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A spooky realization

There are lots of reasons people have babies: Personal fulfillment, leaving a legacy, blessing planet Earth with the glorious byproduct of their unfathomably good genes … Sure, I mulled over a few of these sentimental baby-making mantras when we decided … Continue reading

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Breastfeed where?

We’re four kids deep, so this is my fourth go-round with breastfeeding. You name it, I’ve probably nursed a baby there. In the car, at the park and at various sporting events? Absolutely. On the beach in Hawaii? Oh yeah. … Continue reading

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Busy Bea

I’m not sure why the word “schedule” is used in relation to babies. Ever. All it takes is one growth spurt, one sprouting tooth or one nighttime bout with gas for the idea of sticking to an agenda to implode … Continue reading

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The baby goes with everything

Babywearing is the bomb. People still say that, right? Honestly, I don’t know how else to get anything done. Our girl is three months old already and as opinionated as ever. She declares her preference to be held loud and clear. … Continue reading

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Moving on up

When our girl was two weeks old, I made a list of all the important items that made life with a brand new baby easy peasy. (Spoiler alert: It’s a short list.) Twelve weeks later, here’s what we’re still using, what she’s … Continue reading

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A pumpkin for my punkin’

It doesn’t quite feel like October in the McKinley household until we’ve been to the pumpkin patch. Although we normally hike to the farthest edges of the patch to find the untouched vines and the grandest gourds, this year we … Continue reading

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New adventures

It happened. My sweet little boy turned 1! We’ve survived the first year, and I’ve lived to tell the tale week after week with you, dear readers. Pregnancy & Newborn’s “Knocked Up” and “Adventures in Motherhood” blogs allowed me to … Continue reading

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Doing (some of) it all

I had coffee with a friend last week. She’s pregnant with her fourth boy—let’s have a moment of silence for her because you know she never gets those—and she asked me earnestly, “How do you ever get anything done? Isn’t … Continue reading

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Starting solids

We did it! We did the thing! We started Bea on solids! Making that first bowl of cereal was a big deal in the McKinley household: washing the new baby dishes, precisely measuring the cereal, obsessively Googling “baby’s first feeding,” … Continue reading

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Migrating naps

Making plans when dealing with a baby’s nap schedule is already a challenge. Scheduling appointments weeks in advance when your wee-one’s nap schedule is continually evolving, that’s a problem. Accomplishing this task combines two themes that have popped up repeatedly in the … Continue reading

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Multitasking

Having four kids is the definition of multitasking. You know what else is multitasking in its truest sense? Breastfeeding a 2-month-old while wiping a 3-year-old’s poopy little bottom. Yep, at the same time. I’m becoming an old pro at doing things … Continue reading

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Five-month fog

Whew. I’m tired. Like, that glossy-eyed, droopy-mouthed, stumble-around-the-house-in-a-daze kind of tired. The kind of tired I expected to be when Bea was a newborn. Except that phase wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I held my … Continue reading

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Parental epiphanies

I forget that I’m a parent more often than you’d think. Not because I’m neglecting Rowan, but because it’s such a natural part of my identity now. Changing diapers has become second nature, and playing peekaboo is part of my … Continue reading

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Team co-sleep

Have you seen that statistic about how much sleep a parent will lose during the first year of a baby’s life? Prepare yourself–it’s 44 days. That’s more than six weeks of no sleep, chalked up to nighttime feedings, nighttime crying … Continue reading

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The clash of the tights

I can’t believe fall is already here! This is my favorite season, and it’s not due to the pretty foliage or overabundance of pumpkin-flavored everything—I’m mostly just a sucker for a great pair of boots. I’ve been looking forward to … Continue reading

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Mom brain

People talk about pregnancy brain, but what about mom brain? Is it a thing? Because I think I have it. I am completely reliant on my calendar and list apps on my phone to keep me current on things to … Continue reading

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Two realities of life with a new baby

