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A letter to the baby on her 6-month birthday

Six months! That’s a whole half of a year! I don’t know how it’s possible that six months have gone by since you joined us, but it seems as though that’s the case. And instead of a tiny blob who doesn’t do or … Continue reading

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Miscarriage matters

Before I was a mother, I do not think I was a very sensitive person. I could politely deliver sympathies and have a heart-to-heart without skipping a beat, but I rarely truly mourned with others when experiencing something difficult. Pregnancy … Continue reading

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Keeping it all together (not at all)

These days I find myself giving out unsolicited parenting advice. You didn’t ask for it, but here it is: Don’t have four kids. That’s not really parenting advice though, is it? It’s more like life advice. Well, whatever it is, it’s … Continue reading

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How to feel like a winner

We made it to the 6-week mark, yay! Like magic, life starts to get a little bit easier around this time (everyone tells me to hold out for 2 months). Bellamy sleeps so well at night, and I have been catching … Continue reading

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They make us laugh

Kids are funny. They do funny things. They say funny things. And I always find myself thinking that I’ll never forget the funny things they say and do. But we all know that’s not true because I can’t remember anything … Continue reading

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Breast and bottle

In my world, breast and bottle are friends, not enemies. I arrived at the decision to use both forms of feeding over the course of much trial and error. Having gone through every form and combination of feeding more than … Continue reading

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The first trip around the sun

In just a few days, my baby will no longer be a baby. He will have completed his first trip around the sun, and we will be celebrating with friends and family alike. And to be honest, it’s breaking my … Continue reading

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8 Random thoughts in my head (everything from babies to nicknames to nail polish)

Sometimes I have a cohesive idea for things I want to write about and other times there are just a lot of little thoughts swarming around inside my head.  Today it’s the latter, so I’m just going to go with … Continue reading

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Who am I, now?

Motherhood gets real as soon as that sweet baby is born into this world. That sweet baby comes with needs—lots of them—and I am convinced they aren’t too happy about leaving their perfect world (aka the womb) to enter ours. … Continue reading

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Back into the swing of things

Getting back on routine after nearly two weeks of vacation is no picnic. While it’s comforting to return to our home and sleep in our own beds, it’s also a reminder that summer is quickly coming to a close and … Continue reading

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10 Reasons I’m a giant ball of anxiety

As I sit here and tear off my previously perfectly manicured fingernails until there’s nothing left but bleeding stumps, it dawns on me that I’m feeling overwhelmed. What else is new? Here are the top 10 reasons I’m currently wadded … Continue reading

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Canada (part 2)

We are finally back in Atlanta after 10 days in Canada! And what a whirlwind trip that was. For the first three days, we stayed with my cousin and his family in a suburb just outside of Toronto proper. They have … Continue reading

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This is the way we reach and pull

When each of our kids was 4 months old, we signed them up for baby swim classes, which means that Baby No. 4 and I have been attending a mommy-and-me swim class for about a month now. My husband and I … Continue reading

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Canada (part 1)

Greetings from Canada! We survived our first trip as a family of four on an airplane to the Great White North, and I’m surprised that we actually managed to pull it off. Flying with one child can be a little … Continue reading

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How to camp with a baby

Well, we did it! We went on a three-night camping trip with four kids under the age of 7 and survived! And I even managed to have some fun. It’s like a miracle! How did we do it? We followed these … Continue reading

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Good for me

It’s no secret that being a mom is hard. It’s not just the physical labor that makes it difficult at times, either. It’s the fact that it’s 24-hours, 7-days-a-week and always on-call. Even during “downtime” while the kids are napping, … Continue reading

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Camping?!?

At some point in the past … let’s call it January … a conversation started among ourselves and some of our friends about a camping trip for this summer. The discussion was about going in July. And in January I … Continue reading

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The 4th

America celebrated her 240th birthday a few days ago, and we celebrated our first holiday together as a family in our new home. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was Akira’s first 4th of July, and although he obviously … Continue reading

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Golden age of babies

We are officially in the Golden Age of Babies. My husband and I have agreed with all of our babies that starting at 4 months and lasting through about 18 months is when babies are at their best. And it’s … Continue reading

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One month

Well, after a long month, we are finally welcoming Anaïs back home—our new home—in a couple of days! In fact, by the time you read this post, we will most likely be in the car heading home, and she will, … Continue reading

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Constant state of panic

Recently I came across an old blog post that I wrote a couple years ago. I usually enjoy reading old posts about the thoughts that were swimming around in my head in the past.  This particular blog post, however, was … Continue reading

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Father’s Day weekend

We did it! We’ve finally moved into our new house! Granted, there are still boxes everywhere, we still don’t have any appliances, and our bathrooms are just barely functional—but we are in!! We are still sleeping with our mattress on … Continue reading

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Finding a way to be kind to myself

I hate my fat disgusting body. I don’t think I’m supposed to say that. I’m supposed to love my body no matter what it looks like. But the truth is that I don’t. I’ve tried; believe me.  But I can’t. It’s … Continue reading

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Big boy

We were hoping to move into our house last week, but as it turns out, there was still some work to be done. That’s the way it goes with a home renovation, right? We’ve since changed locales and are really … Continue reading

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Not so little anymore

Time moves too quickly. I remember in elementary school when the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas seemed like an eternity.  Now I feel like entire years pass before I even know what’s happened. This week the 6-year-old learned to ride … Continue reading

