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Stress is a thief

I really don’t like to pull the hormonal card, but for once, I am hoping I can place some blame on the emotional whirlwind that is pregnancy. I’m not sure this is even related to pregnancy hormones, but I am … Continue reading

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Week 27: You are my son-shine

I have a wonderful 9-year-old daughter and two delightful sons, ages 3 and 6. It would be easy to get excited about adding another girl to the mix, but you know, having a herd of boys has its perks, too. … Continue reading

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Getting all emotional

As I promised I would in my last post, I bought Lydia a balloon this week after getting back from traveling to New York. Well, I would have bought it, but the kind grocery store employee thought Lydia was so … Continue reading

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Week 26: Tick, tick, tick

Just this week I realized, courtesy of my baby registry’s countdown, that there are fewer than 100 days until my due date. I am closing in on the end of the second trimester at a rapid pace, and I can’t … Continue reading

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Week 36: Preparing for birth at home

As I enter the last month of this pregnancy, I am starting to realize how very behind I am in my preparedness for both the baby and the birth. For some reason, it’s still so surreal that it’s happening at … Continue reading

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How many weeks?

You know what I think I just realized? I still haven’t shared the gender of our second baby, even though we have known for weeks! Is that correct? I think it is! Sadly, this is not surprising to me, and … Continue reading

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Week 26: June is not soon

It’s crazy how pregnant I look—there’s such a difference even over the last two weeks! I’m struggling to wrap my mind around doing this for another three months. My belly will be out of control. I’m at the point now … Continue reading

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It’s just good to be home

This last week at work has been rough. I usually manage to get most of my work done in time to leave the office by 6 every evening, but due to some changes at work, this week has required much … Continue reading

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Week 25: Waiting and wondering

At this point in my pregnancy, I’m still popping by my OB’s office every four weeks to make sure Birdie and I are A-OK. Most of the time I try to avoid doctor visits, but from the moment my appointment ends, … Continue reading

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Week 35: How we nest

Every pregnancy of mine has been paired with some major home renovation project. This is partly due to the fact that we have been working on the house pretty much nonstop since we bought it eight years ago. However, there is … Continue reading

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Sliced bread

OK, I know it’s a little drab when someone goes on and on about their kid. I remember when I started blogging for P&N, and someone said to me, “It’s great to have an outlet to brag on baby.” She … Continue reading

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Week 25: Back to reality

It is so hard to come back from vacation! When my alarm sounded this morning, I closed my eyes and remembered a few days ago, waking up to the sound of crashing waves, early sunlight streaming through the window and … Continue reading

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The first month of parenting as told by Google searches

You can tell a lot about a person from their recent Google search history, and I’m willing to bet that new parents are some of Google’s most active users. My wife and I searched so many things in the first … Continue reading

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Week 24: Camera shy

The other day I posted this photo on Instagram. It’s not the prettiest picture, but it made me so happy to see my main squeeze, my goofy dog and my bump all in one rectangle—and all piled up on one … 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 23: Eat this not that

Way back when Lee and I decided to first start trying to make a baby, I took a farewell tour of all of the yummy foods I’d be forced to forego the moment a positive pregnancy test turned up. We … Continue reading

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Snapchat baby

As I mentioned in my post last week, although not without its challenges, I actually enjoyed the newborn phase. After publishing that post, Hannah and I spent some time reminiscing about what our lives were like while Lydia was still … 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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Jeans too tight

Even though my pregnancies were pretty much back-to-back, I still forgot about some of the unfortunate things ladies go through—most notably, the “not pregnant enough to wear maternity clothes/nothing feels comfortable/the seasons are changing, so there’s no point in buying … 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 23: The time has come

When I find myself resorting to the old rubber band trick, I know it’s time to pull out the maternity wear. I sent Shawn up in the attic for my big box of maternity clothes, not really remembering what was … Continue reading

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Week 22: Up close and personal

The highlight of this week was without a doubt my second trimester ultrasound. (That’s the big one!) Lee and I got to see some seriously amazing close-ups of our bitty bean. Honestly, I think I was in awe the whole time, … Continue reading

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4 Reasons why I love the newborn stage

Before Lydia was born, it seemed like everyone Hannah and I talked to stressed all the things we wouldn’t be able to do once we had a baby. Comments like, “Say goodbye to your sleep!” and, “Forget about having time … Continue reading

