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The feed

I am a true believer in the benefits of breastfeeding—I’ve interviewed experts and written articles on this topic—so it is with some shame that I confess … I am a formula feeder. With each baby, I have tried breastfeeding only … Continue reading

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Not a bad way to get my attention

We’ve had a lot going on this summer, and Roland is such an easy baby that it is too easy to let him blend into the background of daily life. He is now 3 months old, and all I can … Continue reading

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In a vacuum

It is my belief that a mother is made not during pregnancy, labor or even delivery, but in the first weeks home with her newborn. These weeks rewrite her identity and redefine her priorities. This phase of intense bonding—call it … Continue reading

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Grandma to the rescue

My husband has been sick now for over two weeks, and he’s been hospitalized for eight-going-on who knows how many days. Staph infection is not something to take lightly though, and I trust that the doctors are doing their best … Continue reading

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Get out of town

Tomorrow marks the first day of our first family vacation! We will be packing the car and heading to the beach for some much needed rest and relaxation. A long time ago before my bambina was involved, I didn’t believe … Continue reading

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It could always be worse

It’s been pretty rough around here, but it didn’t start out that way. Recently, we were at the lake with family, considering ourselves lucky that a forecast of showers had turned into sunshine. My husband was having fun tubing, and … Continue reading

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Just 30 feet away

Every night, my husband and I do a bedtime routine with our daughter, Bellamy. We were never routine people, and we just started the process of her sleeping in her own room. Although she’s been a pretty good sleeper from … Continue reading

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Don’t get used to a good night of sleep

When you have a new baby in your house, one of the first questions people almost always ask is, “How is the baby sleeping?” I am quite certain this question comes out of a concern for how well you are … Continue reading

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Playing favorites

I’m not sure how to preface this post with something catchy and interesting because the subject matter is something that is causing me great grief. As a newish mom—my daughter is almost a year old, so Im not exactly writing … Continue reading

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Maternity leave: Making it work

Working for myself definitely has its benefits; however, paid maternity leave is not one of them. I made up a maternity leave for myself by putting some boundaries around my work during this fleeting time and easing back into it … Continue reading

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Our way

Every day when I get done with work, I go immediately to my mom’s house to pick up my daughter. Being an 11-month-old wild child, she has tendency to go hard all day long. When I walk through the door, … Continue reading

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The gift of a night out

As a blossoming introvert with an ever growing to do list, I all too willingly let go of any hopes of a social life. My husband and I both would rather spend a night at home getting work done than … Continue reading

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No longer new

It dawned on me this week that my baby is no longer a newborn. His skin is no longer flaky. His face has filled in around his features. His eyes that once had broken blood vessels from labor are open … Continue reading

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Seeking wisdom

I recently read an article that basically said for some new parents, having your first child could be emotionally equivalent—or worse—to losing a spouse or experiencing extreme trauma. I immediately did a massive eye roll (like, get over yourself) at … Continue reading

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Annoying words

Do you ever get tired of hearing yourself talk? I know I do, especially in seasons where I am very, well, tired. Feeling tired is also like having chronic diarrhea of the mouth. No matter what day, time of day … Continue reading

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A room for you … someday

Most families like to finish the nursery before the baby comes. Most expectant moms are picking out themes, furniture and decorations for the nursery, so it’s just right for the arrival of their new baby. We have never managed to … Continue reading

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And then just when you’re finding your way …

After one particularly exhausting day where my two-year-old swallowed a small glass pebble and also tried to use fingernail polish as lipstick, I adopted the mantra, “I can handle this without screaming or swearing.” I know, both of those objects … Continue reading

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The first days turned into a month

  The idea that a month has nearly passed with my new baby is completely beyond me. All the cliches about how quickly time goes by don’t even do justice to the speed of this last month. I’m trying so … Continue reading

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Don’t forget dads

Thanks to social media stalking my every move, I’ve recently felt I am swimming in a sea of pregnant women, water birth photos and belly bumps. It’s awesome! But at the same time, I can’t help but swoon a little bit … Continue reading

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Packing up the pretty

I remember having friends over one evening in our former apartment. We lived in a sweet, cozy cottage that sat on a larger estate property. The deep, antique farm sink was made of copper, and the stonework tile added the … Continue reading

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The big switch

Before having my first baby, I already rolled my eyes at the fighting and finger pointing that would go on between moms with differing viewpoints on any given subject. I remember standing in a store trying to pick out fitted … Continue reading

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To-go box

Guys, it happened. My worst nightmare. OK, that’s dramatic, but it is something I have been dreading/hoping wouldn’t happen to me! Up until this week, we have been very fortunate to have a well-behaved child at restaurants and other social events. … Continue reading

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Available for rent

Matt and I were walking through a supply store the other day when we saw a sign that read “available for rent.” We both took notice and looked at each other. We laughed knowing we were thinking the same thing, “This … Continue reading

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Moms can hang, too

Before my daughter was born, I remember vowing to myself I wouldn’t subscribe to the idea you can’t do something because of having a baby. I knew families who claimed to never go to brunch or venture out beyond a … Continue reading

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Hold her!

I heard a podcast the other day discussing fulfilling your calling. Andy Stanley—the speaker—spoke frankly of the change that can occur when you choose to invest in something of importance. I’m paraphrasing here, but he basically said it would take … Continue reading

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Stress is a thief

I really don’t like to pull the hormonal card, but for once, I am hoping I can place some blame on the emotional whirlwind that is pregnancy. I’m not sure this is even related to pregnancy hormones, but I am … Continue reading

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How many weeks?

