My name is Iulia (you-lee-ah)…rhymes with Julia.   The hubbs calls me Iules, the littles call me momma (or waaah, in the case of the baby).  And people call me…well whatever they can pronounce, but I’ve heard just about everything (even “Eulalia”…that one was special).  And that one time I was called “Home Skillet Biscuit”…still trying to figure that one out.

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I’m a redeemed follower of Jesus, an adoring wife of Allen, and a joyful mom to a toddler boy and baby girl. 

This was my hubby and I five years ago…such babies.


And now….we’re making babies. (And dern cute ones too)


Speaking of babies, I love them.  Really, I do.  Even before I was married I was learning everything I could about babies, breastfeeding, birth, etc….in secret of course, because what normal college student does that?! “Whatcha reading Iulie?”  “The Womanly Art of Breastfeedi —  umm, I mean Vampire Wizarding Academy or something…that’s what’s popular nowadays right?”

I spent the first few years of marriage working as an educator, dreaming about the day I’d get to be a stay-at-home momma.  I feel so blessed to be living that dream now (though with a hefty dose of reality…what do you mean staying at home isn’t easy?!)  Many women my age are focused on advancing their careers and climbing the corporate ladder.  Me?  I did the career thing.  I’m happy to be “barefoot and pregnant” (it’s a JOKE guys…I actually wear house slippers all the time).  But seriously y’all, motherhood is such a blessing.

Yes I said y’all, but no I’m not a southerner, just a wannabe southern-belle.  Pearls, curls, good-manners and all.   I originally hail from Romania (hence the weirdo name), but then migrated my way over to the Midwest (with a pit-stop in Germany).  After I got married, my husband took us South for his Ph.D. program and I’ve been working on perfecting my Southern accent ever since.  I love it down here y’all.  The weather, the music, the food…well maybe not the food.  Boiled peanuts?  Really? More like boiled toes…because that’s what it feels like you’re biting into.


Photo credit: NatalieMaynor / IWoman / CC BY

Mmmm….don’t you wanna scoop you up some of that?

So what’s on tap at the Best of Baby?  Well, you might find the occasional recipe, or even a few random frivolities, but really you’ll see a whole lot pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding...well basically a whole lot of baby.   With a touch of sass, a hint of sarcasm, and the periodical tug at your heart strings, I invite you to join me as I write about this blooper reel adventure called motherhood.


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Iulia is a former educator turned stay-at-home mama of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sass and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, she has an ever-expanding repertoire of bloopers, insights, stories, and impassioned opinions to share. Iulia likes to think she has this parenting gig figured out, but her littles remind her daily just how far from the truth that is.

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    Reply Erin March 13, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Love your bio and the comment about boiled peanuts. I couldn’t agree more! I was raised in AR but couldn’t be less southern if I tried. My husband’s entire family hails from the deep south and they all think boiled peanuts are God’s greatest gift to man. They are so wrong and I’ll forever call them “boiled toes” now! 🙂

    • Reply Bestofbaby March 15, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      HAHA Erin maybe if enough of us call them “boiled toes” then they’ll become less popular? Seriously though, how did these become even remotely popular?

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