Tag Archives: Anna Thornley

A letter to the baby on her first birthday

Well, Funky B, you’re a year old. I don’t know how this happened, but here we are. You’re no longer a baby (although, like it or not, you’ll always be the baby). I thought we had agreed that you’d stay … Continue reading

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The “I’m done have babies” feeling

As baby No. 4 nears her first birthday, I am faced with the reality that I’ll never have an infant again. The other night as this thought passed through my mind, I looked at my husband and shouted at him … Continue reading

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A self-dressing miracle

Our mornings are hectic. Like, really hectic. Neither my husband nor I are really morning people, which means we’re usually both trying to avoid getting out of bed until the last possible moment. And although the kids are more than … Continue reading

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The good in the world

People often ask what it was like going from three kids to four. I know the experience is different for everyone, but for me, going from three to four was totally overwhelming. Before we had the fourth kid, I felt … Continue reading

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A day date with the bigs

We have four kids. We like to group them into groups of two based on their ages. Doing so gives us three groups: The Bigs, the Littles and the Middles. I don’t know what we’d do if the oldest and … Continue reading

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Us in a nutshell

It sometimes happens that I have all these great ideas for things to write about swirling around in my head all week, and then when I sit down to actually write, I can’t remember a single thing I wanted to … Continue reading

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The birthday date tradition

Our oldest turned 7 on January 1. I can hardly believe that she is 7. I’m pretty sure I’ve said that every year since she turned 1. Not that I couldn’t believe that she was 7. I didn’t say that … Continue reading

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New Year’s cold

Last week I reported that my tiniest girl had a fever and a bad case of yeast in her diaper region. We’re still battling the yeast. I’m thinking I’m going to have to call the pediatrician and tell him that … Continue reading

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A sad butt and a fever

My tiniest girl, who is 10 month old now (How is that possible? She’s not a tiny baby anymore. She stands on her own. She cruises around. She crawls like a speed demon and can climb! What is happening?), has … Continue reading

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A conversation with my 2-year-old

The 2-year-old is at the stage where she repeats herself incessantly. She’ll ask the same question over and over again, even if you answer it every time she asks. Or she’ll make the same statement on repeat, like she’s a … Continue reading

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2016 Recap

We can hardly believe that another year has already come and gone. As we reflect on 2016, we’re happy to share some of the highlights… In February we welcomed our fourth baby.  She was born on February 20 at 6:23 a.m. … Continue reading

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It’s card time!

It’s December, and that means it’s time for Christmas cards. I send Christmas cards. I don’t send holiday cards. You don’t celebrate Christmas? That’s cool. I do. You should send whatever kind of cards you want. I will send Christmas … Continue reading

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Sharing a moment with Mickey Mouse

For the second year in a row, we loaded into the car and headed to Southern California for Thanksgiving. Our sights were set on Disneyland. The 2-year-old LOVES Minnie Mouse, so we figured this would be a perfect opportunity to … Continue reading

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40 weeks in, 40 weeks out

When I started writing these blog posts as a Knocked Up blogger, they were done by which week I was in my pregnancy. And when I started as an Adventures in Motherhood blogger, I thought that it would be easy, … Continue reading

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Laundry to infinity

My husband and I have, what I believe to be, a pretty well-balanced approach to household chores. There are certain things that he always does (yard work, as an example), there are things that either one of us does (emptying … Continue reading

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The one where the baby’s in the bed. Or is she?

Shortly after Baby No. 1 was born, I started have a recurring dream that—to this day, almost seven years later—still scares me to think about. In this dream, I wake from my peaceful 45-minute slumber and am 100 percent convinced that the baby is in the bed … Continue reading

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A shameful story about poop

Now that I’m on my fourth kid, I’m really bad about carrying a diaper bag with us when we go places. I’m lucky if I remember to grab a diaper as we run out the door to whatever event we … Continue reading

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My husband isn’t afraid of the children

I had to travel for work last week, which meant that my husband was home solo with all four kids from late Sunday morning through Friday night. This is the first time either of us has been alone with all … Continue reading

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Breast milk down the drain

I’m sitting in the airport waiting for my flight home after a week-long business trip. This post was supposed to be submitted yesterday but, as is the case with so much of my life, I’m behind. I have some time … Continue reading

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A kid-free weekend with The Rolling Stones

Last weekend my husband and I took a kid-free trip! Yes, we headed out without any of our children in tow. For an entire weekend! When I say it I still can hardly believe it. My wonderful mother-in-law flew across … Continue reading

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Ode to the minivan

Growing up my mom drove a minivan. I played traveling soccer, so we spent a lot of time in the car, driving to games and tournaments. I am old, so the minivans of my youth came with wood paneling on … Continue reading

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One story about each kid

As summer winds down, I find myself ready for a change in the weather.  I’m tired of being hot! Fall is my favorite season. Fall means cooler weather, and it also means football. I love both of those! At breakfast … Continue reading

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Getting the job done

“{l’=/;l/./l. uikkkko,h,7jui8ki,mukoui8i8 As I sit here on the kitchen floor, laptop perched on my legs, the above is what my 6-month-old wanted to add to this post. We’re at home together this afternoon because of pink eye. She was sent … Continue reading

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A girl on the go

A few weeks ago I cited the fact that the 6-month-old doesn’t do that many awe-inspiring things as my reason for not writing her monthly letters like I did for her sisters and brother. The truth is really that I am … Continue reading

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When the in-laws are in town …

My in-laws are in town this week. I’m sure for a lot of people that’s a frightening statement but not for me. You see, I have the best in-laws in the world. I lucked out. I really did. I hit … Continue reading

