2019: Recovery

June Gunaratne recaps 2019 in this blog posts and reflects on what made it impactful. She celebrates the one-year anniversary of her moving to Austin and building a community of family and friends in her new home.

Valentine’s Day

I am so fortunate to have the family and friends that I have, they're more than what I could have ever asked for. They know my needs more than me at times. SO many people have been here to help me up after I've fallen. Even to intervene before a fall has taken place, the… Continue reading Valentine’s Day

Audre Lorde

A Litany for Survival BY AUDRE LORDE For those of us who live at the shoreline standing upon the constant edges of decision crucial and alone for those of us who cannot indulge the passing dreams of choice who love in doorways coming and going in the hours between dawns looking inward and outward at once… Continue reading Audre Lorde

Sick Day

Well, I'll keep it short. I was so happy about daycare and we both got sick. Aint that something? I just thought it was so funny how excited I was and that same day my baby started showing symptoms and two days later I was down for the count. We're over it now. Today marks… Continue reading Sick Day

Frustration

I had a brief exchange the other day with a facebook friend about temper tantrums. She's a mom of a 3-week old and a step-mom/coparent to a 5-year old; she believes that temper tantrums are avoidable. I do not. She believes that kids should do as the parents says and I would like to qualify… Continue reading Frustration

Body Positivity

I don't have a fun picture to post of my mom bod and this will not be an analytical piece like I said I would like to make in my last post. This is my first post of 2019 because it's something that all women deal with due to our fluctuating curves. Mine just happen… Continue reading Body Positivity

Reluctance

This will be my last blog post of 2018. The topic we're looking at is: hesitation. I chose this topic because the fear of failure has oftentimes prevented me from starting or executing plans. This thought sprung up as I am approaching sleep training my son, having to create a plan and being consistent. The… Continue reading Reluctance

WTF? What even is a ‘Low Key’ Nurturer?

When I began the blog, I had intentions on being a ‘mom blogger’. I assumed and chose topics that covered basic ‘mom’ taking care of baby processes. I wrote about washing bottles, because these were ‘mom’ things I hadn’t thought about prior. I had so many ideas but they felt so impersonal and in my… Continue reading WTF? What even is a ‘Low Key’ Nurturer?

Tips to Multilingualism

Here are some tips to creating a multilingual house: playing music in the secondary or tertiary language, for Spanish I've been playing Maná or Julieta Venegas and looking up lyrics. Naming body parts in each language , bonus points for directional words (besides, on top, below etc.).. were not at cardinal directions yet, Counting and… Continue reading Tips to Multilingualism

Father’s Day

My son with his parents. Baby is wearing a Houston Astros shirt and mom is wearing a Ralph Lauren knit. This picture was taken with a Canon Rebel T3

This weekend, I learned the importance of understanding the intentions that motivates someone’s (in)action. I have an amazing father that is not my blood, nonetheless he is an absolutely amazing man and father. He’s caring, honest and always speaks highly of me and my son. He has raised me for the past 20 years and… Continue reading Father’s Day

My prenatal self-care

A selfie of myself at eight months pregnant.

Just to tag along with my self-care post from last last week...I want to share some self care routines I had during pregnancy. & Here's a picture of me at 28 weeks I wanted to share because I miss my belly and my son is 7 months today. Around this time my belly began itching… Continue reading My prenatal self-care

Self Care as a Mom

Buddha laughing away on Easter in his fun multicolored plaid Polo Ralph Lauren shirt.

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.
Audre Lorde