Archives for : February 2014

Happy First Valentine’s Day, Son!


Dear Son,

This time last year we were just getting used to the idea of you. We had only known about your existence for 6 short weeks. We didn’t know if you were a boy or a girl or if you had ten fingers and toes. But we loved you! It’s funny how not even knowing you yet, we could love you so much. And now that you are here with us we have a whole new meaning of the word, the feeling, of love. We love you more than we knew we were capable of loving. Read more

Husband, I Miss You


My husband’s birthday and Valentine’s day is the same week. This year my best gift to him could not be bought. My gift to him was a sincere “I miss you.” It felt funny telling him “I miss you” when he was sitting right beside me. But it’s the truth. I miss my husband.

We wanted to have a baby. We planned for it. We tried for several months and were overjoyed when we were finally pregnant. We knew life would be different. We knew it would be an adjustment. Everyone warned us that finances, sleep, sex and our social life would change forever. We were ready- or at least as ready as we would ever be! But the one thing no one warned me about, the one thing I wasn’t ready for, is how much I miss my husband. Read more

The Start of Baby-led Weaning


I can’t believe J is 5 months today. Time flies! He’s getting so big already- sitting up on his own, inch-worming backwards, and already in 9 month clothes. He seems to discover new tricks over night! We know it won’t be long until one of his “new tricks” is solid foods.¬†As he gets bigger and more curious about food, we have started thinking about solids. We have started researching options, discussing our game plan, and deciding what makes sense for us.

Some well meaning friends, family and strangers alike have begun asking what J has started eating. When they discover he hasn’t had anything yet they ask when he will start. They are curious about our choice to forego cereals and skip the purees all together. We know it won’t be long before J is enjoying family meals with us, but we’re not in a rush to start. Here’s why.

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Raising a Pup and His Pal

All it took was 4.5 months and a snow day to have our first casualty. Chewed baby toys. Read more

Banana Oatmeal Cookies


I searched high and low for a delicious, clean-eating oatmeal cookie. I read recipe after recipe but each one seemed to be missing a little something or contained ingredients I wanted to avoid. After looking at several recipes, I gave up. I pulled several ideas together and went with it. The results were delicious!

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Intentional Eating


Inspired by the fact that J will begin eating foods with us in the next couple of months and challenged by my sister, we’re taking the plunge. We cleaned out our pantry and we’re starting fresh. Literally. Read more