April 4, 2013

Let’s Party!

Welcome!

I’m so glad you stopped by!

DSC_0124I’m Poe, a thirty-something wife of The Man and stay at home mama to Munchkin.  We live in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest.  I love the beauty of the mountains that surround us and Puget Sound.  Seattle is a short ferry ride away and makes for a great day trip.  The Navy moved us ehre and we never want to leave.  I grew up in New England and while I love the northeast, I can’t imagine living anywhere else.  Thankfully The Man is no longer active duty and we can stay for as long as we want. In my free time (free time?  What’s that?) I enjoy reading, sewing and blogging.  On nice days we like to take the pups to the dog park to wear them out. 

Munchkin is almost 9 months old.  The Man and I are are delighted with her.  She’s My loves snugglinga cuddler and I just love it when she snuggles in. She buries her head in my shoulder and wraps her arms around my neck and squeezes. My heart melts and bursts with love all at the same time.  I knew I was going to love her, I just didn’t know how much!

Motherhood hasn’t been the easiest transition for me.  I love my baby and being a mom but I’ve been dealing with some postpartum depression.  I haven’t shared too much about it yet, but I have shared how I’m still processing Munchkin’s birth and that my encapsulated placenta pills helped.  The blog has been a little quiet but hopefully that will be changing. 

We’re slightly crunchy around here (whole grain crunch according to this quiz.)  69493_10151166379913495_1058977862_nWe’re a breastfeeding, cloth diapering, co sleeping, baby wearing , baby-led weaning kind of family. We do these thing because they work for us.  That was the best advice I was given while I was pregnant.  Figure out what works for you and your family and do it.  It doesn’t matter what other people are doing or what they think, do what works for you! 

You’ll find that I blog about life here at Many Waters.  I enjoy cooking so you’ll find some recipes (like this one for homemade teething biscuits) and menu plansMunchkin shows up frequently.  I also blog about my faith.  I try to share some of my struggles as I can encourage others who are experiencing similar situations.  It’s my life, messy and beautiful at the same time.  It’s hard for me to pick a favorite post, or even a couple so I’m not going to try.  My most popular ones are listed in the right hand column.

P1160284If you’d like to visit again you can follow me via GFC in the right hand column or on Bloglovin.  You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook.  I’m on Pinterest as well, where I tend to pin recipes for menu planning and crafts to make for Munchkin and things to do with her when she gets older.  You’ll also find lots of photos of Munchkin on Instagram.  I hope you’ll stay a bit and look around.  If you have any questions, you can shoot me an email or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

Please leave me a comment so I know you dropped by and so I can visit back.

Thanks so much for coming by! 

I’m linking up with 5 Minutes for Mom for the Ultimate Blog Party ‘13.

43 comments:

  1. I'm stopping by through the UBP13! I'm excited to have found your blog and your sweet little family. I love that you're trying to open up about your PPD, I think it's such a great thing when bloggers share their struggles as well as the things that come easily for them.

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  2. Oops, I forgot to sign into Disqus! I'm Laura from www.thatkindofmom.com

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  3. First of all, I just love your header! I also loved the snuggles of my baby girls...they are 5 and 7 now, but they are still cuddlers! Nice to meet you through UBP13! I'm a new follower on BlogLovin!

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  4. Hi Poe, your little munchkin is absolutely adorable! My oldest (almost 12) would rather eat glass than give me a hug these days but both of my younger girls are still super snugglers so I soak it up as much as I can....lol. Thanks so much for stopping by My Rural Mommy! =)

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  5. I found you from UBP 2013. We also did the cloth diapering, breast feeding, baby wearing, baby led weaning, crunchy stuff. Only we did it with twins. We are past the baby stage now, but I'm still exhausted. :)

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  6. Found you via the UBP on Twitter! Hello, welcome to the party and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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  7. Thanks for coming by! I hope that by sharing about my PPD it will be helpful for others. It can be so isolating and you feel like you're the only who feels this way. I want other to know they are not alone!

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  8. Thanks:) I'm hoping Munchkin stays a cuddler!

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  9. Thank you! I can remember being 12 and not wanting to hug...but that could always change:)

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  10. I would be exhausted too, if I had twins! I bet they keep you on your toes!

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  11. Thanks for coming by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too:)

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  12. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting :)
    It sounds so beautiful where you live, although I'm slightly bummed you aren't still on the East Coast...I don't come across many other Northeast bloggers.

    I haven't written about it on my blog, but I struggled with PPD with both of my babies (another good reason for placenta smoothies if I have another baby!).
    I also identify as slightly crunchy, although I can't wait to take the quiz and find out exactly how much. I breastfeed, part-time cloth diaper, and rock an Ergo when we leave the house.
    Now I'm off to follow you around the blogosphere ;)

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  13. your munchkin is adorable and I applaud you for being open about your struggles as well as your joys. PPD IS TOUGH. Support is awesome.

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  14. Yay we are neighbors!! Those pictures on my blog were of Skagit...we just went yesterday. Glad you found me!!!

