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Mommy Diaries 5 years later: Erin

My friend Erin is up today on the Mommy Diaries...5 years ago there was just an Oliver, now they have a Lucianna and another babe on the way.  You can read her original post here:

and now, 5 years later she says:

Highlight of Motherhood: watching them play together and creating games and dance moves and being silly.
Hardest Part of Parenting:  letting them grow and discover things on their own and not jumping in all the time to fix it or make it easier. Also, the amount of attitude that comes out of such a little person...that sounds shockingly like me.
Guaranteed Meal: caprese salad, spaghetti and meatballs, pizza...they must think they're Italian.
Best Product: I LOVE satsuma body butter from The Body Shop. We've used it instead of mosquito repellent for 6 years and have had little to no bug bites, even up at the lake. I also have a sneaking suspicion that ticks hate it because I have yet to find one (knock on wood).
Best piece of advice: Breathe. Their moods will change like the weather in spring. If you just breathe through it, you'll get through it. Also, laugh with them. Their sense of humour is at its purest (and weirdest?) when they're little, laugh.


  1. "Just breathe" is great advice. I'm still using that one and my kids are 18 and 21!

  2. Loved reading this..thanks for sharing my friend! Hope you guys have a great weekend -xo


  3. Yes to the spaghetti, we have that more often then I care to admit. I need to try that body butter for bug bites...and watching my kids play together, the best ever!

  4. What a great tip about satsuma body butter! Need to swing through a Body Shop stat and pick some up- I get eaten ALIVE by mosquitoes in the summer!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  5. I love the point you make about just laughing with them. Kids are freaking hilarious in a weird and demented way.

  6. I love watching them play together, too. I can't wait for you to see what the dynamic of three is! Pretty special.

  7. Breathe. So true. And often so hard to remember.


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