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@jan de graaf I agree with you. When I mentioned religion and politics I meant it more from the point of view that it's crazy to me how polarizing the "parenting conversation" is...similar to that of religion and politics. I wish people would be more supportive of parents, especially new parents, instead of telling them they are doing it wrong. Thanks Jan!!
1 year, 6 months ago on Parenting, Politics, and Religion
@HeatherBrowneDearborn Video made us crack up Heather. We'll be doing another one soon, didn't want to put them all in one video...would have been too long. And thank you!!
1 year, 7 months ago on Connecting the Dots
@Jeannette Baer Thank you Jeannette. As usual you have great advice and I appreciate it. You are 100% right and it's all about getting my brain and heart to align with what I know to be the truth. I am sure it will come in time and I certainly look at it all as learning experiences. To write abut it helps me to sort through it and honestly, at the end of the day I really hope to connect with others and have this be helpful to them. Cheers Auntie J...and thanks! :-)
1 year, 7 months ago on The State of Our Union
@Kim Jones LOL...true, he is indeed eating!! I appreciate that Kim. It's so interesting how polarizing parenting can be. Trying to live our life and listening to those that seem overly eager to give us their negative opinions. I'm glad we've chosen to have fun on the journey instead of panic. :-) Thank you again for all the support!
@HeatherBrowneDearborn Things always look great on the outside...well, often they do. I honestly think the reason why we are doing well is because we're willing to fix things, looks at things, figure things out, and move on. I appreciate all the love and support!! :-)
@HeatherBrowneDearborn Yes indeed Heather. I think we spend the first part of our lives learning to do things a certain way and the other part of our life trying to unlearn it. There are no rules or directions. :-)
1 year, 7 months ago on Sammy’s First Valentine’s Day
@awanderingwino Well put Shawn. I think each family needs to find their balance and the boundaries that work for them. It's definitely not always easy but it's always worth it. I've learned to walk away from work when I hear that certain type of cry from Sammy. It use to be hard to walk away from work but I just don't care...honestly. He's more important than my work...besides, if I want to work that bad I can do it pretty much any time of day (10pm, 3am, noon) depending on what's happening. Pretty flexible.
It's amazing though...I have him 3 days a week right now and soon that will go to 4 days a week and possibly 5. So, more learning along the way for me. LOL. Thanks again Shawn, cheers to you and your family. Keep doing what you're doing.
1 year, 7 months ago on A Note to the Parents
@Beverlya Thanks Bev!! It's certainly sad to see so many kids in homes where dad or mom aren't around and all that. We need to take parenting as seriously as we take reality television. :-)
1 year, 7 months ago on Back to the Grind
@Kelly Girl LOL...love ya Kelly!! You guys rock!! :-)
1 year, 7 months ago on Second Guessing Your Second Guesses
@Tuesday Wilson Sweet of you, Tuesday!! Thank you. I think instinct really does go so far!! Some people, especially new parents often, may feel a lack of confidence which is why being able to surround yourself with positive people can be a huge benefit!! Cheers to you Tuesday, on this fine Tuesday! :-)
1 year, 8 months ago on Second Guessing Your Second Guesses
@HeatherBrowneDearborn Cheers sister...absolutely right. I wish people would stop expecting all babies to do the same thing...it makes it more scary when your baby does something else. I also wish people would stop being negative around new parents, it certainly does not help the situation!! :-)
@ginidietrich Totally agree...although his shocked/ scared face was pretty priceless too!
1 year, 8 months ago on Gin and Topics: Ad Libbing for NFL Players and Animals
Hadn't seen video 1 before, we have a 3 month old boy so that one just cracks me up!! Have a great weekend!
@qstreet Hey Sam!! Wow, 8 hours a day...I can't imagine. It seems rather odd to me that modern medicine can't figure something like "colic" out. I guess it goes to show just how much the human body, especially a newborn, is still a mystery!! Hope you're doing well, cheers!
1 year, 8 months ago on Colic: What the Hell Is It?
