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Adventures in Motherhood

Sliced bread
Sliced bread

OK, I know it’s a little drab when someone goes on and on about their kid. I remember when I started blogging for P&N, and someone said to me, “It’s great to have an outlet to brag on baby.” She was totally right, but the bragging didn’t show up as quickly as one would think. […]

Jeans too tight
Jeans too tight

Even though my pregnancies were pretty much back-to-back, I still forgot about some of the unfortunate things ladies go through—most notably, the “not pregnant enough to wear maternity clothes/nothing feels comfortable/the seasons are changing, so there’s no point in buying maternity clothes right now” phase. You know what I’m saying? Friday afternoon I got off […]

A letter to the baby on her first birthday
A letter to the baby on her first birthday

Well, Funky B, you’re a year old. I don’t know how this happened, but here we are. You’re no longer a baby (although, like it or not, you’ll always be the baby). I thought we had agreed that you’d stay tiny forever, but apparently that’s not how this works and you’re going to grow up […]

Childcare crunch
Childcare crunch

While pregnant with my daughter, childcare was a topic I said I would “get to eventually.” I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to return to work after maternity leave, so the bulk of weekly hours were taken care of. We are lucky enough to have lots of family around, so in all honesty, I […]

The "I'm done have babies" feeling
The "I'm done have babies" feeling

As baby No. 4 nears her first birthday, I am faced with the reality that I’ll never have an infant again. The other night as this thought passed through my mind, I looked at my husband and shouted at him in an accusatory tone, “DO YOU REALIZE WE WILL NEVER HAVE ANOTHER BABY? NEVER! NOT […]

A self-dressing miracle
A self-dressing miracle

Our mornings are hectic. Like, really hectic. Neither my husband nor I are really morning people, which means we’re usually both trying to avoid getting out of bed until the last possible moment. And although the kids are more than happy to be up-and-at-’em bright and early on weekend mornings, on weekday mornings—more times than […]

Mr. Mom
Mr. Mom

Although I didn’t go back to work after having my daughter, I never lost the desire to learn and use my brain for things outside of my mom role (though that’s plenty!). I started an internship a few weeks ago and am really enjoying every minute! Even though I miss my little girl, I am […]

The good in the world
The good in the world

People often ask what it was like going from three kids to four. I know the experience is different for everyone, but for me, going from three to four was totally overwhelming. Before we had the fourth kid, I felt like I still had some semblance of control over our lives. Once Baby No. 4 […]

Safe place
Safe place

This is going to sound like a big, fat “DUH!” But until this week, I didn’t realize how much a mother represents safety to her baby outside of the womb. After my daughter’s very first “boo-boo” occurred the other morning, I learned a lot from her reaction to pain and gained insight into what I […]

Choking hazard
Choking hazard

We officially have a crawling, talking, giggling 8-month-old! Life has gotten a lot more interesting in the new year. The transition to baby mobility is amazing, albeit exhausting. If she’s not making a beeline for the dog food, she’s climbing on the fireplace hearth or scuttling down the hallway. This makes for one tired mama […]

A day date with the bigs
A day date with the bigs

We have four kids. We like to group them into groups of two based on their ages. Doing so gives us three groups: The Bigs, the Littles and the Middles. I don’t know what we’d do if the oldest and the youngest were to be grouped together. We don’t have a clever name for that […]

Oh, dada
Oh, dada

Well, my intuition served me WRONG! No twins for us! I don’t want to say I am “relieved” because we would welcome any child(ren) into our home, but my wallet is probably sweating fewer bullets. Aside from the baby bloat, I have been immensely fatigued this go-round, which was a contributing factor to my suspicion of […]

Us in a nutshell
Us in a nutshell

It sometimes happens that I have all these great ideas for things to write about swirling around in my head all week, and then when I sit down to actually write, I can’t remember a single thing I wanted to say. That’s where I’m at currently. I had quite a few good topics floating around […]

Break out the folic acid (again)
Break out the folic acid (again)

Surprise, surprise! We have a big announcement: After a long six whopping months of parenthood, we are somewhat shocked to announce we are pregnant with baby No. 2! Wow! Let me address the initial questions in your head. No, we are not crazy. No, this was not planned. Yes, we are really excited! Yes, they will […]

One and done?
One and done?

It seems like from the moment my daughter came out of the womb, family, friends, and more often than not, total strangers have been asking when we’re going to have another one. Just, stop right there.  Why is the size of someone else’s family so important to some people? Is it because most American families […]