Tag Archives: Charli North

Growin’Rowan

Starting Rowan on solids has been infinitely less stressful than I thought it would be; which is great, because it helps make up for the messiness of it! I was hesitant to introduce him to “people food,” mostly because it … Continue reading

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A girl named Roh-Wan

Why is it that mothers of girls experience people mistaking their daughters for boys and mothers of boys experience people mistaking their sons for daughters? If you don’t know, that’s fine. Either wait for a pronoun to be dropped or … Continue reading

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Mother’s guilt

My confidence as a mother has wavered and the amount of guilt I feel has increased ever since Rowan’s sleep habits changed. As I know now, I had it easy the first four months. Or in the words of my … Continue reading

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Rowan’s closet

“It’s more fun to dress girls,” is something I’ve heard on more than one occasion. When I found out we were having a boy, I was slightly sad I wouldn’t have the chance to dress a mini-me. And I’ll admit, … Continue reading

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Sick days

I knew the day would come, and I knew it would be awful. But I still wasn’t prepared for when my sweet, darling boy became sick out of nowhere. At first I didn’t know it was happening. We had been … Continue reading

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Babies and Friends

My nearest and dearest know what a fan I am of the television show, Friends. It may have ended 10 years ago, but I still find it quite relevant and relatable. Rarely does a day go by that Arthur and … Continue reading

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Sleep training

Remember that sleep regression I was so worried about? I definitely had something to fear, because it is so much worse than I imagined. My darling boy used to sleep for long stretches of time overnight, only waking once or … Continue reading

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One more already?

We were hardly home from the hospital—our family barely expanded from two people to three—before Arthur and I were asked if we planned on having another baby. Call me crazy, but I wanted to take the time to enjoy my … Continue reading

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Me time

The new man in my life leaves me with very little time for the one before him—his papa. In fact, I have very little time for myself outside of Rowan. When he’s finally tucked soundly away in his crib at … Continue reading

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Mommy wars

Any girl who survived middle school and high school knows how mean other girls can be. Which is why it doesn’t surprise me to hear about something known as “Mommy Wars,” in which mothers compare other moms’ parenting choices amongst … Continue reading

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Let’s hear it for the boy

When I found out I was having a boy, I admit I was scared. I grew up with two younger sisters and was raised by a single mom for half my childhood. I didn’t really have friends who were boys, … Continue reading

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My sanity saver

Parenting brings anxiety, and I would think it takes shape in different forms as the child ages. At the newborn and infant stage, it looks like, “Is my child healthy? Is he on track for his milestones? Will SIDS strike?” … Continue reading

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Choosing my choice

Prior to Rowan’s arrival, my game plan was to take a 12-week maternity leave and go back to work part-time in January. My job allowed me to work from home, so Arthur and I (mistakenly) thought I could do it … Continue reading

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Sleep regression

I’ve heard a rumor. At least, I hope it’s a rumor. Because if not, then I’m in for a lot less sleep than I’ve grown accustomed to getting. Which, frankly, was a whole lot more than I prepared myself for. … Continue reading

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Motherhood resolutions

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Why wait for a fresh calendar to begin working on things you can accomplish today? It also feels like setting myself up for failure by jumping on the bandwagon just because of a … Continue reading

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Lucky ’13

Saying goodbye to 2012 wasn’t hard for the North family; after suffering a miscarriage and the unexpected loss of our beloved dog Boz, Arthur and I couldn’t wait to see it end. We had to hope better things were on … Continue reading

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Baby’s first Christmas

Last Christmas, when Arthur and I were still trying to conceive, I had hoped we’d have a baby by the next Yuletide season. I imagined how exciting it would be to pick out and decorate our tree with a baby. … Continue reading

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Buddy system

A common complaint I read about from stay-at-home moms is that they’re lonely. Sure, there’s the baby (and in some cases, the family pet), but their daily interaction with adults is minimal. I’ve unknowingly prepared to adapt to this aspect … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving dinner for one

I should know better by now than to have expectations for how things should go, especially with a newborn. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so of course I had hopes for how Rowan’s first would go. Not only was it … Continue reading

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Work out woes

At my 6-week postpartum appointment, I got clearance to exercise. This was good and bad news. Good because I could put forth effort towards getting rid of the little deflated tire that has settled around my waist since Rowan’s birth; … Continue reading

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Help me Help you

When I can remedy my son’s woes, whether it’s a dirty diaper or an empty stomach, I feel a deep sense of accomplishment – more so than I ever felt acing a test or winning a game (this coming from … Continue reading

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Fraternal Finn

Before there was Rowan, we had our fur baby Finn. We brought this sweet little cockapoo into our family knowing full well we were hoping to expand it with a baby before long. Even though we picked out a breed … Continue reading

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The business of breastfeeding

I feel like a boob (and not just because I’m pretty sure that’s all Rowan sees when he looks at me). Breastfeeding is serious business, and I don’t think I fully realized how much of a toll it can take … Continue reading

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Parental features

Now that Rowan’s here, our family and friends are quick to identify who he takes after in the looks department. I have to confess that I was eager to see what he’d look like after our experience with the 3D … Continue reading

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Motherhood cliches

Now that I’m a mom, I’ve realized that the clichés I heard before the birth of Rowan are true. Well, some of them anyway. Others don’t quite epitomize my experience. “My child is perfect and the most beautiful baby I’ve … Continue reading

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Week 36: Milestones

As Arthur and I celebrate our third wedding anniversary this month, I’m struck by how much we’ve grown together the last three years. Our communication skills have vastly improved, and we’ve weathered a share of highs and lows. I’m also … Continue reading

