Tall Mom tiny baby: February 2015

A Great Reason To Smile: Preparing For Our Newborn Photo Shoot

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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Last week I shared two heavy, deep, and yet somewhat Debbie Downer posts with you here on the blog (one was about not being excited about being pregnant, and one was about postpartum depression.) As honest and true as these posts were, I want you to know that I still have a ton to be happy and smile about. Those dark days are well into my past, and Tall Dad and I are in a better place than we ever were. 

As difficult as my second pregnancy has been, I've been really focusing on staying positive and having a happy outlook for this new baby we are going to be welcoming into the world.  I'm planning a nursery, purchasing newborn items, and am even mentally preparing for a newborn and family photography session. I've already been scouring Pinterest for the cutest sibling photos, as well as thinking about what maternity shirt I'd like to be wearing (because lets be honest, I'll still be in maternity clothes at that point.)

I Was Tortured By Postpartum Depression

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hi there. Remember me? I'm that tall freckled mom who used to blog ALL the time about her life, her family, and her adorable little son - Itty Bitty (aka Rhys.)

I kinda disappeared from the blog-o-sphere, and life to be honest, for a large part of 2014. I've barely blogged about my new pregnancy - baby due in May...

Where did I go? 

Well, I was still here. Still home, still living, and still performing my role in life. 

Performing my role? Yep. I was performing.  For everyone.  Including you.  It was a role that wasn't me.  A role that shouted "everything was 'ok'." But, nothing was ok. 

Truth: I Wasn't Happy To Find Out I Was Pregnant

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My reaction to finding out I was pregnant is something I'm not necessarily proud of. I swore. A lot.

I know, pregnancy is beautiful, and a miracle...

But you see, I had finally convinced myself that pregnancy wasn't really in the cards for me this year. 

A mix of possible personal fertility issues, coupled with an incredibly stressful lineup of fall and winter events - made for a "un-pregnancy friendly" timing. 

Some of you may remember my writing a blog post about not being ready to have another child.

I found out I was pregnant two days after I wrote that post. 

5 Simple Ways To Save Money While Pregnant - From Prepaid Plans and Carrying Cash

Friday, February 13, 2015

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I had a mini freakout session this week. Okay, actually a big huge ginormous freakout this week - over money. I decided I needed to start being extreme about saving money - I'm talking getting rid of my car, renting a bedroom to some random stranger no craigslist,  couponing to the extreme, and only using phones on prepaid plans.

Why did I suddenly become Miss Penny Pincher? 

Because I realized that I do not get parental leave at my job.

Toddler Valentine's Day Mini Photo Session Ideas

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty lazy when it comes to decorating my house for the holidays. I'm even lazy when it comes to de-decorating for the holidays. I recently threw a Valentine's Day heart up on my front door and felt accomplished. That is until I shut the door and looked square at my Christmas Tree which is still up in our living room. 

Oh well. I made some effort!

I'm hoping that one day the Pinterest mothering / crafting / baking / decorating bug might bite. 

But until then, I'll just feel the festive glow from these Valentine's Day pictures that my friend Dana took of Rhys.

Capturing Memories from Bump to Baby Giveaway

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It's funny how being pregnant and then having a new baby in your household totally makes one's life topsy turvy. Time flies by faster than the speed of light, and before you know it, you're celebrating your child's first birthday...or if you're like me...possibly gearing up to have your next baby.

During the difficult months of dealing with colic, I made a promise to myself to take pictures of Rhys, so that I could remember the precious moments. The firsts. The times that I didn't want to pass by in the blink of an eye. 

The Top 3 Items For My Tax Return Money

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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As a dad, I am required to do a lot.  I'm ok with that, that's what I signed up for.  Whether it's paying the bills, putting up and taking down the christmas tree, fixing all things that need to be fixed, and
 always being expected to have an answer to all of life's mysteries, I'm always being pulled in one direction or another.  In fact, I have very little time to myself anymore.  I can't just sit down and do something for me.  Well, it's tax time and I anticipate getting a huge return from Uncle Sam.  I plan on taking that money and finally putting an end to all this non "me-time," and my first objective is to buy a brand spanking new phone with unlimited talk/text & data.

Romantic Restaurants Across the United States

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Romantic Restaurants