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Rules for Two-year Olds
Long ago and far away, I earned a nice chunk of income as a babysitter.  I will never forget twin two-year olds, Jack and Jill (NO JOKE!) and their amazingly put-together mother. I always loved going to their house where there was cable ...read more

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Moving to the Preschool Class
“Don’t worry, he’s still your baby until he turns two years old.”  These words were so comforting to me as we approached Micah’s first birthday.   At the time, I was lamenting the loss of Micah’s ...read more

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Potty Time
Disclaimer: When reading the following blog, you will be exposed to potty language and four-letter words. Before you go looking for more wholesome reading, I’m not talking about after-hours bar speak, just the type of stuff typical to ...read more

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Mommies and Me
Halfway through my kindergarten year, my family moved across town and my sister and I began attending a new school. On our first day, my mom dropped us off and helped me get settled into my new classroom. That afternoon would be the first time I ...read more

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Three in the Bed
“There were ten in the bed and the little one said…” You know the song, right? It’s one of Micah’s favorites. Lately when he sings it, he begins with the verse, “Three in the bed.” It’s like ...read more

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Walt Disney World- Part 2
We’ve just returned from an unforgettable fabulous family vacation.  We chose the ever-popular and always amazing Walt Disney World resort as our destination and I’m so happy we did; our trip was as close to perfect as it gets! ...read more

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The Most Magical Place on Earth Part 1
Hubby and I have tried to take at least one special vacation each year since we met.  During my pregnancy and Micah’s infancy, our plans were a little derailed. We decided when Micah turned two we would be ready to resume our ...read more

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Making Friends
“Mah-cah, Mah-cah, Ma-cah.”  The chorus of toddlers chanting Micah’s name is music to my ears when I drop him off at Kids ‘R’ Kids each morning.  Micah’s ritual is to scan the room and identify his ...read more

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Don’t Forget the Pets
They say you never forget your first true love, and, lucky for me, I get to come home to him every night. His name is Busta, a long-haired Chihuahua with big brown eyes and an insatiable love of cheese.    We first met on a ...read more

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The Lemonade Incident
  The words we use to describe ourselves often vary from how others would describe us.  When it comes to the health and nutrition of my family, I like to consider myself informed and conscientious.   Somehow to others, ...read more

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A Personality Emerges
  “Mommy, ‘kay?”  One evening, I was in the kitchen starting dinner when I coughed.  Micah was on the floor playing with some plastic containers.  I wasn’t really sure what he said, so I went about ...read more

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Sugar Makes Me Hyper
  The words we use to describe ourselves often vary from how others would describe us.  When it comes to the health and nutrition of my family, I like to consider myself informed and conscientious.   Somehow to others, ...read more

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
“Wow, check out that head of hair”. From the day Micah was born, we were met with tons of comments on his beautiful head of hair. When we were first introduced, he was donning the pink and blue hospital cap to keep his itty-bitty self ...read more

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Ready to Talk
I am not a fan of visiting the doctor for myself; however, I have counted the days before each and every one of Micah’s well visits.  I wait with baited breath to find out how much he has grown since our last visit, and I always leave ...read more

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Family Life
Pardon me while I state the obvious, but having a baby changes everything! The first few months are filled with new and exciting wonders, and you kind of float through life cast under the blissful spell of the baby.  As the spell began to ...read more

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Happy Birthday, Baby!
“Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you.  Happy birthday, Dear Micah.  Happy birthday to you!”   The morning of Micah’s first birthday, Hubby and I serenaded our little man with the most beautiful ...read more

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The Itsy Bitsy Lil Learner
Life as a working mom can be pretty busy.  Simple household upkeep such as unloading the dishwasher or doing laundry can seem like an impossible task at times.  The older and more mobile Micah got, the harder keeping up was.  When ...read more

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The Speed of Life
“It goes by so fast.” Without a doubt, the advice most often heard by any new mom is to take a minute and enjoy the infancy phase because it goes by too fast; to be honest, I grew tired of hearing it. I questioned how I could do ...read more

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Picture Perfect
As a young girl, I would cry when I looked at photos of myself from the past.  I don’t mean a few weepy tears.  I would break out in full hysterics.  My older sister was always confused by my behavior and tried ...read more

