Silly, I know, but it had never occurred to me how difficult it is to learn to do the things we do so effortlessly with our bodies. It was only several weeks ago, when I saw the expression on Joaquin’s face while he was holding a rattle with his left hand and mom offered another […]
Stories by Maria Stultz
Only three days after my mom left — and really just one day alone at home with Joaquin — I started to worry… How can I be new to this baby every day?… The question was twofold: How can I always be energetic to be there for my baby day after day?… and also, where […]
Four months ago, when my mom got off that airplane and greeted my 38–weeks–pregnant belly, a new future event was created in time: The day that she would leave and go back to her home. That day is today. Today is a very sad day for me, not because it marks the beginning of real […]
Right between getting a breast ultrasound (no worries, it was just a cyst) and falling prey to a terrible cold with a fever of 102°F, I went to the baby store to shop for some toys for little Joaco. Wasn’t planning on buying anything big, when suddenly this awesome product crossed my path… The Bumbo […]
This will have to be a short one. Gotta run and dry my hair so we can go out later to the aquarium, the next destination on Joaquin’s getting–out–of–the–house training series. In a few words: Bolliti HATES the car seat. HATES the car. Tolerates motion in his new lightweight stroller, but HATES the stroller if […]
For the last week or so, putting Joaquin down to sleep his mid-afternoon nap has become mission impossible. Mom and I, the two victims of this new behavior, keep theorizing about what may be “wrong”. We strategize. We experiment. We discuss. We fight. We keep trying to make him sleep. I read that a two-month-old […]
3rd day postpartum, the Night of Hell! Baby was hungry and my milk had not come in yet. I was determined to breastfeed but that night was a true test… from hell.
Soooo…. It’s been four weeks since Joaquin was born… Those of you who have had babies — specially moms — will probably understand that as much as I’ve wanted to write about my experiences, and share that christmas e-card template I promised, it is really hard to get much done between baby feedings… It takes […]
Our sweet baby Joaquin is finally here! In just a few days I’ve lived the worst and best moments of my life. There are so many stories I wanted to share, like what it felt like to be among the 25% of pregnant women who deliver via a c-section. Obviously I was not prepared for […]
Joaquin moving crazily inside my belly on the last day before being born
Hello bolliti, Lots have happened since my last update… Over the last two times we’ve been to the doctor, she’s confirmed that you have dropped really low and your head is pressing down on my cervix like such a tight cork, she’s having a hard time assessing how much I have dilated. You keep growing […]
Baby has dropped to +1 station. This is what it feels like.
Hey there, little Puffeth… So you missed your chance to be born a Scorpio, and you gave researchers one more statistical point to prove that the cycles of the moon don’t affect the onset of labor. This week you’ve been extremely active. More so than before… I’m seeing a lot of pointy waves cruising my […]
For the last few months Joey has been assisting a judge for his Judicial Externship. A couple of days ago, while working, Joey’s feeling a little fidgety. He finally confides in the judge: “My wife may go into labor today… This morning she told me to stay alert because she had just passed the biggest […]
Sweet little bollo, You’re all baked now. We’re ready for you. Please come out. You know you want it… That crazy voice you hear every day, the one that chases and teases your little butt whenever you shake it in my belly… that’s daddy. We can tell you’re intrigued by him. He’s a lot of […]
Bolliti Panfriti, Next Sunday it will have been 37 weeks, and you should be fully baked. It’s time to start dropping bebé… I only need to do one last trip to the baby store to be completely ready for your arrival. Everything else is waiting for you. This week, people’s comments about the hugeness, grossness, […]
I wanted to paint perfectly straight stripes in our baby’s nursery. This is what I did to tape them.
Personal thoughts as labor and the birth of my first baby are quickly approaching.
A few notes to remember from our first childbirth class
This poor baby is doomed: He's getting some serious genes of sugar addiction.
With colors selected, now I needed to decide on the layout of the stripes. That is: How many stripes, how wide, how uniform?… How to keep them from boxing us in the small room.
This is what happens when your pregnant belly grows so much, so fast.
Subtle color contrast was an important factor in the success of my stripes project. Here I share my experience selecting the right paint colors for our baby’s room.
Just a few of the new symptoms brought by the third trimester of pregnancy
After my recent success painting a beautiful mural for our baby’s room, I thought I’d share my process and some tips and tricks.
