New Mom Bag

I went to visit a sweet friend of mine last week who has just had her first baby.  The little pooper slept the whole time I was there (the baby; not my friend), so I haven’t gotten to snuggle him up yet.  But I’m waiting to pounce on him the next chance I get! I love going to visit new moms, but I never like to go empty handed.  Of course, food is always a welcomed gift to bring a new family, but I like to really do something nice…

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Feeding New Moms

I don’t know about y’all, but babies are every where in my world right now!  It seems like everyone is either pregnant, getting ready to pop, or just had a baby.  Which is good for me because Gracie is letting me snuggle her less and less, so I need to gets my hands on some chubby baby cheeks before I catch baby fever myself.  Babies are a lot like boats.  It’s even more fun if you have a friend who has one.  Less expensive, and all the fun! A good…

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How to Sleep When the Baby Sleeps

Late in my pregnancy with Bean, the advice changed from how to survive my pregnancy to how to survive the first few months as a new mom. Without a doubt, the most frequent advice I heard was, “Sleep when the baby sleeps!” Hearing that before I had any children, it seemed a little silly. Of course I’d sleep when the baby slept! What else would I do? But within one day of having Bean finally in my arms, I realized how much there was to do! For one thing, I’d…

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Womb to Breathe

Some of the happiest times in my whole life were the two weeks at home after both my babies were born. For nine long months, we had anticipated the arrival of our first baby, and with him, the simultaneous birth of our new family. We had done all the prepping and primping. The nursery was ready, and the car seat was installed. All we needed was our baby. When I was pregnant with Michael, we lived in Connecticut, while the rest of our family lived in Florida. In order for…

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The Second First Bath

This past weekend we gave Gracie her first real bath. We’ve been giving her sponge baths, but she still had her little belly button nub that hadn’t fallen out yet so we couldn’t put her in a bathtub yet. But she dropped her nubby last week and so this weekend we were GO FOR BATH TIME. (Side note: How gross is the whole newborn belly button thing, right? It looks like they’ve got an ice pop sticking out of their stomach. So weird.) I remember when we gave Bean his…

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Look What We Made!

The past few days have been a whirlwind of surprises and excitement as we welcomed the early, unexpected arrival of Baby Gracie.  Thank you all for your emails, comments, FB messages, and Tweets of support.  It’s times like these of incredible joy that I realize how wonderful it is to have this strange, odd, extended imaginary family who surround us with encouragement and prayers.  It makes special times even more special to our family, so thank you for being part of that. Now.  About Friday. Friday afternoon I had a…

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Don’t Mind Me. I’m Just the Mom.

(These pictures have nothing to do with the blog post today.  I just took them last night and thought they were cute.  The end.) So.  You know how I feel about daycare.  Bean’s been in it since he was four months old.  We love it.  We’ve had good luck with great daycares.  Bean is in a wonderful daycare right now and barring this one incident which has really frosted my cookies, we will go on loving our daycare.  But a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do… A couple…

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Mommy and Me

This weekend sucked. I wish I could sugar-coat that sentence, but I just don’t have the energy.   It sucked.   We had friends in town to meet Beanie and, of course, this is the one weekend that Beanie flipped his little lid.   He cried all weekend long. All.   Weekend.   Long. He didn’t like his toys.   He didn’t like his swing.   He didn’t want to be rocked.   He didn’t want to be burped.   He didn’t want to go for a walk or a…

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A True Confession

Yesterday, my blogger friend, Whitney, announced that she has given notice at her office and will now be a stay-at-home mom.   This has been Whitney’s dream.   In fact, the full name of her blog is “My Journey Towards the Glamorous Life of a Housewife.”   So, congrats to Whitney on achieving that goal! After I read Whitney’s post, I found myself in a really bad mood for the rest of the day.   I was grumpy and irritable.   And you wanna know why?   Jealousy.   Pure,…

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Mommy Brain

I have been trying to blog for two weeks now.  I have more unusable drafts written than ever before.  They just sit there.  Unpublished.  Mocking me. And why do I have these unpublished blog posts piling up?  BECAUSE THEY ALL SUCK. And why do they all suck?  BECAUSE I HAVE MOMMY BRAIN. I had heard of Mommy Brain before.  It was supposedly this phantom disease that creeps into new mom’s brains and robs them of clear thoughts, any ability to be funny whatsoever, and replaces acceptable vocabulary with words like…

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