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Bye-bye, bassinet

After a whole bunch of feet dragging on my part, Bea has officially moved into her nursery. Before she came along, I bought a bassinet for practical purposes. I planned on keeping her in our room until she was down … Continue reading

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Family planning

When Arthur and I got married, we picked out a home and transportation to accommodate our future firstborn and us: a 2-bed, 2-bath condo and a Volvo S80. Four years and one baby later, we’re reevaluating our living spaces in … Continue reading

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Experience Level: Expert

Haha, no, don’t let that title fool you—I’m no expert in the parenting game. But having three kiddos under my belt does give me an edge when it comes to the baby gear game. And here’s the big secret—all that … Continue reading

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The dad gene

Now that I’ve been a mom a whopping eight weeks (wahoo!), I can confirm that all the clichés about parenthood are true. You’ll love your baby unconditionally the moment you meet her. Check. Time goes by too quickly. Yep. Your … Continue reading

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Ro on the go

With the exception of one car ride from you-know-where, Rowan is a traveling trooper. We don’t travel extensively, but when we do, it’s nice to know that Rowan can enjoy the ride (or pass out during it). Recently, he proved … Continue reading

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My new best friend

News flash—chiropractors are like bone cracking miracle workers during pregnancy. I only wish I knew it sooner. I muscled through three and a half pregnancies with crazy lower back pain, figuring it was just part of the deal. And then, … Continue reading

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A fear of gear

Forget about nipple confusion … in my inaugural weeks as a first-time mom, Bea and I are having a serious battle with gear confusion. Now don’t get me wrong, I love baby stuff. I. Love. It. It’s been a part … Continue reading

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Best papa ever

My husband knows that I love any reason to celebrate. I countdown to holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries, and milestones are always acknowledged. Although Arthur doesn’t have the same enthusiasm for these events, he fully supports me making a big to-do … Continue reading

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Tiny diapers

Today I had the pleasure of visiting a dear friend and her 2-week-old son. He’s her third, and the only boy, and it’s the first time I’ve seen her since his birth. She looked wonderful—surprisingly well rested and content in … Continue reading

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Oh, poo

We had all of three baby-washes under our belts and my husband and I were just starting to gain a little bit of bathtime confidence when our newborn threw us a curveball. Thanks to the headline of this post, I’m … Continue reading

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Bye-bye, papa!

With all the perks being a stay-at-home mom affords me, the one downside so far is the lack of adult communication during the day. Some days are rife with companionship—play dates, lunch with friends, visiting family. The rest of the … Continue reading

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A year of firsts: Enjoy it

 The balloons have deflated. The dust bunnies on the floor have taken their place. The cupcakes are stale—well, the one I didn’t eat, anyway. The Kid knew something was up, because there were lots of people staring at him while … Continue reading

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Baby’s first haircut

Rowan’s baby book has a spot to record all of his many first achievements—rolling over, sitting up, eating solids, etc. I am usually a mix of happy and sad whenever he reaches one of these milestones (happy that he is … Continue reading

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It will change

A Baby Bubble is a weird thing. As a mom stuck on the inside for almost a year now, I finally understand it. (Well, as much as my Baby Brain can understand. Anyone seen my car keys? Oh, they’re in … Continue reading

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Mom date

Even though I’m happily married, I’ve found myself desperately wanting to get picked up. It’s shameless, really. I bring Rowan out to grab coffee, pick up groceries, play on the swings, and I can’t help but wish someone would chat … Continue reading

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Growing pains

I’m slightly obsessed with my kid. Hopefully, this is not the kind of obsession that finds me going with him on his first date or being his college dorm RA. I just really love being around him. Sure, sometimes I … Continue reading

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I’m that mom

I’m that mom. The one who obsessively keeps track of when her son falls asleep and wakes up. The one who doesn’t like to hand him over when people are all too ready to pounce and hold him. The one … Continue reading

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You’re a mom if …

We are coming up on yet another milestone—but this time it’s one of mine. Mother’s Day. This is my first Mother’s Day as a real mom. Last year, I was a huge baby-and-water-retaining preggo, and I remember thinking, “Next year … Continue reading

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Can you see me now?

You know you’re a parent when you find yourself saying, “We didn’t have that when I was growing up!” I’ve heard it numerous times over the years before I was one myself, and now I’m hearing it come out of … Continue reading

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When you have kids …

“When you have kids you’ll understand,” was a phrase that would drive me to drink as a kid—drink a cold soda, that is. Really, though, I was never a fan of this particular parenting motto. I’d think thoughts like, What … Continue reading

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Best new artist

My dream as a little girl was to become the next Céline Dion, never mind the fact that I can’t carry a tune to save anyone’s life. I sang everywhere – taking a shower, driving in the car, skiing down … Continue reading

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The rush

There were things I didn’t anticipate when I visualized myself as a mom a year ago. Yes, I could clearly see the spit-up-stained clothes, and yes, I knew there might be nights I’d see the sun come up. But no, … Continue reading

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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

ZZZZzzzgtun runetneur hamburger fjes;djhgfsneufitna anyrnd rughrrrrrrrr qqqqqqqqqqq hamburger fuwpantue afntuppgnepa enu402ndpr hamburger. Oops. Sorry about that. I thought maybe I could have my dog write my blog for me this week. It seemed like a good idea at the time, … Continue reading

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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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