Potty Training

I always viewed potty training as this last, scary, unknown frontier, something I was naturally wary of. I got everything —  extra crib sheet protectors, 20+ new undies, potty chair, toilet seat converter for toddlers, potty books for ollie, potty books for me, and, the creme de la creme…a peeing doll.  $46 for a stupid doll …

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OG’s first month, a look back

At week 32, I’m nearing the final stretch with baby #2. I find myself looking back, a way of bracing myself for the chaos, I suppose. So when I found my notes from the first month with Ollie, I couldn’t help but laugh (and cringe). I literally shuddered at the thought of those early days. But …

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Post delivery fundal/uterine massages

I’ve finally entered my third trimester and memories of labor are coming back fast and furious. Everyone has all but guaranteed me that I’ll get a faster labor with subsequent births. But when I think about the L&D, the thing that keeps coming to my mind is the damn kneading they did on my stomach post-delivery. It’s …

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Christmas Tree Farm 2014

I love this time of year. It’s taken a couple years for me to get back into the holiday spirit, but boy am I lovin’ it this time around. My two lumber jacks The obligatory family shot at the farm And this smile? Gahhh too much, love love love Like this:Like Loading…

ABC’s

It’s amazing how fast kids grow, true. But lately, we’ve been just astonished with a toddler’s capacity to absorb and learn. When Ollie was 21 months old,  he started gaining interest in the alphabet, with no prodding from us, which frankly took us by surprise. And now, with a month and a half of practice, he can say …

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Hawaii 2014

For the first time, I came back from a trip feeling relaxed and refreshed instead of overwhelmed and exhausted. And I can’t tell you if it was because the destination was a low key place versus big cities like Hong Kong and New York. Or maybe it’s because Ollie is much bigger and more independent, at …

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Beef Stroganoff

Let me just preface by saying that if I can make this when I’m sick, I can’t think of an easier weekday recipe. And since I do this in the slow cooker, it’s a super fast recipe to prep too. The beef stew meat is perfect bc it breaks down in the slow cooker and …

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Pillow

This is his newest favorite sleeping arrangement. I guess I can’t blame him. If you’ve never been taught, it’s not exactly obvious what you’re supposed to do with a pillow. For now, burrowing underneath is his apparent position du jour. Like this:Like Loading…

Oh Boy, Here We Go Again!

It took the entire weekend. But I’m starting to accept that we’re having another boy. It was a hard hit finding out that our first child was a boy, so I wasn’t expecting that this happening a second time would be so hard. But it was harder in fact than the first. Part of it …

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