Celebrating our family of three

Apr 24, 2015 by

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. This time two years ago, we happened to be right in the middle of our IVF cycle. The struggle of infertility was not just fresh in our minds, but rather it was something we were living and breathing every day, with every injection given and received. This time two years ago, I talked about Infertility Awareness Week to spread the word, changed my Facebook cover photo to promote awareness and, heck, I even had a piece published in the Huffington Post in honor of the week.  This year?  If a friend hadn’t pointed it out, I would have missed it entirely. 

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It’s just a phase

Apr 6, 2015 by

 

Photo credit I View Photography.

Photo credit I View Photography.

This phrase has become my mantra lately, mainly because, as I look back on the short time I’ve been a mom so far, short is exactly what it is.

Remember that time when it seemed baby gear would forever be furniture to trip over in our living room and dining room?  It was just a phase.

Or when we’d fill up entire dishwasher loads with only bottles and pump parts?  Also just a phase.

Or when we thought we’d never get another good night’s sleep ever again?  For the most part, thank goodness, JUST A PHASE.

I try to remind myself of this during the hard times, like now that we’ve entered the tantrum-from-out-of-nowhere zone, or when a simple diaper change takes an entire team effort/army of distractions/shameless bribes, or how we’ve fought every sickness known to daycare moms this winter. These too shall pass. And good riddance.

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Date night

Mar 23, 2015 by

Last month, my husband and I finally planned a date night, for the first time since Lenny was born.  The big plan was to have Lenny stay overnight at Grandma and Grandpa’s for the first time ever, and we were going to go out for dinner and actually get a good night’s sleep. It was simple enough, and we were counting on it to work.

 

The day of, my husband and I were texting all day about our dinner plans. What kind of food did we feel like? Should we try a new place or one of our old favorites? It was exciting to make plans knowing we could do whatever we wanted and not feel obligated to be home at a certain time, and knowing that we could stay out without the possibility of a baby waking up during the night looming over our heads.

 

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Life with an infant vs. Life with a toddler

Mar 9, 2015 by

Infant vs Toddler

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My baby is growing up

Feb 23, 2015 by

As if Lenny turning one last month wasn’t enough of a reminder, we have hit some milestones lately that have shown us just how much our little baby is turning into a little boy.

Most notably, Lenny started in a new room at daycare this morning. He is no longer an “Infant”; he is now a “Waddler.” With his new group of friends, he’s expected to eat solid foods instead of taking a bottle; he takes one long mid-day nap instead of a morning and an afternoon nap; he plays in the gym instead of crawling around his classroom. These are all things he’s been doing on his own at home for a while now, but now the other kids in his classroom are doing them too. We will miss his teachers and friends in the Infant room, but I’m so excited to see how he’ll grow and develop with daily arts and crafts, visits from The Music Lady, group snack time in real mini tables and chairs instead of high chairs, and interaction with kids who are already talking. Okay yes, I’m excited, but can we also slow time down just a teeny little bit?

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