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Eli Anthony, newborn photo session by mama, 12 days old It’s in the way your whisper soft breath falls on my chest. Consistent and calm.It’s in the way your fingers curl around mine. Small and smooth.It’s in the way, you, every bit, is perfect. Born unique. All you, part of me, part of us.I can close […]

That Mama Gretchen + Lily Jade Giveaway

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Years ago, when I was just a mama to Jemma, I packed EVERYTHING in my diaper bag before we left the house. I mean, what if she got hungry or breastmilk splattered or it got cold or we had to wait longer than expected somewhere? I was the quintessential, uber prepared, first time mom. And […]

Postpartum Reality — 4 weeks

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How far into the 4th trimester:  4 weeks, 2 days … Eli’s one month birthday! Weight loss: As predicted, I lost a lot in the first two weeks and now I’ve plateaued at my “nursing weight” – 165ish. I’m eating well and often to nourish my baby. That’s my job right now. Even if it means the “big […]

5 Things We Love About the DockATot

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I’ll confess, I was skeptical of the DockATot in the beginning. But now? I’m a believer. A big, giant, shout it from the rooftops believer. Ya’ll, the DockATot is one of those baby items that just makes life easier for parents. Described as a multi-functional lounger, co-sleeper and playtime lounger, the DockATot acts as a […]

Books To Read When You’re Pregnant

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It’s books day! Just for the mamas-to-be! As I reflect back on the books I’ve read throughout my four pregnancies I wanted to share my very top favorites, the books that really impacted how I think about pregnancy and the ones that helped me best prepare for motherhood. Have you read any of them? What books do […]

The Smarter Swaddle

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Over and over again you’ll hear me say that none of my children are alike. I honestly have no idea how the same two parents can birth such different people. With each one, I feel like I’m learning to mother all over again. For example, sleep … Jemma’s bedtime routine lasted a few hours. We worked […]

Eli’s Birth Story

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Eli’s birth story is both very long and very short. Long in the fact that starting September 12th I was on bed rest due to severe dehydration and vertigo (Eli was born on September 15th), short in that it was just 1 1/2 hours from the onset of active labor to babe in arms (such […]

Postpartum Reality — Week 2

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With all the kids I’ve shared somewhat frequent week-by-week pregnancy posts. I say somewhat frequent because I think Jemma got one every single week and Eli maybe got 5 total :/ But, in the vein of not judging my mom-self too hard, I’m going to ride the wave of awesome mom-ness because at least he got some. […]

And Eli Makes Six!

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For nine days now we’ve been a family of six. That’s just wild! Eli has seamlessly fit into our family. He’s a real sweetheart and quite snuggly. He nurses, toots, naps, and, well, that’s about it. Such a baby :) Everyone keeps asking who he looks most like — Max or Reid. And really I […]