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Craft my way

Today Mommy opened up the craft box and let me do what I want. I always want to do crafts on paper plates so I choose one on those. Then I used my Do-A-Dot’s and made lots of polka dots all over the plate. I glued on ribbon, cotton balls and crepe paper then to finish it up I stuck on some of my favorite foam butterflies and dragonflies. I love butterflies almost as much as I love Dora.
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And I shall wear my tiara when I become a mom!

On my wedding day I so loved wearing my tiara that I made the claim that I would wear it giving birth. It was a flip comment, but I’m now convinced that I must do it. It sits around my folic acid, daring my body to have to follow through on the promise. Bring it on.
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When I became pregnant with Jonah

When I became pregnant with Jonah, I became obsessed with something that most women give very little thought to. How I would feed my baby. I read countless books about how the breast produces milk, went to breastfeeding classes, learned about the politics and economy of formula feeding, and the vast differences between formula and breast milk. I vowed when I was 20 weeks pregnant, and my colostrum came, that I would never feed my children formula. There was no questioning. I was on my soapbox, and I wouldn’t come down. Over and over, I would tout the importance of breastfeeding to anyone who would listen. I would banter for hours about how manufacturers make formula out to be just as good or sometimes better than mother’s milk, when truth be told it is a pale imitation of something that…
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My body is ready. I am not.

When will it end? When can I catch a break? I have been pumping for 10.5 months. Can it not be easy towards the end? Why does it have to be so hard? My body is ready. I am not. My mind was committed to pumping 4/day until March 1st.  Why is it that I may have to drop my first session before that?  What is the big deal anyway?  It is only 10 days early anyway.  I am still going to BF the boy at this time so it isn’t like it should be a huge deal, right?  Not. Anxiety. Stress. FAILURE. I know.  I am crazy. How can it be failure when
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Cheerio Art

Mommy didn’t consider this art but I thought it was pretty and Ethan thought it was yummy. When Mommy was on the phone I stole a box of Cheerio’s off the kitchen counter that was opened this morning. I dumped the entire box on the floor and decided to throw it EVERYWHERE. We spent today’s craft time picking up Cheerio’s and throwing them in the trash can. We did put some in a plastic bag so we can use them for a craft. Ethan eating the evidence
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5 Things No One Told Me About Parenting

1. Teething is a long process. Not only for all teeth to come in, but for each tooth. It’s a process of stages. The teeth have to grow down the gums first, and then they can cut through. But it’s not even overnight at that stage. It takes a long time for a single (or two teeth side by side) tooth to come completely out of the gum. 2. A smile, a giggle, a word – these are all priceless. And you never grow tired of the new accomplishments that your child can do, even when it’s just a new noise, like a grunt. Each and every discovery is a new miracle.
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The Day The Music Died

My iPod has been missing for about 4 months now and I have given up hope of ever finding it.  I have rounded up the usual suspects but they (as usual) are playing dumb. When my husband points at something belonging to him and declares, “Don’t Touch”, my children run screaming in the opposite direction of said object, afraid to even make eye contact with it, lest they be turned into pillars of salt. When I point at something and say, “Don’t Touch,” it’s as if I have declared it Opposite Day and imbued my children with a special magnetism that will specifically and immediately draw them to said item like a moth to a flame.  What gives? This is why I don’t buy myself nice things.  I normally don’t spend $150 on anything for myself, but last summer when I…
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Sumo Baby…and Other Creative Endeavors

Today we present my adorable youngest child in another photo from the continuing series “Indoor Fun at Your Child’s Expense”.  Today, “Sumo Baby Eats a Dinosaur Chicken Nugget”. To be fair, our sitter did this to him, but I was there to document the event and egg her on and obviously this speaks to the level I’m working from.  He is so cute…and good natured…and innocent…and oblivious.  But before you start feeling too sorry for him,
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Like Love

My husband and I are alike in a lot of ways, which is why we are married. However, there are many ways that we are not alike, and I think that this is what has kept us married. Of course the differences between us drive me crazy, but not as crazy as it would make me to be married to someone exactly like me, because to be honest, even *I* annoy myself sometimes. The bottom line, however, is that I married someone I really LIKE.  He’s my best buddy.  The love is what drove us to marry, but the “like” is the glue of the whole darned arrangement. And I firmly believe that while you can have one without the other, you cannot be happily married if both are not true. This is just my theory. Go with it. I…
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Review: Baby Signs Part 2 – Park DVD Fun Pack

My son and I have been so excited with the spring weather that we’ve been (luckily) receiving lately, and we’re also lucky to live close to a park. One of my favorite things that my son has been able to learn has been sign language, so this new weather brings a new aspect – we can travel to the park and practice our park signs! We were able to try a product from Baby Signs – the DVD Park Fun Pack! This package comes with a fun DVD, a picture book and 6 baby-sized flash cards with the park signs on them. The babies and kiddos that demonstrate the signs are adorable, and the signs are easy enough for my little one to perform, even though he only does them sometimes. The DVD is one of my favorite pieces of…
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