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Mommy’s Baby Girl

Photo courtesy of flickr by Jason Lander

Dear Zahara Evelyn:

Three months ago, I never would have imagined that I would be having a brand-new baby girl due on Halloween. After three pregnancy tests confirmed that you were indeed real and not just a figment of my imagination—I was stunned. Your father did not believe it was so—even after three pregnancy tests. We both were in shock because this was not planned. But despite the unforeseen circumstances, we only had one choice and that is to love you and welcome you into the family.

We just knew you would be a boy and your father made sure that your big sister and big brother understood they were having a baby brother.  So, when it finally came time for us to have your five-month ultrasound we all were in shock. The ultrasound tech shouted, “It’s a girl!” “Wait. What….” I thought that I was dreaming. Your dad had convinced me that you were a boy. I even had a name picked out. The perfect name– Assad Talib. In that moment, I didn’t care whether you were a girl or a boy, just that you were healthy and that you were indeed. But I would be lying if I was bummed out about having to think of a new name.  

When we got home and informed your siblings that you were a girl and not a boy—mixed emotions appeared. Assata, your big sister was elated and started jumping up and down. Tafari, your big brother calmly said, “baby brother.” “No, baby sister,” I explained. “Baby brother” he continued. That was about two weeks ago and he has now come around and understands that you are his baby sister. He even kisses my tummy.

We can’t wait for your arrival Zahara Evelyn. I named you Zahara because it means shining; flower. Names speak life into people and my hope is that you will shine in whatever you set out to do and be as beautiful as a flower in bloom. Until we meet my love, keep jumping all around in my tummy. Mommy loves you, more than you will ever know. See you soon baby girl.

Love Mommy


Mommy You Can Do It: Car Seat Safety

Mommy You Can Do It: Car Seat Safety

Being a Mommy is a very important job. We make decisions every day. Not just for ourselves but for our children as well. Some of these decisions we make are ones that we regret but when it comes to picking the right car seat don’t let this be one of them. The safety of our children should always be our number one concern.

If you watch the news or indulge in the world wide web, then I am sure you have heard of car seats being recalled. Year after year it is happening with the only thing changing is the brand or the model. According to an article on CNN.com, Graco recently recalled 24,494 car seats that did not adequately restrain children during a crash. The Graco My Ride 65 car seats recalled were produced between May and August 2014.

You may be asking the question how do I check to make sure that my child’s car seat has not been recalled? You can check any recalls with The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They have a search option which allows you to search your car seat by brand name and the model number is optional.

So how do you check to make sure that your child’s car seat is safe? How about doing a car seat safety check to make sure that you are using your child’s car seat properly? Hal Karp from Parents Magazine wrote an article for Parents.com entitled Car Seat Safety Check: 8 Common Mistakes you must Avoid. He states that four out of five safety seats are used incorrectly.

Car seats serve a purpose and that is to provide safety to our children. If your car seat is not being used correctly, then it will not be as effective. Please research the car seat that you want to buy and make sure you follow the 8 common mistakes to avoid while doing your car seat safety check.