In a Nutshell – My Experience as a Mother so Far


Motherhood is not at all like I thought it would be. I’m sure it’s the same for every parent – you just have no idea what it’s really like until you’ve actually been there. It doesn’t matter how many books you read while you’re pregnant, you’re never really prepared. Motherhood is in many ways better than I had imagined, but also very difficult.

It’s exciting to watch my daughter learn new things. Every new word, new song, and new game is just amazing. We can’t wait to share every new first with family and friends. Her smile and laughter melt your heart, and you never want the snuggles to end.

However, there’s this awesome responsibility that you can’t quite grasp the gravity of until you become a parent. It’s ensuring the safety and well being of another person 24/7. It can be absolutely exhausting, mentally and physically. You can never go anywhere or do anything without planning or preparation.

As a new parent, I am learning just as much as my daughter. I had no prior experience with babies before I was pregnant. The first baby I ever held was my own.

I can’t wait for the conversations we’ll have as my daughter grows older. I’ll tell her all about our family. I want to hear about her likes and dislikes, and what she wants to be when she grows up.

I can’t imagine my life without my daughter. My life before she was born feels so foreign now. The responsibility is worth it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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New Year, New Portfolio

After several weeks of work, I am excited to present my new portfolio. It consists of three designs I’ve already been selling and nine new ones. I tried different subject matter, and more importantly, tried to make them as cute as possible. I’m pretty happy with the results, and I’m looking forward to sharing my portfolio with my mentors. Hopefully this will help start the new year off right.

Happy New Year, everyone! Wishing you happiness and success in 2018.

Here are the 12 designs included in my new portfolio.

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Latest Articles at HealthyPlace

I continue to enjoy writing for HealthyPlace. Here are a few of my latest articles:

A Certified Peer Support Specialist’s Training Experience

Creative Outlets Enhance Your Recovery From Mental Illness


This Wednesday I will be posting a video on my thoughts about parenting and mental illness.



Karly’s Baby Book

We are still working on Karly’s baby book. Over the past year we have sat down occasionally and filled a few sections out, but there’s still more to complete. I have a list of pictures to print out to add to the book. We’ve saved balloons from her baby shower, cards from holidays, and a lock of hair from her first haircut. It’s been a really fun project. I want to share a few sections of Karly’s baby book.


Your Arrival

Karla Gail Rahm

Flower Hospital – Sylvania, OH



7lbs. 1oz.


Blue eyes, brown hair

We arrived at the hospital 4-24-16 at 5pm to be induced. It was a Sunday night and contractions didn’t really start until Monday night. You were born early Tuesday morning during a thunderstorm.


Welcome Home

We brought you home on 4-28-16. You wore a dinosaur sweatshirt that was way too big!

Your first night at home we were super scared to leave you anywhere, even in your crib. You woke up several times throughout the night, and we weren’t quite sure what to do yet. The rocking chair your grandparents gave us helped a lot.


Sugar and Spice

We could tell you liked thrill seeking, Belle (our cat), and having more than one binkie.

You always laughed when we mimicked you.

You liked to play with rattles and things that shake.

You liked to listen to Crazy Train by Ozzie Osborne.

You definitely didn’t like meat baby food or shots.

You were most grumpy when you were hungry.


The First Time You…

Slept through the night: the week before Mommy went back to work. You were seven weeks old.

Smiled: you smiled often and very early on.

Laughed: at Great Grandma Cora’s house, playing with Daddy on the couch.

Said “Mama”: at nine months

Said “Dada”: at five months

Sat up: at six months

Clapped: at 11 months. You were at a hockey game and having a great time!

Waved hello/good-bye: at a random couple at the zoo. We were at the Lights Before Christmas with Phil and Janelle.


Your Favorite Toys

Ella the Elephant

The play piano Great Aunt Pat gave you

The dinosaur and cow puppets

Little wooden cylinder toy

Anything musical

Belle’s toys

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Family-friendly Halloween Events in Toledo

There are some great, family friendly Halloween events coming up in Toledo! The info on these events came from their websites.


