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Week 18: The prenatal waiting game

This morning I had another one of my monthly OB/GYN visits. Never a fan of doctor visits, dental check-ups or any other sort of medical appointment, I find it funny how much I look forward to each and every prenatal … Continue reading

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Confession

I’ve been debating whether or not to write about what you’re about to read for quite some time. But I decided to be honest and authentic to myself and to motherhood and mothers everywhere. This is “Adventures in Motherhood,” isn’t … Continue reading

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Week 34: Team BWD

You know what pregnancy is? Humbling. It’s the ultimate checks and balances system for checking who you once were at the door and swallowing all the misguided things once said before going through this process. I can only imagine how … 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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Week 17: The big reveal

When you’re pregnant everyone wants to know if the bun in your oven is a boy or a girl. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question since the news of my pregnancy first began to spread. … Continue reading

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Nine months

This past week, Akira turned 9 months old. It’s unbelievable how fast his first year is going and even more insane to realize that he’s been around on the outside for as long as he was on the inside. With … Continue reading

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Week 33: A Bellamy belly

My one and only sister got me a Mother’s Day gift this past weekend. Out of everyone I encountered that day, she really made an effort to celebrate me, and I was so touched by her gesture. What struck me … 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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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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Week 16: Did I just feel something?

Lying in bed the other night, I’m pretty sure I felt my baby move for the first time. At only 16 weeks, I was skeptical, but according to my pregnancy apps it’s possible to feel some “fluttering” around this time. … Continue reading

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A life less ordinary

What an incredibly eventful last week it’s been! We finally closed on our house and things are getting even more real than ever. Last Thursday, after our closing, Jesse and I snuck away for celebratory margaritas (it was Cinco de … Continue reading

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Week 32: Support system

I know Mother’s Day just passed, and I could be consumed with the reality I am included in the people group being celebrated! After all, I am now a mom, but instead of thinking about “my day,” I am weeks ahead of … 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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He’s here

Dramatic Comedy of the Year nominee … So we finally welcomed the new unit into the world. As you know, he was late. Not a day or two. Six days. SIX! The due date isn’t an exact science, I get … Continue reading

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Week 15: Hunger pains

I am the first to admit that I was perhaps a bit too vocal about the unpleasantness of the first trimester. All day nausea is enough to make anyone complain. And while I couldn’t be more relieved to have the … Continue reading

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The up and up

I can’t believe we are already in the month of May. May is a particularly big month in our household. There are so many things going on! Not only do my birthday, Jesse’s birthday and Mother’s Day happen this month, … Continue reading

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Week 31: Just me and the bump

Ironically, pregnancy can feel lonely sometimes. Even though I am literally with another human at all times, I have experienced some really trying moments of feeling alone. I don’t think this is a bad thing, but something some of us … 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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Waiting game

Cue the Final Jeopardy music, you know, the kind you play in your head when you’re impatiently waiting for something. Yeah, that’s us. L wants this baby out here already, and honestly, the sleepless nights ahead are appealing to me. … Continue reading

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Week 14: Finding my pregnancy zen

As the nausea and exhaustion of the first trimester very slowly creep away, I’ve been feeling a little more like myself again. Of course those nuisances have been replaced by other fun little symptoms, like the aching hollow feeling I … Continue reading

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Adventure awaits

When I was younger and child-free, I would constantly hear adults talk about how fast their kids were growing, how fast time was flying, how they wished they could slow it all down. It was as though they all shared … Continue reading

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Week 30: Clocking out

Bringing a baby into the world can come with a fair share of things to figure out. Although you can continue to plan on living life as similarly as possible, I think most women would agree they at least entertain … 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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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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Week 13: The “is she pregnant, or just overweight” stage

I know that every pregnancy is different, but that doesn’t stop me from making ridiculous comparisons, like Googling belly bump pictures at 13 weeks to see how my body measures up. Like I said, I know that is ridiculous, and … 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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Week 29: Her name

