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Friday, September 4, 2015

ParentCast - Episode 30: Parental Responsibilities: Expectations And Approach



ParentCast is a podcast created by Tall Mom and Tall Dad.  It is essentially a companion piece to Tall Mom tiny baby and is dedicated to new parents & new babies.  Please subscribe to ParentCast on iTunes here if you like what you hear from us.
Hosts Mary and Blake discuss all things responsibility.  In this episode you'll learn all about: Tom Brady finally being free, why Breaking Bad has affected our lives in more ways than one, how to approach the responsibility conversation with your spouse, finding a baseline of responsibilities, being true to yourself, understanding your strengths and weaknesses as well as your spouses, and not expecting your spouse to be something they are not.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Won't You Be My Neighbor

Right now, at this very moment, I am lonely. 

My husband is out with some guy friends, and my two kids are asleep. One in the room next-door, and the other in my arms as a rock in my rocking chair.

The crickets outside my window are chirping away a beautiful symphony, accompanied by the white noise machine in my sons bedroom.

My cats are tumbling around downstairs, their bellies full of delicious meal of canned fancy feast.

I am happy. My heart is full. 

But right now I am lonely.

Just recently I reconnected with one of my best friends from college. 

I loved her like a sister, and it broke my heart when our lives went in different directions. It was a terrible breakup, and I cried more over losing her than I had over any break up with a boyfriend.

Since then, I've never been able to have a friendship like that. 

You see, a college best friend is a very special best friend. And one that can rarely be replaced.

This best friend sees you at your best, and at your worst. 

They there with you for your huge accomplishments, and some of your lowest lows, which often take place vomiting with your head plunged into a college toilet bowl.

Best of all, college best friends are with you as you truly begin to find out who you are. Who you were meant to be.

........

But what I really miss about the friendship of my college best friend, was having a best friend that was that close to me. 

Physically.

I could see her anytime - any day. I could have breakfast, lunch and dinner with her if I wanted - Plus a midnight snack in our pajamas.

I didn't have to dress up for her, heck, I didn't even have to put on a bra. 

She was next to me as a brushed my teeth at night. I'd help her get ready for a big night out, or we would keep each other company while we were studying. We would even bring each other soup if the other was sick.

Being college best friends is like  the John Mayer song, "Comfortable." 

...Except not being romantically involved with that person. Just totally good friends. Friends who love each other and are comfortable with one another. 

And right down the hall.

.....

I miss having a best friend as a neighbor. I had that for a while while I had a roommate in an apartment. Now I live with my husband and my two kids. 

My heart is full, but I am sometimes lonely.

I miss my girl nights. 

I miss sitting in my pajamas watching movies - whether they were good or bad. 

I miss painting nails together. 

I miss hanging out for no reason.

I miss being so close - location wise - to someone, that I wouldn't even need to call them on the phone. 

It was so easy, that could just walk over to their door and knock.

.....

So it kind of hit me tonight, that I may never have a friend like that again. 

I live on a dead-end street filled with older couples who are rarely home. None of them are particularly friendly, and those that are, I barely see.

None of them are even close to me in age, which isn't particularly necessary for being good girlfriends, but I highly doubt that any of them would ever just want to get together with me at the drop of a dime.

Now don't get me wrong, I have several great friends. 

Most of them are far away. For some I take a plane, or Skype. Others I plan ahead and pack my car and drive to their house. A couple friendships are even located on my own side of town. 

But no one is close by, like really close.

No one is so close that I could text them right now, and say "hey – what are you up to? I'm lonely, do you want to come right over and make cookies and watch tv?" 

Because it's all I really want to do right now.

I want someone so close by that they can come over in their pajamas, drink a beer with me, and and chat as I rock my sleeping baby.

.....

Maybe one day one of my elderly neighbors will pass away, and a future best friend will move in. 

Is that kind of morbid? Yes. 

But I freely admit that I wish for it almost every day. Especially in moments like this.

I sometimes dream that one of my great friends, the ones that I know will be with me for the rest of my life,
will move in right next-door to me. 

I dream about making pancakes on Sunday mornings and having them over for brunch.

