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Week 31: Why I chose to take family maternity photos

When I was pregnant the first time around we were certainly preparing for a big family change, but then my family was made up of myself, my husband and our miniature schnauzer. Even though we’d be losing sleep and making … Continue reading

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When the in-laws are in town …

My in-laws are in town this week. I’m sure for a lot of people that’s a frightening statement but not for me. You see, I have the best in-laws in the world. I lucked out. I really did. I hit … Continue reading

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Canada (part 1)

Greetings from Canada! We survived our first trip as a family of four on an airplane to the Great White North, and I’m surprised that we actually managed to pull it off. Flying with one child can be a little … Continue reading

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How to camp with a baby

Well, we did it! We went on a three-night camping trip with four kids under the age of 7 and survived! And I even managed to have some fun. It’s like a miracle! How did we do it? We followed these … Continue reading

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Camping?!?

At some point in the past … let’s call it January … a conversation started among ourselves and some of our friends about a camping trip for this summer. The discussion was about going in July. And in January I … Continue reading

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The 4th

America celebrated her 240th birthday a few days ago, and we celebrated our first holiday together as a family in our new home. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was Akira’s first 4th of July, and although he obviously … Continue reading

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Traveling with three

I’m talking three kids. Three total people? Please, that’s child’s play. Traveling with three kids (and a dog), however, is no easy feat. Every summer, we head to my MIL’s place on Martha’s Vineyard, and despite recently adding Austin to … Continue reading

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On the fly

This week we will embark on our first cross-country trip with all four kids. We haven’t traveled anywhere overnight with all six of us since Baby No. 4 was born. Because we’re always up for an adventure (or because we are mind-numbingly stupid), … Continue reading

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Week 33: A Bellamy belly

My one and only sister got me a Mother’s Day gift this past weekend. Out of everyone I encountered that day, she really made an effort to celebrate me, and I was so touched by her gesture. What struck me … Continue reading

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A life less ordinary

What an incredibly eventful last week it’s been! We finally closed on our house and things are getting even more real than ever. Last Thursday, after our closing, Jesse and I snuck away for celebratory margaritas (it was Cinco de … Continue reading

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Florida

Remember how last week I plowed through a seemingly endless drive to Florida with the kids? And remember how seamless it was and how well-behaved both of them were? Well, I knew that I couldn’t strike gold twice, and as … Continue reading

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Spring break

Well, you guys, I did it: I drove from Atlanta to Central Florida with both kids alone. Yes, you read that correctly; I took an almost-8-month-old and a just-turned-4-year-old on a road trip for just under eight hours by myself. … Continue reading

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Birthday ball

Chasing a toddler around all day puts me to bed faster than sipping NyQuil and folding socks. The night brings a baby screaming for a) midnight snacks, b) snuggles in my bed and/or c) lost pacifiers. The day-time runaround coupled with the … Continue reading

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Time well spent

After getting her 4-year vaccinations at her most recent check-up, Anaïs came down with a fever as she typically does. It’s a “normal” reaction to getting shots, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less easy to watch your child suffer … Continue reading

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Birthdays, kids and date nights, oh my

This past weekend, we celebrated Anaïs’s fourth trip around the sun. Fourth! It was her first birthday party with friends from school, so it felt really special both for her and for our family. What didn’t feel so special, however, … Continue reading

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The best is yet to come

Can you believe it’s already 2016? The first few days of the new year brought a chill to the air in Atlanta, and it started to finally feel like winter. Anaïs came back from her Florida vacation with the grandparents … Continue reading

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The man my baby loves most

Rockabye Maxwell. It’s 12:07 a.m., and I’m listening to my husband sing rockabye to our bitty boy in the next room. Our bean refuses to sleep, and so I rocked for an hour and then handed our little over to … Continue reading

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So this is the new year

Well, Christmas came and went in the blink of an eye, and we are quite literally right around the corner from 2016. This time last year, I was just over nine weeks pregnant with Akira and was hardly showing at … Continue reading

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Holiday firsts

The holiday season was so much sweeter with our little one this year. Making Christmas magical for little Graham was the goal, and I think we made it happen. I know the presents shouldn’t matter much, but I’ve always been … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season

It’s Christmas week, you guys! And despite the freakishly warm temperatures, there’s still something magical to me about Christmas and the holiday season in general. Growing up, my mom would put on one of two cassette tapes around this time: … Continue reading

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Create

My calligraphy reminds me of my second grade cursive. No matter, listening to Sam Smith sing “stayyyy with me” while inking my pen and practicing my H is quite the party. I’ve signed-up for Calligraphy 101 with my good friend, … Continue reading

