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writer, podcaster, optimist
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After making us wait for so long... Maeve Elizabeth finally joined us Sunday morning. She was so sweet to let us get a full night of sleep and then arrived quickly, in just three hours, and was born at 9 a.m. She weighed 8 lb and 10 oz and was 20.75 inches long. Her birth was so quick after we waited so long for her – it was really surreal to be holding her! Our birth at the birth center was an incredible and peaceful experience. Compared to my previous two births I felt even more present and empowered by... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at RISING*SHINING
From crafts to pretend play to arcades we are saying "no" and owning not being fun moms. We chat about the cultural pressure to be a "fun mom" and all the ways we aren't fun, but also a few ways that we actually are fun. In Obsessions Kelsey is getting... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Girl Next Door Podcast
We've been home as a family in self-isolation for three weeks and it feels...kind of normal? Or at least as normal as it can feel to be staying at home because of a pandemic. Which is not to say that it's always easy or that I don't feel anxiety and frustration. But I think I've wrapped my head around this being life for the foreseeable future. Arizona schools are closed through the end of the school year so this is life until school (hopefully!!) starts in August. As soon as schools started closing the internet was flooded with ideas for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at RISING*SHINING
I've brought snacks before for nurses when I birthed at the hospital! I will probably share some homemade cookies although I might also have to eat them all, haha!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on In Our Birth Center Bag at RISING*SHINING
here's to hoping!
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on In Our Birth Center Bag at RISING*SHINING
For three weeks now we've had a bag packed and ready to take the birth center at a moment's notice. I get a little thrill seeing the bag waiting in the corner of our room, especially when I think about the tiny baby clothes that are tucked inside for our daughter. As we've waited (and waited) it also helps remind me that our baby IS coming. I loved thinking about what to pack in our bag so let me show you what we've included: Clothing for me One of my late pregnancy obsessions has been researching and deciding on the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at RISING*SHINING
Thank you, Diana! My emotions have gone up and down but feeling pretty good because I know it must be really close. And thankfully physically I feel really good for being this late in my pregnancy!
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2020 on Goals - April 2020 at RISING*SHINING
We went to a really cute birthday parade for one of the boys' friends last weekend! We made a sign and drove by with several other cars. It was so cute! A little bit sad thinking of how she couldn't have a party but it seemed like it make the birthday girl really happy. I love how creative people are getting with celebrations.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2020 on Goals - April 2020 at RISING*SHINING
Well, I'm still pregnant at 40 weeks and 6 days so I guess I'll just keep writing pregnancy updates! Chris joked this week, "Well, we thought you were having a baby but it turns out you're just pregnant." It kind of feels that way! Even though on some days it feels like this pregnancy will never end I know I'm in the final stretch. While I'm a bit impatient to hold this baby I'm also thinking of how I am lucky to get extra time to savor being pregnant. We don't have plans to grow our family beyond three kids,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at RISING*SHINING
Ooo will check out Peloton, I think they have running workouts as well? And will definitely be doing some at-home Orange Theory, I miss it so much. Thanks for all your suggestions. :)
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2020 on Goals - April 2020 at RISING*SHINING
Thank you, Sarah! I'll look at Beachbody and Squadcaster.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2020 on Goals - April 2020 at RISING*SHINING
Thank you for the recommendation. Love that post-natal classes are an option. I've heard really good things about Barre.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2020 on Goals - April 2020 at RISING*SHINING
Thank you so much for saying that about my Stories! I went to look and weirdly for a subset of about 150 people my Stories were set not to show - no idea why! But I've fixed that so you should be able to see them now. No baby yet. :( But hopefully (surely!) SOON.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2020 on Goals - April 2020 at RISING*SHINING
Love these plant suggestions, Melissa, thank you. I love the look of the monstera and would love to add one to our house. And thank you for your kind words about my blog. I enjoy keeping it up so much. And hope to be sharing the news of baby girl SOON!
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2020 on Houseplant Tour at RISING*SHINING
Yes, they should be. Thank you for this catch – just updated the recipe. Hope you and the family enjoy them!
April 1st – it's our ten year anniversary today! Even a year ago we didn't think we'd spend our ten year anniversary anticipating the birth of our third child (or maybe holding our new little baby?? Finishing this up on March 31st) and we certainly did not expect a global pandemic to be happening all around us. What a day to remember. My mom will keep the boys for a sleepover so we're planing to get breakfast take-out and coffee from a favorite place and will probably eat outside in our pretty backyard. Slow, quiet mornings are our favorites so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at RISING*SHINING
Houseplants are beginning to be a casual obsession of mine. Perhaps especially now that we're spending so much time at home. Seeing greenery around the house and checking on my plants are simple sources of joy. I love learning about how to best grow a new type of plant and keeping mental notes on what's working or not. Plus it's not a terribly expensive habit and is relatively low risk: if a plant dies it's a bummer but certainly not the end of the world. Now that the boys are old enough to leave plants (mostly) alone I've been wanting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at RISING*SHINING
We have lots of love for our adopted hometown of Gilbert, Arizona and we're telling you all about it. If you're planning a visit to Gilbert, this episode is a must-listen! We share how we ended up in the desert, our favorite restaurants, and recommendations for things to do. Plus... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Girl Next Door Podcast
Apparently I'm not the only one turning to comfort baking right now. The mixing of familiar ingredients, using my hands, and certainly the wafting smell of baked goods brings calm, certainty, distraction. In the last week I pulled out a recipe for a humble but hearty muffin that a friend shared with me a while ago. It's a staple at her house, baked on a weekly basis and accompanying many school lunches. I've made them before and loved them but we don't routinely buy applesauce so they aren't in regular rotation. I'm rethinking that after watching Dash devour three freshly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at RISING*SHINING
So glad to hear that. Tracy is one of my all-time favorite food bloggers and that recipe is definitely a keeper.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2020 on March Wrap Up at RISING*SHINING
Thank you, Michelle! In good spirits so far. I keep reminding myself that every day it's more and more inevitable. Even though weirdly it can seem less and less likely to happen, isn't that funny? And I love that you are doing monthly goals. I have found it to be such a simple but powerful practice in my life. And yes, a very different perspective looking back at the beginning of March compared to the end. Ooof.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2020 on March Wrap Up at RISING*SHINING
Thank you so much, Kellie! Oh wow, you have a unique perspective on all of this and it must touch your heart especially. I know any mamas that you work with during this time will be so especially grateful for the care and comfort that you give them.
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2020 on Pregnancy Favorites at RISING*SHINING
Oh March, you were not what we expected at all. It all started well enough with great weather and a fun, laid-back spring break but by the end of spring break it was becoming apparent our world – the world – was changing very quickly and in very concerning ways. I was really looking forward to the boys returning to school and having a week or two of leisurely checking off a few last to-do items before the arrival of our baby girl. Instead there were days of anxiously reading the news, wrapping our heads around the boys not going... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2020 at RISING*SHINING
Thanks, Kerstin! I had just bought bleach before all of this began so I do have that in my laundry room. This sounds like a great solution and I like that it's less waste too than using all those wipes.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2020 on One week down... at RISING*SHINING
My pregnancy is drawing to a close and I'm reflecting on the things I've loved these last 40 weeks. From maternity clothes to foods to books there have been some stand-out favorites that I'd love to share with you... My maternity wardrobe is bigger than these eight items (one not pictured) but these are the things I'm reaching for on a near daily basis. Honestly it's kind of been the capsule wardrobe of my dreams. I love not putting much thought into what I'm wearing for the day but still feeling pulled together and comfortable. As evidenced by bathroom mirror... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at RISING*SHINING