About Maia Rodriguez

"Military Mom" Maia Rodriguez was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but that was about twenty homes ago. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater, she traveled just about everywhere in the country, lived in a green turtle-like tent for 6 months, toured and slept in the back of her van and even worked in Japan for a year. Then she met her husband who tamed her (ha!) and they embarked together on the adventure of parenthood in southern California where she worked as a professional pirate. Now, two children later, the family currently resides in VIrginia, where she sings for the US Navy as a vocalist. When she’s not mothering, she’s writing music for "Evernight," singing and writing for the Baby Bullet Blog.

Dear Me, Eight Years Ago

Hi, Maia. This is future Maia from 2016. You’ve just had your first baby in 2007–a little girl named Lynnea. I hope you don’t mind me taking a few minutes to write you about what to expect the next eight years. I’m not going to lie: it’s going to be anything but easy. And you […]

Best Parenting Hashtags

A few months ago, my daughter asked me what my favorite hashtag was when I was growing up. I just stared at her. How do I explain that there were no hashtags when I was growing up? To me, it’s still the number symbol. So it got me thinking about browsing the web for some […]

Adjusting to the Learning Curve of Parenting

I was nailing this parenting thing for a while. I kept telling myself that anyway. My daughter, who’d been dealing with some heavy anxiety seemed to be getting better at handling her emotions. She was able to talk through her feelings, put words to these complicated feelings, and we were all cohabitating much better. Every […]

Grasping at Straws: Learning NOT to Compare Your Children

Here’s the checklist of things that my daughter learned to do before the age of 5: Read. Tie her shoes. Dance. Swim. Here’s the checklist of things my son learned before the age of 5: Play with Legos. Procrastinate. Fold his underwear (sort of). Play with Legos. Today was the last day of a two-week […]

Why Dad is NOT a Babysitter

I’m a military mom who’s just come off of one month of duty. This will mark the third year that my husband has had to handle our children without me for the duration of my spring tour. And he does it like a boss. And that’s not including all the months I spent at boot […]

You Can Do WHAT with Cauliflower?!

When friends of mine approach me to say, “Oh my god, I just did ___ with cauliflower and it tasted amazing!” I reply, “Welcome to the wonderful world of cauliflower.” By the way, if you hate cauliflower, stop reading here. This is for those of you who either love or like the taste of cauliflower […]

Parental Persecution in the Age of the Internet

Recently you may have read about the incident at the Cincinnati Zoo with the young child that fell into the gorilla enclosure. This is not an article about who was at fault. This is not an argument over the tragedy of losing such a majestic animal as Harambe. This is more of an observation about […]

Food and the Social Experience

Yesterday, we went to a Celtic Festival in southern Maryland and my daughter’s friend asked her to try some funnel cake. When my kid had no idea what that was, her friend balked. “You’ve never had funnel cake before?! You need to try it!” “What’s it taste like?” “Kind of like an old-fashioned donut.” My […]

I Held a Baby Today

I held a baby today. It was tiny, and sweet, and about twelve pounds—not much bigger than the size of a football. And she was sweet-natured. Tired as she was, she barely protested when I picked her up. She nestled her little head into my shoulder. Being only two months old, she didn’t have the power […]

10 Reasons Moms Are Awesome

Is it too early for Mother’s Day musings? If it’s wrong, then I don’t want to be right. Yes, the day is near, but mothers need more than just a single day to have their awesome-ness recognized. Speaking not only as a mother, but as a woman who came from a mother (didn’t we all?), […]