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    Your Toddler Travel Guide

    My kiddo is just over a year old, but I think that these tips will be handy for the older kiddos too. We had a great couple of flights, so I thought I’d create a handy toddler travel guide. Traveling with a toddler should be considered an extreme sport. I hope that this toddler travel guide can help make your trip a little easier. Disclosure: Some of the links below in this article are affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I can earn a commission if you click through the links and purchase something. Your purchases support my blog! Thanks for the support! I truly appreciate it! Our…

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    Be kind and be gentle this mother’s day.

    Be kind and be gentle this mother’s day. Think before you speak of tricky topic of children. A lot of moments in my life have been, “Ah, now I get it.” moments. I think some people are perceptive to others’ challenges, but unless I’m caught up in the mix of it, I don’t always completely understand. I don’t think I’ll write a post like this every Mother’s Day, but when Mother’s Day 2017 was one of the hardest days of my life, I just want to send out a gentle reminder. While this day is a wonderful celebratory day for the mothers in our lives, some women are hurting. I…

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    Mom Adventures – April 2019

    Hot n’ fresh out the kitchen I’m standing at my kitchen island as I am writing this. My kiddo is emptying our entire Tupperware drawer. It’s keeping her busy SO WHATEVER. And I’m just gonna take all the Tupperware and shove it back in the drawer when she’s done. We already season our food with dog hair, so a little dirt don’t hurt. Sometimes when I am prepping a meal in the kitchen, I find myself freezing when I hear the pitter patter of her bare feet approaching me. If I don’t move, can she still see me? Other moments we’re playing tag in the kitchen. She’s always “it”, and…

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    My baby is one!

    Happy birthday to our little love bug! I’m adding the finishing touches to this post and it’s currently 10:37pm on April 6, 2019. I started pushing at 11:30pm April 6, 2018 and she arrived about 2.5 hours later on April 7, 2019 . Read our birth story. My husband and I returned from a last minute Target run about an hour ago, and I’m just sitting down after we finished putting together all her little toys. How come some of the stickers are on the toys, and then some aren’t? Toymakers, why only some of the stickers? What is the logic on this?!? A discussion for another day. Tomorrow is…

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    Well, it’s my birthday!

    This birthday isn’t a big one, but this past year was the year of “realizing stuff”. Don’t hate me for referencing KUWTK. I was a long time hater, until I had nothing to watch when I was nursing 24/7 during my maternity leave. Now, I want to be adopted by Kris Jenner. Okurrrrr. Reflecting in this past year, I’ve learned a lot about myself with the help of my daughter. She’s almost one, stay tuned for her one year update in a few days! She has opened my heart, not only to her, but she’s opened my heart to let go of my past and take in new experiences. Wait,…

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    Ending our breastfeeding journey

    I didn’t think I would be upset when our breastfeeding journey ended, but then I saw a modest Instagram story with a mom nursing her baby and it brought tears to my eyes. They were cuddly and wrapped in blanket. I won’t get that time back with her. My daughter loved it and she was always excited. My husband and I had this silly routine at night where I’d dress her and hand her to him. I’d get comfy in my chair with the beloved boppy and then he’d hand her back to me. She would practically leap out of his arms and hyperventilate trying to get to me. “Do…

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    My baby is 11 months old

    My little girl takes adventures up the stairs and is obsessed with clementines. She loves books, flicking the light switches, and being held. She’s doing this thing… where… I can’t put her down. I’ve been wearing her because I need my hands free and she’s NEEDY AF. All the moms I’ve talked to say “oh it’s only a phase”. SHE’S BEEN DOING THIS HER WHOLE LIFE. HER 11 MONTHS OF EXISTENCE. ALWAYS. NEEDS. TO. BE. HELD. I have a love/hate relationship with this holding thing. I loveeee that she needs me, but I’m also not jacked yet so this isn’t benefiting me. Can I at least get some upper body…

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    Mom Life – February 2019

    Lately I’ve been counting the minutes until bedtime. The guilt I feel for saying that is terrible, but it’s the truth. I’ve been a little absent from my social media and the blog because I’m in this never ending state of exhaustion. (Little disclaimer: a bad day with her still beats a good day at the office. I’m so grateful that I get to spend so much time with her–just some days are hard.) Dad: *puts down baby* *baby is happy as a clam* *sky is blue, birds are chirping, there’s a rainbow in the distance* Mom: *puts down baby* *baby SCREAMS* *WORLD IS ENDING* She’s around 11 months now…

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    Taking the bottle

    The baby that wouldn’t take a bottle, finally took a bottle. On February 3, 2019, my little girl finally took not just one, but two bottles of formula. No added fruit to the mix, just straight formula, straight from a bottle. She is 10 months old and this is the most exciting thing to happen to us. I literally wanted to scream with joy that my little girl finally took a bottle. Let me tell you. I tried every bottle and every formula. Slow flow, medium flow. Breastmilk. NOTHING. This caused bumps in the road That’s part of what factored in to me quitting my job. Madison wouldn’t take the…

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    My baby is 9 months old!

    My little Madison is 9 months old! She’s been outside the womb for about as long as she was inside. You can read our birth story. I’m excited to have written this post now because I will have a reminder of these good times when she’s a teenager and isn’t obsessed with me anymore. She’s basically a leech. I can’t put her down or she’ll scream. Yeah, my arm feels like it’s going to fall off, but I appreciate how I’m her favorite person in the world right now. From experience, here are the requirements to be a parent: You must be able to change modern pop songs into baby…