When your babies turn into big kids.

It seems impossible that four years have gone by since Harper was born, and at the same time, it feels like the days where it was just me and her were forever ago. Life has been busy for us, and I sometimes think that having babies back to back forces your oldest kids to grow up a bit quicker. She might still need help putting on her shoes or may have a meltdown at bedtime, and we find ourselves having to take a step back and remember that she is only four. We expect so much from her because she acts so grown up all the time. She is so sensitive & sweet, and patience feels more important at this age than ever before.

I question if we have missed out on some of those fleeting moments with each child because we are juggling three of them. At the same time, Harper loves nothing more than being a big sister. Growing up with siblings is such a blessing. She is so nurturing, completely in tune to everyone’s emotions & always the first to offer to help. Our little mama, who will always be our baby. And when your babies turn into big kids, they become more than just your children, they become your friends.

They talk about when they were a baby, like as if it is some distant memory of theirs. We watch home videos & Harper cracks up laughing at her little self, while I sit there sobbing not knowing if I should look at the tv screen or look at her now.

They slowly stop doing things they used to love as toddlers, like wearing tutus over their pajamas or doing the hot dog dance.

They say things like, “When I’m older, will I be able to drink wine? Because I’m already old enough to kill spiders, so…”
Every morning, Harper comes into our room, climbs in our bed & asks me if I slept well. She asks me if she can give me a back scratch & tells me all the things she wants to help me make for breakfast. I love listening to her talk, I love her stories & imagination. Every morning, when she comes into our room, she looks just a little bit older.

I beg her to stay little, she begs to grow up to be just like me.

That little face, sometimes when she stretches in just the right position, she looks exactly like her little newborn self & my heart skips a beat.
Β Every time I read a comment that says “I have been reading since you were pregnant with Harper” I can’t help but smile, because this whole blog started as a way to document my journey into motherhood. And here we all are, more than four years later. While I’d love to say this is still just my place to write about life or journal about our family, it is much more (and also less) than that. There is so much going on in our lives & with our kids that I don’t share. I want to be real, without revealing too much. I also love writing about things other than my family, and this blog has become not just my hobby, but my job. My time away from my kids & other responsibilities. But I love it, I really do, and I hope that I can continue to find ways to share, and entertain, and if nothing else, give you all something to look forward to reading as so many other blogs have done for me.

Thank you so much for reading.

Time to go sleep stalk my babies before another night turns into morning.



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  1. I stumbled across your blog 4 years ago by complete accident – I wasn't (and still currently am not) planning on having kids any time soon, but I always enjoy reading your blog and have never missed an entry! I love how you are not afraid to say things honestly and with a dry wit (I crack up every time you swear, it just seems so out of place on a baby-blog, but I love it). How strange it is, that I live so far away from you and will almost certainly never meet you, however I smile at your photos and am interested in your sweet stories. It makes me all very excited to one day experience all of this with my Fiance πŸ™‚
    I wish you all the love and best wishes, from sunny S.A. xx

  2. I have been reading since you were pregnant with Harper, painting your apartment I believe is where I started reading. Thank you for being real, for making moms feel we can have a better day with our kids and still pull our hair out! Mom life is a real blessing, and so many moments we are done. But not even a minute later our kids do something that melts us.
    Thank you!

  3. This made me tear up a little! I HAVE been reading since you were pregnant with Harper. I was pregnant with my first then too. (My oldest turned four in January, middle turned two in December, baby is 7 months!) Those of us that are crazy enough to have babies back to back know your words are true! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. This brought a tear to my eye. I have a 2 1/2 year old and 5 month old and I now find myself cuddling, hugging, kissing, looking, touching just a little bit longer because the time is going so fast. Thanks for sharing!

  5. As we are at the precipice of my eldest daughters fourth birthday – so many of these things are true. She is about to welcome a 2nd sibling (anyday now) and is so excited to do all the helpful things. She is sweet and caring and sensitive and she wants to be just like me. While at times I get easily frustrated – I have to remind myself that she only has almost four years of experience on this earth, I have 9 times that – I need to be patient and let her be little. My oldest favorite is to remind me that she used to nurse when she was a baby (she was SO HARD to wean) and that she will be 16 soon and able to drive just like mommy. Please dont let me blink and her be driving. Let her be my baby for a little while longer! Motherhood is so rewarding and hard on the heart. I love to see glimpses of your day with three sweet girls. I will be curious to find out (any day) if we will be welcoming a third daughter or a first son!

