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  • What I Learned From Daniel Tiger Today

    Meg Larsen February 25, 2021

    The day had started so well. Then, as happens all too often when you’re a parent, things went awry.  My mom was due to fly in at 11:30 am and I was ecstatic because I hadn’t seen her in six months. She’d spent almost a month with us in July after my son James was born, but her October trip was canceled when my uncle got Covid and our Christmas…

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  • A Story of Two Valentines

    Meg Larsen February 14, 2021

    How We Met: My Story “So, what’s your story?” These were the first words I said to Brad, right before I was about to share my own story–my testimony, in fact–as part of a series of faculty-led breakout sessions during Spiritual Emphasis Week at the high school where we were teaching.  We had seen one another before, but Brad had just started working at the school, so we hadn’t officially…

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  • 6+ Favorite Toys for 6 Months-Olds

    Meg Larsen February 9, 2021

    Right around the time James turned six months old, he learned how to sit independently and roll from his back to his tummy, and our world changed almost overnight (in a really good way). Once James became capable of sitting on his own, the world of play really opened up for him and it’s been so much fun to watch.  Here are the toy highlights from this month:  1. Discovery…

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  • The Unguided Guide to Sleep Training

    Meg Larsen February 2, 2021

    I can’t, in good conscience, title this article a sleep training guide, because in the process of sleep training James, I have become convinced that there cannot possibly be a single ideal way of training “the universal child” how to sleep.   The fact that “sleep” and “training” are even two words that need to appear in the same sentence baffles me.  I mean, as an adult, I’d like nothing more…

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  • BLW at 6 Months: Are You Insane?!

    Meg Larsen January 30, 2021

    Okay so I don’t actually think people who start baby-led weaning at six months are insane, but holy heck it has not gone well for us. A couple of weeks ago, James had his six month well-baby appointment at the pediatrician’s office and she cleared him to start all the food (except the standard baby no-no foods like whole grapes, nuts, and honey). Prior to this, James had started to…

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  • 10 Tips for Surviving Your Baby’s First 6 Months

    Meg Larsen January 17, 2021

    People always talk about the first year of marriage being the hardest, but that wasn’t the case for us; I can’t imagine anything being harder than the first six months of our child’s life.  Now granted, we have had a challenging baby, in the middle of a global pandemic, and we left our jobs as teachers, my husband started the first two months of our baby’s life unemployed, and we…

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  • My Baby Eats Books: How to Read to Your Infant

    Meg Larsen January 4, 2021

    As a former English teacher, reading to my infant was something I always took for granted as a given. Not only do I have a love of books that I deeply want to share with my children, but I also witnessed first-hand the long-term effects of high-literacy households as compared to lower-literacy ones.  What I didn’t count on was how challenging it could be to read to a baby. Between…

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  • Favorite Toys: 4-5 Months

    Meg Larsen January 2, 2021

    One of the things I was most excited about when building our registry was picking out toys for James. I confess I had visions of neutral-toned toys to gloss the Insta feed and wooden Montessori toys to fuel his creative and emotional development.  I was committed to a less is more approach and wanted to focus on sustainable, eco-friendly toys. As with most things in parenting, some of those goals…

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  • Starting Solids: Puréed Edition

    Meg Larsen December 28, 2020

    I don’t know about you, but introducing our baby to solid foods was simultaneously very exciting and completely terrifying to me. Before James was even born, I had so many ideas about what I wanted his relationship with food to include or not include as he got older, but I didn’t really know how to get there. On top of that, we had such a hard time with allergies and…

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  • Baby’s First Two Weeks: What You Need, What to Skip, and Why (A Complete Guide for First-Time Moms)

    Meg Larsen August 16, 2020

    Being a first time mom is overwhelming, to say the least.  Even before your little bundle of joy enters the world, you will likely be bombarded by a barrage of choices to make about what you may or may not need to care for your little one, and frankly, those choices are hard to navigate. To say nothing of the number of hormones pulsing through your body, clouding your mind,…

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