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Three boys and Buzzards Bay

I wrote a few weeks back about how to pack your car for a road trip, in our case, Martha’s Vineyard. We’ve yet to head out there, but we recently completed—rather successfully—a trip to Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. A little beach … Continue reading

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Golden age of babies

We are officially in the Golden Age of Babies. My husband and I have agreed with all of our babies that starting at 4 months and lasting through about 18 months is when babies are at their best. And it’s … Continue reading

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The energizer, the hellion and the sleeper

Nolan, Graham and Austin. There’s my empire; there’s the three title characters for this post. And with summer all but here, they’ll be on display all day, every day. Nolan is done with school this week, which means it’s the … Continue reading

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Three weeks and three-plus hours

That’s how long we’ve been a family of five and roughly how many consecutive hours of sleep my wife and I get a night. And to be honest, it’s not bad. I’ve always been one to live by the mantra “sleep … Continue reading

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Due date approaching

Today is the day. Or was it the day? (I’m writing this prior to the actual due date despite it being published on the due date.) Truth be told, it’s the beginning of what I’m planning on being a hectic, unpredictable … Continue reading

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Can’t stop, won’t stop growing

Oh, man. Could someone please tell me that this first year isn’t as hard as I believe it is sometimes? You’d think that because Akira is our second, we’d have this in the bag, but truth be told, we don’t. … Continue reading

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In your wildest dreams

When Chicago mom-to-be Laura Merkin found herself dreaming about her breasts producing chocolate milk and later, giving birth to a dragon, she began to wonder if something was the matter—with her or her baby. It’s not unusual for other pregnant … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Facilitating better sleep

Q: When will my baby start sleeping through the night? A: We all want to know the answer to this question, but it’s important not to compare your child with your neighbor’s or friend’s. Every child is unique, and there … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Functioning on minimal sleep

Q: Are there any realistic tactics for functioning on minimal sleep? If one more person tells me to “sleep when the baby sleeps,” I’m going to scream. A: Yes! HypnoMothering provides restorative rest in whatever time you have. It teaches … Continue reading

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28 days

Twenty-eight days. No, not the movie where Sandra Bullock plays a newspaper columnist who enters a drug and alcohol clinic, though L and I will finally be able to partake in a celebratory glass of champagne together. We’re four weeks away … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Sound sleep tips

What are some things my partner and I can do at home to help our baby sleep soundly sooner? A: In my work with countless parents, I have seen that when baby doesn’t sleep, it is more challenging for them … Continue reading

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Sleeping soundly

Spooning is my favorite. I’m not that picky about positions, but I generally end up being the little spoon while my husband assumes the position of big. We fall into the arrangement naturally, and it gets us extra cuddles, warmth and white … Continue reading

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Back to sleep

After the rush of Thanksgiving, we are finally settling back into our routines here in Atlanta. However, I decided to change things up a little when it comes to Akira and his sleep. If you remember, Akira has slept in our … Continue reading

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Let the exploring begin

Our little Graham turned 8 months old last week. He gets busier and busier every day, getting more and more interested in exploring his world. Whether he’s pulling all of the clothes out of the laundry basket or lifting up … Continue reading

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Party of four

It’s been really dreary and gray over the past few days and through last weekend here in Atlanta. I’m not complaining, though. With the heat starting to look like it’s a thing of the past, I am welcoming the cooler … Continue reading

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What’s sleep?

I’d forgotten what getting up before the sun does looked like until Akira was born. Anaïs has always been a really long and lazy sleeper, going for 12- or sometimes even 14-hour stretches at a time. By the time she was … 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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A long weekend of sleep training

Well, we did it. We began sleep training little Graham this past Friday based on our pediatrician’s recommendation. As discussed in my last post, co-sleeping was no longer working for our family. We were all running on too little sleep, … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Drowsiness cues

What signs should I look for to indicate my baby is sleepy and ready to be put down for a nap or bed? A: Watching your baby for drowsiness cues will help you learn to recognize when she is ready … Continue reading

