The Best Advice I’ve Been Given

The Best Advice I’ve Been Given One of the best pieces of advice I’ve been given about parenting came from our first pediatrician, whom I loved. I’ve blogged several times over the years about what an awesome doctor this woman was, but perhaps the thing that I loved most about her was when I went to see her when Bean was about two or three months old. He was crying. Like, every day. It was like a clock. Every day from 4:00 until 6:00pm, that dude wailed, whined, and whinnied.…

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Introducing the Dogs to Wee Babies

Introducing the Dogs to Wee Babies When we were bringing Bean home for the first time, I was a little worried about introducing him to our dogs. We have a big black lab named Big Molly who I didn’t worry about for a second. I was pretty sure that sweet Molly would let any baby climb all over her, pull her tail, or dress her up like a pony without ever batting an eye. Over the years, I have been proven right countless times. Big Molly loves babies. Even before…

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What.s in a Name?

When Chris and I found out we were having a girl, we were super excited for a lot of reasons (Chris’s reason was mostly because I’d told him I was going to just keep having babies until I had a girl, so he was off the hook on that one…). One reason we were stoked was because girl names were easy for us. We had so many great options, it was just a matter of choosing our two favorites and then fitting them together in a way that was just…

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A Non-Themed Nursery

I should start this post off by saying that I am not a very crafty or artistic person. I appreciate that in other people, but I just don’t have that ability in me. That made setting up my baby nurseries slightly terrifying. There seems to be so much pressure about the nursery, doesn’t there? With Bean, I’ll admit that I tried to play the nursery game. I selected a theme and a bedding set and tried to make everything match. It was a cute nursery, but I never really warmed…

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To Baby Wear or Not to Baby Wear?

Baby wearing is all the craze right now. Which I think it pretty funny considering that it has been not only a craze but a necessity for peasant farmers for thousands of years… But I digress. With Bean, I tried using a sling when he was a couple months old. Once he got out of that newborn stage around three months old, he didn’t want to just sit in one place while I went about my household chores. He wanted to come along. And since it’s hard to tote a…

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Dr. Awesomeness

When I was a new mom, I sometimes felt like I was doing it all wrong. I worried about scheduling and diaper changing and feeding schedules. I worried about daycare and illnesses and how to use one of those nose sucker things. As kind as my friends and family were, it was actually our first pediatrician who calmed my fears. I loved our first pediatrician. She had this awesome way of making me feel like I was part of the plan of action, instead of just standing on the sidelines.…

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I. Am. The Mom.

With the holidays upon us, we are all gearing up for extended visits with family. That can be such a fun time with a newborn, but it can be incredibly stressful for new parents. If your baby is teeny weenie, you are probably either trying to get into a good routine or you have just started using a good routine. Neither of those times are the best for lots of friends and family and all the events and chaos that come with those things at the holidays. I remember traveling…

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The Day After a C-Section

“The Day After a C-Section” I had to have a c-section with Bean because he was breech and ginormous. Then, I had to have one again with Gracie because I’d had one with Bean so recently. I didn’t mind, really, except that there isn’t a whole lot of practical, useful information out there for c-section recovery that isn’t related to medical info. Your doctor will give you all kinds of recovery information for how to take care of yourself (none of which is pleasant, by the way…), but there are…

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Is There a Doctor in the House?

One of the scariest parts of preparing for the arrival of Bean Man and Gracie was choosing a pediatrician. It’s not that it’s necessarily a hard decision to make, but it is an incredibly important one. We have had two particularly significant events involving our pediatricians and both have shaped how I choose and interact with our doctors. First, when Bean was four months old, he was hospitalized unexpectedly. I try to keep our family’s health issues private, so without going into too much detail, he was having trouble breathing…

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Keeping Your Diaper Bag Cool

: Living in Orlando, we have the opportunity to get out to theme parks and beaches and other exciting places all summer long. The great part about this is being able to enjoy new adventures with the kids, but the downside is having to brave the incredible heat of midsummer temperatures, which average above 100 degrees almost every day. It took me about one summer to figure out some small things I can add to my diaper bag to help keep both my kids and myself cool on our hot…

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