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Missing the firsts …

Before I begin, I have done it! I can change a nappy and sing at the same time, if you have no idea what I’m on about read: The queen (and joker) of multitasking. … I said I’d let you … Continue reading

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The perfect baby age

Six months old might just be the perfect age. This is the beginning of the Gerber baby stage, so we’re talking max cuteness. She’s a-freaking-dorable with those cheeks and Disney-sized eyes and chubby starfish hands. No one in a 10-foot … Continue reading

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Natural bliss: The birth of Mia

My husband and I wanted to have a natural birth from the very start, although I was unsure of how I would handle that, having never given birth before. I am a very sensitive person, a bit neurotic and very … Continue reading

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Week 24: The nesting phase

My energy is like a roller coaster these days. One day I have so much I feel like I could run a marathon, but the next I feel like I was run over by a train. I’m two weeks away from … Continue reading

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Brudders

He’s almost 5 months old now, and we can see the sibling bonds growing strong already. He smiles big for all of his siblings, but he gets an extra dose of love from his older brother. There’s a good reason … Continue reading

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The most important part of my day

I’ve found that my day goes a whole lot smoother if I can wake up before Bea. Even if it’s just a 20-minute buffer—time to brush my teeth, wash my face and grab a cup of coffee—it’s enough to prevent … Continue reading

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Week 32: Picking a pediatrician

A month or so back my OB happened to ask me if I had decided on a pediatrician yet. Hmm … about that … no I hadn’t. “Well, it is best that you figure that out prior to the baby … Continue reading

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Learning to trust my little man

My little man has been here for a month now, and it’s left me feeling very reflective over the past four weeks. A common tread throughout that time (as well as the months leading up to his arrival) were my … Continue reading

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Don’t share with the baby

So this is a funny thing. We’re big on sharing around here, and now we have to regularly remind our three oldest kids that it’s not OK to share with the baby. I already told you how our 6-month old (gulp) … Continue reading

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Third time’s the charmer: The birth story of Theo

I probably should’ve known something was up when I found myself scrubbing the bathroom floor with my go-to “Grace means business” bathroom cleaner (baby wipes) at 4:30 in the morning on Sunday, December 30. I was 37 weeks and one … Continue reading

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Week 23: Date nights

Like all other parents my husband and I get completely consumed by our children. Of course we love it and wouldn’t have it any other way, but we all know parents need a date night every now and then. Our … Continue reading

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Let the teething begin

Our little guy has been drooling more than usual lately. He’s also been more difficult to soothe and can take an hour to fall asleep and stay asleep. These signs point to one inevitable conclusion: He’s teething. Don’t worry, we’re … Continue reading

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Letting go of mommy guilt

It’s easy to get tunnel vision and think there’s a right way and a wrong way to approach all-things-baby-rearing. However, if centuries of humanity have taught us anything, it’s that this obviously isn’t the case. (Hey, if previous generations survived … Continue reading

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Week 31: Progesterone ponderings

I feel a bit like a ticking time bomb. I’m out of town visiting my family, and all I can think about is getting another week further along in my pregnancy and keeping this baby inside my belly. Most women … Continue reading

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Against all odds: The birth story of Jonah Charles

The birth story of my son was a wonderful, crazy, unexpected 24 hours! It was a Tuesday, and I was 38 weeks along and helping out at my dad’s retail store. I had been having random Braxton Hicks contractions all … Continue reading

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The baby goes everywhere

Maybe it’s because I work from home and we’re never, ever apart, but I’m totally that mom who takes her baby with her everywhere. From our friends’ annual holiday cocktail party to the rare dinner out with my husband when our … Continue reading

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The queen (and joker) of multitasking

We are now into the third week of little man being here and my partner is beginning to feel more like herself again, which is a relief, as seeing someone you love struggle is not something you enjoy, and all … Continue reading

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Week 22: Embrace it

It’s official—2015 is here, which means we have about four months left until we meet our sweet little man. I know there are so many women who claim to love being pregnant, and I promised myself in September that I … Continue reading

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Words matter

I am convinced that words are powerful. A word well timed and well spoken can incite men to bravery, calm an angry mob, even bring nations into existence. Words this powerful live in infamy. Consider, for example, the words, “We … Continue reading

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Snowy days

Every year around January, Andy and I start to question why we live in Colorado. Nine months out of the year, we’re in love with our picturesque town that’s nestled in the foothills of the mountains. Spring, summer and fall … Continue reading

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Week 30: Three-quarters pregnancy crisis

Somewhere around a few weeks ago I started getting this weird feeling that I’m sticking out a bit more than I’d like, in several ways. I think it first hit me when I mentioned to someone that I still have … Continue reading

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I wish I had some military training

It’s week two of my little man being here, and I think two things regularly: Firstly, I think he is getting more handsome as each day passes—the little lady killer, and secondly, I love him more than yesterday although yesterday … Continue reading

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Looking ahead

A letter to my sweet baby girl. Little lady, today is January 1. An entire year stretches before us, and I can’t help but stare down the road at the many, many things to come. I call them milestones, but … Continue reading

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A gut feeling: The birth of Emery

Hi my name is Marjorie Iglesia. I’m 25 years old and from Fort Smith, AR. I gave birth to my son on July 8, 2014—right on his due date! Like all new expectant moms, I was very anxious on that early morning … Continue reading

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Week 21: The five-minute workout

I wish this post was about this amazing five-minute workout that keeps your body totally hot during pregnancy. This post is far from that. It’s about the fact that I am trying extremely hard to keep up with my workout … Continue reading

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Signs of life

It’s a new year, and we’re headed into it with a new family member (he’s 4 months old now, but I still consider that new.) We’re knee deep in all that comes with this new life. There’s the crying, midnight … Continue reading

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Climbing chaos

Growth spurts are the darndest things. It’s so strange to start snapping up a pair of Bea’s recently worn pj’s, only to discover the sleeves stop at her elbows and she can’t straighten her legs. I’m still shocked every day … Continue reading

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Week 29: Happy New Year!