I’m not sure how this happened, but the calendar says our youngest is officially 2 months old today. The last eight weeks have been a total whirlwind, and now that the dust is settling a bit, here’s the rundown on … Continue reading

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Making mom friends

Every phase of life comes with its own set of social pressures. School years are the prime time for girlfriends and sleepovers; married life means making couple-friends and organizing supper clubs; and motherhood automatically ups the ante to join a … Continue reading

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Losses and gains

The closer Rowan gets to his first birthday, the more reflective I become. The year has gone by faster than I thought possible. It’s definitely bittersweet—the cliché about each stage being more fun than the last is true (so far), … Continue reading

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Spit up, spit up everywhere

During my pregnancy, I lived in sweats, tank tops and zip-up hoodies until it was warm enough to ditch the hoodie and trade in the sweats for maxi skirts. I have two, and they got old. Quick. I so looked … Continue reading

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A new routine

At 20 weeks, Bea is a nifty little person. I know she’s still tiny and unskilled in the grand scheme of life, but compared to the sleepy newborn from just a few months ago, Andy and I think she’s a … Continue reading

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How this mom does it

“How do you do it all?” I’m often asked this question by friends, neighbors and acquaintances when they see me pushing Rowan’s stroller and holding Finn’s leash simultaneously. Or when I’m loading groceries and holding the baby. Or doing any … Continue reading

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Boobs & bottles

A little update on the whole breast pump situation—it’s no longer freaking me out. Now, it’s judging me and my pathetic ounce and a half after 20 minutes of pumping. How does this happen? There has to be more than that … Continue reading

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Worklust

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for about 11 months now. I love spending time with my little boy: overseeing his naps and meals, watching him explore his environment, and bringing him out into the world. Lately, though, the thought of … Continue reading

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Diaper duty

When did diapers get so cute? Seven years ago, we had pretty standard options in the world of disposable diapers—white, maybe with a cartoon character, organic if you wanted to get really crazy. In all honesty, we were that earnest, … Continue reading

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Enjoying the firsts

The four-month mark has been extra exciting for Bea—she’s a whopping 14.2 pounds and 26 inches long; she rolls over like a pro, grabs toys and is fond of sharing her big, gummy smile with anyone who peeks into her … Continue reading

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Papa time

Rowan’s still very much a mama’s boy, seeking solace in my arms often. But he’s finally starting to realize there’s another person in our family who’s actually quite fun–Papa! Arthur’s no longer just someone who provides bottles or diaper changes … Continue reading

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One-month milestones

Is baby acne a milestone? What about flaky skin? She has both adorable ailments going on, and her siblings are big-eyed with concern. “Mom! Look at that red bump! And what’s wrong with her forehead? Her skin is peeling off! … Continue reading

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Roll over, baby

Bea has been working on rolling over for weeks now. Every day I grab her hand and help guide her onto her tummy while cheering “ROLLLLLL OVERRR BABYYYYYY” in my shrillest, most I-swore-I’d-never-talk-like-this mommy voice. She tolerates my little training … Continue reading

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No means no

Rowan’s world was turned on its side after we introduced our little mischief-maker to the word, “No.” He’s not fond of it. The cries and frustration used to be reserved solely for hunger and sleep issues. Now they’re fair game … Continue reading

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This breast pump is freaking me out

Baby girl is knocking on four weeks, and I’m itching to get back to a regular workout schedule. But I’m exclusively breastfeeding, so the few times I’ve managed to squeeze in a workout I can pretty much chalk up to … Continue reading

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Thumb, meet mouth

As of this weekend, Bea has developed highly coordinated thumb-sucking capabilities. Previously, getting her favorite finger to stay in place took some frustrated effort, and she could be easily deterred with a pacifier. Now, her arm is spring-loaded to shoot … Continue reading

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Molding a little man

My role as Rowan’s mother, up until recently, had been limited to keeping him clean, clothed, fed and content. Now that my dependent little baby is becoming an independent little boy, I also get to help him explore the world … Continue reading

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Umbilical cord eeek

Newborns and their umbilical cord stumps, ugh. Am I right? And I’m not talking about their appearance, either. They may not be the cutest part of new babies, but that’s not my issue. It’s how those scabby little things never … Continue reading

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Nursery complete!

