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Seven things I’m thankful for

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already here! That means it’s time to add to the zillions of other “I’m Thankful for Everything!” lists that are floating around the Interwebs. But my list is special! I’d like to think it’s like … Continue reading

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Week 24: Thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! This is the week for family gatherings, football games and lots of food. I know there are “thankful” lists all over the place this time of year, so I don’t want to sound cliché, but I sat … Continue reading

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Date night delivery: The birth of Josie

Date night, up until I had hit the third trimester, had been my favorite night of the week. I loved the process of getting dressed up, going somewhere nice and spending some one-on-one time with my husband, Josh. I love … Continue reading

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It’s that time again

When you have kids and then you go and have a new baby, the game is totally different. It’s not half as scary, and the wisdom of experience means you know that eventually, this baby will have to sleep. That … Continue reading

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Knowing the cots from the car seats

I now have just one week until the due date of my little boy, and I’m so excited to welcome him into my world. But, my gosh, there are a lot of new things to learn. It’s wave after wave … Continue reading

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Week 38: Why I’m not writing a birth plan

I have nothing against birth plans. I think they’re great, and everyone should have one. Even me. Heck, I should have had one with my first pregnancy, then my second and probably this one too. But alas, I find myself … Continue reading

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You know what causes that?

We became a family of seven after our new little addition 11 weeks ago. I guess that makes us a “big family” by American standards. Now that we are able to go out in public more, we are getting the … Continue reading

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Crawling, teething and travel—oh, my!

This has been one of those weeks. I feel like I need a sign to hang on our front door that reads “Welcome to Crazy Town,” just to give fair warning to anyone who drops by. (And maybe, if I … Continue reading

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Week 23: Living the good life of the second trimester

Oh, the second trimester. I’ve been cruising through it for the last several weeks, and all of the sudden it hit me: This is the sweet spot of pregnancy. We’ve long since left behind the days of the gross-feeling first … Continue reading

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Part-time mama’s girl

She is 4 months old, officially, and along with graduating to size two diapers and serious mastery of tummy time, she’s become something of a mama’s girl. Sometimes. I’m never sure when. It makes me feel like a super special snowflake, … Continue reading

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Has anyone got any water wings?

This is it, the final two week countdown (hopefully) until I embrace the trauma, wonder and sympathy pains of my first child being born into the world. But, before I begin to really talk from my perspective of this soon to … Continue reading

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Our tiny tough guy: The birth of Hunter

Hunter Ray was born on April 14 at 6:27 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches. My husband, Josh, and I are super proud parents, and we think he looks like me. I got Braxton Hicks a … Continue reading

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Week 37: My third trimester guide to picking things up  

It’s approximately 92,960,000 miles from Earth to the sun. That’s about four miles less than the distance between you and anything you drop on the floor during the final weeks of pregnancy. When it comes to picking stuff up off … Continue reading

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Smiles

Who doesn’t enjoy a good smile? A smile signifies joy and happiness. It allows the sender to say to the receiver, “Hey, I’m glad to see you,” except that no words are necessary. That’s a good thing because our 10-week-old … Continue reading

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Three-and-a-half glorious hours

Sometime during the last few weeks I feel like a calm has settled over our house. Life with a giggly and wiggly 6-month-old is proving to be pretty darn doable. It’s more than doable, actually; it’s awesome. A huge part … Continue reading

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Week 22: Working on my fitness

I was reading online last week, and I came across an article about a pregnant woman who is nine months along and still running … 40 to 60 miles a week. I’ll let that sink in for all you pregnant … Continue reading

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The mom club

A friend of a friend had a baby last week, and social media being what it is, I was privy to all the details. From going to the hospital to a mid-labor update (“She’s doing great!”) to pictures of the … Continue reading

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Unexpected turns ahead: The birth of Cruz

Our precious son was born at 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, February 20. He had already taught me my first lesson of mommyhood: Be flexible. I had my birth plan written by my second appointment with my midwife: birthing tub, all … Continue reading

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Week 36: The end is near. I think.

