Two Years Ago Today…

Two years ago today I woke up just after midnight, certain that the Mexican food I’d had for dinner had been a bad idea.

4 days

4 days before Harlow’s birth.

Two years ago today, after 9 hours of pain, I finally started to admit that maybe I was in labor, (but probably not) and started timing the contractions… 4 minutes apart, lasting 1 minute.  I called my doctor, apologetically, explaining the Mexican food situation.  She told me I had to go to the hospital.  Now.  I called Chris to come home from work (I had insisted he go in… of course I wasn’t in labor…), and texted my boss that I wouldn’t be in after all, since I had texted him earlier that I wasn’t feeling well and would be in after lunch.

Two years ago today, our birth plan all but flew out the window as things happened pretty quickly, and almost none of the grand ideas on our 3(!) birth plans felt important anymore.  It was just a blur of lovely pain, and breathing, and holding hands, and breathing, and eye contact… and then that sweet, wonderful man with the epidural.

Two years ago today, the baby’s heart-rate dropped into the 60’s.  The doctor and nurses said we had to get the baby out.  Now.  I pushed twice, and saw the look the doctor and nurse gave each other… astonishment that it was happening so fast.  I pushed once more.

Two years ago today, I heard someone say it was a girl.  I heard my husband’s voice break as he said out loud the name we had chosen for a girl.  Harlow Cassidy.  (Good thing, since we hadn’t settled on a boy’s name!)

it's a girl

Two years ago today, at 5:40pm, I fell in love more completely than I ever imagined possible.  I had no way of knowing then, and I suspect I still don’t completely know, the depth of my devotion to my daughter.  How much joy she brings me.  How much patience I have to muster sometimes.  How little sleep I can get and still push through.  How worried I can be about her.  Her health, her happiness, her development.  How much she makes me laugh.

Two years ago today, we became a family.


Happy birthday to my sweet, independent, fearless, stubborn, happy, smart, beautiful daughter.  You make each day more joyful than the last.



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St. Patty’s Day Baby

Today is my husband’s birthday.

That makes me happy.

That is all.

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The Great Disappearing 3rd ‘Fix!!!

So I wrote up a nice little review of my third Stitchfix a while back.  I even posted it, and pinned it, and got some feedback on it.

I went to look at it yesterday, and it is GONE.  *Poof!*  Into thin air.

Houdini would be proud.  Criss Angel would be mesmerized.  David Blaine would be in a coffin under the Atlantic for 48 days or something… so… we’re not going to tell him.

I’ve Googled how to retrieve missing posts, or how to undelete accidentally deleted posts (which is what must have happened, right?) and have found nothing. Thanks, Google.  Giving the side-eye to you, too, WordPress.

So, since I still want to have a record of my 3rd attempt at Stitchfix, I am just going to do a quick, abbreviated post.

Ladies & Gentlemen, here we have: My 3rd ‘Fix… Again.

PicMonkey Collage

RD Style – Shermineh Faux Leather Detail Ponte Pant – RETURNED (They no fittie.)


Olive & Oak – Connie Graphic Print Fringe Cardigan – RETURNED (Too butt-centric.)


Market & Spruce – Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee – RETURNED (Not a fan of the duck tail in back.)


Octavia – Yuna Lace Print Infinity Scarf – RETURNED (Liked, but didn’t know what to wear it with.)

IMG_654341 Hawthorn – Harriet Chevron Print Detail Dress – KEPT (So cute!)


There ya go.  Fin.

Tell Me:

Have you had any problems with disappearing posts?  I’m all ears!

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What I Did This Weekend – {3/14 – 3/15}

It was another great weekend, ya’ll!  I didn’t take many photos, though, unfortunately.

First up, some news!  Harlow dropped her “night-night” bottle!  (We still have one in the middle of the night, but this is big, people!  She might not be a 12 year old still needing a bottle!)

Let’s back up… Thursday evening as I was getting Harlow’s stuff ready for bed, I realized my ineptitude as a mother that there were no bottles clean.  I gave her a sippy cup with milk and crossed my fingers.  It worked!  We’ve done that every night since, and last night, she didn’t even want it at actual bedtime!  We just read books and went to sleep!  I’m really excited about this development.

Okay, back to the weekend.

Harlow and I went up to my parents’ house again for the weekend so Chris could work on her birthday surprise.  We left after I got out of work on Friday.  Harlow was awake and happy the entire trip up.  She was singing, and laughing, and pointing out squirrels and birds… it was a fantastic trip up.  She was so excited to be going to Grandpa’s house again!  She is obsessed with my dad.  She wants to be around him as often as possible!

Once we got there she was awake until LATE!  She didn’t want to miss a single thing.  I think she finally went down around 9:30pm or 10pm.

Saturday morning, my parents, Harlow, and I went to breakfast.  Harlow was gifted a teddy bear from a kind elderly man we see in there sometimes.  Actually, he had gifted her a frog about a year ago, and she still loves it!  He keeps a stash of new toys in his car for when he sees littles out and about.  It is very sweet.  You can tell it makes him really happy to do it.

We stopped by my sister’s house for a while to play and visit (my other sister lives next door, so she and my niece came over for a bit, too).

Back at my parents’ house, Harlow was REALLY fighting her nap, so eventually I just made her sit in my lap and this happened:


Lap naps are a rare thing, indeed, and I really enjoyed it.  I watched Fixer Uppers and even caught a few zzz’s myself.  So nice.

We met one of my sisters and her family for pizza that night, and Harlow (once again) did SO great.  We pretty much never eat out at home, so it is surprising that she does so well when we are out and about traveling, since it is fairly infrequently.

My s-mom bought this card for an aunt’s birthday.  I thought it was hilarious.  (Plus, Harlow’s new teddy bear is peeking in the background.)


