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dear daughter: I see you.

dear daughter: I see you.

I see you, my sweet girl. So much has changed in this past year. I see you with your suddenly long limbs, gangly and graceful at the same time. The last bit of little kid that was lurking around is gone. I see you with your crooked grin, proudly displaying your latest lost tooth-turned-treasure. You… KEEP READING »


the beginning of the end of squishy babies

the beginning of the end of squishy babies

So this happened last week. He’s also doing this. And he had his first haircut. He is just so sweet. I’m trying so hard to soak up these last few months of baby, because once he’s done with it, so are we.


one-half with my better half

one-half with my better half

Seventeen years ago today, Dan and I had our first date. Gosh, we were BABIES, just seventeen years old. If you think about that math for a moment, that means we’ve been together for half of our lives now. That is a crazy milestone. We’ve been through everything together- all the Big Stuff. High School… KEEP READING »


three years goes FAST

four months

four months

Zach turned four months old on Sunday. This was a big month in our house and in Zachary’s life, for a bunch of reasons. He took his first vacation with his crazy family (sorry about all that car time, dude. I know you weren’t a very big fan.). He reached a bunch of milestones. He… KEEP READING »


confessions. and some whining. sorry.

confessions. and some whining. sorry.

So this whole foot thing I have going on? I don’t think I’m handling it as well as I thought I was. Or as well as I hoped I would. I mean, in the grand scheme of things, it’s SO not a big deal. I’m not even in a ton of pain! It’s mostly just… KEEP READING »


full term

full term

I’m 37 weeks pregnant today. If I go into labor, the doctor won’t try to stop it. LET’S JUST TAKE A MOMENT AND LET THAT SINK IN. As much as I’m so ready to meet this baby and to also be done being pregnant forever and ever AMEN, I’m in that weird spot at the… KEEP READING »


this doesn’t mean I’m HAPPY about the BOYS, just for the record

this doesn’t mean I’m HAPPY about the BOYS, just for the record

One afternoon recently, Maggie and I were working on her Valentines for her school party next week (or rather, I got her started, then I snuck off to do some work while she wrote out the names on the cards. heh) But eventually I took a break from work and headed back into the dining… KEEP READING »


the thing I didn’t mention

the thing I didn’t mention

So this is kind of a weird blog post to follow up a fun pregnancy announcement and a 2nd birthday party. I debated even sharing this story because 1) in the end, it really doesn’t matter (but it also kind of does, to me) and 2) it’s just… kind of a weird thing. I dunno…. KEEP READING »


on moving forward

on moving forward

Things are finally getting back to normal around our house this week. I kind of forgot what normal even WAS for us. I spent nearly two weeks of couch-potato-ing it- a few days forcing myself to rest and take it easy in the hopes that what we feared was happening might stop and reverse course,… KEEP READING »


a series of unfortunate events

a series of unfortunate events

I had the greatest time thinking up how I would share the news. That’s the best part, right? I would write a blog post about how for so long I was SO! AGAINST! IT! I was done! No more for me! But then how somewhere along the way, my mind was changed and my heart… KEEP READING »


maybe SHE’S ready. but I don’t think I am.

maybe SHE’S ready. but I don’t think I am.

A few weeks ago, we got an official-looking form from preschool about Maggie. But don’t worry- it was all good stuff. DO YOU SEE WHAT IT SAYS THERE??? “Maggie is ready for kindergarten!” This baby, you guys. This baby is ready for PUBLIC SCHOOL AND STUFF. It cannot be so. And yet… it is. Not… KEEP READING »


so many scratchy marks on the wall

so many scratchy marks on the wall

Maggie has always been a pretty cautious kid. When she was a toddler, it was something we were actually happy about… though I don’t think we truly appreciated it as much as we should have. Of course, we KNOW THIS NOW because now we have Audrey Queen Of Leaping Off High Things With Abandon And… KEEP READING »


waxing poetic about an exersaucer

waxing poetic about an exersaucer

We took it to the basement this week. It’s been a fixture in our living room for the better part of 5 years, in two different houses. It was a playmat for both of our tiny, squirmy, brand new babies. Then it was a bouncy, jumpy, noisy containment device and jungle gym for the busy… KEEP READING »


on blogging outside a bubble

on blogging outside a bubble

I have an amazingly happy life. My husband is my best friend and he has been for 15 years. We have two ridiculous cute (or so I’ve been told!) daughters who are healthy and happy and even when they drive us crazy, we love them to bits. We are blessed. My primary reason for keeping… KEEP READING »


your first year

your first year

Oh Audrey. I don’t even know where to start. You are one part giggles and squeals, one part drool (okay, lately two parts drool, you have EIGHT TEETH NOW!), one part adorable baby tantrum, about twelve parts ridiculous leg rolls, one part sweet, slobbery kisses, one part piggy eater, and a million parts beautiful. Your… KEEP READING »


