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Pregnancy Brain

Its back.  Short term memory loss, general forgetfulness and swelling.  When I was first pregnant with J I was reading all kinds of books, blogs, articles – anything I could get my hands on related to pregnancy.  One of the more shocking ‘side effects’ to me was the real concept of pregnancy brain.  I remember thinking…’No way, that’s not a thing’.  Well, it is.  Brain cells lost – that may never return, mind suddenly less capable of juggling the 10,000 things it used to and …

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An Unexpected Moment of Laughter

I got the following text from my youngest today:     Ignoring the typo, I had no idea my youngest knew how to play poker! This random question came out of nowhere, and provided me with a much needed LOL, ‘choke on my water as I’m rushing to a meeting’ moment that I desperately needed today. I’m leaving at the end of the week for a family trip, so I’ve already crammed five days worth of meetings into three days. Mondays are always hectic, and …

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Mom of the Year

Every year, I’m in the running for Mom of the Year until January 15th then throw in the towel since there is always next year (true Cubs fan).  I always joke about being Mom of the Year and discovered that it’s real thing: Mother of the Year.  This recognition awards an “admirable” mother was made to provide an inspiration to the nation who would represent a mother’s unconditional love, inner strength, and courage.   I know lots of hustling mama’s that we can nominate (next year)! …

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Surviving a Toddler Road Trip

Let me be the first to say, I’m not what you’d call tech savvy. It’s a little embarrassing considering our office is prime with innovators, forward thinkers and straight up geniuses when it comes to getting things done better, faster and cooler.  My response when someone says, ‘have you tried this app yet?’ is often, ‘nope.’ It’s not that I don’t love technology or use it to my full advantage in the workplace, it’s more that when I’m home, I’m unplugging and just living a …

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Coming Down to the Wire!

You see this timestamp? It’s 11:13 p.m. and I am finally getting to my blog! It’s Wednesday, Y’All! And that means it’s time for me to get my act together and get to writing! Oh my goodness!!!! It’s almost Thursday! I’m almost out of time and I am sorry to our Thursday blogger Katie! I am cramping your timeline girl! Many apologies, but let’s face it, I know you know this drill! The day got away from me. So much happened today I could not …

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Hey Dads, Don’t Forget To Write

As I write this blog post there are 3,348 pictures on my phone – all taken in 2018. The vast majority of the pics are of my kids, my wife, my pets, and if I must be honest, the occasional selfie. Heck, in just the ten days since our fourth child was born, I alone have taken over 200 pictures of him in various states of adorableness. Add in the pics my wife and our extended families have taken of him and the total has …

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Hey Dads, Don’t Forget To Write

As I write this blog post there are 3,348 pictures on my phone – all taken in 2018. The vast majority of the pics are of my kids, my wife, my pets, and if I must be honest, the occasional selfie. Heck, in just the ten days since our fourth child was born, I alone have taken over 200 pictures of him in various states of adorableness. Add in the pics my wife and our extended families have taken of him and the total has …

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Mornings

I don’t know if I’d call myself a morning person, but my son, Milo, doesn’t seem to care how I classify myself; so long as I’m ready to party right around 6:15 am, maybe 6:30 am, every day, that’s good enough for him. Milo just turned 2 this week (June 12th, which is the day before my wedding anniversary), and for the last year-plus it’s been this way: mornings are our time together. As soon as I hear him start whimpering or crying on the …

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Staying Epic in the Hustle

Everyday I try to ask myself, “I wonder how I can accomplish this today?” It’s a small question that I apply to a variety of things. But if anything it continually makes me analyze and plan on the next adventure (or in some cases, problem) no matter how big or small it maybe. Being a developer, I am always trying to find ways to solve problems on a day to day basis. Which has allowed me to take those principles and apply them to other …

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A Little Perspective

Written By Brian Lamb, our guest Dad for the take over of “Hustle Mom, Hustle” in honor of Father’s Day! “You know what I am craving? A little perspective”. A quote from Anton Ego in Ratatouille the movie. One of our family all time favorites! Merriam-Webster.com defines perspective: The capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance. Wait, What?? Is it true relations or relative importance? Education, experience, intelligence are all things that give many of us the confidence to form THE …