newborns

Bringing Home Baby to Your Baby

April 2, 2014

This was a post requested by the lovely Katie Krongard. She is preggo with #2 and wanted to know about bringing home that second kid. I also have 3 of my 4 bridesmaids pregnant with their firsts so I figured there are some general nuggets of info they would like to know as well about […]

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The Mental Health of Motherhood

May 15, 2013

Last week I was able to attend the Listen To Your Mother show for Raleigh/Durham put on by my good friend Keanne. It was beautiful and hearing all the women’s stories was so special. They were funny, caring, sarcastic and REAL. Motherhood isn’t all newborn snuggles and bake sales. It’s gritty and puts you up […]

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The Angel the Internet Gave Me

February 21, 2013

Ever wish you had a medical professional on speed dial 24/7 while parenting? You know when you suspect an ear infection…10 minutes after the pediatrician closes. Or the question that isn’t worth copay but you know they would just say “you should bring him in”? Would you pay sweet cash to have a lactation consultant […]

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Meet Conor

February 7, 2013

The Mann clan grew by one in the last few weeks. Meet Conor. Son to Kevin’s cousin Sarah. Kevin and Sarah were born 6 days apart and have grown up practically brother and sister. Conor is the closest we are to being Aunt and Uncle. He was born almost 6 months to the day after […]

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Another Breastfeeding Soapbox Rant

January 9, 2013

I awoke on the other morning to this article in my Twitter timeline. “Is the Medical Community Failing Breastfeeding Mothers?”. As expected, I jumped right into reading while my shower was warming. It gave me some good brain candy to chew as I washed. Breastfeeding is one “thing” that gets me up on the soapbox. For […]

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Swaddling

November 20, 2012

Swaddling. Either families love it or hate it. We have loved it. Both boys have been happiest swaddled early on. Thanks colic! Their startle reflex was pretty bad. They never could lay flat and fall asleep unless there had been rocking to get them there and then you only got until the next cycle kicked […]

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Newborn Survival Guide

November 7, 2012

After Landon, I compiled a list of must have items I used with him (3 years to the day actually!). I recently saw it was getting some hits and decided I should update from my experience since then and with Oliver. So here was a quick list from that post and my thoughts since then […]

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Working Mom Mental Health

November 2, 2012

I have talked many times here about my postpartum depression and anxiety both with Landon and Oliver. I feel like by sharing my stories, I make someone else feel less alone. If my openness can help someone else realize they are normal or that they need to get help, I have done my service. One thing […]

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First Daze and Nightzzz: A Sleep Coach Interview

November 1, 2012

Baby sleep…the crazy puzzle that every new parent is forced to figure out. You learn what sleep deprivation can do to a human and wonder how we can harness that power to interrogate terrorists. It is rough and all kidding aside, it is a major source of my postpartum anxiety. Once I get sleep, I […]

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Wonder Week 12: Transitions

October 17, 2012

It’s that time again. Time for things to change in baby land. On Thursday afternoon I got an email from The Wonder Weeks letting me know that Oliver was getting ready to head into a Wonder Week. Here is the gist of week 12: During the first year, your baby will learn things that adults […]

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