The Row House

Baby proofing to the MAX!

We love our cool little house, but we definitely designed it for adults with its exposed brick and hard wood floors, a concrete dining room table and floating stairs with sharp edges.

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I love our house even more with our 13-month-old in it even though we are constantly trying to make sure he doesn’t slip, fall or crack his head on a corner.

Now, we are baby proofing to the max and Henry is helping.

He helped his Daddy pick up and carry out these pipe insulators from Home Depot.

We put them on the edges of our stairs. Of course, Henry’s favorite thing is to take them off!

My little man…I love how he is a mini version of Mark with his love of all things Home Depot!

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New Year, Better Us

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions but I am going to try something this year.

For 2018, we’re going to set an “intention” for our family. And this intention is going to be a guide post for how we live our life this year.

I’ve been feeling an energy in my soul over the last few months and it’s saying “have no fear.” Do not let fear rule your life, make your decisions, influence your happiness or take the enthusiasm out of an opportunity.

So that’s what we’re going to strive for in 2018. Whether that means moving forward on a big project with the house…or taking on something new at work…or going after a passion that fills our hearts and brings us joy.

I think only GOOD can come from that!

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The Grand House

Christmas with the Champion Eater!

You know Christmas is going to be great when Hank the Tank looks this good in his holiday pajamas!!!

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Sweet baby boy did not disappoint this Christmas…he woke up VERY HAPPY although he has no idea who Santa is and could have cared less that we bought him a Tickle Me Elmo.

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Henry’s Nana and Pap went all out with the gifts for him and cousins Lily and Caroline.

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Henry got like 20 new truck books and a tiny keyboard that he points at and shouts “Oooooo!!!”

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We also celebrated Christmas with a non-stop day of eating. Henry, you know, is a champion eater who had ham and eggs in the morning…3 different casseroles at his Aunt Susie’s for lunch…and prime rib, potatoes and tiramisu at his favorite Aunt Trudy’s!

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I didn’t get Mark a gift and he didn’t get me one…we put a new roof on the new house instead.

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I always thought I’d love diamonds under the tree…but now I’m a girl who gets excited about new shingles and a french door that’s coming in a few weeks!

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Dormer Demolition!

We made some BIG progress on the new house in the past several weeks! Yay!

Mark and my super fantastic brother-in-law, Kevin, got on the roof and demo-ed the two dormers.

Our plan is for that third floor to be two kids rooms with a bathroom, and so we wanted to double the size of the dormers to make that space bigger.

Mark and Kevin got all the demolition done in about six hours and did not fall off the roof. SUCCESS!

We then had an AMAZING Amish crew come in and rebuild the new, bigger dormers.

Mark wanted to help, but the crew was so talented that he just stayed out of their way and watched and learned!

We love how the expanded dormers add so much light and extra height room!

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We Survived The 1st Year!

Our sweet baby Henry is now 1. I can’t believe it…it was the fastest year of my life!

I’m not the greatest mom in the history of the world, but I’ve learned a few gems that I now live by and want to share.

Henry has eaten his fair share of dirt, leaves, rocks and yucky stuff at the playground…and he is fine! We don’t let him make a meal of it, but it’s impossible to keep your kid away from every germ…and you’ll lose your sanity if you try.

Showering once a week is perfectly acceptable. Henry gets a bath several times a week, but Momma survives on dry shampoo and a delightful new perfume I got from Jo Malone. I either don’t have time to shower, or (if I do) I’d rather sleep!

Henry wears the same 4 outfits and most times they don’t match! As long as his clothes are clean and he is happy, I don’t really care how he looks. He is currently wearing a “Santa’s Favorite Elf” shirt because it fits around his big belly and that was the first thing I grabbed. HA!

Don’t compare yourself to other moms on social media. If they act like their lives are perfect with a baby…they’re lying!!! Having a baby is SO HARD and you spend most of the day on the floor, in a sweatshirt, your hair in a ponytail and crusty makeup from the day before under your eyes. Trust me.

You must do what works for YOU. Henry watches Sesame Street in the morning (so that I can get ready for work) and at night (so that I can shove some food in my mouth and have a few sips of wine.) He only sits still when that show is on, and so I use it so that I can get myself together. NO SHAME…USE SESAME STREET!

We’re finally in a REALLY good place! Henry is now at a really fun age and I’ve gotten better at being a Mom. I feel less overwhelmed than I did during months 6-9 and (I’m glad to report) the days are much easier for me!

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On The Move!

Henry is on the move and things are cooking over in our little neck of the world.

We’ve made some great progress with our house renovation but I’m saving those details for a later date! 🙂

Our Mini Man turned 11 months old last week and we are planning his 1st birthday party.

I cannot believe it’s been a year since I had him…that was the FASTEST year of my life!!!

Henry’s favorite thing to do right now is run around and eat.

The boy has endless energy and literally runs all through the house!

My mom tried to feed him his puréed baby food the other day and he screamed until she fed him lasagna and meatballs. HAHA!!

Love my big boy!

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Hurricane Hank!

I think we can all agree that Hank the Tank could have probably weathered Hurricane Irma as it hit Longboat Key where we were vacationing!

My baby boy is a tough little man who seems to laugh and giggle through everything, and I’m sure that would have been the case with Irma!

Our first family vacation to Longboat got cut short by 3 days…but we still had an awesome time!

Henry loved the beach, the ocean, the pool and ICE CREAM!

He also handled all the plane rides like a champ! Little man didn’t cry or fuss…all he did was stand up on my seat and smile and giggle at the people in the rows behind us!

I don’t think I can ever have another baby because, as my good friend said, Henry set the bar too high!!

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