  6. I'm in tears. This is so true. Children do grow up to fast my two year old is talking about growing up and getting a job. My wish is for her to just want to be little. I love everything you share with us thank you for taking us along on the ride.

  7. Brought tears to my eyes! I feel the same way about my two girls. Mine are about the same age apart as your older two. My oldest is 3 & she asks the same thing. "Momma, did you sleep good?" She asks her little sister the same. Cutest thing ever! And when I come home she asks, "momma did you have a good day?" Melt my heart! So while I love the things she says and actually really miss the baby/toddler. I start thinking about her starting school and not having her with me all the time & I get so sad! I try to tell her that she needs to stay 3 years old forever!

  8. This is beautiful! She is growing up so fast, and I teared up more than once totally relating to all these feelings. So many feelings on wanting to keep them babies and loving the people they are turning into!

  9. Beautiful. Thanks, Jessica. My baby is exactly a year younger than Harper and you hit the nail on the head with how fleeting time is. My older boy is nine, the snuggles come much fewer and far between these days. There is joy in the growing and changing. Thanks for sharing as always.

  10. Thanks for this! I've been reading daily since You were pregnant with Harper. This made me cry. Our daughter just turned three and I don't know how it happened. I have all very similar thoughts and feelings. It's so special being a mother. You're blessed! Love every second of it πŸ˜‰

  11. This is the sweetest thing ever and brought tears to my eyes (crazy lady over here). I was just thinking about how crazy it must feel for you guys when you posted Harper's birthday party photos the other day. I'm so glad I stumbled across your blog years ago. It is something I truly look forward to reading, and have loved to watch you grow from a family of two to five. You have been such an inspiration to me (and so many others) in so many ways, but most importantly as a mother and a wife. I am always going back through your old posts like a creeper to see what your babies were doing at my daughter's age. It makes me so happy to hear you still enjoy writing, and you can tell that it's true through your posts. Looking forward to seeing the future holds for the Garvin family!

  12. I feel the exact same way!! My daughter just turned 3. She's changing do much. I cry more lately about her than ever before. I love this post and cried reading it. I've been reading your blog since the "get Go", and it's the only blog that I've stuck with… Ever!

  13. Funny. I have been reading since you were pregnant with Harper. This post made me tear up a bit. You've encouraged me from afar all these years. In my own blogging journey, and into my journey into motherhood, as a homemaker… I just want you to know how special you are. I know that seems weird, but your blog has done more for me in making me feel less alone as a mom, and inspiring me to be myself. I'm very thankful for you. I know lots of others are too. <3

  14. You made me cry! I am one of those readers who has been reading since you were pregnant with Harper. My daughter is just a few months younger and I can't believe she will be 4 soon! How has this time flown??! You are so real about being a Mom, its great! Which is why I still read. You've inspired me as a Mom, my festiveness during holidays, and style. I love reading your blog and am grateful for what you share. Can't believe these kids are getting so old! I need to go sleep stalk my daughter now too. Haha!

  15. I love this. And you completely summed up my feelings about our 2.5 year old. I have a two week old and for the past two weeks, cannot figure out how or when my toddler got so big. I want them to stop growing BC it's happening too fast. At the same time I want to let them grow BC my toddler is now this hilarious kid and little buddy and I can't wait to see our relationship grow further.

  16. My oldest just turned 3 (Harper and Juliana are a year and a few days apart) so when I look at Harper I think "wow is that how much bigger Juliana is going to be in just one short year?!" This post is exactly how I feel about my oldest growing.

  17. Beautifully said. I also have 3 kids back to back. My oldest is turning 4 in June. I tell all my kids to stay little and I find myself studying their tiny faces and memorizing them just as they are. Thanks for sharing this post!

  18. I'm one of those people that has been following your blog since you were first pregnant with Harper. I always look forward to new posts! I myself have a 4 year old son, soon to be 5, and I feel like he and Harper have similar personalities πŸ˜›

  19. I'm one of those readers who has been following since you were pregnant with Harper! I found myself pregnant just a month or so before you gave birth! This is one of the few blogs I follow, and I just love reading! Your family is precious, you have the style and originality I wish I had! My two daughters are the same age difference between Harper and Eloise so the posts are so relatable! And my first is a blonde and my 2nd is a brunette too lol. Thanks for giving me and many other moms great reading material during these crazy years!

