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Into the gray

The little man didn’t sleep well last night. He had trouble going down, acting restless and fidgety as I tried to rock him in is dark room, squirming and arching his back against my cuddling and “talking” instead of settling … Continue reading

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Motherhood milestones

“Ahem! Mom? Why isn’t she saying hi?” Max raises his bitty eyebrows and ponders the Target employee ringing up our diapers, string-cheese and Shout! My 2-foot man flirts with abandon, and he welcomes (errr … craves) the attention of neighbors … Continue reading

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The working mom’s handbook

It’s estimated that around 65 percent of mothers work outside the home. Parenting in and of itself is a full-time job, so when you add a “real” full-time job to the mix, things can get sticky. From readjusting after maternity … Continue reading

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Mama tribe

What’s my best advice for a new mom? I’ve been asked this question a number of times, and I’ve given all kinds of answers: “Buy the Mama Hook, and don’t look back,” “Be pro-active dating your husband,” and “Laugh about the … Continue reading

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Week 14: An ode to my husband

As I was sitting down to draft this post, I said to my husband, “I’m not sure what I should write about this week.” He immediately responded, “Probably how great husbands are.” I laughed my obligatory laugh and then started … 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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Social from the start

When your recent addition is around 6 or 8 weeks old, near the peak of fussiness, she will smile at you for the first time—a rainbow breaking through the clouds of your exhaustion. “That first social smile is the most … 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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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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Missed connection

I had always prided myself on not becoming one of “those” moms. The ones who refer to themselves as “Mommy” at dinner parties (“Mommy’s getting tipsy!”), who listen to kids music 24/7 and whose relationships with their husbands don’t exist … Continue reading

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Parenting predictions

Before becoming a parent, I knew exactly what kind of mom I was going to be. I knew I would have it all under control. How hard could it be? No little 10-20 pound person was going to get the … 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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Little linguist

Because I speak English and my husband speaks Dutch, raising a bilingual child was a no-brainer. But when we shared our decision with others, the response was a mixture of admiration and concern. What a great opportunity for our daughter, … Continue reading

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State of mind

From fast-paced cities to laid-back small towns and everywhere in between, the places parents choose to call home while bringing up baby are chock-full of differences. But whether you carry a metro card or drive a minivan, when it comes … 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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Confessions of a bottle-feeder

I was the picture of preparation. I had attended the breastfeeding class at my local hospital, stocked my cupboards with breast pads and lanolin, and met with the on-staff lactation specialist within hours of delivery. Breastfeeding was the obvious way … Continue reading

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Parenting in the digital age

Not so long ago, life was lived without many of the conveniences we rely on today. Our moms didn’t have smartphones or WebMD; they had to make lists on real pieces of paper, ask neighbors to help identify a rash, … Continue reading

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Let the training begin

Our little guy has gone mobile. I don’t mean that he has a data plan or that we’ve downloaded his app. I mean that he can move himself around now. It’s not exactly crawling yet, but if you can imagine … Continue reading

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Let it go

My daughter never got the memo about rolling over. There she was at 6 months, seemingly unaware that it was possible to flip from her back to her stomach. While she was lying there too content to move, I was … Continue reading

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Five things worth worrying about

There are plenty of things new moms fret over—Why isn’t my baby rolling over yet? Shouldn’t she be sleeping through the night? Is it normal to cry whenever strangers try to hold her?—but most aren’t worth a second thought. (She’ll roll … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Budget date night ideas

My husband and I are on a tight budget, so hiring a babysitter for date night is out of the question. How can we make a night at home feel as special as a dinner out?  A: It can be … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Discipline

My 8-month-old loves to play the drop-a-toy-and-watch-mom-pick-it-up game on repeat while sitting in her highchair. I tell her “no,” but she giggles and drops it again. Is she too young to understand that I want her to stop? I’m not … Continue reading

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Sitting tight

My cousin’s baby started crawling at 5 months. Five. Months. He was walking before he turned 9 months, and now he’s a terrifying 11-month-old who can back his way off her bed and is way too interested in the stairs. And then … Continue reading

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When instinct trumps philosophy

There was a time when my wife and I voraciously consumed books and articles and advice about all the practical minutia of baby care. We were determined to have a well-researched and firm conviction about every possible parenting practice imaginable, … Continue reading

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Sticky situations

As a new mom, you’re bound to experience a few tricky interactions. From strangers invading your space to in-laws disregarding your rules, we’ve detailed—and diffused—the most common uncomfortable circumstances. The tough spot: Strangers (or even friends) want to hold your new … Continue reading

