Monthly Archives: September 2011

The dreaded pee cup

Written by: Tracy September 29 2011 When the time came for my first prenatal appointment, I was so excited and nervous all at the same time. You see, I had just moved to Atlanta in the summer of 2010 and … Continue reading

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October freebies

Written by: P&N September 29 2011 Here at P&N, it's no secret that we love to shower our readers with fabulous freebies. And during the month of October, we'll be doing just that. In addition to our weekly giveaways posted … Continue reading

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Blooming Bath

The first time I bathed my oldest daughter, I was terrified. I feared she would slip out of my hands, hit her head, or do who knows what to hurt her tiny little baby self in that kitchen sink. Luckily, … Continue reading

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The Halloween dilemma

Written by: Josh September 28 2011 What is your deal, Halloween? No other holiday seems to have such an identity crisis as you. You’re like the Crazy Aunt Everybody Avoids of the holiday family. And now that my son is … Continue reading

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Ty Lucas Amore Tote

Stylish. That’s the first word that came to mind when I opened the box and saw Ty Lucas’s Amore Tote. I promptly and excitedly replaced my previous bag for this one. It looks more like a handbag than a diaper … Continue reading

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Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump

Written by: Ashley September 28 2011 I was excited to try out Tommee Tippee’s Closer to Nature Electric Breast Pump—I have heard great things about their bottles and my mom peers seem to hold a lot of respect for the … Continue reading

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phil&teds nest

The phil&teds nest is extremely helpful for a busy family on the go. I found it particularly useful as a mom who often has to venture out independently due to my husband’s work schedule. Here are the features: Sets up … Continue reading

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Win It: Cezara Belly Support Panty

Written by: P&N September 27 2011 Even if you don't anticipate being a C-section mom, Cezara Belly Support Panty can still provide comfort and relief to your pregnant belly or postpartum figure. Designed by a mom, Cezara can help just … Continue reading

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Head over high heels: The birth of Leo

Written by: Stephanie September 27 2011 What a difference a day makes! I’ll never be able to portray the sense of utter euphoria that I’m experiencing right now, not even with a million words and all the time in the … Continue reading

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Somebody hit my baby’s “On” button …

Written by: Mindy September 27 2011 Lately, Chloe has been all animation and jubilation. It’s a joy to see, but the change was so sudden that I’m still a little startled. One day, she was contentedly observing the world from … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Legal documents for your newborn

In the fourth installment of our Ask the Expert series on prebaby paperwork, Brenda Ogle, Director of Health Information Management at DeKalb Regional Medical Center in Fort Payne, AL explains the process of obtaining a birth certificate and Social Security … Continue reading

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I hate food

Written by: Tracy September 26 2011 And I am not happy about it. As a writer of pregnancy facts, I logically know that nausea is a natural part of gestation and that I should be prepared to experience it. But … Continue reading

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Websites we love

In case you’ve missed our past coverage of some of the coolest sites around the web for mamas and mamas-to-be, we’ve rounded them up in one handy post so you can get clickin’! Nursery Notice Can’t find the perfect birth … Continue reading

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Bub Vicious

Written by: Josh September 25 2011 There is frightening new evidence mounting daily to suggest that my son is, for lack of a better term, a punk. Fact: He tried to self-apply a temporary tattoo on his face. Very punk … Continue reading

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The best way to keep your life (and your baby’s life) hopping-exciting

Written by: Mindy September 25 2011 Chloe’s travel log is filling up. She visited both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans before she was even four months old. This month, she’ll take her 20th airplane flight. It’s not that we travel … Continue reading

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Baby Trend Snap-N-Go

When you have a newborn, lugging around a bulky stroller in addition to a heavy car seat can be a giant hassle. Luckily, Baby Trend offers a simple solution. The Baby Trend Snap-N-Go stroller is perfect for a baby’s first … Continue reading

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Beauty tips for fall

Whether you are pregnant or trying to recover from pregnancy this fall, there are always new and challenging beauty dilemmas. Everything from your hair to your nails experience changes in the fall. Hair Treat yourself to a deep conditioning treatment … Continue reading

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Surprise!

