preemie mom

Germs and Public Outings. Before we brought Jack home from the hospital, we made the decision to limit his exposure to public areas for the first year. No shopping malls, or grocery stores, no parks, restaurants, or coffee shops. Basically, we don’t take him anywhere but doctor appointments. We do take him out for walks […]

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the deep end

From the moment I discovered I was pregnant, I knew instantly that we were having a boy. Much to my delight, my 16-week ultrasound confirmed that fact. There he was…our baby Jack. A boy was what I had wished for, and my wish came true. When my husband and I tied the knot in 2012, […]

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kangaroo care

Here is my official guide to surviving your child’s NICU stay. Don’t beat yourself up. This is not the time to be wasting precious energy blaming yourself. You have to continue to sleep and eat, as well as the multitude of different things now required of you as a new parent, specifically a new NICU […]

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mom knows jack

Jack turned four last weekend, and we celebrated with pizza, cake, ice cream, balloons, presents, and MONSTER JAM! We had a total blast, and as of yesterday, we’re still recovering. My plan, (don’t laugh) now that Jack is four, is to start making him sit for practical homeschool lessons. We’ve been focusing on letters and […]

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No. I don’t think so. Birth control is my friend. Jack is a handful and half while also managing to be a miracle child. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have him, and very fulfilled by his singular presence. Plus he’s got his mama, his dada, his Grammy, and his auntie all wrapped around his charming little […]

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This past Wednesday Jack turned two years old, which still blows my mind. We celebrated quietly at home, just family. He has been effectively spoiled and fortified with birthday cake. Tomorrow we are taking him to a children’s theme park and petting zoo for a proper birthday outing. Jack has been in such a sweet mood, […]

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Jack is closer to being a two-year-old, then he is to a one-year-old. A fact which continues to boggle my mind daily.  Where did this big boy come from? He was 30 pounds at his last baby well checkup. It seems like another lifetime ago that I was counting his breaths as his tiny 3-pound […]

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It’s wet outside. I realize that this is California, and I should not be complaining about the rain we are in such desperate need of, but we are cooped up in the house all day with a cranky toddler who’s got cabin fever, and this is only the middle of January. All that being said, […]

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Jack learned a new word this past week. He says, “pree” which means pretty. He even uses it in the proper context. Jack’s Grammy and I are always pointing out pretty things to him. I myself have been consistently pointing out the colors of things. Like his colored blocks, for example, I point to each […]

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