  20. This is so sweet! I am one of those who has been a reader from the beginning and have loved reading about all your family's adventures. Even cooler knowing it's all written by another Iowa girl! πŸ™‚

  21. I also have been reading ever since you were pregnant with Harper as I was pregnant around the same time, my little man will be 4 in June. I watch my littlest who is 3 months and I yearn for the days when my boy was just as little but I also love the sweet man he is becoming. It's amazing to read your stories and be able to relate to someone I've never met and lives across the country. Your blog is something I look forward to reading every night at 12 or 2 am! Cheers to you mama!

  22. Ughhhhh it's like you read my mind. My little guy isn't even two yet (he and Eloise share a birthday!) and I feel like his baby stage is so far behind us. Let me go cry into my glass of wine…

  23. I've been following your blog since the beginning, while you were documenting your first pregnancy with Harper & chalkboards. I'm the oldest of 3, and can definitely relate the the craziness- thank you for sharing and being such an inspiration to me!

  24. I have been reading your blog ever since you were first pregnant with Harper. It was always so great reading about your experiences with pregnancy while I was pregnant with my daughter. Can't believe that she will be four in May. I always look forward to reading your updates. Thank you for allowing us a glimpse into your life. Keep doing what you're doing! πŸ™‚

  25. This is so sweet, and rings true for how I'm feeling about my almost 4 year old daughter. I always look forward to reading your posts, because I feel like you capture life and motherhood so realistically, and with a sense of humor! I love hearing another mom going through the same things as I do on the daily. Keep it up girl!

  26. This one hits close to home. My 1st baby is 5 and I feel like just yesterday she was a baby. Every day I'm wishing her to stay little but the older she gets the more I feel like she is my friend who is so funny and sweet. And I totally sleep stalk before bed too!
    Love your blog!

  27. Oh, mama! This got me. My oldest is 5. She has 4 and 1 1/2 year old sisters. When I found out I was pregnant for the second time, she was only 6 months old. I worried so much about missing so many moments. I know I did, but I also got to see a whole new side of her that I would never have wanted to miss.
    I have been reading since shortly after Harper was born. I love your blog. I love seeing your sweet family, and feel like I am going right along with you since our girls are so close in age. Thank you for inviting us all into your home and inspiring me to be an do better for my girls, all while making me laugh.

  28. Wow this post hit me pretty hard. I have literally been reading since Harper was born and I've gone back and re read just to laugh and take notes of things I wanted to remember when I had our first baby. I pinned the registries, the nursery decor, the mama and mini outfits, you name it. My little girl is Elosie's age. Almost freakin 2 years old!! Thanks for ALWAYS being so real I always read the funniest post to my husband. One day you should really consider making all your post into a memory book for your girls.
    Thanks so much girl for being you!

  29. Such a beautifully written post. I feel the same way about my little Harper who is 3.5 and about to be a big sister in 6 days. Your blog is my absolute favorite and I look forward to every new post.

  30. As I have said before, I have followed you since you were preggers with Harper. Our daughters are the same age and I am sitting here sobbing as it is my baby's birthday eve tonight. Tomorrow she turns four and you just wrote EXACTLY how I feel. Thank you so much for sharing your journey!!

  31. My oldest just turned 5 in November and this post absolutely brought a tear to my eye! Everything you said is so true. And, I wonder if I should be pride or shame at her counting down the days to her 21st birthday already, lol.

  32. This was so beautiful to read. I just finished my nightly scroll through pics of my 8-month old on my phone. Motherhood is so bittersweet! Thank you for sharing your experiences and reflections here, Jessica!

  33. Ugh- this post…is EXACTLY how i have been feeling lately. Momma of 3.5 year old girl and almost 2 year boy and even though she is a little younger than Harper, your posts about her melt my heart because Im feeling the same way lately. My expectations for her are so high sometimes like "be a good example" and then I have to remind myself she's 3! Its So hard to believe that our little girls are growing up so fast. I have been following you since we were both pregnant with our firsts, through our second babes and although i don't have a third unite yet I love reading about yours because I can't wait to experience it. Thank you for this post, and all your posts!

