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Motherhood’s greatest hits

For my last post, I want to share some of the things I love about being a mom. They’re not in any particular order, although number one must be this: seeing and holding a new baby for the first time. … Continue reading

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Moving on

Next week will be my last Adventures in Motherhood post, but that’s not the only change happening around here! Shawn and I have decided to move east to be closer to our families. After seven years in Utah, this is … Continue reading

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Being baby happy

Baby happy is the best kind of happy. Here are some basics I’ve learned from my littles over the years. Simplicity Babies have very few expectations. After a full tummy, a clean diaper, and a nap, everything else is icing. … Continue reading

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Baby talks

When I was expecting Deacon, I thought about what it would mean to start over with another baby. Back to diapers, bottles, interrupted sleep, endless spit-up covered laundry. … But, in my mind, the most frustrating part of starting anew … Continue reading

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All is well

While modern ultrasounds provide some amazing insight, baby’s watery world is still a mystery in many ways. Luckily, nature provides some clues to help us know that the pregnancy is a healthy one and that your tiny bean’s development is … Continue reading

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Why mom friends are the bomb friends

I have loved growing up and becoming a mom in sync with some of my long-time friends. I also love making new mom friends. Moms keep it real, and that’s real nice. Here’s what I love about the mamas: 1. … Continue reading

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Are we out of the woods?

Baby Deke is officially 3 months old! According to Dr. Karp, he’s graduated from the “fourth trimester.” Do you know Harvey Karp? He’s the author of The Happiest Baby on the Block. I watched his corresponding video while I was … Continue reading

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Slipping through my fingers

Mamma Mia! came out in movie format when my first was a baby. I’m a sucker for musicals, and so is mamma mia (my mom), so we watched it together. There’s a scene where Meryl Streep is helping her daughter … Continue reading

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Not your brother’s mother

What Deacon needs in a mother is not what Charlotte needs, or what Finn and Graham need. Every child is unique, of course, but at a more basic level, different ages call for different parenting approaches. At Deacon’s age (infancy) … Continue reading

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Home school

My dad sent me a great podcast episode the other day: This American Life, episode 364, “Going Big.” The episode investigates “Baby College,” a Harlem humanitarian project aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty by teaching new parents how to … Continue reading

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Taking shots

When I scheduled Deke’s 2-month appointment with the pediatrician a few weeks ago, they had Monday the 21st wide open. 11 a.m.? Perfect. Only, not really. What I didn’t realize at the time I scheduled the appointment was that the eclipse … Continue reading

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Along for the ride

Baby Deke is my whole world. Charlotte, Finn, Graham and Shawn are also my whole world. My world is crowded. So while Deacon receives love and attention from many sources, he doesn’t get my undivided attention as much as I … Continue reading

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Hygienetics defined

Who remembers the movie Orange County from 2002? It’s one of the movies my husband and I quote the most, next to Talladega Nights and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. There’s a scene where John Lithgow sits down on the … Continue reading

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Breaking bad habits

“Welcome back to the world!”, my OB said to me at my 6-week checkup on Monday. It’s good to be back—running errands, reconnecting with friends, leaving the house more often, putting on makeup … And, it’s good to be back … Continue reading

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Get schooled

Women have been giving birth since the beginning of humanity. Nothing could be more natural, so the process should be completely intuitive … right? Not exactly. Today’s birthing procedures can be more complicated than those of yore, and while modern advancements … Continue reading

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No close-ups, please

When I delivered my baby girl in 2007, my mom took a look at her and proclaimed, “She looks just like Ken.” Awesome. Every new mother wants to hear that her precious daughter looks like her 60-something father-in-law. When a … Continue reading

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The feed

I am a true believer in the benefits of breastfeeding—I’ve interviewed experts and written articles on this topic—so it is with some shame that I confess … I am a formula feeder. With each baby, I have tried breastfeeding only … Continue reading

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In a vacuum

It is my belief that a mother is made not during pregnancy, labor or even delivery, but in the first weeks home with her newborn. These weeks rewrite her identity and redefine her priorities. This phase of intense bonding—call it … Continue reading

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Go figure

When I left the hospital with my baby girl, I had already lost about half the weight I’d gained during pregnancy, and I felt pretty darn good about that. I was a postpartum champ. Then, I tried to wear clothes. … Continue reading

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Timing is everything: The birth of Deacon

It was Saturday night, June 17, and expectations were low. Although my due date was less than a week away, my OB had reported very little progress in the last month. I fully expected to put in my typical effort … Continue reading

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Week 39: Are we there yet?

Wednesday night was fun. Shawn and I had an atypical date night at the hospital, then out to dinner (that part was more typical). I’ll be delivering at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City because they’re on my insurance plan, … Continue reading

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Week 38: Heating up

Utah has hit the mid-90s this week! I tend to swell in the heat even when I’m not pregnant (poor circulation, I guess?), so at least now I have an excuse for exhibiting cankles and sausage fingers whenever I get … Continue reading

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Week 37: Road tripping at 36 weeks

Remember how I said that Hawaii in March would be our last trip before baby? And then how I said that St. George in April was really our last getaway? Turns out, we were able to sneak in one last … Continue reading

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Phase facts

When you’re a first-time parent, the little things your baby does seem magical … and sometimes bizarre … and occasionally unbearable. Luckily, the things you’re experiencing have been observed and survived by countless others. But it still helps to know … Continue reading

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Week 36: It’s the final countdown

36 weeks, people! I had an appointment with my OB on Wednesday to check on my cervix and the baby’s position; I’ll be going in weekly now to keep tabs. As extremely embarrassing as pelvic exams always are, I did … Continue reading

