Tall Mom tiny baby: November 2015

I'm Ready To Have My Wife Back

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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Fun fact: I have not had a normal night's sleep in 3 years.  Yup, your read that right - 3 FREAKIN' years.  Between Tall Mom's first pregnancy, then a colicky first baby, then the second pregnancy, and now an adorable 5 month old that sleeps randomly and in my bed no less, my sleeping arrangements with my wife have been dubious at best.  

But, this got me thinking - I miss my wife.  

Like, a lot. 

It's never just us anymore.  But, I had one conversation with her the other night on a date night that made me realize there's a light coming.  I'm ready to have my wife back - and here are the reasons why...

Potty Training Tips Tricks and Advice

Monday, November 16, 2015

Potty training is hard.  Well, not for everyone I suppose.  You could have a prodigy who goes from diaper to porcelain throne within two days.  (By the way, I am very jealous of whoever that is.) But for us common folk - it's the source of a lot of stress.  In fact, I'd say I'm getting just as frustrated with potty training as I did with sleep training and that's saying A LOT.  Not only do I read one thing on how to start the process, then I get told by someone else something completely different  and then I see a video about how one person did the exact opposite of the past two things I tried.  ::deep breaths:: 

Listen, there isn't just one way to skin a cat, and there's definitely more than 40 billion ways to potty train a kid.  For what it's worth - I've tried to jot some ideas down that I think work for me and I hope they work for you too....

Delicious Breastfeeding Friendly Breakfast Sandwich and Smoothie Recipe & Omelette in a Mug

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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I have belonged to moms groups since I was pregnant with my son three years ago, and one of the chief complaints from fellow moms is that we can't find time to take care of ourselves.  

Sure, we would love to find the time to do our normally scheduled activities, like getting our hair done, going out with friends to see a movie, or having a weekly date night with our spouse.  

But I'm not even talking about those things...

My Maternity Photo Session: Pregnancy Pictures with Agroterra Photography

Monday, November 9, 2015

A Zebra. A big, huge, horizontally striped zebra. That's exactly what I felt like recently at a friends wedding. I was seven months pregnant, had gained some weight, and stupidly fell into the trap of wearing horizontal stripes while being pregnant.

(Why?!?! Why make us pregnant women look larger than we already are?)

I hid from the photographer and videographer as much as I could, but found one photo of me from behind, and I was mortified. I wanted to nuke that photo right off the page.

At 36 weeks pregnant, I felt big, bloated, sick and uncomfortable this entire second pregnancy. I didn't feel beautiful, that is , until I had a maternity photo session done by Lisa Gendron of Agroterra Photography.

As Christmas Shopping Begins, Take a Moment To Watch This Video

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Halloween is over, which means every store has already stripped it's shelves from the orange and black decorations, and have switched them for red and gold. People's AMAZON shopping carts are filling up with gift ideas, and many are beginning to worry about how to pay for all of the gifts. 

I started to think about the gifts I needed to buy, and came across this video. 

The Best Baby and Toddler Friendly Places in Rhode Island - Morris Ave Tot Lot - Providence

Snuggled within Morris Avenue on the East Side of Providence is a precious and perfect little playground specifically aimed at babies and toddlers.

The toddler park on Morris Ave seems to have been an extra house lot the city may have taken over and filled with mulch and fenced in. It is not large, but I actually like that about it. Unlike its larger playground neighbor, the Glady's Potter Garden, the Morris Ave tot lot is cute and compact - and you can see you little one playing at all times. 

This park is so tiny, in fact, that many people drive by it not even knowing it exists. I personally lived and hung out on the East Side of Providence for 9 years before I knew this little playground was there. 

Halloween 2015: I Laughed and Danced The Night Away

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Last night was epic as it was amazing. It was our first Halloween as a family of four! 

We were a family full of Star Wars characters. Tall Dad was the dashing Han Solo, our kids were Chewbacca and Yoda, and I was Princess Leia from A New Hope. I love dressing up - for any reason - and am so excited that my oldest child is now old enough to go trick-or-treating...so that my family can have a reason to all get dressed up!

Stress Urinary Incontinence Meets Its Match

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Your Chosen Family Is Just As Important As Your Given Family

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I love my family.  Really, I do.  We may not always get along and we certainly argue about the stupidest stuff for no reason. But, in the end, we are still family and I have their backs no matter what.  But, one thing I have come to appreciate over my thirty two years on this planet is the advent of my "chosen" family.  These are the people I choose to surround myself with on a daily basis, and trust with every fiber in my being.  And while the holidays come around I know it's important to spend time with your bloodlines - but it's easy to forget those people you choose to be in your life.  Especially when you have kids.  Here is my ode to them...