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Sitting tight

My cousin’s baby started crawling at 5 months. Five. Months. He was walking before he turned 9 months, and now he’s a terrifying 11-month-old who can back his way off her bed and is way too interested in the stairs. And then … Continue reading

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Week 37: Struggles of a “working” SAHM

37, 38, 39 … wait what? Are we really less than two weeks away from welcoming our little man into the world? The end of this week we will mark 38 weeks, and some days I still can’t believe it. Other days (like … Continue reading

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Nom nom

As many overzealous parents are wont to do, I’d like to celebrate the passage of another developmental milestone. Our little guy has recently started exploring the world of solid foods. He’s 7 months old now, so there’s nothing too surprising about … Continue reading

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Happy first birthday, Bea!

As of Tuesday, April 21, I have a 1-year-old. That just sounds and feels and is completely crazy. Please excuse my shock. It’s just that, at the risk of sounding cliché, the time went by so, so fast. An entire … Continue reading

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Week 23: Let the wild rumpus start

So, pregnancy hormones. They’re weird and sudden, abrupt and at times, rude. On any given day, I’m pretty sure I function quite normally in my pleasantly plump state. You might even say that I actually enjoy being pregnant. But since … Continue reading

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Just a quick thank you

Usually the subject of these blog posts is me either talking about the struggles and wonders of being a dad—or the amazing things my little boy does. This week, however, I want to talk about my partner. Unfortunately, to do … Continue reading

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The eyes have it

I had an appointment with my eye doctor last week. I’ve worn contacts since I was 10—my vision is pretty bad. But it’s not nearly as awful as it was before I started having kids. That’s right—I’m living, sometimes bespectacled, … Continue reading

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Week 36: Is it over yet?

Our week 35 was a little scary. I’m so thankful to be past that—and to find out that everything is fine with our little man. We had our 36-week checkup last Friday. I was two centimeters dilated and 70 percent thinned … Continue reading

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The key to happiness

I recently discovered the key to true happiness. I’m certain of it because I was truly happy this past weekend. I experienced moments of indescribable bliss that no smile or song can adequately convey. This happiness did not come from … Continue reading

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My dirty little darlings

This spring is shaping up to be a whirlwind for the McKinley crew! It kicked off with my sister’s wedding in Oklahoma, which was beautiful and perfect and featured the most charming little flower girl, if I do say so … Continue reading

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A little bit of me

This is my 20th blog for Pregnancy & Newborn, and I cannot quite believe two things: how quickly time has gone and that I’ve found something to talk about 19 times before this blog post (although most of that talking … Continue reading

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When instinct trumps philosophy

There was a time when my wife and I voraciously consumed books and articles and advice about all the practical minutia of baby care. We were determined to have a well-researched and firm conviction about every possible parenting practice imaginable, … Continue reading

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My top gear for the first year

I already mentioned the baby things that I could’ve probably done without during Bea’s first year, so it only seems fitting to highlight the other end of the spectrum: all of my most favorite gear. As everyone’s comments revealed on … Continue reading

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Week 21: Hungry like the wolf

Let’s take a moment to talk about food. Food, glorious food! We all need it to survive. There are magazines dedicated to its art form, as well as cookbooks and blogs that praise one of the very basic necessities of … Continue reading

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Slow to start: The birth of Garrity

I was induced 10 days after my due date. My doctor would have let me go to 42 weeks before induction, but at this point I was 41-and-a-half weeks pregnant; I’d tried every natural way to induce labor and had … Continue reading

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A tough tightrope to walk

It’s been quite a challenging few weeks since I last posted but not because of Ben, he’s been his usual wonderful self, and every day he has done something that makes me want to laugh and cry simultaneously. It’s been … Continue reading

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The biter

She has a tooth now—a single, teensy little tooth—and oh boy, is she using it. At 8 1/2 months, she’s still investigating the world mouth first, except now she’s armed and dangerous. She’s managed to dig that little tooth into everything from … Continue reading

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Week 34: Packing the hospital bag

Is it just me or do these last few weeks of pregnancy feel like it takes a lifetime? We went for our 34 week checkup, and everything is measuring right on track. We will go again at 36 weeks … … Continue reading

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Sounds

We just passed the 7-month mark with our little guy. There are so many fun things happening with him right now. What that stood out the most to me this week were his sounds. He has quite a few of them now, … Continue reading

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Week 20: Boy, oh, boy!

“It’s a BOY!” I could hardly believe it. But I did believe it. Of course I did. The very obvious proof was right in front of me, and there was absolutely no denying that the little one kicking and doing … Continue reading

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The (non) social butterfly

Four months on, and my part-time mama’s girl hasn’t really made any big strides in that department. She’s in love with her dad now—and I’m so freaking grateful because it makes life that much easier—but I’m still her go-to the … Continue reading

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Week 33: Downtime

About two weeks ago I remember telling my husband. “If it weren’t for my belly I would forget I was pregnant!” and then we would laugh and change the subject. Fast forward two weeks, and I have completely changed my … Continue reading

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Sick

I came up the stairs a few nights ago to find my wife pacing in our room clutching the little guy to her chest. Her eyes were red and misty, and there were tear streaks on her checks. “What’s wrong?” … Continue reading

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Our top 5 barely used baby items

I’ve never cleaned out more closets than I have in the past year. I feel like the subject of binging and purging on baby gear has seen more than its fair share of my attention in the blogosphere, but I … Continue reading

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Week 19: When it rains, it pours

A few days ago, our 3-year-old, Anaïs, got a mean case of tummy troubles that had her out for two full days. It had been going around school, and it was only a matter of time before she caught it. … Continue reading

