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On Loving the Season You’re In.

Sometimes I feel really in sync with my kids. It doesn’t happen every day, but sometimes it’s like they really, really know that I need something and they just come through for me in a big way.

Like today. Elliette slept all night last night, and then she took a long nap this afternoon while I worked in the kitchen. My husband took my son for a nap ride, so I had a couple of hours to myself, baby girl sound asleep and swinging next to me, to enjoy a little kitchen therapy. Not just cooking, exactly, but the careful practice of working through the things in my kitchen. Using my fresh ingredients, planning meals for the week. Making things we love out of things that would otherwise be thrown out. It’s an art, really – the art of homemaking. Being a homemaker. I’ve always been pretty good at it, but I’ve not always been able to put it into practice. Especially these past several years, as my career took off a little and I found myself borrowing from one important part of my life to pay off the other. 

It’s the beginning of the growing season for us, and that usually starts off with 2 things: spinach and rhubarb. I get so excited to see them that I nearly forget each year that I’m not that crazy about either spinach or rhubarb. I’m just so damned happy to see them, and they serve as such a wonderful sign of things to come, that I don’t even care. In early spring, it’s not so much about having what you love, but loving what you have. So today I loved spinach and rhubarb. I stuffed as much spinach as humanly possible into a huge pan of ricotta shells (along with some parsley I bought from a local farmer) and I boiled the rhubarb into syrup for spritzers and ice cream. The remaining pulp will make great breakfasts slathered on toast, and watching my son eat it will be even better than eating it myself. For Finn’s lunch tomorrow, I  boiled our older eggs instead of throwing them out. I’ve been meaning to do that for months with the eggs we don’t get to, but I never have time. For months, I haven’t had time to boil eggs. What the hell does that say about my life? Continue reading

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I’m Learning

“Not too close to your sister’s face!”

“Don’t throw toys by her head!”

“Please stop doing that.”

“Didn’t I just ask you to please stop doing that?”

It’s been a trying time in our household lately. But I’m finding that if I just step back and stop telling him what not to do, he figures out exactly what to do on his own.

I’m learning. They’re good teachers, if I just pay attention.



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OMG, I Have Two Kids! {One Month Update}

One month in, and we’re still standing! 

(Actually, yesterday marked one full month with our baby girl, but a killer headache took priority and I hit the sack early.)

Our sweet Little E was born at 7lb 7oz, but at her 2-week appointment she only weighed 7lb 3oz, so they had her listed as underweight. So, to appease them, I took her in for a weight check yesterday. Exactly 2 weeks later, and she had gained a full pound, weighing in at 8lb 4oz. Take THAT! I wish doctors would utilize breastfeeding growth charts consistently. The thought that your baby might not be thriving is very scary, and could really cause doubt in many breastfeeding moms. The best rule of thumb I know: keep an eye on those diapers. If they’re full and frequent, you’re golden. And believe me, Little E has been filling hers like it’s her job (which, I suppose right now it is…)  Continue reading

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Our big announcement: 3+1=4!

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you may have already heard the news, but if not…

We’re expecting!

That’s right! I’ve got a bun in the oven! Baby #2 has decided to join our family, and not a moment too soon. I had planned on having my babies much closer together, but this baby took his (her?) sweet ol’ time and made us wait. We’re about 13 weeks along, and it looks like we’ll be welcoming our new little bundle toward the end of February, 2013. We couldn’t be happier! Continue reading


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Announcing my newest goal!

If I say it, then I must follow through…right?

So I’m saying it. I have set a new goal!

I’m going to register for my first half marathon! I have my eye on the Hershey Half in Hershey, PA this October, and I’m so excited about it!

I’ve always been a runner, but I’ve taken a lot of breaks. This whole “leftover baby tummy” is what inspired me to lace up my running shoes again, and I’ve been back at it since March, running consistently about 3 times a week. I’m definitely focused more on distance and endurance rather than speed, and right now I’m up to 5 miles, 3 times per week. And let me tell you, I feel like a million bucks after a good 5-mile run. I can’t wait until I can do 8, and then 10, and then even more! When it gets tough, I chant my running mantra with each step:

Strong mommy, healthy mommy. Strong mommy, healthy mommy.

It reminds me of my purpose.

Now, the not-so-great news. I’m nursing an injury. How annoying, right? I’m not sure how I did it, but I think I strained or maybe even tore something in my right shin. I had an X-ray, and the doctor told me it was a shin splint, but since he barely looked at it I just don’t trust that. Physical therapy starts on Tuesday, and I hope to get some good advice on how to avoid further injury. Until then, I’m bring very careful not to push my luck.

Like I said, I started running again in an effort to lose weight, but it’s become so much more. I feel healthier, more energetic, more relaxed, better able to handle stress and, well, just better overall. It’s amazing, really, what taking that hour a few times a week can do for a person’s overall health, both mental and physical. I feel like I’ve reclaimed my groove again after our recent pregnancy loss and months of being sick.

It’s a good thing, too, because the weight loss thing isn’t really happening. I lost about 2.8 lbs and then a big fat nothing. The number won’t budge. It’s frustrating, but I know not to focus too much on the number. While I’m off my feet, I’m using my sleek and handy new EatSmart scale to help me make sure my weight isn’t creeping up.

Maybe one of these days I’ll get the courage to actually stand on it. :)

So there. A quick little post about my latest hobby, and newest goal. Now that I’ve said it, I will do it. I promise.

What’s your latest goal?

This is a Type C post. I received a product sample from EatSmart for review purposes.

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