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now it’s Zachy’s turn

now it’s Zachy’s turn

It’s Zach’s first time for a birthday video!


one

one

(HI WE’RE STILL TALKING ABOUT BIRTHDAYS IN OUR HOUSE! WELCOME TO OUR CRAZY MARCH AND APRIL!) This is what happens when Mommy tries to take a birthday picture first thing in the morning before my bottle. Mommy is not very smart. That’s better. Maggie is very good at making me smile. Morning birthday snuggles HELP… KEEP READING »


obligatory birthday video

obligatory birthday video

I’ve been doing the birthday video since Maggie’s first year and I still love it. Nobody else probably cares about 3-4 minutes of photos of my kids set to music, but man it gets me every time. Song credit: A Life That’s Good – Lennon and Maisy (Nashville soundtrack)


Maggie turns 7

Maggie turns 7

Every time one of my kids has a birthday, I always half-compose a sappy blog post, gushing about the year we’ve had, the amazing kid they’re growing into, how fast time is flying, etc. It’s all the stuff every parent feels each time their baby blows out another candle on their birthday cake! It doesn’t… KEEP READING »


party number seven

party number seven

I’m going to fast-forward through the last week or so in a single blur here: Dan did some more work travel! Stomach bugs for Dan and Maggie! St Patrick’s Day was in there somewhere! We watched Frozen 9,782 times! WHEEEEE! Okay, you’re all caught up. Maggie turns seven this Friday (WHUT.) so this weekend we… KEEP READING »


like riding a bike

like riding a bike

I used my real camera to take pictures of Zach in the playroom one afternoon this winter when it was actually semi-bright outside. Sure, it took me a month to finally process them in Lightroom and post them, but hey look! I do still remember how to take pictures with something other than my cellphone!… KEEP READING »


Audrey snippets

Audrey snippets

Audrey is rapidly approaching three-and-a-half, by FAR my least favorite age with Maggie. THREENAGERS. Such big feelings! Such terrible communication skills! Audrey is definitely living up to the age so far, stubborn and meltdown-y and emotional and all the things that come with age three. But she is also HILARIOUS and loves making people laugh… KEEP READING »


7 quick takes: the OMG CAN EVERYONE JUST BE HEALTHY FOR FIVE SECONDS edition

7 quick takes: the OMG CAN EVERYONE JUST BE HEALTHY FOR FIVE SECONDS edition

1. Audrey broke out in hives last Thursday. So after all that happened the last few weeks, we went BACK to the pediatrician to make sure I was right about my guess: she is allergic to amoxicillin. This was her third time having it, but Dan and I are both allergic, so from this point… 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.


germ warfare

germ warfare

HAAAAA. Remember when I thought the week before Thanksgiving was sucky with Sickness around our house? Spoiler alert: IT GOT WORSE. We had a relatively quiet Thanksgiving weekend, thank goodness. A mellow dinner with Dan’s family, then dessert with my family at my parents’ house. Then I spent the weekend decorating the house for Christmas,… KEEP READING »


remember when our baby had a gross cold, thrush, then started barfing?

remember when our baby had a gross cold, thrush, then started barfing?

Oh, the last six days in our house have been DOOZIES, let me tell you. (And let me warn you, this is a gross story. You’re welcome for the birth control, my child-free friends!) I was getting over my post-trip-to-Florida cold when Zach started coughing and snotting everywhere. Sorry, buddy! Didn’t mean to share my… KEEP READING »


eight weeks down

eight weeks down

So! Here we are! Eight weeks into the school year, eight weeks on this side of maternity leave, eight weeks of lunches packed and homework done and bottles filled and diaper bags stocked and tantrums over what dress we want to wear to daycare today! (see if you can take a guess on that last… KEEP READING »


obligatory fall family fun: a photographic tribute

obligatory fall family fun: a photographic tribute

2008 2010 2011 2012 2013 From one pumpkin to three… who let this happen??


getting tangled up with a Rapunzel birthday party

getting tangled up with a Rapunzel birthday party

(Sorry about the title. I couldn’t resist.) Audrey turned three on Saturday. So, real talk: I know big, elaborate parties for kids aren’t everybody’s thing. And that’s totally fine! But you know what? I LOVE PLANNING THESE PARTIES. I love picking a theme and coming up with decorating ideas and scouring the internet for pictures… KEEP READING »


three years goes FAST

what do I do all day?

what do I do all day?

