Weekly Parenting Ups and Downs


I’ve been sitting around this morning trying to come up with lists for this post and I was really struggling to find some downs. Of course there were low points to the week, mostly because of the cold weather but then I realized it was just an overall good week with Rowan. I should be glad in that! I don’t want to search to find the bad if I can’t remember it. These weeks don’t come all the time so I should just be happy with that!

My Ups:
I don’t know what it is but as soon as we hit that 18 month mark Rowan has been such a joy. Again, she was always awesome but her personality just exploded at 18 months. She talks and interacts so much with you. She has me laughing all day long. The things she comes up with and does just crack me up. Last night Kev said “I’m so cold” then jokingly said “Rowan can you get me a blanket?” like 5 seconds later, out came Rowan from her room with 2 of her blankets for him. It was seriously the cutest thing ever. I feel like next to Kev she is becoming my very best friend. She is just so sweet with all her hugs and kisses she gives. Her little smile with all her teeth just melts my heart. I love hearing her little girl voice say words and communicate with us. She really is one in a million!

I hope you all had a great week. Maybe this week we can all try to focus on the good & remember just how good it is to be a parent. What was your very favorite part of this past week?

Happy Weekend!

  1. this is a great post, thanks so much for sharing. my favorite part of the week was my 10 month old now says “hey” to me every time i walk into the room. so. awesome!


  2. Adore Rowan’s Easter dress! She couldn’t be cuter!


  3. So glad you had a great week! We had a good week, too, mostly because we had such an amazing weekend, camping in the mountains.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Aww! The blanket bringing is precious!! Have a wonderful weekend!! 🙂

  5. 18 months was my favorite with both kids and I love being around any 18 month old!! Love that age!! The words they make up and try to say are just so cute.
    My up was having lunch with my little guy yesterday. When he says ‘this is my favorite lunch ever’ it’s just so nice!

  6. such a sweet post. it has been so fun following your blog and watching rowan grow! i’m so happy you had such a wonderful week!

  7. Stephanie L. •

    I really enjoy reading these. They help me keep everything in perspective and appreciate all the great things about my family as well.

  8. Rebecca •

    Rowan is so cute, I can’t even handle it!!!

  9. She’s a honey. It’s always refreshing to hear about the good stuff. Too much negativity can be poison huh? This week my 10 month old poked out TWO teeth and seeing his gummy little smile is amazing!

  10. It IS so good to be a parent! I love these weekly posts, Jen– I find myself looking forward to them. 🙂 Have a great weekend! <3

  11. Getting Liam to take his naps in his CRIB. Such a relief and not as difficult as I anticipated.

  12. Jen, I love this post. It is so sweet. Great point on not always searching for the bad just to list them out – celebrate the good! Just what I needed to hear.

  13. I am totally and completely IN LOVE with your weekly parenting ups & downs posts.
    I just caught up on about 3 months of your blog, and could seriously not love a blog/person more. You are SO honest, funny, sweet, down to earth, and real. I am 26 and do not have any kids, but yet my favorite part of your blog is reading your weekly parenting highlights– which is just a testament to how relatable of a writer you are. Nothing you write is forced or disingenuous– you are just so candid and genuine and sweet. Blogging/writing is such an INCREDIBLE thing. Here I am– a complete stranger, living in Washington DC, no kids, not married– and yet sitting down on the couch after a day at work to read about the special milestones of your life with Rowan is something that brings me real, legitimate happiness. I feel like I know you, I feel like I am learning about parenting through you, and it makes me SO SO SO SO eager and excited and ready to have my own little baby. Reading your writing literally fills me with eagerness at the prospect of what it will one day be like to record the weekly ups and downs of parenting my own child– a little being with personality and likes, dislikes, and opinions. Sure, it’s fun to look forward to the obvious big milestones like sitting upright, crawling, walking, saying mama, etc., but mostly I can’t wait for the tiny little personal ones, like Rowan figuring out how to say “ummmmm” before she says something as though she’s thinking out loud. That is TOO cute/funny. Or the Hockey example you recently wrote about. Or refusing to eat greens but loving yogurt. Just all the little things that make your baby its own completely individual person. I can’t wait to figure things out about my kid– to be able to say “she ADORES pineapple” or “she loves taking magnets off the bottom of the fridge” or “she throws a fit when she doesn’t get enough cheerios” or “thomas the tank engine scares the living daylights out of her”– haha, basically just learning that collection of millions of little facts that make each kid (and person, for that matter) who they are. In a nutshell, I can’t wait to KNOW my future kids, you know? Reading about the sweet relationship you have with Rowan, and all of the lovely and sometimes difficult moments of parenthood is such a privilege. I think you are amazing and I hope you never stop sharing, because it definitely makes a difference in my life and I’m just one random person! You are the best~


  14. so precious! it’s those little moments, like bringing a blanket to you, that make your heart melt. this week i enjoyed extra cuddles in bed with my little ones while we snuggled and read books. being a parent is the most rewarding job 😉

  15. I couldn’t agree more. My son is 16 months and personality is exploding all over the place. It’s such a fun time. I love motherhood 🙂

    Cheers! Ashley @ http://www.thestorkandthebeanstalk.com

  16. Does Rowan know her abcs or counting? My daughter at 18 months new how to read all her letters in no particular order also how to count from 1 to 15. She’s now 2 1/2 and knows all the sounds the letters make. It crazy how fast these kids pick up on things.

  17. So cute!

  18. She’s adorable! So are mama’s shoes : )


  19. I love reading these. Though my husband and I don’t have kids yet it’s fun to read about what someone else’s daily life with a little one around is like. I can’t imagine my life being anything but joyful once we do have kids. Thinking out those days makes me tear up!

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