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Finally a family: The birth of Ivy

I wish this was one of those birth stories where it’s a beautiful delivery, and you’re on your way out of the hospital in two days with. But, sadly, it did not go that way for us. We struggled through … Continue reading

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Baby stages

A friend of mine had her third baby this week, her second little boy. It was a quick and easy delivery, and as I looked at all the pictures of my proud and tired friend with her tiny new baby … Continue reading

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Just me and the little man

Ben is now more than 3 months old! Three months! Where has the time gone? and this week I have had the first full day without my other half around. It was just me and the little man. Since he arrived … Continue reading

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Thumbs are overrated

When someone says the word “baby,” the first image that comes to mind for me is an infant sucking his or her thumb. Our little guy doesn’t exactly fit the mold, though. Some might say he marches to the beat … Continue reading

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A case of the remember whens

This weekend it was finally warm enough in Colorado to dig into my spring wardrobe. To honor the welcome pause in boot weather, I dusted off my favorite pair of gold flats—only to notice the toes were scuffed and blackened. … Continue reading

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Week 18: All the feels

Over the weekend we met a 6-day-old baby girl who we all fell in love with. She’s the first child of friends of ours and is perfect. Holding her for the first time made me melt. Then, I saw my … Continue reading

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Only daddy in day group

In last week’s post, I said I would talk about the activity group for babies I went to during my week off of work. As promised, here it is … I feel like I should start with “once upon a … Continue reading

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And then there were four: The birth of Grace Elizabeth

We have a fourth family member! It is always such a crazy thing to have a baby in your belly one day, and then cuddling her in your arms the next. The week before our little girl arrived, our town … Continue reading

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And one day, she had a tooth

Some weeks, it seems like so much happens in my little girl’s life. In a matter of days, and sometimes just hours, she’s sitting up like she’s been doing it forever. She suddenly discovers the joy that is playing peekaboo. … Continue reading

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Week 31: The choice between breastfeeding and bottle-feeding

Week 31 of this pregnancy has probably been like week 31 of most pregnancies. I’m just ready to get this baby out! At this point in the third trimester everything just becomes uncomfortable. I can’t seem to find a comfortable … Continue reading

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Sickies

We’re back from our travels. We had a great time connecting with family and enjoying the beauty of the Northwest. As good as the time was, though, we couldn’t wait to get back to mama and our littles. Sadly, when … Continue reading

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Week 17: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

My pre-pregnancy jeans can no longer be buttoned, let alone zipped up. And wearing the belly band attempting to hold them in place feels like an exercise in futility. Nearly four years ago and pregnant for the first time, I … Continue reading

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Date night

I’ve had a week off of work, and what a fantastic week it was. I’ve spent some wonderful time with my little man, and his infectious little giggle is such a gift when he shares it with me. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Give and take: The birth of Maximilian

I’d never given much thought to becoming a mom. I’d never dreamt of becoming one, nor did I ever think I’d be nurturing enough for the job. In my mind, motherhood took someone like my mom—selfless, with saint-like patience, an … Continue reading

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Ditching the bucket seat

I’ve been fighting the idea for a few weeks now, but I can’t pretend for much longer. The truth is, our 7-month-old is almost out of her bucket seat. And that’s so great! It’s also not so great. First, the … Continue reading

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Week 30: Newborn days

Every time I think about adding a new baby to our family, all I can think about are the newborn days. With my first I was clueless of those days. During that pregnancy I would think about bringing her home, … Continue reading

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Traveling

All of our extended family lives a few thousand miles away from where we live, so visits are rather infrequent. We long for time to be together with those members of our extended family. We deeply desire that our kids … Continue reading

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Cruising out of babyhood

I’m not sure how it’s possible, but Bea is 10 months old. And time isn’t the only thing that’s cruising by—Bea has also started making lots of forward progress on her own two tiny feet. Walking is one milestone I’m … Continue reading

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Week 16: Here we grow again!

Hello, sweet readers! I’m Tanya, P&N’s latest Knocked Up blogger, and I’m thrilled to have you along for the ride. My husband Jesse, daughter Anaïs and I live in Atlanta where we can be found discovering new haunts or dancing … Continue reading

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A week of firsts

Wow! What a week! What a wonderful week. Last week we had a party, the first for Baby Ben, and it’s started a trend firsts for the O’Sullivan family—and two of them are massive ones. I want to start with … Continue reading

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The rules (of introducing new foods)

Is your baby ready for solid foods? Here’s how you know … Baby hold up his own little head. Baby can sit upright without too much wobbling. Baby can pass toys/keys/spoons back and forth between his own hands. Baby shoves everything into … Continue reading

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And baby makes three: The birth of Isaac Henry

Saturday, October 15 was the big due date, and I had been having contractions for two hours every two minutes. I wouldn’t call them painful, but they were uncomfortable. All the professionals live by the 5-1-1 rule. Contractions every five minutes, … Continue reading

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Week 29: Healthy snack options

Most days I still wake up and think, geez, where did this belly come from? It really is like it happened over night. Our baby shower is coming up this weekend, and the thought of it makes this thing real! Nine weeks … Continue reading

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No sick day for mommy

I don’t get sick very often, but with all the illness that’s being passed around lately it seemed inevitable that the sniffles would catch me at some point. That point just happened to be this week. Despite nearly drowning myself … Continue reading

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Week 37: To epidural or not to epidural

I know what you are thinking … Oh geez, a post about some pregnant lady’s quest to make me agree with her stance on using or not using pain medication for delivering MY baby! She’s either going to call it … Continue reading

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