Ten Things I’ve Learned As My Kids Become Adults

My kids are grown up.  Here are 10 important lessons I learned along the way.Today, I have a surprise for you.  Mike is not all snark.  He has a real, beating heart under there – and some serious smarts when it comes to raising kids.  Since his kids are young adults and mine are still little curtain-climbers, I’m gleaning some wisdom from this post while I laugh.  I bet you can too.

Top 10 Things I’ve Learned As My Kids Become Adults (What He Said, by Mike)

1.  To err is human – as hard as it is to sit back and watch the inevitable happen, let them make their own mistakes. [Read more...]

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The Top 10 Sucky Things About Being Pregnant

I haven’t been pregnant in more than 2 years (ahem, thank goodness with how this one went down), yet this is still one of my most popular posts.  I guess it’s all you women who, despite all these sucky things about being pregnant, keep doing it again and again and again.  ; )  Sooo, I thought I’d share it again today.  I hope you enjoy.

10 sucky things about being pregnant

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1. I can no longer enjoy a hearty laugh or even experience an impromptu sneeze without peeing myself a smidge.  I’m inventing Depend’s EasyFit PREGNANCY SLIMS for those of us who wet ourselves just a tad throughout the day.

slim-sized depend's adult diapers for pregnancy pees2. The dead-of-night surprise of sudden foot cramps so painful I shoot out of bed from a deep sleep and start hopping around on one foot while holding the other and yelping, “Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch” like a cartoon character. Somehow hubs sleeps right through this drama every time. Which just makes me want to poke him awake and then say, “Man, those cramps are rough. Sorry I woke you.” [Read more...]

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My Little Picassos

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clx_ick_awards_logo-blue-610x331What happens when you turn your little artists loose in the yard with paint?  What starts out as artistic quickly turns to just plain icky.

On the first pretty Spring day, I disrobed the kids without a lot of forethought and ejected them from the house with a rainbow’s worth of finger paint.  I knew they’d make a mess with the paint and I was okay with that. [Read more...]

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20 Things The Second Baby Taught Me

There’s no bigger change in a woman’s life than becoming a mother for the first time. With my first child, it seemed like every day brought 100 new surprises.

But when I became pregnant for the second time, I thought I got this! And in some ways, that was true. I didn’t stress nearly as much about every little thing. But I quickly learned that boy #2 was his own person — and that I still had a lot to learn.

Here’s what I learned from the second baby.differences between first and second child

1.  Just because your pregnancy went a certain way with the first child doesn’t mean it will go anything like that with the next one.

2.  A baby doesn’t have to be carried all that carefully.  In fact, he’ll adjust quite easily to being carried like a football. [Read more...]

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