Back in week 15, I talked about progesterone shots and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Neither is really related to the other, but “Grey’s Anatomy” seemed like a good pop culture reference to something medical. Also, Patrick Dempsey. Week 15 seems like such a … Continue reading

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I’m not usually a germaphobe

Sometimes I wonder how people stay alive at all. It seems like every other headline is a report about Ebola or a Pertussis outbreak or the next big antibiotic-resistant superbug or this year’s deadly flu strains or the zombie apocalypse—especially … Continue reading

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Bea’s first sniffles

Runny nose, low-grade fever, icky diapers … it appears Bea has her first cold. Or maybe she’s teething because it seems that just about every abnormal behavior or physiological reaction could also be a sign of a sprouting tooth. Either … Continue reading

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Week 21: Too cool for (baby) school?

Recently, I was looking at a pregnancy calendar app that goes week-by-week detailing what a pregnant mom should be focused on each week. It could be anything from “start a registry” to “do some light stretching to help loosen up … Continue reading

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Our second princess: The birth of Selah Faith

It was a cool morning in October, and I was expecting to do another home birth with my sixth baby. I hadn’t found out the sex, and I was waiting in anticipation to see if my only daughter would finally get … Continue reading

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Ditching the labels

I realize that things like co-sleeping and babywearing make me seem like one of those “attachment parenting” types. It’s a bummer of a label—people make the leap from the word “attachment” to “you’re raising a child who will be totally … Continue reading

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Week 35: Costumes I can pull off this Halloween

I don’t generally dress up for Halloween. So, when my 3-year-old asked me what I was going to be this season I told her, “tired.” At the time, it seemed an accurate costume to represent being almost nine months pregnant … Continue reading

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What are grandparents for?

The title of one of Wendell Berry’s books famously asks the question: “What Are People For?” I’d like to narrow the scope of that question and ask: What are grandparents for? This question is burning on my mind right now … Continue reading

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A spooky realization

There are lots of reasons people have babies: Personal fulfillment, leaving a legacy, blessing planet Earth with the glorious byproduct of their unfathomably good genes … Sure, I mulled over a few of these sentimental baby-making mantras when we decided … Continue reading

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Week 20: For the love of pulled pork

As I stand in front of the refrigerator, the coolness wafting out, I scan the shelves. I see tons of healthy snacks including big purple grapes, cheese sticks, celery and carrots staring back at me. But, all I keep thinking … Continue reading

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Breastfeed where?

We’re four kids deep, so this is my fourth go-round with breastfeeding. You name it, I’ve probably nursed a baby there. In the car, at the park and at various sporting events? Absolutely. On the beach in Hawaii? Oh yeah. … Continue reading

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Week 34: What’s my baby doing in there?

As I waddle my way to the finish line at world’s slowest speed, and with a slight limp from Relaxin-filled hips, I find myself wondering what’s going on in there. Do I really need a third trimester? If my baby’s … Continue reading

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Expressions

If you’ve ever seen the ridiculously funny movie, Zoolander, then you’ll recall the humorous facial expressions of the main character, Derek Zoolander. He has looks such as “Blue Steel” and the heroic “Magnum” look, which was so amazing that it … Continue reading

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Busy Bea

I’m not sure why the word “schedule” is used in relation to babies. Ever. All it takes is one growth spurt, one sprouting tooth or one nighttime bout with gas for the idea of sticking to an agenda to implode … Continue reading

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Week 19: Maternity clothes and the growing bump

I have a love/hate relationship with maternity clothes. I LOVE that they are oh-so-roomy and non-constricting (Do tight clothes make anyone else feel sick to their stomachs when they are pregnant, or is that just me?) But, I hate that … Continue reading

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Moving on up

When our girl was two weeks old, I made a list of all the important items that made life with a brand new baby easy peasy. (Spoiler alert: It’s a short list.) Twelve weeks later, here’s what we’re still using, what she’s … Continue reading

