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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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What a workout

Mother Goose played on the stereo while little birds balanced on beams, chased bubbles, and perfected the parent-assisted somersault. Welcome to The Little Gym! It was Max’s first day at the local baby gym, and he joined 17 other ‘birds’—the … Continue reading

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Birthdays, kids and date nights, oh my

This past weekend, we celebrated Anaïs’s fourth trip around the sun. Fourth! It was her first birthday party with friends from school, so it felt really special both for her and for our family. What didn’t feel so special, however, … Continue reading

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Step by step

Oh, little Max. You keep reaching for my hand—patting my leg and looking up-up-up at your mama—and asking me to walk you around the house. No words, of course, but you want to learn and your pleading eyes say it … Continue reading

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Flying solo

This past weekend was one for the books. I decided to surprise my sister-in-law Ebony at her baby sprinkle in Florida. With some careful coordination with both my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, Ebony’s mom and my husband, I sneakily booked a flight … Continue reading

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From boob to bottle

Fifty shades of beige. My closet looks like a pop-up Victoria Secret store with every shape and size bra available. One difference? I love wearing white tops—silk, cotton, and wool get equal rotation—and so my closet VS collection contains mostly boring, … Continue reading

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Movin’ on up

Spring is just around the corner, and I am welcoming the days without coats, breezy nights and lots of outdoor time. Now that two (!!) of Akira’s teeth have finally surfaced, I’m hoping we can all have a little break … Continue reading

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Snapping photos, making memories

We spent a full year trying to get pregnant, and it finally happened (!) on July 16, 2014. We were the happiest. And you know what we decided to do? Record the pregnancy and the new baby with a 365-photo … Continue reading

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On breastfeeding

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of February. My baby boy is no longer a newborn and hasn’t been one for sometime now, but I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that in less … Continue reading

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Germs, germs everywhere

There’s a blizzard swirling right around outside our window, and we’re watching the flakes shimmer and dance as we fall asleep. I piled all the blankets in the house onto the living room floor, and we’re snuggling-in and camping-out. It’s … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day sniffles

It seems as though round two of sniffles has attacked our entire household. Anaïs came home from school with a cough, which prompted me to stock up on antioxidant rich foods to try to nip any illnesses in the bud. … Continue reading

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Becoming a mother

As we approach baby Graham’s first birthday this week, I’ve been thinking about all the ways he’s changed and grown over the past 365 days. And then it occurred to me to think of how I’ve changed as well. Transitioning … Continue reading

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Date night on the double

Should we sneak away? No, no—don’t do that. Let’s give kisses and chat merrily as we inch toward the door. You know, a casual approach? Got it. Kisses hit cheeks—one, two and then an extra three from me—and we back … Continue reading

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Break through

You guys, it finally happened! After weeks (or maybe months?) of drooling, gnawing and gnashing, sleepless nights and helpless cries, Akira finally cut a tooth! That’s right—a single, tiny first tooth has broken through his lower gums, and we are … Continue reading

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A drive-thru getaway

Bring the bubbly, fluff the pillows and draw the drapes: I’ll read The Skimm while I nosh blackberry crepes and read Yelp reviews for Barrio (fusion tacos), Barbettte (classic French), and Piccolo (Italian small plates). No concern for time, I’ll … Continue reading

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Chatterbox

In what seems like a few short months, Akira has not only grown exponentially in physical size, but I also feel like his personality has really started to shine through. He loves laughing and rolling over. He coos and observes. … Continue reading

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From baby to boy

What a week it has been! Within the past seven days, Graham has said a couple of words, started walking and gotten his first haircut. I’m proud and sad at the same time—I don’t know whether to laugh or cry or … Continue reading

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Sweet dreams, Max

You cried big wet noisy tears when you woke from your nap today. You were disappointed with yourself for sleeping when you coulda been exploring the laundry pile and chasing the dog and hiding behind the curtains. Little love? You’re … Continue reading

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Teething troubles

For those of you who have little ones, I’m pretty sure we can all agree that teething is no joke. It’s never a fun time for any involved parties, and the only thing we can do is persevere and power … Continue reading

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When to wean

Now that we’re nearing Graham’s first birthday, I’m seriously plotting my strategy for weaning Graham from breastfeeding. It’s been real, but, sweet baby boy, I am done! Not only is little G going to lose his boob privileges soon, but … Continue reading

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Off the charts

Pause the scene and rewind. Mind if we play it again and again? Put a piece of tape over fast-forward, though, because I don’t wanna miss this. Not this. I wanna remember your smile shining from your eyes, your skin … Continue reading

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Sleep training

Well, we’ve caved. We’ve officially started sleep training Akira. I was really hoping that we wouldn’t have to; after all, his sister was one of those unicorn babies who fell asleep without fussing within two minutes of being put in … Continue reading

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