Eloise is Five!

Our Eloise Ivy is FIVE today. I feel like she's been with us forever, yet the days of new motherhood don't feel too long ago. My midwives had told me that first babies take forever to come, so stay home as long as possible once I go into labor. The rule follower that I am, I arrived at the hospital about 15 hours into labor, fully dilated and ready to push her out! No time for any kind of pain meds or measures. She's our only baby we waited to be surprised to find out the gender. EVERYONE thought she would be a boy, and I also assumed she'd have light hair like her dad. We were all shocked to meet a little girl with lots of dark hair. I've never been able to go anywhere without someone telli

First Day of School 2018

It's the first day of school over here! We are the last of the Mohicans, I think, with a September 10 start date. Motherhood is a tricky thing. You can look forward to school starting and a little peace and quiet and when your house is actually quiet--even though you know your napping baby will be awake soon--you make your grocery list and maybe you cry a little because you don't need to buy as much food since your girls eat lunch at school. I know we will adjust but this is a drag. Eloise is doing the Young K/Kindergarten program this year which goes an hour longer than the preschool, so we are keeping Mimi there for the extra hour as well so we have one pickup. I guess I should be doing th

Celebrating Our Birthday Girls

We had the best day celebrating the girls' birthdays last weekend. In days of old I'd throw one family party, one friends party, one school party and one family dinner for a child's birthday, and with the girls' birthdays six weeks apart, that meant eight celebrations in six weeks. This is the second year we've done one big shebang and it's just right. I hired a face painter on a whim the day before the party and it was a huge hit. If you're local and ever need a recommendation, I would highly recommend Carolina--she was so great with the kids, she brings her own face-painting chair/table setup, and does great work. Party baby, I can't even stand it. The candles wouldn't stay lit on the ice

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