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bear and his dog

December 13th, 2014 · 3 Comments

BeeandHerDog 3.Final

A year ago (yes, seriously, and I can’t believe it’s been that long either), when I was about four months pregnant and we knew that our beloved dog Calvin was facing serious health issues, my husband somehow convinced me to do something completely nuts.

Months before bringing a newborn human child into this world…

… we got a puppy.

Now, would I recommend that *you* go out and get a puppy midway through your first pregnancy?

Well, no.  Probably not.  We joke that Chad snuck in a puppy at the buzzer, because the moment that our son entered this world, I suddenly realized that I would never again have time for anything else, in the world ever.  (I’m exaggerating, but only a little bit.  It honestly feels like that as a new mom some days.)

But, because my husband is perpetually optimistic about our ability to 1) multitask and 2) care for living creatures, Rambo joined our family.

And, you know what?

Rambo is an awesome member of our family.

This little puppy has brought us so much joy.  He’s sweet and good-natured and easygoing, and he and Bear are best friends.  Chad and I were looking over my Instagram photos a few weekends ago, and we realized something hilarious: Rambo is in every single photo of the baby.  Sometimes it’s a paw, sometimes it’s a tail, and sometimes it’s the whole dog, but anywhere our son is… there’s Rambo, too.

So I thought it was particularly fitting to post a few photos of Bear and Rambo from the last few months.  And it’s an extra special post because my terrific reader Krystal sent us this beautiful, handmade playmat from her line, Bee and Her Dog.  Like Bear, Krystal’s daughter Bee had a puppy bud, and she named her beautiful line after them.  Check out more of her designs here — I know you guys will love them as much as Bear and I do.

Photo overload ahead!  (I couldn’t resist.)

BeeandHerDog 1.Final

Bear and Booz 4.Final

Bear and Booz 3.Final

Bear and Booz 3 (2).Final

Bear and Booz 2.Final

Bear and Booz 2 (2).Final

Bear and Booz 1 (2).Final

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BeeandHerDog 8.Final

Bear and Booz 1.Final

BeeandHerDog 5.Final

BeeandHerDog 7.Final

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easier than you think: setting up a college savings account

November 25th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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Pretty much from the moment I found out I was pregnant, setting up a college savings account for our son has been on my mind. 

And I don’t mean “on my mind” in a productive, I got this kind of way.

It was more “on my mind” as in: ohmygod there’s this thing I should be doing for him and I’m not doing it and I’m pretty sure I’m ruining our kid’s life by not doing it but I have zero time to figure out how to do it and so it’s never, ever, ever going to get done and he’s going to wind up flipping burgers and it’s all my fault

…yeah.

See, I knew we wanted set up a place where we could contribute towards our son’s college education expenses.

I just had no idea how to do it.

College is expensive, and more so today than ever before.  I hope to be able to pay our son’s tuition someday, but that means that Chad and I have to start saving now.  (Ok, we probably should have started saving yesterday, but at least we’re doing it now!)

I know that saving money now to hand over to a university in eighteen years isn’t the most fun thing to think about.  But, with saving, the earlier you do it, the better. 

So this week, I created a college savings account for our son. I funded it with $1,000 to start and set up a monthly contribution of $100 a month. On months that we can do more, we’ll do more.  It might not pay for everything, but it’s a start. 

And, you know what?  It was easy.  Like, way easy.  It took ten minutes and I did the whole thing online.

Nearly every state has some sort of “529 Plan” available for college savings.  In general, these plans offer some tax benefits and are a pretty flexible, low maintenance way to set aside money for your child’s education. 

And even better?  Grandparents and other family members can contribute too.  So think about getting this set up as the holidays are approaching!

If you’re in Texas, the one that I did is offered by the State of Texas here: https://www.texascollegesavings.com/ In other states, check out this link for your state’s options. 

So, that’s my little parenting tidbit for the day.  Most days, I have no idea what I’m doing, and I’m pretty much the last person who feels qualified to offer parenting advice. 

But this one?  It seemed overwhelming to me, until I did it.  And it turned out, it was easy.  And now I’m really glad I did.  So I figured I’d pass it on. 

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

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bear’s favorite books: newborn to six months

November 21st, 2014 · 4 Comments

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I’ve written before about how reading is such an important part of our day-to-day parenting, but I thought that this week, I’d go into a little bit more depth about the books that Bear has really enjoyed for his first six months. 

Because, see: when you’re a new parent, lots of people give you the books that they loved as a child.  I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that — it’s an incredibly sweet and thoughtful gift and one that I’m always thrilled to receive. 

But sometimes, the books that people loved as a five- or seven-year-old aren’t right for an infant. 

Because, you know.  I’d love to say that our kid is a literary genius, but the fact is: when you hand him a book, sometimes he looks at the words and pictures. 

But most of the time he just sticks it in his mouth. 

But there are a few authors who seem to get babies, and if you’re looking for a great new-mom gift (or just something to entertain your kiddo for a few extra seconds), here are two authors I particularly recommend.

Sandra Boynton: Sandra has become a household name for us, and her celebrity status is incredibly well-deserved.  I can’t even tell you how many hours we’ve spent reading and reciting her books to Bear: hands down, she is his favorite, bar none.  Her books are simple, and they teach skills like counting, colors and animals — and yet they’re also fun, with twist endings and little personalities for each of the characters.  My favorite, which Bear is perusing in the photo above, is Birthday Monsters — so if you have a kiddo with a big day coming up, this would be a terrific gift!

Eric Hill: I confess, our copy of Where’s Spot is a particularly special one — it’s the tattered, much-loved copy that I had as a kid.  My mom saved it for somewhere close to three decades, and shipped it to me last winter, before our baby arrived.  Bear loves this book and I do too — there’s something so sweet about seeing the pages that my mom taped together after my sister and I loved that book to tatters, and then letting my son have the same experience. 

We also have a lot of tried-and-true favorites: The Giving Tree, The Little Engine That Could, and (of course!) Where the Wild Things Are.  But more so than any book itself, the best part is sitting with our son and showing him new ideas, stories, and pictures, and helping him make them his own.  So if you can, take a few minutes out of your day to read your child a bedtime story (or a morning, or afternoon story — whatever works for you!) and help them develop a love of reading and learning that they will have for their whole lives.

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