Let Your Heart Grow: How the Second Child Made Life Better

There really isn't a way to describe just how head-over-heels in love a mother is with her first newborn. I was so smitten with my pretty-in-pink angel that I can be quoted as saying things like, "she can have anything she wants," and "I'm going to give her everything I didn't have." I was well on my way to creating a monster....more

Confusion and Thinly Veiled Regret

My husband and I had some great conversations recently about our plans for a second child. We talked about how now is as good a time as any, and how we should maybe take all the crazy planning out of it and just see what happens (that one was directed at me: I planned our first child’s conception date to coincide with a pregnancy free of holidays and an October birthday.) So, we were ‘carefree’ as they say and now I am pregnant and I am totally freaking out. I need judgments aside here as you try to hear me: what if I made a mistake? What if I’m not ready for this?...more

What to Expect When You Are Not Expecting (Yet)

Almost exactly three years ago, my husband Peter and I decided to have a baby. To be more specific, at that particular time we decided to start working on one. I'd be lying if I said that I felt a need so strong I just couldn't think of anything else but the baby. I could think of a million other things, as a matter of fact (don't forget, this was before I became pregnant and lost half of my brain cells for good)....more

Here We Go Again!

At the end of February, when my husband and I discussed our family planning timeline, we decided we would give ourselves a year to try and get pregnant again. We were both pretty excited about the efforts we would have to make to try and conceive. For four or five nights every month, we would dim the lights and revisit our carefree pre-Emmy days....more
 @edavis Thank you so much for your enthusiasm! I am very much looking forward to Em having a ...more

Breastfeeding AND formula feeding... together!

Little Sir: he did breastfeed for 6 months ...more

I remember balling and feeling like a failure when I had to give my babe a thimble-full of ...more

The "second child" syndrome

During these days of Christmas, I remember a couple of years ago when we were waiting on our daughter to make her arrival. She'll be two in January, and you know what that means. When's the next one coming? Are you thinking about having more kids? How many years are you thinking between kids? Have you thought about having another one?...more