Yesterday we started receiving unsolicited baby product catalogs for the first time in our household's history
One reason why I called my latest playground entry “Signo Fijo” is because my Sun sign, confirmed by my actual personality, rules that I tend to not like or pursue change. Well, that is true and not… I have in fact pursued some huge life-altering changes, but I must say that normally, on smaller things, […]
Current plan and design for our baby's room
If you remember, I started the year with some nice productivity goals. My plan was to work with an eye on a very financially lucrative “Target”, but understanding that I’m only human, attempt to at least meet the “Lazy” level. In any case, under no circumstance whatsoever, should I go below “Minimum”. So the weeks […]
Despite the sacrifices of pregnancy, I’ve started to realize that this sharing of my body with a baby is also neat in other ways.
How my (thoughtfully considered) decision of not moving out of my office to give the baby the nicest room in the house has given me a first taste of maternal guilt.
Our family and friends know it now. It was impossible to keep the suspense too long before we started receiving calls from our moms, dads, and sisters. They all wanted to know: Is it a boy or girl?… Well, and I don’t blame them. Joey and I were so ready to know!… Up until now […]
You would think that the worst thing that could happen to your project is for it to be canceled or put on hold. But you're wrong: This is much worse.
Sewing maternity clothes: How to alter an existing pair of jeans for pregnancy
Few things compare to the joy of hearing your baby's heartbeat in utero.
So, no. I haven’t been dead. But the woes of the first trimester of pregnancy did take me away from a lot of things I usually enjoy… like blogging, or doing anything at all. At 15.7 weeks I’m happy to report that my energy seems to be back, as well as the appetite for delicious […]
I just heard some very powerful words that although were not new at all to me, for I have lived a lot of my life and achieved most of my goals by this rule, their message indeed needed to be remembered: You may be feeling that it would be easier to be hearing these words […]
Why must the first trimester of pregnancy be so damn hard?
Two embarrassing stories from a time when I was learning about and trying to blend in the American culture.
Reviewing my first year blogging
This is rich. A couple of weeks ago, Lorelle’s blog challenge was to find keywords that return your blog as the first result from a Google search. I didn’t do it. In fact, lately, I’ve become much less consumed by the popularity of my sites and the activity on my site logs, so I’m not […]
Playing an iterative illustration process with a good friend
Trying for a baby: An emotional roller coaster full of stress and frustration I don't wish on my worst enemy.
My first attempt at reupholstering furniture
Life constantly teaches me that if I manage to hold one more second, one more day, one more small unit of time, something wonderful will happen. I'm always so close to it, even though I can't see it.
I think I'm finally ready to have a baby, and want it.
Short dialogue illustrating Joey's humor while trying for a baby
A personal analysis inspired by "The Celestine Prophecy" idea that the quest in one's lifetime is to reconcile the opposing approaches and fundamental truths of our parents.
Tutorial illustrating the creation of Sophie’s digital portrait drawing with vector graphics software.
Revealing my beliefs and stereotypes about male and female, and a few snippets of my identity.
Three situations from life and work that hit me hard.
Discussing the goals and design process behind the recent redesign (or realignment) of Mafe Maria, my personal web site.
Looking for simplicity in the web design I create for myself.
Teaser for our soon-to-come wedding photo gallery. Five years after the fact, but better late than never.
I've successfully transitioned from a business background to a career in web design. I've reached that milestone. Now what?
In memory of my grandmothers and the legacy they passed to me: A passion and skill to create things with my hands.
The story of my husband's mountain biking accident
If there is a heaven, and if you could choose what it is, what would you want it to be?
Commentary on one of my watercolor landscapes. This piece was painted from life, outdoors.
It's time to start trying for a baby
Justo antes de ir a Business School… En el que vi la cuna de mi nieto y mi futura familia, sana y salva, esperandome despues de esta aventura y muchas mas.
Amazed by the development of fruit on my tiny potted black bean plant.
The story of how I ended up coming to live in the U.S.
Visualizing colorful paint colors for my web design studio with the help of Photoshop
Experiments testing different techniques to transfer digital images of abstract art to canvas or fabric
The Road Trip... What kept me going through hell... The glorious arrival to our new home.
Packing our home and leaving Dallas
Experiments creating abstract decorative art from crops of a bad watercolor painting.
On beauty, and how scary it is for me to lose my far-from-perfect (yet accepted) body to pregnancy.
What led me to leave a career in Finance, and how I managed to identify a new field to be excited about for the next years
An amateur's gardening experiment attempting to grow plants from seed and train them as bonsai
First serious attempt at figure drawing in vector format.
A scary story from my childhood. It all started with a mother's curse.
Last weekend we spent both days planting a few rose bushes in our backyard. The work reminded me of one of my sweetest memories from college: Fundagro 1991
Having never dreamed of becoming a mother, here I write about our decision to try to have children this year, and how I feel about the possibility of getting pregnant.
Cracking up in bed with Joey, back in the time when we loved The Iron Chef.
Preocupada por mi decision de cambiar de carrera… En el que valide mi intuicion de partir el jarron.