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A Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Baby Shower

One friend gave birth yesterday, another friend staying with me is due on January 21st (I’ll be in the delivery room!), and I have 2 other friends that are pregnant. These are first, second, third, and fifth time moms, and it’s been so much fun revisiting the pregnancy stages that I left behind long ago. […]

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13 of Charlie’s Favorite Book Series for 7-8 Year Olds

I believe one of the most powerful ways to get your kids hooked on reading is to get them into a series. Graphic novels were the gateway for my kids once they became independent readers. But once they transitioned to chapter book series with more complex plots and so many more options, that’s when they […]

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This is 6 and 8

My kids just turned 7 and 9, so it’s time for a yearly update of what ages 6 and 8 were like. I wrote a post a year ago called 5 and 7 Have Been the Best and Easiest Years Yet. But guess what? This past year was even better! It’s different for everyone, but I […]

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I Got the Implanon Implant

I turned 40 last year, and got really tired of taking daily birth control pills for most of my adult life, especially when I was done having kids. My ob in Manila suggested that I get a copper IUD, but I had heard so many stories of IUD’s gone rogue. Copper IUD’s (vs. hormonal IUD’s) […]

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Cosleeping at Age 7

Olive and I have been cosleeping since we moved into our house 4 months ago, and pretty much off and on the past 3 years. When we lived in New York, she slept well in her own room since she was born until the age of 4. But kids develop more fears as they get […]

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The Reality of Reproductive Health in the Philippines

I never post about things like this, but this is a cause very near and dear to my heart as a mom, and one which I’ve seen the workings of close up. The Philippines, where I currently live, is a third world country. My good friend runs an incredible nonprofit organization called Roots of Health, […]

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Advice for a New Mom

I have a friend staying with me right now until she gives birth. Her due date is January 15th, but because she lives in a remote town 7 hours away from the hospital, she’s staying at my house in the island capital, close to her doctor. Most of my closest friends, including me, all gave […]

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