Tag Archives: big siblings

In on the action

Roland wants to be in on all the action now. For the most part this is a good thing because his sisters usually want him in on it as well, and I love seeing them all together. Sometimes they will … Continue reading

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Week 39: Riding out the storms

It’s been a stormy week, both literally and figuratively; the bizarre weather patterns outside our windows mirrored the emotional tides within our home. The week started with spring rain and built into actual thunderstorms. I had to drive an hour … Continue reading

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Week 38: “How much longer until the newborn baby is born?”

I’ve heard this question a lot through this pregnancy from my 4-year-old, who always refers to the baby as “the newborn baby.” Time is such a hard concept for young kids to grasp that I’ve often been unsure how to … Continue reading

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Week 37: Sick and tired

It started with my 4-year-old. For a couple weeks, she had been coughing. No one else had gotten it until my younger daughter and my husband both caught it the same night. Thanks to my eight years as a public school … Continue reading

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Week 34: Drama-rama

The third trimester has always been the one to bring out all my emotions. I can hold it together pretty well when I’m pregnant until I near the end, and then I can’t promise I won’t lose it over something … Continue reading

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Week 24: Last getaway as a party of five

Aloha from Oahu! We decided this was the perfect time to take a long-anticipated Hawaiian vacation, for a few reasons: My wonderful sister and her family live here, at least for another 18 months while they’re in school at BYU-Hawaii. … Continue reading

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Week 33: There’s no slowing down time

Somehow the weeks keep passing by, and I often have to look on my pregnancy tracker app to remember exactly how far along I am. This is my third pregnancy, and I still  find myself surprised by how pregnant I … Continue reading

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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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Week 19: It’s a …

… nother boy!!! The kids bit into their blue-filled Krispy Kremes Wednesday evening and exhibited mixed reactions. My 3-year-old boy was simply excited. My 6-year-old boy said, “I really wanted a girl so the girls and boys would be even, … 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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Gift guide: Gifts for big siblings

Because a stuffed ball can cause far less destruction than a real one. Oeuf plush ball, $48 Because giant books are where it’s at. Candlewick Studio oversized book, $22 Because boys like playing with dolls, too. Candy Kirby Designs doll, … Continue reading

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Week 34: Building “big sister” hype

Being pregnant with my second has been different for so many reasons. One of the biggest is the fact that this pregnancy affects more than just me and my husband. It’s not just two adults preparing for a big life … 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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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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On a roll

I mentioned that Austin has begun rolling over in my last post, but I neglected to add that the rolling over thing came within days of moving him into his crib. Talk about a pain in the butt (for a few … Continue reading

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Three boys and Buzzards Bay

I wrote a few weeks back about how to pack your car for a road trip, in our case, Martha’s Vineyard. We’ve yet to head out there, but we recently completed—rather successfully—a trip to Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. A little beach … Continue reading

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Summertime hours

Summer is here, and with that, most parents seem to have a hard time convincing their children that it is indeed bedtime even though the sun is still shining. Fortunately, Nolan and Graham have relatively no issue heading to bed … Continue reading

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One month

Well, after a long month, we are finally welcoming Anaïs back home—our new home—in a couple of days! In fact, by the time you read this post, we will most likely be in the car heading home, and she will, … 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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Six-week milestones: Big and small

Every child reaches benchmarks at different ages. Some speak really early, while some take so much time you think they might be part caveman because of their minimal vocabulary and constant pointing and grunting. In the first month of life, however, … Continue reading

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The energizer, the hellion and the sleeper

Nolan, Graham and Austin. There’s my empire; there’s the three title characters for this post. And with summer all but here, they’ll be on display all day, every day. Nolan is done with school this week, which means it’s the … Continue reading

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Summer is here

With Memorial Day behind us, the unofficial start of summer is here. And with that, are the long, hot days and balmy nights. Over the weekend, our neighborhood pool opened up to accommodate everyone with a cool place of respite, … Continue reading

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To-do list

Going from two to three is exponentially easier than going from one to two. There. I said it. We have two kids in diapers including a 2-year-old who doesn’t really display any interest in learning to use the toilet. That … 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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Three weeks and three-plus hours

