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Happy Half Birthday to My Sweet Joanie May

Joanie woke up early today — 6 AM — after sleeping a full 12 hours straight. Drew got her out of her crib and gave her a bottle and then brought her to me in bed so he could take a shower. Jackson was still asleep, the sun was slowly rising, and in the quiet [...]

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New Motherhood The Second Time Around

Little Joanie May is 11 weeks old today and rapidly aging out of the sweet newborn stage. I remember this age with Jackson really well; it was probably when I felt the worst, actually. Two and half months of sleep deprivation had caught up with me while the novelty of a brand new baby was [...]

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Adjusting to the New Normal

Joanie is five weeks old now and I was going to write a post about the sibling relationship between her and Jackson. I started it a couple times, about how the first week or two were pretty rough and how Jackson was doing a lot of acting out, but, in the weeks since then it's [...]

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Three Weeks Down

Little Miss Joanie May is three weeks old today. I am so, so, so, so tired that a photo and a short post is all I can muster this afternoon. Jackson started camp today (he'll go twice a week for the next three weeks, and then six weeks from tomorrow he starts PUBLIC SCHOOL, OH [...]

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Flying Solo

Joanie May turned two weeks old yesterday and Drew headed back to work this morning, which means I'm flying solo with both kids for the first time (since bringing the baby home, I've had the help of both Drew and our part-time sitter, Mavis, who is off today). It's 8:45 AM as I write this [...]

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She’s Here!!

We're thrilled to introduce our daughter, Joanie May Condell, born at 8:26 PM on 7-7-15, 5 lbs. 13 oz. She's sweet as can be and can't wait to meet her big brother later today and more family and friends soon. Everyone is healthy, happy, and tired. More photos and details to come.

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33 Weeks!

I hope you don't mind these pregnancy updates, but, if you do, the good news is there won't be too many more. Today I'm 33 weeks pregnant and looking forward to being full-term in just four weeks and maybe having this baby not too long after that (Jackson was born at 37 weeks and I [...]

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24 Down

This week marks my 25th week of pregnancy — I'm just about six months along, and I'm starting to see the finish line faintly in the distance. The last couple of weeks I've really started to feel pregnant: I'm short of breath and get crampy sometimes when I walk a lot or walk too fast; [...]

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17-Week Check-in

I'm 17 weeks pregnant today and, if you'd have asked me a few days ago how I was feeling, I would have said "not very pregnant." I guess I'm still not feeling very pregnant, save for the relentless fatigue that hasn't let up in the second trimester like I'd hoped it would, BUT I felt [...]

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Happy News

In early November, about a week before we moved into our new apartment — the bigger, three-bedroom apartment our family could grow into regardless of whether we remained just the three of us or were lucky enough to add a fourth Condellberry to the mix — we grabbed some dinner at Shake Shack one evening. [...]

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Thoughts on “Boyhood,” Parenthood, and Being Human

Drew and I watched "Boyhood" over the weekend (in bed!) and I know I'm a little late to the game discussing it since it was released many months ago, but, seeing as it was just released for rent a few days ago and it won Golden Globes last night for best picture and best supporting [...]

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Weekday Open Thread

Hi, hi, hi! I feel like we haven't sat down and caught up in so long, so I wanted to take a minute during the hectic holiday madness to say hello. We moved into our new place 3 1/2 weeks ago and we're slowly getting settled in. We still have to finish hanging some pictures, [...]

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Moving, A History (Part I)

Our move date is fast approaching (two more weeks) and I've been feeling nostalgic. This is the longest I have lived anywhere. Ever. In my whole life. I've been in this apartment almost 4 1/2 years. I moved in as a newlywed and I'm moving out as a mother of a 3-year-old (still married, of [...]

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We’re Moving!

After two years of checking the real estate ads religiously (like, on a near daily basis) and sending Drew links of all the different places I could picture us living and daydreaming of the next place we'll call home, I finally convinced him that our lives would totally be perfect if we moved, and over [...]

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It’s Personal: My Chemical Pregnancy

My 38th birthday last Monday was one of my favorite birthdays so far. Drew took the day off work and arranged for Jackson's babysitter to watch him until mid-afternoon. We had breakfast at a coffee shop around the corner and then rode our bikes down to Brighton Beach before eating lunch at my favorite ramen [...]

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