Parenting

The Summer I Realized Motherhood Could Be Fun

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2014 | 33 comments
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I smiled the entire time I sat writing this post — I hope you smile as you read it.

Thanks for journeying with me on the rocky road of motherhood… slowly but surely, I’m finding my way ;)

Potty Training 101: The Stubborn Child Edition

posted by Andrea | 08/27/2014 | 27 comments
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Nora is potty trained… Hallelujah!

Come check out her big girl undies, her hilarious potty training one-liners, and how we managed to (fairly easily) potty train our very stubborn little girl.

Why We Let Our Kids Watch TV

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2014 | 54 comments
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Both our kids watch a fair amount of TV every day — not because we are horrible parents, or because we don’t have time or energy to play with them, or because they can’t entertain themselves.

Today, I’m sharing the reasoning behind why we let our kids watch TV… and I’d love to know your thoughts on TV and screen time for kids!

12 Ideas to Entertain Young Children (no creativity required)

posted by Andrea | 06/10/2014 | 26 comments
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For those of you who have young children, those of you who aren’t necessarily super creative or crafty, and those of you who have no idea what you’re going to do now that your kids are home ALL DAY LONG, here are a few things we do to stay busy…

You’ll notice that most of these activities require little to no creativity, little to no monetary cost, little to no set-up, and little to no clean-up! Win, Win, Win, Win!

30 Don’ts When Visiting a New Mom

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2014 | 117 comments
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After bringing two kids home from the hospital myself and talking with a bunch of friends who also have small children, I came up with a list of 30 things I would personally suggest NOT doing the next time you visit a new mom.

What would YOU add to my list?

Goodnight Little Hare

posted by Andrea | 04/25/2014 | 14 comments
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A couple months ago, my mom gave Nora a new book, Goodnight Little Hare — it’s now one of Nora’s FAVORITE books.

Interestingly enough, although this book is a children’s book, I think it has a lot to teach us as parents too…

My Life With Kids: The Differences From 0 to 1… and 1 to 2

posted by Andrea | 04/14/2014 | 48 comments
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When I announced I was pregnant with baby #2, everyone told me the transition from 1-2 was WAY more challenging than the transition from 0-1. This naturally freaked me out since my transition from 0-1 was pretty traumatizing for me!

However, after 6 weeks, I can say that so far, the transition from 1-2 has been easier than 0-1. Thank goodness!

For When You’ve Never Walked a Mile In Their Shoes

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2014 | 42 comments
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Almost all of us have ongoing struggles and problems that we deal with on a daily basis. I know our first couple of years with Nora definitely were not a piece of cake!

Inspired by a recent reader question, I decided to write this post about appropriate (and not so appropriate) responses for when friends share their problems with us.

Simon’s Birth Story and Life Updates

posted by Andrea | 03/25/2014 | 51 comments
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Can you believe Simon is 3 weeks old today!

As promised, I’m going to share Simon’s birth story today. Thankfully, it’s nothing crazy or super eventful — just a pretty normal (and pretty quick) labor and delivery.

My 2-Year Old’s Perspective on Working Parents

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2014 | 32 comments
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Before I had kids, I NEVER EVER expected to be a stay-at-home-mom — I was positive I would work outside the home and send our kids to daycare. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

This post was sparked by a recent conversation with my 2-year old… I was literally shocked by her young thought process!

My Thoughts on Baby Schedules and Sleep Training

posted by Andrea | 03/4/2014 | 29 comments
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Recently, I’ve been noticing a lot of chatter about “sleep training” in my social media feeds — and while I honestly have nothing against sleep training, I know for a fact that it doesn’t work for everyone — even if you follow every single rule in those books.

If you’re a frustrated, sleep-deprived parent, you’ll want to read this post!

Nora’s Food Journey: My thoughts after 21 months of nursing!

posted by Andrea | 02/27/2014 | 58 comments
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The whole feeding process has been a VERY long journey for Nora (and for me) — and one I promised I would talk more about.

So since I’ve gotten mass amounts of emails asking for more information about our “feeding journey”, I figure I better squeeze in this post before Baby #2 arrives and I need to start all over again!

My ‘Plans’ for Working After Baby + A Blog Survey and Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 02/20/2014 | 36 comments
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Several of you have questioned if I’ll take a maternity leave or not… and what my plans are after this baby arrives. To be honest, I’m not sure!

Today I’m sharing my tentative “after baby plans” as well as a quick survey I’d be super grateful if you took. It should only take a couple minutes, and you could win a $100 Amazon.com gift card!

Anxiety, Depression, Fear and Unconditional Love

posted by Andrea | 02/14/2014 | 127 comments
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Today is a day of love — and although I truly don’t buy into Hallmark Holidays, I thought it would be the perfect day to share a love story with you.

It’s not a traditional love story by any means — and it’s not even about Dave — but it’s definitely worth the read.

Baby Week Giveaway #12: Boba 4G Carrier

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2014 | 4 comments
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When it came to ‘baby wearing’ with Nora, I was totally against it — until I came to my senses and realized how amazing it actually was!

So today, I’m excited to give away the new 4G Carrier from Boba — it’s the cream-of-the-crop in terms of baby/toddler-wearing devices, and I can’t wait to use it with baby #2!

Baby Week Giveaway #5: Glamourmom Nursing Gear

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2014 | 5 comments
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I honestly can’t say enough fabulous things about all the Glamourmom products — specifically their Nursing Tanks and Nursing Tops (which I basically lived in for 18 months with Nora!)

I’m so excited to be giving away some of the newest Glamourmom nursing gear today!

One Month…

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2014 | 24 comments
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My due date is officially less than one month away!

On one hand, 1 whole month seems like an eternity to be so physically huge and uncomfortable… But on the other hand, with only 1 month left, I feel like there’s a whole lot of mental and emotional preparations that I need to make.

The Thing I Miss Most About Life Before Kids

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2014 | 59 comments
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I’m just going to make a broad assumption and guess that anyone who’s ever had kids has something they miss about their life before kids… right?

Today, I’m sharing the ONE thing I really miss most about my life before kids — and it might just surprise you!

Resist That Urge to Compare

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2014 | 40 comments
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We’ve all done it — myself included — many, many, many, MANY times. We see someone doing something we think we should be doing — and we compare our situation to theirs, which then makes us feel inferior.

Today’s post is all about resisting that urge to compare — and I think it would be an awesome goal for all of us this year!

Giveaway: Pamper’s Diapers and Wipes

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2013 | 268 comments
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Since I’m a huge fan of Pamper’s diapers (they’re definitely my favorite brand for Nora these past 2 years), I figured it would be a great time to do a little Pamper’s giveaway — especially since I don’t know any parent of small children who would complain about free diapers!

Enter to win free Pamper’s diapers and wipes!

An Update On Our Sleepless Child

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2013 | 36 comments
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Over the last few months, I’ve gotten many emails from desperately tired parents asking for more information about Nora’s sleep… or lack of sleep.

I’ll let you know right now that we still haven’t found anything that has magically worked — but I do think the information in this post will still offer some help and encouragement to anyone who also has a poor sleeper.

Dear Well-Meaning Relatives: Please respect our request of fewer gifts for our kids.

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2013 | 47 comments
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Since I get SO many emails from overwhelmed parents asking, “how can we ask our well-meaning relatives to PLEASE stop giving our kids so much stuff?” I thought I’d write up a response in the form of a letter.

This post is intended to be humorous, so I certainly hope it doesn’t come off as offensive, rude, or disrespectful — and it is in NO WAY directed towards Dave or my relatives. :)