Laura A

A 33-year-old stay-at-home mom of two young children and one on the way in the Twin Cities. Blogging away at Navigating the Mothership. A hippie-type, but mostly because I am all for not showering regularly (lazy reasons, obvs). It is still my dream to be a fly-girl for Justin Timberlake.

Lily's Birth Story

Disclaimer - Just as with my other birth stories, I kept Lily's birth story real and very detailed and for those reasons this might be way too much for some (many?) people to read.Birth is crazytown. And funkytown. It's funny, it's scary, it's hard, it's amazing, and it's full of the weirdest shit a person might ever experience in their life ....more

HALO 100% Cotton Muslin Swaddle Blanket Review & a Giveaway (Sponsored)

Shortly before Lily was born, I was contacted by HALO, of the SleepSack Wearable Blanket fame, and asked if I was interested in reviewing their new 100% Cotton Muslin Swaddle Blanket. Since I literally had "swaddle blanket" on my list of things to buy for the new baby, I said yes. As you guys know, I'm not usually one to do many reviews or giveaways, but this is a company that I feel good about and a product that we certainly use so it seemed like a great fit ....more

Spring Day in the Life Heads Up

It's time for the Spring Edition of Day in the Life (a.k.a. DITL)! If you are new and don't know what I am talking about, you can check out my past DITL posts here and the round-up posts that include links to other bloggers' DITL posts here.If you would like to participate, all you need to do is pick one day to document & post between now and Sunday, April 27. Since I'm busy adjusting to life with three kids, I asked Mama Tully of Adventures in Tullyland to take over as host this quarter and she graciously agreed to help out ....more

First Days at Home/Recovery the Third Time Around

I haven't touched the draft of the birth story since I left the hospital but hope to get it done by this weekend. No way would I not have an equally detailed story for baby #3! I view those stories much more as something for me than something my children would ever want to hear about, but perhaps since I will have two girls (still a !!), they will be curious about my experience one day ....more

Introducing Lily

SHE is here! It's a girl! (I am zero surprised by this.) Lilian "Lily" Jade was born last night at 11 pm after another very quick labor....more

Hello Due Date

Hello, Due Date, my old friend. I've come to experience you again. Because some babies like to stay in ....more

Indoor Kids Actvities: Part IV

We continue to spend most of our time inside. Because it continues to be cold and snowy. Fellow citizens of the North, let us join hands as we weep together.So here are some of our favorite activities from Winter 2013-2014.1. Snow Ice Cream It's just a band-aid for our pain, but it's something ....more

Feels Like the First Time

It's like I've never been here before. The very weird period of waiting for a baby and being on the cusp of major change. Or at least, I can't seem to really remember anything about those few days before Bella or Oliver came ....more

Maternity Photo Shoot

Our very kind friend JP of JP Ramler Photography offered to do a maternity photoshoot for us which we obviously couldn't pass up! I will admit I was a little worried about how I would feel about my appearance since I was 36.5 weeks at the time, but I love how the images turned out and I'm so happy to have this last baby captured so well. If any other local readers are looking to get maternity photos, JP is offering my blog readers a special deal for 20% off maternity photos! ...more

Bumpdate: 39 Weeks

Due Date: March 27, 2014. 1 week to go! Please just one week to go...Weight Gain: 42.5 lbs.Weight gain slowed down ....more