Dan likes to see how riled up I get when he asks me that question: “What did you DO all day?” He usually throws it out there when I’m ranting about the dirty floors or whining about how tired I am or complaining about how the girls can destroy the house in 15 minutes after… KEEP READING »


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 »


three months

three months

So. Yeah. Five Things About Zach At Three Months 1. He has become a super fast nurser. Like, 3-5 minutes per side, done. This continues to throw me for a loop, even though I’m 99% sure that everything is fine and dandy. After failing at breastfeeding spectacularly with Maggie, and then struggling a lot with… KEEP READING »


Audrey snippets

Audrey snippets

Oh, Audrey. Our quintessential middle child. Basically every stereotype I’ve ever heard about middle children is true for Audrey so far. She sucks up all the attention in any room she enters, with her crazy hair and her giant blue eyes and her still-slightly-chubby cheeks, all in an apparent effort not to be overlooked. And… KEEP READING »


Maggie the gymnast

Maggie the gymnast

Two years ago, when Maggie was 4 (FOUR!), we signed her up for a summer gymnastics program. Eight weeks, just to get her introduced and see if she liked it. My main goal was to see if she could get over her fear of New Things, and maybe get a little more confident, a little… KEEP READING »


beginning and ending

beginning and ending

I had big dorky plans for a last day of school photo of Maggie, much like I did on the first day. But she was sick, so that didn’t happen. She was VERY disappointed about missing her last day of school, so I decided that once she felt better, we’d still take the picture. And… KEEP READING »


shocking! and then even more shocking.

shocking! and then even more shocking.

So Zach is two months old today. And yes, I’ll go ahead and say all the typical Mom stuff: OMG MY BABY! Two months already! It’s going too fast! I’m shocked that he’s this old already! BUT. This is even more jaw-dropping. I gasped, for real. (2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months) Two month Zach… KEEP READING »


filler post. now with more baby smiles.

filler post. now with more baby smiles.

I have a million things I want to write about in this space. School ending! Summer coming! My thoughts and feelings during this early weeks with my last baby! How I went clothes shopping last weekend and didn’t cry in the dressing room so I bought myself a necklace as a reward! (Clearly, all of… KEEP READING »


Zach’s first month

Zach’s first month

The last day in the hospital with Zach was LOOOONG. There was some drama at the hospital that day with a flood on the floor above ours, so the nurses and doctors were scrambling to find rooms for displaced patients, deal with broken equipment, etc. So even though we were packed and ready to leave… KEEP READING »


Zachary is born

Zachary is born

Hey! My baby is almost a month old! Want to hear how he was born? The two weeks before Zach was born were the longest of my entire life, no doubt. I was uncomfortable and exhausted and contracting daily but nothing was happening. After our trip to labor and delivery and then finding out later… KEEP READING »


week one with three

week one with three

It’s been A Week around our house, for sure. A good one, an exhausting one, a family-dynamic-changing one. We’re all busy adjusting to our new normal, waiting for the dust to settle. We survived an entire week as parents of three children. THREE. CHILDREN. (How did this happen? I’m still 17 years old! Right?)


Zachary Daniel

Zachary Daniel

There is so much to share about the last few days, but the main point is this: our family is complete. Zachary Daniel was born on Thursday morning, April 4, 2013, weighing 6 pounds 11 ounces (exactly the same weights as both of his sisters, can you believe that?) & 20.5 inches long. He arrived… KEEP READING »


Maggie turns SIX.

Maggie turns SIX.

(I had planned on a long, sentimentally-written letter for my big girl this year because this year has been absolutely fantastic with Maggie and I really wanted to highlight that. But… this week has been slightly ridiculous and it just hasn’t happened. So. Basically, Maggie: you are amazing. We love you so much. Happy birthday…. KEEP READING »


labor limbo

labor limbo

Yesterday morning, I joked on Twitter that I was trying to kickstart labor by changing the sheets on Audrey’s bottom bunkbed. Less than an hour later, I was sitting on the couch and started feeling contractions. They were… close. Like 3-4 minutes apart! For over an hour! They weren’t painful at all, but they were… KEEP READING »


he only has himself to blame

he only has himself to blame

In our house, affection is often shown by gentle teasing and picking on each other. For the 16 (!!!) years Dan and I have been together, we’ve joked around together, laughing at both of our faults and traits and we’re OKAY with that. It’s how we are. I can laugh at myself! I can take… KEEP READING »