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  1. Kate, 5 months

    December 9, 2013 by frecklesandsunshine

    Whew! It has been a busy couple weeks. We traveled to Champaign, IL for Thanksgiving. It was lovely to spend the holiday with family. Then, as soon as we got back to St. Louis, it was time to start preparing for Christmas. As usual, the years are short and the days are long. 

    In the midst of it all, our baby girl turned 5 months old. Everyone tells you that the time flies by and that’s true. I have to say, though, it seems more true for Kate than it did for Olivia. Maybe it is because I have another child to share my attention or maybe we are just busier as a family, but gosh, wasn’t she just born yesterday??

    Kate, 5 months

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  2. The First Week…

    August 22, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    Last week was the first week. My first week back to work and Olivia’s first week at daycare. I suppose it was also Tim’s first week to have both of his girls gone from the house while he was at work. It must have been strange for him to realize that if he called home no one would answer the phone.

    Let me back up for a moment and tell you how all of this came about. Since about the first of the year, Tim and I have been discussing the idea of me going back to work. We knew I wouldn’t go back until the beginning of the school year, but the time to start preparing for a job search in the teaching profession is late winter and early spring. After submitting my paperwork to the Colorado Department of Education for a teaching certificate here, I began to submit my resume to various school districts in the area. I submitted somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 resumes spread between four different school districts. Then, I waited. I waited and waited and waited.

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  3. Go the F to Sleep

    June 28, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    Olivia turned 10 months old last week. I can’t believe I am already coming up with ideas for her first birthday party.

    When we became parents last August, Tim and I agreed…there is nothing else like the love you have for your child.

    Parenthood is precious.

    Most of the time…

    Like this…

    And this…

    And, lately, like this…

    But, occasionally, we get a little too precious about parenthood. Because, as we all know, parenting is also about this…

    I am the Chief Bottle Washer.

    And this…

    Spitting cottage cheese. Charming, no?

    And, of course this…

    Aren't you glad I didn't take a picture of the inside?? Or that your computer doesn't have Smell-o-vision?

    When we get a little too precious about parenthood and our children, a little humor usually does the trick. In my world, sarcastic humor is perfect.

    So, when I stumbled over a small package on my doorstep a couple weeks ago I was intrigued. Tim’s dad had emailed to let us know he was sending us a book. I was too busy at the time to look it up. On the day it arrived, I opened up the package and sat there, dumbfounded.

    “Go the F*** to Sleep” Really?? Kinda harsh.

    Then, I opened it up. I soon realized that although it is constructed like a traditional children’s book, it is by no means meant for children.

    The tears began to flow. Between the giggles, snorts, and guffaws, the tears rolled down my cheeks. The kind that only come when I am laughing so hard that I cry.

    The windows are dark in the town, child. The whales huddle down in the deep. I'll read you one very last book if you swear, You'll go the f*** to sleep.

    The story, written by Adam Mansbach, is told from the perspective of a parent putting his/her child to bed. Over and over again.

    Although Olivia is too young to get up from bed on her own, Tim and I can still relate based solely on those early sleep deprived days of parenthood. Sheer exhaustion is the same no matter what form it comes in.

    This is my favorite page.

    The eagles who soar through the sky are at rest And the creatures who crawl, run and creep. I know you're not thirsty. That's bullshit. Stop lying. Lie the f*** down, my darling, and sleep.

    What’s even better is that Samuel L. Jackson did the audiobook. Go here for the free download.

    The next time you feel like parenthood is all about this…

    Read this book, have a little chuckle, and then go play with your kid.


  4. Happy Father’s Day

    June 19, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine


  5. Olivia is 9 months old!

    May 24, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    I’m really not sure how this happened. My little newborn, who used to look like this…

    Now looks like this…

    She had her 9 month check on Monday. She is 28.25 inches long and weighs 16lbs8oz. The doc said she is a happy, healthy 9 month old.

    I informed him that she is also very busy.

    She will be one year old, like, tomorrow.

    Or in three months.

    Gulp.

    Didn’t she look like this just a minute ago?

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