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by Juliemara






I’m still getting the hang of this SAHM thing, and being broken in by two two year olds and a baby is pushing me to my very limit of mental and physical exhaustion. I’m hungry most of the time, thirsty a lot, I need to pee twice as many times as I actually do in a day, but I wouldn’t trade a moment of it for any other way of life. So to get through it I have been researching the terrible twos and looking for tips from seasoned SAHMs. I found this fantastic article about how the mind of a two year old works, it won’t take away all the chaos that is everyday but it helps. And from those moms who have it down to a science I’ve found I am a lot like the set out there who would rather do a puzzle with my kids than reorganize the toys, the kids don’t care if they are organized. I do envy the Self proclaimed OCD moms who clear the sink and the floor every night before bed, how nice to wake up to a clutter free start to the day, oh well guess I’ll never know what that’s like. And I don’t care if the bath toys sit in the bottom of the tub until tomorrows bath. The Washington Post published this story that gives a dose of reality to what a day in the life of a SAHM is all about. The line that hit home to me, “I’d rather not be that mom who ignores our kids, and myself, because I’m so busy worrying about what the neighbors might think of our messy house.”
Just for the record, my husband is pretty laid back about the kid clutter during the week, it’s me who has the though time deciding weather to organize the tornado or just play birthday party for the 18th time.

We had a photographer come take some family portraits of us. I’m really happy with how they turned out. I’ll share more of the photos when I get the CD but I yes one as our new image on top baby blogs. Please check it out by voting, click the Top Baby Blogs button to the right or below then the owl on the left. We are currently #30ish. Thank you

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Baby bites

by Juliemara




Noa loves food! It’s been about a week since we started giving her solids, so far she has had acorn squash and avacado. We started her off with the acorn squash once a day and already she is eating twice a day three servings total. She gobbles it all up. Sometimes she cries if I don’t give her more fast enough. Below is the video of the first time she ate solids. As a fair warning, it is not a very exciting video, I could watch it on repeat for a while, but you will probably get bored after the first 10 seconds, which is all you should really watch anyway.

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5 Months

by Juliemara


My little baby is five months old! I don’t like this one bit, its just one month away from 6 months and thats half a year, it was so fast! Miss Noa is talking up a storm these days. It’s all completely incoherent but she does have a lot to say, and she is loud. She will definitely be able to hold her own with her sisters.  She loves playing with her toys, she will play with them for 30 minutes if I let her. she is all smiles, as long as she’s not hungry. She sleeps on her tummy sometimes but is too lazy to turn back over on her back by herself when she gets sick of it and cries until I come turn her back over. Which I always do. I say lazy because all day long se rolls to her tummy and them back to her back when she want to. And just this week she started getting solids, and loves them! more on that tomorrow.

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by Juliemara

Talia and Jordan’s second year photo album. Check it out!

Click here to view this photo book larger

Photo books are the perfect gift for any occasion.

now my goal is to get their third year caught up before their birthday, then it’s on to Noa’s. I can’t believe she’ll be five months next week.

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Chin up baby

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Getting there


There you go, you got it!


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She’s on the move

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She doesn’t do it every time and it’s usually when I’m not watching but baby Noa is rolling! It took her some time but she not goes from back to yummy and from tummy to back. Maybe it’s just mom paranoia but I think she is hesitant to roll to her tummy when she may bump the side of the toy and hesitant to roll from tummy to back because her head is so big she rolls really fast.

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A trip home

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20140626-202149-73309980.jpg I recently visited my hometown in North Carolina where my parents and sister still live. It was Noa's first road trip and we celebrated our soon to be born niece at my sisters baby shower. Growing up I had a group of four girlfriends who were my very best friends all thru middle and high school. Since then our friendship as a group has changed and grown, our individual friendships have evolved into more than friendship, I can count on these women through everything. Only one of us lives in our hometown still. One is in Alabama, one in Virginia, one in Maryland and I'm in Georiga. To this day we are all five still the best of friends. Every couple of years we take a trip together and throughout the year we see each other sporadically.
On this trip it hit me how much my life has changed from when I lived in my smaller hometown and as much as I love my life now and wouldn't change a thing I also miss with all my heart those endless hours we use to spend together hanging out and figuring it all out.
My friend michelle, the NC dweller, came over the night we arrived and without any discussion she got the twins in the bath and cleaned before I could barley blink. I was so impressed not many people can wrangle Talia and Jordan and get through a bath without a tantrum or two and she did it. A coupe of days later she had a get together at her house, another one of the five, Tiffany - the Virginia dweller, came in town with her family for the party. It was a perfect hour and half. It was a pre baseball game party and since we didn't go to the game (it was too late for Talia and Jordan) and since I had to wake the girls up from a late nap to go our time there was short, but great. We are we caught up we relished in the simple greatness of an. afternoon spent together. It was the first time in my life that my children were old enough (Noa stayed with the grandparents) to enjoy a cookout and I was not pregnant to enjoy it too. When I was buckling Talia and Jordan in to their car seats I felt so sad to leave not knowing when I would be with these ladies and the special people in their lives again. I hope there are many more times like this to come, I hope I will see Peggy and Jaclyn soon. I hope all our children look forward to visiting each other and much as we all look forward to seeing each other.

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4 months

by Juliemara


Little Noa, you are so sweet. You smile anytime anyone talks to you. You just wait patiently when everyone is busy around you. You really only cry now when you are tired or hungry. You have a special cry that let’s me know you have a burp stuck. Hehe. You are getting so big. When you had your check up you weighed 13lbs 4 oz and were 23 inches long. But the best part are your chubby little thighs and arms that keep getting squishier and squishier. You are doing great on your tummy, you even enjoy the new view for a while. And being the little show off that you are, you rolled over from your back to your tummy for the first time at your four month appointment. And since then you’ve only done it again with my help. I’m sure you’ll get it eventually.
I just love you little Noa. You are so sweet and such a fun baby. I waste away many an hour just making you smile, but I guess that’s hardly a waste.
I hope I am a good momma to you, I hope I don’t forget to change your diaper or give you water, if I do it’s not because I don’t love you, I just have a lot going on at once and I’m doing my best.

Also, when you are older and you realize you have a lot less of your life chronicled here than your big sisters did, I promise it’s for a good reason. Since I quit working in an office so I can stay home with you I am working on something new that I can do from home.

Please take a minute to check out my new line and let me know what you think!

Crazy Baby Clothing

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Things they say

by Juliemara

When she woke up from her nap we took a few minutes in her room to change her diaper and put on a clean shirt. She looked at the picture (or “pitchchuck” as she calls it) and said “I want to ride a hot air balloon”, “me too” I told her. As we walked through the house she told me “I don’t want Noa to fall out of the hot balloon” I told her we would make sure that Noa is safe.

She wanted to watch tv, Olivia to be specific. But we needed to find the small remote. When I moved a pillow she saw it on the couch and said “I found it, with my eyes” hehe.

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by Juliemara

I love watching her sleep

Talia is into modern dance performance.

In order for naps to happen, lunch has to be part of the morning activity, picnics are the easiest. We love our Goodbyn lunch boxes.

early morning painting.

The girls rocked their end of year performance.

We had brunch.

We went berry picking.

That face, enough said.

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