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The Care and Maintenance of Gremlins

Before having a baby, I was absolutely terrified of the newborn phase. I'm someone who desperately needs sleep, and I couldn't imagine what constant wake-ups might do to me. I'd heard that some newborns were sleepy and cuddly, but Little Oats seemed to miss out on that memo; she was a wakeful baby right from [...]

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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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Newborn Must Haves

In the first week Baby Sea Otter was born, we were just surviving. We had our bundle of love home, and now we had to nurture him and keep him alive. Well-intentioned friends would often tell me things that worked for their babies, which was appreciated, but ultimately, this is our list of what worked [...]

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What Life With a Newborn Is Really Like

There's a fine line, I've realized, between reality and what people want to think is reality, and it's especially apparent online. It's so easy to look like you've got it all together and that things are picture perfect, but really, Facebook, twitter, and blogs are just teeny tiny glimpses into our lives. People don't want [...]

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Surviving a Road Trip with a Two Day Old

The only thing scarier than realizing the hospital will really let you leave with your baby, is the realization that you'll have to drive 546 miles to get home. Yes, we were crazy enough to drive home with our two-day-old baby. When we were first deciding the logistics of how to get Baby Sea Otter [...]

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Aidan's Story

It's been a while, but I wanted to update and give the details on the birth of our son, Aidan, aka Baby Sea Otter. During an elective ultrasound at 34 weeks, we discovered that Baby Sea Otter was breech. This was a huge surprise for all of us. Our surrogate Aimee had all of her [...]

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A Tale of Two Babies

When Juliet was born, the first thing I noticed was how much she resembled Drake at birth.  I felt like I was looking at the same baby and even commented to Mr. Chocolate on their similarities.  Mr. Chocolate didn't believe me at first, until his sister came to visit and showed him a picture on [...]

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