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Week 33: 12 things I never said until I was pregnant

Pregnancy is a whole different ballgame where nothing is really taboo. The closer you get to childbirth, the more comfortable you are sharing your stories of mucus plugs and bloody shows with your mailman. You want to express your opinions … Continue reading

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A pumpkin for my punkin’

It doesn’t quite feel like October in the McKinley household until we’ve been to the pumpkin patch. Although we normally hike to the farthest edges of the patch to find the untouched vines and the grandest gourds, this year we … Continue reading

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Week 18: CAUTION: Traveling while pregnant

Pregnancy changes a lot of things that normally you don’t give a second thought about: getting dressed every morning, a normal amount of trips to the bathroom and a solid night of sleep, just to name a few. Last weekend … Continue reading

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40 Weeks: 40 Reasons I’m glad I’m 40 weeks pregnant

One thing everyone loves to say when you’re at the end of pregnancy is “You’re almost at the finish line!” While I appreciate the sentiment, I don’t know very many women who are nine months pregnant and still running races. … Continue reading

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Week 32: Pregnancy myths debunked

We’ve all heard the old wives tales of pregnancy. For example, if you spin a wedding ring on a strand of your hair (or a string) over your belly, the direction it moves will tell you the gender of your baby. … Continue reading

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Doing (some of) it all

I had coffee with a friend last week. She’s pregnant with her fourth boy—let’s have a moment of silence for her because you know she never gets those—and she asked me earnestly, “How do you ever get anything done? Isn’t … Continue reading

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There are no formulas

Generally speaking, men like to solve problems. I am no exception to this rule. To me, a crying baby, a dirty diaper, a sleep-deprived wife are all problems that need solutions. Most of the time I look to the established rule … Continue reading

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Emily Robertson

Emily is currently in the process of moving to Bowling Green, Kentucky from Denver with her husband, toddler son and a baby girl on the way. Her family moves around quite a bit and has called three states and a Canadian province … Continue reading

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Starting solids

We did it! We did the thing! We started Bea on solids! Making that first bowl of cereal was a big deal in the McKinley household: washing the new baby dishes, precisely measuring the cereal, obsessively Googling “baby’s first feeding,” … Continue reading

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Week 39: Hospital bag

I have no clue how we’ll pay for my daughter’s college or wedding, and although we passed the “Infant Care” classes, I’m still not entirely positive what to do with regard to the umbilical cord stump. As far as feeling … Continue reading

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Week 17: The gender question

If you are a parent or an expectant parent, you know there are definitely some topics that divide all of us passionately when it comes to pregnancy and babies. Just a few of these issues include natural birth or epidural, to … Continue reading

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All for the best: The birth story of Lucas

My pregnancy was pretty uneventful. Mild cramping in the beginning, an irritating case of PUPPs in the third trimester (and for three weeks after birth) and a lot of pelvic/hip discomfort for the last month were the worst things I experienced. … Continue reading

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Week 31: The anatomy of my third trimester

1. Messy hair. Also known as the rat’s nest on my head that smells like Nexus. It’s a sign that I stopped caring about how my hair looks three weeks ago. It also means I don’t care what you think … Continue reading

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Multitasking

Having four kids is the definition of multitasking. You know what else is multitasking in its truest sense? Breastfeeding a 2-month-old while wiping a 3-year-old’s poopy little bottom. Yep, at the same time. I’m becoming an old pro at doing things … Continue reading

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Why my newborn has an email address

My newborn has an email account. He can’t even read or type, so what’s the point, you might ask. Maybe I’m just a geek that has to get his kids using tech gadgets as early as possible. Maybe it’s all … Continue reading

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Five-month fog

Whew. I’m tired. Like, that glossy-eyed, droopy-mouthed, stumble-around-the-house-in-a-daze kind of tired. The kind of tired I expected to be when Bea was a newborn. Except that phase wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I held my … Continue reading

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