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Fight right

Every couple argues, but just because it’s normal (and even expected) doesn’t make every spat A-OK. Heed these expert-approved tips on how to fight the right way. Choose your battles. Not every dirty diaper or dishwasher load is worth the … 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 differences

Our nearly 5-month old baby girl—and I still can’t believe she’s that old already—had her 4-month well-baby visit a few weeks ago. We went through the basics (yes to sleeping on her back and the rear-facing car seat, no to … 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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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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Bea’s first sniffles

Runny nose, low-grade fever, icky diapers … it appears Bea has her first cold. Or maybe she’s teething because it seems that just about every abnormal behavior or physiological reaction could also be a sign of a sprouting tooth. Either … Continue reading

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Ditching the labels

I realize that things like co-sleeping and babywearing make me seem like one of those “attachment parenting” types. It’s a bummer of a label—people make the leap from the word “attachment” to “you’re raising a child who will be totally … Continue reading

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Confession: I’d rather be at work than at home all day with my kids

Facebook, TV shows and the media all portray how tough it is for moms to go back to work after maternity leave with proclamations of worry, guilt and accompanying tears. And the message is clear: Good parents want to be … Continue reading

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A spooky realization

There are lots of reasons people have babies: Personal fulfillment, leaving a legacy, blessing planet Earth with the glorious byproduct of their unfathomably good genes … Sure, I mulled over a few of these sentimental baby-making mantras when we decided … Continue reading

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There are no formulas

Generally speaking, men like to solve problems. I am no exception to this rule. To me, a crying baby, a dirty diaper, a sleep-deprived wife are all problems that need solutions. Most of the time I look to the established rule … Continue reading

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Parental epiphanies

I forget that I’m a parent more often than you’d think. Not because I’m neglecting Rowan, but because it’s such a natural part of my identity now. Changing diapers has become second nature, and playing peekaboo is part of my … Continue reading

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Losses and gains

The closer Rowan gets to his first birthday, the more reflective I become. The year has gone by faster than I thought possible. It’s definitely bittersweet—the cliché about each stage being more fun than the last is true (so far), … Continue reading

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Breaking my prebaby rules

You know how some people fervently swear that whenever they have kids, they’ll never do certain quintessentially parent-ish things? They’ll never go in public with a screaming baby, they’ll never drive a minivan, or they’ll never, ever leave the house … Continue reading

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7 ways to be a happier, healthier mom

Motherhood can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to let it get the best of you. Follow these seven steps to find some balance, maintain your sanity and keep on smiling in your new role as mom. Take time to … Continue reading

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Roll over, baby

Bea has been working on rolling over for weeks now. Every day I grab her hand and help guide her onto her tummy while cheering “ROLLLLLL OVERRR BABYYYYYY” in my shrillest, most I-swore-I’d-never-talk-like-this mommy voice. She tolerates my little training … Continue reading

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No means no

Rowan’s world was turned on its side after we introduced our little mischief-maker to the word, “No.” He’s not fond of it. The cries and frustration used to be reserved solely for hunger and sleep issues. Now they’re fair game … Continue reading

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Mommy the introvert

My wife is an introvert. She needs a certain amount of time to herself in order to “recharge.” Her emotional fuel tank eventually runs dry if she doesn’t have a chance to be alone and think and pray and rest. … Continue reading

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New baby? Buy this Stuff!

Two weeks in with our newborn girl, and it’s been good. She’s awesome—figured out nursing right away, doesn’t do the gagging/choking thing that two of our others routinely freaked us out with and she’s a good sleeper. For my part, … Continue reading

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Celebrating children

Last week, we celebrated my daughter on the occasion of her sixth birthday. This week, we will be celebrating our twins on the occasion of their second birthday. You’ll notice that I did not use the phrase “celebrated their birthday.” … Continue reading

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New mom surprises

Bea grows and changes every day. Last week, she found her tongue. This week, she’s using it to blow raspberries. It’s adorable and amazing. When I stop to think about it, I can’t believe everything she has learned (and the … Continue reading

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Babysitter jitters

Well, I did it. I decided I was ready to expand my exercise regimen beyond our evening walks, and I left Bea in the gym nursery for the first time. And a second time, and a third. Letting someone else … Continue reading

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Boy’s best friend

Our days start with the same phrase every morning, “Get out of your brother’s mouth!” They’re words I never thought I would utter in my lifetime, and now I use them every day. As soon as I place Rowan on … Continue reading

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