life with two

Happy 5th birthday to you

It’s so hard to believe that 5 years ago, we were back at home from the hospital. It was a beautiful blur of birth and recovery, and we were starting to get to know the newest addition to the family. So many times since that day, I’ve told myself, “I can’t believe she’s really here.” Still…

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Getting past the mom guilt to make time for your health

After I had Liv and was cleared to work out again, I was surprised to find that I didn’t want to. My world was crumbling because I was so sleep-deprived (take my sleep away, I drive the struggle bus), and I was still trying to figure out the logistics of caring for another human. I…

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all aboard the sneeze wagon

I’ve had horrible allergies for pretty much my entire life. In high school, I ended up taking Allegra, and it definitely made me more comfortable since we had a beloved cat (Britney Spears) that I would snuggle with endlessly. My dad has also always had horrible allergies, and I remember his weekly allergy shots when…

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Fun things to do with kids this holiday season

Hi friends! How’s the day going? Hope you’re having a wonderful almost-Friday. Loved your comments on this mornings remix, too! It’s been an interesting day over here. P is dancing the “one nap or two naps” dance (always a pleasure) and I’ve been waiting to see what she was feeling like today. We dropped Livi…

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Livi-isms

“Oh MOM! What are you doing?” “I’m coming, Liv! Be right there.” “OH GINA, WHERE ARE YOU?”     [Talking to Siri]: “Call Hottie” “WHO is hottie?!” “Remember? It’s daddy, silly.” “Hottie rhymes with potty.”     [While listening to the Kelly Clarkson version of “It’s Quiet Uptown”] “Mom, is this Moana?” “No, but it’s…

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Penelope’s 12-month update

(Better late than never, right?) 1 year… and in the blink of an eye, she went from a snuggly baby, to a full-up toddler.  A little trip through memory lane: and now, you can often find Miss P chasing her sister around the house, belly-laughing, repeating words, sharing real hugs and kisses, and gently petting…

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How to Combine Baby-Led Weaning with Purees

Hi friends! How’s the day going? So this has been a common request over here on the family page since we combined baby-led weaning with purees for both of our kiddos, and it worked out well. As always, talk with you pediatrician to help determine the best feeding strategy for your family. Most pediatricians will…

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i made it

[Warning: TMI, the reals, and not-so-rainbows ahead. Proceed with caution.] When I hit my personal rock bottom earlier this year, I wrote this little note in my planner so I could look back and realize that everything’s so much better now. P was 12 weeks old.

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stretch mark remedies

I think it’s worth mentioning that I think stretch marks are a symbol of something beautiful. You carried a baby, you have little lines imprinted on their home. Pregnancy, birth, and the miracle of life never cease to amaze me and I’ll always look back to carrying our babies and how special it was to…

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harder parts of parenting

Parenting is such a tricky and personal subject. Before I move into the post, I ask you to please consider the fact that different things work for different people, and to please be considerate of others before commenting. I know you’re classy group of ladies (and dudes!) but just wanted to put it out there.…

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Livi-isms

“Mom, there’s a cat. Don’t sneeze, ok?”   “Olivia, come here!” “My name is not Olivia. It’s seawater fish. I’m a cat unicorn. And a cat mermaid. And a cat fairy. I transform into three things.”   “Why are you wearing old pants?” “They’re distressed; I bought them like this.” “Why do they have holes…

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