Baby and Kids

07.26.21

Three Years With Margot

My baby turned three a few weeks ago and I realized I’d want …

My baby turned three a few weeks ago and I realized I’d want to have this post to look back on. To know Margot is to love her. She’s kind, funny, sweet, loving, empathetic, inquisitive, smart, silly, grateful and very strong-willed. She is a bit opinionated (ha) and honest, just …

Motherhood

07.25.21

Q&A: Motherhood in Your Late Thirties

A few days ago, I mentioned that I was working on a blog …

A few days ago, I mentioned that I was working on a blog post about becoming a mom in my mid-late 30s. The questions started coming in – someone mentioned that thirty-five wasn’t “late” and for the record, I agree – so I decided to say something in stories. Then …

Baby and Kids

07.23.21

One Year with Kate

I shared Kate’s birth story one year ago and an eight month update …

I shared Kate’s birth story one year ago and an eight month update last spring, so it’s time for another update on our Kate now that she’s one! Kate turned one on June 27 and she’s not 13 months yet so I made it. Since very few people (read: no …

Motherhood

07.23.21

Having A Baby In Your Mid – Late 30s

I became a mom at thirty-five and again at thirty-seven. It didn’t feel …

I became a mom at thirty-five and again at thirty-seven. It didn’t feel late at the time, but science and doctors told me everything I needed (or didn’t need) to hear. On one hand, we look at data and on another, we consider our careers, relationships, and what we can …

Family

07.20.21

The Final Year of Treatment

This week marks the start of the final 365 days of treatment. In …

This week marks the start of the final 365 days of treatment. In July 2022, Margot will ring the bell (I cry just thinking about it), take her last dose of her daily chemo (pill), and her port will be removed. The protocol is long and sometimes feels never-ending – …

Baby and Kids

07.14.21

Toddler Naps and Quiet Time (and Tips From A Sleep Consultant)

Some people love sleep. My toddler is not one of those people. She …

Some people love sleep. My toddler is not one of those people. She would rather stay up, play, and learn – her brain is truly incredible. “Can we play? Is it raining? Is it nighttime? Do you got a robe on? Is your hair dry? Can we go downstairs just …

Organization

07.12.21

How to Declutter, Organize, and Store Toys

  When you become a parent, slowly but surely, the toys begin to …

  When you become a parent, slowly but surely, the toys begin to take over your home. During a pandemic or long, cold winter, you might even find yourself making a few too many purchases to try to keep things fun while you hibernate. Pikler climbers, bounce houses (why yes …

Entertaining

07.08.21

Planning a Moana Themed Birthday

Our girl is three! She has been talking about having a Moana birthday …

Our girl is three! She has been talking about having a Moana birthday for months, so I transformed our house into Motunui on her special day. One of the best parts of being a mom is making your child’s dreams come true, and it felt so special to make some …

Blogging

06.30.21

The Best Mirrorless Camera for Family Photos and Blogging

Whenever I post photos that were taken with my mirrorless camera, I get …

Whenever I post photos that were taken with my mirrorless camera, I get asked what kind of camera I use. Two years later, you can now visit my blog, search “digital camera” or “mirrorless camera” and this post will show up. You’re welcome and also, sorry it took me over …

Childhood Cancer

06.23.21

How to Keep Your Toddler Busy During Chemo, Clinic, and Hospital Stays

My daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia less than two months before her second …

My daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia less than two months before her second birthday. We spent half the first month inpatient and over the next eight months spent a lot of time at clinic. During those first few weeks, we were in survival mode and had no idea what we …

Motherhood

06.15.21

The Transition From One to Two Kids

Now that I am (just about) one year into being a mom of …

Now that I am (just about) one year into being a mom of two, I finally feel like I’m in a place where I can talk about the transition from one to two kids. This has been one of my most requested blog posts but I wanted to be able …

Baby and Kids

06.10.21

Birthday Gift Ideas for 3-Year-Olds

Margot turns three in July, so over the last few weeks, I started …

Margot turns three in July, so over the last few weeks, I started looking at some gift ideas. She loves playing pretend – play food is probably her favorite thing right now. The thing I was most excited about is something I’ve wanted to buy her since she was born, …

Motherhood

06.02.21

The Unexpected Ways Motherhood Changed Me

Motherhood was going to be different for me. I’d weave my kids into …

Motherhood was going to be different for me. I’d weave my kids into my work, life, and travels, and would just continue my life with a baby in tow. And I wouldn’t be one of those moms who always worried or felt guilty when I wasn’t with my baby. My …

Baby and Kids

05.29.21

My Plans for Margot’s Big Girl Room

After a successful transition into a toddler bed and with Margot’s third birthday …

After a successful transition into a toddler bed and with Margot’s third birthday around the corner, the time felt right to make the transition to a big girl bed. I won’t be making too many changes, but we’ll say farewell to her crib, daybed, and glider, making some space for …

Baby and Kids

05.10.21

My Attempt at a Spring and Summer Toddler Capsule Wardrobe

This is Margot’s first summer in a 3T, so we’re basically starting from …

This is Margot’s first summer in a 3T, so we’re basically starting from scratch with her summer wardrobe. In the past, I’ve just purchased things that were cute but had zero plan for when or how these pieces would be worn. There were too many outfits she only wore once …

Baby and Kids

05.06.21

Our Favorite Outdoor Toys and Gear for Toddlers

Summer is so close I can literally feel it. We’ve had some warm, …

Summer is so close I can literally feel it. We’ve had some warm, beautiful days and have been spending as much time outside as possible. Last summer, we were fully isolated at home so I made a few pandemic purchases to keep things fun and interesting for Margot. New to …

Motherhood

05.05.21

The Transition from One to Two Kids

Ten months into being a mom of two, I finally felt like I …

Ten months into being a mom of two, I finally felt like I could properly reflect on what it was like going from one to two kids. I wish I had written something sooner because those newborn days are such a blur, but they go by so quickly and I …

Motherhood

04.14.21

Grieving an Early Miscarriage

Over the last few months, as we’ve fallen more and more in love …

Over the last few months, as we’ve fallen more and more in love with Kate, I’ve found myself thinking back to a conversation with a friend shortly after my miscarriage. She had gone through the same loss twice and told me that her son wouldn’t be here had she not …

Family

04.14.21

My Review of the Volvo XC90 and How it Fits Two Car Seats

Hello and welcome to my first and only car review. I should probably …

Hello and welcome to my first and only car review. I should probably lead with the obvious: I am not a car expert and know pretty much nothing about the mechanics of motorized vehicles. I’m also not a car person. As someone who knows nothing about the cars but also …

Baby and Kids

04.13.21

My Favorite Baby Essentials You Can Buy on Amazon

Now that I’ve been at this mom of two thing for 9.5 months …

Now that I’ve been at this mom of two thing for 9.5 months and I’ve collectively parented babies under a year for 21 months, I like to think I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. Of course it’s different for every parent and baby, but after testing multiple items and …

Motherhood

04.07.21

The Comparison and Judgment of Women and Motherhood on Social Media

I feel good about the decisions I’ve made for myself and know that …

I feel good about the decisions I’ve made for myself and know that my honesty puts me at risk of being judged on social media. But not being honest puts other moms at risk. Social media has changed how we feel as mothers – who we are, how things look, …