I dream about raising our children together and helping watch each other's kids grow over time. 

I dream of being able to walk over to her house after a rough day with a bottle of wine in my hand, and know that the moment that I enter her door that everything will be OK. 

I dream that this kind of friendship could be physically close by once again.

.....

So as I said, I've been able to reconnect with my college best friend. She's across the country right now, and is happy. I missed her a lot. I think she missed me too.

It's been lovely to catch up, but it's also made me sad because I realize that I may never have friendship like that again.

.....

So I'm putting in into the universe, maybe, just maybe, one day one of my elderly neighbors will die.  (gasp)

Then, a for sale sign will go up in that yard, and a new possible best friend could move in.

I think for a welcome gift I'd bring over a bottle of wine.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse Review : Toddler Toys

One of the coolest things about having a two year old toddler is the imaginative play that starts to take place. Some days he pretends he is a dragon, other days he and his friends make up their own world. But recently, one of his favorite toys to play in has been his new Cape Cottage Playhouse by Little Tikes. My two year old loves this outdoor toy so much that I couldn't wait to review it and spread the love! 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Top 5 Nurturing Tips for New Dads {guest post}

Mothers nurture their babies for nine months in their womb, care for them when they are born and are understandably more attached to the newborn than fathers are. When we brought home our first child, I remember my husband shying away from the nursery. So one evening, after he came home from work, I put our boy in his arms and snuck away to the kitchen to prepare dinner. When I came back to check on my boys, I found them staring into each other’s faces while my husband was telling our son about his day at work. It was just the jitters that he needed to get out. Fathers are not just the second adult in the house; they can influence their children’s lives immensely. So, here are some tips on how to become a supportive new dad: 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Toddler Dragon Adventures in Surprize by Stride Rite

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Some great advice I once heard was to buy comfortable shoes and a fantastic bed mattress - because you spend all of your day in either one or the other. I've totally taken this to heart, not just for myself, but also for my family. 
My son currently thinks he is a dragon....90% of the day. 
He likes to pretend to fly, run incredibly fast across our yard, and when he eats - he says he is doing "Dragon Bites!"

Our rough and tumble toddler lives life to the fullest, and with all of his daily dragon adventures, his shoes really can take a beating
We've had our fair share of shoes in our household (especially since kids' feet grow at an exceedingly fast rate) and we've learned our lesson to trust brand names that have have made it through the test of time.

My most recent shoe purchase that I'd like to recommend is the shoe brand Stride Rite (who have been in business since 1919) and their new line called Surprize which is only available at Target and Target.com.
These shoes are awesome in my opinion because of three key points:
  • Comfort – These shoes have a generous fit and all memory foam footbeds, ensuring great comfort for your kids
  • Fit – The shoes have very flexible outsoles allowing for an agile, natural step and growth
  • Durability – The rubber toes ensure durability
They have Surprize for girls and Surprize for boysWe chose the toddler boy's Darion Sneakers, which I picked up at my local Target store, and they have certainly been up for son's dragon adventures!!
What types of qualities do you look in for shoes for you or your family?
Talk soon friends - I'm off to have some more Dragon Adventures!
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ParentCast - Episode 29: Calming Your Fussy Baby: The Five S's

ParentCast is a podcast created by Tall Mom and Tall Dad.  It is essentially a companion piece to Tall Mom tiny baby and is dedicated to new parents & new babies.  Please subscribe to ParentCast on iTunes here if you like what you hear from us.
Hosts Mary and Blake discuss the five S's from Dr. Harvey Karp's Happiest Baby On The Block. In this episode, you'll learn all about:  Does it work? What are they? Do I do all of them? Why Rhys is becoming a human and Blake hates it, why Mary REALLY loves Felicity, and Blake's emotional personal thank you to all of our listeners for their support.  
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Teething Truths, Tips, and Tricks

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Time sure does pass quickly when you have a baby. One minute they are a newborn, and the next they are a two year old toddler, running around a playground and laughing with friends.

What seems like a long long time ago, in a galaxy far away, we dealt with a terrible foe. 

My baby was teething.