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Week 39: Time marches on

It’s a little surreal to be writing these words, but the time is nearly here. My life as a single unit, free of anyone else’s say-so, is nearing an end. I’m 39 weeks today—39 big ones! I had my appointment … Continue reading

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Not-so-good night

Well, unfortunately co-sleeping is not working for our family anymore. Our sweet little boy is a wild man at night, kicking and flopping about. He also thinks he should have 24-7 access to the “breastaurant,” which is keeping me up … Continue reading

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Week 16: The one where the milk almost killed me

Last week I decided that I had to give up exercising altogether. Until that point, I’d been working out three times a week since I decided to stop being a lazy jerk back in January.  When the SI joint pain started … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Tanya!

Our Knocked Up blogger Tanya recently welcomed a new little family member. Click here to read the story of her home birth.

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Right at home: The birth of Akira

For those of you who have followed along during my pregnancy, you know that in what has now become my last Knocked-Up blog post, I was having some false labor and a whole lotta Braxton Hicks contractions that were leading me … Continue reading

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Week 38: She makes me brave

In a past blog post, I wrote about the anticipation Darrin and I have about what baby girl will be like when she arrives—the parts of us she would acquire, and those we hoped we could spare her. I wrote … Continue reading

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Signing off

Our little guy turns 1 year old this week. This event also marks the end of my journey writing for Pregnancy & Newborn’s Dad’s Eye View blog. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share a bit of my journey in … Continue reading

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It takes a village

There is a saying: It takes a village to raise a child. As a new mother, I’m realizing more and more the importance of finding your village, your community. As hard as people try, no one can prepare you ahead … Continue reading

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Week 15: The one where there are so many other thoughts to think

I can remember back to my first pregnancy when I basically had nothing else going on in my life. I mean, I was working but only part-time, teaching a class at the local university and going to graduate school, and … Continue reading

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Six weeks of summer: Week 4, a week away

During my summer break from work, I have been spending some quality time with my little man, and although I’m very grateful my profession allows this to happen, I forgot that I’m actually blessed for it. After speaking with friends about … Continue reading

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Week 37: Growing pains

For the record, I’d like to state that I am not giving up quite yet on my stance that I am OK with baby girl hanging out right where she is for a bit longer. However, things have changed pretty … Continue reading

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Upside down and turned around

Our little guy is almost a year old. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen him stretching out and bulking up considerably. As he’s grown, he’s also become more playful. His greater strength and mass have made him more capable … Continue reading

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Two tiny teeth

Right on time, Graham has sprouted two darling, little, razor-sharp teeth. With his big 6-month birthday just a couple days away, I knew it was likely to happen soon. For the past couple of days, little man has been a fussy … Continue reading

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Week 14: The one where the kids find out

When I found out I was pregnant, my husband and I decided that we’d wait to tell our two older kids (ages 5 and 3) until after we had the first ultrasound. Because you just never know what might happen, and I … Continue reading

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Six weeks of summer: Week 3, visiting the childminder

As you all know I am currently on leave from work and have six weeks where I get to spend all of my time with my little man. So far it’s been amazing—I feel like I’m really bonding with him, and … Continue reading

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Week 36: The waiting game

The waiting game is one I’ve played before—but never like this. Usually, when waiting for impending news, an important event, or mere a yes or no, the wait either leads to something exceptional—or something not so wonderful. Waiting for baby I’m … Continue reading

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I don’t want him to be sedated

Some of us might have fond adolescent memories of the punk band The Ramones, whose hits include a song called, “I Want to be Sedated.” The song is catchy, and it articulates the angst of our generation as we were … Continue reading

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Parenting predictions

Before becoming a parent, I knew exactly what kind of mom I was going to be. I knew I would have it all under control. How hard could it be? No little 10-20 pound person was going to get the … Continue reading

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Week 39: The lion sleeps tonight

Well, the full moon came and went with nothing but more prodromal labor and no baby in sight. Le sigh. So to keep my mind off of it, we enjoyed the company of my sister and her beautiful family who … Continue reading

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Week 13: The one where I’m old

It was brought to my attention last week that I am now in fact old. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve known all along that I am getting older. I just didn’t realize that I am officially “old.” But I am. … Continue reading

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Six weeks of summer: Week 2, bonding with my boy

So last week I began the six weeks of summer where I get to spend some quality time one-on-one with my little boy (as my partner’s maternity leave has sadly run out). And it wasn’t the greatest start—we had the builders in … Continue reading

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Week 35: Becoming ‘mommy and daddy’

Last Thursday morning I had what I’ve coined a “life-first.” I woke up early to put on real makeup, made coffee and poured it into a travel mug, and headed out the door to my—wait for it—first ever, pre-scheduled daycare … Continue reading

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Partners then parents

Balancing being a mama and a wife is no easy task. I spend so much energy trying to find time to be with my baby while being a working mom that it’s easy to forget about everything and everyone else—including … Continue reading

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Week 38: Once in a blue moon

This is what it’s like to be at the tail end of the 38th week of pregnancy … I can no longer wear my wedding ring because my fingers are akin to those of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Sleeping through the … Continue reading

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Week 12: It’s a lot like being stabbed with a knife

I was all ready to write a post about the terrible sciatica I’ve been having. Only, as it turns out, I haven’t been having sciatica at all. (So good thing I didn’t write that post.) That would have been embarrassingly misinformed. … Continue reading

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Six weeks of summer: Week 1, a life on the road