I’ve surprised myself with how relaxed I have been throughout the past 29 weeks of my first pregnancy. I kept waiting for this intense motherly protectiveness to rear its ugly head when someone coughs too close to me, or I … 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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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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Welcome home: The birth of Atlas

I gave birth at home after six hours of active labor, which is relatively short for a first-time mom. I lost a lot of blood—but not enough to warrant hospital transfer. I needed stitches, but I’ve healed well. As far … Continue reading

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Week 12: Making the big announcement

One of the most common pieces of advice you hear in early pregnancy is that you should wait until at least 12 weeks to start telling people that you’re pregnant. Everyone says so; everyone woman who’s been through it all … Continue reading

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Week 40: Five ways to keep your identity (and sanity) as a new mom

In August of 2014, I joined an exclusive club. The initiation period was a lengthy nine(ish) months in which I studied, trained and prepared. I counted down to D-day (delivery day). Yes, I was becoming a mother after many years … Continue reading

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Florida

Remember how last week I plowed through a seemingly endless drive to Florida with the kids? And remember how seamless it was and how well-behaved both of them were? Well, I knew that I couldn’t strike gold twice, and as … Continue reading

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Week 28: Do you catch my drift?

In case you haven’t had enough of my over-sharing, I thought I would really let you in on my biggest struggle of each day. It trumps the battle of the bladder, the terrible night sleeps and chub rub I have … 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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Looking back

Wake up and hop around ‘cause I gotta go. It’s 7 a.m., and I’m doing the wiggle dance until I find an ovulation stick and a plastic cup. Doc says the ‘first catch of the day’ is the most reliable, … Continue reading

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Week 39: Second guessing

There are many wonderful things about nearing the end of pregnancy: Those final kicks and jabs. The last-minute preparations in the nursery. The anticipation of a cuddly little bundle arriving. And then there are the not-so-wonderful parts—like the nervousness. Can I … Continue reading

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Spring break

Well, you guys, I did it: I drove from Atlanta to Central Florida with both kids alone. Yes, you read that correctly; I took an almost-8-month-old and a just-turned-4-year-old on a road trip for just under eight hours by myself. … Continue reading

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Week 27: Pursuing peace

  I love that State Farm commercial for “all the never(s) in life.” In case you haven’t seen it, it’s a collection of a few snapshots from a man’s point of view. It stars with him claiming he will never … 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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Birthday ball

Chasing a toddler around all day puts me to bed faster than sipping NyQuil and folding socks. The night brings a baby screaming for a) midnight snacks, b) snuggles in my bed and/or c) lost pacifiers. The day-time runaround coupled with the … Continue reading

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Special delivery: The birth of Warren

I will never forget the way my heart skipped beats when I first saw that positive pregnancy test. My husband and I found out we were going to be parents during the week of our first anniversary—there’s no greater gift … Continue reading

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On the registry

As you know, we’re getting closer to welcoming boy No. 3, and the idea of us creating a registry is so far-fetched it’s beyond words. For us, anyway. First child: The registry is all-encompassing. Everything and anything you think you need (plus … Continue reading

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Week 38: A little click, a little crack

This week has been a busy one! It included a baby party in my classroom, where the majority of my students think I am having a girl. They offered name suggestions and ideas of when the baby will be born, … Continue reading

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Time well spent

After getting her 4-year vaccinations at her most recent check-up, Anaïs came down with a fever as she typically does. It’s a “normal” reaction to getting shots, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less easy to watch your child suffer … Continue reading

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Week 26: Modesty milestones

Pregnancy is full of milestones charting the progress of a growing baby. There is the “fruit of the week” milestone to show the baby’s size, three trimester milestones every couple of months and new symptoms to go with each one … 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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Mama friends

The more the merrier—solid advice when you’re organizing house parties, making cheese plates and, IMHO, building a mama tribe. We’re hosting a birthday bash for Max next month, so I’m sipping coffee, trolling websites for healthy smash cakes, and feeling … Continue reading

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