We miss you, Chloe….

About a month ago, I suffered devastating heartbreak when I realized that I just wasn’t going to be able to make it work with my dear au pair, Chloe. Continue reading We miss you, Chloe….

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A Farewell Note From Our Chloe…

On the 2nd of August, I arrived at the Pittsburgh International Airport — nervous, excited and overwhelmed. After meeting the Thompson’s at Arrivals, I immediately felt so welcomed after seeing their heart warming smiles. My stay here has been nothing short of amazing, I’ve loved every minute spent with these beautiful kids. Pittsburgh is such a beautiful city. I fell in love with a lot … Continue reading A Farewell Note From Our Chloe…

WILD about Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge…

Have you ever woken up to a giraffe stretching to reach leaves on a tall tree thirty feet off your balcony? There may be no cooler way to wake up. If you stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (DAKL) in a room with a savannah, you can have this experience every morning. This is part of the Disney Magic at DAKL — the Animal Kingdom … Continue reading WILD about Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge…

I’m a better mom because I work…

Disclaimer: This applies to ME only. I am not trying to suggest this is the way to do things or this is what is best for every mom or every family. This is just simply how things are for me. Thanks 🙂 My dearest Milana, On Tuesday of this past week I had my work email reactivated. Yesterday we met with your daycare teacher, Miss … Continue reading I’m a better mom because I work…

Preparing for Baby #3…

  I fell in love with birth the night I had my first, despite it not being the experience I had hoped for (lengthy medicated labor). However, just a mere 48 hours after Nico was born, with a NICU stay and all, I left the hospital ready to give birth again. I was already talking about what I would do differently the second time around, … Continue reading Preparing for Baby #3…

Adventures in the ER…

Well, not all adventures are the fun ones. Today we spent half of our day at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh following a ride via Richland Township EMS when my Nico accidentally swallowed a marble that he not so accidentally put in his mouth. I’m so grateful that I just spent some time before Milana was born watching infant Heimlich and CPR videos online; I’m … Continue reading Adventures in the ER…

Chloe has arrived!!!

We are so happy to let everyone know that our au pair, Chloe, has safely arrived in Pittsburgh! Chloe journeyed from Johannesburg, South Africa last weekend, spent a week training in NYC, and has now arrived for her year with us. As you can tell, she already fits right in and the kids have already adopted her as their big sis! Nico has his eyes … Continue reading Chloe has arrived!!!

Sibling Skin to Skin…

My oldest, Nico, was born with a special gift. He LOVES babies. He particularly loves his little sisters. Fiercely. I’ve never had to push bonding with them or deal with jealousy issues (yet). However, it’s still wonderful to create moments that he can bond with his newest sibling, and skin to skin / kangaroo care is one way that I’ve done so! Kangaroo care involves … Continue reading Sibling Skin to Skin…

An open letter to the one who made me a mom…

Happy 3rd Birthday, Nico Orlando Thompson. Three years ago, at 6:06pm, you entered this world. You entered my heart long before. I was waiting for you, son. I am never one lacking for words, yet it is nearly impossible for me to come up with any combination of words to fully account for the immense ways you have changed me, challenged me, or how very … Continue reading An open letter to the one who made me a mom…