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A week of firsts

Wow! What a week! What a wonderful week. Last week we had a party, the first for Baby Ben, and it’s started a trend firsts for the O’Sullivan family—and two of them are massive ones. I want to start with … Continue reading

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Time for a change

Don’t let the switch to daylight saving time throw off your family’s routine. Follow these tips from Conner Herman and Kira Ryan, sleep experts and authors of The Dream Sleeper, to ensure your spring forward is seamless. Be proactive Begin … Continue reading

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Migrating naps

Making plans when dealing with a baby’s nap schedule is already a challenge. Scheduling appointments weeks in advance when your wee-one’s nap schedule is continually evolving, that’s a problem. Accomplishing this task combines two themes that have popped up repeatedly in the … Continue reading

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Wake-up call

At kindergarten drop off this morning, a fellow mom stopped to show me pictures on her phone. “See, I told you my niece looks just like your daughter!” she beamed. I agreed and smiled back whole-heartedly, carefully studying her friendly … Continue reading

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Infant’s mother seeking father time

I’m a non-gym-membership-having mother of one who appreciates long walks on the beach (provided I don’t have to walk too far), candle-lit dinners that I can nap through, and reruns of Friends while using my breast pump. You might mistake … Continue reading

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Rollin’

I’m behind. I haven’t written in my baby journal for months (well, since the baby was born, really). I’ve missed jotting down those all-important milestones. I keep believing that I will have time later, and suddenly later arrives and I … Continue reading

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Breaking up with sleep

Dear Mr. Sandman, Since you won’t see me anymore, I’ve decided to write. I know you may not read this, but I really need to tell you some things, and this seemed to be the only way to get through. … Continue reading

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Baby’s here! What now?

The first six weeks with a newborn are a blur of sleepless nights, uncertainty and tears (yours, because he can’t produce them yet). It’s also a time of intense bonding with an amazing little person. In a nutshell, it’s like … Continue reading

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Baby’s here! What now?

The first six weeks with a newborn are a blur of sleepless nights, uncertainty and tears (yours, because he can’t produce them yet). It’s also a time of intense bonding with an amazing little person. In a nutshell, it’s like … Continue reading

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Sleep Bargaining

Fade In:  INT—HOUSE BEDROOM—DAWN Two children’s voices, separate, yet equally annoying, can be heard mumbling, talking, laughing offscreen. It then turns to crying, then screaming, then fever pitch as the paned glass windows start asking for their last rites. Pan … Continue reading

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Sleeping with my husband

Sleeping with my husband is never boring. (Sorry, Dad.) I believe this is because he’s always so on top of keeping our nighttime relationship fresh and exciting. His way of thinking hasn’t stopped even with this bowling ball-like protrusion where … Continue reading

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Philips AVENT SD535 DECT Baby Monitor

“Is it the cat or the baby?” I whisper desperately as I leap out of bed for the 47th time. My husband quietly sighs as he puts the movie on pause again. Being a new mom with a tiny baby … Continue reading

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Top sleep mistakes

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Sleep sets in

After many, many sleepless nights we decided to try and get Phoebe in her own crib a couple of weeks ago. As much as I love co-sleeping in the beginning (so much easier to be right there when your baby … Continue reading

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Shut-eye: Get some.

The National Sleep Foundation is raising public awareness and promoting the many health benefits of getting the proper amount of rest as we approach the upcoming Daylight Savings Time. This is the weekend our bodies are forced to adjust to … Continue reading

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5 easy ways to be heart healthy

If you think you’re too busy, too pregnant or too tired to focus on living heart healthy, then you’re not alone. New mamas and moms-to-be are often short on time and energy. The good news? You don’t have to spend … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Solo napping

My 8-month-old baby typically goes to sleep just fine on his own at night, but won’t take a nap without me rocking him or rubbing his back until he falls asleep. I know he can go to sleep on his … Continue reading

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Bedtime for baby

Sleep. At first it seems so easy, the way your newborn conks out at the breast, or sleeps soundly despite the jagged angle his neck has formed in his car seat. How is it that just months later, sleep can … Continue reading

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