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Baby fat

The excuses I made for not exercising post-delivery have officially expired. Now that we have a jogging stroller, now that Rowan is able to ride in it, and now that spring has (dare I say it and risk jinxing it?) … Continue reading

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I’m no supermom

It happens a lot—my cape falling off. I’m not sure how all those super hero’s do it. I guess some of my favorites have chosen to go cape free: Captain America, Ironman, and Han Solo— and I can see why. … Continue reading

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Growin’Rowan

Starting Rowan on solids has been infinitely less stressful than I thought it would be; which is great, because it helps make up for the messiness of it! I was hesitant to introduce him to “people food,” mostly because it … Continue reading

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Sock it to me

The dryer is a magical appliance. True, it will dry the clothes 40 times faster than I can dry them by blowing on them, but this is not why I deem it remarkable. Nope. The dryer is otherworldly because clothes … Continue reading

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A girl named Roh-Wan

Why is it that mothers of girls experience people mistaking their daughters for boys and mothers of boys experience people mistaking their sons for daughters? If you don’t know, that’s fine. Either wait for a pronoun to be dropped or … Continue reading

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Good night breast pump

As a teenager, my milkshake did not bring all the boys to yard. My whole life I’ve had what I would call an average-sized chest—bigger than Molly Ringwald but not as big as J-Lo. But when I was pregnant, my … Continue reading

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Mother’s guilt

My confidence as a mother has wavered and the amount of guilt I feel has increased ever since Rowan’s sleep habits changed. As I know now, I had it easy the first four months. Or in the words of my … Continue reading

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Letter from a 10-month-old

Dear Tonilyn, Greetings. Since I am now a man of the double-digits, I shall be addressing you by your full name instead of the babyish “ma-ma-ma” to which you have become accustomed. As I am now 10 months old, I … Continue reading

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Rowan’s closet

“It’s more fun to dress girls,” is something I’ve heard on more than one occasion. When I found out we were having a boy, I was slightly sad I wouldn’t have the chance to dress a mini-me. And I’ll admit, … Continue reading

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Baby weight

I’m a girl that goes with her gut feeling on things. It’s how I process the world. I’m always keen to check in with my insides before making any big decision outside—like moving into a new house or deciding what … Continue reading

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Sick days

I knew the day would come, and I knew it would be awful. But I still wasn’t prepared for when my sweet, darling boy became sick out of nowhere. At first I didn’t know it was happening. We had been … Continue reading

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The great sneeze

All the tension has left his face. His lips spread forward to resemble a tiny Mick Jagger pout. The Kid is finally asleep. Unless … oh no … I can feel it coming … unless I sneeze. Second only to … Continue reading

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Babies and Friends

My nearest and dearest know what a fan I am of the television show, Friends. It may have ended 10 years ago, but I still find it quite relevant and relatable. Rarely does a day go by that Arthur and … Continue reading

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Sleep training mom

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Sleep training

Remember that sleep regression I was so worried about? I definitely had something to fear, because it is so much worse than I imagined. My darling boy used to sleep for long stretches of time overnight, only waking once or … Continue reading

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Nine months: What I didn’t know

I say it every time. Each time we reach the beginning of a new phase in my little one’s life, I am overjoyed, amazed, and closer to a full night’s sleep (in 12 years). But really, the phrase that turns … Continue reading

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One more already?

We were hardly home from the hospital—our family barely expanded from two people to three—before Arthur and I were asked if we planned on having another baby. Call me crazy, but I wanted to take the time to enjoy my … Continue reading

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Bring on the macaroni necklace

There are things I know I’ll love even before I’ve tried them. Things like: white chocolate cheesecake, swimming in the waters of Fiji, or white chocolate cheesecake. There are things I know I won’t love even before I’ve tried them. … Continue reading

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Me time

The new man in my life leaves me with very little time for the one before him—his papa. In fact, I have very little time for myself outside of Rowan. When he’s finally tucked soundly away in his crib at … Continue reading

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Yodeling magic

When I was a kid, before there was Barney, The Wiggles, and Bruno Mars, there was Julie Andrews. This is why I decided to play some classic Mary Poppins tuneage for my 8-month-old—but he was none too impressed. There was … Continue reading

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Mommy wars

Any girl who survived middle school and high school knows how mean other girls can be. Which is why it doesn’t surprise me to hear about something known as “Mommy Wars,” in which mothers compare other moms’ parenting choices amongst … Continue reading

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Diaper changing at 32,000 feet

Once you get the hang of it, changing a diaper can be a fast, fun, and easy process! All you need to enjoy this undertaking is a diaper, some wipes, and a baby. And viola! With some practice you too … Continue reading

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Let’s hear it for the boy

When I found out I was having a boy, I admit I was scared. I grew up with two younger sisters and was raised by a single mom for half my childhood. I didn’t really have friends who were boys, … Continue reading

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Sleep like a baby

Pre-mom, the phrase, “Sleep like a baby,” convinced me that babies sleep soundly. ALL. THE. TIME. I mean, where’s the lie in the phrase “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Or “Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.” Or … Continue reading

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My sanity saver

Parenting brings anxiety, and I would think it takes shape in different forms as the child ages. At the newborn and infant stage, it looks like, “Is my child healthy? Is he on track for his milestones? Will SIDS strike?” … Continue reading