Oddmall Emporium of the Weird: Hallowondrous Edition

October 14th 10-6

October 15th 10-5

Seagate Center


Oddmall is part art fair, part craft show, part comic con, part gaming festival, part cosplay extravaganza, part toy show, part antique show, part vintage fashion show, part geeksplosion, part music fest, part magic show, and part various undefinable othernesses. If it’s fun, artsy, geeky, crafty or odd, chances are it can be found at Oddmall. It’s the Emporium of the Weird.

Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird – HALLOWONDROUS returns to the fabulous SeaGate Centre in lovely Toledo, Ohio! Toledo’s SeaGate Centre is a fantastic venue with plenty of room for all our artsy-fartsy, crafty-wafty, geeky-freaky, activities. We’ll have an ENORMOUS vendor hall overflowing with artists, crafters, and purveyors of all things unique, odd, unusual, geeky, and wonderful. There will be cosplayers and a costume contest, trick and/or treating, live entertainment, open gaming, a Kid Cave with games and activities for the chillunz, a Halloween costume party. There will be panels and workshops, special guests, and a veritable overflowing cornucopia of surprises and super fun stuff.


And it’s all FREE to the public!!!!! That’s right, it’s all FREE to the public!!!


Toledo Zoo


Little Boo at the Zoo
Thursday, October 19
and Friday, October 20
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


To help us with our green initiatives, please bring a bag, plastic pumpkin, or other container for trick-or-treating. Little Boo is the pre-school pirates’ and princesses’ chance to delight without the fright! Toddlers and preschool aged children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to trick or treat throughout the Zoo and enjoy crafts and games sized just for them.


Pumpkin Path
Saturday, October 21
and Sunday, October 22
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


To help us with our green initiatives, please bring a bag, plastic pumpkin, or other container for trick-or-treating. Pumpkin Path is when the Halloween fun really comes alive at the Toledo Zoo! In addition to costumed trick or treating for all ages, there will also be games, artistic pumpkin carving demonstration, bounce houses and magic shows to entertain all the ghosts and goblins!



Fun Pregnancy Stories

Fun blog post today! I’d like to tell you some stories about my pregnancy with Karly. Being pregnant was fascinating even though I felt sick most of the time.

Karly newborn

I thought buying maternity clothes was a lot of fun. I bought a lot of my outfits from Many others came from a fun shopping trip with my step mom. I always thought pregnant women were cute so I was happy when I was very noticeably showing at only four months along.

Jason and I said throughout the pregnancy that it would be neat if Karly was born during a thunderstorm. Jason told the nurses that when we arrived at the hospital to be induced. Karly was born in the middle of the night, and it was storming! Everyone’s phones were going off with weather warnings while I was pushing.

Some of the foods I craved while I was pregnant included Hot Head burritos, egg rolls, and banana popsicles. There was a Chinese restaurant next to the office where I worked, and I would often walk over and get a couple egg rolls for an afternoon snack. Karly would kick a lot when I ate them.

I had morning sickness when I was pregnant with Karly. I got sick almost everyday and it lasted throughout the entire pregnancy. It was horrible at the time, but sometimes I laugh about it now. One night before bed I didn’t brush my teeth because I thought if I did I would throw up. However, when I woke up in the morning there was such a terrible taste in my mouth that I threw up anyway. I was pretty lucky at times because we lived so close to the office where I worked. When I felt like I was going to get sick, I would drive home really quickly, get sick, and drive back to work like nothing happened.

Karly’s full name is Karla Gail, and Jason and I had her name picked out since before we were married. Jason and I both lost our mothers, and we had decided if we ever had a daughter we would name her after them. Karla was my mom and Gail was Jason’s mom. We were so excited when the ultrasound revealed we were having a girl.

Being pregnant for the first time was an adventure, and Karly’s birth was amazing.