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Weekending 36: In Video

This weekend I spent a lot of time patting myself on the back for being so damn awesome. Gabe spent Friday night at my parent’s house while we did some big overhaul cleaning things to prep for the new baby and then it was awesome-sauce Gabe-palooza upon his retrn. We splashed in the wading pool, we watched a Saturday night movie and ate nachos, we went to new parks, we went to the Pacific Science Center and saw big dinosaurs and butterflies and bees! We get an A+ in parenting this weekend. And life. Photos can’t do it justice, but some videos come pretty close.


The 90% of Parenting

Parenting is 90% deciding what the next steps are in the middle of a situation you have never experienced and have no education in. It’s troubleshooting with minuscule information where the ripple effects directly impact an entirely separate person’s life. It can be as small as creating boundaries for your tiny human or establishing positive body image practices by teaching them the proper names of private parts. These things end up being 1 choice made in a life time of choices that may ripple into a WAVE of adult behavior in 20 years. Who knows. And sometimes parenting is about making decisions when your kid collides with...


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The Guilt and Shame Spiral

I’ve been struggling with a lot of guilt about being home and not trying to work up until my due date. Even though it would have been a huge struggle. Even though there were days, even in the third trimester, (many days) I didn’t want to leave the couch because I felt like I had the flu. Even though I have my family’s support and we are lucky to be able to generally afford this time off. Except the decision has ripple effects. It means Gabe gets home later, and is gone from the house way more (like 11 hours on the bad days) because of traffic, because Kamel is busy at work and sometimes can’t leave when he should,...


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Before We Become Four

Kamel and I haven’t had any professional photos taken since our wedding! We did have a photographer for Gabe’s Baptism, but that was so no one had to worry about bringing cameras or not being in a photo. I really wanted to have a professional snapshot of what our family was before we became four. We are lucky to know several photographers and Rachelle Rawlings out of Houston has been a friend for years. I first met her when she was on her honeymoon in San Francisco. We met at a bar with a back patio that included heated lamps (because San Francisco) and strings of lights. Kamel forgot his ID and I was SO ANNOYED WITH HIM, so we...


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2 Kids, 2 Adults, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Apartment: Part 1

This is a bit of an update from the original post 1-Bedroom Apartment Nursery. Finally. FINALLY!! We have gotten our shit together enough to show you what is up with our baby nook. Our plan is to have future Fae in our room for 4-6 months, for the duration of the bulk of her night feeding, and then move her into Gabe’s crib while Gabe gets a floor bed and they will share a room. We are using Gabe’s mini crib that we had when he was born. We got a new mattress for it and all new sheets and mattress cover. Partly because I felt like new baby, new bedding. And partly because when we moved to Seattle the movers lost our mattress for...


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Claire Turns 30

I feel like I have known you my whole life even though it has really only been about 15 years. But really – at what point does THAT become “my whole life”?? You were the first person I told I lost my virginity. And you were always the first call after every break up. The most important thing you’ve ever told me was, “Lauren, he is NOT COMING BACK,” and I hated you for it but I was so grateful for it all at the same time. After your computer was stolen in Africa, I bought you a (tiny tiny tiny) new one. For my college graduation you took out a credit card just so you would be able to travel all the way to...


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You guys. It is hot. I am hot. I am bloated and hot and melting – no I’m not melting, I’m WORSE, I am puffying up! Puffing up everywhere! my fingers and toes and knees! MY KNEES ARE SWELLING OMG did you even know that could happen to a person? But guess what! We finished the nursery nook last Friday. Even untangling the mobile. There are sea horses, they have curly tales, they don’t know how to keep their hands to themselves. Once we get our little night time changing station all set, it will be reveal-palooza! We went to a splash park yesterday. Here is a photo of my child not splashing because water shooting out of...


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Who the hell is she?


Seattle/Writer/Adventurer/Married to Kamel/Maker of many mistakes/Mom of 1 Gabriel and 1 TBD/Baker of things/Roaster of Vegetables/Maker of videos/Normal life photographer/Romantic/Irreverent/Honest

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