  34. Not to be cliche, but I have been reading since you were pregnant with Harper. πŸ™‚ This post made my heart beat faster because my sweet first baby is still in her tutu-wearing, hot dog-dancing days (27 months old) and will be a big sister in July. This parenthood thing… sometimes it's just too much. <3

  35. I'm one of those folks that's been reading since Harper was little! My first daughter was in a breech position also and I stumbled across your blog while searching for someone who had been through the same thing. I've loved watching your family grow and reading about your highs, lows, and donuts. I appreciate your chalkboard art and the simple, comfortable way that you decorate. You have excellent taste and I just adore your gorgeous Instagram feed. I get inspiration for my bathrooms, outfits, and waffles from you! I have two little girls and often find myself dressing them and thinking: "Would Harper, Eloise, and Claire wear something like this??" Thanks for taking time out of your busy (busy busy) day to write about your menus and candles and favorite youTube videos. Being a stay-at-home mom can be a seriously tough job, but blogs like yours make it a lot more fun!

  36. Beautifully written! My baby girl is almost 20 months and she will become a big sister when her little brother arrives in April. They'll be 22 months apart. I'm nervous it will make her grow up even faster before our eyes!
    Off topic- can you do a skincare routine post soon? Your skin looks flawless so I'm sure readers would love to know what your nighttime routine involves! Fav products? Thanks!

  37. I am a pre-Harper reader too!!! I have absolutely loved watching your journey with your family and seeing it filled with creativity and fun. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  38. I just cried reading this post, as I have many of your posts in the past. My little one is only 6 months old and there are days that I want to sit any do NOTHING but hold him all day because I know in just a few short years he will be running around and life will have passed by us too quickly. Your blog is something I have looked forward to reading every week for 4 years, I admire everything you do as a mother and wife. Your honest attitude is hard to come by and makes us all feel like we are in this together! I have said it before, but you really are an inspiration to moms out there to love a little more and have more fun! I look forward to watching your sweet family grow!

  39. Since you love hearing it…I've been following your blog since you were pregnant with Harper!! I was single with no kids back then and I STILL loved it! My first baby is due July 10 of this year and it is fun to look at Claire and see that next year "that's about how big my baby will be at Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc!!" And fun to follow your Instagram and get ideas for fun companies and products for baby. Thanks for sharing your lives with us, I've never even commented before but I've loved watching your girls grow!

  40. I probably shouldn't have read this in the office, now I'm hoping no one comes in to see me all teared up! πŸ™‚ I can totally relate to your words with my 3.5 yo son growing up way too fast.. I found your blog when Harper was just born and have loved it since! I can't even imagine how you find time to write, but please keep it up! <3

  41. I'm a pre Harper reader as well (I think from The Nest D&R board days) so it's been so wonderful see your blog grow as well as your family. You are very inspiring with such positivity, creativity, love and patience. I have two boys (4 & 3) and I still feel like I'm in the chaotic trenches with them so it's refreshing to come to your blog and see that shit happens and get inspired to turn our chaotic lives into positive bliss. I'm still trying so hard to work on that. I still don't know how you do all that you do with three πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing what you do share of your beautiful world!

  42. I love this so much and I am one of those who has been following since you were growing little Harper. 4 years later, I still love seeing your new posts pop up on my feed. Your blog was the reason I wanted to start blogging myself and the only one I think I read every post of. I love your story and I love seeing you and your sweet family do life. You are a great inspiration and a wonderful mother.

    Γ  la mum blog

  43. I am also one of those Mama's who has been reading your posts from the start! When I found out I was pregnant, I was the first out of my circle of friends to have a baby, and your posts were so encouraging, they became the 'pregnant friend' I was missing!! So thank you for that! I recently re-read your Baby #2 post, since our family is leaning more towards taking that leap in to two kid territory!! As always, I came away from reading the post feeling like, F ya- I've got this. Never stop writing your blog- I would be lost! haha Happy Tuesday, Mama! From a Mama, all the way in cold AF Ontario! xo

  44. Ugh…I want to cry reading this! It all rings so true for every one of us mamas. My daughter will one day say "I'm a big girl now mom!" And while I love that she's growing, I also want her to just stop. Then the next day she will say "hold me like a baby" and I do, and she is so big that I just can't help but remember how tiny she once was and how fast it went by. Ok…crying again. And I'm at work. Love your blog, always have. Thanks for being an inspiration. – Chelsea, Harvest Mama Blog

