Tall Mom tiny baby: September 2014
                                                                                           

Are You Ready For Another Baby?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Are you thinking about having another baby? When are you guys going to start on your second? Doesn't it just make you want another one? Itty Bitty needs a brother or sister.

Umm...

    No.

          At least for a loooong time. No thank you, no way, I don't think so.
Warning to all new moms out there. As soon as your little one turns about one, questions about a hopeful next pregnancy start popping up. 

Twenty Hours Without Our Toddler Or His Dirty Diapers #BabyDiapersSavings #CollectiveBias #shop

Monday, September 29, 2014

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Tall Dad and I are the coolest kids in town. Our usual daily conversations revolve around how few hours we slept, what surprises are found inside Itty Bitty's diapers, and pondering how we are going to gear up for our big move. We needed an adult day, and hopefully a restful night's sleep.


That's where Grandpa and Nanna saved the day! They offered to watch Itty Bitty from Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon.  Thanks to them, Tall Dad and I had 20 hours to reconnect, act silly, and ride the motorcycle.  Hit the jump for why we didn't miss our kid...

I'd Rather Spend Time With Captain America Than My Kid #InfinityHeroes #CollectiveBias #Shop

Friday, September 26, 2014

OK, so I'll admit it - my kid is a pain in the butt.  I actually look forward to the time when he goes to sleep. Why? Because it gives me what I need - "me" time.  Sometimes, I need time to geek out and do the things I love.  Obviously spending time with Tall Mom is important me too, but "me" time is just as important.  That being said,  I'm not cool anymore - I have a wife, a kid, and two cats. In other words, a veritable recipe comprised of all things uncool.  It's easy to say that all nighters, raves, and pub crawls just aren't an option anymore. So when Tall Mom was home, and Itty Bitty was in bed, I had my chance to do what I wanted.  But, what did I do? I went to Wal-Mart.  Yes, Wal-Mart.  But, I'll tell you something, I'm glad that I went because I met some really cool Superheroes there.

Hit the jump to find out how Captain America made my "me" time rule....

Healthy Snacking Ideas #SkinnyGirlSnacks #CollectiveBias #shop


My mom says that I'm a grazer, and always have been. I think she's right. I like to eat little bits of food throughout the day. Some people say that snacking on bites of food every few hours helps to keep one's metabolism rolling along. Yes, having a balanced lifestyle is important and keeping that metabolism churning is even more important.  But, you want to know what is more important to me?  Making sure I don't get hangry.

You know about hangry, right?  Hit the jump to find out what I mean...

How Do Babies Learn Language? {guest post}

Thursday, September 25, 2014

This is a guest post by our friends from The Metcalf Infant Research Lab at Brown University, where Itty Bitty and I had a lovely time this summer! I hope this information helps you - and maybe encourages you and your little one to help Brown further their research :) -- Tall Mom

How do babies learn language? 
I’m sure you and many parents have wondered how babies learn language!  Over the last 25 years, here at The Metcalf Infant Research Lab at Brown University, we’ve wondered about it every day!   How do they find the boundaries between words in speech (therearenospacesbetweenwordswhenwetalk)? 

How To Divide Household Chores With Your Partner #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias #shop

Monday, September 22, 2014

September has struck, and with it - so has our crazy season.  Itty Bitty has 6, yes you read that right - SIX - teeth coming in at once. I have started *a new job*, and Tall Dad and I have purchased a home. With all of life being amazing and crazy all at once, our apartment cleanliness has really slipped. Socks are everywhere, cat litter constantly crunches under our toes (yes, disgusting, I know!) and our dishes are piled up in a chaotic mess in our sink.  So armed with a vacuum, dishwasher detergent, and a pen, I decided to come up with a Tall Family Household chore list!

BRAVO - Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sometimes I get sick and tired of talking about diapers, teething, or my lack of sleep. I think fondly back on the days when I brushed my hair on a regular basis, or maybe those nights when I would go out and do something I liked - something that gave me a bit of culture. 

Those were the nights I wouldn't wear yoga pants. I would eat something a bit fancier than Progresso soup, or if I was lucky - leftovers from the night before.

Don't get me wrong. 


I love Itty Bitty, even when he's crying because of his six new teeth and his whole face is covered in boogies - even though I just wiped it two minutes ago. 
I also love yoga pants, and could probably live on Progresso's Minestrone soup if I wasn't so darn afraid of those chemicals in the cans.

Why Shopping For A Home Is A Lot Like Dating

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tall Dad and I have been searching for 2 years for a place to call HOME here in Providence, Rhode Island. It's been agonizing, fun, time consuming, and downright frustrating. But most of all, searching for a home has felt a lot like dating.


Step One: The Innocent-Wide Eyed-Pink Glasses Wearing-Dreamer

We've all been there. We've said to ourselves "I'm ready to start looking! Maybe I'll find something or someone right away, or maybe it will take a little while. I'm excited to get back into the field, and be hopeful that THE ONE is just out there - waiting for me to find it/him."

We daydream about what special events could look like in our new home. Introducing our new boyfriend to our friends and parents. Having friends over for dinners and birthday parties - or planning vacations with your imaginary new partner. 

Ahh, basking in the dreams of what may come. This step is just downright lovely.

My Kid's a Stoner {guest post}

Friday, September 12, 2014

*Disclaimer: This guest post is written by Tall Dad. The following article is not representative of Mary Larsen’s thoughts or values.  She is not liable for the views expressed in the following commentary. Chances are, however, that if you're reading this, regardless of your tastes, we probably have at least one thing in common - we're both parents. And you know, just as well as I, that being a parent, either new, or grizzled veteran, is tough on anyone. So, take whatever you like from this article – good, bad, or ugly – and try to enjoy.








I'd had it.

You want to know how much sleep I've had in the past couple of days? About three hours.  Give or take a minute or two.  Itty Bitty has been teething like a son of gun, and he's starting to go through this weird rebellious phase where all he wants to do is bust my balls.  Thus, no sleep.

For the most part, I'm a pretty patient dad.  I swear.  Crying isn't an issue for me, I can see past all the mess, and I'm actually starting to like hanging out with the kid finally.  I've normally got it all under control.

But, today.  Oh, today....

Hit the jump to find out how some Pink Floyd saved the day...

The Beauty of Handwritten Cards #ValueCards #CollectiveBias #shop

Monday, September 8, 2014

Um, what? September is already here? I feel like the Fourth of July was just yesterday! Does anyone else feel like this summer season flew by too quickly? I know it did for me. In a blink of an eye, friends were married, birthdays happened, and a few friends welcomed some new babies into their lives. I realized that even though I made phone calls or text messages, that I never celebrated any of these moments properly by sending a card.

My Kid Sucked {guest post}

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


*Disclaimer: This guest post is written by Tall Dad. The following article is not representative of Mary Larsen’s thoughts or values.  She is not liable for the views expressed in the following commentary. Chances are, however, that if you're reading this, regardless of your tastes, we probably have at least one thing in common - we're both parents. And you know, just as well as I, that being a parent, either new, or grizzled veteran, is tough on anyone. So, take whatever you like from this article – good, bad, or ugly – and try to enjoy.

Yes, you read that right - my kid sucked.

I literally hated being around him from birth all the way to he was about a year old. Well aware that it is more than likely different for other parents, I often struggled with this feeling of being so harsh on my child.  But, if I'm being honest with myself - I felt this way.


Is it embarrassing? Yup.  Do I wish I felt differently? You bet.  My kid, however, was a giant pain in the butt and it was tough to actually like him. Here's why:

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