That’s how long we’ve been a family of five and roughly how many consecutive hours of sleep my wife and I get a night. And to be honest, it’s not bad. I’ve always been one to live by the mantra “sleep … Continue reading

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The shape of life to come

It’s been less than two weeks since we were able to head home with our newest member in tow, and a lot has changed. To take a quote from Jim Gaffigan (one of the funniest men on the planet), “You … Continue reading

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Due date approaching

Today is the day. Or was it the day? (I’m writing this prior to the actual due date despite it being published on the due date.) Truth be told, it’s the beginning of what I’m planning on being a hectic, unpredictable … Continue reading

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Can’t stop, won’t stop growing

Oh, man. Could someone please tell me that this first year isn’t as hard as I believe it is sometimes? You’d think that because Akira is our second, we’d have this in the bag, but truth be told, we don’t. … Continue reading

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Hold off, just a little longer

T-minus seven days and L feels more pressure and more exhausted by the day. Pregnancy pressure, not pressure to have the baby. We’ve sorted through bin after bin of clothes of 0-6 month and 6-12 month clothing, most all of … 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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In the teens

The pregnancy countdown is in the teens. Well, technically it was in the teens last Wednesday. Semantics. He’s in a good downward position, heartbeat sounds good, weight right on par with the first two. When he finally decides he really … Continue reading

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28 days

Twenty-eight days. No, not the movie where Sandra Bullock plays a newspaper columnist who enters a drug and alcohol clinic, though L and I will finally be able to partake in a celebratory glass of champagne together. We’re four weeks away … Continue reading

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Getting down to it

We’re roughly seven weeks from becoming a family of five. Seven week from no longer fitting at a square table for four at a restaurant (if we find time to go out to eat as a family). Seven weeks from … Continue reading

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Officially nesting

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard the term ‘nesting’ before. Whether or not you’ve experienced in it firsthand, however, depends on whether or not you’re almost to your due date, are newly pregnant, or have already had the pleasure … Continue reading

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No sleep, no name, new car

You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times to describe a great night of sleep: “I slept like a baby.” HA! I’ll admit, we’ve been fortunate—both boys are pretty good sleepers and have been since they were born. … Continue reading

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Stay-at-home-dad again

Even though I work during the day, there are still days where I tell the nanny she can have a day off because school is closed. These are the days I cherish. The entire family will be together every day … Continue reading

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Week 39: The one with all the progress (and also no progress at all)

Thirty-nine weeks. No progress. My doctor’s appointments are weekly now, and last week confirmed that there’s been no progress made towards this baby’s exit. I can’t say I’m surprised.   People keep asking if I’m still working. The answer is yes. … 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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Week 33: The one with the year-end review

2015 Highlights: -Our oldest turned 5 in January. This fall she started kindergarten. She takes dance lessons and earned the role of baby penguin and snow flurry in her dance school’s performance of “The Snowman” this fall. She loves to … Continue reading

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Lighting it up, Gus and namelessness

Want a quick tip to make nighttime a little easier if your child is a pain in the neck going to sleep? Hang up string lights around their room—out of reach, of course. N was the first to get the … Continue reading

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Week 28: The one with the bedtime peekaboo

Every night at bedtime, I sit in the rocking chair with my 19-month-old, and we spend a few minutes together, rocking slowly and quietly before I put her in her crib for the night. She spends the time checking out … Continue reading

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Words to live by

Ask for help When your baby needs something, invite your firstborn to help, suggests Laura Markham, PhD, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life. “She needs to know that she has … Continue reading

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Week 35: What a year

In one trip around the sun, Jesse and I moved houses twice, got married, went on a honeymoon, got pregnant, went on a babymoon and are now about to have this little boy join our family! We just celebrated our … Continue reading

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Week 38: The final countdown

We are officially in “baby week!” This time next week our family of four will be a family of five. Sister and brother (as well as mom) have been counting down the days until his arrival. This week has been … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Including big siblings

We’re expecting baby No. 2! We’re thrilled, but I’m worried my firstborn will feel neglected when all my time is suddenly spent nursing and changing diapers. How can I make the transition easier on him? A: It’s easy to feel … Continue reading

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