Two Months

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Two Months

Two months fly by quickly when you have a newborn. The first few weeks you are barely awake after waking every two to three hours to nurse your precious baby. Slowly, the baby starts sleeping at longer stretches, if you’re lucky, and you start paying more attention to what’s going on in the world. In the last two months, I’ve felt as if I’ve walked in a fog. The first three weeks I spent nursing Samantha and recovering from my c-section, my third. I dealt with more pain this time around and used all of my pain medication, a first

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An Octopus in the Family

My baby girl, Grace, is very nearly 10 months old. She is sweet and adorable and all hands. I think I may have given birth to an octopus. You may think I am exaggerating, but I’m not. Her hands, and even legs, seem to be everywhere at once. And, honestly, it is beginning to drive me a bit nuts. I know it is only a stage, but I’m already “over” it; mainly because it is causing me injury. Yes, my baby girl has injured me, and I have evidence.  (See the picture below. That mark above my lip is NOT

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9 Months of Joy and Sleep Deprivation

It is hard for me to believe, but my baby turned 9 months old yesterday. My little Grace is not so little anymore. Granted, she was the size of a 2 month old when she was born. Now she is as large as an average 18-month-old. Completely normal, right? Well, it is in my family at least. Grace has been both a joy and a pain since her birth. Most of the time with her has been joyous! She has such a sweet disposition and smile. She is hard to resist. She is playful and hardy. She takes the tackles,

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My Little Helper: Bath Time for Grace

Today I’m actually starting a series of blogs that I will publish each Tuesday (I hope) for the next few weeks focused on a single theme. The theme for this series, my first, will be called My Little Helper.  It will highlight my toddler Ginny’s attempts to help. They can be quite entertaining in their own way. I hope you enjoy the series enough that you look forward to the new one each week. Bath Time for Grace Ginny in the thick of things pouring water on her sister. Ginny, my oldest, loves bath time. She absolutely adores it. Other

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Feeding Grace

Sometimes I feel like I’m a total granola mom. I cloth diaper. I breastfeed. I buy 90% of my girls’ clothes at a consignment shop. I have even become a bit obsessive when it comes to recycling. I know I’m not truly granola, but I do what I can for my girls. One of the things I did for my oldest and now plan on doing for my 7-month-old, Grace, is making baby food instead of buying it.  I feel bad, though. With Ginny, I started cooking her food a full month before she was ready to eat solids. I

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A Day at the Zoo

Ginny, Grace (she’s in the carrier), and I at the zoo! I love going to the zoo! As I mentioned once before, I especially love the St. Louis Zoo! It is a great zoo, that is constantly evolving, and it is free. What makes the zoo even better is the fact that I live within 2 hours of the zoo now. For a Midwesterner, driving 2 hours to do something for a day is nothing. We go on those types of road trips in a heartbeat. Recently, I found myself craving the zoo. Yes, craving. Constant thoughts of the zoo kept

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Joy and Laughter

Despite my recent grumblings on what a challenge Ginny, my two-year-old, can be, she really is quite sweet, entertaining, and funny. Ginny lights up any room when she has a smile on her face. Her giggles are quite contagious. She brings more smiles into my life than frustration. It is understandable for a two-year-old to have melt downs and tantrums. They are so little, not quite able to fully communicate, and crave independence. That combination can lead to fireworks, but it can also lead to smiles and joy as they reach new milestones and gain in their vocabulary. My Little

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Toddlers Are Exhausting

Playing hoops! She scored every time! 😉 Last night and this morning were rough times with our lovely toddler, Ginny. She woke up around 10:20 p.m. in sobs. I guess she must have had a bad dream. It took a while to calm her down. I did my best, but nothing I did worked. Why? Because the only person she wanted was Daddy. In some ways, that crushed my heart a bit, but it also made me smile knowing how much she loves and depends on her daddy. Eventually, she fell back to sleep as my husband watched over her

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Cherished Personalities

My two little angels! My girls are two of the best things that have ever happened in my life. I love and adore them. I am so thankful to God for blessing me with them. Heck, I even feel this way on days when they make life challenging, like when my toddler has tantrum after tantrum or the baby decides to only give me 5 hours sleep (not all continuous). They are my little angels on earth. What amazes me most is how their little personalities continue to develop. Both of my daughters are full of smiles. From the time

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Roly Poly

Just laid down on the  blanket. Like a dutiful mother should be, I always lay my baby down on a blanket for tummy time. Well, always maybe stretching it. Instead I lay her down for tummy time most of the time or maybe it would be more accurate to say fairly often. Anyhow, despite my short-comings in this area, my lovely Grace has learned how to roll over. The first time she rolled over was when she was four months old, a mere 10 days from turning five months. Of course I was thrilled as I watched her roll from

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