the monday snapshot – Jules

Jules from Two Pink Tulips is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to the The Monday Snapshot – an evolution of the MMM feature, meant to bring the PAIL blogroll to life by giving its members a chance to feature themselves and make new connections. 

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We’re enjoying a lot of what I call the “weird toddler phase” around here. If I leave clean laundry out to fold, I can almost guarantee that within five minutes at least one of my girls will be wearing a pair of underwear around her neck. I don’t know what it is that compels them to do this since they’re always taking their bibs off, but it’s pretty hilarious. They do a lot of baby yoga too– legit downward dog, which I did not teach them. This adorable quirkiness is why I love toddlers– and it’s what keeps me going through those “good golly, pleeeeease stop pulling on my clothes!” days.

I couldn’t pick just one photo but didn’t want to clog up the page, so the photo below is a selection of moments from the past week that I thought were particularly funny. (In the bottom right photo, that’s Ham walking in circles stepping on our multicolored cutting board set.) I’m curious about what odd little habits your toddlers have picked up as well. I can’t tell if this is a normal amount of weird or if my girls are just genetically predisposed to being strange kids with funny, nerdy parents 😉

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Now, get to know a little more about Jules with her answers to the Monday Snapshot “5 Questions”:

1) How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?

I started my current blog almost three years ago, about a year and a half after M & I started TTC. Before that, though, I’ve had a succession of blogs and journals on various platforms dating back to when I was sixteen or so, which is about how long I’ve had regular access to the internet. I’ve had up to three different online journals at once, which of course gets a little convoluted when you’re saying pretty much the same things on each one. Since I first started this blog, I’ve been down to two, and I only maintain the other to have access to a list of other friends-only bloggers who I’ve known for years.

2) Tell us a little about your ALI journey and your family (3-4 sentences):

M & I decided we were ready to try to conceive on Christmas Day, 2008, five months after we got married. It was nearly three years later that our delicious little Chicken and Ham were born! We had no luck trying on our own or with Clomid, but our first round of Gonal-F injectables and third IUI was a success. Our lucky ladies were born on 11/11/11 and are now fourteen months old!

3) What makes you unique in the blogging world? (e.g. special talent, rare diagnosis, life experience)?

Haha. Um… nothing? I have a typical IF-to-pregnant-to-mommyblogger thing going, I suppose. I do try to maintain a balance of photo posts, funny posts and ranty posts (it’s in my nature to argue; better I get it out on my blog!) and I think I have a decent sense of accessibility in my self-depricating and honest humor.

4) One word to describe yourself: 

Saucy

5) What blog or website (IF or not) would you recommend to others? Why?

I love April’s blog Have a Banner Day. She is an IFer, but her blog is less about that than it is about her daily life with her family. She has a different voice than a lot of blogs I’ve read, which is really refreshing, and I’ve learned a lot from her. Her youngest child is within a few days of my girls’ age, and he’s had a pretty difficult but inspiring journey so far. April gives me a whole new understanding of and appreciation for parents of children with special needs. I sat in the library with my girls for story time last week and listened to a book that read, “Every baby, as everybody knows, has ten little fingers and ten little toes!” and thought, “Well, no. No they don’t.”

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As always, we want to see your Monday Snapshot as well, so please comment below with a link to your post– and of course, go visit  Jules at Two Pink Tulips.

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