Dear Jo: Pump & Dump

Dear Jo: Pump and Dump

July 8, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, Let me just say, a margarita never tasted so good. I told Paul at dinner that he would be handling bed time, while I sat in the backyard. “What are you going to do there?” “I don’t know. But I can’t stand to listen to her crying
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Dear Jo: Crying It Out

Dear Jo: Crying It Out

July 6, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, “It’s only 5 minutes,” Paul said. You didn’t even want to tell him about what Dr. Hughes suggested, but when he kept asking about the appointment and how it went and then Emerson piped in with, “Dr. Hughes said Mama should let Lyla cry,” you had no
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Dear Jo: The Check-Up

July 5, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, The other night was a fluke. Those solid six hours turned into three-hour intervals over the last few nights. Your coffee intake has increased as a result. Of course you still can’t drink as much as you want because of the breastfeeding. And apparently the recommended amount
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Dear Jo: The Return of the MIL

Dear Jo: The Return of the MIL

June 30, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Carol Ann invited herself to dinner last night. She called Paul in the afternoon and said that Ron was on a fishing trip and she didn’t want to eat alone. Funny she didn’t call you. Paul explained that it wouldn’t be any sort of extravagant meal, especially with such
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Dear Jo: All Through the Night

Dear Jo: All Through the Night

June 27, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, She did it. You doubted this day (or rather night) would ever come. But it did. Lyla slept a solid six hours. And then, she nursed and went back to sleep for two more hours. This morning you only drank one cup of coffee. You felt like
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Dear Jo: If the Sky is the Limit...

Dear Jo: If the Sky is the Limit…

June 17, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, How is it that the most time you spend out of the house is now at the grocery store? Remember how Grandma Loughner used to dress up to go to the store? Well, by dressing up, she’d put on a floral skirt, a different patterned floral top
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Dear Jo: Absence Seizures

Dear Jo: Absence Seizures

June 9, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, You shouldn’t have Googled it. You know better than to do that, but after what Emily said, you knew you couldn’t ignore it anymore. Not that you were necessarily ignoring it at all. You were just wishing and praying it away. It had all started as an
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Dear Jo: Second-Hand Happiness

Dear Jo: Second-Hand Happiness

June 3, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, Summer is nearly here. How do you know? Because it’s garage sale season. This morning when you opened the living room curtains, you saw the neon sign in the corner of the yard. So after everyone was fed, you decided to go for a walk in search
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The Great Pumpkin Pancake Experiment

Dear Jo: The Great Pumpkin Pancake Experiment

May 24, 3 years A.B. (after-baby) Dear Jo, Last night you made the mistake of trying something new. Dinnertime was approaching and everyone was hungry, including Lyla, of course. That girl always wants to eat. That could explain why she is off-the-charts in weight. But that doesn’t explain why you still aren’t back to your
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Why We Won't Have a Bucket List Summer

Why We Won’t Have a Bucket List Summer

Two near geniuses with wisdom beyond their years once said, “There’s 104 days of summer vacation and school comes along just to end it, so the annual problem for our generation is finding a good way to spend it.” Okay, so maybe Phineas and Ferb are not the Einstein’s of their generation (especially since they
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