I think one of the biggest perks of having a baby is all the crafty stuff that comes along with it, especially getting to decorate a nursery. Maybe my passion for sewing, glue guns and paint runs a little too … Continue reading

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Cruisin’ and bruisin’

Rowan was on the verge of crawling for what seemed like forever. I offered him words of encouragement, but I didn’t push for it as vehemently as others might. I knew as soon as he was more mobile, it would … Continue reading

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New baby? Buy this Stuff!

Two weeks in with our newborn girl, and it’s been good. She’s awesome—figured out nursing right away, doesn’t do the gagging/choking thing that two of our others routinely freaked us out with and she’s a good sleeper. For my part, … Continue reading

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New mom surprises

Bea grows and changes every day. Last week, she found her tongue. This week, she’s using it to blow raspberries. It’s adorable and amazing. When I stop to think about it, I can’t believe everything she has learned (and the … Continue reading

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Birthday bonanza

In two months, I will have a 1-year-old. Where has the time gone? Toward feedings, diapers, naps, tears, laundry, doctor’s appointments, snuggles, kisses, walks, and parks. Not to mention the growth spurts and the milestones: teething, crawling, and standing. I … Continue reading

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Finally!

She’s here, and this is what we already know about our new little girl: she’s a champion sleeper, heavy drinker and she does everything in her own sweet time. Actually, we knew that before we even met her—despite rounds and … Continue reading

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Babysitter jitters

Well, I did it. I decided I was ready to expand my exercise regimen beyond our evening walks, and I left Bea in the gym nursery for the first time. And a second time, and a third. Letting someone else … Continue reading

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When to wean

Ever since I was pregnant, and even more so since Rowan arrived, a lot of people are eager to provide unsolicited input on how to raise a child. I try to politely handle such situations; most people mean well, and … Continue reading

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One day shy

So here I am, one day short of full term. It’s my fourth pregnancy, and still being pregnant this close to my due date is new to me—and kind of miserable, to be honest. Is that why I feel like … Continue reading

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Holy growth spurt

It’s official: Bea is sleeping through the night! I know at some point babies sleep through the night. But, like so many other milestones, this one sort-of seemed like a faraway oasis: something you hear about or see glimmers of, … Continue reading

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Boy’s best friend

Our days start with the same phrase every morning, “Get out of your brother’s mouth!” They’re words I never thought I would utter in my lifetime, and now I use them every day. As soon as I place Rowan on … Continue reading

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Update: Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Thirty-nine weeks, everyone. So many signs of impending labor—and still no labor! No baby! I wrote recently about how I figured my chances were good for having this baby girl before the July 18 due date, and while I know … Continue reading

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Enough love for both

Bea is our firstborn, but our first baby came in the form of a furry bundle of joy named Sweet Georgia Brown. Georgia bounded into our lives five years before Bea came along, and she really was (and still is) … Continue reading

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My little companion

I’ve had a few outings sans baby lately, and each time, my friends comment on how weird it is to see me without Rowan. Maybe I should feel weirder to be out and about without him, but once I leave … Continue reading

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I’ll stand, thanks

I mentioned to someone the other day that we took the kids stand-up paddling at Tahoe over the weekend, and you would have thought I told her I went sky diving. Full on pearl clutching—“You didn’t get on a board, … Continue reading

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Thoughts from the road

Whatcha gonna do with all that junk, All that junk inside your trunk? Will.i.am: musician, entrepreneur, philanthropist … and the man who best describes my life as a parent. Don’t worry, I’m not here to talk about my post-baby backside … Continue reading

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