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A new kind of baby book

At “two half,” as my kiddo says, he has no baby book—despite my months-long, crazy-pregnant-lady obsession over finding just the “right” book, the one I eventually settled on remains nearly empty—and I’ve sporadically jotted down funny quotes and important milestones in three different iPhone apps, Google calendar and a quote book that remains one of my favorite gifts to date (thanks...

A story for future prom dates.

Potty training. Two words that strike fear in the hearts of parents everywhere. Two words I’ve been ignoring and doing my best to pretend don’t exist. Cooper’s been wearing size six diapers for months now. Probably close to a year, actually. I remember when I first bought size sixes at the store and realized they were the largest size available. I had a mild panic attack. “What happens if he...

Birthday book of cards.

My obsession with Pinterest is finally paying off. Thanks to pinners ’round the world, I’ve found some ways to start organizing things that I can never bring myself to throw away, yet I could never figure out what to do with them besides toss them in a manila envelope and shove them on a shelf, never to be looked at again. Yes, I’m talking about cards. I’ve been a compulsive card-and-letter...

Nine months and change.

I’m baaaaack. Three months and a few days later, and I finally found a few minutes to write something. The last three months have been busy. BUSY. Baby is growing and changing at a super-charged speed (and his crawling-around-the-floor speed is pretty fast, too), work is busier than ever and life just keeps moving forward. What have we been doing? Cooper and I went to Aquababy classes, a mommy-and-baby...

One-Month Check-Up.

One of the important tasks that I failed to tackle during nine months of pregnancy was finding a pediatrician. I know, kind of important. We had to assign a pediatrician to see Cooper after he was born, and since he was delivered at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, we had to pick a doctor with privileges there. Which meant, not a doctor in Lawrence. My friend Michele loves her pediatrician, so we listed them...

Party Like a Baby.

Cooper went to his first party last night! And mommy got to get dressed up, fix her hair and spend time with adult people. (And enjoy a margarita for the first time in ten months. It was darn good.) Our friend Coleen hosts a post-holiday mixer every year. Since we’re all crazy-busy in December, she has her holiday shindig in January, and it’s seriously the party of the year. Amazing food, tons of...

One Month.

One month ago, our sweet baby boy arrived at 2:04 p.m. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a whole month, and that I’ve been off work for five weeks now. Time truly does fly! It’s true what they say: you don’t accomplish anything on maternity leave other than taking care of baby and trying to sleep when you can. Grand ideas of organizing closets or cleaning out basements while...

First Mommy+Baby Solo Outing.

It’s been over two weeks since baby was born, and the doctors finally cleared me to drive. Their criteria? No more pain medication, and that I feel comfortable slamming on the brakes in case of an emergency. Apparently abdominal muscles are used to push the brake pedal. We’ve been out of the house a few times already; a trip to the pediatrician, lunch at Ingredient and dinner at the Burger Stand. But...

An Uncooperative Child Already.

Our “fun scan” was today. That’s the 3D/4D sonogram that the doctor’s office offers for fun, and we’re amused that their office staff universally calls it the fun scan. The fun scan comes with pictures and video and, supposedly, great real-life views (in color!) of baby. Unfortunately, our little guy is already being a stinker, and he’s not even born yet. The technician tried for...

More Baby Milestones.

More important (to me anyway) dates that I feel compelled to document. August 6. My first experience with the thoroughly overwhelming world of kids’ consignment sales. A visit to the KC Kids sale in Lawrence — which thankfully seems to be one of the smaller consignment sales around. September 11. First actual maternity clothes shopping extravaganza. None of my pants fit anymore. September 17. Another...

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