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November 2013

Just a few notes to remember about Dashiell at seven months: - Sits up tall, straight, and sturdy. Our daycare told us, "He has great posture!" - Has done some tentative crawling! Can also get into a sitting position from laying down. We frequently find him sitting up when we go to get him from his crib. - Wants us to help him pull up all the time. - Still just two little bottom teeth. - Loves to "brush his teeth" and watch us brush our teeth. Dental hygiene is so fun! - Likes to touch things with just his... Read more →

I'm pleased to share a guest post today from Erica on a topic that interests me greatly: encouraging independence in children. I love all of these recommendations and I'm bookmarking this post to reread as Dashiell grows and is ready for more independence. Thank you so much, Erica! Sometimes allowing kids to do things for themselves, especially at very young ages, is nerve wracking for adults. We know the goal of parenting is to eventually raise independent, responsible adults, but it’s hard to know where to start. It might not seem worth the mess, bother, or chaos to allow kids... Read more →

Home in Austin! Dashiell and I went on our first travel adventure just the two of us this past weekend. Being at the house where I grew up, and of course with my family!, with him is really special. Just the view out the backdoor of my parents' house is such a comforting sight for me and I'm so happy that Dashiell will grow up playing there too. It was a great trip and felt relaxing even though we kept busy visiting with family and many dear friends. On Friday, my mom and I visited Sara, Henry, and Tate at... Read more →

During my pregnancy I wrote about our plan to cloth diaper. If you were wondering how our adventures in cloth diapering are going I hope you'll pop over to my guest post at Green Mom Guide. I had the fortune to cross paths with Kate Harrison, the founder of Green Mom Guide, during graduate school and her Green Bride Guide and now Green Mom Guide are wonderful resources for the eco-conscious bride and mama. We recently reconnected through our alumni newsletter (so funny!) and I'm happy to be able to contribute to her great website. Thanks for checking it out! Read more →

Chris and I realized that our favorite time of year is from November 1 to January 1, and we're in it! Our windows and doors are open, the house smells like orange and clove, we're playing Christmas music (you'd better believe it) and I'm wearing long sleeves (at least in the mornings and evenings). This time of year tends to get very busy so I'm remembering to be present. I want to say no to filling up our weekends and evenings and say yes to stress-free time with Dashiell and Chris. My November goals are: + Host our first Thanksgiving.... Read more →

Halloween! OK, I will admit that Halloween is not my favorite; at least it didn't used to be. I usually get stressed out trying to think up a costume and figure out how to make it. But this year I pulled together a photo strip costume that I was really excited about in time for our neighbor's party. We also had so much fun going to a neighborhood Halloween party last weekend (Dashiell was Iron Man!). For the third year in a row we sat outside on Halloween night to greet trick-or-treaters with next door neighbors Erica and Jeremiah and... Read more →