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Adventures In Motherhood: It Happened One Night

I remember the first night we brought them home from the NICU.  I didn’t sleep a wink.  I kept staring at their little tiny bodies — just slightly more than five pounds — making sure they were still breathing.  They

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Adventures In Motherhood: The Secret Handshake

Some people say there is a shift that happens in you from the moment your baby, or in my case, babies, are born.  You are instantly – MOM, or in my case MAMA.  From the moment they let out that

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Dear Jackson and James: One Year Ago Today …

Dear Jackson and James: One year ago today I wrote — Yes, I Can Call You DumplingS.  I know I say it all the time, but I still can’t believe what a difference a year makes.  Especially this year.  One

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The Recipe: Chicken N DUMPLINGS

For those of you following the blog, you’ll be well aware of my love for this southern comfort dish, and why I lovingly refer to our twins as, “The Dumplings.”  If not, well, you can read about it here. This

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Adventures In Motherhood: Don’t Forget Jackson, and Other Tales From the Trenches

I wake up every day and there is a monologue in my head.  I suppose we are all like that, but mine just goes and goes and goes.  Sometimes I find I’m talking to myself — but now that I

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Dear James and Jackson: 4 Months and Counting …

  Dear James and Jackson: Mom, when did I start sleeping through the night? Well, I think it was about five weeks … either you started sleeping through the night, or I did. This was a conversation between your KK

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The Daily Dumplings: The Magic Sleep Suit

Here it is.  The Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleep Suit.  How magic is it?  Depends on the kid, I am almost certain.  For our kids, it’s been pretty magic. Our children are sleeping longer though the night.  It’s not perfect, but

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The Daily Dumplings: Bath Time

I don’t bathe them every night. My goal is Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday or Sunday until they can crawl.  It does not always work that way.  They generally get a bath 2-3 times per week, but they get a sponge

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The Daily Dumplings: Playtime In Gymboree

It’s the third installment of The Daily Dumplings picture. The monumental thing to remember about today? James slept six hours and fifteen minutes — from 1:00am-7:15am. Jackson got up briefly at 3:45am and drank 1 oz of a bottle and

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New Year, New Blog?

Happy. New. Year. I love new beginnings.  I love the feeling of starting over fresh.  It’s probably why I always have a Good Will bag full of stuff.  Out with the old, in with the new. Sometimes I am glad

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Dear James and Jackson: Happy New Year

Dear James and Jackson: What a year 2013 was.  We welcomed you into the world and our lives (and our sleep patterns) haven’t been the same since. Since I last wrote to you, we had a Christmas celebration at our

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Dear James and Jackson: 3 Months Already!?!

Dear James and Jackson: I cannot believe you’ve been here for three months.  Three months.  It seems like just yesterday and a lifetime ago.  You are both more than twice the size you were when you were born. James, you

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My Cousin

I was not sure if I wanted to write about this, but as I lay restless last night I realized there was no other way to get all the images out of my mind. To somehow make peace with the

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Dear James and Jackson: Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Dear James and Jackson: It’s the eve of Thanksgiving and the first night of Hanukkah.  James you are drinking a bottle in the living room, and Jackson, you are playing on your new piano mat.  Both of you have been

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Motherhood Diaries: What a Difference a Year Makes

It was around this time last year — on November 3rd, 2012 to be exact — when I quietly received my final negative pregnancy test and cried in my husband’s arms on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Despite the weather, nothing

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Dear James and Jackson: The First Eight

Dear James and Jackson: I know you won’t remember it.  Your first Halloween.  I also hope you won’t remember the time I fell asleep at 4:00am holding your bottle of pumped breast milk.  I woke up to you staring at

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Motherhood Diaries: I’m Gonna Miss This? Yes.

He made baby squeaks as he sucked down his bottle.  Tiny baby squeaks, and then he would sigh and catch his breath several times before continuing to suck.  As I listened to him, I thought to myself, I want whatever

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Dear James and Jackson: One Week Home

Dear James and Jackson: As of last night at around 6:30pm, you have been home for one week. Oh, what a difference a week makes.  I fully admit, after the first night I was convinced we might be in over

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Week 35, Day 1: The Dumpling’s BIRTHday

Dear James and Jackson — “Oh, no, Oh no,” your Mama burst into tears at 4:45AM on September 16, 2013. “What? What is it?” your Daddy said, out of a deep sleep of only two hours. “My water broke.  My

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Week 35: The Home Stretch

Yes.  I am wearing Oscar the Grouch pajamas.  I have always loved him. One of the first songs I sang was I Love Trash.  What better way to acknowledge my Muppet love than with pajamas? I wish I had something

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Dear Dumplings — Week 33: I’m a Princess Of THIS Prairie

Dear Dumplings: Well, here we are at 33 weeks and 2 days.  I can hardly believe it.  It seems like just a short time ago I found out I was officially pregnant and now they tell me you could come

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Week 32: Surrender

Today marks the beginning of the week 32 in my pregnancy. I. Am. Exhausted. One of the things I am really having to learn is how to surrender.  Not just say it, but actually do it.  My body gives me

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Dear Dumplings — Week 31, Day 2: The Story Goes On … Relative Bed-rest

Dear Dumplings, Yes, it’s been awhile since I’ve written.  This is for a variety of reasons, mainly, I’ve been busy preparing for your arrival.  I have also been waiting for my new website design to launch. There is always something

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Week 24: Yes, I Am Your Mama.

This is the longest I have gone without writing since I started writing regularly last November. There are several reasons for it (work, nausea, extreme fatigue) — I won’t bore you with the details.  I am going to post a

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Dear Dumplings — Week 23: Texas Our Texas, Your First Trip

Dear Dumplings: I have to start with some rather sad news.  Unfortunately, Depot the bird passed away during the night on the first and only night he spent with us.  The bird sanctuary thinks he had internal bleeding from running

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