Tag Archives: Kaleen Enke

The best kind of failure

I had a birthday this past week. It was likely the most anticlimactic birthday of my 36 years. It rained all day, and my kids were sick and exceptionally clingy and whiny. Roland has been very congested and no matter … Continue reading

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An expanded perimeter and a new point of view

Roland is now getting around to various rooms of the house. At the same time as he got the hang of crawling, he found his balance sitting up. He’s overwhelmed with the possibilities as he contemplates whether to investigate a … Continue reading

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In on the action

Roland wants to be in on all the action now. For the most part this is a good thing because his sisters usually want him in on it as well, and I love seeing them all together. Sometimes they will … Continue reading

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Taste test

I love food. I love eating it and cooking it, and I wish I were better at growing it. I want food and cooking together to be an important part of our family life, so I’m usually excited to initiate … Continue reading

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The great clothes

It’s officially fall, although we’re still waiting for it to feel like it here in the south. We’re still wearing flip-flops and short sleeves, but there are days when a sweater feels nice in the early morning. My oldest daughter … Continue reading

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Boss baby

Ever since Roland was born, Winnie has mostly viewed him as a cute baby brother rather than as a competitor to whom she is losing time on my lap. She was three days shy of 2 years old when we … Continue reading

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A spark of joy in a dark place

This post is about loss. Please be warned if death is triggering for you. It’s been a rough year. It’s been a rougher week. We joke that Roland is the only good of 2017, and I believe it now more … Continue reading

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Toes for toys

I adore the stage when babies find their feet. It signifies the time in between the hard work of the blurry newborn phase and the vigilance of the mobility phase. It’s the sweet spot of babyhood where they are durable … Continue reading

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Our family, 9 years later

My husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary this week. The number seemed pretty remarkable to me until I found out my grandparents had just celebrated their 68th anniversary and realized that we have a ways to go to … Continue reading

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Night night chitchat

As the third kid, Roland doesn’t get the sort of a attention that he probably should. Of course he is cared for, and in those caregiving moments I try to give him my full attention, but there’s always a lot … Continue reading

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Working out those postpartum body blues

I’m not usually one to be antsy to get back into an exercise routine after having a baby. I live for the excuse to not have to put on sneakers in an effort to exert more physical energy than I … Continue reading

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Road tripping

There are so many unpredictable variables that can either make or break a road trip with kids. After the summer we have had, I was more than a little nervous to embark on a lengthy road trip with three kids … Continue reading

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Keeping him close

I’ve always enjoyed wearing my babies. I like the feeling of having them close to me but having my hands free to do other things. My babies have always seemed to enjoy this closeness as well, and each of them … Continue reading

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My kids suck … thumbs, pacifiers and fingers

The need to suck is great with my kids. It has meant that they are efficient nursers, but it has also meant that unless I want them attached to me all day every day, they would need something to suck … Continue reading

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Not a bad way to get my attention

We’ve had a lot going on this summer, and Roland is such an easy baby that it is too easy to let him blend into the background of daily life. He is now 3 months old, and all I can … Continue reading

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Grandma to the rescue

My husband has been sick now for over two weeks, and he’s been hospitalized for eight-going-on who knows how many days. Staph infection is not something to take lightly though, and I trust that the doctors are doing their best … Continue reading

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It could always be worse

It’s been pretty rough around here, but it didn’t start out that way. Recently, we were at the lake with family, considering ourselves lucky that a forecast of showers had turned into sunshine. My husband was having fun tubing, and … Continue reading

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Don’t get used to a good night of sleep

When you have a new baby in your house, one of the first questions people almost always ask is, “How is the baby sleeping?” I am quite certain this question comes out of a concern for how well you are … Continue reading

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Maternity leave: Making it work

Working for myself definitely has its benefits; however, paid maternity leave is not one of them. I made up a maternity leave for myself by putting some boundaries around my work during this fleeting time and easing back into it … Continue reading

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The gift of a night out

As a blossoming introvert with an ever growing to do list, I all too willingly let go of any hopes of a social life. My husband and I both would rather spend a night at home getting work done than … Continue reading

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No longer new

It dawned on me this week that my baby is no longer a newborn. His skin is no longer flaky. His face has filled in around his features. His eyes that once had broken blood vessels from labor are open … Continue reading

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A room for you … someday

Most families like to finish the nursery before the baby comes. Most expectant moms are picking out themes, furniture and decorations for the nursery, so it’s just right for the arrival of their new baby. We have never managed to … Continue reading

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And then just when you’re finding your way …

After one particularly exhausting day where my two-year-old swallowed a small glass pebble and also tried to use fingernail polish as lipstick, I adopted the mantra, “I can handle this without screaming or swearing.” I know, both of those objects … Continue reading

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The first days turned into a month

  The idea that a month has nearly passed with my new baby is completely beyond me. All the cliches about how quickly time goes by don’t even do justice to the speed of this last month. I’m trying so … Continue reading

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It’s a boy!: The birth of Roland

I had been having prodromal labor for a little more than two weeks. Most of the time, the contractions would start at night and stop when I got up and started moving around. On two separate occasions, I felt certain … Continue reading

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Week 39: Riding out the storms

It’s been a stormy week, both literally and figuratively; the bizarre weather patterns outside our windows mirrored the emotional tides within our home. The week started with spring rain and built into actual thunderstorms. I had to drive an hour … Continue reading

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Week 38: “How much longer until the newborn baby is born?”

I’ve heard this question a lot through this pregnancy from my 4-year-old, who always refers to the baby as “the newborn baby.” Time is such a hard concept for young kids to grasp that I’ve often been unsure how to … Continue reading

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Week 37: Sick and tired

It started with my 4-year-old. For a couple weeks, she had been coughing. No one else had gotten it until my younger daughter and my husband both caught it the same night. Thanks to my eight years as a public school … Continue reading

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Week 36: Preparing for birth at home

As I enter the last month of this pregnancy, I am starting to realize how very behind I am in my preparedness for both the baby and the birth. For some reason, it’s still so surreal that it’s happening at … Continue reading

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Week 35: How we nest

Every pregnancy of mine has been paired with some major home renovation project. This is partly due to the fact that we have been working on the house pretty much nonstop since we bought it eight years ago. However, there is … Continue reading

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Week 34: Drama-rama

The third trimester has always been the one to bring out all my emotions. I can hold it together pretty well when I’m pregnant until I near the end, and then I can’t promise I won’t lose it over something … Continue reading

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Week 33: There’s no slowing down time

Somehow the weeks keep passing by, and I often have to look on my pregnancy tracker app to remember exactly how far along I am. This is my third pregnancy, and I still  find myself surprised by how pregnant I … Continue reading

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