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***Trigger warning: pregnancy loss, depression*** I remember this appointment vividly. It was my annual with my obgyn. What I hadn’t shared in this Facebook post was that this was just a few months after we had miscarried our first pregnancy. In December of 2016, I was at an ultrasound where I had expected to confirmContinue reading “Five Years Kinder”
Guest post by Brittany Walker, @BrittanyWalkerLactation with forward (intro? opening message? by Kelly @frecklefaced_adventures) Before I became a mom, I had visions of clothing my children in designer duds and super adorable clothes. That all went out the window when 1.) Connor began projectile vomiting on his clothes at age 6 weeks (thanks reflux) andContinue reading “2022 Spring Consignment Season”
For the first three years of Connor’s life we lived in an apartment. This means there was no designated “toy room” and instead all of his toys and games had to fit in our living room or his bedroom (or stacked in the guest bedroom closet…sorry guests!) We moved to our first home in August,Continue reading “The Toys We Love”
When I graduated college, a professor advised me to make definite goals for my teaching career before ever setting foot in a classroom. She said the stress of every day would make it hard to determine success, and that I would need to have a clear definition to look back to over the highs andContinue reading “The New Year’s Goals”
Fun fact, I am not a gifts person. I know this because I married one. And nothing will make you realize your own gift-giving shortcomings like marrying someone who is the absolute best at it. My husband honest-to-goodness keeps a running list of gift ideas on his phone for every person in our family. MeContinue reading “Shop Small Christmas Gift List”
When you see me, I hope you aren’t disappointed by my wear. I hope the tattered edges and threadbare sides don’t put you off. I hope my gray and faded patches don’t fill you with alarm. When you see me, I hope the rawness of my person and the frailty of my words don’t leaveContinue reading “When You See Me”
When I was teaching, I found myself using certain phrases on repeat:1. Quickly and quietly…as in, “Yes, you can go to the bathroom for the 79th time if you go quickly and quietly.”2. Name and number…as in, “For the love of all things holy, please put your name and number on the top of yourContinue reading “I still love you”
In my youth (can I write that at 34? Gosh that’s indicative…like I am fully embracing that my youth is a bygone era…sheesh. Anyways, in my youth…) I had these big plans to be THE house for Halloween. You know what I am talking about: the house with the King Sized Candy Bars, the houseContinue reading “Trick or Treat Candy Alternatives”
Connor stayed in the mouthing phase far longer than I had anticipated. In fact, I could argue he is STILL in that phase. Every now and then I will catch him trying to eat a flower or taste a rock and I think… Oh boy. Some things never change. Fun fact: When Connor was 18Continue reading “Sensory Play for the Early Days”
I had the exciting opportunity to speak with Civic Design Center, a non-profit organization advocating for civic design visions, to help guide plans for the new park behind the Madison library (shoutout to Hope Aberg who recommended my Instagram account!). It was so exciting to get to talk about playground and park design after aContinue reading “What Makes the Perfect Park”
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