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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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My fiancée and I started dating in January of this year. We live three hours apart, but we text pretty much all day every day during the week and spend every weekend together, the majority of the time with me driving to her home. She is widowed and has two teenage boys, whom I get [...]

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“My Boyfriend’s Son Stole From My Daughter!”

From the forums: My boyfriend and I have been dating since March. His son, Larry, is 10 and lives about four hours away. His son stayed with his dad at my house Saturday (not the first time) and, since my girls were staying with their dad, Larry slept in my daughter's room. My daughter had [...]

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(Originally posted in June, 2013. Re-posting now because the question has come up frequently from LWs and in the forums. P.S. That picture of Jackson below is exactly what Joanie looks like right now, which is kind of freaky.). I've been doing a lot of thinking about the whole kid thing lately, and I just [...]

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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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Full-Term and Ready for Baby!

I'm 37 weeks pregnant today — considered full-term (or early-term, depending on whom you ask; either way, doctors agree this is considered a safe zone for delivery) — and this will probably be my last pregnancy update. Ever! I saw my OB yesterday and she said she wouldn't be surprised if I deliver in the [...]

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An Interview With Jackson, Age 3-1/2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRj0aMuIa1Q A Facebook friend of mine linked to this interview she conducted on her almost-three-year-old son, and I liked it so well that I immediately turned reporter on Jackson and asked him the same questions. This is a fun exercise for any mom of a young kid (I think it would work best on kids [...]

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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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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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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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Parents Just Want to Have Fun

Last week POPSUGAR Love syndicated my post about 30 Things That Will (Probably) Happen to Your in Your 30s and a commenter wrote: "This is written in a really "non-mom" tone. I only relate to about half of these," which I thought was kind of interesting since I am, in fact, a mom and I [...]

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