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Top 5 Geeky Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Top 5 Geeky Father's Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day came and went, and now it’s time to prepare for Father’s Day. Dean keeps saying he doesn’t want anything for Father’s Day, gift and celebrations are apparently unnecessary. But I really want to get him something, and I think it’s important for Harley to see how nice it can be to celebrate other people and give other people nice things.

Just like I did for Mother’s Day, I figure this is a great opportunity to look for some fun Father’s Day gift ideas. Even if I can’t or don’t buy them this year, they might still be relevant next year. At the very least, I hope they help you figure out some things that you might like to give a geeky dad in your life. Disclaimer: Yes, these are affiliate links so I will get money if you use them to buy awesome stuff.  Continue Reading

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The second baby conversation that I keep having in my head

The second baby conversation that I keep having in my head

Maybe it’s because Harley is almost 2.5 years old, and is acting more and more like a big girl. Maybe it’s because with Harley being such a big girl, people are asking me the question more. Or maybe it’s just a timing thing, but I keep thinking about the second baby question. Dean and I agreed that we would only have the second baby conversation when Harley was 3, but considering how ridiculously fast the time has been going, I feel like I’ve been getting a head start in my head.

But it’s so confusing for me. Not like children are a pros and cons list. There’s something inherently primal about the decision to make a new person. You can have all the reasons why and why not lined up, but when the animal brain kicks in and you want to make a baby, it’s hard to think about much else. So, I preface all of this with that knowledge – this is basically all the logical, reasoning, thoughtful stuff, which could all get thrown out of the window if the biological mandate rears its ugly head. Continue Reading

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1001 Nights of Bedtime – The ups and downs of sleep in the early years

1001 Nights of Bedtime

(Photo credit: Becca Gutierrez with Rusty Metals Photography  // @RustyMetalsPhotography)

Whether on TV or all the articles online, parents idolize bedtime. It’s that special time with kids, an important part of the routine and a key part of bonding. Or so they say. Let’s be realistic, though – unless you do sleep training or have a magic kid, it’s probably also a bit of a struggle. The first years are the hardest for obvious reasons, and I just keep thinking of them as the 1001 nights of bedtime, and just like Scheherazade’s story, it can be about survival more than love.

I know, I know, these will be the times I’ll look back on fondly when Harley is older. This is part of how I’m building a solid foundation of love and trust with her. But mostly, I end up trapped under a hot toddler who screams at me if I move. So yeah, the Scheherazade thing fits. Maybe. Continue Reading

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A day home with a sick kid

A day home with a sick kid

(Photo credit: Kathleen White with Kathleen Elizabeth Photography // @_KathleenElizabeth_)

Yesterday afternoon I got a dreaded call from Harley’s school. I needed to come pick her up – she had just thrown up. Thankfully, I was already getting ready to get her, so it was just minutes between getting the call and holding my sick kid.

Turns out that another kid had puked an hour before. So, like something out of Theme Hospital, I figured it was a bug that moved through the class like a gross wave. Still, it meant spending the evening taking care of a sometimes miserable but still surprisingly peppy princess. Plus, the school has a policy that kids sent home sick can’t come back the next day without a doctor’s note. So, Harley and I were set for a day home together. Continue Reading

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Show and Share – A-Z Items for your kid to bring

Show and Share A-Z Items

(Photo credit: Sarah Hoag with Sarah Hoag Photography // @SarahHoagPhotography)

I love Harley’s preschool. She’s only two, but she’s learning so much there, and it’s fantastic. It’s way more than babysitting, it’s a real school environment with circle time, friends and socialization and all that other good stuff. Of course, it also means that we get put on the spot to bring things into class for show and share now, and they are currently working their way through the alphabet.

We had a bit of a scramble when I got the message. What could we send in that starts with an A? An apple – I didn’t have one in the house! My mom and I sent each other a series of hilarious messages including asbestos, anesthesia and aluminum foil. She finally came up with a winning suggestion, but I realized that I need to start thinking my way through the whole alphabet now and setting things aside that Harley can bring in for show and share (when did it stop being called show and tell??) for the next 25 weeks.  So, in case you’re going through something similar, here’re some ideas for each letter of the alphabet. Also, I mention some animals in my list below – I refer to stuffed toys or figurines or whatnot, not actually expecting your kid to bring an alligator or car to school. Continue Reading

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