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It was right after games 3 & 4 in Houston a Texas, which were losses by the way, and we were to make our way home from Houston to Oakland on Tuesday evening. My husband had to leave with the team and travel back that morning so I was gifted with a few extra hours to prepare before the girls, our beloved nanny, and myself flew back to Oakland together. 

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They say

They say going from one to two kids is easy, and going from two to three kids is basically a cake walk. I say, Who the hell is “they” and how quickly did they forget the hard parts? 

It’s like giving birth. Most mothers say you forget how hard the pregnancy and labor is when you see your child for the first time. While that sounds dreamy, it was not the case for me.

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Potty Power!!

Considering I am on the cusp of having a newborn in my arms in less than a few weeks, I thought it’d be a good time to talk about where we are at with our 2 year old. When I first found out I was pregnant with my second I immediately thought about how challenging it may be to have 2 kids in diapers. So, after speaking with my husband we agreed to potty train as quickly as possible to lighten the load, literally. Our Tyler Marie was about 18 months old when we really started the potty training process.

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Joey Livingston

I think as parents we tend to live with a lot of guilt over various things when it comes to our children. I feel this guilt with technology. There are some days where my daughter will spend more time on my phone or iPad than I feel is necessary, but on the flip side I am able to do things that I wouldn’t normally be able to do without her being focused on this distraction for a little while. I can cook a meal, get some writing done, drive in peace and quiet, or even use the bathroom, ALONE. Trust me, when you become a parent, solo bathroom trips are a rarity.

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East Bay Children’s Book Project

East Bay children’s book project collects new and gently used donated books and provides them to educators, day care providers, pediatricians, social workers, basically any professional that works with children who may not have access to books. My mother is an educator so I grew up with a book in my hand at a very young age. I couldn’t imagine not being able to read what I want, when I want.

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Built in bestie

But more importantly to share secrets with, to protect one another in ways our parents may not be able to, to share heartbreak with, to share triumph with, to always have someone to cheer for, and always know that someone has your back no matter what. This is the joy of a sibling and I’m so grateful to be able to give my daughter that joy that will last a lifetime.

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Travel with a toddler

You board your flight with your little one and if you’re the first one on you pick a comfortable aisle seat so you can get up and move around with your baby if necessary. You sit down and as you watch the rest of the passengers board you can’t help but notice everyone looking for a seat, any seat, other than the one close to the baby…

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To Zoo or not to Zoo

It was the most beautiful Saturday in Oakland. The sun was warm and the air was fresh and crisp. The skies were clear as glass. It was the kind of day that brought out the entire city, making you feel less than if you didn’t get out and enjoy it in any capacity. Whether you bike to work instead of drive, take your break people watching at a nearby park, or making plans with friends and family to spend time under the sun, you were ultimately grateful for a day like this. That “California Weather”, personified.

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