Book Club with Avalon: George by Alex Gino

“Be who you are.
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.
George thinks she’ll have to keep this secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she is a boy. With the help of her best friend Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can play Charlotte but so everyone can know who she is once and for all!”

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C-Section Awareness month: What I learned after my third C-Section.

I was that soon to be Mom that would have given birth un-medicated under a waterfall if I was allowed to. By “allowed to” I mean, if my husband allowed me to because he thought I was crazy. Of course, reality had much different plans.

Surviving Sleep Deprivation with a Newborn

Sleep is hard to come by when you bring home a new baby. Even if you are bottle feeding your baby will be awake every few hours for 6-8 weeks. There is no way around this, in fact if your baby is not waking to eat you will want to set an alarm until they have beefed up a little bit (consult your doctor of course).

Sleep is essential to life and without it you are literally impaired. Before I get into my personal top tips I will share what everyone shares: sleep when the baby sleeps. I hate that advice even though it is 100% accurate because I always feel like I have too much to do. It is a cliché for a reason though.

Easter Basket Ideas for a Tween Girl.

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Celebrations like Easter bring out the kid in all of us but I can’t very well give the same shark sun hat or Peppa Pig toys I got for my little ones to my tween. I have done a lot of research and came up with an Easter basket to keep the kid in her but also respect that she is growing up.

Four baby items I love for the first four weeks.

After three kids our wants and needs have changed dramatically. In round one with our first daughter we wanted everything (and new of course– no hand me downs) but it wasn’t until the second daughter that we realized our needs. Even then we had too much and didn’t use what we had effectively.

Babies don’t really require as much as you think, especially in the first few weeks. A safe place to sleep and a food source is all you really need but all the extras sure are nice! This is a list of four things that I could probably live without but don’t want to.