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Baby brain

Before I became a preggo, I remember hearing people talk about it. They explained “baby brain” to me as a forgetful affliction that only affected mommies and mommies-to-be. At the time, being a mom of only furry, big nosed kids … Continue reading

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Choosing my choice

Prior to Rowan’s arrival, my game plan was to take a 12-week maternity leave and go back to work part-time in January. My job allowed me to work from home, so Arthur and I (mistakenly) thought I could do it … Continue reading

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Well, poop

The books I read (okay, book) never really mentioned it. Now I know why. You see, once you have the baby, there’s no turning back. We mothers are already totally in love, and suddenly the grossest of things no longer … Continue reading

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Sleep regression

I’ve heard a rumor. At least, I hope it’s a rumor. Because if not, then I’m in for a lot less sleep than I’ve grown accustomed to getting. Which, frankly, was a whole lot more than I prepared myself for. … Continue reading

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Holiday memories

Well, we made it through the holidays! We flew cross country together, braved below-freezing temperatures together, and opened presents together—twice (once at my family’s house and once with my husband’s family). It was our Little One’s first Christmas, and we … Continue reading

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Motherhood resolutions

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Why wait for a fresh calendar to begin working on things you can accomplish today? It also feels like setting myself up for failure by jumping on the bandwagon just because of a … Continue reading

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Baby’s first tooth

To My Baby’s First Tooth, Greetings. I’d like to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself. I am your mother. Well, not so much your mother as I am mother to the mouth in which you are now making an … Continue reading

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Lucky ’13

Saying goodbye to 2012 wasn’t hard for the North family; after suffering a miscarriage and the unexpected loss of our beloved dog Boz, Arthur and I couldn’t wait to see it end. We had to hope better things were on … Continue reading

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Helpful holiday tips

These days, things around my house don’t always get done in a timely fashion. Every couple of weeks I am digging through my underwear drawer pulling out my preggo-sized panties because I’ve forgotten that laundry needs to be done. So, … Continue reading

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The holiday stain

There were things I told myself I would never do as a mom: 1. Never let my baby sleep in the bed with us. Clearly, this would make him want to sleep in our bed until his senior prom, thus … Continue reading

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Buddy system

A common complaint I read about from stay-at-home moms is that they’re lonely. Sure, there’s the baby (and in some cases, the family pet), but their daily interaction with adults is minimal. I’ve unknowingly prepared to adapt to this aspect … Continue reading

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Same page parenting

There are more parenting styles out there than there are Reality TV shows on Bravo. Like each stylish Housewife of Wherever, each family has its own particular parenting style that works for them, and each family, mom, dad, and dog … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving dinner for one

I should know better by now than to have expectations for how things should go, especially with a newborn. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so of course I had hopes for how Rowan’s first would go. Not only was it … Continue reading

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Firsts

From the floor of the kitchen, The Kid sits there smiling like he’s been sitting up on his own for his whole little life. SITTING UP?! I marvel at how it seems like over night his balance has caught up … Continue reading

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Work out woes

At my 6-week postpartum appointment, I got clearance to exercise. This was good and bad news. Good because I could put forth effort towards getting rid of the little deflated tire that has settled around my waist since Rowan’s birth; … Continue reading

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Cracking the croup

It’s not that I’m a germ-a-phobe. It’s just that I don’t like them crawling all over my baby. Sitting in the tiny bathroom, we both stare at the water pouring out of the shower-head. The Kid stares more out of … Continue reading

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Help me Help you

When I can remedy my son’s woes, whether it’s a dirty diaper or an empty stomach, I feel a deep sense of accomplishment – more so than I ever felt acing a test or winning a game (this coming from … Continue reading

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What I’ve learned: Six months

I can’t believe it. Normally, I use that phrase when making more off-handed comments, like acid-washed jeans suddenly make a comeback or Snooki’s novel becomes a New York Times bestseller. Yet today, this phrase has all the weight and meaning … Continue reading

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Fraternal Finn

Before there was Rowan, we had our fur baby Finn. We brought this sweet little cockapoo into our family knowing full well we were hoping to expand it with a baby before long. Even though we picked out a breed … Continue reading

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Infant’s mother seeking father time

I’m a non-gym-membership-having mother of one who appreciates long walks on the beach (provided I don’t have to walk too far), candle-lit dinners that I can nap through, and reruns of Friends while using my breast pump. You might mistake … Continue reading

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The business of breastfeeding

I feel like a boob (and not just because I’m pretty sure that’s all Rowan sees when he looks at me). Breastfeeding is serious business, and I don’t think I fully realized how much of a toll it can take … Continue reading

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My Grinch heart

I feel like the Grinch. Not because our protruding bellies match or because I’ve stolen a lot of little kids’ Christmas presents. Nope. It’s because of his heart. Without fail, at the end of that cartoon a cute dog wears … Continue reading

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Parental features

Now that Rowan’s here, our family and friends are quick to identify who he takes after in the looks department. I have to confess that I was eager to see what he’d look like after our experience with the 3D … Continue reading

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Where, oh where has my sleeping kid gone

I can hear you. My Super Mom Hearing not only allows me to hear my baby crying from a completely different time zone, it also allows me to hear your giggling. I can hear you all, all you moms quietly … Continue reading

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Motherhood cliches

Now that I’m a mom, I’ve realized that the clichés I heard before the birth of Rowan are true. Well, some of them anyway. Others don’t quite epitomize my experience. “My child is perfect and the most beautiful baby I’ve … Continue reading

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