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My Week(289) in iPhone Photos

Monday, May 16th, 2016

I have very few complaints about this week, except for a general lack of sleeping that comes from later kid bedtimes due to late sunsets and pregnancy insomnia. I still feel like I can sleep for 18 hours straight if given the opportunity. I will probably feel like that for the next 2 years.

Sunday:

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After church coffee hour has the best snacks (if you are 5)

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Looking at this picture makes me want to bake another cake

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Mother’s Day bubble bath

Monday:

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Who care’s about hearing the baby when there are cars to look at?

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Kissing Brutus goodnight before naps

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My tree has a child infestation

Tuesday:

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Merida wears cloth diapers

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Linc loves selfies

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**PRAISE HANDS**

Wednesday:

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Wise choices

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He refused to eat those fries because they are shaped like faces

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One billion photos were taken

Thursday:

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That’s a lighthouse you can almost see, because this is New England

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Throwing rocks with friends is the best

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He LOVED the sprinkler

Friday:

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It turns out bouncing is more fun with friends

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Seriously, Mom, can’t we get AIOs? I’m so tired of stuffing diapers.

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Your weekly twinsie photo update. They’re getting so big!

Saturday:

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Fun fact: bounce houses are really slippery when they get rained on

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Hello Long Island!!

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FINALLY planting time

Today’s weather feels like March, not May. It’s actually probably a good thing, since the warm, beachy weather was making it REALLY hard for me to keep doing boring stuff like sending the kids to school or enforcing healthy meal choices or going to piano lessons. I have a serious case of End Of The Year Mom and I’m not even sorry. Since it’s too cold for the beach today maybe I’ll actually get some laundry done instead. Maybe.

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Sunday, April 24th, 2016

This week was SPRING BREAK WOOHOO! We did a ton of stuff, none of which involved keeping the house clean or doing regular up-keep things like grocery shopping. Tonight when I made up for it at the store, the cashier said “Did you have a good spring break?” and I said “Oh, yes, it was really fun.” Then she said “I bet, you look exhausted.” She was absolutely not wrong.

Sunday:

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The Velvet Mill is a super cool place

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Girl date for mani-pedis

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Doing important baby work

Monday:

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Our day at the zoo was more insane than these children

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That used to be a really nice dress

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Brothers are helpful

Tuesday:

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Booties

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Family game time at Foxwoods

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What nice polite children these are at this exact second

Wednesday:

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They would have just moved in here if I let them

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First nap of the whole week

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Caroline is REALLY sure her next pet should be a duck

Thursday:

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We love our friends

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Respect the style

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I’m not sure WHY, but they carried her around for half the day

Friday:

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Back for a second day because they loved it so much

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That’s 2 out of 3 looking at the camera

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Not sure about this knot tying nonsense

Saturday:

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5:30 wake up pleases NO ONE

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Linc is READY for the pool

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Summer can’t come soon enough

I am both totally ready for the kids to go back to school tomorrow and not at all looking forward to our regular schedule. Waking up early is not my favorite, especially since the earlier I get up the worse my morning sickness is. This weekend was all early mornings so it was really rough.

The good news is if the big kids go to school Linc might actually take a nap so I can too. Or at least I can eat chips alone while I watch child-inappropriateĀ television and finish editing my last photo session. Both of those would be a good Monday.

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Sunday, April 17th, 2016

This week is Spring Break WOOHOO and we have a very full schedule of things to do. Last week I turned 34 fairly uneventfully, but there was cake which is all I need.

Sunday:

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Spent 2 hours organizing ALL THIS

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We both love naps

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She lost count because 34 is a lot of candles

Monday:

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“Helping”

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Just letting you know, I’m totes going to eat this crayon

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The most perfect Tula I’ve ever seen

Tuesday:

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He wanted me to put the lid on it

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He loved looking at the chicks. Not so much holding them.

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Never not reading

Wednesday:

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This is not how that toy box was intended to be used

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Again, NOT HOW YOU USE CHAIRS

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Play-doh on my back. Sure, what could go wrong.

Thursday:

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Very interested in Multicultural Night at school

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Visiting their lobster friends

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I don’t do newborn photos anymore, except when I actually do.

Friday:

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I will not steal this baby. I will not steal this baby. I will not…

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Front porch sitting

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Caroline is a very patient sister

Saturday:

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The biggest bag of dirt I’ve ever seen

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Grocery store: pregnancy craving edition

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Game night = best night

Because I can’t seem to actually write a real pregnancy update: here’s the latest. I’m 21 weeks pregnant today, everything is totally normal, I’m going to do a gender reveal for the kids sometime this week because we know what we’re having but want them to get excited about it too. I’m slightly too pregnant to be totally comfortable anymore, in almost any situation. I need half a dozen pillows to sleep and I could sleep 12 hours a night AND still take a nap. I cannot wait for it to be summer, not because I like being hot but because then I can go float in the lake as much as possible.

