February 5, 2015

Home Skillet Biscuit

Ya’ll, The Birthing Site decided to share my recent post (“They lied…it matters how you birth) and within a few minutes, it took off across the social media realms.   I’m so grateful for everyone’s support and am touched by all of the women who reached out to me with sincere and heartfelt stories. 

Along with that, I realized that I might have some new folks around these parts so I thought I’d take a moment to introduce myself.

My name is Iulia…rhymes with Julia (you-lee-ah).   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.

     New About Me pic 

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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  • apronstringsotherthings@gmail.com'
    Reply Linda @ Apron Strings February 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    how exciting for you! when I finish this comment I’ll pop over to read — birthing babies is one very favorite topics. enjoyed reading your fun and perky post about names and babies and southern-style. Stopping over from Old-Fashioned Friday, have a lovely weekend!
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    • Reply Bestofbaby February 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Linda thanks for the comment! And birth is one of my all time favorite topics too 🙂

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    Reply Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate February 6, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Stopping by from the link up to say hello & Happy Friday!! I couldn’t agree with you more, motherhood is such a blessing!!! : )
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    Reply Alyssa February 6, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    You don’t like boiled peanuts?? Tell me it isn’t so!! HA HA! Thanks for Sharing on the Home Matters Linky Party this week!
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    Reply Pinky February 9, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I’m not a fan of boiled peanuts either! haha! Stopping by from the linkup!

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    Reply Cindy Hasko February 9, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Hi 🙂 I saw you on the link up party. Just stopping by to say hi! I followed your other sites too. I’m a stay at home mama as well. Nice to “meet” ya! Have a great week! 🙂 love, Cindy from http://www.inspirememama.com

    • Reply Bestofbaby February 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Cindy! Thanks for stopping by and for the follows 🙂 Hope you have a great week yourself!

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    Reply nelle monaco February 9, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    what precious babies! so happy for you… i pray that i will one day be able to be a mother! <3

    • Reply Bestofbaby February 10, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Nelle I pray the same for you! It truly is a blessing 🙂

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    Reply Lynda Hardy February 11, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Best description of boiled peanuts (“bowled” peanuts) I ever read! Thanks for linking up to Awesome Life Friday! We will be pinning this post – can’t wait to see what you’re sharing this week!
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