My husband, Mitch, and I are over the moon in love with our daughter Stella. As a kindergarten teacher I've always had a love for children, but it doesn't even compare to the love I have for my own. We are learning to live and love life each and every day in our new roles as parents. Things change when you have a baby. It's not just the two of you anymore. Stella is the light of our lives and each and every day brings on a new experience. It's definitely not easy being a mom, but it's the most incredible thing I've ever done.

What Being a Mom Means to Me

December 29, 2016

This is it. My final post for The Real Moms of Eastern Iowa blog. Let me start by first saying THANK YOU. This has been such a fun and rewarding experience; a way for me to connect with so many of you who can relate to all that comes along with the role of 'mom.' I started writing when I was around 21 weeks pregnant with Stella and she is now 3 ½ years old.

A Decade Together

December 28, 2016

This is the story of us.

All About Me

December 19, 2016

I've been blogging with the Real Moms of Eastern Iowa for almost four years. My first blog told the story of when my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child...Stella Grace Bass. From then one I've shared with you so many of the highs and lows of my experiences as a mom.

12 Books of Christmas

December 14, 2016

I love books and I'm happy to say Stella does too. Some of my favorite moments are when I quietly peek on her when she's reading in her room. She'll have a pile of books sitting by her and she'll be reading them to herself, or to her stuffed animals or baby dolls. And she'll be so animated! I've tried a few times to catch it on video, but I haven't been able to without her seeing me.

Elf on the Shelf

December 9, 2016

How Times Have Changed

December 8, 2016

A friend of mine recently had a Housewarming/Hawkeye Party. They made walking tacos and everyone else brought a side-dish/appetizer or dessert to share as well as a beverage of choice. There were around 20 adults there...and 12 kids.