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Week 35: Mom-to-be guilt

Now that Roo’s almost here (~ 5 weeks!), I’m thinking more about what my post-pregnancy life will be like. I plan on taking three months off of my editing contract job to focus on acclimating to life as a mom … Continue reading

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Week 34: Lazy days

It seems I’ve reverted back to the first trimester. Along with having what little energy I had left zapped out of me, I’ve been knocked down with some bouts of nausea and extreme stomach discomfort. It feels as though Roo … Continue reading

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Week 33: Baby Shower

Having a baby and getting married have a lot of similarities. Both are significant life events and take months of preparation; they elicit excitement (and often unsolicited advice) from many well wishers. These are generally the happiest times in an … Continue reading

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Week 32: Weight worries

It’s finally happened – my engagement and wedding rings don’t fit as loosely on my ring finger. I thought I’d gotten away without this sign of my body’s engorgement, but alas, the heat of August and my pregnancy-related swelling finally … Continue reading

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Week 31: Great Expectations

As noted before, I’ve been more laid back this pregnancy than anyone really expected of me, myself included! Sure, I’m a little high-strung about the registry and nursery – I’m afraid Roo will come early, and nothing will be ready … Continue reading

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Week 30: The breast start

Beyond reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting, I hadn’t done too much research into labor, delivery, or parenting. When I was reading about getting pregnant, I learned that too much information could cause more anxiety than provide reassurance – … Continue reading

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Week 29: Hello, third trimester!

So, I’m in my third trimester already. That came up out of nowhere. What’s worse is that my friend had to point it out to me. I’m always a stickler for monitoring time, but somehow, this pregnancy has made me … Continue reading

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Week 28: Look at you, Roo!

When I went in for my first prenatal appointment at 8 weeks, I was asked to participate in a study for new moms to be; appropriately, it’s called the NuMoM2B study. It involves three appointments during which they ask questions … Continue reading

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Week 27: Emotional turmoil

Hormones, or “whoremones” (as my knocked-up friend and I like to call them), have certainly taken their toll on my emotional state. I’m normally a sensitive person, and I can easily get choked up or distraught over things that other … Continue reading

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Week 26: A Seattle babymoon

Since we married, Arthur and I have made it a goal to travel once a year. We’ve been able to keep up with it three years in. When we found out we’d have a baby by the end of 2013, … Continue reading

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Week 25: Pregnant or disabled?

I’m finally ready to accept that I have a condition—it’s called pregnancy. Much like pregnancy brain, just the act of being pregnant seems to grant women immunity for certain things. So far, I’ve been automatically excused from staying out late, … Continue reading

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Week 24: Slim pickings for the not so slim

Thanks to my growing baby and thus expanding belly, I needed to spice up my wardrobe a bit. I’ve been supplementing my regular clothes with dresses, skirts, and shirts from Target’s maternity department for a while now, but with two … Continue reading

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Week 23: My favorite accessory

My newest accessory is a hand magnet and conversation starter. You can’t get it in stores. And my husband and I get excited about it whenever it moves. What else could I be talking about? My baby bump! It popped … Continue reading

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Week 22: Big brother

Even though he’s our firstborn, Roo already has competition for his parents’ love and affection – our dog, Finn. This furry little companion is obsessed with his Papa (not that I can blame him). He greets him at the door … Continue reading

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Week 21: Father’s Day

When Arthur and I began dating more than eight years ago, babies weren’t exactly at the forefront of my mind. But I knew that anyone I ended up with would have to not only be my best friend but an … Continue reading

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Week 20: We’re having a …

It’s no secret that I strongly opposed finding out the sex of our baby going into this pregnancy. I liked the element of surprise and the romance of guessing until the end. Hearing my husband announce whether we had a … Continue reading

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Week 19: Making room

Our baby is on his or her way (and in about a week, I’ll be able to stick with one pronoun!). While Roo is cooking, though, we need to make room. Now it may come as no surprise that my … Continue reading

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Week 17: Mother’s day

I do my best to appreciate my mom year round. I also try to make up for the moodiness of my teen years—hey, we’ve all been there—by being a diligent daughter every day. It’s rare to go a day without … Continue reading

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Week 16: Name game

As any parent knows, the task of picking out a name for a new family member is daunting. You want something unique without going overboard. Ideally, the name shouldn’t embarrass your child, cause ridicule, or require several rounds of pronunciation … Continue reading

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Week 15: Year of the snake

Jubilant fails to describe how excited I was when I found out our baby was due in October. That is my favorite month, by far. The colorful foliage, the not-too-hot/not-too-cold weather, the impending slew of holidays one right after the … Continue reading

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Week 14: Bye-bye sanity

Now that we’re in the safe zone, we know Roo is healthy, and the pregnancy is out in the open, things are starting to come together baby-wise. I’ve relaxed and allowed myself to realize that we are indeed having a … Continue reading

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Week 13: Pregnancy brain—it’s a thing

I used to think that pregnancy brain was a myth that expectant mothers used as a convenient excuse. Now I wish I could tell my past self to bite her tongue, because I know firsthand that it is very real. … Continue reading

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Week 12: Should we or shouldn’t we?

A standard question I’ve come to expect from interested parties: “Are you going to find out the sex?” It seems simple enough; there are only two answers, after all. But this question prompted a serious discussion in the North household. … Continue reading

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Week 11: I’m thrilled … really!

My husband and I have been telling our friends and family about our little Roo (our nickname for whoever is growing in there) in waves as we get closer to the 12-week mark. Seeing their reactions and feeling their excitement … Continue reading

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