Before I had kids...

11.14.2011

Before I had kids, I never thought I would let them eat dog food. But when you think about it, the ingredients that are in dog food is probably much healthier than the shit that's in chicken nuggets or McDonalds cheeseburgers. I mean, just because it's called "dog food" does not mean it can't be eaten by humans. Or that it isn't healthy for that matter.

I mean, who's to judge?

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Before I had kids, I imagined I would be a "cleanly" mother. And I definitely would not let my naked baby sit in the pan we were about to cook dinner in that night.

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And I definitely imagined that if that did happen, I would clean said pan before cooking our food in it.

But that was all before I had kids.

(And no, it doesn't make the food taste any different)

Before I had kids, I never thought I would have to grab my camera and snap a picture real quick before comforting them when they were in a sad, vulnerable position.

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It's like a secret moms club that no one wants to admit they are a part of but everyone does it.

And before I had kids, I had no idea the immensity of the f*@K I would not give when people gave me their opinions about how to raise my children, such as:

the length of my child's hair...

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letting my kids be naked in public...

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or letting my three year old paint his toenails black...

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And now that I do have kids?

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Don't ever wanna go back.

P.S. My little love bug taylorboo got engaged this weekend! If you don't know her, you should definitely get to know her. She is most definitely someone I consider to be a very best friend of mine.

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Visit her blog HERE and wish her a congrats on her upcoming nuptials? It's gonna be an awesome wedding, not to mention that yours truly will be a bridesmaid and my two little angel muffs will be the ring bearers. First time ever in a little penguin suite. Momma will be so proud.


58 comments:

  1. Raven. I LOVE YOU. And Your sweet little babes! It makes me so happy to call you my friend. You are so strong and confident and I love that you don't give a FUUUUUUUh. :) Ummm and Holy crap that tooshie!! So freakin adoarable!!

    Cant' wait to have you guest post!

    Sabrina Says

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  2. LOL! True to all the above!! Also congrats to her!! Can't wait to see your handsome little men in penguin suits!

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  3. Your boys are too cute..long hair and all!

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  4. so much cuteness. adore this post, love. i hope you had a fabulous weekend. I have a brand new fash trend report, I'd love to hear what you think. xo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  5. all i can do is giggle ... when i have kids i will have to make a post about what i didn't think i would do, haha.

    have a great week Raven! xoxoxo

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  6. i don't have kids, but if i did and i were to write a post about the time before i had kids, i imagine it would go a little something like that. glad to see that someone will always be on the same page as me. you're a doll and your kids are squeeze worthy.


    xoxo

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  7. Great post! I have a four month old lil girl and already there are so many things I swore I wouldn't do and that I do!
    And if we ever end up having a boy we are not going to cut his hair for quite awhile!
    Your boys are too cute

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  8. OMG I wish I could just squeeze his little cheeky cheeks! You know I love you and I love your babies! I seriously can't wait to meet you! You make me laugh all the time. So blessed you're my friend! XOXOXOXO!

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  9. Some of my absolute favorite pictures of my daughter are ones where she's crying... I can't help it, they're hilarious!!!

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  10. Awwww!! Your babehs are sooo adorable.

    I die seeing them with their hair and nails 'did. Too funny!!!

    You never cease to crack me up!

    xo

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  11. hahahah this is great! I can't wait to have kids and experience all of these lol.

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  12. Bahaha, great posts. Some of my favorite photos are the ones I snapped of J just before he really got to throwing a fit. HA! Crazy the things we actually do and don't do when we become moms

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  13. LOVE this post! I dont have kids yet, but when I do, I'm positive I can relate to everything said. Your babes are sooo cute!

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  14. My brother used to sneak into the dogs food/cookies and chow down like there was no tomorrow...and had the longest, most gorgeous curly hair ever! Just saying :-)

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  15. Amazing the things we think we will NEVER do, before we have children. It allll changes after they arrive!

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  16. this post made me crack up. your little guys are so adorable!

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  17. Your babes are so effing precious! Love this!

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  18. I have been working on a post just like this! It's amazing how you change your mind and let things go once they're here! My 9 month old ate cat food for the first time yesterday. Hahaha. And I totally take pictures of crying kids!

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  19. Ah! I love your post again, as I say I love them all!

    and how freakin CUTE how you put up your sons hair like that! i love it! haha AND let the other paint his nails! youre awesome!

    being a mother is the best isnt it!?! ;)

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  20. You have* to have a sense of humor with kiddos and I love that you do. They're lucky boys!! I don't know you but I am pretty sure you're a kick ass great mommy!

    Congrats to your cousin on her engagements -- I def thought I was getting engaged this weekend when my bf was acting weird during our hike (surprised me with mimosas-- make hiking waaay more fun).

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  21. This is my favorite post by you- so funny! Happy to be eating chicken nuggets as I read it, too!

    ...I'll never let my kids eat those;-)

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  22. This is my favorite post by you- so funny! Happy to be eating chicken nuggets as I read it, too!

    ...I'll never let my kids eat those;-)

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  23. Your kids are too stinkin cute. For reals. Don't ever cut their hair!

    xoxo
    Amanda

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  24. This is the cutest post ever! And oh so true! I always here people change their tunes after they have a kid!

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  25. hahaha you crack me up! Love this post! Your kids are seriously the cutest!

