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Mark will only go on a family walk beer is involved.

Yep…that’s what my husband wants, so that’s what my husband gets!

Thankfully, we live in Lawrenceville where the number of breweries and bars is endless, so we have many, many options. 🙂

To be fair, I also love our new family ritual.

Every night, we put Hank in the Rolls Royce of strollers and go for a nice, hour-long walk through the neighborhood.

Sometimes we stop for a drink at the beginning…sometimes, we grab a beer after.

So far, Hank the Tank has been to Grapperia, Franktuary, Industry, The Abbey, Full Pint Brewing, New Amsterdam, Roundabout Brewery and Dive Bar and Grill.

Everyone always loves these sweet cheeks. Hank might be the hippest boy in town. 🙂

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Old, Sexy Dad!

My sweet hubby Mark turned 40 this week…it’s a big one and Hank and I wanted to do something special for him!

We surprised Daddy at his office with a big birthday lunch! The whole office was in on it and set up a bunch of fake meetings and kept Mark busy while the caterers came in and while I set up the cake!

Since Mark is now an old, sexy dad…we had to celebrate with his beer of choice…you know he’s 100% Dutch and so we had to get some cold Heinekens!

Mark was TOTALLY surprised and so happy! After lunch we spent the rest of the day with Henry!

Best part of turning 40 with a 4-month-old? You can take your kid on a birthday bar crawl through Lawrenceville and he sleeps right through it!!

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#MomGuilt

Mom Guilt is real…it totally screws with your head…and it’s hard to get rid of.

That is the 2,346,758th thing I have learned as a mother.

I swore to myself that I would breastfeed Henry as long as I could, but if it got really difficult when I went back to work then I would supplement with formula and not feel bad about it.

Well, guess how that went??? Not well at all.

I don’t want to give him formula…I just keep thinking how well he’s grown just having breast milk!

I know I’m being pig-headed.

Hank’s pediatrician said even the most well-meaning moms can get a bit crazy about breastfeeding.

I’m DETERMINED to keep nursing Hank. Even with a painful breast infection called mastitis that I keep getting.

We are working on clearing that up and Hank is a champ and helping Mom do that, but I’m exhausted.

And, yes, I’m smiling in that picture…but ask my husband…or mom or sister…I’m so stressed right now my head could burst at any moment!!

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Renovating a house vs. Raising a kid

Mark and I are trying to figure out what’s harder…renovating a house or raising a baby?

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I think the time we put into both might be comparable.

When I’m with Henry on the weekends, Mark is at the house for a full 8 hours working his butt off.

The only difference is that I get big coos and toothless smiles and Mark just gets a face full of dust.

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The money is not comparable. Renovating a house is EXPENSIVE…even when you’re doing most of the work yourself!

Hank the Tank is super cheap (right now!). My breast milk is free and people bought so many cute clothes for him, I have not purchased an outfit for him since he was born. (Thanks Aunt Sabrina for this snowsuit!)

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The reward is different. Progress on a house can be more of a long term reward with parts of immediate satisfaction sprinkled in between.

I know Mark and I would feel SUPER accomplished after a hard day of renovating and even more proud when it was all done.

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With Henry…I feel very accomplished when I get him to sleep…or get the boogers out of his nose…or get a great big smile out of him! I think the long term reward with Hank will be when he is a happy, fully functioning adult and we can breathe a sigh of relief!

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There is no time to blog!

I wrote this blog in 7 minutes as Hank the Tank finished snoozing. (That Patriots onesie is for you, Uncle Dave!)

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I’m back at WPXI which means I’m a working mom…and Dear Jesus in heaven…I have no free time!!

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I’m sure I’ll get better as the weeks go by and bring you some super stellar blog posts about our house and baby…that is my goal.

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But all I’ve got for you today is that I spend every waking second Monday through Friday either nursing Hank, cooing with him, changing him, getting him to my mom’s, working on news stories, pumping, eating and maybe fitting in a bathroom break!

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When I get home, I still can’t blog because I have to prep food, bottles, pumping stuff and clothes for the next day!

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Then I fall asleep at exactly 8:32 pm because I’m. So. Damn. Tired.

To all you working parents out there…kudos! And please tell me it gets easier! 🙂

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Onward We Go!

After 12 awesome weeks with my sweet, sweet boy…Momma is heading back to work!

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I’m excited to go back…although I’m sure I will shed a few tears.

I do take great, GREAT comfort in the fact that Henry will be spending his days with my mom…his Nana.

Henry loves his Nana…he loves to coo and smile at her…and his favorite cousin Lily also loves him to bits. Hank, Lily and Nana will have more fun than I can even imagine!

I know I’m doing the right thing by going back to work.

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I want Henry to have a life filled with every opportunity possible, and Momma’s job is to finance those opportunities in addition to loving him to pieces!

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Daddy works very hard too…and we are so proud of the progress he’s making on the new house for the 3 of us!

Onward we go!

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Baby About Town!

Before Henry was born, Mark and I said we were going to try and live our lives as normally as possible and just bring Hank the Tank along for the ride!

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Just look at him…doesn’t he look like he’s up for anything?!

Because God sent us such a good baby…we take Hank everywhere we go.

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He goes to the job site to see Daddy and all the renovations he’s doing on the new house.

We took him to see our favorite bartender at Grapperia in Lawrenceville…and Hank just chilled with us for an hour as we had a drink.

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Baby Henry also hit up Industry for a Sunday afternoon cocktail. (I know it seems like our lives revolve around drinking, but I promise they don’t!)

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And even though Hank is always down for hitting up our neighborhood haunts, this is our absolutely favorite place…

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Nothing is better than chillin’ in bed with our little guy!

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