For all of Ben’s life my partner has been at home with him, tending to his needs, making him laugh, helping him develop his routines, which best suit him and keeping him safe. I tell her all the time that … Continue reading

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Week 34: Sharing is caring

Sharing is caring—perhaps one of the simplest, yet truest mottos in the English language. From the playground to adult life, I feel that sharing is one of the purest, least complicated ways we can show we genuinely care about another … Continue reading

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Baby Graham weaning the way

A major and exciting milestone has been reached here in the Morrison household. Little Graham has ventured into the world of real food! It happened a few days ago when my parents and sister were over for a big family … Continue reading

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Week 11: A slight change in delivery

Three of the four positive pregnancy tests I’ve taken in my life have been in the bathroom at work. Always in the same stall. This has nothing to do with anything except that I feel as though it helps to illustrate the … Continue reading

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Week 37: True or false

This week has been pretty eventful and pretty exciting. My nesting instinct is stronger than it’s ever been, and it feels like I’m really checking stuff off our to-do list. Jesse even put together Anaïs’s loft bed in her room … Continue reading

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A thought about the concept of time

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted and for that I’m sorry. When life gets busy a month can fly by, and although in that time I’m not any different, as a month in adult terms is such a short … Continue reading

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Week 33: Blank canvas baby

Here’s the thing: I really, really don’t like pink. I’m not into princesses, dance or diamonds. I wouldn’t say I’m a tomboy, but I do love my neutrals. Speaking of muted colors—I have probably used the word “neutral” one too many … Continue reading

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Stair training

When most people speak of training on the stairs, they are referring to a form of exercise in which they run up and down stairs to increase strength and endurance, but we have been talking about a different kind of … Continue reading

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The perks of being a breastfeeder

We’ve officially been parents for five whole months now! No other five-month span in my life has been filled with so many changes, so many new joys and so much love. I can’t believe my sweet little baby boy is growing up … Continue reading

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Week 36: Window of opportunity

You guys. I’m officially in my “window,” and I’m beyond excited. What is this window I speak of? It’s basically the time in my pregnancy when it is pretty safe to birth a baby. It’s essentially the moment I am … Continue reading

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Twelve Months of Emmelia

Twelve months ago—and every day since—a 7-pound baby girl stole my heart. Believe me when I say I’m intimately acquainted with how quickly newborns turn into babies, and babies into toddlers, and toddlers into kiddos. But somehow, here I am, … Continue reading

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Week 32: Matters of the heart

I was having dinner with my best friend Stefanie on Tuesday night at LaFonda—one of our favorite restaurants to sit outside. I was telling her about some of my money concerns. You know, I’m in debt; I pay out more … Continue reading

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Our little bookworm

Our sweet little Graham is 20 weeks old. It amazes me how much he’s grown and developed in less than five months’ time. Lately he’s been really interested in grabbing and gnawing on his tiny feet. He can sit on his own … Continue reading

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Week 35: What a year

In one trip around the sun, Jesse and I moved houses twice, got married, went on a honeymoon, got pregnant, went on a babymoon and are now about to have this little boy join our family! We just celebrated our … Continue reading

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Happy reunion

As I mentioned last week, my wife and baby were away on a trip. I missed them terribly. I’m happy to say that we are all finally reunited, and what a joyful reunion it was. Even as I rolled up … Continue reading

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A few of our favorite things

It’s amazing how many different items are sold for babies. Infants are so tiny but need so many things! Before I had Graham it was overwhelming trying to prepare and buy all of the things that I thought we would … Continue reading

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Week 34: A sprinkle of sunshine

This week has felt pretty pivotal in this pregnancy. My mother-in-law, Diane, came into town for a whirlwind weekend visit to celebrate this baby boy during our baby sprinkle! And it was fabulous. We took her out for some Korean … Continue reading

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Her next big leap

I’m trying not to think too hard about the fact that our baby will be a 1-year-old come mid-July. Gulp. Instead, I’m focusing on all the big things happening around here this summer—standing practice, pool time and maybe even her … Continue reading

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Week 30: Decision dosey doe

Sunday I had a glorious, full day off. I slept in, had brunch with friends, and excitedly headed to Home Depot where I bought two cans of paint—one light green, one pale yellow. It was warm out, but there was … Continue reading

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When the cat’s away, the mice will play

I am missing my wife and baby terribly right now. They are both away on a trip, so my wife can visit her sister. They are gone for an entire week. Before you imagine me playing video games late into … Continue reading

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A little time for me

What in the world did I do with all my time before I had Graham? I’m so busy being a working mama all of the time now; it seems I must have had endless hours of luxurious downtime before motherhood. … Continue reading

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Week 33: King of Pops

Father’s Day felt different this year. It was different in a good way. The kind of different that feels good because there’s a change that involves everyone in the family and evolves us to be even closer than we already … Continue reading

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Definitely a biter

Almost two months ago, I wrote about our little biter. I mentioned how she was digging her little tooth into just about everything, and that she’d managed to get me, too (ouch). I looked up tips for dealing with biting … Continue reading

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Hola España!

From the age of 14, when I went to Greece with my family for a vacation, I have been a keen traveler and have liked nothing more than packing a light bag, grabbing my well-worn passport and hopping on a … Continue reading

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Week 29: Letting it (gladly) go

Ladies, I wish you could see me today. I’m a hot mess. My dress is wrinkled, my hair is frizzy, and my face is naked. I have on no jewelry and skipped a belt for my blue dress … which has belt loops. I have … Continue reading

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