Another Reason

Yay!  It’s Wednesday!  Time for another blogger to be Recruited to Sluiter Nation!  Don’t know what a Recruit is?  Read all about it here.

Today I bring you Tonya, the beautiful blogging voice behind Letters for Lucas.

I am honored to call Tonya not just my bloggy friend, but also one of my roomies for BlogHer coming up in August.

Tonya is the mother of the the almost-two-years-old Lucas.  She and I bond over being mommy’s to little boys.  She says what I feel…only so much more eloquently.


I don’t like Babies-R-Us.

I try to avoid entering that store like it’s the plague.

There aren’t any locations very close to where I live, the customer service leaves a lot to be desired, it’s too big and entirely too bright for me.

It’s also extremely overwhelming.

I kind of lose my mind trying to figure out what’s what whenever I’m there, but it is the go-to baby supply store and it’s where EVERY expectant mother registers for baby-to-be gifts.

I registered there.

I pride myself on only having visited five times since Lucas was born.

One of those times was last week.

While on the hunt for a shower gift (what else?) and about to pull out my hair trying to find a specific baby gas relief medication and disposable bibs in a multi-sized pack, I suddenly found myself sobbing.

And this time, it wasn’t because of the confusing registry or not being able to find someone to help me.


burp cloths

scratch free mittens


I began walking aimlessly down the aisles and I remembered registering for my own baby shower.

I was filled with so much joy and excited anticipation.

tummy time pillows and mats


teething rings


I became nostalgic as I skimmed over all the products for newborns and infants, all the tiny, soft, delicate little things and it hit me—we have a lot of these items at home, but we don’t need them anymore.

power formula

crib sheets

sleep sacks

bouncy seats

Lucas is no longer a baby.

He’s growing up.


He’ll be TWO in less than two weeks.

I still have a lot of joy and excited anticipation about what lies ahead, but I miss my baby.

And now?

I have another reason to hate Babies-R-Us.


The lovely Tonya can be found on twitter, but you should also go get to know her blog, Letters for Lucas as well.

She writes about leaving the house she loves, but has outgrown in The House that Built Me.  This one hits home for me because I know eventually I will have to pack up and leave the house that built me as well.

She perfectly sums up a day in the life of a mom in On Any Given Day.

Again she strikes a familiar chord when she tells about how her son will grow up without her parents there to grandparent him him Mysterious Ways.

And she shows us a woman we have all been in Right on Ludington.