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The very best highchair

It took us four kids to finally end up with a hanging highchair—the kind that anchors onto the side of the counter or table—and I can’t believe we didn’t get one eight years ago. Well, that’s not true. I know … Continue reading

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That time Bea fell off a bed

Never leave your baby unattended. I’ve probably seen this statement written out more in the past year than I have my own name. Instruction manuals, labels, parenting books—it’s affixed to every piece of baby gear we own. And I give … Continue reading

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The vaccine debate

I’ve casually followed this measles thing and the fall out it’s having on the great vaccine debate, but I’m looking at it a little more seriously now that I’ve learned local health officials are investigating six unconfirmed cases of measles right … Continue reading

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The surprising thing about Bea’s first flight

Do you ever over-think things? Especially first-time things? I’m a chronic over-thinker. Taking our first flight with Bea, like all of our other firsts before this one, took me weeks of physical and mental preparation—picking out the perfect umbrella stroller, … Continue reading

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Pumping in public

I got a text message the other day from a knocked-up friend of mine. She’s a freelancer, and she was plugging away at a collaborative workspace for creative types downtown—lots of open seating, big windows and no interior walls. The … Continue reading

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Nine months

I have a 9-month-old. That sounds so crazy to me! I feel like parents of  9-month-olds have their stuff together. They’re three-quarters of the way to being baby experts—which is the designation I’m assuming you’re bestowed with at the one-year … Continue reading

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The perfect baby age

Six months old might just be the perfect age. This is the beginning of the Gerber baby stage, so we’re talking max cuteness. She’s a-freaking-dorable with those cheeks and Disney-sized eyes and chubby starfish hands. No one in a 10-foot … Continue reading

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The most important part of my day

I’ve found that my day goes a whole lot smoother if I can wake up before Bea. Even if it’s just a 20-minute buffer—time to brush my teeth, wash my face and grab a cup of coffee—it’s enough to prevent … Continue reading

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Don’t share with the baby

So this is a funny thing. We’re big on sharing around here, and now we have to regularly remind our three oldest kids that it’s not OK to share with the baby. I already told you how our 6-month old (gulp) … Continue reading

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Letting go of mommy guilt

It’s easy to get tunnel vision and think there’s a right way and a wrong way to approach all-things-baby-rearing. However, if centuries of humanity have taught us anything, it’s that this obviously isn’t the case. (Hey, if previous generations survived … Continue reading

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The baby goes everywhere

Maybe it’s because I work from home and we’re never, ever apart, but I’m totally that mom who takes her baby with her everywhere. From our friends’ annual holiday cocktail party to the rare dinner out with my husband when our … Continue reading

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Snowy days

Every year around January, Andy and I start to question why we live in Colorado. Nine months out of the year, we’re in love with our picturesque town that’s nestled in the foothills of the mountains. Spring, summer and fall … Continue reading

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Looking ahead

A letter to my sweet baby girl. Little lady, today is January 1. An entire year stretches before us, and I can’t help but stare down the road at the many, many things to come. I call them milestones, but … Continue reading

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Climbing chaos

Growth spurts are the darndest things. It’s so strange to start snapping up a pair of Bea’s recently worn pj’s, only to discover the sleeves stop at her elbows and she can’t straighten her legs. I’m still shocked every day … Continue reading

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Grabby hands

So, nothing is safe anymore. She has two capable hands, and she’s not afraid to use them. We’ve reached the stage in which holding the baby and also trying to drink my morning tea or from my water bottle or … Continue reading

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My gift to myself

The stockings are hung. The packages are wrapped. We’re halfway through our road trip, feeling comfy and cozy and happy to be momentarily stationary at my parent’s house. And I’ve eaten enough cookies to last a lifetime (or at least … Continue reading

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Baby’s first cold

She’s 5 months old, and our busy baby girl is celebrating with her very first honest to goodness cold. She’s sporting a snotty little button nose and rosy cheeks with a hacking cough, but she’s still all smiles. It’s breaking my … Continue reading

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Mom shaming isn’t very festive

This week I witnessed something that caught me off guard. During a Christmas party, a mama brought in a plate of beautifully decorated homemade cookies to share with the crowd. While she was setting out her spread, another mom walked … Continue reading

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Baby differences

Our nearly 5-month old baby girl—and I still can’t believe she’s that old already—had her 4-month well-baby visit a few weeks ago. We went through the basics (yes to sleeping on her back and the rear-facing car seat, no to … Continue reading

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Tis’ the season to babyproof

Baby mobility is a funny thing. Andy and I loved watching Bea figure out how to push herself up and wiggle in tiny, uncoordinated scoots across the floor. However, this “bumbling” phase was short lived, and now she’s crawling all … Continue reading

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Three reasons every mama needs mom friends

No matter how it happens—you get knocked up around the same time, you make excited eye contact during the pre-baby hospital tour, your kids are in the same kindergarten class—having a few friends in the same parenting boat is a total … Continue reading

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Road trip recovery

After 25 hours, 1,600 miles, nine days and countless cheek squeezes, I’m happy to say that Bea survived—and thoroughly enjoyed—our Thanksgiving road trip. We’re relieved she’s such a road warrior since we’ll be turning around in a few short weeks … Continue reading

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Buying for baby

Aren’t the holidays fun with little guys? So much anticipation and excitement—tattletale elves and Santa and all those decorations. Our baby girl is big-eyed at all the lights, and now that Thanksgiving is behind us and our Christmas shopping is … Continue reading

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Seven things I’m thankful for

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already here! That means it’s time to add to the zillions of other “I’m Thankful for Everything!” lists that are floating around the Interwebs. But my list is special! I’d like to think it’s like … Continue reading

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It’s that time again

When you have kids and then you go and have a new baby, the game is totally different. It’s not half as scary, and the wisdom of experience means you know that eventually, this baby will have to sleep. That … Continue reading

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Crawling, teething and travel—oh, my!

This has been one of those weeks. I feel like I need a sign to hang on our front door that reads “Welcome to Crazy Town,” just to give fair warning to anyone who drops by. (And maybe, if I … Continue reading

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Part-time mama’s girl

She is 4 months old, officially, and along with graduating to size two diapers and serious mastery of tummy time, she’s become something of a mama’s girl. Sometimes. I’m never sure when. It makes me feel like a super special snowflake, … Continue reading

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Three-and-a-half glorious hours

Sometime during the last few weeks I feel like a calm has settled over our house. Life with a giggly and wiggly 6-month-old is proving to be pretty darn doable. It’s more than doable, actually; it’s awesome. A huge part … Continue reading

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The mom club

A friend of a friend had a baby last week, and social media being what it is, I was privy to all the details. From going to the hospital to a mid-labor update (“She’s doing great!”) to pictures of the … Continue reading

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Bea’s first sniffles

Runny nose, low-grade fever, icky diapers … it appears Bea has her first cold. Or maybe she’s teething because it seems that just about every abnormal behavior or physiological reaction could also be a sign of a sprouting tooth. Either … Continue reading

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Ditching the labels

I realize that things like co-sleeping and babywearing make me seem like one of those “attachment parenting” types. It’s a bummer of a label—people make the leap from the word “attachment” to “you’re raising a child who will be totally … Continue reading

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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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