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A Dozen Things I Forgot About Having a Newborn

Posted by savannahkase on March 10, 2015 in Lessons From Little Ones, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Second Child |

It was only two years ago that I first became a mother, yet it feels like much longer. Before my son was born, I read parenting books and websites voraciously, discussed child-rearing principles with my husband at length, and solicited advice from family and friends. When my son arrived, my husband and I felt as […]

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“Harder Than You Can Imagine”

That’s what everyone warned me about having a second child from the moment I announced my pregnancy. It is also pretty much the worst advice I have ever been given. Telling me that I cannot even conceive of how difficult it will be to care for two kids does nothing to help me prepare me […]

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From Dawn Into Darkness

Posted by savannahkase on February 23, 2015 in Lessons From Little Ones, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Pregnancy, Second Child, Woman Power |

My long-awaited baby girl, who we named Aurora (“Goddess of the Dawn”), arrived with the sun two weeks ago. The week leading up to her birth presented physical and emotional challenges I had not anticipated, but the two weeks since she was born have been more difficult than I could have imagined. I want to […]

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Floating Down a River in Egypt

Posted by savannahkase on February 2, 2015 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy, Second Child |

… towards a waterfall! Okay, I’ll admit it, I am in denial that my life is about to change forever in a matter of days or hours. I’ve been in denial about being in denial for the past month, pointing to the tangible efforts I have been taking in preparation for the arrival of our […]

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Sugar, (Hold the) Spice, & Everything (Mostly) Nice

Posted by savannahkase on November 23, 2014 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy, Second Child |

It is common knowledge that every pregnancy – like every child – is distinct, and yet, with nothing but prior experience as a frame of reference, I found it difficult to imagine what would be different this time around. [Please note, although I often try to back up my observations with actual science and research, […]

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Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby

Posted by savannahkase on October 21, 2014 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy, Second Child |

If you were expecting a post about sex during pregnancy – I’m sorry, my parents read this blog! [But the Preggie Pals have an amusing take on that.] I mean the sex of my baby, more commonly referred to as its “gender” (perhaps because we are somewhat uncomfortable discussing the “sex” of a child created […]

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Leading on Leave?

Posted by savannahkase on October 15, 2014 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy, Research, Second Child, Woman Power, Working Mom |

With my second baby due in just over three months, I have begun to think about my upcoming maternity leave. The idea of having dedicated time to care for and bond with my new baby seemed idyllic before I knew anything about it. Although I consider myself an informed individual, I’ll admit I was shocked […]

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You Heard It Here First

Posted by savannahkase on September 23, 2014 in Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy, Second Child |

It’s official – my family will be welcoming a new addition early next year. Exactly when our bundle of joy will arrive is uncertain, as I was still breastfeeding regularly when we conceived so had not had a period in over two years. That was the first interesting lesson to come out of Round 2 […]

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My One & Only?

Posted by savannahkase on August 2, 2014 in Parenting, Research, Second Child |

Literally, from the day my son was born (one of my nurses had four kids and was very chatty), people started asking if and when I wanted more children. First of all, why do strangers care what size family I want? It’s not as if we are an aging society, destined to die out within […]

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