As 2014 comes to a close and we get ready to ring in the New Year, people all around the world start to set goals and create resolutions to guide them in the new year (or at least the first … Continue reading

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Grabby hands

So, nothing is safe anymore. She has two capable hands, and she’s not afraid to use them. We’ve reached the stage in which holding the baby and also trying to drink my morning tea or from my water bottle or … Continue reading

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Cherishing the moment: The birth of Julian

  It was a Monday morning, and my boyfriend and I were on FaceTime keeping track of my every contraction when my mother came in to say goodbye and kiss my tummy. I told her I was getting contractions that … Continue reading

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It’s in the little things

Attention everyone, settle down and raise a glass, for I want to make a toast. Here’s to me and my partner who have successfully survived the first week of parenthood. (And more importantly baby Ben survived, too!) Although it has … Continue reading

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Week 20: Shake it off

I’m usually pretty laid back when it comes to shopping, even when I decide to bring my 2-year-old. A few days ago we decided to embrace the crazy world of holiday shopping. We had pretty much all of our shopping … Continue reading

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One year ago

Merry Christmas! Many people will be giving and receiving gifts today. For our family, this day has become an important reminder of a very precious gift that was given to us. Actually, it was the news of the gift that … Continue reading

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My gift to myself

The stockings are hung. The packages are wrapped. We’re halfway through our road trip, feeling comfy and cozy and happy to be momentarily stationary at my parent’s house. And I’ve eaten enough cookies to last a lifetime (or at least … Continue reading

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Week 28: Merry pregnancy!

It’s the week of Christmas, and my pregnancy brain is filled with lots of Christmas-y things—so it is altogether amazing that we are all still functioning over here. As I’ve been cruising around town listening to all the Christmas songs … Continue reading

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(Re)planning for perfection: The birth of Emerson Rose

I am so excited to share Emerson’s birth story, not only because it was one of the most amazing moments of my life, but also because I am truly proud of it. I feel blessed because, although things did not … Continue reading

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Happy birthday (part two)

So here it is, the second and final installment of the birth story of my beautiful son. (In case you missed it, here’s the first.) By telling it over two weeks it kind of feels like it’s the last book in … Continue reading

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Baby’s first cold

She’s 5 months old, and our busy baby girl is celebrating with her very first honest to goodness cold. She’s sporting a snotty little button nose and rosy cheeks with a hacking cough, but she’s still all smiles. It’s breaking my … Continue reading

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Week 40: The final countdown

And so it goes, all good things must come to an end. After documenting nearly 40 weeks of pregnancy, here’s a summary of my final weeks and a timeline of my baby’s big day: Week 34: Day 6 Bye, bye … Continue reading

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Week 19: Thank you, second trimester!

I still shiver when I think about the first few weeks of my pregnancy. Addie Rivers usually comes in our room every morning around 6:30. She’s like our little alarm clock. I love these moments. The three of us get … Continue reading

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Exploring the limits of love

Let’s pretend that love is something that we manufacture somewhere in our body, as if a gland secretes it. I thought of love that way for a long time. In this view, love is a finite resource. We only have … Continue reading

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Mom shaming isn’t very festive

This week I witnessed something that caught me off guard. During a Christmas party, a mama brought in a plate of beautifully decorated homemade cookies to share with the crowd. While she was setting out her spread, another mom walked … Continue reading

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Week 27: The heart of the matter

You know that old wives tale that says that if you have lots of heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will be born with a full head of hair? Well, I have no idea if there is any truth to that … Continue reading

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Baby differences

Our nearly 5-month old baby girl—and I still can’t believe she’s that old already—had her 4-month well-baby visit a few weeks ago. We went through the basics (yes to sleeping on her back and the rear-facing car seat, no to … Continue reading

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Happy birthday (part one)

After nine and a half months of waiting, it has finally happened. Our baby has joined us in the world, and as all parents say it changed my life in the very moment I first saw him. It has done … Continue reading

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Week 18: Finding out the gender

One of the main things people ask when you are expecting is, “What are you having?” Even if you aren’t far enough along to know, they always ask when you will be able to find out. I know there are … Continue reading

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No two are alike

One of my favorite things to do is to pace around the house while bouncing our new little guy in my arms. I study him and ponder life while doing this. My most recent pondering had me thinking about the … Continue reading

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Tis’ the season to babyproof

Baby mobility is a funny thing. Andy and I loved watching Bea figure out how to push herself up and wiggle in tiny, uncoordinated scoots across the floor. However, this “bumbling” phase was short lived, and now she’s crawling all … Continue reading

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Week 26: The name game

I could never go by just “Emily” in school. I was always “Emily S.” growing up because so many other girls in my grade were also named Emily. I think for a while there was even another “Emily S.,” so … Continue reading

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Big news!

Baby Ben is finally here! Stay tuned for details in next week’s post …

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