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Week 17: The makings of a bump

Growing a bump, much like growing—well—anything, is a slow process. Until this week, the bulk of my expansion has been about 6 inches north of my belly. I was beginning to wonder if my baby mistakenly migrated to my boobs … 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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Because I’m a mom

Because I’m a mom, I take the night shift AND the day shift. Because I’m a mom, I forgo the good kind of sleep, for now, and I listen to you babble your own baby language while you claw my … Continue reading

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Week 16: Prego makeover

Sometimes, when your skin is going crazy but you can’t do much for it, and your waistline gets a little thicker every day, you really need to get your hair done! And seriously, isn’t makeup wonderful? I thank heaven I … 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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Week 15: Second tri

At 15-ish weeks, I’m officially in the second trimester! I’m feeling more secure about the pregnancy, slightly more energetic, and definitely more pregnant than I have so far. I sometimes find myself holding my back and walking like a big … Continue reading

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Week 16: Morning, noon and night sickness … still

As soon as I saw the positive pregnancy test, I knew it was coming. I am the person who always finds a way to get sick, so there was no way I would make it through the first trimester unscathed … 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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Team effort: The birth of Topher

For more than nine months, our prayers (and the prayers of so many for us) were for a natural delivery of a healthy baby. At 20 weeks, that prayer evolved to a natural delivery of a healthy baby BOY. From the … Continue reading

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Speaking life

I want to address something too many of us have fallen victim to or been a part of as parents. Whether you’re on the giving or receiving side, shaming in any way shouldn’t have a voice within our society. The … Continue reading

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Week 14: Sick for the holidays

Funny: As I was quickly typo-ing the headline, it autocorrected to “sick of the holidays.” No, I’m not sick of the holidays! I’m just sick of being sick. Last week I came down with the most miserable cold. I mean, … 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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A genuine gift

As the holidays roll in, I notice a different joy in my heart that started out small and continues to grow, just like the Grinch. Although I wouldn’t compare myself to him, and I have always loved Christmas, I can … Continue reading

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Week 13: Maternity wardrobe DIY?

Since fall, I’ve been working on my domestic skills with my friend Janet who lives around the corner. Janet is around my mom’s age, and she is my role model! The woman can seriously do anything. Besides her full-time career, … 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 gets better

I want to shout from the rooftops of the highest point, because I am so thankful and happy! We seem to have finally transitioned out of the 4-month sleep regression, and I can confidently say we are all sleeping better … 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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My mom fear

Marriage and motherhood have both been the most refining processes of my life. Once I entered into each, there was a moment I realized this is “forever,” and my innermost vulnerabilities cringed at the idea of being seen by another … Continue reading

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Week 11: First tri symptoms

Compared to many of my friends’ experiences, my pregnancies are super easy. So I really can’t complain. … Kidding, of course I can complain! I have had the good fortune to reach 11 weeks without once overturning my stomach’s contents, … Continue reading

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Six months out

When I woke up this morning, it dawned on me that I have a 6-month-old. My daughter has been out of the womb for six whole months. We’re HALFWAY to having a 1-year-old! Some days I think to myself, how … 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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An uphill battle: The birth of Lily

As I sit here typing with my 3-week-old daughter sleeping on my lap, our 32-hour struggle to bring her into this world seems so surreal. As if out of a movie, my contractions started around midnight during the only thunder … Continue reading

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What it’s like

A very common question a new mom receives postpartum is, “So, how is it being a mom?” This question mainly comes from people without children because the ones with children know it can be a complex question to ponder, let … Continue reading

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Week 10: The last first appointment

Monday’s OB appointment felt so much like my last one, almost a year ago. Both appointments were for a first ultrasound and initial pregnancy exam. Both times, I knew I was well into the first trimester. Both times, I’d experienced … 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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Easy traditions

I would like to think for many families the topic of family traditions gets brought up regularly around the holidays. This is true for Matt and me, and it has become especially exciting to think about now that we have … Continue reading

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Meant to be: The birth of Rowen

