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My Mostly Montessori Approach: 3 Months


It's been three months since little Claire Josephine entered the world. I thought I'd take some time (as she's napping) to share about how I've incorporated a few Montessori ideas into our family.

A Beginner's Guide to Cloth Diapers


We've been parents for about three months now, and while that hardly makes us experts, I have to share our experience- thus far- with cloth diapers.

Claire's Birth Story: Part Three



WARNING: This series of posts contains content that some may consider TMI, as well as a fair amount of hippy-dippy stuff that may annoy some readers. Just a heads-up.) 

Please read Part One and Part Two before continuing!

Claire's Birth Story: Part Two


(WARNING: This series of posts contains content that some may consider TMI, as well as a fair amount of hippy-dippy stuff that may annoy some readers. Just a heads-up.) 

Please read Part One before continuing!

Claire's Birth Story: Part One


(WARNING: This series of posts contains content that some may consider TMI, as well as a fair amount of hippy-dippy stuff that may annoy some readers. Just a heads-up.) 

Packing Bags for a Natural Hospital Birth


When I was twenty-seven weeks pregnant, we unexpectedly had to go to labor and delivery, and I was admitted for nearly a week. It was still so early in the pregnancy, we thought we had months before we'd need to pack for the hospital. But there we were, throwing things into a bag in a state of near panic. That experience taught me a lesson, and as soon as I came home and began feeling better, I got to work on packing bags to have ready at the door. 

Creating a Nursery in a Small Home: Master Bedroom Nursery Nook


People have been inquiring about our nursery plans since I announced my pregnancy, and to be honest, I've felt a lot of embarrassment from the start as I gave my answer:

We don't really have room for a nursery, so we'll just be keeping the baby in our room.

Most people's responses to this don't do anything to discredit my embarrassment. But you have to have a nursery! 'Cause you know, nobody ever lived in a modest home with no space or funds to give a tiny newborn its very own, Pottery-Barn-catalog-worthy room.

The Harsh Reality of Pregnancy


I have to say that pregnancy isn't what I thought it'd be. At all. (Be warned: very TMI post to follow.)

Setting Up the Homestead: An Update


One of our primary goals in buying a home was to have our own land for homesteading. We ended up with a single acre, which was far less than we wanted but still plenty of room to get started (and a tremendous improvement from our third-floor apartment).

Why We're Waiting To Find Out Gender


I'm finding that people will judge your parenting choices before the parenting even begins.