Riley: Twenty Four Months.

by katelin on February 14, 2017

You guys, can you believe I have a TWO year old? I can’t. I really can’t. I mean, he’s been two for over a week and I’m still in a bit of denial over here.

In any case, I figured it would be kind of fun to do a monthly check-in because two is quite the age.

– Loves the “TRASH TRUCK.” Like legitimately loves it. He can hear the beeping from miles away and will stop in his tracks if it means he can see the TRASH TRUCK.

– Is addicted to blueberries. This has rung true for over a year. I’m pretty sure that he’s half blueberry at this point.

– Still kisses books after we read them. He’s also started “reading” along with us when we read him books and it is the cutest thing ever.

– Loves helping me bake. He loves mixing and cracking eggs and loves everything involved with baking. However, he hasn’t totally grasped that once all of the things are done mixing they need to go in the oven. He has had three epic meltdowns when I put something into the oven. It was hilarious.

– Gives squeeze hugs and lots of kisses. He is just so loving it melts my heart.

– Has so many opinions now. And can tell us about them. All of the time.

– Is a tiny gymnast. For a while he was trying to break out of his crib and was basically practicing his pummel horse moves. He also enjoys jumping on our couches and sprint jumping into chairs. It’s not stressful at all.

– Can count to ten and spell his name. And he can als0 say his full name, which is freaking adorable.

– Has friends! Actual friends that he knows their names. And asks if they can play. It’s so sweet.

– Loves Elmo, Daniel Tiger and Beat Bugs. So far we’ve only really let him watch those three shows and luckily he doesn’t realize there is so much more TV out there, ha.

– Sleeps under his pillow. Like legitimately burrows under his pillow and falls asleep. It is so weird. And so hilarious.
Untitled– Is a dancing machine. Seriously, he loves singing and dancing all of the time.

– Has truly figured out the joys of birthdays. “One more present?” was his most common request. He also discovered how delicious cake is. And chocolate. And cookies for breakfast. Turning two was real good to this kid.



– Am tired. Forever and ever. The end.

– Filmed a commercial back in October for Swagbucks. And apparently a few people have seen it on TV. I have not seen it, but don’t you worry, you’ll know when I do, ha.

– Am still working from home. Right now I have a part time gig that a friend brought me onto and I am forever grateful. I was seriously in a two month lull where I had no idea what I was going to do. It was frustrating, defeating and all around stressful. I’m still looking for more work and projects to take on, so if you know of anything? *hint hint*

– Toured a preschool and sweet mercy. I’m both ready and not even a little bit ready to drop my kid off every day.

– Am having random bouts of baby fever. So many friends are having babies and they are just so cute and squishy and I miss the cute and squishy baby phase. Although I don’t miss the no sleep phase, not even a little bit.

– Have also been having some body issues lately. And thinking about getting pregnant again is both terrifying and welcoming. My emotions make zero sense right now.

– Still can’t believe this little guy has been in our lives for two whole years. Sometimes I still forget that I’m a mom, as weird as that sounds. I love it so much and I love him more than I ever thought I could. He cracks me up every day and I’m just so grateful.


happy tuesday!

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On Turning Two.

by katelin on February 3, 2017


Dear Riley,

On Sunday, you’ll turn two years old. How that happened is beyond me.

Last I checked, you were still a sleep terrorist who liked cuddles and a wooden spoon and could barely say ‘mama.’ Now you’re a toddler sleep terrorist who loves hugs and throwing balls and is surprising us daily with all the new words you are learning.

Every day I am amazed by you. I mean I’m also stressed out, exhausted and overwhelmed by you. But mainly amazed.

Amazed that you are my child. Amazed by how quickly you learn. Amazed by your love of baking with me. Amazed by super hearing (although I’m pretty sure this only applies to hearing the garbage truck).

Riley you make me laugh constantly. You are truly my goofy little child.


Your smile is infectious and your giggle is heart meltingly cute.

I hope you continue to stay inquisitive and giggly. I hope this year brings your more adventures and little friends to call your own. I hope we see the garbage truck every day and I promise to sing silly songs all of the time.

Riley Charles, thank you for choosing us.

I love you so.


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Two Things.

January 31, 2017

Tweet At the end of every day I say two things to myself: One. High five, self! You kept a tiny human alive. Nicely done. Tw0. Are we raising a good person?   So you’d think that once kids are past the fragile infant stage, worrying about their overall well-being would fade. Alas, you would […]

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The Sweet Moments.

January 19, 2017

Tweet On Sunday we went to Travel Town. And then Riley took a THREE HOUR nap. It was damn glorious. And I had the audacity to talk about it. And share it. And bask in it. Because Monday rolled around and Riley woke up at the crack of 4:30AM. And did not go back to […]

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Outlander Obsessed.

January 17, 2017

TweetI have a confession to make. Remember how I talked about my new found love for Outlander? Yes, well it’s still going strong. So much so that I just rewatched season one and restarted season two. For Christmas Matt bought me the Outlander TV show companion book so I wouldn’t have to keep checking it out […]

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Cry Babies.

January 11, 2017

Tweet Lately we’ve been experienced all the ups and downs of toddlerhood. Or I should say the twosomes. Because Riley turns two in a month. SWEET MERCY. And with that has come a whole lot of tantrums and meltdowns and inexplicable crying fits, it’s been real fun. And because I’m the sharing type I figured […]

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Hello, It’s Me.

January 5, 2017

Tweet It’s taken me five days into the new year to start to find my footing. I feel like the last three weeks have been a total whirlwind. The holidays have always been fun for me, but they’re also exhausting and leave me feeling like I’m constantly playing catch up. Despite the fact that Christmas is […]

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The Holidays vs. The Holidays

December 20, 2016

TweetLast week when I was putting up our Christmas decorations, I made an offhanded comment to Matt about how different it was to decorate this year. Usually I kick Matt out and would get everything up and decorated in one afternoon. This year, it was a couple days process to get everything and I still […]

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