  45. I so love this post!! I can't tell you how much I can relate to this. My 3 kids are also close together (3&1/2, 1&1/2,& almost 5 months) i so look forward to reading your blog. I can't tell you how encouraging it is having somebody that is going through what I am (and surviving) I have followed your blog from almost the beginning. I also have the same guilty feeling about not getting to enjoy the little things because their all so close, but on the other hand I feel like it may actually help to not take them for granted. Thanks so much for the encouragement and fun ideas!!:) ~Kelsey

  46. Cue the tears! I first discovered your blog when you were pregnant with Harper and I was also pregnant with our first daughter. Now we have three girls back to back like you do. Your blog has turned into a place that I can go to laugh, learn, and commiserate when the days are tough. You've inspired me to be a mom who tries to show my girls joy in the little things in life. Thank you! You are truly touching so many people with this little space. And my almost 4 year old says things like "When I get older…" too and I think I die a little inside every time.

  47. I am also one of your Harper belly followers. I found your blog by looking up pregnancy update ideas and I came across your great chalkboard pics. I was carrying my first at the same rate as you. And my second at the same rate as yours. I didn't follow through with a third addition like you, but sometimes wish I had considered adding a third to my little crew, seeing your three babies and what a beautiful job you are doing. This post about Harper just made me sob. I mean, SOB. I am not typically a blog lover, it has to be just right for me to really relate. But your blog is the ONE I look forward to with every single post. Thank you for sharing your family and lives with us. I have grown to care about a family I don't even know in person. πŸ™‚ You are inspirational in many ways.

  48. I have followed your blog since you were pregnant with sweet Harper and I swear every time I get on I think "oh my gosh she's so big!" my daughter Elliot is a month behind your E, and I'm always thinking the same thing. Like when does this happen? It's so fast!

  49. I'm sitting at my desk at work tearing up because ALL THE FEELS. I've been reading since you had just had Harper; my daughter is about 8 months younger and I can totally relate to all of this. οΏ½οΏ½

  50. Beautiful post. Brought tears to my eyes because I feel the same way about my daughter. I have been following since your Harper was little. I have a Harper myself and just love your blog. Keep up the good work Mama! You are doing great. I appreciate you sharing your life stories and your brutal honesty.

  51. I started following your blog as a first time mom-to-be (our daughters are the same age) and your posts of monthly favorites as a pregnant woman which led to monthly favorites for Harper were so beneficial to me! A lot of the books and items/tricks I learned from you, I now share with my friends expecting their first babies! Thank you for always keeping it real and reminding me that there are other moms like me!

  52. I've been reading your blog since you were pregnant with Harper. I was struggling with infertility and stumbled upon your blog and loved it. It made me smile and get excited about my future in such a tough time. I currently have a two year old daughter and I can't tell you how many times I've looked at your blog to see what Harper was doing at my daughter's age, or what I should pack for the hospital, or what were some good food options for her. It's been so helpful since I'm the first in my circle to have kids, and I don't have any family with little ones. Thank you for being you and sharing your life, tips, recipes, shopping finds, and holiday magic. Your blog is truly the only blog that I can actually enjoy each post.

  53. I'm not even going to try and pretend that this post did not make me emotional. I first discovered your blog when, shit got real, and my husband and I discovered my man sized appetite was due our bun on board. It was comforting to read your bump posts and than sanity saving to transition into newborn chaos within a few months of one another. Since my oldest and youngest are only three months younger than your Harper and Claire, and NONE of my friends are into the family planning stage, it was nice to be able to relate to the breastfeeding blunders, and beer crib christening, I mean who hasn't spilt beer on their newborn, it's a right of passage. Though it is bittersweet how time transitions our babies into big girls without asking, it has been a blessing to have found another mom who has tackled motherhood with the same relaxed and real approach. I am grateful for and appriciate your comedic relief and honest outlook on how raising babes. Thank you!

  54. Love this! I have very much enjoyed following your journey from your pregnant days with Harper till now. We aren't to far apart in age, I am also an Iowa girl–turned Florida resident and always look forward to your blog posts and instagram pictures. Thank you for sharing your world with us!

  55. Jessica I loved this so much! I remember reading your blog on my phone when I was up nursing my son as a newborn who is now 3 years old! I looked forward to those nights because I knew I had something good to read and I still look forward to your posts! πŸ™‚

  56. Crying!! I have a two and a half year old and a six month old and this post is so perfect. Lately my oldest has been coming up to me and giving me kisses and telling me that she 'loves me so much'. She is the sweetest, funniest little girl and I love HER so much. Love your blog and look forward to your posts and seeing pictures of your beautiful family.

