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.

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?), […]

When Your Kid Calls You Fat

My 8-year-old daughter is really into the musical “Hairspray.” She went to go see it with her cousin on a recent visit home, and I’m not sure how exactly we got on the topic of weight (as the main character is pretty heavyset), but we started talking about skinny. “Mommy… You are definitely not skinny!” I […]

Love Muffins

Spring time: a time for rainy weather, blossoming flowers, and Hallmark cards! Whether you have a love muffin in your life or not, you can still make these delicious muffin recipes that feature easy-to-make purees in their ingredients! Impress your family and friends or whip up a batch for yourself. After all, who says you can’t be  your […]

How Hard Could Parenting Possibly Be?

A colleague of mine just had her first baby a few weeks ago. As I’ve watched her post a couple photos on Facebook, I find myself remembering those early days back when I had my first child. I thought, “How hard could it really be?” But I also remember taking about thirty minutes trying to figure […]

Dr. Leonard Sax and the Collapse of Parenting

Every now and then there is some expert that comes out with a provocative viewpoint on parenting that makes headlines. In the 70’s, it was Dr. Spock. In the 90’s and early 2000’s, it was Dr. Sears. Most recently, it’s been Dr. Leonard Sax, an American psychologist and practicing family physician. And his headlines are eye-catching […]

A Gut Feeling

Have you ever heard this term “gut health”? It’s something I’m hearing on a daily basis, it seems. Now, I know a lot of people don’t exactly want to spend their time thinking about gross bacteria in their bodies. But research shows that the 3 trillion bacteria living in your gut help your brain out […]

Jedi Mom

With the popularity of Star Wars, I look around my kitchen with the dishes piled to the sky, or my stairway that seems to be collecting spare Lego parts, and I find myself fantasizing about obtaining some Jedi powers of my own. What if there was a parents-only Force to pull from? Just go with […]

Pregnancy Issues: Looking Through a Fun House Mirror

A few weeks ago, I was chatting with a girlfriend about her body image. She’s just entering her third trimester and she basically feels completely mortified by her body. She can’t help but feel like people are staring at her and there is nothing beautiful to her about being pregnant. I sat there listening, thinking, […]