This birth story is for those who are scared of child birth. It’s a relief in the stormy wind of child-bearing hurricanes. Not that I am anything special of a woman—or that any method or way we chose was better—but … 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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Bellamy’s first blowout

Yes, you read the title correctly. It was THAT memorable for me. I knew from the beginning poop was part of the equation of having a baby, but there’s nothing quite like the first “up the back” poop explosion. Let’s … Continue reading

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Mini miracle: The birth of Sullivan

On Wednesday, November 9, we welcomed our sweet baby boy, Sullivan, into the world. He came a week early, which was a big surprise because his sister was a week late. He came at 7:06 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces and … 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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Perfect storm: The birth of Stanley

My son’s birth story does not begin on his birth day, it begins three years prior—two years, 11 months and two days to be exact. That’s when I gave birth to my first born, a beautiful baby girl named Makena. Like many … Continue reading

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Un-tagged

A few months after I found out I was pregnant, my sister got engaged to her longtime boyfriend! My family was so excited to be growing by two in the coming year. I remember thinking, minimally, about being a bridesmaid … Continue reading

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Week 38: Hospital tours and membrane sweeps

These final weeks are whizzing by, but somehow it still feels like I have forever until I get to cuddle my sweet baby. I know all too well that when it comes to the arrival of babies, no amount of … 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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Looking back

It’s been nearly a year since I began writing about my experiences as an at-home dad expecting a newborn (for the third time) for Pregnancy & Newborn, and it’s been a blast. I’ve tried to enlighten you about life as … Continue reading

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What stress?

I don’t mean to brag, but on good days, I am genuinely impressed with the new me. The “new me” meaning the mom I have become thanks to Bellamy. Whether I like it or not, being a mom doesn’t make … Continue reading

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Introducing my daughter to autism

When I was 10 years old, my younger brother was diagnosed with autism. At the time, I didn’t understand what that meant or just how much autism would affect the lives of everyone in my family. My parents (and grandparents) … Continue reading

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Week 37: Why I’m nervous to breastfeed again

My first experience with breastfeeding was an absolute dream. Well, to be fair we had a rocky first two weeks, but that was only because I was given some terrible advice from my pediatrician. Once I trusted my mama instincts, … 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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Foodie in the making

As planned, we introduced Austin to solid foods. Was it a success? Is it a complete and utter mess after he’s done eating? Is he upset when it’s gone? The answer to all of those questions is a resounding YES! We’ve … Continue reading

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Week 36: Packing our bags

I wish that packing our bags referred to prepping for some sort of tropical getaway—or at least an overnight trip somewhere fun. Instead, we are preparing for what might possibly be the most stressful and painful experience of my life. … 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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Comfy cozy: The birth of Vivienne

On January 9 at 9 a.m., Vivienne Lani Dinh was born, weighing in a 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 21.5 inches long. All the anticipation and waiting for nine months, and she was officially here—we couldn’t have been happier or … Continue reading

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Introducing … food!

We haven’t begun giving Austin pureed human food yet, but we will soon. The reason being he’s been less and less tired around his bedtime of 7 o’clock. Linds will feed him, and he sits there, eyes open, staring at … Continue reading

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Stranger danger

I remember feeling slightly offended anytime I would gawk at how cute or sweet a baby was, only to have their parent(s) seem dismissive of my comment or give a passive, “Thanks.” I thought, “How weird! When I have a … Continue reading

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Week 39: False alarm

I think the last week of pregnancy is meant to prepare you mentally for the addition of a new baby—just teetering on the edge of sanity. Every day we wonder if today will be the day that I go into … Continue reading

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The postpartum body dilemma

What should my body look like at four months postpartum? The question had been looming in my mind well throughout my pregnancy, but this was the first time I found myself actually Googling it. My search returned pages and pages … Continue reading

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Week 35: What’s in a name?

In my opinion, giving your child a name is one of the most intimidating parts about being a parent. There are so many things to consider and so many ways things can go terribly wrong. What if my child grows … Continue reading

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