  57. I've been following your family since the beginning! I remember sharing in your joy when you found out baby was a girl and obsessively checking your blog to see a picture of "LBG" (as me and my friends refer to you as) I think you're hilarious and such a good mom to your girls! For the past 4 years you've been one of my favorite bloggers that I've actually stuck with. My baby girl's 1st birthday is in July and you can bet I'm going to go back to Harper's 1st birthday and pull inspiration! You made pink and gold birthdays cool before they were cool! Haha! πŸ™‚

  58. I am another reader who has been following along since you were pregnant with Harper. I had just found out I was pregnant for the first time, and I was scared to death. None of my friends had kids, nor anyone in my family. When I would read your blog, I would feel less alone. And since Harper is about six months older than my son, I would read your posts again and again as a way to figure out where we might be in a few months. This blog helped me through my postpartum depression and the fears I had about becoming a mother. To this day, I never miss a post, and it's still the only "mommy blog" I read. For some reason, I really connected with your writing and your family. Just like so many others. My son is 3.5 now and those baby days seem so far away. Bittersweet, heartbreaking, yet joyful is this journey called motherhood!

  59. I don't even have children and I've been a reader since you were pregnant with Harper! I remember finding your chalkboard post on Pinterest and became an instant fan πŸ™‚ I admire your creativity-it is so inspiring!

  60. Oh my goodness, the tears! I've been one of your readers since you were pregnant with Harper, and when I saw your instagram for her birthday party I thought to myself, "how is she 4 already?" πŸ™‚ I love your blog! It's fun to read some of your stories and feel like we're not the only ones with kids doing silly, nutty, exhausting things πŸ™‚

  61. This was so lovely….I too have a 4 year old, and she wants so badly to do "big girl" things all of the sudden, you know, like be a bride! Or have "holes" in her ears to wear "jewels"! Oh, and drive the car! Anything to be like Mommy….and it's all left me with the impossible hope of stopping time and wondering where my baby went.

  62. I started reading back when you first started sharing your chalkboards with your announcements with Harper. I was just a little college girl at that time, and now I'm an "adult" with a "big girl job" amazing husband and hopefully kiddos of our own soon! I love your writing style and look forward to your posts each week. This post made me tear up I CANNOT believe how much time has passed! Thank you for letting us into your life, your honesty and realism is a breath of fresh air!

  63. Loved this post. I've read your blog since I was pregnant with my son (he is now 3.5) and my daughter is just a few weeks younger than Claire. Thank you for sharing the life and times of your lovely family and I can't imagine a nicer keepsake for your girls than this beautifully written and photographed record of their early years!

  64. So sweet. Your blog is one of my favorites. I started reading shortly after you first had Harper. She has the same birthday as my girl, but one year apart. Mine just turned 5 and I wasn't really happy about it. Lol. I told her to stop growing and she said, "that's not the way it works, mom! " I love her so much and I'm not ready for her to be a big kid yet! I also have a baby girl about two months younger than Eloise, so that was fun to read when we were both pregnant at the same time. No third for us yet, although I keep thinking about, but it makes me nervous, because two feels hard enough, but at the same time, it would be fun. I love how each girl has their own personality! Keep on keeping on, momma! The days are long, but the years are short.

  65. It is a bittersweet transition. My oldest will turn four in October and it is so strange to look at her and think "child" as opposed to baby or toddler. She asks questions like "do flies like to get eaten?" When hearing that is what frogs eat. Her mind is so complex and is maturing faster than I can keep up. Her little brother is fifteen months and I am delivering our little surprise on March seventh. I have enjoyed your blog so much and I know the pull is real between what gets shared and what doesn't, especially as our kids age and Parenting turns less of a universal phenomenon (my toddler skipped their nap because they shit their diaper twenty minutes in) and more individualized to their thoughts, experiences, and processes.

    Thanks for sharing what you do. Good luck as always on this crazy ride as a parent!

  66. I started following when you first started. I found your chalkboards on Pinterest and was instantly hooked. This was the time in my life where I was planning my wedding and dreaming of sweet little babes running around. I now have a two year old and another on the way and look forward to your new posts or a notification on IG for fun inspiration or a good laugh! You have the sweetest little family & this most definitely brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for always showing the beauty (and the hot mess side) of motherhood!