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He's On The Move
The theory that “opposites attract” is one that can be directly applied to my relationship with Hubby. He is calm, cool and collected at all times.  I, on the other hand, am none of those things.  I wouldn’t go as far ...read more

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Big Changes-Part 2
Choosing which preschool to send my son to was one of the biggest decisions I have ever made. Having to do it twice in one year was quite a feat!  The first time around, I was pregnant and searching for a place for my un-born child.  I ...read more

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Big Changes - Part 1
New home, new job, new childcare center.  During Micah’s first year, I got to experience all these huge events.  Stressful, right?  Did I mention these events all occurred within seventy-two hours of each other? ...read more

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Growing Pains
I learned pretty quickly that my son wasn’t going to be a “textbook baby;” he rarely hit the big milestones at the same time as other babies.  We would go long stretches without anything new happening, and then it seemed ...read more

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Little Picasso
I’ll be honest—being a working Mom doesn’t have many perks during the first year.  Aside from the guilt, there is a constant yearning to be with your baby.  I spent much of my time watching Micah on the web camera from ...read more

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MOM Brain
I had heard of pregnancy brain, a fog or cloudiness that overtakes pregnant women and temporarily renders them forgetful.  I had experienced an ever-so-slight case of it myself but nothing too extreme.  I would walk into a room and ...read more

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Introducing Solid Foods
When Micah was 4 months and 4 days old, his life changed forever.  This was the day he was introduced to food.  We decided to start with oatmeal.  I had talked to many parents who introduced rice cereal and thought their baby ...read more

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To Cry or Pacify? The Big Debate
Binky, paci, plug, nuk-nuk.  Whatever you call it, pacifier use is a hugely polarizing topic.  I was one of those non-moms who totally judged other moms’ use of the pacifier.  I insisted I would never want to pacify the cry ...read more

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Pumping at Work: Part II
Stress – the silent killer inside your body. It can lead to heart attacks, memory loss, and increased illness and decreased milk supply in a nursing mom.  If you’ve been following along, you already know that breastfeeding pretty ...read more

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Pumping at Work: Part I
During my maternity leave, I had become quite friendly with my fancy, three hundred dollar pump. We got together daily and worked to build a freezer stash of milk for baby. We were a good team, and I went back to work, hoping we would continue to ...read more

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Back to Work
The piercing ring of the alarm woke me out of a peaceful slumber.  The second best thing about being on maternity leave was not hearing that sound each morning.  Hubby and I stumbled around what would eventually become our morning ...read more

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Snowed In
Hubby and I had spent a great deal of time orchestrating my return to work and Micah’s first day at his new child care center.  I was scheduled to return a bit earlier than he would start at Kids ‘R’ Kids. It was important ...read more

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Countdown to Going Back to Work
Tick, tick, tock. Tick, tick, tock. Almost halfway through my maternity leave, I couldn’t escape it. At every turn, I felt the time with my little man ticking away.  I tried so hard to enjoy every minute we had, but the impending ...read more

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Worried
“What fatal disease does he have now?” She was trying to be supportive, but I could hear my sister smirking through the telephone.  In his short life, Micah had been diagnosed with several chronic diseases.  This particular ...read more

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Parent Exhaustion
Newborns sleep all the time. New moms? Not so much. I had been warned of the sleep deprivation by every parent I know.  The end of my pregnancy prepared me as best as it could. By the time I reached the third trimester, I was no longer ...read more

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Breastfeeding, Bottle, Pump?
Like all new moms, I was faced with the choice of formula or breastfeeding. The decision to breastfeed was an easy one for me. I had read all the current research and decided it was something I wanted to do. I couldn’t deny my little one ...read more

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Home Alone with Baby for First Time
Micah was ten days old when we found ourselves alone at home. Grammy’s visit was over and hubby had to go back to work.  In the nine previous days there were lots of helpers.   For me it was only nine days, but it was ...read more

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Here Comes Baby
Like all new moms, I couldn’t take my eyes off my brand new baby. Those eyes! Those lips! Those itty bitty toes! How would I ever find anything else interesting? The whole “sleep when they sleep” thing was lost on me, as I ...read more

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Getting Ready for Baby's Arrival
There are many questions that a pregnant woman is asked repeatedly while expecting.  When are you due?  Is it a boy or a girl? Do you have a name picked out? Have you begun decorating the nursery?  When you’re sporting a bump ...read more

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