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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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Sharing is caring

Our little one is 11 months old! As he is developing into his own little person and becoming more and more aware of himself and his individuality, he’s also becoming quite possessive. Whether it’s mama or his toys, our little … Continue reading

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Choose your battles

Give a little grace when you walk down Aisle 5. If you proceed slowly, you’ll see a woman fitting this description: oily hair shoved into a bun, sleepy body covered in spit stains, and grimy hands wrapped around an itty-bitty … Continue reading

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Dynamic duo

“Akira, did you know that I was waiting for you to come out of Mama’s belly? And now you’re here! And now you’re a big boy. I love you, but you know that, right?” Oh. My. Heart. While sitting at … Continue reading

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New year, new adventure

This time last year I was unwrapping gifts of tiny newborn clothes, swaddling blankets, car seats and more at my sweet baby showers. I was waddling around anxiously waiting for baby Graham’s due date, totally and completely unaware of what … Continue reading

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Max’s first crush

♬ “Know you got it bad when you’re out with someone but you keeping on thinking about somebody else …” ♬ A little throwback Usher to celebrate my bitty boy’s very first crush. Y’all, my babe has it bad: He … Continue reading

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The best is yet to come

Can you believe it’s already 2016? The first few days of the new year brought a chill to the air in Atlanta, and it started to finally feel like winter. Anaïs came back from her Florida vacation with the grandparents … Continue reading

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The man my baby loves most

Rockabye Maxwell. It’s 12:07 a.m., and I’m listening to my husband sing rockabye to our bitty boy in the next room. Our bean refuses to sleep, and so I rocked for an hour and then handed our little over to … Continue reading

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So this is the new year

Well, Christmas came and went in the blink of an eye, and we are quite literally right around the corner from 2016. This time last year, I was just over nine weeks pregnant with Akira and was hardly showing at … Continue reading

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Holiday firsts

The holiday season was so much sweeter with our little one this year. Making Christmas magical for little Graham was the goal, and I think we made it happen. I know the presents shouldn’t matter much, but I’ve always been … Continue reading

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A baby or a kid

“Ummm, sir? He’s a baby.” Max goes starry-eyed whenever a stranger approaches his stroller, and he casts a love spell stronger than Love Potion No. 9 with babbles, coos and wiggling fingers. My bitty boy loves men, women and children … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season

It’s Christmas week, you guys! And despite the freakishly warm temperatures, there’s still something magical to me about Christmas and the holiday season in general. Growing up, my mom would put on one of two cassette tapes around this time: … Continue reading

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Create

My calligraphy reminds me of my second grade cursive. No matter, listening to Sam Smith sing “stayyyy with me” while inking my pen and practicing my H is quite the party. I’ve signed-up for Calligraphy 101 with my good friend, … Continue reading

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Growing on up

Akira had his four-month checkup yesterday. Four months! Is it just me or does it seem like I blinked, and he went from newborn to full-on baby boy? He’s so full of smiles, and I really feel like he’s getting used … Continue reading

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The other parent

This past weekend I left little Graham and his daddy behind as I joined my best girlfriends for an out-of-state bridal shower. I was so excited to have a little getaway with my friends—to eat out sans highchair, have some … Continue reading

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Sleeping soundly

Spooning is my favorite. I’m not that picky about positions, but I generally end up being the little spoon while my husband assumes the position of big. We fall into the arrangement naturally, and it gets us extra cuddles, warmth and white … Continue reading

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Back to sleep

After the rush of Thanksgiving, we are finally settling back into our routines here in Atlanta. However, I decided to change things up a little when it comes to Akira and his sleep. If you remember, Akira has slept in our … Continue reading

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A good team

Oh my goodness, is there anything cuter than a 9-month-old? Every time I start to think Graham can’t get anymore fun, he proves me wrong. Our little boy is crawling and walking around holding on to furniture; he can get … Continue reading

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Big love grows in small spaces

Twelve of my favorite people gathered in my parents’ 2bd/1ba home for Thanksgiving. No spacious rooms or vaulted ceilings at mama’s, and so we all got sticky as bodies lingered and turkeys cooked. The 2015 feast might be my favorite … Continue reading

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Veni, vidi, vici!

The last week we spent in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday was spectacular. The weather was really lovely, and our time was so well-spent with friends and family. Both Jesse’s family and mine live in Florida, so we’ve split our time … Continue reading

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Mom and pops

“My name is Zoom, and I live on the moon, and I came down to earth just to sing you this tune, ‘Hey, Jennifer, it’s your birthday—today!’” A seriously short diddy from Mr. Zoom, but the custom birthday song was … Continue reading

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On the road again

Well, we did it! We survived an actual road trip with both a toddler and an infant in tow. What normally took me around seven hours to complete turned into a nine-hour stretch. While that sounds like an eternity to … Continue reading

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Finding balance

On my commute to work the other day, freshly showered with makeup on, listening to my favorite playlist, sipping my delicious coffee, I had a realization: I was actually happy to be on my way to work. I almost felt … Continue reading

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Holly jolly

Deck the halls with bells and holly, but make sure you eat your turkey, finish your pumpkin pie and give a whole lotta thanks first. Did your mama demand a clean dinner plate before she served dessert? Mine did. (I … Continue reading

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Taking time

There are days when we all need a break. Whether it’s an overbooked calendar, a pressing deadline or a chaotic household, it isn’t unheard of to feel a little more than overwhelmed. Before having children, I was no stranger to … Continue reading

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Learning together

Your bitty tears break my heart. Little puddles form in your hazel eyes, and I want to kiss them away, one by one, until your smile returns. You’re famous for your glittering grin, but when the tears come—those mysterious tears—they … Continue reading

