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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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Not a newborn anymore

Well, I’m writing this as little Graham is sleeping soundly in his crib. I’m having a glass of wine worry free, sitting next to my husband, winding down the day. It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Less than two … Continue reading

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Exhaustion and perfection

I meant to share my motherhood confessions today (like how my babe will never-ever eat homemade purée), but I’m gonna talk about something so much more important and soulful: meeting your friends wherever they might be in life and/or the … Continue reading

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A long weekend of sleep training

Well, we did it. We began sleep training little Graham this past Friday based on our pediatrician’s recommendation. As discussed in my last post, co-sleeping was no longer working for our family. We were all running on too little sleep, … Continue reading

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Not-so-good night

Well, unfortunately co-sleeping is not working for our family anymore. Our sweet little boy is a wild man at night, kicking and flopping about. He also thinks he should have 24-7 access to the “breastaurant,” which is keeping me up … Continue reading

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It takes a village

There is a saying: It takes a village to raise a child. As a new mother, I’m realizing more and more the importance of finding your village, your community. As hard as people try, no one can prepare you ahead … Continue reading

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Two tiny teeth

Right on time, Graham has sprouted two darling, little, razor-sharp teeth. With his big 6-month birthday just a couple days away, I knew it was likely to happen soon. For the past couple of days, little man has been a fussy … Continue reading

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Parenting predictions

Before becoming a parent, I knew exactly what kind of mom I was going to be. I knew I would have it all under control. How hard could it be? No little 10-20 pound person was going to get the … Continue reading

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Partners then parents

Balancing being a mama and a wife is no easy task. I spend so much energy trying to find time to be with my baby while being a working mom that it’s easy to forget about everything and everyone else—including … Continue reading

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Baby Graham weaning the way

A major and exciting milestone has been reached here in the Morrison household. Little Graham has ventured into the world of real food! It happened a few days ago when my parents and sister were over for a big family … Continue reading

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The perks of being a breastfeeder

We’ve officially been parents for five whole months now! No other five-month span in my life has been filled with so many changes, so many new joys and so much love. I can’t believe my sweet little baby boy is growing up … Continue reading

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Twelve Months of Emmelia

Twelve months ago—and every day since—a 7-pound baby girl stole my heart. Believe me when I say I’m intimately acquainted with how quickly newborns turn into babies, and babies into toddlers, and toddlers into kiddos. But somehow, here I am, … Continue reading

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Our little bookworm

Our sweet little Graham is 20 weeks old. It amazes me how much he’s grown and developed in less than five months’ time. Lately he’s been really interested in grabbing and gnawing on his tiny feet. He can sit on his own … Continue reading

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The Birthday Girl

In just a little over a week, our baby will be 1 entire year old. It feels like some big prank—there’s no way she can be that big already!—but nope, it’s for real. Still, it crept up on me somehow, and … Continue reading

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A few of our favorite things

It’s amazing how many different items are sold for babies. Infants are so tiny but need so many things! Before I had Graham it was overwhelming trying to prepare and buy all of the things that I thought we would … Continue reading

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Her next big leap

I’m trying not to think too hard about the fact that our baby will be a 1-year-old come mid-July. Gulp. Instead, I’m focusing on all the big things happening around here this summer—standing practice, pool time and maybe even her … Continue reading

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A little time for me

What in the world did I do with all my time before I had Graham? I’m so busy being a working mama all of the time now; it seems I must have had endless hours of luxurious downtime before motherhood. … Continue reading

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Definitely a biter

Almost two months ago, I wrote about our little biter. I mentioned how she was digging her little tooth into just about everything, and that she’d managed to get me, too (ouch). I looked up tips for dealing with biting … Continue reading

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Baby’s first cold

Our sweet boy is suffering from his first cold. I noticed yesterday that Graham seemed extra fussy and that his voice was starting to sound a little husky. Last night at around 12:45 a.m., I was awakened by the sound of him … Continue reading

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Back to the back doctor

This time last year, I was a month out from giving birth. I also had a standing date with my chiropractor every single week. She’d adjust my neck, a few spots in my back and always, always my hips because … Continue reading

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Babyproofing

Knocking on 11 months—unbelievable—and the world, or at least our house, has definitely become her oyster. Despite her crazy method of locomotion, she’s fast and into everything. So cue the babyproofing, and quick. We need to lock this place up … Continue reading

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The beginnings of motherhood

I had the pleasure of having dinner with one of my best girlfriends this week while Matthew stayed home with Graham. It was nice for a change to get away to a restaurant and just girl talk without having to … Continue reading

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Fever eyes and polka dots

Last weekend, I realized what a sunny, happy baby she is by nature—because for those few days, she was absolutely miserable. She popped a fever late Thursday night and woke up Friday morning in tears. She wanted to be in … Continue reading

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A seat at the table

I might say this every week, but I can’t help it: Baby Graham is growing up way too fast. His newest development—joining us at the dinner table. No, we’re not feeding our 3-and-a-half-month-old food yet. (Although, my foodie self is … Continue reading

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Date night!

