You guys. I’m starting to get a receding hairline on my left side. It may be due to me wearing my hair up and back in a ponytail 98% of the time for the past 20 years. Or it may be due to sleep deprivation. But in any case, it’s really not a good look for me and I’m not digging it. I’m actually surprised I even noticed it– because who has time to look at a mirror in between a threenager constantly wanting more art projects and a three month old’s blowouts on every other diaper change? I’m convinced the only reason I’ve noticed the hair loss is because Leah’s changing table is on her dresser, and above that is a mirror. Would I trade my once somewhat luscious locks over my ability to wear day-time pjs, kiss on my girls anytime I want, or even for the inevitable two loads of laundry every day? Nope. Not in a minute. I’ll stomach the clumps of hair lost to see this little nugget’s face and buddha belly every moment that I can.


  • Eyes are still blue. Hair is getting lighter.
  • Losing her hair on top of her head.
  • Bronchiolitis until on antibiotic. Lots of coughing and boogers.
  • At 2 month appointment, pediatrician recognized “asymmetrical leg creases” with 1 out of 10 chance of hip dysplasia. Ultrasound at Children’s Mercy revealed everything to be okay.
  • Looks like Kevin James when she’s sleeping.
  • Discovered tongue and giggles with it out.
  • Loves her green ball, little lamb, and chicken toy.
  • Expressive eyebrows like her Mama!
  • Tries to suck on both fists at once.
  • Loves Mya’s room and always smiles at her painting.
  • Loves looking at the painting above Derek’s and my bed.
  • First ongoing belly laugh was on 03.11 while looking at ourselves in the mirror.
  • Biggies giggles to date: when she pooped on me one morning at 4:30 AM.
  • Big squeals of excitement.
  • Sometimes whips her head back and forth when we lie her down.
  • Sleeps at night, but not much during the day!
  • Lunging forward and kicking hard when we hold her.
  • Wearing 9 month clothes.
  • Started sleeping in her crib in her room. Still wearing her swaddle, but always with arms free.
  • Lots and lots of hiccups.
  • Likes her room now.
  • Likes to hold my thumb when falling asleep.
  • Doesn’t like me drinking milk or eating cheese.


But yes, let’s be totally real and admit that some of these days have been really hard. Because when both kids had bronchiolitis and you’re light headed from sucking boogers with the NoseFrida, sometimes you just want a “break.” My sister-in-law Laura said it best: “The days are long, but the years are short.” So when I can’t make sense of a moment, that has been my mantra. And so far, it’s helping me keep my cool. But for those other times when I need an escape, there’s always ten seconds in the pantry with some chocolate chips.

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    April 8, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    HAHA! Chocolate chips! Does Leah like those? Beautiful pics of your beautiful baby! She looks so much like Mya. Will you do comparative pics at their same ages sometime? In all your free time?? Sorry about the hairline… unfortunately it runs in the family…my side… we will recede! Thanks for the posts and smiles!

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    April 8, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    About the receding hair line.. I had the same thing post Easton and it just started growing back! Now there are little short hairs that always stick up. My hairdresser said it was a pregnancy side effect. So, maybe yours will grow back? You are doing an awesome job, momma!

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