Omaha Moms Blog:: Introducing Dani

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Hello mamas! I am so grateful for the opportunity to share with this community. I grew up in Bellevue and Papillion, and I’ve lived in the area for 26 of my 29 years of life.  My husband and I lived in Okinawa, Japan for several years while he was in the military, but then we came home to settle down. While we were there I desperately missed the change of seasons and the flat, open plains of the Midwest.  Island life was wonderful, and the sushi was to die for, but being able to see ocean in all four directions almost felt claustrophobic for this Nebraska girl.  

My husband and I actually met and started dating in high school, at Bellevue East. Then we began college together at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He joined the Marine Corps, we got married, and I joined him overseas. I was able to finished my last semester of undergrad online while we were in Okinawa. When we moved back, I returned to UNO and completed my Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Now, we live in Papillion, and we are here to stay.  

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My husband and I have two beautiful, rambunctious boys—Matthias (3) and Graeme (1).  My days are currently filled with light sabers, scraped knees, and the most wonderful snuggles that I imagine only a mom of boys can understand.  I am lucky enough to be able to stay at home with my boys, although I am also a licensed mental health practitioner. I have a private practice where I am very part-time. I enjoy working with complex trauma, motherhood, the military community, and first responders.  I also worked with the RSafe program at Project Harmony, and I have continued to work with children and families impacted by sexual abuse.  My experience there has made me very passionate about teaching children (and parents) all about their bodies and boundaries, emotionally and physically. I am also a yogi, and I love sharing yoga with students, clients, and my boys. 

Motherhood is my favorite and most natural role.  That’s certainly not to say that I always find it easy.  From the beginning, my boys have been teaching me the lessons I needed the most.  For example, both of my boys were stubborn about their arrivals and chose to wait until they had been served multiple eviction notices before entering the world.  If you know me, you’d know that I am a bit “type A”, and I like to be in control.  My children have taught me that sometimes I must relinquish control and simply trust the process. This is admittedly still very much a work in progress. Perhaps my biggest challenge as a mom is taking care of myself, so I can be fully present and well for my family.  My husband’s work schedule makes this a challenge, and I know it’s something I tend to sideline. He is a Nebraska State Trooper and in the Nebraska Air National Guard. 

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I am so excited to share with the Omaha Moms Blog community!  There are so many facets of motherhood, womanhood, and parenting that I am passionate about.  The idea of creating a platform where moms from all backgrounds can share is such a wonderful way to create community and a sense of shared experience.  Mental health, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation, parenting, mom guilt—I want to share about it all with the same honest, straightforward approach that I so appreciate reading about.