Written by: Tracy September 22 2011 Meet our newKnocked Up blogger—our very own Associate Editor Tracy Brown! I’ve always been the one in my family who rocks out surprises. Ever since I was old enough to party plan, there has … Continue reading

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Evenflo SimplyGo Dual Electric Breast Pump

Written by: Anjie September 21 2011 Before my son was born, we took a breastfeeding class and I read up on breastfeeding. I felt ready to learn how to breastfeed with him, but I was still very intimidated by the … Continue reading

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Celebrating military moms-to-be

Having a baby is undoubtedly one of the most challenging times in any woman’s life. But for expecting military mothers whose partners are deployed overseas, preparing for a newborn holds a unique set of trials. These brave women are often … Continue reading

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Nightcrawler

Written by: Josh September 21 2011 So we all know it’s very possible to overstimulate your sprout. Easily, one could even argue. Well, we just found out the hard way that it’s also quite possible to understimulate as well. Then … Continue reading

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Win It: Boumy shoes

Written by: P&N September 20 2011 When it comes to baby's first (and second and third!) shoes, a favorite among moms is the soft-soled leather booty, and Boumy has some of the finest and most adorable options out there. Created … Continue reading

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Victory: The birth of Madelynn

Written by: Katie September 20 2011 My due date was August 2nd, and since I was induced at 41 weeks 2 days with my first baby, I had already convinced myself that this pregnancy would last at least until 41 … Continue reading

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And we have a roll over!

Written by: Mindy September 20 2011 Chloe rolled over completely on her own for the first time yesterday. It gave me a thrill to watch her from afar as she took command of her little body and flipped like a … Continue reading

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A new life

Written by: Suzanna September 19 2011 As of today, Baby Jacob has been incubating for 39 weeks. (Assuming he hasn’t been born yet, as we bloggers write posts a week out!) It’s been both the longest and shortest 39 weeks … Continue reading

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Bumbleride Indie

Until recently, I thought all strollers were created basically equal: They get your kid from point A to point B but not without being cumbersome and unwieldy—and making you look a little too momish in the process. (“Mommish” in the … Continue reading

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A love/hat(e) relationship

Written by: Josh September 18 2011 Bub is a pale little nugget. This makes sense, seeing as how his father was once mistaken for a giant manila folder and his mother until last week thought bronzer was some sort of … Continue reading

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Having a baby after 30 is … well, tough!

Written by: Mindy September 18 2011 I went to the doctor the other day because of foot pain. My long-time doc told me I should wear shoes with arch support—and chuck my paper-thin flip flops. He said the pain was … Continue reading

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Pregnant and in pain

Written by: Suzanna September 15 2011 Yowser. That word is not a normal part of my vocabulary. But, then again, what I have been feeling tonight isn’t a normal part of my life experience. (Thank God. Really.) I am experiencing … Continue reading

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Crawl softly and carry a big stick

Written by: Josh September 14 2011 I must have missed this chapter in all the baby books. Hey, I’m not a slacker, I did the reading, but never did I encounter the development stage I’m calling ‘The Neanderthal Swordplay Stage.’ … Continue reading

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SweetSeat Chair

Baby number one was outgrowing her highchair about the same time baby number two needed it, which was nice. What was not nice was that baby number one still needed a boost at the table, and the booster seats I … Continue reading

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Win It: Dr. Sears Family Essentials Baby Care 5-piece set

Written by: P&N September 13 2011 Even if you're new to the parenting game, you've probably heard the name Dr. Sears. Dr. William Sears is a father of eight, pediatrician, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, … Continue reading

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Four-tunate: The birth of Henry, Brooks, Clark and Isaac

Written by: Jen September 13 2011 After our battle with infertility, we knew our chances for twins were elevated due to hormone treatments for my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and a family history of twins. But we had no way to … Continue reading

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Babies are like a great vacation

