when dad works long hours

when dad works long hours

when your dad is in medical residency, the hours at work are long and the time at home feels so short.

steven is a neurology resident, nearing the end of his pgy3. one more year to go and then two years of fellowship and then, i think, is a light at the end of the tunnel. but right now, the 12-hour shifts that turn into 15-hour shifts, the overnights and the pager that has become part of his body and is always beep-beep-beeeeping feels like it will never end.

it means i solo mom a lot.

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the importance of a good mama friend

the importance of a good mama friend

people say all the time it takes a village to raise a kid. i think, instead, it takes a village to raise a mama. we need other moms to bounce ideas off of, complain to about our babies sleeping habits and celebrate little milestones with. it definitely helps if their baby is the same age as yours.

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the carousel on the mall

the carousel on the mall

friday it was 67 degrees. on january 12! how is that even possible?!

we took mila downtown to walk around the mall and stopped for a ride on the carousel. she’s totally a little thrill seeker — she was having so much fun even though the carousel went just a little too fast and the horses went probably a tiny bit too high. steven, on the other hand, almost lost his lunch.

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mila’s first christmas photos

mila’s first christmas photos

it’s mila’s first christmas, and if we’re being honest, she’s a little oblivious to the whole thing. but having a little thing crawling around the house has certainly really gotten us in the spirit of the holidays… we have actual christmas decorations this year! i barely recognize myself.

our friend, and incredible photographer kelci came over the other day and shared some of her time and amazing gift… giving us these photos i know we’ll treasure forever: mila’s first christmas in our first house!

here are my favorites.

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dear mila: you’re nine months old!

dear mila: you’re nine months old!

oh, my mila!

nine months is so silly and wiggly and sometimes temper-tantrumy, but the best i could ever imagine. your dad and i always debate what your best age is: he says whatever age you are right now is the best, while i tend to prefer the newborn days  (i could snuggle you as much as i wanted back then; now i’m lucky if you stay still to nurse for a few minutes). but i finally think he’s right. so far, nothing tops nine months.

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