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  15. You little girl is absolutely gorgeous! The Pacific Northwest is on our list of places we'd love to be stationed one day. www.andthenwelaughed.com

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  16. Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the layout here, your header is beautiful, i love the changing pictures. Your little one is adorable, makes me miss that age. I'll be stopping back soon :)


    Nikki
    http://nikki2kids.wordpress.com

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  17. Thanks so much for stopping by! I can't keep myself out of the city - my heart belongs there! Your daughter is so cute. :)

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  18. I'm sorry that you are having to deal with PPD - It's not an easy thing and I admire you for talking about it.

    I wanted you to know that I follow you on Twitter now too. Thanks for linking up on my UBP post :)

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  19. Hi Poekitten! It is very nice to meet you. :D Thank you for the lovely comment over at the blog. I went thru a similar thing with PPD after my first child was born. I did not know what was wrong because I had never experienced anything like that before. I thought that new motherhood was supposed to be all rainbows and sparkles and when it...wasn't, that was just another layer of guilt that I was drowning underneath. Please know that what you are feeling is completely normal and valid.

    I am probably half granola--I loved babywearing and wish we still could, dug cloth diapers (if not the extra laundry), but I had a terrible time with breastfeeding and decided that co-sleeping was not a good idea since I have night terrors. Like you said, I think that it is important that we respect each other's choices because we all come to the the mommy table with different strengths and weaknesses. We need to help each other, not tear each other down. My own opinion is that more than anything, moms need to give ourselves a break. We are not going to be perfect and that is okay because our children will learn from that too.

    Newest follower on Twitter--have a wonderful weekend! :D

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  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Aw, your little girl is so sweet!!! I definitely miss that age. I'm a New England girl myself. Never been to the PNW, but I definitely feel like I could happily live there, too! Great meeting you :-)

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  21. I totally agree that when parenting you have to do what works for you! Everybody has a slightly different way of doing things! Your little girl is very cute and although I never experiened PPD I wish you the best of luck working through it.

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  22. Thanks for stopping by and saying hi :) I'm headed over to read your birth story!

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  23. Had to stop in to see what else we had in common.

    What a beautiful little girl!



    I am following you now through Networked Blogs. Looking forward to reading more! Have fun at the party!

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  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am a "crunchyish" baby mama too :) Love your intro!

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  25. Hi nice to meet you! My second son is 8 months so around the same age...such a fun age! We do cloth diapers too! Can't wait to learn more about you...and yes motherhood is the toughest job!

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  26. Lovely to meet you. I hear you about life being beautiful and messy at the same time!

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  27. I can't tell you how much the placenta helped! I did the capsules because I'm not ready for a placenta smoothie. If you do it you'll have to let me know how it is:)


    Also, I think I saw a Northeast bloggers groups when I was hopping around the net. If I can find it again I'll send you the link!



    Thanks for coming by and for following!

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  28. Thanks:)


    I hope you get stationed here! Not everyone loves it but we do. It's gorgeous and it really doesn't rain as much as people think/say.

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  29. Thanks so much for coming by! We also think Munchkin is adorable but I think we're biased:)

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  30. There is something special about The City! Thanks for coming by:)

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  31. Thank you! I really just want to help other women experiencing PPD. It's so easy to feel alone and I'd love for them to know that they're not!

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  32. It's wonderful to meet you too:) I'm glad to know I'm normal!

    And yes, we all need a break! I know that my expectations for myself are so much higher for myself than anyone has for me. I think it's also harder to forgive ourselves. I'm working on it. It's slow going but it's going:)

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  33. Thank you! YAY for New England:) I miss the leaves every fall.

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  34. Thanks for coming by and for the follow. Hope you're having fun partying too!

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  35. I love cloth diapers so much more than I thought I would! I started because I wanted to save money and now I just love it:) My DH laughs at me because I get excited about new dipes!

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  36. Thanks for coming by!



    I think that's what makes life so special.

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  37. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower! Also for the birthday wish! It was absolutely a wonderful day and I was super spoiled by my family (which is always nice right!?!?) Your munchkin is so super cute! I'll be following you too! I suffer from depression too so I totally understand what you are going through. Mine started as PPD after my first that never really went away, so now it's just depression! I can thank both of my parents for that one :-) But in all honesty it is survivable and doesn't have to define your life! Have a blessed week! It's nice to meet you!

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  38. You got it - figure out what works for your family and do it. :) I breastfeed too and even though some people think I'm nuts, I nurse until my babies are about two. Hey, it works for me!

    Thanks for coming over to my blog. I hope to see you around. Lauralee, Switching Classrooms

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  39. I used the same natural parenting techniques with my babies back in 1985 and 1990! I'm so happy I did! I'm following you via Google Friend Connect and Facebook! :)

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  40. YAY for hearing that they worked:) They're working for us but it's nice to hear it from a parent who's kids are grown up!

    Thanks for the follow too:)

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