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A spark of joy in a dark place

This post is about loss. Please be warned if death is triggering for you. It’s been a rough year. It’s been a rougher week. We joke that Roland is the only good of 2017, and I believe it now more … Continue reading

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Slipping through my fingers

Mamma Mia! came out in movie format when my first was a baby. I’m a sucker for musicals, and so is mamma mia (my mom), so we watched it together. There’s a scene where Meryl Streep is helping her daughter … Continue reading

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Toes for toys

I adore the stage when babies find their feet. It signifies the time in between the hard work of the blurry newborn phase and the vigilance of the mobility phase. It’s the sweet spot of babyhood where they are durable … Continue reading

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Not your brother’s mother

What Deacon needs in a mother is not what Charlotte needs, or what Finn and Graham need. Every child is unique, of course, but at a more basic level, different ages call for different parenting approaches. At Deacon’s age (infancy) … Continue reading

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Our family, 9 years later

My husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary this week. The number seemed pretty remarkable to me until I found out my grandparents had just celebrated their 68th anniversary and realized that we have a ways to go to … Continue reading

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Home school

My dad sent me a great podcast episode the other day: This American Life, episode 364, “Going Big.” The episode investigates “Baby College,” a Harlem humanitarian project aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty by teaching new parents how to … Continue reading

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Red lines

The other day while getting out of the shower, I was confronted with another new change to my pregnant body … my very first stretch mark. With my first baby, I somehow was able to bypass these lines signaling a … Continue reading

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Taking shots

When I scheduled Deke’s 2-month appointment with the pediatrician a few weeks ago, they had Monday the 21st wide open. 11 a.m.? Perfect. Only, not really. What I didn’t realize at the time I scheduled the appointment was that the eclipse … Continue reading

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Night night chitchat

As the third kid, Roland doesn’t get the sort of a attention that he probably should. Of course he is cared for, and in those caregiving moments I try to give him my full attention, but there’s always a lot … Continue reading

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Along for the ride

Baby Deke is my whole world. Charlotte, Finn, Graham and Shawn are also my whole world. My world is crowded. So while Deacon receives love and attention from many sources, he doesn’t get my undivided attention as much as I … Continue reading

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Working out those postpartum body blues

I’m not usually one to be antsy to get back into an exercise routine after having a baby. I live for the excuse to not have to put on sneakers in an effort to exert more physical energy than I … Continue reading

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On the menu

Before Bellamy was born, I had many conversations with my husband on bad habits we needed to kick before she arrived, many centering around diet. We were healthy-ish, but we knew her two little eyes would watch our every move … Continue reading

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Hygienetics defined

Who remembers the movie Orange County from 2002? It’s one of the movies my husband and I quote the most, next to Talladega Nights and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. There’s a scene where John Lithgow sits down on the … Continue reading

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Road tripping

There are so many unpredictable variables that can either make or break a road trip with kids. After the summer we have had, I was more than a little nervous to embark on a lengthy road trip with three kids … Continue reading

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Breaking bad habits

“Welcome back to the world!”, my OB said to me at my 6-week checkup on Monday. It’s good to be back—running errands, reconnecting with friends, leaving the house more often, putting on makeup … And, it’s good to be back … Continue reading

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Keeping him close

I’ve always enjoyed wearing my babies. I like the feeling of having them close to me but having my hands free to do other things. My babies have always seemed to enjoy this closeness as well, and each of them … Continue reading

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Choose the mess

At one point in my life—probably when I didn’t know myself well—I would have said I was “type A.” My mom, being truly type A, set a pretty rigid standard of a well-kept home. She sort of wrote the book … Continue reading

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No close-ups, please

When I delivered my baby girl in 2007, my mom took a look at her and proclaimed, “She looks just like Ken.” Awesome. Every new mother wants to hear that her precious daughter looks like her 60-something father-in-law. When a … Continue reading

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Positive deposit

Being in my late 20s, I have lots and lots of conversations about resources, specifically, finances. My husband and I have learned—through trial and error(s)—to be good stewards of what we are given. Our definition of “good steward” continues to … Continue reading

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My kids suck … thumbs, pacifiers and fingers

The need to suck is great with my kids. It has meant that they are efficient nursers, but it has also meant that unless I want them attached to me all day every day, they would need something to suck … Continue reading

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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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