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10 Things I Know about the Newborn Stage the 2nd Time Around

Let me start off by saying my transition into motherhood was rocky at best.  Thinking about the newborn stage would often make me shudder, as it was heavily marked by depression, anxiety, and insomnia with my first-born.  I knew with my second child things would be different, but I didn’t know how different. With my [...]

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Becoming a Big Sister

When I was still pregnant, I wasn’t terribly concerned with how Aliya would adjust to being a big sister. I knew she loved babies — sometimes she would go up to the random baby at the park and try to give them hugs and kisses (this was before we had a discussion with her about [...]

Becoming a Mother of Two

It is safe to say I was almost as terrified to have the second as I was to have the first. The first time around I was afraid because I didn’t know what to expect. This time, I was afraid because I did. Postpartum depression did a number on me and I wasn’t quite sure how I [...]

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Baby Boy Checkers: My Birth Story

Just four days before my due date, we welcomed our son into the world: 8 lbs. 1 oz., 20.5 in. long The day before he decided to make his appearance, I was experiencing contractions all day.  I never experienced contractions with Toddler Checkers because my water broke first, and I wasn’t sure I would know [...]

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Gearing Up for Baby No. 2

After reading Mrs. Jump Rope’s post on gear items for Baby 2, it made me think and question if I have everything we need for our little guy! I am pretty close to the finish line and expect to deliver in the next couple of weeks! Fortunately, before we had Toddler Checkers, I made sure [...]

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Somewhere In Between: 9 Months Pregnant

Yesterday I had my 36-week prenatal appointment, and I found out I am 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced (which really does not mean much since you could be dilated for a month before you actually go into labor, or dilate from zero to several centimeters overnight). My doctor asked me if I am ready [...]

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Sentimental Gifts for Mom – Guide

For a number of years I’ve been looking for something I could wear that would represent my little one(s).  I love the idea of wearing a locket with their photo in it, or something with their name initials.  These are some ideas I thought I’d share with the HB community if you are looking to [...]

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