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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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Week 33: King of Pops

Father’s Day felt different this year. It was different in a good way. The kind of different that feels good because there’s a change that involves everyone in the family and evolves us to be even closer than we already … 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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Hola España!

From the age of 14, when I went to Greece with my family for a vacation, I have been a keen traveler and have liked nothing more than packing a light bag, grabbing my well-worn passport and hopping on a … Continue reading

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Week 29: Letting it (gladly) go

Ladies, I wish you could see me today. I’m a hot mess. My dress is wrinkled, my hair is frizzy, and my face is naked. I have on no jewelry and skipped a belt for my blue dress … which has belt loops. I have … Continue reading

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It wouldn’t be Father’s Day without them

So, Father’s Day happened a few days ago. I’d be remiss if I didn’t say something about it here as part of the “Dad’s Eye View.” For starters, I must confess that I generally have a very apathetic attitude about … 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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Week 32: Baby fever

A heat wave has swept the City of Atlanta this week with temperatures peaking in the very high 90s. Nobody is happy about it, but at least we have a pool in our neighborhood where I’ve been able to find … 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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Daddy’s boy: The birth of Elijah

I gave birth. That alone is a crazy enough experience to change someone’s life, but now we have a precious little boy who has in fact changed our lives forever. The Lord blessed us with getting pregnant basically as soon as … Continue reading

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Week 28: Parts of us

While sitting at the dinner table, I casually asked Darrin what he thought I should write about this week, half serious and half making small talk. Being the insightful guy he is, he answered the question very seriously and sincerely. … Continue reading

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Week 31: Sweet babymoon

In my last post, I talked about how important it is for me to stay true to my children, my husband and most especially, myself. So to honor that, we decided to celebrate our final mini-break before we have this … 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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Week 27: Slow down, Sally

A few days ago at work, a co-worker asked me how I was feeling. “Oh, good, a little tired,” I answered, trying to downplay my complete exhaustion. “Well, you are growing lungs today,” she playfully responded along with a “Hello, … Continue reading

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Baby’s second camping trip

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that our little guy had his first camping experience—that excursion was a practice run for a lengthier camping adventure to come. As I write this, our family is finishing up a six-day camping … 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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Six months in and some sound advice

Would you believe it? My tiny baby Ben is now 6 months old! Six months! Where has the time gone? As with all milestones I find myself a little reflective; I mean it’s hard not to be—6 months is a big … Continue reading

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Week 25: In it together

Like most moms-to-be, I didn’t know how others would react to the baby news. I waited to tell anyone, including my family and close friends, holding it in like a well-kept secret. As soon as it was out, everything would … Continue reading

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Pull ups

I remember a time in 5th grade when our whole class had to do our annual fitness testing. One of the tests was to do pull ups. A few kids in my class did one. Most did none. I did 10. … 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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Week 29: Not my first rodeo

Over Memorial Day weekend, we got to revel in the sunshine and went to our neighborhood pool. They open it every year right around this time and leave it open all summer until Labor Day weekend. This year, I am … 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 swim and the first dunk

I spoke in my last blog about Ben beginning the process of weaning and how he took to it so well. I also mentioned how he would be going through a lot of new changes and experiences over the next … Continue reading

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Week 24: Common goals

Today was my first day back to work after a much needed vacation. This morning, while getting ready, I stepped into my black pants, and to my surprise, I couldn’t zip the suckers up! I finally got to use the … Continue reading

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Baby’s first camping trip

Our little guy had his first camping experience this past weekend. We had a fantastic time. We took our whole family out to a friend’s property that is located about 20 miles out of town in the country. They own … 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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Week 28: Shop ’til I drop

This past month was one for the books. Between my birthday, Mother’s Day and Jesse’s birthday, Jesse and I managed to carve out some time for ourselves, too. A couple of weekends ago, we got a babysitter for Anaïs, so … 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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The start of something new

It has begun! It is the beginning of the end of the era of boobie milk for Ben because he has reached the grand old age of (nearly) 6 months, and it’s time to wean. It’s something we could have … Continue reading

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Out the window: The birth of Neva

My labor began on September 4 around 2 p.m. I remember feeling excited that it was actually happening. I had prepared for this. I was ready. My plan was to labor at home as long as possible, as I was … Continue reading

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Week 23: Little decisions

Darrin and I are on our way to one of my favorite cities: Austin! We have been driving since yesterday from Atlanta, passing through Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, before stopping for the night in a little town called Marshall, Texas. … Continue reading

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It’s OK to just maintain

The past week of our life was profoundly uneventful, and that’s not such a bad thing. In fact, I consider it a pretty good thing. There are plenty of days and weeks in our lives where it seems like nothing … 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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Week 27: Home delivery

You guys, we blinked, and before we knew it, the third trimester had arrived! I can still hardly believe it. Yesterday, I had a prenatal appointment with our midwife Brenda, and everything looks great. It’s always such a joy seeing … 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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Bathtime fun

Since the day Ben first had a bath, it was pretty clear that he loves them. His first bath was the first time I saw him straighten his little legs, the first time I saw a hint of what would become … Continue reading

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The perfect present: The birth of Evelyn

Evelyn Brock was born on December 26. My original due date was December 20, and after a week of seeing no signs of our baby girl arriving, I was going to be induced on the 27th. We had Christmas with my … Continue reading

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Week 22: An ode to the working mama

Working mommies-to-be, I feel your pain—in every foot and backache, every sleep deprived workday, hunger-attack (this is a true situation) and stint of heartburn: Let’s admit it—it’s rough. To quote the title of one of my favorite Indie songs from … Continue reading

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Let the training begin

Our little guy has gone mobile. I don’t mean that he has a data plan or that we’ve downloaded his app. I mean that he can move himself around now. It’s not exactly crawling yet, but if you can imagine … 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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Week 26: The best nest

Something strange and wonderful happens during pregnancy: I get the urge to nest—big time. I’m not just talking about picking up a few accoutrements to decorate the house to make it a little more cozy, either. No, no. What I’m … Continue reading

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A handful of hours

Here in England, we love the royals—much like you all do over in the U.S., and last week we had the wonderful birth of Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. And the world press exploded. A mere 12 hours after … 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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Week 21: Our girl

Hi there. It’s nice to meet you, and thank you for sharing this journey with me! I know you may not know me, and if you don’t, you should know one thing about me before you begin to follow along: … Continue reading

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Tooth and nail

Vicious monsters have big scary teeth. Vampires have sharp menacing teeth. Rabid animals have teeth. Werewolves have crazy teeth, too. You know what else has teeth? Yep, that’s right, our little guy does. Well, he has one tooth, but it’s … 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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Week 25: Celebrate good times, come on!

I just looked at the calendar and cannot believe that I’m already at 25 weeks! This pregnancy is going by so much faster than my first, and I’m really taken aback by it. I thought that because we already kind … 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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