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Hi! I’m Becky. 

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Mom, wife, friend, cook, photographer, writer, DIYer, food-lover, neat freak, entertainer, party-planner, problem-solver, wanna-be-graphic-designer, and reader. I currently live in St. Louis, Missouri and Love. This. City.

I spent my childhood riding horses, singing, playing the piano and flute, acting, swimming, stirring up trouble with my friends, and traveling the world. While I grew up many places, the one I claim is Scottsbluff, Nebraska. I have a fear of belly buttons and have never eaten a Twinkie.

I smile a lot. I’m sarcastic. And I don’t take myself too seriously.

Something I do take seriously is my family. I will never claim to be a perfect parent, but I will never stop trying to be the best mom I can be. As long as my boy is happy and healthy, my efforts are successful!

I also take my marriage seriously. I snagged a pretty darn amazing dude and we’ve been happily hitched for over nine years. I think the secrets to a happy marriage are 1. honesty and 2. doing laundry separately. Love means never having to fold your spouse’s underwear. Love definitely means acting like morons together on a regular basis.

I’m currently a SAHM, but I like to think of myself as a “Not-so” SAHM…is that super cheesy? It’s just that the least of what I do is hang around the house. Ethan, AKA “The Peanut”, and I are always up to something fun, making the days just fly by.

Did I always know I’d stay home with my wee babe? No. I actually didn’t have any interest in having kids until I was 28. But then we got the baby bug, big time, and under two years later I was prego. Due to The Peanut’s preemie-status and our move across the country, this full-time mom situation just kind of happened. Would I have it any other way? Not a chance. 

My perfect world? One where I could travel the world with my family…I want to go everywhere. Eating new foods, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures every day. How the heck can I make that happen?!

The blog.  Yeah yeah, another “Mom Blog”. But you know what? Before starting Preparing for Peanut, I’d never read a mom blog in my life. I just wanted to document my pregnancy, thinking it would be a great way to share our baby adventures with our family which is spread all over the country. I posted sporadically.

Then Ethan was born and I posted EVERY DAY, usually twice. It was a lifeline to our family and friends, a way to keep everyone in the loop without me having to repeat everything over and over. Little did I know how much I’d appreciate having this written account, every single detail of our boy’s journey into the world. Once we were released from the hospital, I didn’t want to stop. What started as a super personal-family-only communication device was suddenly being read by hundreds of people from all walks of life. I was hooked.

I also love that the blog keeps me accountable—I carry my camera everywhere to capture pictures of Ethan, Stu, our house, our life. Knowing I need content for my posts keeps that fire under my butt to not fall behind editing photos or writing down adventures. I can’t quite shake that work-bug, the one that tells me I need a schedule and deadlines.

At the end of the day, this blog is for Stu, Ethan, and me.

But it’s also for our families and friends…we don’t see them anywhere near enough so the blog lets them know exactly what’s going on with us all the time.

The icing on the cake is each and every reader that finds Preparing for Peanut along the way. It will never cease to be humbling when I find out someone across the country (or the world!) is reading what I write and enjoying my stories. I’ve loved meeting “blog friends” and learning about this wide world of moms out there sharing information and opening up their lives to each other. It’s this kind of sharing that will make us all better parents.

That’s me! Thanks for reading.

37 Responses leave one →
  1. kate haring permalink
    May 2, 2011

    i love you guys, i love you guys, i love you guys!
    xoxox, I’m so happy to be a part of your life.

  2. Amanda Reyes permalink
    August 25, 2011

    The two of you are so cute! Miss you lots!

  3. January 16, 2013

    Hi, thank you for sharing your story (your life) here. :-) I found several of your DIY ideas and not to forget – Ethan’s school-bus party very inspiring. :-)

    Cheers,
    Anna
    (mother of two “boysterous” boys and a baby girl, living in Stockholm, Sweden)
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    • Becky permalink*
      January 16, 2013

      Thanks Anna! I’ve always wanted to visit Sweden, I’ll be checking out your blog for sure!

  4. February 13, 2013

    just came across your blog via apartmenttherapy’s the homies . What a lovely space you have here. Glad to have found it!

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    May 8, 2013

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  6. May 30, 2013

    Hey Becky! Love the site, love your projects, nothing but love coming from over here in London!

    we just blogged Ethan’s kitchen (jealous!)
    http://sugru.com/blog/supercool-mum-creates-a-play-kitchen-for-her-son

    drop us a email, we think your home could use some sugru (on us!)

    David

  7. February 16, 2014

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  8. February 20, 2014

    I came in to your PfP site thru the side door, looking for stuff on toy trains, and found your wonderful chronicle of preparing Ethan’s train setup. GREAT photography! Very informative narrative of the process and stuff you shared. If I ever do a blog (or toy trains reference) I’ll be sure to point others at your well-documented experience. Others will love it, I know.
    One Problem: it was hard as hell to find whether your blog and episodes were done in 1898 or 1926 or whenever!!! I didn’t want to sent a message to someone now in her senile years. I saw ONE date in February, and had no idea if this was even in my lifetime, even tho it IS February right now!
    I know that typically a pregnancy lasts no more than 1 year.
    Don’t make your fans work so hard.
    Jon

  9. Alicia Luna permalink
    March 3, 2014

    Hello. Thank you for blogging about your micro-d. I am just 2 weeks out of mine. As you know your heart breaks to be doing normal things with your kids. To even pick up things after them is a dream now. I am going thru that “depressed” scared phase now and googling to find every good story I can. Seems people post more about reinjuring and years of pain. I am having that since of loss I guess. Seeing other moms tie their child’s shoe and I am asking my child to tie mine. Your story helped me. I had same l5/s1 herniation. Pain free right after surgery though. So imagine my “freakness” when leg pain hit third day. I’m trying to walk a lot and that helps. But my fear of reinjuring it is taking over my mind. And scared that I will never be able to run jump and play basketball like I did with my kids before. I also work at a job that requires constant bending and lifting. USPS. So I fear that as well. How are you doing now? Can you pick up your child? Play on the floor? Pick up laundry or toys? Sorry to ramble but you probably know exactly how I am feeling now. My surgeons office assures me in 6 weeks I will be good. But I’m scared. Ugh. Thanks for your post. It did help. I hope you continue I get stronger!

    • Becky permalink*
      March 4, 2014

      Stick with the walking and keep taking it easy!!! I know it is super scary, I was terrified every day after surgery. I’ve heard people wake up pain free at first because the surgeon “bathes” the nerve in steroids so you feel super good when you wake up. I had no such luck, just pain from the very moment I opened my eyes after surgery, so I can see how leg pain on day three would be so incredibly scary. But it did take a full 6 weeks for me to actually feel like the surgery worked. Now I feel great!!! I have almost all of my flexibility back, never any freeze-ups or sleepless nights due to pain, never any radiation down my leg. I’m taking spinning classes, walking any distance I want, stretching at least once a day, doing strengthening exercises and living pain free. I feel sore from time to time but that’s it. I requested physical therapy starting week 6 and it helped not only to build my strength but also my confidence…I was so scared to do anything but my PT was right there making sure everything was OK. He had me doing over an hour workout at his gym 2-3 times a week for months until I finally felt confident enough to head out on my own. I hope this helps!!! It just takes time. Send me an email with updates on how you are doing please! And let me know if you have any other questions. I have a back update post in the works that I need to just finish and post. I’m officially 6 months post-op this month!!!

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