in which I am impatient about patience

in which I am impatient about patience

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about patience. Not just me needing it to get through my days with a scary-smart, stubborn 4 year old and her very active, teething, LOUD baby sister. Though… I do need it for that. A lot. Because there are days when Dan gets home and I’ve been alone with… KEEP READING »


recipe for the best mother

recipe for the best mother

A few weeks ago, my mom stumbled across this gem during her spring cleaning/organizing frenzy. Immediately I asked her if I could borrow it so I could document it with photos for all eternity and of course, BLOG ABOUT IT. My mom and I have always been pretty close. I mean, I did those typical… KEEP READING »


I think it’s pretty obvious now which side of the fence I’m on.

I think it’s pretty obvious now which side of the fence I’m on.

(This post includes some TMI kinda stuff. Some people might think it’s weird to share this stuff on the Internet, but whatever. It’s Life. I’m totally comfortable with sharing it. But boys- or MY DAD- if you’re freaked out when girls talk about Girl Things, feel free to skip this one. Or you know- grow… KEEP READING »


on breastfeeding and not breastfeeding

on breastfeeding and not breastfeeding

I had a whole post written about this, but it was super-long and kinda boring and contained a bunch of details that probably aren’t all that important, unless you are me. So here’s a summary (you are welcome. heh) (I even thought about just not writing this, because it’s kind of a touchy subject and… KEEP READING »


currency

currency

I’ve mentioned a few times on Twitter about our recent banging-our-heads-against-the-wall frustrations with Maggie. Now, she’s not a bad kid, overall. She’s good for everyone else. She’s good at school. She’s even good when we take her places. But at home, lately… things have been less than stellar, let’s just put it that way. And… KEEP READING »


my blogging road

my blogging road

May was a little bit of a crazy month for us (which lately, EVERY MONTH SEEMS CRAZY.) so I overlooked something very important. Okay, so not all that important. But still. You guys. I’ve officially been blogging for 10 years. My first blog post was on May 21, 2000. I had purchased the domain name… KEEP READING »


becoming a daddy

becoming a daddy

Three years ago, you became a father. That part was pretty easy (well, for you. I did all the work THAT day.) But it didn’t take long for you to take care of the hard part. To become a Daddy to our little girl. Thank you for being such an amazing dad. And to think-… KEEP READING »


25 weeks (alternate title: WE ARE SO SCREWED.)

25 weeks (alternate title: WE ARE SO SCREWED.)

So I don’t have a new belly shot for this milestone (though there are plenty of pictures of my growing stomach in our beach pictures from last week) But I do have some pictures from my follow-up sonogram yesterday afternoon (Note on that: my placenta has moved up so no more placenta previa worries! Hooray… KEEP READING »


leaping

leaping

For whatever reason, so far during this pregnancy, I’ve been more cautious than last time. More worried, more nagging thoughts in the back of my head. I’m not entirely sure why. When I was pregnant with Maggie, my brain never really Went There with all the What Ifs? and Maybe Something Might Go Wrongs! Perhaps… KEEP READING »


decade in review

decade in review

Some may argue that the decade doesn’t end until NEXT New Years, but whatever. In my mind, I say that each decade starts with a number ending in ’0′ (I mean, isn’t 1990 in the 90′s??) so let’s have a look back at how my life has changed in the last ten years. (Thanks to… KEEP READING »


the Good Stuff

the Good Stuff

So today is Thanksgiving. A day for eating! Turkey! Cranberry sauce! STUFFING!! But also- a day to remember all the wonderful things in our lives. And us? We have a lot to be thankful for this year. It’s been a rough year for so many of the people we love (but hooray for stories with… KEEP READING »


pink for October

pink for October

I’m a few days late getting my butt in gear (am I the only one who feels like they’re perpetually behind? ARGH.) but I have a new pink header for Pink for October – Breast Cancer Awareness month. (You might need to refresh a few times if you can’t see it.) Years ago- eight? nine?… KEEP READING »


they don’t stay babies for long

they don’t stay babies for long

There is a little boy who lives up the street from us. Let’s call him Bobby.* (*His name is not Bobby.) He’s about 3 years old and Maggie has played in his driveway a few times. They play with sidewalk chalk. He shares his tricycle with her. He impresses her with his awesome scooter-riding skills…. KEEP READING »


blog envy

blog envy

I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging lately. And not in a ‘I’m thinking about writing a blog post later.’ kind of way. More in a ‘Why on earth do I do this, and what’s it all about?’ kind of a way. I started blogging in 2000. I was a junior in college, just 21… KEEP READING »