Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Logan is Two!

Two years ago, this little babe came in to my life and made me a mama. In so many ways this little life has saved mine, changed me, helped me grow and to become a better person each day. She makes me laugh, she fills my heart with so much love and joy, she is my best friend.
Happy birthday to my sweet girl!

**See Logan's first birthday post here.. ugh so little!**

Second Star to the Right and Straight on to TWO!



This past weekend we had a pretty simple celebration for Logan's second birthday at our home.. she enjoyed her day with friends and family very much! It was no question what theme I'd go with this year; my girl has been enamored with Peter Pan for half of her life already!
I really enjoyed the simplicity of this years party compared to last years... we kept the food to a minimum, I made pies; having the party between lunch and dinner time was a smart idea. I also had most of the decor already (I keep a "party" rubbermaid bin in the garage full of stuff that I pick from for any event we host) so this year didn't cost us much to host which was super important. As much as I love celebrating my daughters birthday and having people we love here, she's a toddler and there's absolutely no reason to spend hundreds of dollars on a location and decor and food.

She and her little friends ran around all day with her gifts and balloons, she enjoyed her frosting free Boston Cream Pie (allergy kid issues), and slept like a rock that night... couldn't have been better!

xo
-Ali

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Some News!

At Logan's birthday party yesterday, we announced to our family and friends that we're due with baby number two in early June!
Perhaps from my radio silence over the last few months, you can now piece together that this pregnancy has not been a walk in the park so far; I've been pretty sick and in my doctors office weekly. Thankfully all is well now and we're very excited to find out with this little Mellin is going to be in the next few days!

I'm looking forward to sharing this new chapter of life with you all... I think I know what I'm doing now ;)

xo
-Ali

47/52


A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014.

Watching Winnie the Pooh and waiting for her birthday party to begin.
xo
-Ali

Monday, November 17, 2014

46/52


A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014.

I love her deer in headlights look; her eyes are so big and bright.
xo
-Ali

Saturday, November 8, 2014

45/52

 
A portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2014. 

 She tells me "I do it myself" a lot these days. She's not even two!

This week was a long one for us. Logan and I have been sick; luckily she's feeling better.. unfortunately, I am not. I'm glad it's the weekend so Rory can take over and I can try to recover from this cold/allergy nonsense!

xo
-Ali

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I Am Mom Enough


Unless you've been living under a rock, I'm sure you've caught on to what's happening in modern day parenting; this American generation is really the first one to practice attachment parenting, breastfeeding without shame, and baby wearing among other things. After Logan was born, I expected myself to be the ever so popular and modern "granola" mom. I was going to wear her, breastfeed her, and I made sure to read every ingredient on the back of her store bought baby food (after I tried making my own). If you've been reading for a while, then you already know that we did not breastfeed.. it just didn't work for us. We also did not baby wear.. Logan hated the Ergo and honestly, so did I. And after Logan turned a year old, I stopped caring that she had Kraft macaroni and cheese rather than Annie's organic.

For a while, I felt pretty guilty about not being a hippie mom.. how could I not be like all these other moms that seem to be doing things the right way? I did not want to co-sleep, I did not want to kill myself trying to breastfeed when I knew it wasn't working, I did not want to force my baby in to a carrier that I knew she hated and made us both sweat profusely, I did not want to spend a fortune on organic GMO free food when we've got rent to pay... being a crunchy family just wasn't going to work for us and I didn't want to be something I'm not anyway.
I firmly believe that you should do whatever works for you and your family; if you hate GMO's and need your kids to breastfeed until they're five and eat sugar free, then ok, that's cool for you... I just don't want to live that way and it seems like social media is so busy praising all of the hippie mama requirements that they're forgetting about the rest of us.

It's taken me a little while to realize, but because I do not breastfeed, baby wear, or feed strictly organic doesn't mean I am a bad mom. My daughter is healthy and extremely social and happy; I'd say that means I'm doing a pretty good job. I made the decision to keep my mind and body healthy by not forcing my family in to parenting trends that did not work for us.  Despite all of the links going around that tell me I suck for not breastfeeding and what brain power my child is missing because of it, I'm happy with the choices we make every day for our family.

Here's to us non hipster moms who are doing just as good of a job as the rest of them.

xo
-Ali

**note: I am not on one side or the other with parenting trends. I just know what works for Logan and I. Perhaps when the next kid comes along, I will breastfeed and baby wear! I just want every mom to know that the healthy choices they are making for their families happiness is what's important. If you are what I'm saying is "on trend" and you are happy, I am happy for you. If you are in my boat and you're happy, I am happy for you. The point is to make sure that all moms feel empowered and like they're doing a great job.**