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Baby sniffles

All of us managed to catch colds last week, so we spent a lot of our time indoors trying to recover. Anaïs was the first to get a case of the sniffles, but after a lot of vitamin C and … Continue reading

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Feeling thankful

I’ve always loved this time of year—seeing the beautiful leaves changing colors to vibrant reds and burnt oranges, enjoying pumpkin everything, bundling up in soft scarves and sweaters, the crisp cool bite in the air that carries the promise of … Continue reading

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Balance is best

“Oh, how I miss those sweet suckling sounds.” The cold bathroom tiles send shivers up my hands, but I readjust my position in order to see the shoes of the woman speaking. They look like the easy-walking flats that my grandma … Continue reading

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Baby, you’re a big girl now

We celebrated Halloween over the weekend by dressing the kids up as Sally and Charlie Brown, bingeing on fun-sized chocolates from our trick-or-treating spoils, listening to “The Monster Mash,” introducing Anaïs to “Ghostbusters” (a total bust!) and putting on “The … Continue reading

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Into the gray

The little man didn’t sleep well last night. He had trouble going down, acting restless and fidgety as I tried to rock him in is dark room, squirming and arching his back against my cuddling and “talking” instead of settling … Continue reading

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Motherhood milestones

“Ahem! Mom? Why isn’t she saying hi?” Max raises his bitty eyebrows and ponders the Target employee ringing up our diapers, string-cheese and Shout! My 2-foot man flirts with abandon, and he welcomes (errr … craves) the attention of neighbors … Continue reading

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On the road

We took a chance on traveling with Akira this past weekend by going on a mini-road trip to Athens, Georgia for a wedding. Granted, it’s only about an hour and 15 minutes from Atlanta, but a road trip is a road … Continue reading

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Let the exploring begin

Our little Graham turned 8 months old last week. He gets busier and busier every day, getting more and more interested in exploring his world. Whether he’s pulling all of the clothes out of the laundry basket or lifting up … Continue reading

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Mama tribe

What’s my best advice for a new mom? I’ve been asked this question a number of times, and I’ve given all kinds of answers: “Buy the Mama Hook, and don’t look back,” “Be pro-active dating your husband,” and “Laugh about the … Continue reading

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Growth charts and cradle cap

Akira is officially 2 months old, and I still cannot believe how fast the time is flying. We went for his routine check-up at the pediatrician’s office this past week. Every time we see the pediatrician, I get a little nervous. … Continue reading

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The path to motherhood

I rolled back, lifted my hips to the sky (old wives tale, but I was doing things by the book) and thought, this is it… hello baby! It was the first time I’d had sex without birth control, and I was … Continue reading

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Movin’ and shakin’

Fall in Atlanta has got to be one of my favorite seasons. With the leaves changing and the temperatures dipping, we spend more time outdoors and even leave our windows open during the day. I think the fall season also … Continue reading

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No mom is perfect

Nobody wants to be thought of as flawed, and it can be hard to admit that you’re struggling—but I’ve realized that the struggle for perfection is a lonely and fruitless endeavor. No one’s handing out prizes for appearing to be a … Continue reading

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Laugh it up

Are you familiar with the Charlie Chaplin quote, “A day without laughter is a day wasted”? The quote hung on my roommate’s wall during college, and my pre-child-self reflected on the truth of that statement whenever life got too serious. … Continue reading

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Nights off

Before we had the baby, when it was just the three of us, Jesse and I would take turns having nights “off.” Each of us would pick a night during the week where we were free to have time solely … Continue reading

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Baby days gone by

Gone are the days of leaving Graham contentedly playing on the floor and knowing he’ll be in the same spot when I return. Even though he’s not crawling yet, our little one has discovered how to get around, and he … Continue reading

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On the road again

“Road-tripping with a newborn? You’re so brave!” Me? Courageous? Perhaps. I believe in being fearless enough to keep my heart open, my work honest, and my future inspired. But these people calling me brave? They know nothing of my thoughts … Continue reading

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Party of four

It’s been really dreary and gray over the past few days and through last weekend here in Atlanta. I’m not complaining, though. With the heat starting to look like it’s a thing of the past, I am welcoming the cooler … Continue reading

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I think I can …

My breastfeeding goal has always been to make it to at least one year. Seven months down (Woohoo!), but five long months to go. I’m proud of myself for sticking with it for this long; breastfeeding and pumping are no … Continue reading

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What’s best for us

“American girl seeks friend. If interested, please meet at Piazza Della Scalla at 7 p.m.” My hopeful words went onto a Facebook page for au pairs living in Milan, and then I tip-toed downstairs to prepare cappuccino for my employers. … Continue reading

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What’s sleep?

I’d forgotten what getting up before the sun does looked like until Akira was born. Anaïs has always been a really long and lazy sleeper, going for 12- or sometimes even 14-hour stretches at a time. By the time she was … Continue reading

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Comings and goings

Baby Graham is 7 months old! And right on schedule, we’re seeing early signs of separation anxiety creeping in. Suddenly little man knows that I exist even when I’m not in his line of sight, and he doesn’t want to miss … Continue reading

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No, nothing’s perfect

I’m stuck in traffic and crying over spilled-milk. Literally. And you know what? You would cry too if it happened to youuu. ♫ Thing is, I pumped around the clock (sunrise-to-sunset) to create a single and glorious bottle of milky … Continue reading

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And then there were four

A whole month has already passed since Akira was born, and I am still trying to wrap my head around how quickly that happened. In that month, both our moms came to visit, and just as quickly as they came … Continue reading

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