I can’t believe in just a few weeks I am going to have a 3 year old! I remember this time three years ago. My pregnancy had been so easy but by this time I was uncomfortable and so ready to meet him. I opened up his baby book and I wrote him a letter. I promised him “for as long as you live, you will never be alone, unloved, unheard or not taken care of. Through all of life’s ups and downs I will cherish you, never judge you and always forgive you for your mistakes” I asked him to “be kind, be courageous, don’t be afraid to be different and accept others that are different from you. Love fiercely, cry when you need to and always come to us when you need a little help”
In the mere 3 years, he has already been all of this and so much more. So blessed to be his Mama
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If you have a toddler, go getchaself a spray bottle (I’m sure you have one at home). Literally entertainment for hours. I filled the spray bottle with water and now Jack is cleaning everything.
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I’m delivering the last of the fall galleries this week!
This little boy has the absolute best smile; and he didn’t just smile when I was taking his picture he smiled like this the entire session! .
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Oh my sweet boy 🥰. You have changed so much in just a few short months.
He has turned into quite the sweetheart & has caused my mommy heart to happy cry many times recently - hormones 🤷🏻♀️.
For the last week or so, he now tells us when he wants to go to sleep, both naps and bedtime. He asks us to pick him up, gives us a kiss & when we say “do you want to go night night?” he smiles, then cries saying Yeah! 😩It causes me to cry every single time because it’s absolutely precious, but I can’t understand why he cries while saying he wants to go to sleep. It’s so cute I’m crying now just thinking about it 😭.
Anywho we hope everyone is having a #HappyHumpDay !
This week my son excavated ten real fossils, including a real mosasaur tooth! 🦕 His excitement was contagious and he let his siblings (and let’s be honest, me) take turns unearthing real fossils from his fossil kit. My son is sharing up in my stories if you’d like to see him in action. Making learning fun is a big goal of mine as a mama to five kiddos and former teacher. 😊 If you like fun learning toys too, you’ll love this @mindwaretoys deal! Use code MWTOYS19 for FREE shipping on any order + $10 off $75, or $20 off $100 orders, good til midnight tonight central time. Enjoy! 💕 #mindwaretoys@mindwaretoys@orientaltrading
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SMALL VICTORIES. Haven’t even started what will likely be a long and highly contentious depo, but I don’t care because I made my 3 hour drive to Blythe without throwing up! Really thought I’d have a cute belly bump photo by now to make my pregnancy announcement, but nope — this pregnancy has been far from cute, just a lot of vomiting and tears. But today marks my 20weeks and exactly 14 weeks of working in ill fitting clothes and pushing through my nausea, so this photo can proudly serve as my pregnancy announcement!! Have had no social life (including social media) but thankful for all my friends and family who have still reached out and been supportive, my hubby who has meticulously scrubbed every toilet in our house so I can vomit in clean bowls 😂, my sweet daughter who pats my back with a concerned look on her face and “calls the doctor” each time I run to the bathroom, and my baby (cantaloupe now) who has equally endured long days with mama. Can’t wait to meet you my sweet baby, it’s ALL so worth it! #20weeks
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That cheeky face 💙 I feel like I need something to go above the bed there. Any recommendations? 😊
Jumper and leggings from @zarakids@zara
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You are her anchor. Her safe place to explore and interact. Her eyes meet yours when she needs reassurance. She lights up when your face is smiling back at her. You are her keeper, her cheerleader, her confidant. You are her home. ✨
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He is good in the small victories.
He is good in the big defeats.
He is good in the new beginnings.
He is good in the ending of seasons.
He is good in the chaos.
He is good in the still.
He is good in the uncertainty.
He is good in the waiting.
He is good in the losses.
He is good in the opportunities.
He is good in predictable.
He is good in the unpredictable.
Diego: Gymnasts do this all the time, dude! I figured we can use our bellies to get some balance! Bruno: Is this the right way to stand up on the bar?
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I’ve made it until November 20th with fall decor and I’m giving myself a huge pat on the back in the for that 👏🏼 but Christmas stuff is about to break out 💃🏼. But before it’s peppermint everything I have to finish out November with Pumpkin Spice! @littlespoon has teamed up with @everymomcounts and 100% of every order of their limited edition Pumpkin Spice Babyblend goes to them this month!! This is extra special to me because Every Mother Counts mission is to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother every where and I love everything about that. Head over to @littlespoon and get your PSB orders in before November is over!
Currently 50 degrees outside, overcast and sprinkling. This is my kind of weather. Kids are running around and playing at my feet. I’m just going to sit a moment and enjoy this lukewarm cup of coffee (cause I’ve already reheated it twice, #momlife ) and be thankful. I wouldn’t trade today for anything. #myhappyplace@gathre
Rainy day schedule calls for movies movies movies! We will be lounging A LOT today 😉. (IF the boys can help it🙊).
Happy Wednesday Everyone!
How are you spending your day today!?? #wednesday #rainyday
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II My family’s health is not something I take for granted II After having one baby unexpectedly admitted to the nicu, I realized that things don’t always go as we hope or plan II So today I’m thankful for three healthy babies II What about you? II I’d love to hear what you’re grateful for today II ⠀
TWO! Happiest birthday Grey!💛 Cheers to another trip around the sun!!! 🎉🎊
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Sit back and relax mama.