Thanks Heather!! It's a fun journey and the sharing has come easy. Part of it is that we really enjoy the conversation and bonding with those that want to follow along but we also like sharing because we think we can help others and others can help us. There cannot be a community of awesome without conversation!! :-)
No kidding Xochitl...the current system of education is very "inside the lines" and it can be extremely difficult to raise a kid who is not inside the lines in that system. In a previous marriage I had a stepson and he was a high energy, creative kid that could not learn in the "sit still, be quiet, don't touch anything" system. It's a challenge but as parents it is our responsibility to fight those challenges and do what's right for our kid. Cheers to ya!! :-)
1 year, 8 months ago on Breaking Rules: Going Against the Grain
@Kim Jones Kim...that's so cool. That's how it should be...in my opinion!! It's just crazy to me that we attempt, in any way, to shut down their creativity! Cheers to ya girl! :-)
@samfiorella It's all good Sam, if you don't want to let that cat out of that bag...no worries. You have a reputation to uphold.
1 year, 8 months ago on #FollowFriday: Sam Fiorella
Wow...all this time I just thought he was a regular guy that sat on his porch drinking booze (well, Bud Light) and wearing scarves made by Margie Clayman. Who knew?!?!
@AnnieInRGB Hey there Annie...we feel so freaking lucky. I'm not sure what the answer is but our little dude does really good through the night. He will sleep any where from 4 to 8 hours straight...average is about 6. The cool thing though is that when he wakes up we can feed him and he will sleep again for an hour or 3! Lucky luck lucky!
1 year, 8 months ago on Shhhh, the Baby Is Sleeping
@HeatherBrowneDearborn Certainly been interesting Heather. I feel we've balanced it all pretty well. I feel like we quiet things down when he naps more now than before...when he falls asleep we both feel relieved because we can act like normal humans with two hands...imagine that, being productive with TWO hands. LOL
@Kelly Girl Your kids are absolutely grounded, Kelly. I've seen so many relationships turn bad after having babies and in many of those relationships it's because the two key players have lost each other in the busyness and "priorities". Thank you for the support, as always! :-)
1 year, 8 months ago on Happily Married Vs. Having Babies
@Beverlya You are amazing as usual, Beverly!! Thank you for being on this journey with us and being so supportive!!
@Kelly Girl As you know Kelly, we can't agree more that the marriage/ relationship has to take priority. I've seen too many situations when the parents don't do this and it just seems like the household lacks happiness and the "feeling" of love. Thanks again for all of your support!! It means a lot!
1 year, 8 months ago on Babies and a Life of Firsts
@LucyMFel Lucy you are awesome! I agree with you completely. It really should be about being open minded and supportive toward one another! You guys seem like open minded folks that love their daughter, which is THE most important thing!! Cheers to you and Happy Holidays too!
@Tuesday Wilson You have been super awesome on our journey, Tuesday! I/ we greatly appreciate it. It's such a fun journey, why not share it! :-)
1 year, 8 months ago on Sammy’s First New Year
@Jeannette Baer Love ya Jeannette!! It is a lot of fun for us to be documenting this too. Even with him only being a couple of months old it's crazy to go back and see how much he has changed. I absolutely LOVE this. :-)
1 year, 8 months ago on A Christmas Miracle: Eight Hours of Sleep
@HeatherBrowneDearborn Funny? LOL...we try. Pretty awesome process to watch up close and personal.
@Kelly Girl Merry Christmas to you, Ron, and the girls. Thank you and we will see you very soon!! Enjoy SF!!
1 year, 9 months ago on Little Browne’s First Christmas
@HeatherBrowneDearborn Thank you sis, love you!!
@mmremshard You're awesome, thanks for the comment and for the support. It's still amazing to me just how opinionated people are and how willing they are to throw their thoughts on you...I don't do that to people. I appreciate advice and ideas so long as they are presented with respect and in a non-mocking/ judgmental manner.
Rock on G+!!! :-)
1 year, 9 months ago on UPDATE: Little Browne’s Two Month Check-Up
@BrowneMaryAnn Great comment Mary Ann...thank you. It is indeed quite the journey. We are two months in as of Wednesday and we feel indescribably lucky and fortunate. That little dude has changed everything about us for the better!!
@TheDaveReynolds LOL...thanks Dave!! We love getting positive confirmation on our parenting skills!!
