Babywearing the Jet-Lagged Infant

Baby Wearing the Jet Lagged Infant

It turns out that international travel is hard on babies. Who knew? We got back to Germany on a Friday morning, and I swear it took at least a week for Small Shaw to stop crying. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but I’m not joking when I say it took nearly … Continue reading

16,000+ Miles with an Infant

16,000+ Miles with an Infant

Small Shaw and I just returned home to Germany from her first-ever trip to the USA. This was her first time flying, but our little girl is no newbie to travel. She stayed in her first hotel when she was just two weeks old, and she moved for the first … Continue reading

Once You’re Real You Can’t Be Ugly

This morning I pulled one of my favorite children’s books—The Velveteen Rabbit—from the shelf to read to Small Shaw. When I reached Page 8, I stopped. The passage, spoken by the Skin Horse to the Velveteen Rabbit, could have been written for just about any mother I know. “…by the … Continue reading

Postpartum Half Marathon Training

The first two weeks of my postpartum half marathon training were going well when, five miles (or so) into a seven mile long run that wrapped up Week 2, something happened… There’s a protein hormone called relaxin that’s an important part of pregnancy. Relaxin allows the pregnant woman’s joints to become flexible enough to … Continue reading

DIY Ruffled Crib Skirt

DIY Ruffled Crib Skirt Ruffles

The Project: A DIY ruffled crib skirt Total Time: Several Hours Pattern: None Used Costs: Sewing Machine, Material & Thread Difficulty: Moderate (and Requires Patience) My Daughter’s DIY Ruffled Crib Skirt Our crib skirt is by far my favorite DIY project from Small Shaw’s nursery, so I’m excited to share it with you today on … Continue reading

Adorably gDiapered Baby Bottoms

Adorable gDiapers MilliGFunk

  I never made a big decision about cloth diapering. I did do a lot of research, but I think that I knew before I started researching that I wanted to cloth diaper. The thought of using disposables just kind of icked me out. Maybe it’s my compulsive need to … Continue reading

The Postpartum Meal Train

Meal Train for New Parents MilliGFunk

Note: This is not a sponsored post. After the birth of our baby girl, our Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader did a wonderful thing for us: she organized a Meal Train. A Meal Train is a lineup of families who deliver pre-made meals to new parents. allows the organizer to … Continue reading

DIY Annie Sloan Baby Furniture

Finished Annie Sloan Baby Nursery

The Project: Refinishing a Used Crib & Changing Table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint The Time: Painting Time: Approx. 6 hours (2 coats) Waxing Time: Approx 8 hours (3 coats) TOTAL TIME: Approx. 14 hours The Costs: Crib: $75 Changing Table: $15 Paint: 16.50€ (1 can “Versailles” paint) Wax: 32€ (2 … Continue reading

How to Make Your Own DIY Diaper Pail Deodorizers

DIY Diaper Pail Deodorizers from MilliGFunk

The Story of Two Diaper Pails We have two diaper pails in our nursery: one for trash and one for diaper laundry. Both pails are Safety 1st Simple Step pails with compartments in the lids for deodorizing disks. Unfortunately, I can’t find deodorizing disks in Germany and it seemed excessive … Continue reading

5 Tips for Transitioning from Wife to Wife & Mom


Thank you to Vanessa from Bible, Beer, & Babies for helping fill Marrying the Army with great content while I take some time off to learn how to be a wife *and* a mom. Five years ago I eagerly awaited my husband to call. We had just said goodbye in … Continue reading

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