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Talking about the Nativity and the toy that wins Christmas (a sharing Christmas link up!)

Simeon is noticing Christmas this year– and it’s pretty gosh darn fun. This is our third holiday season as parents, and, while each year has been lovely in its own way, experiencing Christmas when your kid is old enough to actually notice (and care about) all the little details is definitely a step above. Sim… 

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Saying goodbye to my one and only

I’ve been falling asleep in his bed lately. Not every night, not enough to call it habit, but enough that he notices. Enough that he calls out for me long after we tuck him in. Enough that he pats the pillow by his head expectantly, knowing full well that this tiny invitation is one I… 

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Sharing Christmas link up

As some of you may remember, last year I almost cancelled Christmas. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the holiday season (I’m not a monster, you guys), it’s just that being a grown-up person at Christmas comes with a lengthy “to do” list that usually leaves me feeling woozy and overwhelmed and distinctly Grinch-like. Apparently,… 

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The undocumented Thanksgiving

I didn’t take many photos this Thanksgiving, which is a bit out of character for me. When I became Simeon’s mom, I got into the habit of scurrying through most of our holidays, birthdays, and milestones like a poorly  trained member of the paparazzi. I fiddle with the settings on my fancy camera, I yank… 

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I am pregnant, hear me roar!

Being pregnant is kind of like breaking your arm in 2nd grade. Hear me out. The similarities are endless but for the sake of comparison, these are my favorites: Everyone wants to hear stories about it and thinks you’re the coolest. You get lots of extra attention and jazzy equipment. Deep down, people feel kind… 

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“Babies can’t walk” and what it means to be a big boy

“Babies can’t walk. Big brothers can.” The words marched across the page, cold and unfeeling like a barricade. No way around them, no hint of subtlety to their meaning, no chance to rearrange the letters and make them right. I hadn’t expected them– that’s when it’s hardest– so I hid my face and covered my… 

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Milestones and Injuries

I was teaching an energetic bunch of 4th graders when the office called me over the PA system. “Mrs. Smith? Simeon’s nurse is on the phone.” I’ve written about my kid’s fantastic homecare nurses before. They’ll text me during my work day if they have a question or an update, but calling? Simeon’s nurses never… 

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Stitch Fix Maternity – Fall Edition

Maybe it’s the fact that I was freezing cold while taking these photos (I seriously clung to every scrap warmth between camera clicks) or maybe it’s the fact that NONE of my MacGyver-esque wardrobe tricks are working anymore and no rubber band, belly band, or gob of chewed bubble gum can keep my regular pants… 

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The Halloween you didn’t see

So… about that picture perfect Halloween? I feel like I may have led you nice folks astray. After I shared photos of our spooktacular evening and Simeon’s rad costume, everyone was awfully complimentary. You high-fived me for making the night special for my kid. Mother-of-the-year awards were mentioned. Someone even called me an “inspiration” (I… 

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Wheelchair Costume: won’t you be my neighbor?

I did it you guys! After a bit of scheming, one poorly sketched rough draft (you’ve seen my crap-tastic drawing skills first hand), and tons of inspiration from my fellow SB mama, I made our first wheelchair Halloween costume. Because the show is Simeon’s absolute favorite, we decided to go with a “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood”… 

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VBAC or C-Section: on exit strategies and planning the unplannable

When I was pregnant with Simeon, I had all kinds of wild plans for his birth. I read up on labor techniques. I researched Lamaze and hypnobirthing (<—yes, that’s a real thing). I poured over lists of local doulas. I was not messing around. About a year earlier I had seen The Business of Being… 

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