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Christina

The Problem With Maternity Clothes

is, of course, that they are horrible. First, the design. I’m firmly against the apron-strings bow in the back–which all maternity-clothing-producers love. The big bow reminds me of the ones my toddler daughters loved on their “spinny” dresses. Cute on two-year-olds…not so much when it accentuates a thirty-something bottom. Second there’s the unusually shabby quality...
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Tomorrow’s Another Day…

I believe the human brain functions in 24-hour cycles. Stick with me on this observation because my scientific hypotheses are never very clear, rarely concise, and usually baffling to someone’s brain (M’s) who actually does think scientifically. Let’s say that on Monday (24-hour cycle one) you feel energized, ambitious, optimistic, etc. Basically the way Catie...
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Lessons Learned in a Swimming Pool Bathroom

And, no, the first lesson is not, “don’t go to a swimming pool bathroom if you have three kids under the age of six and two of them are newly potty-trained and take forty minutes to get around to doing their thing.” Although that would have been a good one. But that’s the thing about...
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Goodbye, Cinnabon

If it’s true that each pregnancy is different, there’s one similarity: each one is a process of highs and lows and ups and downs. What’s true today won’t be true tomorrow. And even though women tend to remember their pregnancies in absolutes (“I was sick the entire time with Caroline!” or “For all nine months,...
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Going Places

Our kids don’t love toys. Their favorite play items are me and M. I thought this post would be about the most valuable, sure-fire, unbeatable toys that we own. I couldn’t think of any. The Hergenrader kids are decidedly lukewarm on most toys.This could mean that our list of favorite toys would be really valuable....
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Jump Right In

Two months from now (okay, who am I kidding? I hope it’s much shorter than that) and we’ll be a family of six. Like Catie doing her first dive, I guess we can only jump right in!
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Bird Nerds

One of my favorite parts of our house is our backyard and the large nature conservatory behind us. Yes, it’s the constant source of leaves in the pool and M’s snake phobia, but it’s also the habitat for lots of different kinds of birds.This year we have several Yellow-Crowned Night Herons nesting back there. They’re...
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Birth Order: The First Will Always Be First

Researchers aren’t sure that birth order affects personality. It does. We have our own mini scientific experiment going on here in the Hergenrader House. Catie has been busy at school for the past nine months, while the twins have been mostly home with me. Sam and Ellie and I spent our days between epic games...
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Hazy Days of Summer

Happy Memorial Day! On this, the first un-official day of summer (unless, of course, your children are private-school educated, then you’ve been out since right after Easter), I admit I’d forgotten just how different summer break is from the school year. The school year is all about structure–even with the chaos of two two-year-olds, a...
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Recycled Clothing (AKA Hand-Me-Downs)

Everything Sam is wearing in this picture is a hand-me-down…including, I’m sure, the socks. Everything Sam is wearing today is a hand-me-down. Actually everything each of my children is wearing was once owned by someone else…or, in some cases, four or five someone-elses before them. If hand-me-downs were on Facebook, and they asked me to...
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