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Christmas list: 2015

With the holiday season upon us, the challenge of successful gift-giving is also upon us.  Hanukkah ended, so the shopping is done for that. Festivus is the 23rd, so you’ve got a few days to get your pole ready and … Continue reading

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Growing on up

Akira had his four-month checkup yesterday. Four months! Is it just me or does it seem like I blinked, and he went from newborn to full-on baby boy? He’s so full of smiles, and I really feel like he’s getting used … Continue reading

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‘Tis the holiday season

After Hurricane Tom Turkey blew through (hosting 17 people is not for the faint of heart), we cleaned the house and were ready to move on to the next holiday—Christmas. Fortunately, we don’t have a ton of Thanksgiving decor to … Continue reading

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Mom and pops

“My name is Zoom, and I live on the moon, and I came down to earth just to sing you this tune, ‘Hey, Jennifer, it’s your birthday—today!’” A seriously short diddy from Mr. Zoom, but the custom birthday song was … Continue reading

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On the road again

Well, we did it! We survived an actual road trip with both a toddler and an infant in tow. What normally took me around seven hours to complete turned into a nine-hour stretch. While that sounds like an eternity to … Continue reading

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Holly jolly

Deck the halls with bells and holly, but make sure you eat your turkey, finish your pumpkin pie and give a whole lotta thanks first. Did your mama demand a clean dinner plate before she served dessert? Mine did. (I … Continue reading

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Taking time

There are days when we all need a break. Whether it’s an overbooked calendar, a pressing deadline or a chaotic household, it isn’t unheard of to feel a little more than overwhelmed. Before having children, I was no stranger to … Continue reading

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Feeling thankful

I’ve always loved this time of year—seeing the beautiful leaves changing colors to vibrant reds and burnt oranges, enjoying pumpkin everything, bundling up in soft scarves and sweaters, the crisp cool bite in the air that carries the promise of … Continue reading

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Baby, you’re a big girl now

We celebrated Halloween over the weekend by dressing the kids up as Sally and Charlie Brown, bingeing on fun-sized chocolates from our trick-or-treating spoils, listening to “The Monster Mash,” introducing Anaïs to “Ghostbusters” (a total bust!) and putting on “The … Continue reading

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Movin’ and shakin’

Fall in Atlanta has got to be one of my favorite seasons. With the leaves changing and the temperatures dipping, we spend more time outdoors and even leave our windows open during the day. I think the fall season also … Continue reading

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Laugh it up

Are you familiar with the Charlie Chaplin quote, “A day without laughter is a day wasted”? The quote hung on my roommate’s wall during college, and my pre-child-self reflected on the truth of that statement whenever life got too serious. … Continue reading

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Nights off

Before we had the baby, when it was just the three of us, Jesse and I would take turns having nights “off.” Each of us would pick a night during the week where we were free to have time solely … Continue reading

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And then there were four

A whole month has already passed since Akira was born, and I am still trying to wrap my head around how quickly that happened. In that month, both our moms came to visit, and just as quickly as they came … 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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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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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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Sickies

We’re back from our travels. We had a great time connecting with family and enjoying the beauty of the Northwest. As good as the time was, though, we couldn’t wait to get back to mama and our littles. Sadly, when … Continue reading

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Traveling

All of our extended family lives a few thousand miles away from where we live, so visits are rather infrequent. We long for time to be together with those members of our extended family. We deeply desire that our kids … 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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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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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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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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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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Little mama

I’m happy to report that our new little blessing has successfully completed his first week of life outside the womb. Not only that, but our whole family has successfully completed its first week as a family with five kids. We didn’t … Continue reading

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Preparing for the visit

We are no longer counting down the weeks to the birth. We are counting down the days. There are many things that could be racing through our minds right now. We could be thinking about last minute supplies we might … Continue reading

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Can you see me now?

You know you’re a parent when you find yourself saying, “We didn’t have that when I was growing up!” I’ve heard it numerous times over the years before I was one myself, and now I’m hearing it come out of … Continue reading

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Get along with your MIL

According to Deanna Brann, PhD, a clinical psychotherapist in Knoxville, Tennessee, and author of Reluctantly Related: Secrets to Getting Along with Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law, the MIL/DIL relationship is complicated from the get-go because you didn’t choose each other. You’re … Continue reading

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P&N Celebrity Exclusive: Our Q & A with Ian Ziering

Most people know Ian Ziering as the fun-loving Steve Sanders from Beverly Hills, 90210—or more recently from the campy Syfy movie Sharknado. But did you know that he’s also dad to two girls and was recently awarded “Daddy of the … Continue reading

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