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I'm Whitney. Welcome to my little slice of the Internet, where I talk about life in Seattle and our travels beyond it. I have a handsome husbro I may have met outside of a bar, two crazy felines, and a fresh little human born last spring. Do you like reality TV, sampling all the products, and pickled veggies? Me, too! 

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In Praise of Paternity Leave

In Praise of Paternity Leave

What would I do without Raz! When ODP was born, he had just recently started at Amazon, so he got, mmmm, about a week home with us. I realize this is the standard for a lot of dads, and that a lot of dads have to fight even for that. We’re lucky that this time, he got to take advantage of Amazon’s six week paternity leave policy. It’s also not lost on me that when ODP was born, I got six weeks of leave UNPAID, which is absolutely insane to me. But that’s a conversation for another day.

In his time at home with us, Raz has:

  • Prepared most meals

  • Painted most of our interior walls (let’s pretend like we don’t hate the color and he doesn’t have to re-do it)

  • Bought himself a Green Egg and spent lots of time playing with it

  • Finished Baby B’s shiplap wall

  • “Fixed” our sprinkler system

  • Organized the garage

  • Found, hung, and re-arranged all of our blackout curtains, helping us all sleep better

  • Installed a Ring video doorbell

  • Managed ODP when I couldn’t

  • Held Baby B when I couldn’t

  • Etc.

  • Etc.

  • Etc.

Having the time to adjust to this new season as a unit has been such a gift, especially since I’m still doing the same amount of client work I was before I had the baby (no work-y, no money, honey). This was a conscious choice I made prior to having the baby and I created a workflow I knew I could handle through the transition. That’s not to say it’s easy—it’s just the choice I made to keep my brain stimulated and our family afloat financially, not because I have to, but because I want to. Had I not been able to count on Raz for these first six weeks, I would have had to make some different decisions.

While I’m so grateful for this time, I still feel like it’s not enough. I’d love to see every family get at least 12 weeks together if they want it. A European year would be great, too. But this progress is good. This progress is great. We LOVE having dada with us always and forever.

Brand Next Door: Veer

Brand Next Door: Veer

The Hardest Part of 3 Becoming 4

The Hardest Part of 3 Becoming 4