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  26. SO true! And just BTW, Gunner has a twin in Georgia. The hubs and I went out to dinner last night, and this couple with a little boy got sat next to us. I looked over at him and was all "OMG He looks JUST like Gunner!" Hubs of course was like "Who's this kid your talking about?" I was just like "Oh, he's my blog friends little boy" Like I know you or something :) Haha He wasn't quite as cute as Gunner of course, but could easily pass as his twin.

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  27. i love that ur child wants his nails painted!! also..my child loves to neeked. loves it.. so i let him be free when he wants
    to be. also i love u and ur attitude, so glad we are blog buds.
    and ur child eating dog food, me and my co worked died out laughing.

    1. he has a doggy "tail and
    2. he has on a dog outfit. so sweet



    xoxo

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  28. and damnit Raven, i seen u updates Taylor and ur blog like a GAZILLION times. go do mine. please :)

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  29. Ahhhhh, I love this post!! I am a germ freak, as you know from your pillow nightmare for me, and I always wonder if that will change once I have kids!! I bet so...because I'm also pretty dang lazy!! Haha.

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  30. You seriously have the best sense of humor...and it doesn't hurt your munchies are A-dorable!

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  31. you should never care what others say because you are an amazeballs mom and you have the cutest pattootie kiddies ever!!!

    and they are lucky to have some a cool mom!


    XOXOX


    STILL laughing over sunday's convo!

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  32. We def all change our tunes once the kids arrive ! :)

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  33. I love that you keep it all the way real on your bloggy. Before I was a mother I thought I would do things much differently and sadly I judged a lot of momma's wondering why they let their kids do the things they did. When people question me though...I get all momma bear on them.

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  34. Your kids are so stinkin cute and I love your young one's long hair. KEEP IT LONG!

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  35. This is SOOO true...you realize that none of those things really matters...and creating memories of family is whats important. These pics are hysterical!!!

    Congrats to Taylor!!!

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  36. hahaha so cute! I am in love with your 3 yr olds hair :) its precious! And the baby in the pan bahaha I died laughing! At least they're having fun that is what matters ;)

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  37. I love reading your blog girly! Serious:-) You are an amazing mom, and I am glad that you are open with things that I am sure all moms do, just keep it hidden:-) Your kiddos are amazingly adorable as are you!

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  38. Oh pssssst can you change my domain on your sidebar when you get a min? I changed it and a day later some weird North dakota dude took my old domain. SO FUNNY! Anywho the new one is http://www.stylesoftamaranicole.blogspot.com

    xoxo!

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  39. Hahaha, I love your parenting style. Fun and laidback!!

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  40. You look super hot in the pic with Taylor. VERY SKINNY MINNY. I can't believe you let your kdis eat dog (and cat) food, don't cut their hair and let them paint their nails. What is wrong with you? I keed, I keed. You know I love you!! I just try to make you think I'm annoymous.

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  41. LOVE all of this!!!! Oh, and I LOVE the long hair!!!!!!!

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  42. I seriously love your kids. And. PS. Who doesn't let their kids do those things? Because they are whack.

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  43. I can't see the pictures at work!!! darn it!! but i can only imagine what they look and it makes me laugh! I need to see your face!!!!

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  44. I love this post! I feel the same way about certain things that pertain to my daughter. I also thought, before I had kids, that I would NEVER sound like my mother! Unfortunately, that changed! LOL!

    P.S. I left a little something for you over at my blog http://themommyhoodadventure.blogspot.com/2011/11/little-miss-popular.html

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  45. 2 things to say

    baby bums are SO DAMN CUTE!

    and you are a magnificent mother...seriously you are!

    love you and your lil awesome kiddos!

    xoxox

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  46. Hahahaha! Ok, pretty sure I think the same way YOU thought before you had kids. I guess I will have a rude awakening when I have my babies and realize that it's all going down the hole. But I must admit, I already know that my hubs and I are going to torture our kids every chance we get. Like the Halloween JKL video? We'll so do that to our kids! And we'll probably laugh at them when they throw a fit :)
    Your boys are PRECIOUS!

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  47. You are an awesome Mom! You are honest, you don't give a flying F what people say or think. That's awesome. And the cool thing? You will raise your boys that way! We need more Raven's!!! :)

    But really? Naked? In the pan? ;)

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  48. taking notes! raven you are my inspiration for motherhood (: and i am NOT kidding!

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  49. Your kids are adorable and who ever tells you different is obviously blind. :)
    And I swear I think that is the cutest baby butt I have ever seen. :)

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  50. youre my hero.

    and i have seen the photos of myself and little brother crying, as well as being naked in public, and eating out of animal bowls on the floor..so i know this is motherhood at its finest. i like it.

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  51. ohmygosh. I love this post.

    First, I love the little boy ponytail. Gah. So cute.

    2nd, I LOVE the cry pic. I am a big fan of cry pics.

    Third, I love you. Because you make me laugh. Always.

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  52. I just found your blog and I am in love. You are hilarious and educated, which is hard to find in a blog. You are brilliant with words and I don't feel like my IQ is dropping while reading. You're inspiring and beautiful. And your boys are blessed to have you as their mom. I love that you are able appreciate the good and bad in life and blog about both. I have read so many blogs and I think to myself "Where the hell are these people's problems? Why don't they have any down days?" It's nice to know while there is always a silver lining sometimes your house is going to smell like poop and there is nothing you can do about it, today. You have brought so much joy and laughter to my otherwise boring job. Thank you.

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  53. your two boys are adorable and love the pony tail :) haha

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  54. Love your honesty about the secret moms club that no one admits to. Thats so funny, but true. Keep the truth coming. Those pics are the best. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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