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Baby days gone by

Gone are the days of leaving Graham contentedly playing on the floor and knowing he’ll be in the same spot when I return. Even though he’s not crawling yet, our little one has discovered how to get around, and he … Continue reading

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Worried sick

I do not consider myself the anxious type. My sister has commented, “You just don’t do stress.” Co-workers have remarked, “You’re unflappable,” and described me as “completely calm.” Naturally, I am a relaxed person. I’m good in a crisis, and … Continue reading

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8 things I learned in my first weeks as a new mom

So, here are a few of the most important things I learned on my own during my first few weeks as a new mom:  Disorientation and confusion are common. So is short-term memory loss. It includes: forgetting to move the … Continue reading

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What’s best for us

“American girl seeks friend. If interested, please meet at Piazza Della Scalla at 7 p.m.” My hopeful words went onto a Facebook page for au pairs living in Milan, and then I tip-toed downstairs to prepare cappuccino for my employers. … Continue reading

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Week 19: The one where everyone does their best

A couple of weeks back I wrote a post about how I think moms do a big disservice to one another by not being honest about how challenging parenting can be. I am not going to take that statement back because … Continue reading

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Not a newborn anymore

Well, I’m writing this as little Graham is sleeping soundly in his crib. I’m having a glass of wine worry free, sitting next to my husband, winding down the day. It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Less than two … Continue reading

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Week 18: The one with all the puke

Being a mother (or a father or any other variety of parent … because, lord knows, we need to be inclusive) brings with it a lot of things. It means unconditional love—you love them unconditionally, and they love you back. (As … Continue reading

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Exhaustion and perfection

I meant to share my motherhood confessions today (like how my babe will never-ever eat homemade purée), but I’m gonna talk about something so much more important and soulful: meeting your friends wherever they might be in life and/or the … Continue reading

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Week 17: The one where I’m honest

I feel like moms do a big disservice to one another by not being honest about what being a mom (or a parent in general) is really like. I mean, maybe there really are people whose kids never lie down in … Continue reading

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Week 39: Time marches on

It’s a little surreal to be writing these words, but the time is nearly here. My life as a single unit, free of anyone else’s say-so, is nearing an end. I’m 39 weeks today—39 big ones! I had my appointment … Continue reading

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Week 16: The one where the milk almost killed me

Last week I decided that I had to give up exercising altogether. Until that point, I’d been working out three times a week since I decided to stop being a lazy jerk back in January.  When the SI joint pain started … Continue reading

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Week 38: She makes me brave

In a past blog post, I wrote about the anticipation Darrin and I have about what baby girl will be like when she arrives—the parts of us she would acquire, and those we hoped we could spare her. I wrote … Continue reading

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It takes a village

There is a saying: It takes a village to raise a child. As a new mother, I’m realizing more and more the importance of finding your village, your community. As hard as people try, no one can prepare you ahead … Continue reading

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Week 37: Growing pains

For the record, I’d like to state that I am not giving up quite yet on my stance that I am OK with baby girl hanging out right where she is for a bit longer. However, things have changed pretty … Continue reading

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A roadmap to breastfeeding

It’s seldom easy, sometimes challenging and almost always worth it in the end. If you’re trying to breastfeed your babe and struggling to find your footing on this new path, know you’re not alone. We’ve all been there, and we’ve … Continue reading

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One-woman show

I had a serious case of new-mom jitters when I brought my firstborn home from the hospital, but I quickly found my groove. In fact, I was so confident in my ability to care for my newborn that I basically … Continue reading

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Baby bunk

When you’re pregnant, nearly everyone who crosses your path will gladly tell you the best way to raise a baby. But following so-and-so’s suggestions isn’t necessarily what’s best for your wee one. We’ve waded through the most common baby-rearing beliefs … Continue reading

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Twelve Months of Emmelia

Twelve months ago—and every day since—a 7-pound baby girl stole my heart. Believe me when I say I’m intimately acquainted with how quickly newborns turn into babies, and babies into toddlers, and toddlers into kiddos. But somehow, here I am, … Continue reading

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Week 31: A title to be earned

In last week’s blog, I wrote about how quickly time seems to be slipping by and that I have a lot to get done before baby girl makes her appearance. I am happy to report that in just one week, … Continue reading

