bree_rh My most awesome husband being a most awesome dad this weekend. @kimberlytofu this is what's on #fromthecuttingroomfloor // He's not quite as cheeky as clementinehazel but @lfhnsn is still pretty cute. 2d

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bree_rh Today is a good day. Sun, friends, cake, and Ellie. So grateful for best friends @writenatalie @marchewitt 4d

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bree_rh Thanks @marchewitt and @writenatalie Super Clio had a super time. 4d

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bree_rh Sisterhood is such a gift. I look at these two together and know that though there will be bumps the bond between them will be unbreakable. They will share in each other's joys, heartaches, triumphs, and failures. I've been so fortunate to have that with my own sister, @leesarae // So much love. 5d
  •   bythebrooke88 I have one brother (who is great) but I'm thrilled to be raising sisters--even more than I expected to be, now that I see them interact. I love the idea of each one having a built-in best friend. 5d
  •   hugospaperco Great post! Love this picture and greta's expression... 5d
  •   leesarae Thanks for making me cry at breakfast. (In a good way) 5d
  •   fudbag My sister raised me starting at 11 years old. I wouldnt be here without her. 5d
  •   erisr23 Bffs 2d

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bree_rh It boggles my mind to think that Greta turned five months old yesterday. I can't really even remember what life was like before her arrival. That probably has something to do with lack of sleep as she likes to wake me up to feed her by repeatedly hitting her legs against the crib mattress at least twice a night. No tears just, thwack thwack thwack until I walk over to get her. // She is so different from her sister which makes being her mom a completely new learning experience. She is my little Velcro Baby, my super side kick, my tiny smiling shadow. She is just about the happiest, most mellow baby I've seen. That is, as long as I am near and someone is holding her. // Clio is totally smitten with her despite the jealousy she also obviously feels. I know they will be great friends once Greta is old enough and sturdy enough to participate in her sister's imaginary worlds. Yin and Yang, those two. 1w
  •   kjackson_la Oh sweet Greta! So happy that she has been such a good babe. Love this post. So happy for you guys. 1w
  •   kimberlytofu Love the thwack story. Silly girl. She is so sweet. 1w
  •   a_galdie A little love bug and mamas girl!! 1w

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bree_rh Another long night. Sick baby makes me so sad. 2w
  •   bythebrooke88 Oh but she's precious. 2w
  •   suite994 :( 2w
  •   kimberlytofu Poor girl 2w
  •   bjrider MeeMa and Poppi love her so much. 2w
  •   batesuza That crusty nose :-( 2w
  •   jackatrandom So sad 2w
  •   j_scar Bree do you have the nose frida? It saved my sister 2w
  •   bree_rh @j_scar : yes but it there is just a fountain of snot coming out. It definitely helps when we can hold her still enough to use it. 2w

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bree_rh Last night was a very long night. 2w

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bree_rh Monster fighting and fairy hunting. 3w
  •   renelralston Sounds like a day we may have ;) 3w
  •   renelralston Where is this? It is so pretty. Makes me want to head into the woods. It's where my soul feels the calmest 3w
  •   bree_rh @renelralston : it's in Portland at Hoyt Arboretum. Come to Portland sometime. We have spare rooms 3w

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bree_rh Sisters. 4w

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bree_rh Into the woods. 4w

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bree_rh In her Meemaw's arms. 4w

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bree_rh I have to laugh at the newspaper we have used for the last five years to wrap our breakable Christmas ornaments. As it happens, the LA Weekly is the most prolific source for free newspaper in Los Angeles. 1mon
  •   batesuza Bwaaaaaahaha!! 1mon
  •   bree_rh Every year I tell myself it's time to get new paper and every year I'm too tired to bother. 1mon
  •   renelralston Wrapping the Angels in sin!!! Simply marvelous. Hahaha 1mon
  •   kjackson_la Haha! Love it! 1mon
  •   berniemccal Omg 1mon
  •   heidiweibell So funny! 1mon
  •   penguinone The placement of the yellow guy is perfect 4w

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bree_rh Made this terrarium with Clio yesterday. The figurine, which was Clio's choice, is complimentary of @hugospaperco // I think it looks very cozy in its new house. 1mon

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bree_rh Feeling pretty emotional this morning, thinking that in a little over a week I have to leave this sweet baby to go back to work. On one hand I've been very fortunate to be able to stay home as long as I have because of financial help from my parents and savings. On the other it is terribly sad that as a rule mothers and babies in this country are valued so little that women are expected to return back to work within as little as six weeks after giving birth or fear losing their jobs. That is assuming that they work somewhere with enough employees that their job is protected under federal law (or state law as it is here in Oregon). I'm lucky that my reasons for returning to work are strictly financial and that I have not been in fear of losing my job. That has nothing to do with any protection granted to me by law but rather an employer who values motherhood and values me. // I look at my daughter and feel guilty for sending her to daycare when she is still so very small. No one can take care of her like I can and I know she still needs me so very much. The sting is lessened somewhat by the knowledge that she will be near her sister and that I am going back to a job I like. But my heart is still heavy to know that I will be missing out on so much of her babyhood and that is time lost forever. // There has got to be a better way for all working mamas in this country. We can do better. We have to do better. #forworkingmothers #wecandobetter #valuemothers 1mon
  •   bree_rh @kimberlytofu : I really am so glad for you that you get to stay home with Clem. It's a wonderful thing. 1mon
  •   bree_rh @berniemccal : love you too sister. 1mon
  •   bree_rh @bythebrooke88 : I feel the same way you do. Don't want to not work but don't want to be away from my baby. It's a no win situation. Well, come the fifth we will be crying together. 1mon
  •   bythebrooke88 It makes me feel a little better to know I'm not the only one. Wish there were a better way for us. It's also interesting to be how hard it is for me this time, even knowing that Caroline thrived in her daycare and they'll be in the same place. It just sucks to be away from them. 1mon
  •   suite994 I'm so sorry, Bree. 6 weeks maternity leave is appalling. I'm so grateful for our Canadian system. 1mon
  •   bree_rh @suite994 : Tash, I'm lucky that I have been able to afford to stay home for these four months. The only way I have has been by using our savings as there is no governmental program which assures paid maternity leave. A few states have mandatory disability insurance which means you get 55% of your income for 6-12 weeks (depending on the circumstances). Oregon is not one of those states. I envy you, our Canadian, neighbors. 1mon
  •   suite994 Boggles the mind that your country doesn't offer the same as North American neighbors, across all states. Lots of love to you 1mon
  •   sarasuechandler My heart goes out to you sweet mama! 1mon

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bree_rh Merry Christmas from this little deer. 1mon

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bree_rh This girl is four months old!!! Time has flown by so quickly. I feel so lucky to have her. She is an absolute joy. Today at her well child check we found out what I already knew. She's a torpedo of a baby; long and skinny. Rolling over (both ways thank you very much) and laughing and "talking" all the time. Still would rather be in my arms though which means I am one very lucky mama. 1mon
  •   renelralston Perfect!!! 1mon
  •   kjackson_la Yes! She is perfect. Wish I could hold her. 1mon
  •   bythebrooke88 She's sweetness. And it appears Elsa is quite delighted with her as well! 1mon
  •   bree_rh @bythebrooke88 : delighted and sometimes a little too boisterous around her little sis. I'm sure you understand. 1mon
  •   jackatrandom What a little beauty!! 1mon

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bree_rh Good morning. 1mon

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bree_rh This picture cracks me up. Greta staring at me while Clio tries to
get her head out of her shirt (so she can put on her Elsa dress of course). This is my Friday morning and I love it.
1mon

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