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Why I’m Planning To Have a Home Birth. Yes, For the Third Time.

You know how when you’re talking to someone you’ve just met, and your conversation follows the usual social mores about weather or occupations or where you’re from originally, or whatever? Well, if you’re a mom of littles and you’re conversing with another mom of littles, at some point, you talk about your birth experience(s).

NOT because we’re all trying to secretly judge each other (not all moms are as vindictive and petty as all the online magazines and mom blog articles like to portray us, ok?) – but because the process of giving birth is typically, like, a pretty big deal event to a woman. And talking about our birth stories with other women – who actually get why we have this crazy strong need to have to talk about them – somehow creates this weird motherly and womanly unifying bond of having been in the trenches together.

So yes, I kind of like hearing birth stories. No matter how they happened.

Even still, I always get a; bit, um, cautious, when it comes to how to approach my previous birth stories or current birth plans when in conversation. I find myself reading the crowd carefully before I start sharing too much.  Read more…

How to Enjoy Las Vegas With Young Kids In Tow

We just got back from a quick 2-night stay in Las Vegas. Yes, with our two young kids. Yes, and while I’m pregnant.

Though Vegas might not initially seem the prime vacation spot in our given situation, it ended up being a perfect trip for us. And it could be for you too – just because you have young kids (or don’t or can’t drink) it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a Vegas Vacation and I’m here to show you how you can do it too!  Read more…

Do I Regret Having Kids? Here’s Why I Had Children.

As you may know, I’m currently pregnant with my third child. And oddly, I find myself questioning my motive for this pregnancy much more than I did with either of my first two children. I’ve been stumbling into articles about “why have kids?” or about the anti-natalism or childfree movements – and it seems there’s a lot of belief out there that parenthood, and especially motherhood, not only holds one back from a more ‘significant’ and ‘productive’ potential, but also leaves a person in denial of their regret over the loss of that once-childfree-potential. Instead, parenthood is consumed by the mind-numbing-ness of dirty diapers, tantruming toddlers, never-ending carpools, bratty preteens, and rebellious teenagers…when you know, they could actually be doing something meaningful with their lives otherwise. Many use this as a reason to remain childfree, a choice that they believe will allow them to lead better, happier, more fulfilling lives than if they had chosen to reproduce. Read more…

My Journey to Having A Third Kid

So I’m pregnant and having a third kid. I’ve already got a daughter and son. Why in the world would I want another kid? Here’s my journey to how I got here.

I’m the oldest of 6 kids. I grew up in a community where most families had at least 2 children, and families of 4 or more were fairly common. I always assumed I’d have my own kids one day because, well, it’s all I really knew. However, though I liked the idea of my kids having lots of siblings like I did, I also knew how much work kids were and I didn’t want to do the work of raising a bunch of kids myself, lol, so I figured my own family one day would be a bit smaller.

Fast forward many years to KP and I seriously dating. Read more…

Peck Family 2016 Christmas Vegas Vacation

If you know me, you probably think I’m one of the last people ever to enjoy Las Vegas. I mean, I like eating and drinking and hanging out by the pool and all that – but I’m not really a huge fan of crowds and loud music and the party scene. However, for some reason, I really like Las Vegas. In small doses of course.

Having kids has changed the way we’re able to do Vegas, but that hasn’t stopped us from making the 4-5 hour trip out there from L.A. I went once when pregnant with my daughter, once when she was a baby, once when my son was a baby, and now we just went again this week with both kids AND with being pregnant.  Read more…

Usborne Books GIVEAWAY: Because It’s My Birthday (and You’re Never Too Old for Kids Books)

So here I am. Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Say whatever you what. Usborne books are cool. And if you know me in real life, I’m probably going to be giving your kids Usborne books for birthdays and/or Christmas. So you might as well just deal with it. 🙂

Speaking of birthdays…mine’s this week. I’m feeling old. Waaah. Oh well. We all get older. But……never too old for books! Especially awesome kids books. And so, just like for my 10th wedding anniversary, I’m going to celebrate my “I’m getting too old” birthday with a GIVEAWAY for my blog readers! Woohoo!! I’m on a roll with these giveaways apparently. And because it seems appropriate, you’ll never guess what I’m going to give away, so I’ll just go ahead and tell you: Some Usborne books!!! Read more…

SQT 4/10/15: Handling Marriage, America’s Got Talent & Other Boring Stuff

So I really like doing these Seven Quick Take Link-Ups over at This Ain’t The Lyceum on Fridays. Seven things that don’t really constitute a whole blog post, but things I want to chat about nevertheless.

tweets1) So did you see that article that went viral earlier this week about why we supposedly can’t handle marriage anymore? It had really bugged me, so I wrote a response to it. Twittered it to the author of the article as well. He tweeted back. I know it’s not much, but I do try to make a difference in the small things if I can.

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About to perform.

2) This past Monday my parent flew into town and we watched my youngest sister perform in front of the America’s Got Talent judges. I can’t tell you what happened or if they made it to the next round or not, so Read more…

SQT 3/6/15: Seven Questions & My Most Epic Blog Post Yet

In a perfect storm of blogging community epicness, I plan to submit this post not only to the the usual This Ain’t the Lyceum‘s Seven Quick Takes Friday Link-Up, but also to Blogelina‘s Comment-a-thon event. So if you stumbled unto this post through either one of those and this is your first time here – […] Read more…