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So Your Baby's Not Sleeping? Mine Neither.

This seems to be becoming a common theme at our house: bedtime rolls around and the little guy seems tired out and ready for bed. He goes to sleep. And forty-five minutes later, he’s up – crying – and refusing to sleep.

At this point, you would think that you have three options:

One: You go straight upstairs, soothe your baby back to sleep and go back to what you were doing.

Two: You ignore the crying, hope your baby goes back to sleep, and eventually cave…

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 6, 2013 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Why Footie Pajamas Are Banned At Our House

I’ve never bought footie pajamas for my little guy before. That being said, I’ve never had anything against them, either. As a kid, I wore them all the time. So when I found a pair of these nostalgic jammies in an 18 month size in his closet (presumably from a baby shower) – I thought we’d try them out. I threw them in the wash and actually forgot about them until tonight – when all of his 12 month jammies were in the wash....Continue reading at …

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Added by Cortney Galster on August 5, 2013 at 10:03pm — No Comments

I'm the Mom That Scares You Out of Having Kids

I love being a mommy. I love my child more than life itself. So by all means, I should be the poster child for starting a family, right? Wrong. I am the girl that unintentionally terrifies her childless friends out of having children. The problem being: reality. Life after pregnancy is amazing. But it is definitely not glamorous. And after reading a recent post on …

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 30, 2013 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Baby’s First Time Getting Sick: Nervewracking All The Way Around

On Thursday, I was walking back to my office from lunch and I glanced at my phone to see that there were several missed calls and texts from my hubby:

“Call me. The baby has a fever.”

Yes – we call him the baby via text. Anyway, I called Ricky and then his mom, where RJ was for the day – and she sounded nervous. He had suddenly come down with afever. So of course, I packed up my stuff and flew to my car.

RJ never gets…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 27, 2013 at 11:03am — No Comments

A Morning at the Splash Pad

So there’s really no denying that my little man LOVES the water. Splashing in the lake, the pool or the bathtub, he will spend hours pretending he’s a fish. Or at least, that’s what I think he’s doing. So when some of my mommy friends were going to the local splash pad yesterday, we of course could NOT miss out on the fun! The water was a little cold, but the little guy had a blast. And even though he can’t tell me this yet, I know he can’t wait to go…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 20, 2013 at 11:08am — No Comments

A Call For Teething Baby Advice

Alright. This whole teething thing is starting to get to the “hard to handle” point. I mean, who knew that 6an impending tooth could mean going back to the infant days of little sleep, lots of crying and LOTS of rocking/walking/soothing for my little man. The only difference? He’s now 25 pounds instead of 8. Ever walked around and bounced 25 pounds for an hour at a stretch? How about tried to put your make up on one handed while doing the one arm bounce in your bathroom...Continue…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 17, 2013 at 8:17am — No Comments

Raising Babies: It’s Just a Phase

One of the most common questions new moms ask themselves about raising their new little being is, “how am I going to get through this?” Becoming a parent for the first time is overwhelming. No matter how much you prepare for the diapering and the feeding and the clothing, you just can’t know what to expect with the actualparenting. I hate to say it – but when it’s your first, you’re really going in blind. And that’s how I felt for quite a while after little man was…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 15, 2013 at 9:35pm — No Comments

My Favorite Summertime Baby Activity

I don’t know about you, but here in Minnesota we have about three short months of gorgeous outdoor weather. Which means my aboslute favorite thing to do (especially on lazy Sunday afternoons) is to grab a blanket and a bunch of toys and take the family out into the backyard to play. Ricky grills, RJ plays and Lucy pretends she’s in charge of everyone. Loves it.

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 12, 2013 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Thanking #UnderArmour and the #Whatsbeautiful Campaign

This summer I was given an amazingopportunity – which you’ve already seen featured here and all over my social media – by Under Armour and Fitfluential. I got to participate in the Under Armour “What’s Beautiful” campaign, a competition to redefine what it means to be a female athlete. When I first heard about it, I was intimidated. I mean, since having a baby I…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 9, 2013 at 10:04pm — No Comments

Battling That Tired Mommy Feeling

That nagging tired feeling is pretty much every mom’s daily struggle. One thing I’ve learned: when you’re a working mom, you must learn to respect your limits. I have a hard time with this because I push myself to do it all every.single.day. But this weekend, I learned that even super mom has her limits.

My biggest problem: I regularly run on about 5 hours of sleep a night. And I usually run pretty well on five hours of sleep. But there is no room for error. So when my little…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 7, 2013 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Happy Fourth of July!