  67. This post made me tear up!!! My daughter is suddenly my friend too. And some of the things you posted about Harper are exactly what Zoe does!! Asks how my days was and if I "exercise yoga" at work today. We only have one and as much as I ask her if she could stay little forever, she says no. I ask her why not and she says "Because I have to!" And it's so true and bittersweet at the same time!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful girls with us! πŸ™‚

  68. This is so sweet, it almost made me cry. My big girl will be 4 in July, and her little sister is almost 10 months. On Monday morning this week, my older one came in my room while I was getting dressed for work. I was leaning all the way forward putting on hosiery, so my belly was pushed forward. She came bounding in and excitedly exclaimed, "Mommy! Your belly is big again! Are we going to have another baby?" It was a hit to my ego, for sure, but it was also so sweet to think that a possible third kid would make her that excited.

  69. This post brought me to tears and I do not even have children yet. I have been reading your blog since Harper was born, and I truly admire your love and devotion to your family. You give all of us non-mothers the inspiration to becoming real, down to earth, loving, and nurturing mothers some day.

  70. The tears!!! I have loved watching Harper grow! I remember that picture of her as a newborn and you two as new parents! Nothing sweeter! I remember when I got pregnant thinking how Harper is one year and one month older than when I had my baby and looking back at all her milestones over and over to see "about when" my baby girl would be hitting those marks. I look forward to your blog each week and love hearing about your family! Thanks for sharing a part of your lives with us!

  71. I started reading your blog when you first got pregnant with Harper. I was looking for pregnancy inspiration, I was pregnant at the time too and then had a miscarriage. So following you and your girls has been really nice for me! I can't imagine life with a four yr old right now! but man time flies!!! ? ?

  72. The home video part brought tears to MY eyes! I can relate to so much of what you're saying… although we didn't have our babies as close together as you have I still feel as though I have to remind myself that my daughter is only three. It's like when the new baby comes they just seem so old all of a sudden. Time is such a hard thing… they grow so fast, the years really are so short. Enjoy your sweet girls πŸ™‚ XO

  73. This post made me tear up πŸ™‚ I discovered your blog when I was pregnant with my first little girl and continue to look to it for humor, comfort, and cuteness as I get ready to have my second. Yours is one of the only blogs I follow, and the one I seek out most. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  74. Such a great post. I found your blog when I was pregnant with my first and it quickly became my favorite and I look forward to it daily. Sometimes I save a couple posts so I can read them all at the same time, like my own blog netflix πŸ˜‰ keep up the good work, you touch us all on so many levels!

  75. …aaand then I starting crying, thinking about the fact that I've been reading since your very first blog post and now my older is almost 3 ?.


  76. Way to make me cry! I am pregnant with number three and it seems like my three year old is growing up at an alarming rate. Ps, Ive been reading since you were pregnant with Harper (; and haven't missed one of your posts since.

  77. This post made me want to cry! There's no doubt that your girls will have the most beautiful memories of you & their childhood when they get older. Not to mention, they'll have all these wonderful posts to read! I think that's so amazing. I look forward to reading your blog every time I get online. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  78. Oh tears. "I beg her to stay little, she begs to grow up to be just like me." It's so so true. I think it is the very best, yet the hardest part of motherhood. I have been following you since your pregnancy with Harper as well, when I was pregnant with my daughter. Keep up the good work mama, you are a true role model. <3

  79. This post really resonated with me. I have a 3 yr old and now a 6-mo old. I'm still trying to find balance. There's not a day that goes by that I don't have these exact same thoughts run through my head. You've put into words what I, and now I'm sure many other moms, feel every day. It's nice see it put out there. It's nice to know we're not alone. Thank you for posting it.

  80. Tears πŸ™ OG Little Baby Garvin reader here too! This rings so true for me as well. I got really emotional when my little girl turned 3 a few weeks ago. I just could not get a hold of myself for some reason. And I realized it's because she's not a baby or a toddler anymore…she's a big girl. And it's so bittersweet. I too rewatch old videos or look at baby pictures and think, "Where did the time go?" She has a little brother now (8 months) and he's already getting so big as well. The days are long and the years really are short. I love reading your blog, please keep it going!

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