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Childcare crunch

While pregnant with my daughter, childcare was a topic I said I would “get to eventually.” I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to return to work after maternity leave, so the bulk of weekly hours were taken care of. … Continue reading

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The “I’m done have babies” feeling

As baby No. 4 nears her first birthday, I am faced with the reality that I’ll never have an infant again. The other night as this thought passed through my mind, I looked at my husband and shouted at him … Continue reading

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Week 21: The old and the new

I’m having my third boy in a row, so you might think I already have all the boy supplies I could possibly need. Like Ariel, “Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl; the girl who has … everything?” And I do … Continue reading

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Jumping the gun on parenthood

“Wait, is that one line or two? I can’t tell.” “I don’t know; there is definitely one line and maybe a faint second?” They say you’re supposed to let the pregnancy test sit for a few minutes before reading the … Continue reading

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Week 21: Piece by piece

This pregnancy is becoming a lot more real. I finally have a bump that’s basically impossible to ignore. We have boxes and boxes of baby stuff arriving on our doorstep on the regular. And—to make room for all this stuff—Lee … Continue reading

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A self-dressing miracle

Our mornings are hectic. Like, really hectic. Neither my husband nor I are really morning people, which means we’re usually both trying to avoid getting out of bed until the last possible moment. And although the kids are more than … Continue reading

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Mr. Mom

Although I didn’t go back to work after having my daughter, I never lost the desire to learn and use my brain for things outside of my mom role (though that’s plenty!). I started an internship a few weeks ago … Continue reading

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Week 20: The bedtime buffet

Every pregnancy brings its own unique challenges. This time, I’m keeping it fresh with a health complication I’ve never experienced before: anemia. Fortunately, this one seems pretty easy to remedy! I had not experienced anemia inside or outside of pregnancy … Continue reading

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Week 20: Happy halfway!

It’s official. I am halfway through this pregnancy, and I still can’t believe it! In honor of this special milestone, I’m sharing 20 things about life at 20 weeks. Here we go … The kicks are coming more frequently. What … Continue reading

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The good in the world

People often ask what it was like going from three kids to four. I know the experience is different for everyone, but for me, going from three to four was totally overwhelming. Before we had the fourth kid, I felt … 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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Safe place

This is going to sound like a big, fat “DUH!” But until this week, I didn’t realize how much a mother represents safety to her baby outside of the womb. After my daughter’s very first “boo-boo” occurred the other morning, … Continue reading

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Choking hazard

We officially have a crawling, talking, giggling 8-month-old! Life has gotten a lot more interesting in the new year. The transition to baby mobility is amazing, albeit exhausting. If she’s not making a beeline for the dog food, she’s climbing … Continue reading

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Week 19: The wild world of pregnancy dreams

Prior to my baby-baking days, I would have odd dreams on occasion. I might even remember one when I woke up, but as unlikely as many of them were to happen in real life (like a break-in at our home or … 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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Oh, dada

Well, my intuition served me WRONG! No twins for us! I don’t want to say I am “relieved” because we would welcome any child(ren) into our home, but my wallet is probably sweating fewer bullets. Aside from the baby bloat, … Continue reading

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Week 18: A bell pepper to add to the mix

According to the world wide web, at 18 weeks, baby is close to the size of a bell pepper: 7 ounces and 5.5 inches from head to rump. I feel him/her moving all the time now, but I can only … Continue reading

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Week 18: Was that what I think it was?

The other day I texted my husband from the opposite end of our house to “Come here! Hurry!” (I can be rather lazy when I want to be, and pregnancy isn’t helping matters.) Anyway, I heard him rush from the … Continue reading

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Us in a nutshell

It sometimes happens that I have all these great ideas for things to write about swirling around in my head all week, and then when I sit down to actually write, I can’t remember a single thing I wanted to … Continue reading

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Break out the folic acid (again)

Surprise, surprise! We have a big announcement: After a long six whopping months of parenthood, we are somewhat shocked to announce we are pregnant with baby No. 2! Wow! Let me address the initial questions in your head. No, we are … Continue reading

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Week 17: Countdown to doughnuts

The gender reveal party craze has totally taken off since I had my first. I blame Pinterest. And other social media. But mainly Pinterest. Every pregnancy, I’ve gone to my 20-week-ish ultrasound, found out the gender, and then let family … Continue reading

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One and done?

It seems like from the moment my daughter came out of the womb, family, friends, and more often than not, total strangers have been asking when we’re going to have another one. Just, stop right there.  Why is the size … Continue reading

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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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