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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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How A Baby Makes Marriage Hard And When We Had Our Breakthrough

Our baby rocks. Henry is the happiest and sweetest little boy, and we love him to the moon and back!

But having a baby is hard…much harder than we thought. So hard that we asked each other, “Should we have even had a baby?!”

When we first brought Henry home from the hospital, we were running on adrenaline and bliss.

Those first couple weeks are a blur and we were just so happy to have a healthy baby.

But then the sleepless nights and stress took their toll.

If I didn’t like how Mark held the baby or fed the baby or changed the baby, I would snap at him and he would snap back. Then we’d go to bed angry and the cycle would repeat itself.

When Henry turned 6 months old, we finally had a come-to-Jesus talk. Mark and I decided that we would not say unkind things to each other no matter how annoyed we were…we would KEEP OUR MOUTHS SHUT.

We also decided not to examine our marriage or our lives right now because no good comes when you do introspection on NO SLEEP.

I’m happy to say that after a few weeks of KEEPING OUR MOUTHS SHUT, our marriage felt easier and lighter and nicer!

We now find ourselves in a really wonderful place…and we know how LUCKY we are to have each other and Hank the Tank!

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Vacation and poop…like LOTS of poop.

We’ve been away from the blog for a hot minute because we’ve been living life…and taking care of a 7-month-old who is a VERY busy boy!

A few weeks ago, we took Henry to Toronto to see his cousins…

He loved every minute of the trip including when he blew out his diaper in the car and had poop all over him and the car seat.

Mark and I laughed and laughed as we cleaned him in the middle of a Tim Horton’s parking lot….hahaha!!!

Hank the Tank is quite the traveler and LOVED the Jersey Shore last week!

He loved the ocean, the sun and sand…even when he ate a handful of it.

Best. Kid. Ever.

A life lesson Mark and I learned very quickly last week…vacationing with a 7-month-old is NOT relaxing.

Thankfully, we were there with family and friends who helped out so that Mark and I could drink a beer…or two.

It’s all back to work now…and back to working on the new house…which will feel like a vacation compared to vacationing with my favorite Chubba Bubba!

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Watch Your Mouth!

My sweet boy is googling and gurgling and making all sorts of sounds as he tries to figure out how to talk!

While this is amazing, it’s also giving me major anxiety because I have a horrible mouth…as in, I could make a sailor blush. 🙂

I am not proud (and I know my mother is mortified by this) and I am working on it, but the other night while we were playing with Hank the Tank and rolling around on the floor…I spilled my wine glass.

Guess what? Red wine STAINS! And Momma unleashed a fiery, profanity-laced tirade.

I am praying to God that Hank’s first word is Mama or Dada or anything but what he heard in that moment! Ahhhhh!!!

Since I just gave you a wonderful example of poor parenting, I’m going to have my sister, Kelly, chime in as well…because it’s nice to know that she’s not perfect either. 😉

Hey everyone! This is Kelly and I’m going to tell you how my 2-year-old plays “titties.”

Tickle. That’s what she means. TICKLE.

Don’t go thinking we teach our toddler body terminology that our adult friends don’t even say…

Her daddy tickles her back with his beard. It’s their little game before bed time. He tickles her back — She “titties” his arms and neck.

The problem is…she gets really excited and playful around kids, so she yells at the playground that she wants to “play titties.”

I know how that sounds.

But just smile like we do and move on. 🙂

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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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