It’s funny what opening up your soul and letting your feelings vomit all over your blog will do for your mental well-being.Β  After writing through this lonely feeling I have been having, I have purged the yuck and replaced it with hope and joy and fun.

If these things were listed on facebook?Β  I would click the thumbs up and “like” them all…

the smell of Charlie’s head right after a bath

all the extra hugs and cuddles Eddie gives me lately.Β  It’s like he can’t get close enough.

newborn grunts…even when they are producing poo.

taking Charlie out on almost-daily adventures.

the way Cort can fit his arms all the way around me now that I am not pregnant.

the first taste of coffee in the morning.

baseball season.

watching Eddie bound for the mailbox with his daddy each day they come home.

the way Charlie prefers to sleep with a buddy, and that he prefers that buddy to be me.

listening to music all day instead of having the idiot box TV on in the background.

the way Eddie’s curls stand up all over the morning after bath night.

the absence of depression and anxiety.

Charlie’s awake times when we lay on the floor together and coo.

the occasional Starbucks run during the week.

being present in the moment.

the little noises Charlie makes when he is getting ready to wake up.

Eddie’s voice each day saying, “Hi mommy!” when he first walks through the door after being away from me all day.

Charlie’s man-toots.

the way Eddie rushes to see “Baby Cha-wee” immediately after greeting me each afternoon.

Target runs.

reading blogs each morning…even if I can’t comment because my arms are full of baby.

the way Charlie turns in towards me when he is trying to fall asleep.

catching Cort checking me out.

smelling baby on me when I am not home with the baby.

the way Eddie can’t get his face close enough to Charlie.

5-hour stretches in between night feedings.

that moment when Charlie’s breath and mine meet and we both surrender to sleep.

Cort reaching for me and rubbing my back as I fall back in bed at 5am.

making time for a hot shower each day.


how attractive fatherhood looks on my husband.


giving myself permission to just hold a baby and drift in and out of sleep with the ball game on TV.

being productive.

accomplishing nothing.


oh and this:

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(hat by CUTEure Creations, which you CAN “like” on facebook)

Life is so beautiful.

Thank you all for reminding me and bearing with me while I worked to find the beauty again.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Love love love love love!

  2. HUGE thumbs up and BOLD likes to every single thing in this post!!! I love it!

  3. glad to hear you’re working your way out of your rut πŸ™‚

  4. I love reading everything you love!

    And isn’t a good daddy the most attractive quality on a man? I turn into a big pile of mush watching Joe be a parent. I have a picture of him showing Nathan how to fish that just makes me melt.. And men with babies? Just isn’t even fair.

  5. Very cute! What an awesome post! You are very blessed. Your baby is adorable.

  6. This is beautiful and amazing!!

  7. Lovely list. And that last picture is perfection!

  8. Great post Kate.

  9. <3 Beautiful Kate.

  10. This whole post made me smile. And I am so ordering that hat.

  11. I would “like” all those things for you, too! I am so happy you’re finding such a great groove with all three of your boys πŸ™‚

  12. I want to click love on each of those things!!

    I love how second-time motherhood is fitting you like a glove.

  13. The absence of anxiety and depression is the best part of it all πŸ™‚
    Oh and snuggles.
    Diapers not so much.

  14. Just so you know, I’ve been holding my breath and crossing my fingers and keeping good thoughts and sending all kinds of peaceful vibes your way ever since Charlie was born.

    I didn’t want to say anything because I didn’t want you to feel all pressured to pretend things were okay if they weren’t.

    And you didn’t pretend. And they are okay.

    And I am so very happy.

    So in the wake of this joyful post, let me point out the line I think needs emphasis. Between all the amazingly lovely Charlie things and the smiley sweet Eddie things (which of course are wonderful and will receive the gobs of support they deserve, THIS:

    “catching Cort checking me out.”

    Yep. Oh yes, indeed.


  15. Lovely, I really really “like” all of these things…

    Thanks for posting

  16. So sweet. And I LOVE adorable newborn pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  17. There should be a LOVE button.

    I enjoyed this post very much and you had me from the very first line: “It’s funny what opening up your soul and letting your feelings vomit all over your blog will do for your mental well-being.” I could NOT agree more. xoxo