Saugatuck, Michigan

To say goodbye to summer properly, my little family took a road trip (our first) to Saugatuck, Michigan.  We had a great time!  Here are some photos taken by me and my mister during our little adventure.


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Baby I Don’t Wanna Cry

Today was the beginning of the new school year.  My little guy had a big day too. It was his first day at daycare.  Both he and I cried (a lot).

I made this music mixtape to both acknowledge and have a little fun with how I am feeling.  It is called, “Baby I don’t wanna cry” and each song is about crying.

For the other moms out there what was your  experience dropping baby off at a caretaker for the first time?  How did you handle it?

Family Photo Gallery: A work in progress

One of my summer projects was to create a gallery photo display in our living room.  After much research and planning, we have one.  It is a work in progress.  As much as I love the many photos displayed in my inspiration images, I didn’t want to rush into filling up the wall.  I am thinking the wall can be a constant work in progress.  As our family continues to have new experiences and create new memories, I will add to the wall.

This is what we have so far.

 

How do you display your family photos?

Teachers have class. Back to school teacher outfits

It’s that time of year again.  It is the week before school starts. For those of you who are not teachers, the week before school feels like one really long Sunday evening.  You know the feeling?  Where you are trying to enjoy your last hours of the weekend while knowing that you have a rough week coming up.  That’s how I feel my last week of summer break.  I am trying to squeeze out every last bit of summer fun while also having a mix of anticipation, excitement, and some dread regarding returning back to work.  Don’t get me wrong, I love being a teacher, but just like the students, when summer is about to end, I just want to lay in bed, pull my blanket over my head and yell out, “Just five more minutes mom!”  But really what I mean is, give me another week please.

One fun thing about getting back to work is ‘playing’ dress up.  My casual summer outfits that range from pjs all day to maxi skirts will now be replaced with what I consider teacher chic.  Below are some images from my pinterest board to inspire some teacher outfits. For teachers and parents out there getting ready for the new school year.  Have a great school year everyone!

Party at my (side car) crib tonight


My little family has been a bedsharing family since the early weeks of our little guy’s life.  He is now 8 months old and rolls all sort of ways while he is sleeping.  When he wakes up he is  active, rolling around, sitting up, crawling and climbing.  It has become a challenge having him sleep in between us.  I think the only one that was getting restful sleep in our family bed was our little guy.  As parents, we were struggling with how to continue bedsharing while also getting enough rest.  Then Laotion Commotion shared her side car images. (cue celebration music)  It was the perfect solution.

As guided by Laotion Commotion, we built our crib without assembling one of the four sides.  It is essentially a toddler bed pushed up against our bed.  We pushed the crib mattress up against our mattress and filled the empty space with rolled up sheets.  It has been over two weeks now and it has been working great.  The whole family has been getting more restful sleep.  Thanks Laotion Commotion!

Here are some images from our little set up:

 

 

 

The crib is the Lauren Graco Crib  and the mattress is the IKEA VYSSA SPELEVINK 

 

 

Breastmilk Donation

I have been meaning to write this post for awhile now.  When I returned to work after maternity leave, I found that I had excessive lipase in my breastmilk.  The result was soapy sour like milk that my little guy refused to take.  After some research I learned how to treat the breastmilk so he would take it.  I have a post about it here.

Upon finding out that my little guy wouldn’t take the milk, I was sad at the thought of the milk going to waste.  I did some research about breastmilk donation and found that despite the excessive lipase, human milk donation centers will happily accept it.  Turns out babies in the intensive care unit get the milk through a feeding tube and won’t be bothered by the change of texture and smell.

After completing some paperwork, I am happy to report that in early June I dropped off the milk at a local hospital.  For those of you considering donating your breastmilk, I encourage you to.  It is pretty rewarding knowing you’re providing for a baby in need.