Hey there Margie, as I told you on Facebook, I really appreciate you including our "Little Browne" blog in your list of 100. I'm even more appreciative of your little write up about that particular post...it has been a very surreal journey for Annie and I but the support of an amazing group of family and friends has been irreplaceable. The support and love from this amazing online community has probably been as equally life changing as actually having my son...truly lucky. Thanks again Margie, cheers!!
1 year, 9 months ago on My 100 Favorite Posts of 2012
@DvinMsM @anniebrowne Cheers to that Marla...thanks for reading and thanks for telling me about your Thanksgiving. Pretty amazing all the way around...humbling, amazing, with a touch of hard work. :-)
1 year, 9 months ago on Samuel Liberty: Thanksgiving Part 1
@alisoncreamer Thanks Alison, I appreciate that!
1 year, 10 months ago on Samuel Liberty: Thanksgiving Part 1
@Jeannette Baer You always seem to know right what to say...impressive! All I can say is that I am very happy with the friendships and relationships that have been given life through Twitter and Facebook, pretty amazing. Thank you Jeannette, hope you enjoy the day and your family! :-)
@solete Thanks Anne!!! Hope you guys are doing some cool, shizzle in New York!! :-)
@HeatherBrowneDearborn Thanks sis...love you too. That pic of Annie is my absolute favorite out of all the pics I've taken through pregnancy and birth. She looked absolutely beautiful!
1 year, 10 months ago on From Pregnancy Test to 10 Pound Human
@alisoncreamer Thank you Alison, I really appreciate that!
1 year, 10 months ago on 1 Month Newborn Checkup For Sammy
@HeatherBrowneDearborn LOL...Logically I know we don't suck but sometimes, without medical validation, I just wonder what in the hell is going on. :-)
@LucyMFel Great comment Lucy, I'm Annie's husband and I understand what you're saying. Funny thing...I'm a better house cleaner too...and Annie would admit that too. Haha. Good times, and congrats!
1 year, 10 months ago on Newborns; How to Win When Wrestling With a 3-Week Old
@HeatherBrowneDearborn You rock sis, thanks!
Great info Libby. I'm Annie's husband and I know she'll respond shortly to you but I wanted to say that in regards to your fiance and handing the baby off to him...I understand, for myself I take the baby anytime Annie needs a break. For the most part I can work from home and I know having a baby the entire day can be tiring...we all need breaks.
As for the feeding thing...we typically only feed him when he showing more than one "hungry sign". On a couple of occasions he has spit up and it came out his nose as well but it hasn't been an ongoing issue. It really is amazing the first month...no matter how much you read or research, and no matter who gives advice...each baby is different and it's great that we can all come together in a place like this and have the conversations. You never know what tidbit of info will be helpful...thanks for the comment and congrats on your little man!!
@HeatherBrowneDearborn Love you sis...and I appreciate all the love and support you have given us...means a lot to know there are people listening to us and taking part in this journey with us.
1 year, 10 months ago on The Hospital Experience; We're NOT Doing That Again!
@Janice aka JPlovesCOTTON As always Janice, I appreciate your support. We are all happy and healthy and moving forward...however, my goal is to help anyone else that may be getting ready to go through these things too. Cheers!
@Beverlya Thank you so much Bev! It means so much to have you folks around. It gives us hope and a ton of motivation having you around. We appreciate that. I feel like sharing is how we connect, how we learn, and how we can help...it seems to be working! Thank you again!
1 year, 11 months ago on Little Browne’s First Doctor Check Up!
@Jeannette Baer You're so awesome Jeannette!! We are so lucky to have an amazing group of people supporting us along this unknown adventure. It's beyond amazing and I think sharing is the only way to connect and be real with one another!! Cheers to you, and again, thank you!!
@DeanClevett Thank you Dean...it's been an overwhelming emotional roller coaster and I am ready to meet my son...the joy is beyond words. Cheers and again, thank you!!
1 year, 11 months ago on Our Last Day Before “THE” Day
@Beverlya Hey there...it was my Papa (grandfather) but he did raise me for many years...and I do miss him and sad that he won't meet my son. You are awesome and I am very appreciative of your positive thoughts...thank you so much!!