• 22 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2

    Time for another bumpdate! This has been the easiest week so far in pregnancy-land! We learned a lot of good news last week at our anatomy scan, and this week my symptoms have been at an all time low, food has started tasting better (just in time for Easter) and Gideon and I have been getting out every day to… [Continue Reading]

    22 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2
  • 21 Week Bumpdate for Baby #2 + New Ultrasound Pics!

    21 Week Bumpdate! We just got back from our 20-week ultrasound, and I have to say that I have never had a happier prenatal appointment!! My first pregnancy was high-risk: at Gideon’s 22-week ultrasound we first found out that I had a condition called placenta previa that eventually resulted in an unwanted (yet medically necessary) caesarian birth. Throughout my first… [Continue Reading]

    21 Week Bumpdate for Baby #2 + New Ultrasound Pics!
  • In Which the Stroller Mom Returns to the Internet

    Well hey–howdy-doo! It has been a hot minute since I’ve written an update. Remember when I closed down Dandelion Pie, and launched the Stroller Mom back in September? How I was full of promises of lots of posts, and launching an Etsy shop? How I was brimming with ideas and enthusiasm? And then remember how I dropped off the face… [Continue Reading]

    In Which the Stroller Mom Returns to the Internet
  • 19-20 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2

    Will Gideon be in every bump date? Most likely. I mean, he was in all the original bump dates, now wasn’t he? 😉 The past two weeks have been a bit tough, and busy! For the past few weeks I’ve struggled on and off with migraines which then lead to decreased appetite and nausea. This week has been a lot… [Continue Reading]

    19-20 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2
  • 18 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2

    Hey sweet readers! Long time no see! The past six months have been so very busy: in-between sleep struggles with Gideon, working a lot of hours as a work-at-home-mama, the holidays, and my first trimester I just didn’t have it in me to fit in blogging as well. I have really missed my readers, sharing my stories, and chronicling all… [Continue Reading]

    18 Week Bumpdate with Baby #2

Gideon: 6 Month Update

I can’t believe my baby is 1/2 a year old already! The time has gone by SOOO fast! On February 10, we both “celebrated” our 1/2 Birthday (by celebrated, I mean posted a pic to my Instagram, ha!) In a blink of an eye, we will be celebrating his first Birthday. For now, I am savoring every sloppy kiss, squinty-eyed…

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Books I Read in January and Whether You Should Read Them

January was a great month for reading. One of my goals for this year, is to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I am proud to say that I read four books in January, putting me right on track! Reading was one of the best parts of January. I have been in a reading slump ever since I graduated college two…

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Why We Are Doing the Whole 30 (Sigh)

Confession time: I don’t want to do the Whole 30. I love pouring cream in my iced coffee in the morning: watching the rich cream drizzle down over the ice cubes, and mix in with the coffee. I love slathering a hot piece of homemade bread with butter and honey in the afternoon. I love sautéing garlic, green onions, carrots,…

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21 Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Husband

Every year I try to find a gift that is extra-special for my husband for Valentine’s Day The very first year we were dating, I bought him a bunch of gifts, including a big ol’ chocolate bar with bacon in it. He bit into it, and I noted the pained expression on his face as he tried to eat it….

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My First Five Months of Motherhood

We’re five months into this motherhood gig, and I’m slowly rebuilding. Those early days of motherhood are so blurry—when I look back I just see a hurting woman, staring down at her wise-eyed baby boy, in a dark apartment. The days ran together: August became September and September became the first snow fall. I remember long nights sitting in my overstuffed…

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What was it like to be Homeschooled?

“You’re homeschooled, right?” The public schooler asked me. “Sooooo, does that mean you get to stay in your pajamas all day?” “Yep!” Twelve-year-old me replied mischievously “I just stay in my pajamas, eat chocolates and relax on the coach all day long.” “Whoa”. the public schooler said, his eyes glistening with longing, “I wish I was homeschooled too“. Teasing public…

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Savory Chicken and Dumplings That’ll Cure What Ails Ya

“Hon, I have a question…” My hubby and I were eating supper that night, and in-between bites he turned to me, his brow knit in concern. I leaned in, wondering what was wrong, and gave him all my attention. “Why is it” he asked, “that you’ve never told me that you knew how to make this until now?” He looked…

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This Week’s Meal Plan and the Tortilla that Changed Everything

Meal planning is a necessary evil. I don’t enjoy meal planning. It is time-consuming, tedious, and stressful.  I have tried many different methods to try to make it a less odious experience. At first, I just tried winging it every week. I figured that I had the creativity to come up with meals on the spot! Well, I might have had…

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Our Experience with Christian Healthcare Ministries’ Maternity Program

The cost for my prenatal care, C-section, and six week follow up ended up being $20,000. Well, $21, 331.93, to be exact. Back when I was struggling with baby fever, I remember trying to decide if I should raise our insurance to fully cover all things maternity. My insurance level, at the time, would have covered just the delivery–no prenatal…

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Gideon: 5 Month Update

Gideon is 5 months old! I tell him all the time–“you are the cutest baby, ever!” and, in this mama’s eyes, he is! He is so sweet, and funny these days. I love that he has started flailing his little arms and legs. He gets so excited that he windmills his arms, and you can hear them go “plop, plop,…

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