How's this for my first post in over six months....I passed my exam. I can do other things besides be a Mommy. Leigh Askew, IBCLC, RNC, BSN. I think I might have more letters after my name than in my name. I like this title better, Leigh Askew, Boob Whisperer.



I love making lists. Especially when I am overwhelmed with life. Making lists makes me feel like I am accomplishing something, getting organized. So, I am off to make a list.....



In one day....I am on a roll.

This is so sweet. I am so happy for them!


You thought that I would never post again.....so did I. I am inspired so here goes. Of course it has to do with my girl.

Me: Natalie, I am exasperated.
N: why?
Me: I feel like I have a lot to do....
N: Yes, Mommie but you need to remain unflappable.

Thank you Pinky-Dinky Doo!

N: Mommie, what does this say?
Me: Visit us at learningcompany.com
N: Dash org

Thank you PBS!

The child makes me laugh!!


Natalie Quote

Kim: Natalie, have a good night. I have to go to work.
Natalie: Wait, I need a dance first.

Kim turned the radio in the kitchen on and they danced. I cried. I have no idea what was on the radio, all I could hear in my head was this.


Paige Update

We took Paige to the eye doctor for follow-up today. The report that we got couldn't have been better. She is doing great! I think she is doing better than "Dr. Doom and Gloom" ever thought that she would.

The amplitude of her nystagmus has not gotten any worse, if anything it is better. By the grace of God, they way that it is easiest for her to see is by looking straight ahead, looking to the right does appear to be a challenge but that is way better than the opposite scenario. She does not need glasses right now. She uses both of her eyes equally well. There is no need for surgery. He is not going to see us again for 6 months (the receptionist said "she must be doing really well").

We are so thankful!


Natalie Quote

N: Mommie, you really need to clean the potty. It is really dirty.
Me: You're right, I do.

Called out by a 3 year old. Ouch!



I have been away from blog-snooping for about a week and just caught-up with some of my favorite people. I love checking out my friends's blogs. It makes me feel like in some small sense I am keeping up with them. I love knowing that Dawn finally got a HOT shower, that Jenny's baby is growing well, that Kristen had a special day with her little man, that Christy's had the same luck with the holiday photo shoot that I did. You get the point.

While many of the people that I love are living in many different places I love having this way to keep in touch with them. I am terrible with the phone, ok with email, too lame for Facebook.

OK, now I must get to what I really came to the computer to do. My job.



I'm home. It was a success. I got some great deals. I saw some craziness (people with their infants/toddlers with them). I got yelled at by gray-hairs (not at me specifically but at the crowd). Aside from the gray-hairs no one was mean. Had some fun times with Lindsay. There were A LOT more people out than I thought there would be. I would do it again, I think.


Happy Thanksgiving

I love this holiday. As I sat this morning and watched the Macy's Parade I was nearly in tears. The simple joys. Being snuggled with my girls in jammies sharing something with them that I have loved for so many years. Watching Natalie dance like one of the Rockettes. A day to enjoy yummy food with friends and family.
I need to get in touch with basketball season. I think that I am in denial that it is here. I can't believe that football season is this close to being over (after last weekend, it looks like it is time for it to be over). I haven't watched a full game yet. Are you kidding me. I need to get serious about some Tarheel basketball. Watching games brings me great joy. I need to get with the program.
Natalie has been challenging lately. Last week she told me that she missed the carpet from our house in Virginia. I don't think that Kim and I have thought about how tough this move has been on her. It has been easy for us. We moved home. Virginia was home for Natalie. She doesn't remember living here. I am trying to be more reasonable and loving. She is getting better. Parenting is hard.
Paige sleeps terribly in her pack-n-play. TERRIBLY!!! We have been out of town for the past to weekends and her sleep has been awful!! Quite a challenge. She sleeps great at home so I should count my blessings. Anyone have any tips?
I am going to Kohl's at 4:00 tomorrow morning with Lindsay. Am I crazy? Yes, I am. I have never had the crazy after-Thanksgiving shopping experience. Lindsay has. She is a vet. I have to be home by 6:00 when the girls will wake-up (Kim works till 2:00 in the morning). I will let you know how it goes.


Halloween (creative, I know)

It was a perfect evening... an early yummy dinner, dressing up, time for family pictures, amazing weather for wandering through the neighborhood, fun times gathering with friends. Perfect!

A sweet little horse.

My Little Minnie.

Kim's mad skills!!!


Thankful Thursday

  • A morning with the girls (and Reed)
  • Coordinated naptimes
  • Beautiful fall afternoons
  • Borrowed halloween costumes
  • VH1 Classics


Kids do the....

This is what I discovered when I went in to help Natalie wipe. Where do kids learn this suff?


Something new

So, I started something new today with some friends of mine. They have been doing this for a while and invited me to join in. It is a dinner co-op of sorts. I cook dinner for all three of us one night during the week and in turn I get meals delivered to me two other nights. I am really excited. I am not that gifted in the kitchen...we will see how it turns out. Stay posted. It could free me up for more blogging!


The Happy Couple

So, here they are. Just after he popped the question. Are they cute or what!?

He proposed on the beach. A beach that they visit often (they live in Florida). I hear that he was so nervous that he almost fell down the stairs getting onto the beach. I hear that he didn't really even get to ask, he just got down on one knee (as it should be) and she tackled him in the sand.

My heart is overflowing with joy. You see, Miranda is perfect for Dave. We all know that Dave has his quirks and Miranda loves him and his quirks. Miranda is great for Dave, she doesn't take any crap from him, in a loving way. Dave is great for Miranda. He loves her deeply. He supports her, encourages her. They are best friends. They do puzzles together, I think that is the cutest thing ever.

I am filled with joy because I am so proud of my brother and the man that he has become. Like lots of young people, Dave made some not-so-great decisions but about five years ago he started making great decisions and has continued to do so. He is filled with compassion and love beyond belief.

In some ways this is the completion of our family. I have my second and final sister. Miranda is promising to love Dave and our family forever, I hope she knows what she is in for...I love you guys. I am so excited for you! Let's PARTY!



My baby brother is engaged. I cannot believe it. I am so excited for he and Miranda. More thoughts on this later, we are visiting with friends in Virginia. My baby brother is getting married.....


Growing Up

She is getting so big I can hardly stand it. I was looking at her shoes sitting on the stairs and it made me cry. She is not supposed to be this big yet. My baby. My sweet girl.


Paige Pics

By popular demand, here are some recent pictures of my Sweet Pea...
She has rolled over three time (I missed two of them because my back was to her, one of which was the first.)

Just two days ago she started sitting on her own.

She LOVES sucking on her toes!!


Jumpin' Back In

It is so weird to try to get back into doing something after you have been slack for a long time. How do you get back in? How do you pick up the ball after you have let it drop? Well, here is my attempt at the awkward "first post back" and hopefully the blogging juices will start flowing again.