If you like my week in iPhone photos and don’t follow me on Instagram, may I gently suggest this is a good time to do so? It’s a beautiful time of year here in New England so most of the photos aren’t the inside of my house anymore.

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Monday, April 4th, 2016

I would have more nice things to say about our pretty nice week except it’s snowing right now and I am too annoyed to think ANY nice thoughts.

Sunday:

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Guilty chocolate face

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Church in their Sunday best

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My LulaRoe Easter dress

Monday:

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This room is ALWAYS a disaster, but it’s worse mid-purge/clean

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Getting muddy

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Chillaxing in his new kicks

Tuesday:

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Unimpressed

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Nap snuggles

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Every day they climb this tree

Wednesday:

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ORGANIZE ALL THE THINGS

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Charge!!!!!

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Remember this as the day my house was totally clean before bed

Thursday:

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Really exciting box from Thirsties for the #mcmschallenge

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Enjoying our last nice weather day

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Wild things

Friday:

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Happy morning bebeh

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I’m just going to steal her

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At least I have one kid who sort of looks like me

Saturday:

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My favorite tank

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Nervous ear piercing face

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Evan and Linc are twins

It is now snowing even harder than it was this morning and my mood is not improving. I’m going to go make some bacon and coffee and watch HGTV while Linc destroys the nice clean house I’ve been maintaining so nicely since that picture was taken.

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My Crunch has Gone Stale

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I am going to make an announcement today. A revelation that might not make me any friends and may hurt my credibility as the Most Awesome Mother ever, but it’s time to stop living a lie. I cannot deceive you any longer.

I have failed at cloth diapering.

To be honest, the only reason I tried it was because it was trendy and cute and I convinced myself we could, I don’t know, take a trip to Paris or something with all the money we were going to save. Although if we DID save enough money to go to Paris I certainly wouldn’t want to carry around crap-filled pants the whole time. That right there should clue you in on how dedicated I was to cloth diapering. It was more “awwww, look at the polka dots!” and less “I love being environmentally responsible and making wise choices!” I’m kind of shallow.

It’s a shame, really, because I DO think cloth is a great way to go. I loved not having to buy disposables all the time and gloated a little bit at every person I saw with a whole cart full of Pampers at the warehouse store. Using cloth prevents so much trash and waste from going into landfills. You avoid all the weird chemicals in disposables, especially the kind that gave Little Evan a horrible rash. Using cloth does save money, especially when you use them for multiple kids – which, hey, sounds perfect for me! I have multiple kids!

But. The poop. OH MY GOD SO MUCH POOP.

My slow slide away from cloth started with the morning sickness. Getting pregnant directly coincided with Little Evan weaning, which meant no more nice, easy breastfed poops. Instead, my toddler started producing GIANT SMELLY MAN SIZED CRAP. The kind I could barely stand to be in the same zip code with, let alone carry around until I could shake it out into a toilet. And if it was…sticky? Forget about it. Anything that required the diaper sprayer also required 20 minutes of heaving into the toilet thanks to my insane sense of smell and hair-trigger gag reflex. AREN’T YOU DYING TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THIS?

So we used disposables. Then the night time peeing got totally out of hand and going back to cloth would have resulted in even MORE soaked PJ’s and sheet changes. We bought another box of Luvs. And another. Then my cloth stash started to smell sort of…weird so I had plans to strip them all and sort the ones I could use with the new baby into her dresser. I totally Googled “how to strip your cloth diapers” and everything. But I was tired and still didn’t feel so well and wasn’t really interested in doing anything that would create more laundry for myself so I never did.

Do you want to hear MORE excuses? KIDNEY STONES. Boom. Hard to enforce the cloth diaper use from the hospital.

Now, with two in diapers and no end to that scenario in sight, I feel like all I do ALL DAY is look at dirty butts. Pooping is Caroline’s only real skill right now so she’s decided to dedicate herself to what she’s good at. It is not at all uncommon for her to poop immediately after a diaper change, only to do it AGAIN after the next one. That’s three poops in less than 5 minutes, which, multiplied by 5 times a day means I would need approximately EIGHTYBAZILLIONTEEN baby-sized diapers to avoid several loads of laundry daily. It doesn’t help that Little Evan is apparently competing for the title of Poop Champion and is no longer on the twice-a-day schedule.

So. Much. Poop.

I think once Caroline gets a little older I might switch her back to cloth. I really did like it for the 4 months I did use them. And when we start *ACK* potty training Little Evan I think the cloth might be a good transition between disposables and underpants. Because I still have all these diapers. And they do save money. And they are super cute. And I do like being a cloth diaper mom.

But for now, please accept my apology for not being quite as crunchy as I used to be.

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