Author: Julie Mashaney

Time marches on


“The only thing that stays the same is everything changes.” – Tracy Lawrence It’s been a year and a half since I blogged. At the time that I left Mamamash behind, I was caught in a whirlwind of change. We’d just added a new baby and moved from KCMO to Texas. We were adjusting to the new lifestyle that came with my husband’s career change. Life was not without its stresses, but we were happy and […]

Mother’s Day 2013

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I keep meaning to blog, I do. But there’s so much love to catch up on. There’s a lot of laughter. And some horseplay. We’re eating like kings and queens. And sometimes we even grab a nap. Thank you, God, for bringing us home to Texas. Thank you for our family.

Deep in my heart, it’s Texas

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In late 2008, I was more than thrilled to pack up the few things hurricane Ike had left us and skedaddle up north to Kansas City. I was ready for an adventure with my new husband in the place he had always thought of as home. Moving from a small Texas coastal town to a medium-sized Midwestern city was a bigger culture shock than I’d expected. I stuck out like a loud, drawling sore thumb, […]

No more licking the baby

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I still haven’t gotten a chance to write Mouse’s birth story, because every time I would try to sit down and put that beautiful day into words I was reminded of this big dark cloud that has been hanging over our heads. When Mouse was a week old, we received a call from his pediatrician telling us that he’d had an abnormal test result from his newborn screening. In all 50 states, hospitals are required […]

Wanna play a guessing game?

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Baby Boy Bump #1 vs Baby Boy Bump #2, same shirt, same pants, same gestational length. On the left, my first son. I gained about 40 lbs and he came out at 8 lbs, 10 0z, 21 inches long. The doctors kept insisting he was going to be 10 lbs. Whoops. On the right, my second son. I’ve gained 20 lbs exaclty and the doctors think he’s measuring about 7.5 lbs, but probably just as […]

An afternoon with the Kansas Freezer Meal Queen

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Friends / Noms

This morning I’m sitting on the couch, looking like a Buddha in yoga pants and a maternity t-shirt, humbly contemplating the blessings of true friendship that I have. Friends from back home in Texas who, even four years after I abandoned them to the storms and mosquitoes, still regularly keep in touch and send gifts to my boys. Friends from all over the Internet, some of whom I’ve never met, who care for my family […]

Full term and fabulous

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Family / Friends

Yeah, ok, so not really. When the OB asked how I was feeling today, I told him I felt like an irritable, sore gummy bear. And it’s true! I have very little patience. My pelvis is coming apart in places. My belly is so big I can’t reach my feet to tie my own shoes and I’ve officially got two chins. So here we are, nine months and twenty pounds into our pregnancy. My rings […]

SnoPocaGeddon ’13

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#BloomWhereYourePlanted / Family / Kansas City

I find that when you can’t overcome or prevent something, it’s best to just give yourself over to it fully. We woke up this morning to snow that was just beginning to fall. Over three hours, we accumulated about seven inches and it’s still falling. The gnomes were not impressed. Neither was the dog. At first the kid was less than thrilled. But wait, this is kind of cool. Nah, Daddy, I got it. Ok, […]

35 weeks: Still rockin’ and rollin’

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#BloomWhereYourePlanted / #iPPP / Kansas City

I wrote this morning on Twitter that I no longer feel human. That I feel like an incubator glued to a couch being fed Cheez Its as fuel. I think that accurately sums up the last month of pregnancy. It’s just not fun. Your brain stops working, everything is beginning to swell and hurt and your uterus thinks it’s fun to randomly contract here and there. Because of the excruciating heartburn, there are like six […]

The 2012-2013 Holiday Saga

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Spanning two weeks, three states and five different beds, here’s Mamamash’s fourth grade essay, “What I did on my Christmas vacation.” Let me preface this by saying that over this holiday season, I did a few things differently. One, I deleted my Twitter, Instagram and for a time, Facebook accounts. I needed a break from the external noise and a chance to focus just on what was in front of me. Two, I don’t think […]