The promise of ice cream is a mighty tool in any parents belt 😏walked and walked with these munchkins all over town 🖤
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Did someone say sale?! Mark your calendars for 25% off! Our Black Friday Sale is our only sale of the year and will run from November 28th - December 2nd. Perfect time to buy some warm & cozy christmas gifts!
For her birthday celebration at school on Monday she straight up said “And praise cheezits”
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Happy Wednesday! 🧡
Wow! It’s only a weekish from thanksgiving 🦃
Today I woke up feeling a bit of sadness in my ❤️, but nonetheless I’m thankful,I am grateful for everything that I have.
Especially my little family.
Hope everyone has a very good hump day and always be kind people!
It takes nothing from us and makes this world a better place. 🧡
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If you are ready get on the waitlist in my bio. Cart will open to them first on Friday!
Are you setting a fitness goal for 2020?
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I’ve been working on this for a while now and I’m pleased to introduce Magical RAIdiance “designs by babies for babies” initially launching with our Holiday edition onesies & Holiday +Me Bundle package! I will start taking orders on Monday November 25, 2019 at 10am. For more information shoot me a message!
Hello! It’s been awhile since I introduced myself & because it’s #adoptionawarenessmonth it’s the perfect time for it!
So, I’m Julia! 👋 My husband and I have been married 16 years & decided to adopt when we started dating. We had no idea where that wild idea would lead us!
We adopted our oldest, Kya, from Guatemala 11 years ago. Then decided to become a foster home a few years later. We’ve had over 30 children come through our home and adopted our three younger children through foster care. .
We are devoted to spreading awareness of the great need for safe, loving foster homes! We’re very supportive of reunification (as any foster home should be). We also have open relationships with our children’s (first/bio) parents.
If you’ve been here awhile you might know...I’m super passionate about loving the unloved, going after the one that no one wants to go after and seeing things from outside the box.
My hearts desire it to love like Jesus loves and just be the best me I can be while I’m here for this brief moment in time. 🖤 I’m so so glad you’re here with me.
Feel free to join us in #thirtydaysaware I posted 4 prompts in my stories. ✌🏼
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Yes I ruined her mirror selfie 😂🤷🏼♀️ but she looks so adorable had to use it 🥰
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♥️ My daughter—although we aren’t genetically related I still get to call this beautiful little soul mine. There were so many days I wondered if I would ever get to be a mom; if all the IVF, the surgeries, the injections, the money spent, the heartbreak endured would pay off... and now we are here, with an almost 3 year old. We are only here because we came to a crossroads in our journey—it was either time to quit, to finally call it for good, or it was time to keep pursuing the dream to become parents but in a different way. We couldn’t keep using my eggs. I knew that they would never work if they hadn’t with the 9 embryos we had already painfully transferred and lost. I knew I had to close the door on my child ever being genetically related to me; once I was ready, I was able to close & lock that door on my eggs and never look back. Because of the selfless gift of our donor who wanted to help complete strangers (who wound up being great friends in the end) become parents. If you are at the same crossroads we were, but not ready to let go of that dream you have, please don’t forget of the other beautiful options that can help you reach that goal. I can’t imagine not having this girl in our lives, she brings us so much joy and reminds me every day of how lucky we are, that I’m so so happy that we chose the path that we did—I will never ever regret our choice of egg donation. I don’t feel as though I’m missing anything because we don’t share genetics, I’m thankful that we aren’t because if it wasn’t for the fact that my eggs didn’t work all those times this girl literally wouldn’t exist and I can’t even imagine a world without her smile and her light. #GeorgiaJuneRidley#deivf#donoreggivf#donoreggbaby .
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Bloody hell, last night was the worst night yet! I don’t know if it’s a leap, a phase, teeth or growing pains, or simply just a little tummy trouble! But whatever it is, I can’t wait for it to be over 😩 Probably wasn’t the best of days to take her to go and see Santa, but at least she looked cute! Her cardigan and bonnet are from @nicolouise_official, and lucky for you guys you can use code ‘ZARAPOTTER’ to receive $5 off each item! (Plus there’s free worldwide shipping!) #gifted#nicolouise
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Has it really only been 5 years since your adoption? It feels like a lifetime ago. Your spirit has always been too big for your little body. You’re heart, so tender. Everything about you draws others in. You put your heart and soul into whatever you touch. .
Happy Adoption Day, my “LeeLee”, God knew my heart needed you. 🖤
Finally my mini me 🥰 I really think that lately Georgie~Mai is starting to look more like me or do you still think more her dad 🤷🏼♀️🙊 Christmas countdown is on now these next 5 weeks I know are going to fly by I’m hoping to be done with shopping and wrapping early this year fingers crossed 🤞🏼 who is all ready or are you still yet to start? I literally love this time of year more so now since I’ve got this cutie ✨
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Documenting a rare sight — and to be clear, I’m talking about the empty baskets on the stairs, not Alex in timeout. #shesaregular 😂
A lot of people asked about our stair baskets — they’re just regular ‘ole square baskets to help avoid clutter on the stairs and to help the girls remember to clean up after themselves. They’re full to the max 90% of the time, but hey, we’re working on it, lol. The adorable tags are compliments of my fave @chalkdesignsbyme. 🤩 the kid in time-out is compliments of a basket of toys chucked over the loft. 🤪🙈 #parenting