Written by: Mindy September 13 2011 Hubby Cam said something brilliant the other day: “Babies are like a great vacation, in that you always want more.” It happened during a discussion about whether we’ll have more kids. Honestly, we don’t … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Financial planning

To continue with this month’s focus on prebaby paperwork, today Jeannine McCurrie, a mother of two and the author of “My Plan B Handbook,” will share tips on what financial matters are important for new and expectant parents to consider. … Continue reading

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The pregnancy card

Written by: Suzanna September 12 2011 Now at 38 weeks, part of meis so ready for this baby to come out. (DespiteJacob's full-term status, he isapparently too young to respond to “Come out, come out, wherever you are!” What? You … Continue reading

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LulyBoo Baby Lounge to Go

With an upcoming trip to visit my sister in another state, I knew I wanted a travel bed that would serve as a familiar place for my son to snuggle. As soon as he nestled in for the first time, … Continue reading

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Getting a grip

Written by: Josh September 11 2011 So we were at a barbecue a couple weeks ago, and there were tons of people there, many of them children. This is good for Bub, since we don’t have any close friends with … Continue reading

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Why co-sleeping is one of the best decisions we ever made

Written by: Mindy September 11 2011 Before having babies, I saw a television special about a couple who slept in the same room as all five of their children. This might be normal for tribes in Africa, but this couple … Continue reading

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The big D

Written by: Suzanna September 08 2011 I'm generally a pretty tough cookie, but right now I feel about as fragile as the meringue on a coconut cream pie. Oh, and you know how the meriungue sometimes “weeps”? Well, that makes … Continue reading

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Solitary man

Written by: Josh September 07 2011 So my wife takes Bub to a sample music class yesterday, and afterwards calls me freaking out that our son is a borderline social pariah (don’t know where he’d get that from). She said … Continue reading

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Burley D’Lite

The Burley D’Lite three-in-one baby transporter is a perfect fit for our active family. After hours spent researching strollers, joggers and trailers, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to review the all-in-one option of the D’Lite. Living in a … Continue reading

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Win It: Kina booties

Written by: P&N September 06 2011 Our weather here at the P&Noffices has finally started to take a turn for the cool (although if we know the South, it's only a brief respite!) and it has us craving cold weather … Continue reading

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Back in the day: Birth stories from our grandparents

Written by: Gerry September 06 2011 This week in honor of Grandparents Day (on Sunday the 11th), we're featuring stories from our own grandmothers chronicling their birth experiences from years ago. Today, Associate Editor Rachel Reiff Ellis shares a letter … Continue reading

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Signals and signs, baby-style

Written by: Mindy September 06 2011 I love being able to “read” my baby, even though we’re nearly a year away from any kind of language skills. Her language goes something like this: • Red rings around the eyes? She’s … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Insurance

This month we’re launching a new weekly series called “Ask the Experts.”Each Tuesday we’ll bring you information from those in the know about topics ranging babywearing to fitness to prenatal nutrition and more. Today Nancy Behrens, a mother of four … Continue reading

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Pregnant and paranoid

Written by: Suzanna September 05 2011 With three weeks and three days until Baby Jacob arrives, it’s official: I’m pregnant and paranoid. The other morning, while playing Super Mario on the Wii with Tom (yeah, we’re clearly spending our remaining … Continue reading

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The baby disease

Written by: Josh September 05 2011 It’s official. I’ve caught The Baby. I don’t know how or where I got it, but I’m now 99 percent sure I have it. I’m told it could be airborne, so the infectious possibilities … Continue reading

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Take the thanks and run

Written by: Mindy September 05 2011 I’m the first to admit I do many things wrong as the mother of a new baby. For example, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bumped Chloe’s head on her car seat … Continue reading

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Looking back: Birth stories from our grandparents

Written by: Virginia and Carol Bowden September 04 2011 This week in honor of Grandparents Day (next Sunday the 11th), we're featuring stories from our own grandmothers chronicling their birth experiences from years ago. Today, Associate Editor Tracy Brown's mother … Continue reading

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