Daycare or Nanny: which one should I choose?

Raise your hand if you’d never heard of an Au Pair before having kids.

Keep it up if you still don’t know what the heck that is.

One of the pain points in finding childcare is figuring out what setting you want use. Prior to having kids, I knew two options: daycare or babysitter. I’d never heard of an Au Pair, didn’t realize there were licensed and unlicensed providers, or in-home daycares, and didn’t know that childcare swap was a thing. Then there are the specific programs and philosophies–Montessori, Waldorf, Head Start, etc. It’s a lot to take in. Continue reading

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Why hiring a sleep consultant was the best money I’ve ever spent

Hiring a sleep consultant was hands down the best thing I’ve ever done for myself in the last seven years.

Marrying my husband, becoming a mother, school, work, travel–all great things, but hiring a sleep consultant still wins.

I realize that’s a bold statement l’lI hear about later, but listen.

Hiring a sleep consultant got my baby to sleep from 45 minutes at a time to over 10 hours a night! #sleepconsultant #baby #sleep

Without sleep, I can’t enjoy any of those things. I can deal with not sleeping a night or two with a sick kid, but extended sleep deprivation is miserable. Continue reading

What to look for in a great daycare

There are few things I dislike more than trying to find new childcare.

We have these adorable babies, spend hours with them all day and night, love them, teach them, learn their quirks and how to handle them, and then we send them to someone else for several hours a day and hope that person will treat them with love and kindness.

It is an agonizing process that has reduced me to tears more than once.

Because I want my kids to be safe, cared for, and have fun. Is that too much to ask?

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Two Kids: the First Two Weeks

Heaven help us, we have two kids!

If you saw my Instagram, you may have noticed that we had quite the busy week before and after baby girl #2 arrived. In a nutshell, here was our life those two weeks:

Graduation. Broken toddler foot. Back labor. Baby! Spinal headache. Blood patch. Spinal headache. Blood patch. ER trip for newborn who got whacked in the head by sister’s cast. Aaand spinal headache. Blood patch. Bed rest. Continue reading

What my Toddler Needs from Me

If I were to write a book about raising toddlers, I’m pretty sure it would be called, “Why the crap are you freaking out now? And other stuff I don’t understand.”

Because toddlers are nuts.

Emotional, but won’t calm down. Tired, but won’t sleep. Hungry, but won’t eat. Love playing in dirt, but heaven help us if her Cream of Wheat touches her hands! Continue reading