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Baby Update: Olivia at 8 Months

Curious as to what Olivia is up to now? Here’s a hint: she uses the big girl potty! I said it once, I’ll say it again… time is flying by! Olivia is turning into such a perfect little girl. She’s such a bundle of joy and is really less of an infant at this point.  […]

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Jessica DeBano

Baby Update: Olivia at 6 months

Happy half birthday! Olivia is 6 months. Let’s start with the facts… Olivia weighs 23 lbs. She is 26 inches long. She wears 12 month clothing size. And she’s starting to grow her hair back. Oh yeah, she has a baby tooth, too! She is still exclusively breastfed, but we started introducing baby food. She […]

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Jessica DeBano

SAHM: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Hi, it’s me! I finally have my new blog up and (sort of) running. I’m still playing with the design of a few pages, but it’s getting there. Please, don’t be afraid to tell me what you think. For the past two weeks, I’ve officially been a SAHM. And I’ve learned within the mommy community, […]

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Jessica DeBano

to the mom with the baby in the NICU.

hi there, I’m writing you this letter because I wish someone had written these words to me. I know you didn’t expect to be here; none of us did. First of all, you are not alone. I know it feels that way right now. You’ve just given birth to the person you’ve been carrying for […]

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Jessica DeBano

Baby Update: Olivia at 5 Months

Ask me if I have a 5 month old, and I would still sound shocked when I answered. How?   How have we made it 5 months already? I know everyone says that it goes by fast, but it really, really does! Am I sad? No. Do I want another baby? Absolutely, not.  BUT— I […]

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Jessica DeBano

A Few Honest Thoughts About the Fourth Trimester

Olivia is 4 months old, and during that time— I’ve managed to publish ONE blog post. I don’t feel too bad about it, I’ve had my hands full (I mean, seriously, I’m a new mom and the girl is 18lbs.) A fellow mom blogger wrote a very raw and truthful post about the very real […]

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Jessica DeBano

the ‘birth story’ post

Because I never want to forget the day she came into my world. (Note: Olivia was born at 36 weeks. She was an entire month early, and as a result— this post is an entire month late.) It has taken me 7 weeks to find a moment to plug my computer in, put Olivia down […]

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Jessica DeBano

diy closet for baby

These last few weeks are really flying by! Here’s a sneak peek at her closet! My daughter’s baby shower is in 4 days and I knew I needed to get some storage set up for all of her new *adorable* items. This closet makeover took a few hours of shopping for supplies, about 4 hours […]

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Jessica DeBano

bumpdate: 32 weeks pregnant

Hello, All! & hello, Fall! I’m mostly writing this post because I have been neglecting my little space of the internet and I don’t feel very good about it. I still have so many ideas, and things I’d like to write about but by the time I am finished with work, I just want to […]

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Jessica DeBano

the moment I became a mom

I stared at your photo last night. Your dad was beside me watching another conspiracy film on the assassination of JFK. He does that sort of thing. The graphic nature of the film made me queasy. So with my hands covering my face, my attention wandered around the room until something caught my eye. Tucked […]

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Jessica DeBano