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Water baby

Soak it in Studies show early exposure to water and swim lessons offers many advantages, including physical, cognitive, social and linguistic, says Kathy Hubbard, infant and toddler committee chairman of the U.S. Swim School Association. “The soothing benefits and sensory … Continue reading

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A little time for me

What in the world did I do with all my time before I had Graham? I’m so busy being a working mama all of the time now; it seems I must have had endless hours of luxurious downtime before motherhood. … Continue reading

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Babyproofing

Knocking on 11 months—unbelievable—and the world, or at least our house, has definitely become her oyster. Despite her crazy method of locomotion, she’s fast and into everything. So cue the babyproofing, and quick. We need to lock this place up … Continue reading

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The beginnings of motherhood

I had the pleasure of having dinner with one of my best girlfriends this week while Matthew stayed home with Graham. It was nice for a change to get away to a restaurant and just girl talk without having to … Continue reading

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Week 30: Keep it 100

Well, we’ve made it to 30 weeks, folks. With roughly 10 weeks left in the game, it feels like a countdown before baby boy’s arrival is upon us. That said, Jesse and I have been spending more time together—just the two … Continue reading

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I wonder

To say the day I discovered I was pregnant was shocking would be an understatement. My husband and I viewed parenthood kind of like a vacation destination that we’d like to visit. Sure, we thought we’d have kids someday. But … Continue reading

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Baby’s first trip

This past weekend was baby Graham’s first big trip to the family lake house for a long Memorial Day weekend. In the past, these trips to the lake with my husband’s family have been filled with relaxation, bikinis and swimming—day … Continue reading

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Amanda Booth

Every year in May, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting down the … Continue reading

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Joy Cho

Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting … Continue reading

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Sarina Prabasi

Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting … Continue reading

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Katie Daisy

Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting … Continue reading

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The sisterhood of motherhood: Tara Harvey

Every year in our May issue, we profile five fascinating moms—a handful of women with unique backgrounds, interesting careers and thought-provoking perspectives. There are times when they feel like they’ve got it all figured out and days when they’re counting … Continue reading

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Thanks, mamas!

When I first started writing for Adventures in Motherhood, I wondered what in the heck I’d talk about every week. Now that it’s over, I’m still not entirely sure how I figured it out, although I can say without hesitation … Continue reading

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Happy first birthday, Bea!

As of Tuesday, April 21, I have a 1-year-old. That just sounds and feels and is completely crazy. Please excuse my shock. It’s just that, at the risk of sounding cliché, the time went by so, so fast. An entire … Continue reading

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Give and take: The birth of Maximilian

I’d never given much thought to becoming a mom. I’d never dreamt of becoming one, nor did I ever think I’d be nurturing enough for the job. In my mind, motherhood took someone like my mom—selfless, with saint-like patience, an … 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Three reasons every mama needs mom friends

No matter how it happens—you get knocked up around the same time, you make excited eye contact during the pre-baby hospital tour, your kids are in the same kindergarten class—having a few friends in the same parenting boat is a total … Continue reading

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Making space

Thwack. The bathroom door crashed open, revealing one of my 3-year-old daughters in all of her bed-headed glory, wearing only her underwear. There I was, brushing my teeth in all of my just-barely-squeezed-in- a-shower glory, also in my underwear. She … Continue reading

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A love like this

At four months pregnant, I found myself at an old New England artists’ colony, having chats over dinner with other fellows in residence. Maybe because I was expecting or maybe because familial lineage is a common “getting to know you” … Continue reading

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Tear-filled farewells

In the early days, you can hand your baby over to someone else, and she’ll hardly even notice. Sometime after your tot’s half-birthday, however, she might begin to wail at the mere thought of leaving your arms. While it can … Continue reading

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Swear words

Before I had kids, I was pretty sure I knew exactly how to do this parenting thing. While heavily pregnant with my first child, I encountered a rather unhappy toddler and her mother at Target. The child was screaming bloody … Continue reading

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Am I a bad mom?

I’ve asked myself the same question, almost daily, since I had my first baby—a sweet, precious baby girl named Kate—in March. Actually, it started before I’d even had her. The first time this question popped into my head, I was … Continue reading

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Part-time mama’s girl

She is 4 months old, officially, and along with graduating to size two diapers and serious mastery of tummy time, she’s become something of a mama’s girl. Sometimes. I’m never sure when. It makes me feel like a super special snowflake, … Continue reading

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