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Toy Control

TOYS. TOYS. TOYS!  ‘Tis the season, huh?  I’ve been thinking a lot about toy control as – of course – some new toys will find their way into our home on the 25th.  When I think of “toy control,” it’s really a two-pronged approach: First, how do encourage Henry to actually play with his toys?  [...]

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If I could give new parents one piece of advice, it would be this: shop consignment!  You will save a ridiculous amount of money by buying clothes, gear, and toys used. I have bought most of Henry’s clothes and toys on consignment and saved hundreds of dollars in the process. I bought a lot of [...]

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2:00 AM – I hear Henry crying on the monitor.  We follow a sleep training plan pretty religiously, but I can tell the difference between “wah, wah, I’m awake and shouldn’t be” and “Mommmma! I need you!”  It’s a “I need you” wail, so I go upstairs, change him, give him a bottle, and we [...]

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Little Words

It’s the moment that I’ve been anticipating for over seven months… This morning, Henry said… Yup.  Mama. Sure…  He said to the cat, but I’m excited nevertheless.  “Mama!” escaped those little lips.  I hope looking at me and saying it isn’t too far behind.  <3  Obviously, Mama pancakes were on the menu.   Enough though [...]

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4.5 Months Old: Baby Gear We Love

This is a follow-up to my first post in the Baby Gear series:  Newborn Baby Gear.  Here’s what Henry (and I) are obsessed with as of 4.5 months.   Rainforest Jumperoo:  Henry LOVES his jumper.  When I walk by it with him in my arms, he makes motions like, “Put me in! Put me in!”  [...]

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Roll Over and Left Out

Ready… Steady… GO! Last week’s horrendous sleep regression suddenly seems well worth it.  Apparently, babies regress in their sleep patterns while tackling a big physical or mental development milestone.  Henry was sleeping horribly last week but showing off no new skills… until yesterday!  We have roll overs.  Sooo many roll overs.  They say your child [...]

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All Hands On Deck

The Husband and Henry are out on the town, showing the grandparents around Charlotte, but I decided to stay at home and plow through some work.  All hands on deck!  I’m trying to do a week’s worth of catch-up in a few hours.  It’s not looking good. One very fun task: a conference call with [...]

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You Are Getting Very Sleepy…

Lately, I feel like I say/think/write the same sentences over and over again:  “I am so tired,” “Henry gave me a run for money last night,” and “Where the hell is my coffee?”  Completely obvious statement of the century:  babies are exhausting.  I feel a little bad complaining about it because – of course – [...]

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I summed up Henry’s birth story with this thought:   Labor was, by far, the most emotionally and physically intense moment of my life.  But I look at Henry now and know it worth it.  The entire pregnancy, the labor – it was worth it.  I really believe that all women should be very proud [...]

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Whoa Baby

The Hus occasionally sleeps in the guest room the night before he has a crazy work day, leaving me to do all the nighttime baby duty.  I realize some moms do night shift every night, but Kristien helps a lot, and I’m not used to handling the zombie-inducing insanity of a 10 week old baby [...]

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The other day, I tried to wrap my hands around Henry’s torso and discovered that my fingertips no longer touched.  He is getting so big and packin’ on the ounces like it’s his job! As of yesterday, Henry is eight weeks old.  It’s crazy that eight weeks have already passed… but at the same time, [...]

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The Only Child

At Girls on the Run, we played an ice breaker game that is similar to Bingo – but you search for teammates with certain characteristics.  One of the squares is for an only child.  Season after season, I had to scribble my name in the box for one of the teams because out of 15 [...]

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Everyone talks about how mommas-to-be experience an urge to ‘nest’ right before their baby comes – and part of this nesting phenomenon is buying baby gear.  I know that I really worried about buying all the right gadgets and gizmos – as well as the right necessities, too.  Being stocked up and supplied makes you [...]

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New Mom Wishes

I wish “sleep when the baby sleeps” was as easily done as it is said.   I wish that Henry was born with a manual instead of a placenta.   I wish my dogs had opposable thumbs and could do the housework.   I wish I could gently levitate a sleeping Henry with my mind [...]

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