You know what I think I just realized? I still haven’t shared the gender of our second baby, even though we have known for weeks! Is that correct? I think it is! Sadly, this is not surprising to me, and … Continue reading

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Sliced bread

OK, I know it’s a little drab when someone goes on and on about their kid. I remember when I started blogging for P&N, and someone said to me, “It’s great to have an outlet to brag on baby.” She … Continue reading

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Week 33: There’s no slowing down time

Somehow the weeks keep passing by, and I often have to look on my pregnancy tracker app to remember exactly how far along I am. This is my third pregnancy, and I still  find myself surprised by how pregnant I … Continue reading

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Jeans too tight

Even though my pregnancies were pretty much back-to-back, I still forgot about some of the unfortunate things ladies go through—most notably, the “not pregnant enough to wear maternity clothes/nothing feels comfortable/the seasons are changing, so there’s no point in buying … Continue reading

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A letter to the baby on her first birthday

Well, Funky B, you’re a year old. I don’t know how this happened, but here we are. You’re no longer a baby (although, like it or not, you’ll always be the baby). I thought we had agreed that you’d stay … Continue reading

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Childcare crunch

While pregnant with my daughter, childcare was a topic I said I would “get to eventually.” I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to return to work after maternity leave, so the bulk of weekly hours were taken care of. … Continue reading

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The “I’m done have babies” feeling

As baby No. 4 nears her first birthday, I am faced with the reality that I’ll never have an infant again. The other night as this thought passed through my mind, I looked at my husband and shouted at him … Continue reading

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A self-dressing miracle

Our mornings are hectic. Like, really hectic. Neither my husband nor I are really morning people, which means we’re usually both trying to avoid getting out of bed until the last possible moment. And although the kids are more than … Continue reading

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Mr. Mom

Although I didn’t go back to work after having my daughter, I never lost the desire to learn and use my brain for things outside of my mom role (though that’s plenty!). I started an internship a few weeks ago … Continue reading

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The good in the world

People often ask what it was like going from three kids to four. I know the experience is different for everyone, but for me, going from three to four was totally overwhelming. Before we had the fourth kid, I felt … Continue reading

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Safe place

This is going to sound like a big, fat “DUH!” But until this week, I didn’t realize how much a mother represents safety to her baby outside of the womb. After my daughter’s very first “boo-boo” occurred the other morning, … Continue reading

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Choking hazard

We officially have a crawling, talking, giggling 8-month-old! Life has gotten a lot more interesting in the new year. The transition to baby mobility is amazing, albeit exhausting. If she’s not making a beeline for the dog food, she’s climbing … Continue reading

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A day date with the bigs

We have four kids. We like to group them into groups of two based on their ages. Doing so gives us three groups: The Bigs, the Littles and the Middles. I don’t know what we’d do if the oldest and … Continue reading

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Oh, dada

Well, my intuition served me WRONG! No twins for us! I don’t want to say I am “relieved” because we would welcome any child(ren) into our home, but my wallet is probably sweating fewer bullets. Aside from the baby bloat, … Continue reading

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Us in a nutshell

It sometimes happens that I have all these great ideas for things to write about swirling around in my head all week, and then when I sit down to actually write, I can’t remember a single thing I wanted to … Continue reading

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Break out the folic acid (again)

Surprise, surprise! We have a big announcement: After a long six whopping months of parenthood, we are somewhat shocked to announce we are pregnant with baby No. 2! Wow! Let me address the initial questions in your head. No, we are … Continue reading

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One and done?

It seems like from the moment my daughter came out of the womb, family, friends, and more often than not, total strangers have been asking when we’re going to have another one. Just, stop right there.  Why is the size … Continue reading

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The birthday date tradition

Our oldest turned 7 on January 1. I can hardly believe that she is 7. I’m pretty sure I’ve said that every year since she turned 1. Not that I couldn’t believe that she was 7. I didn’t say that … Continue reading

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Because I’m a mom

Because I’m a mom, I take the night shift AND the day shift. Because I’m a mom, I forgo the good kind of sleep, for now, and I listen to you babble your own baby language while you claw my … Continue reading

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New Year’s cold

Last week I reported that my tiniest girl had a fever and a bad case of yeast in her diaper region. We’re still battling the yeast. I’m thinking I’m going to have to call the pediatrician and tell him that … Continue reading

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A sad butt and a fever

My tiniest girl, who is 10 month old now (How is that possible? She’s not a tiny baby anymore. She stands on her own. She cruises around. She crawls like a speed demon and can climb! What is happening?), has … Continue reading

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Speaking life

I want to address something too many of us have fallen victim to or been a part of as parents. Whether you’re on the giving or receiving side, shaming in any way shouldn’t have a voice within our society. The … Continue reading

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A conversation with my 2-year-old

The 2-year-old is at the stage where she repeats herself incessantly. She’ll ask the same question over and over again, even if you answer it every time she asks. Or she’ll make the same statement on repeat, like she’s a … Continue reading

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A genuine gift

As the holidays roll in, I notice a different joy in my heart that started out small and continues to grow, just like the Grinch. Although I wouldn’t compare myself to him, and I have always loved Christmas, I can … Continue reading

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