Happy 3rd Birthday, Bean!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Bean!

Tomorrow, June 1, is Bean’s 3rd birthday. But I’m too excited to wait the one hour and fifteen minutes to post this on his actual birthday. We are celebrating tomorrow morning with Bean’s favorite breakfast – powdered donuts! And then we’re taking Lightning McQueen cupcakes to school for a party tomorrow afternoon. Then, after school, we are packing up and heading to our hometown to celebrate with Chris’s mom and her parents, who haven’t seen Bean in a couple years and who have not yet met Gracie. We’re only there…

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My Sister.s Miscarriage, Part 4-6

My Sister.s Miscarriage, Part 4-6

Yesterday, I posted three video interviews of my sister sharing about her miscarriage experience, in the hopes that through Ginny’s story, other women might find a voice to begin talking about this very difficult subject. Today I am posting the last three videos from the interview. These videos talk about how Ginny’s friends and family helped her through, including what things were good to hear and what sentiments she found hurtful. A special, huge thanks to my sister for being brave enough to speak out. And a special, huge hug…

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My Sister.s Miscarriage, Part 1-3

My Sister.s Miscarriage, Part 1-3

When I was in Atlanta last weekend, I talked to my sister about her miscarriage for the first time in a long time. Mostly what we talked about was how common they are amongst our girlfriends and acquaintances, and that we had never known how prevalent they were until Ginny went through hers and people started selflessly sharing their own stories with her. Through these conversations, Ginny agreed to do a series of video interviews with me about her miscarriage. Some of the conversations focus on her actual miscarriage, some…

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Gone a-Visitin.

Gone a-Visitin.

We all had so much fun in Atlanta this weekend. I wanted to spend some time with my sister before her baby arrives this August and before all the pre-baby festivities begin and we are separated forever by diaper cakes, shower games, and mountains of baby blue onesies. Not really. But it was fun to spend some time with her and her hubby all the same. We drove up on Friday after a morning doctors appointment for Gracie (her ears were fine, by the way… she was just cutting four…

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Air Travel With an Infant

Air Travel With an Infant

With summer nearly upon us, it’s just about time to start planning family vacations. I love me a good family vacay. There’s nothing better than getting away from the everyday and doing something different. If you have a new wee tot in your family, though, be prepared to adjust your travel routine a bit in ways you never really expected. We traveled with both our kids when they were under six months old and had both positive and not-so-positive experiences. Today I’ll share about the plane traveling we did with…

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MamaBear 5k

MamaBear 5k

This past weekend, we went to Atlanta to spend some time with my sister and brother-in-law. On Saturday morning, we got up early because John Michael and I were running a local charity 5k with a friend of mine from high school. I’ve mentioned before that I am a new runner and one of the goals I’ve set for myself is to run a 10k in November. This 5k was a little warm up just to see how I was doing with my first round of training. We met my…

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Preschooler Dinners Continue

Preschooler Dinners Continue

First, can I just pause to freak out for a minute?  When I checked my email this week, I thought BabyCenter had sent me the wrong weekly updates.  I get emails from them every week with developmental milestones and information about the kids based on their ages.  Normally, I don’t even read these anymore.  But these two caught my attention because instead of Gracie’s, “Your Baby This Week” email, it said, “Your TODDLER This Week.”  And instead of Bean’s, “Your Toddler This Week,” it said, “Your PRESCHOOLER This Week.” Uh……

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MIA

MIA

I’ve had a bit of a rough week. Nothing major, just one of those times when several things come to a head at once. I’m taking two classes right now for my teaching certification, and that has added the equivalent of two college class loads to my plate. Homework is an adjustment. Not to mention school is winding down and so my students seem to be on crack. I can’t get them to settle down, and so my work days are long, exhausting days right now. Add in a few…

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Scheduling the Unschedulable

Scheduling the Unschedulable

  So many people told me when I was pregnant with my first baby that babies can’t be scheduled. They would laugh when I would tell them about books I’d read about how to help your newborn adjust to a schedule, and they’d tell me to just be prepared. Babies have their own schedules, they’d tell me. I’ve always been hesitant to say this out loud (er…online?) because I know so many people will disagree with me, but I’m here to tell you that we scheduled both our babies from…

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End of the Year Teacher Gifts

End of the Year Teacher Gifts

School is winding down and summer is on the horizon. Have I mentioned yet how excited I am about summer? Yes? Okay.  Moving on… With summer a-comin’, it’s time for lots of you to say goodbye to your child’s teacher. As a teacher myself, I thought I’d share some ideas for popular teacher gifts around my school. Even if you don’t want to spend a lot, or if your child has multiple teachers so you can’t do something big for all of them, it is still a really nice gesture…

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