Embracing Me

After I gave birth to Lola, my body went right back to the way it was before I was pregnant. Shockingly, I didn’t have to work extra hard at getting rid of the baby fat–it just sort of went away. I considered myself lucky and never thought twice about it. As many of you know, Sebastian came out enormous for my 5’3″ body. He was 10 1/2 lbs which would explain why I felt so huge throughout my entire pregnancy. I was naive to think my body would quickly slim up like it had after Lola. I quickly realized Sebastian’s presence in my body would leave a permanent reminder that I once housed a child. The stretch marks, the flabby belly and the inability to yet fit in...
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That’s SAHM to You!

Stay at home mom

Today begins the third week of something I’ve looked forward to for a long time now…I’m officially a stay at home mama (SAHM). OK, I fibbed a bit. I still work two days a week, but for the most part I am immersed in Lola’s life every single day. And I have to say…I absolutely love it. I won’t go into full details about the transition, but lets just say Rob landed what many call “a dream job”. He is incredibly happy and while I know he misses his time with Lola, he was more than ready to embark on this next chapter in his life. I have to thank him for everything he has done for our girl. Most men would never make it as a stay...
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Sweet Baby Howell

This follow-up post was supposed to be just that – an immediate follow-up to my last post. But hey…I’m pregnant (29 weeks now) and I’m already a mama to a child who now treats our living room furniture like a darn jungle gym (even gets up on the coffee table with this crazy look of pride) which means no eyes can be taken off of her. Ever. Well I had discussed before about why our family and friends were in Indianapolis to visit…and while the immediate reason was obviously to hang out with the coolest child on the planet, they were also here to help celebrate the soon arrival of Baby Howell. Sweet Baby Howell. The restaurant where I work was graciously donated to us to celebrate my...
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Family Unions Reuniting

This post might be long…in fact, I’m thinking I should break it up into two posts because as requested by my readers, I have pictures. And I mean lots of pictures. Where to start? It’s 6:30 am, I’m 28 weeks pregnant and my brain is in 28 different locations. Bear with me. I think I’ll start with family… On a rainy Sunday morning, I was able to leave work early and as I was getting ready to eagerly head home when I read an email from my mom. Subject Caption : Arrive Early I knew my mom and Steve were in the U.S. (remember they live in Costa Rica) beginning their three week vacation and I knew we were a stop somewhere in between, but I was thrilled...
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And So The Transition Begins

A couple of weeks ago, we moved Lola into her very own big girl bed. We considered many options in regards to a bed for her. Was she ready to move out of a crib? Would she be safe in a raised toddler bed? Should we buy a toddler mattress to put on the floor first? Should we consider a twin size mattress on the floor? After many long discussions, Rob and I decided we would move Lola to a twin mattress that would stay on the floor. Lola is a long girl and we would often hear her hit the sides of her crib which would inadvertently disrupt her sleep. We did not feel that Lola was ready to sleep in a raised bed as her comprehension...
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