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Just Say Yes: The Secret To Parenting A Toddler!

Being a mother has made me realize just how selfish I truly am. It is so easy for me to get swept up in my to-do lists that I rush through, and in my rushing to accomplish my tasks, I miss important moments in my son’s life. Last year we attended a wedding and happened to be seated next to a family therapist at the reception. I asked her for her number one piece of advice for parenting a toddler, and she simply responded, “say yes as much as possible.” She gave the  ...

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Family Life, Parenting

To Tristan

Dear Tristan,   Yesterday you turned one year old. I can hardly believe that you have already been with us for a whole year, and yet I can’t imagine what life was like without you. You have changed me and your daddy in ways you probably couldn’t imagine. From the very beginning, you have always been happiest when all three of us are together in the same room.   I never thought that I would cry when you cried, or that your precious giggles would make me smile even when I was  ...

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Family Life, Parenting

Baby Tristan: Our Unassisted Birth Story

Given that I had never given birth before, I’m not quite sure how to write a birth story.  But it was an amazing unassisted birth and our little guy is so precious, so I had to share.  Bear with me. The Stats: Tristan Amadeus Elihu was born on December 19th at 5:14am.  He weighed 7 pounds, 5.5 ounces, and was 20 1/4 inches long.  He also had the largest feet I’ve ever seen on a newborn.  Even after feeling him kick me for so long, I wasn’t expecting such massively long  ...

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