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Life with a newborn… again.

Life with a newborn… again.

Where do I begin? I guess I should start with… myself. Postpartum me. It’s been three weeks and physically I feel fine. The first week I found myself trying to do too much. There’s a reason you’re supposed to rest that 1st week :-/. Between my weakened back and uterine cramps (they worsen after each subsequentContinue Reading

Jaxon Marley’s Birth Story

Jaxon Marley’s Birth Story

Jaxon Marley November 8th 2012 / 7lbs 6oz. 20 ¾ in On November 6th, I had an appointment at the OB office. I had dilated to 2 1/2 cm, only 1/2 cm more than the week before. The OB (the female doc) predicted I’d still be pregnant a week later. I thought so too… butContinue Reading

Summer Memories: Outdoor Party Wristband

Summer Memories: Outdoor Party Wristband

July 28, 2012 I never thought I could be all fair’d out, but the evening of July 28th, I found myself worn. We headed to the outdoor party as Jayden calls it, sans bulky purse and DSLR. Greg and Jayden bought wrist bands… rewind… Jayden got a wrist band… which meant he was tall enoughContinue Reading

Summer Memories: Surreal Beach

Summer Memories: Surreal Beach

July 26, 2012 It had been a straight up annoying week. I had people who I was trying to give my money to giving me the run around, not returning important emails/calls/texts, not listening  at.all. it seemed, and nonchalantly blowing off their mistakes. I had lost all hope for humanity. I was just done. IContinue Reading

The things we do to see him smile.

The things we do to see him smile.

July 14, 2012 We started the day with lunch on the lake shore. It’s been so long since we’ve taken a family photo in our spot, so we snapped a quick shot or two. Next, we headed to the Crown Fountain… only my flip flop broke on the way, so we had to make aContinue Reading

Summer Memories: The South Shore Air Show

Summer Memories: The South Shore Air Show

Dated 7/8/2012 It was a windy day and I wore a dress that was prone to taking off with the wind. I suppose I should have worn leggings or shorts underneath. At least one person got a glimpse of my pantied backside. Lesson learned. Although we arrived unprepared… thanks to the website that posted incorrectContinue Reading

Father’s Day at the Fair, I Think it was the 17th of June

Father’s Day at the Fair, I Think it was the 17th of June

On Father’s Day, we took a trip to the fair. Jayden was so excited to be attending what he called “the outdoor party”. He couldn’t wait to go “’round and ’round”. Before purchasing tickets, we strolled the grounds and took note of the rides Jayden was tall enough for. He’s in the same range asContinue Reading

To The Strawberry Field

To The Strawberry Field

Yesterday, we took a trip to the Strawberry Field for U-Pick. I honestly was expecting it to go smoother than it did, but then again what actually goes smoothly with little’s in tow? Not Pictured: Throwing strawberries and straw, trying to run off, knocking over the bucket… twice, wanting to ride the tractor more thanContinue Reading

Jayden’s 4th Birthday And Letting Go Of Perfection

Jayden’s 4th Birthday And Letting Go Of Perfection

I’m realizing more and more that sometimes, I just have to let go. For the past 3 years, I’ve stressed over Jayden’s birthday parties. Family parties. With no kids. I always wanted them to be special though. I always wanted to bake some fancy cake and provide a unique party spread. Last year, I stayedContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Tuesday’s Zoo Visit

Tuesday’s Zoo Visit

Greg: You’re sleeping kind of long, can I get you something? Me: New legs. That was the conversation had as I rolled out of bed Wednesday afternoon. We had taken a trip to Lincoln Park Zoo Tuesday morning*. I covered the Seeds of Change event, and then, we explored the rest of the zoo. TheContinue Reading

Live a Little: Country Cruisin’

Last Wednesday, I woke up with an overwhelming sense of new. The weather was lovely, somewhere around 60 degrees. I could see my future in my now, almost within arms reach. I don’t know what it is about the sweet smell of Spring that makes me feel as though I could conquer the entire world.Continue Reading

Winter is…

Winter is…

Hearing the high winds and snow as it dusts the windows like so and opening the door in the morning and finding that it will only open halfway and stepping outside in your favorite around-the-house sweater and slippers to capture the aftermath Gazing at holiday lights at night and the fluffy snow that complement themContinue Reading

Christmas Traditions I Remember

Christmas Traditions I Remember

As I head out to visit family this week for a celebration, I think about past Christmases we had together… when I was a little girl. I remember Christmas dinners at my grandmother’s house and my mother’s house. House full of people. Local family and family from out of town. One of my uncle’s wouldContinue Reading


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