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“I’ve got plenty to be thankful for,” Bing Crosby sang in the movie “Holiday Inn”. He was actually rather down-in-the-dumps that Thanksgiving, but of course everything came out swell by Christmas – as they usually do in old movies. (Probably why I love them so much.)

This year, I’ve found myself humming that song for over a month – but sincerely. In a world full of SO much strife, negativity, hatefulness, and sadness (the list goes on), it’s easy to get down. But thanks to the birth of our third child, the sudden explosion of our middle daughter’s personality (why is it that two brings their true selves forth? It’s a burst of joy wrapped with a cantankerous bow), and the success that our oldest son has had transitioning to – and blossoming in – kindergarten has given both my husband and I new energy and reason to be truly … Read More

Thirsties Duo Wraps

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Sometimes it’s difficult to walk the line between welcoming friends and family to meet a newborn and shutting yourself away to incubate her from all the germs and dangers of the world. And, no matter what you do, someone will get upset by your diligence (or lack thereof). It’s often the first experience we have with parenting criticism.

So, no matter how you oversee things, it’s ultimately your choice and your choice alone; just do what’s right for you and your family.

In our house, we try to allow for some immediate family visits with hand washing (and strict “please don’t visit if you’re sick” rules). But, then things get complicated with family birthdays and holidays.

So, what do you do when you’d rather not have your baby passed from second cousin to friend-of-your-aunt at the bigger get-togethers when her immune system is still very much developing?

I’ll let you … Read More

Thirsties One Size or Newborn All in One

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We are happy to announce the arrival of our new little girl, Hannah Clare, on October 24th! She is another good-natured, observant (this time a “listener” whereas her sister was a “watcher”) little sweetheart who surprised us with plenty of adorable reddish-blond hair. Along with her arrival, we also welcomed a new norm – being officially outnumbered with three kiddos. Since I shared some of the surprises (and non-surprises) after our second-born Harper came, I thought I’d check in with the same in the World of Three.


It’s a Girl…Again! We didn’t find out the gender in advance for any of our children, so needless to say this is ALWAYS a big surprise. And no matter how many people may insist which gender they think you’ll have or how the needle/wedding ring tests BOTH tell you you’re having a girl, or how much you prep yourself for either … Read More