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Forgetful mama

I used to have a really great memory. I could remember all kinds of things. I was especially good at remembering birthdays. And license plates. Not that either of those are particularly helpful things to remember, but I could remember useful stuff, … Continue reading

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A letter to the baby on her 6-month birthday

Six months! That’s a whole half of a year! I don’t know how it’s possible that six months have gone by since you joined us, but it seems as though that’s the case. And instead of a tiny blob who doesn’t do or … Continue reading

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Keeping it all together (not at all)

These days I find myself giving out unsolicited parenting advice. You didn’t ask for it, but here it is: Don’t have four kids. That’s not really parenting advice though, is it? It’s more like life advice. Well, whatever it is, it’s … Continue reading

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They make us laugh

Kids are funny. They do funny things. They say funny things. And I always find myself thinking that I’ll never forget the funny things they say and do. But we all know that’s not true because I can’t remember anything … Continue reading

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8 Random thoughts in my head (everything from babies to nicknames to nail polish)

Sometimes I have a cohesive idea for things I want to write about and other times there are just a lot of little thoughts swarming around inside my head.  Today it’s the latter, so I’m just going to go with … Continue reading

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10 Reasons I’m a giant ball of anxiety

As I sit here and tear off my previously perfectly manicured fingernails until there’s nothing left but bleeding stumps, it dawns on me that I’m feeling overwhelmed. What else is new? Here are the top 10 reasons I’m currently wadded … Continue reading

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This is the way we reach and pull

When each of our kids was 4 months old, we signed them up for baby swim classes, which means that Baby No. 4 and I have been attending a mommy-and-me swim class for about a month now. My husband and I … Continue reading

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How to camp with a baby

Well, we did it! We went on a three-night camping trip with four kids under the age of 7 and survived! And I even managed to have some fun. It’s like a miracle! How did we do it? We followed these … Continue reading

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Camping?!?

At some point in the past … let’s call it January … a conversation started among ourselves and some of our friends about a camping trip for this summer. The discussion was about going in July. And in January I … Continue reading

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Golden age of babies

We are officially in the Golden Age of Babies. My husband and I have agreed with all of our babies that starting at 4 months and lasting through about 18 months is when babies are at their best. And it’s … Continue reading

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Constant state of panic

Recently I came across an old blog post that I wrote a couple years ago. I usually enjoy reading old posts about the thoughts that were swimming around in my head in the past.  This particular blog post, however, was … Continue reading

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Finding a way to be kind to myself

I hate my fat disgusting body. I don’t think I’m supposed to say that. I’m supposed to love my body no matter what it looks like. But the truth is that I don’t. I’ve tried; believe me.  But I can’t. It’s … Continue reading

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Not so little anymore

Time moves too quickly. I remember in elementary school when the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas seemed like an eternity.  Now I feel like entire years pass before I even know what’s happened. This week the 6-year-old learned to ride … Continue reading

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New mom support group

I know I’ve talked about it before, but I’m back again to talk about nursing and how very, very hard it is for me. With all four kids I’ve given it my best effort, and all four times I’ve spent … Continue reading

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Traveling success

Well, we survived our cross-country trek. It’s like a miracle! Not really, but saying so seemed appropriate. Sometimes our kids really rise to a challenge and surprise us with their adaptability, flexibility, good behavior and general pleasant attitude toward life. … Continue reading

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On the fly

This week we will embark on our first cross-country trip with all four kids. We haven’t traveled anywhere overnight with all six of us since Baby No. 4 was born. Because we’re always up for an adventure (or because we are mind-numbingly stupid), … Continue reading

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Newborn no more

Baby No. 4 will be 12 weeks old on Saturday. This means that I’m down to my last few days of life with a newborn. Sure, after Saturday I’ll have an infant. And a toddler. And a preschooler. And a kindergartner. … Continue reading

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Diaper rash woes

I’ve always used Pampers diapers and wipes. Well, that’s not entirely true. There was a brief time when Baby No. 2 was a newborn that I tried Huggies for a while because he was having so. many. blowouts. But it turns out … Continue reading

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Vegas (with a) baby!

In parenting wins this week … 1. Our daughter was kicked out of a bar in Las Vegas for being underage. She’s 9 weeks old. 2. We figured out how to get a 9-week-old to sleep for 14 hours straight. … Continue reading

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Kids on planes

Each of our kids has had their first plane ride before they were 6 months old.  With Baby No. 1, we traveled cross-country when she was 5 months old. We left the house looking like we were never returning. We brought just … Continue reading

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Let’s take a drive

I have no ability to comprehend how eight weeks have already gone by. On the one hand it seems like just yesterday I was writing blog posts about how I was going to be pregnant forever. And on the other … Continue reading

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Newborns vs. older kids

With each new baby, the newborn phase has gotten less and less terrifying. With Baby No. 1, everything was new. We had no idea what we were doing as we desperately tried to learn how to be parents. The fear … Continue reading

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Nursing woes

I hate nursing. Hate it. I am horrible at it, and I hate it. I don’t think I’ve ever tried harder to do something that I suck worse at. Despite the fact that I’ve nursed each of my babies for … Continue reading

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A long wait: The birth of Catherine

Each of my babies has come later than the one before, so I wasn’t surprised when the 40-week mark came and went with no sign of Baby No. 4. At my 40-week appointment I decided to schedule an induction for … Continue reading

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Week 40: The one where I’ve been pregnant for 10 months

Forty weeks … because apparently I don’t know how to NOT be pregnant. I can’t say I’m surprised that I’m still pregnant. But yet part of me couldn’t help but hope that I wouldn’t go passed my due date this time. … Continue reading

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