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Week 35: Almost healthy

“Mom, you should stop eating food because I think you’re starting to get fat.” Words of advice from 4-year-old Graham. Honestly, he was generous to say that I’m only “starting” to get fat—my workout clothes, which I wear nearly half … Continue reading

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Week 34: Shifting Dynamics

Bringing home a baby always means a major shift in the family dynamics, especially for the members of the household who are experiencing this upheaval for the first time. With baby No. 1, mom and dad experience a hefty lifestyle … Continue reading

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Week 33: Finn’s birth story

No, I haven’t had the baby yet! This is the tale of my second baby, my first boy. And it’s the story of my one and only natural delivery! On July 27, 2010, I finally cashed in a gift certificate … Continue reading

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Adding to the flock

If you ask many seasoned parents, “family planning” is a laughable concept. Despite our intentions, we won’t necessarily end up with the number of children we expected to have or the exact spacing we had hoped to insert between them. … Continue reading

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Week 32: Hitting the snooze

This week I wrapped up a feature article for the December issue of P&N (I know, December sounds crazy far away!). It was all about trying to get a decent night’s sleep during pregnancy. I asked my social media world … Continue reading

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Week 31: April fool me once

April 18 came and went, and I did not have a baby! This is great news because my husband, daughter and younger son all share that birthday. There are more people in our house born on April 18 than not. … Continue reading

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Week 30: Bottoms up

As a third trimester door prize, I got to take a glucose test this week! I haven’t had one with every pregnancy, but I know I had one during pregnancy No. 2, because I failed the first test and had … Continue reading

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Week 29: Greetings from St. George

It’s Spring Break, people! As Atlantans, we drove south a few hours so we could spend the break in Florida; now living in Salt Lake City, a four-hour drive south takes us to sunny St. George. We’re near Zion National … Continue reading

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Where mind meets body

Pregnancy can be challenging, both mentally and physically. If this is your first ride, you might be experiencing stress, anxiety or depression you haven’t faced before, in addition to the tangible aches and pains of carrying a growing baby. Exercise, … Continue reading

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Week 28: Baby what’s-his-name

Last night I dreamt that baby had arrived and I was taking care of him. In the morning, I asked myself, “Did he have a name? What was his name??” But if he did have a name in the dream, … Continue reading

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Week 27: You are my son-shine

I have a wonderful 9-year-old daughter and two delightful sons, ages 3 and 6. It would be easy to get excited about adding another girl to the mix, but you know, having a herd of boys has its perks, too. … Continue reading

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Week 26: June is not soon

It’s crazy how pregnant I look—there’s such a difference even over the last two weeks! I’m struggling to wrap my mind around doing this for another three months. My belly will be out of control. I’m at the point now … Continue reading

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Week 25: Back to reality

It is so hard to come back from vacation! When my alarm sounded this morning, I closed my eyes and remembered a few days ago, waking up to the sound of crashing waves, early sunlight streaming through the window and … Continue reading

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Week 24: Last getaway as a party of five

Aloha from Oahu! We decided this was the perfect time to take a long-anticipated Hawaiian vacation, for a few reasons: My wonderful sister and her family live here, at least for another 18 months while they’re in school at BYU-Hawaii. … Continue reading

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Delivery room MVP

When I arrived at the hospital to deliver my first baby, I had no idea what I was walking into. I had not attended any birth-related classes, and I’d never watched an episode of TLC’s “A Baby Story” because I … Continue reading

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Week 23: The time has come

When I find myself resorting to the old rubber band trick, I know it’s time to pull out the maternity wear. I sent Shawn up in the attic for my big box of maternity clothes, not really remembering what was … Continue reading

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Week 21: The old and the new

I’m having my third boy in a row, so you might think I already have all the boy supplies I could possibly need. Like Ariel, “Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl; the girl who has … everything?” And I do … Continue reading

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Week 20: The bedtime buffet

Every pregnancy brings its own unique challenges. This time, I’m keeping it fresh with a health complication I’ve never experienced before: anemia. Fortunately, this one seems pretty easy to remedy! I had not experienced anemia inside or outside of pregnancy … Continue reading

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Week 19: It’s a …

… nother boy!!! The kids bit into their blue-filled Krispy Kremes Wednesday evening and exhibited mixed reactions. My 3-year-old boy was simply excited. My 6-year-old boy said, “I really wanted a girl so the girls and boys would be even, … Continue reading

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Hitting the snooze

Do you ever wish you could get a parenting do-over? I would apply my free pass (all right, one of my free passes—I would need a small stack) to go back and attend to my second baby’s sleep habits. Because … Continue reading

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Week 18: A bell pepper to add to the mix

According to the world wide web, at 18 weeks, baby is close to the size of a bell pepper: 7 ounces and 5.5 inches from head to rump. I feel him/her moving all the time now, but I can only … Continue reading

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Week 17: Countdown to doughnuts

The gender reveal party craze has totally taken off since I had my first. I blame Pinterest. And other social media. But mainly Pinterest. Every pregnancy, I’ve gone to my 20-week-ish ultrasound, found out the gender, and then let family … Continue reading

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Week 16: Prego makeover

Sometimes, when your skin is going crazy but you can’t do much for it, and your waistline gets a little thicker every day, you really need to get your hair done! And seriously, isn’t makeup wonderful? I thank heaven I … Continue reading

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Week 15: Second tri

At 15-ish weeks, I’m officially in the second trimester! I’m feeling more secure about the pregnancy, slightly more energetic, and definitely more pregnant than I have so far. I sometimes find myself holding my back and walking like a big … Continue reading

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It’s complicated

In researching this article, I interviewed a number of moms who experienced complications during their pregnancies. Each had her unique perspective, but one point came up in every single discussion. Every mom I spoke to gave this advice: Ask questions! … Continue reading

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