It finally happened—me, my husband, a leisurely three hours complete with cocktails, appetizers, good wine, entrees and dessert. And the whole time, not a shrieking baby to be heard. After ten months, we finally, finally had an evening out without … Continue reading

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Baby’s first trip

This past weekend was baby Graham’s first big trip to the family lake house for a long Memorial Day weekend. In the past, these trips to the lake with my husband’s family have been filled with relaxation, bikinis and swimming—day … Continue reading

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She’s getting feisty

My, my … 10 months old and developing some serious attitude. That’s the update this week. Our baby girl has a fun new habit when things aren’t going her way. It’s a classic toddler move, so I’m wondering if we’re in for some pretty … Continue reading

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Pumping mama

Well, I survived my first day back at work. I shed lots of tears before I left that morning, but I was determined that I would leave the crying at the front door of our house—and I did. My mom … Continue reading

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Baby’s first haircut

Once upon a time, some eight years ago, our first baby’s first haircut was an incredible milestone for my husband and me. My grandmother gave us a sweet little silver keepsake box with “Baby’s First Curl” elaborately engraved on it, … Continue reading

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Going back to work

I’m going back to work this Friday. I’m so glad I had the foresight to pick a Friday to try to ease myself back into this. After 12 weeks of being able to stay home with my newborn, I’ll be … Continue reading

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The little things

I work from home as a writer and editor, and I have little pockets during the day to get stuff done. Otherwise, I’m burning the midnight oil. That means I count on naptime for our almost 10-month-old (!), so I … Continue reading

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Leaving baby for the first time

When is it “OK” to leave your breastfed baby with someone overnight for the first time? After consulting Google and scouring the mommy blogs, I got many different answers—ranging from, “as soon as your baby will take a bottle, it’ll … Continue reading

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Scootchin’

Just last week, I wrote about how, at 9 months and change, our girl was showing no signs of mobility yet. Well, guess what? In a completely predictable turn of events, she figured out her very own method of locomotion, literally, … Continue reading

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Thanks, mamas!

When I first started writing for Adventures in Motherhood, I wondered what in the heck I’d talk about every week. Now that it’s over, I’m still not entirely sure how I figured it out, although I can say without hesitation … Continue reading

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Sitting tight

My cousin’s baby started crawling at 5 months. Five. Months. He was walking before he turned 9 months, and now he’s a terrifying 11-month-old who can back his way off her bed and is way too interested in the stairs. And then … Continue reading

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Happy first birthday, Bea!

As of Tuesday, April 21, I have a 1-year-old. That just sounds and feels and is completely crazy. Please excuse my shock. It’s just that, at the risk of sounding cliché, the time went by so, so fast. An entire … Continue reading

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The eyes have it

I had an appointment with my eye doctor last week. I’ve worn contacts since I was 10—my vision is pretty bad. But it’s not nearly as awful as it was before I started having kids. That’s right—I’m living, sometimes bespectacled, … Continue reading

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My dirty little darlings

This spring is shaping up to be a whirlwind for the McKinley crew! It kicked off with my sister’s wedding in Oklahoma, which was beautiful and perfect and featured the most charming little flower girl, if I do say so … Continue reading

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Not just a stroller

We live right next to a huge cow pasture that has a little paved strip in the middle. It’s our go-to when the kids want to ride bikes, we need to run the dogs or if anyone wants to stretch … Continue reading

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My top gear for the first year

I already mentioned the baby things that I could’ve probably done without during Bea’s first year, so it only seems fitting to highlight the other end of the spectrum: all of my most favorite gear. As everyone’s comments revealed on … Continue reading

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The biter

She has a tooth now—a single, teensy little tooth—and oh boy, is she using it. At 8 1/2 months, she’s still investigating the world mouth first, except now she’s armed and dangerous. She’s managed to dig that little tooth into everything from … Continue reading

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Kicking the bottle to the curb

At Bea’s 9-month appointment, her pediatrician asked us to start weaning Bea off of her bottle and pacifier before she saw her again. Fast-forward to last weekend—just three weeks before her 1-year checkup—and that definitely has not happened yet. To … Continue reading

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The (non) social butterfly

Four months on, and my part-time mama’s girl hasn’t really made any big strides in that department. She’s in love with her dad now—and I’m so freaking grateful because it makes life that much easier—but I’m still her go-to the … Continue reading

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Our top 5 barely used baby items

I’ve never cleaned out more closets than I have in the past year. I feel like the subject of binging and purging on baby gear has seen more than its fair share of my attention in the blogosphere, but I … Continue reading

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