Sunday was more of the same.  Breakfast, then playing with Grandpa.


At about noon, I packed up the car and said goodbye to the parents & my lil bro who had popped home that morning to see us.  Harlow & I headed out to meet my sister and niece for lunch and coffee.  After that, we hit the road toward home.  Harlow slept until Holland, when we stopped to get plates/etc… for her party.

I also found this for my lil bro’s upcoming Irish 5k.


The last hour of the drive, she was once again awake and playing peek-a-boo, and singing.  She is truly a joy.  Such a fun, happy girl.

When we got home, Chris made us go in the other door to keep her birthday project hidden.  Later, he called me out to look at his progress.  I didn’t take any photos, because I really want to do a big reveal, but it is looking AWESOME!  I was jumping-up-and-down-excited.  I’m so glad I married a handy guy!

The first thing I did when we got home is change Harlow’s diaper.  While that was happening, Harlow spotted her footie jammies and insisted on changing into them.  Then I unloaded the car while she had a snack.  Once that was done, Harlow commandeered my flip-flops and demanded to watch Jake & The Neverland Pirates.  Okay, she didn’t demand… she asked very sweetly, so I caved.


Once Harlow was in bed, Chris got back home from picking up some dinner (nobody felt like cooking).  He saw that The Miller’s had just started on TV and said I had to watch it.  He had seen it while I was gone and knew it was right up my alley.  Seriously?  My face hurt from laughing so much.  That is a funny, funny movie.  I loved it.  (I also loved the black bean burger & fries & deep fried mushrooms he picked up for dinner!  Yum!)

That’s it, folks.  Another weekend in the books.  It was a fantastic one, which was also sooo nice in the weather department!

Tell Me

What was your favorite thing about the weekend?

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Friday the 13th Randomness

To send this week off with a backhanded wave, I thought I’d share a few fun, random things.


  • If I were to commit a crime, it would probably resemble this.  In prison, they’d ask, “Whatcha in for?” and I’d have to answer, “Cheese”.  Then I’d probably get shanked.


  • Random thought… the meaning of “blowout” changes dramatically after having a child.


  • I’m obsessed with these shoes.

Michael Kors Shoes


  • I forgot to share the silly thing I did on my birthday that made me way more happy than it should have because I’m a total nerd…  I got fuel and stopped the pump at $36 to commemorate my birthday.  See?  Total dork.



  •  I took this picture one year ago today.  Where did my baby go, exactly?


Happy Friday!


Life in Leggings Linkup!

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Three Word Thursday

Up All Night


Led To Destruction


And Some Silliness


Another Doctor Appointment

wpid-20150312_093411.jpg(Harlow Dressed Herself)

Another Ear Infection…

Mom is Exhausted

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I pilfered this from one of my favorite bloggers, Chelsea.  She’s seriously a wonder woman in my eyes.  Twin toddlers AND she meal plans?  Unbelievable.

So for some silly fun, some of my currents!


Current Book

I’ve been rereading the Lincoln Lawyer series.  I really love those books and they are a fairly frivolous read, so it is easy to take in small bites in the 10 minutes before I fall asleep each night.  I really, really want to see the movie, but haven’t yet.  I do really think Matthew McConaughey is a perfect choice for the character, though.

Current TV Show

Haven.  Based on the Stephen King novel, The Colorado Kid.  It is a pretty good show, and has gotten MUCH better as the seasons go on.  Again, pretty frivolous and easy to digest.  Plus, Duke Crocker…



Current Excitement

Harlow’s upcoming birthday/birthday party.

Sneak peak at the theme (here are the cupcake toppers):

Jake DecorationsThank goodness for Etsy for making a girl-friendly Jake and the Neverland Pirates decorations package!  Girls like that show, too!  I’m lookin’ at you, Party City… I got the package here and the invitations here, in case you’re interested…  oh, and these adorable masks here!

So, yes, between the actual party, and the play kitchen, I’m a tad excited!


Also, we started looking at houses online last night.  That makes me equally excited and nauseous.

Okay, onward…


Current Exercise

Does constantly carrying a toddler around count?  No?  Okay, then… ummmm… moving on.

Current Nail Color

No polish…  My nails are a hot mess right now.  They are all breaking and peeling (I blame winter) and are all at different lengths.  I have been eying some new colors at the store for spring, though.


Current Song

I just rediscovered Need You Now by Lady Antebellum hiding on my iPod.  Love it.  Let me clarify… I generally detest country music, but this is a good song.  (Although, can I just say that while the video is pretty, it bugs me that they talk about drinking and being drunk, and he’s drinking coffee at a diner… is that nit-picky?  They couldn’t have a shot of him sitting at a bar?)

 Current Outfit

All the leggings!  As I mentioned, on my birthday I had a wildly successful shopping trip.  I bought a few shirt dresses that look great with leggings, and I’ve been basically living in them.  So comfy and stylish (for me…)!  I’ll try to remember to post a few pictures sometime.

Current Food

I’m in a super bad food rut.  I’ll pass on this one.  Mexican food sounds fantastic, though!

Current Drink

All I drink these days are one cup of half-caf coffee in the morning, water, and the very infrequent ginger ale.  When I remember, I drink hot water with lemon, but that hasn’t happened much lately.

Current Indulgence

I’m going to go with not being sick since Christmas.  And now that it is out in the atmosphere, I’ll probably come down with a doozey, but I think this is the longest I’ve gone without being sick since getting pregnant with Harlow.  I attribute it to taking Airborne.

Current Photo

I think this one of the crazy fog is pretty from this morning.  It almost looks like a painting.


Or this one… I swear I’m not a mean mom… Harlow LOVES carrying all the stuff she can hold.


Have a great Hump Day!

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