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The Surprises (and Not-So-Surprises) of a Second Child


So, we are officially the proud parents of two littles. That’s right – on Friday, November 13th, we welcomed our daughter, Harper Quinn, into our silly little nuthouse.

I thought I’d share what we’ve learned in the brief time that we’ve officially been “not quite outnumbered but each have full hands” parents of two (and as second timers on “Team Green” – surprise gender!). Let’s see if any of you parents of 2+ agree or have dealt with any of these things!


It’s a Girl!!! Everyone – strangers, family, coworkers, even me at points – INSISTED it would be another boy. I carried the same way, had a completely identical pregnancy, and the baby was “all in front.” Ha. As we walked into the hospital at 5:30am, we saw a terrified new daddy wheeling his juuuuust born little (I mean little) girl by us and I had my … Read More

Baby Travel Options

babywearing or stroller

There are so many ways to travel with your newborn, it’s crazy town! Strollers and baby carriers of all shapes, sizes and styles. Researching it all can almost get as in-depth as researching cloth diapers. Almost. 😉

With our first son, we went the traditional route: a collapsible stroller. I tried a structured carrier a few times early on but it never quite stuck; kind of like our first attempts at cloth diapering. I just wasn’t as committed as I’d have liked. So, over the years we’ve used the same kind-of-clunky single stroller. It has served us well, but has seen its day.

Now, with a second on the way and a still-doesn’t-quite-listen 3-year-old, I’ve looked into all the options. I still have a wrap and a structured carrier, so especially having an older kiddo to chase around, I’m actually quite motivated and excited to give these a solid … Read More

Dear First Time Mom….

My sister became a first time mom on Friday morning. Suddenly I’ve found myself back in time four and a half years ago to that first first day at home. thirstiesnight that I brought Brennan, my first born, home from the hospital…

Dear First Time Mom,

Welcome to the ‘hood, the motherhood that is! You aren’t crazy that you joined us in this life changing event; although I realize that you may feel like you were insane to decide to join the ranks of mothers who’ve gone before you. Here are the things that we’ve all experienced, those things that may have already happened to you or are yet to come and how yes, you are normal:

That first poop that you have to take….it can be terrifying, especially if you have stitches down there. Don’t worry, you probably won’t rip everything out and the more you relax the easier it’ll be. Trust me, Read More

The Newborn Chronicles: Week One

I walked into the hospital with my husband for the planned c-section of our third child.  We were excited to meet “Little Brother” and to introduce him to his two big sisters, Lauren and Kate.  Once we were checked in and shown to the pre-op room the nurses started bustling around–there was paperwork to be signed, an IV to insert and monitors to hook-up.  A couple of hours later, our son was born, healthy and crying.  I was immobile on the operating table and only got to sneak a quick peek before he was whisked away and I was left to be sewn up.

Cooper, my husband and I were reunited in the recovery room later and I finally got to hold the little guy and I was finally told his weight and length: six pounds nine ounces and 19 1/2 inches long.  I was surprised to learn our only Read More