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New mom support group

I know I’ve talked about it before, but I’m back again to talk about nursing and how very, very hard it is for me. With all four kids I’ve given it my best effort, and all four times I’ve spent … Continue reading

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Summer is here

With Memorial Day behind us, the unofficial start of summer is here. And with that, are the long, hot days and balmy nights. Over the weekend, our neighborhood pool opened up to accommodate everyone with a cool place of respite, … Continue reading

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Traveling success

Well, we survived our cross-country trek. It’s like a miracle! Not really, but saying so seemed appropriate. Sometimes our kids really rise to a challenge and surprise us with their adaptability, flexibility, good behavior and general pleasant attitude toward life. … Continue reading

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Confession

I’ve been debating whether or not to write about what you’re about to read for quite some time. But I decided to be honest and authentic to myself and to motherhood and mothers everywhere. This is “Adventures in Motherhood,” isn’t … Continue reading

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On the fly

This week we will embark on our first cross-country trip with all four kids. We haven’t traveled anywhere overnight with all six of us since Baby No. 4 was born. Because we’re always up for an adventure (or because we are mind-numbingly stupid), … Continue reading

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Nine months

This past week, Akira turned 9 months old. It’s unbelievable how fast his first year is going and even more insane to realize that he’s been around on the outside for as long as he was on the inside. With … Continue reading

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Newborn no more

Baby No. 4 will be 12 weeks old on Saturday. This means that I’m down to my last few days of life with a newborn. Sure, after Saturday I’ll have an infant. And a toddler. And a preschooler. And a kindergartner. … Continue reading

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A life less ordinary

What an incredibly eventful last week it’s been! We finally closed on our house and things are getting even more real than ever. Last Thursday, after our closing, Jesse and I snuck away for celebratory margaritas (it was Cinco de … Continue reading

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Diaper rash woes

I’ve always used Pampers diapers and wipes. Well, that’s not entirely true. There was a brief time when Baby No. 2 was a newborn that I tried Huggies for a while because he was having so. many. blowouts. But it turns out … Continue reading

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The up and up

I can’t believe we are already in the month of May. May is a particularly big month in our household. There are so many things going on! Not only do my birthday, Jesse’s birthday and Mother’s Day happen this month, … Continue reading

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Vegas (with a) baby!

In parenting wins this week … 1. Our daughter was kicked out of a bar in Las Vegas for being underage. She’s 9 weeks old. 2. We figured out how to get a 9-week-old to sleep for 14 hours straight. … Continue reading

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Adventure awaits

When I was younger and child-free, I would constantly hear adults talk about how fast their kids were growing, how fast time was flying, how they wished they could slow it all down. It was as though they all shared … Continue reading

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Kids on planes

Each of our kids has had their first plane ride before they were 6 months old.  With Baby No. 1, we traveled cross-country when she was 5 months old. We left the house looking like we were never returning. We brought just … Continue reading

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Can’t stop, won’t stop growing

Oh, man. Could someone please tell me that this first year isn’t as hard as I believe it is sometimes? You’d think that because Akira is our second, we’d have this in the bag, but truth be told, we don’t. … Continue reading

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Let’s take a drive

I have no ability to comprehend how eight weeks have already gone by. On the one hand it seems like just yesterday I was writing blog posts about how I was going to be pregnant forever. And on the other … Continue reading

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Florida

Remember how last week I plowed through a seemingly endless drive to Florida with the kids? And remember how seamless it was and how well-behaved both of them were? Well, I knew that I couldn’t strike gold twice, and as … Continue reading

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Newborns vs. older kids

With each new baby, the newborn phase has gotten less and less terrifying. With Baby No. 1, everything was new. We had no idea what we were doing as we desperately tried to learn how to be parents. The fear … Continue reading

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Looking back

Wake up and hop around ‘cause I gotta go. It’s 7 a.m., and I’m doing the wiggle dance until I find an ovulation stick and a plastic cup. Doc says the ‘first catch of the day’ is the most reliable, … Continue reading

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Spring break

Well, you guys, I did it: I drove from Atlanta to Central Florida with both kids alone. Yes, you read that correctly; I took an almost-8-month-old and a just-turned-4-year-old on a road trip for just under eight hours by myself. … Continue reading

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Nursing woes

I hate nursing. Hate it. I am horrible at it, and I hate it. I don’t think I’ve ever tried harder to do something that I suck worse at. Despite the fact that I’ve nursed each of my babies for … Continue reading

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Birthday ball

Chasing a toddler around all day puts me to bed faster than sipping NyQuil and folding socks. The night brings a baby screaming for a) midnight snacks, b) snuggles in my bed and/or c) lost pacifiers. The day-time runaround coupled with the … Continue reading

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Time well spent

After getting her 4-year vaccinations at her most recent check-up, Anaïs came down with a fever as she typically does. It’s a “normal” reaction to getting shots, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less easy to watch your child suffer … Continue reading

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Mama friends

The more the merrier—solid advice when you’re organizing house parties, making cheese plates and, IMHO, building a mama tribe. We’re hosting a birthday bash for Max next month, so I’m sipping coffee, trolling websites for healthy smash cakes, and feeling … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung

Sunny, warmer days are upon us. With that comes the lush greenery that covers the entire city every year at this time. Of Atlanta’s many nicknames, my favorite might have to be “the city among the trees.” I moved to … Continue reading

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