hard after bebe arrives, because I need to be in shape.
 I'll be running around after 4. Jesus. Four Children. LOL.
It tickles me to write that. 
 I honestly never in a million years thought I'd say that. I mean, it's pretty cool to say and after everything we went through to get to 3 children, I thought 4 would most certainly be out of the question. I feel extremely fortunate, and unbelievably blessed that this is happening, despite what the doctors said. This bambino had other plans, and I'm glad.

These guys have been awesome!
 The Artist has been rocking out 3rd grade
with honor roll and awards of all kinds.

Baseball season started and a certain little guy was beyond stoked!!!
And he lost teeth, which is supposed to make you look awkward right?
Not this dude. He's even more cuter than before...
How is that even possible?

Baby Ro has been growing like a weed
 He's become a full on daddy's boy
and it's hilarious. The Athlete is a mama's boy, with The Artist
preferring us both equally, but Baby Ro?
That kid is all about daddy.
It's the cutest thing I've ever seen.
I'm curious if the new baby will be a daddy's baby as well. 

What else has been happening?
Oh yeah...
The Great Mom Vehicle Debate!
You know the one.
Minvan vs SUV
We all know with new babies come, bigger vehicles, especially with 4 babies.
Well... Let me rephrase...
Don't let The Artist know that I called her a baby. She's 9 and very touchy about that word,
as she says,
"I'll be DOUBLE DIGITS soon Mom. I am not a baby."
Oh dear. Pray for me... but I digress. So yes, we had to purchase a bigger vehicle and dare I say, I LOVE IT! I absolutely positively am head over heels in love with my new vehicle.

 Check out that baby bump!

We ended up purchasing a Yukon Denali XL, because I'm not cool enough for a minivan.
It takes a really rad kind of person to drive one of those and I'm not it.
She is aptly named "The Dutchess" since Baby Ro goes by HRH or His Royal Highness and I'm sure the new addition will have a royal nickname as well, so The Dutchess just fits.
Okay. Times up. HRH is stirring. haha...

I hope I can write again soon,
since this is just scratching the surface of all that's gone on.

I miss writing so much.
I'll be back

Maybe with a baby update,
but hopefully not. ;-)


iPlay America features Laurie Berkner!!!

 Okay, so I know I have some updating to do, and I promise I will, but first I have to tell you about this super cool concert coming up June 1st in Freehold, N.J.! 

Laurie Berkner is coming!!!
I don't know about you guys, 
but in the Sergeant House 
we LOVE Laurie Berkner
and it's really exciting to have her come 
do a show so close to us! 

Wanna go? 
Check out the info below!

iPlay America Welcomes 'Queen of Children's Music' Laurie Berkner in Concert June 1
Freehold, N.J. - The "queen of children's music" Laurie Berkner will perform two concerts at iPlay America's Event Center on Sunday, June 1.

People magazine dubbed Berkner the "queen" not only because of her popularity with toddlers and tots, but also because their parents became enthusiastic about her music, which leans more toward soft rock than the simple, saccharine tunes that previous generations know.

"We are so excited to have Laurie Berkner on stage at iPlay America," said Jessica Schwartz, director of marketing for iPlay America, "and to offer a wonderful first-concert experience to young children
The Laurie Berkner Dance Party will include Berkner's most popular tunes, but will also celebrate the release of her latest album, titled "Laurie Berkner Lullabies."
 Shows are scheduled at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Tickets start at $27.50 and VIP tickets are available for $75 and include preferred seating and an after-show meet and greet photo opportunity with Berkner. Tickets may be purchased at iplayamerica.com/special-event/laurie-berkner-dance-party.

For more information, contact Jillian Schiazza, assistant director of marketing, at (732) 577-8200 or jillians@iplayamerica.com