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Week 31: Hi, I’m a mom … sort of

When I thought about what it would be like to be pregnant, to be on this path toward motherhood, I always imagined that I’d experience some great awakening inside me. That I would become a mother. That I would embrace … Continue reading

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Thoughts on baby No. 2

We’re down to the final week before the due date of our baby boy, and we’re starting to get a little anxious. Hannah knows from her experience with our first baby that she needs to find lots of things to … Continue reading

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To-go box

Guys, it happened. My worst nightmare. OK, that’s dramatic, but it is something I have been dreading/hoping wouldn’t happen to me! Up until this week, we have been very fortunate to have a well-behaved child at restaurants and other social events. … Continue reading

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Week 31: April fool me once

April 18 came and went, and I did not have a baby! This is great news because my husband, daughter and younger son all share that birthday. There are more people in our house born on April 18 than not. … Continue reading

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Week 30: A little reminder

After sharing my blog post from last week, a sweet mama gave me a gentle reminder on Instagram that I needed to hear. I have a long list of things to get done in the next nine weeks—a whopping total of … Continue reading

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The bed and breakfast routine

As a working father, I often worry about getting enough quality time with my 1-year-old daughter. I work roughly 50 hours a week from about 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. If you tack on commute time then it’s … Continue reading

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Available for rent

Matt and I were walking through a supply store the other day when we saw a sign that read “available for rent.” We both took notice and looked at each other. We laughed knowing we were thinking the same thing, “This … Continue reading

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Week 30: Bottoms up

As a third trimester door prize, I got to take a glucose test this week! I haven’t had one with every pregnancy, but I know I had one during pregnancy No. 2, because I failed the first test and had … Continue reading

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Week 29: The beginning of the end

I have hit the third trimester deluge, and I am definitely feeling the pressure to get stuff done. (Confession: I may or may not have gotten overly emotional after leaving the Motor Vehicle Tag & Title office because I was … Continue reading

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Week 39: Riding out the storms

It’s been a stormy week, both literally and figuratively; the bizarre weather patterns outside our windows mirrored the emotional tides within our home. The week started with spring rain and built into actual thunderstorms. I had to drive an hour … Continue reading

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Moms can hang, too

Before my daughter was born, I remember vowing to myself I wouldn’t subscribe to the idea you can’t do something because of having a baby. I knew families who claimed to never go to brunch or venture out beyond a … Continue reading

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Week 29: Greetings from St. George

It’s Spring Break, people! As Atlantans, we drove south a few hours so we could spend the break in Florida; now living in Salt Lake City, a four-hour drive south takes us to sunny St. George. We’re near Zion National … Continue reading

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Week 28: Stranger things

Can I just take a minute to say that sometimes it is really weird to be pregnant? Being your budding babe’s home sweet home for the first nine months is basically the coolest thing. (Our bodies are amazing!) But all … Continue reading

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4 Pieces of advice for taking family photos

We live pretty close to our state capitol building, which is famous for the pathways lined with cherry blossoms that surround it. For a few short weeks in the spring (or less, depending on how crazy the weather gets), the … Continue reading

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Week 38: “How much longer until the newborn baby is born?”

I’ve heard this question a lot through this pregnancy from my 4-year-old, who always refers to the baby as “the newborn baby.” Time is such a hard concept for young kids to grasp that I’ve often been unsure how to … Continue reading

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Hold her!

I heard a podcast the other day discussing fulfilling your calling. Andy Stanley—the speaker—spoke frankly of the change that can occur when you choose to invest in something of importance. I’m paraphrasing here, but he basically said it would take … Continue reading

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Week 28: Baby what’s-his-name

Last night I dreamt that baby had arrived and I was taking care of him. In the morning, I asked myself, “Did he have a name? What was his name??” But if he did have a name in the dream, … Continue reading

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Week 27: Cause for pause, er, paws

Exactly one year and one day after we got married, Lee and I met a tiny furball with big ears and fell in love. Our dog, Fig, is definitely the baby of our family right now. She loves cuddles and … Continue reading

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Babies raising babies: A birth story

As Hannah continues to prepare for round two of childbirth, I thought it would be fitting to share a condensed version of Lydia’s birth story from almost a year and a half ago. Experiencing Lydia’s birth will forever be one … Continue reading

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Week 37: Sick and tired

It started with my 4-year-old. For a couple weeks, she had been coughing. No one else had gotten it until my younger daughter and my husband both caught it the same night. Thanks to my eight years as a public school … Continue reading

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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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