I hope you all have fabulous plans for the best summer holiday of the year. Currently I am sitting here with my little man who’s been up for nearly two hours and is definitely ready to go down for a nap. My dessert for our barbecue is setting in the fridge {and btw, if you haven’t figured out what you’re making for dessert today, you can check out…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 4, 2013 at 8:40am — No Comments

Landscaping is the best workout ever.

I am STILL sore from this weekend. STILL. My right elbow and left knee hate me. I had some kind of allergic reaction to fresh mulch and have an absolutely lovely rash running down each of my legs. My abs feel like they should be toned and defined {even though they are absolutely, positively not}. What did we do, you ask? Why, we landscaped our yard!...Continue reading at The Mommyhood…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 2, 2013 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Baby Wants Mama – I’m Not Complaining

My baby is going through this phase where all he wants is mama. He has a hard time if I leave the room – let alone if I leave him with a babysitter to play while I work. He even has a hard time going to sleep at night because he just wants me to hold him a little bit longer. It’s equal parts frustrating and adorable. Well, maybe about 75 percent adorable. Just saying.

Now I know that I should be trying to wean him from this. But there’s this little piece of me that is kind of thrilled…

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Added by Cortney Galster on July 1, 2013 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Cascade #MyPlatinum Dishwashing Pods - Win A Whirlpool Dishwasher!

I think the daily chores at every house are the same: do the laundry, make the meals,do the dishes. Know what my least favorite chore is? Putting away dishes from the dishwasher. Know why? Because it drives me crazy when they don’t come completely clean after I just ran them on a heavy dishwasher cycle with a sani-rinse option. Seriously. If I’m going through the work of “pre-washing” my dishes FOR the dishwasher, they damn well better come CLEAN at the end of the…

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Added by Cortney Galster on June 28, 2013 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Just a Peek Into A Working Mama's Thursday

Yesterday, I thought my brain was too tired to blog. So I didn’t. I spent nearly two hours trying to put my baby to bed and then fell asleep on the couch. And then tonight I was even MORE exhausted than I was yesterday. Funny how a lack of sleep builds up after a while, eh? Yeah. Anyway – today, after working all day, I accomplished the following things:

  • Grocery shopping
  • Feeding my child
  • Feeding my dog
  • Feeding myself (cold, leftover homemade pizza from…
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Added by Cortney Galster on June 27, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Perfect for New Moms: #DulcoEasePink

I’ve told you guys a lot about all the gory details of pregnancy and post-pregnancy. But there’s one thing that I’ve only touched on – and never gone in-depth about. I guess that’s because it’s kind of awkward, kind of uncomfortable and a lot of…gross.

When you’re pregnant, you get constipated. There’s not really a way to avoid this fact – I don’t know of a single mama who didn’t experience this when she had a baby in her belly. And then after you have your baby, it gets a…

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Added by Cortney Galster on June 22, 2013 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Things I Love: Arbonne Deep Cleansing Face Mask

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I promised this to you this morning.

And here it is: the best face mask EVER. And it’s something that I’ve actually already told you about.

The Arbonne FC5 Deep Cleansing Face Mask. Dun Dun DUN.

I’ve…

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Added by Cortney Galster on June 4, 2013 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Moving Slow on Sunday Morning

Picture, if you will, this:

It’s 6:30 AM. I’m sitting on our couch – which happens to be quite large. It’s a sectional that seats at least six people. I jump up to grab my coffee. I try to sit back down and my giant puppy has taken my spot. Despite my stern voice, scolding and pleading, she will not move. So I resign myself to sitting on the floor.

Yep, that would be the start of my Sunday morning. Too lazy to move my child’s toys from the rest of the couch – because obviously,…

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Added by Cortney Galster on June 2, 2013 at 11:32am — No Comments

Your Number One Job As A Parent

When you become a parent, there is no manual. There is no one to tell you what’s right and what’s wrong. Not much is black and white; there are many questions that result in different answers for different families. But in my time as a mama, I’ve learned two things about child raising that are universal truths.

The first: you have to make decisions that do right by your family – not your sister’s family or your cousin’s family or your best friend from high school’s family. And…

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Added by Cortney Galster on May 29, 2013 at 11:20pm — No Comments

A Beach Vacation for Mommy and Daddy

So we went on vacation, just me and my hubby. Four days of sunshine, walks on the beach and sleeping in. These are the things that beach vacations are made of. The only problem? Ricky and I have forgotten what it’s like to not have RJ around. We’re so used to playing with him, listening for him, planning our days around him and justbeing with him that …

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Added by Cortney Galster on May 27, 2013 at 1:07pm — No Comments

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