Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fresh picks

Anyone else ready for apple season? (Or just fall in general?) I’m drawn to apples for some reason, and I love the collection of goodies below. I’m particularly fond of that removable wallpaper (best idea ever!) and adorable bodysuit. And … Continue reading

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A peanut unshelled

Written by: Josh Conley August 30 2012 So…I have a daughter now, Peanut. Still weird to say that, much in the same manner that kid(s) has become plural. Yikes. I’m torn here, because from a writing perspective, I wish I … Continue reading

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Breast friends: Nursing all-stars

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—nursing is a beautiful, amazing experience. P&N is wrapping up National Breastfeeding Month by sharing some of our favorite finds for nursing moms. Breast friends by pnmag Philips AVENT BPA Free Breast … Continue reading

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Wisdom from the trenches

Veteran nursing mamas share their best advice, real-life experiences and heartfelt encouragement. “I’m not going to lie, and say it’s all sweet, cuddly time you get to spend with your beautiful baby. It hurts, it takes up most of your … Continue reading

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Ch-ch-changes

Written by: Lesley Graham August 29 2012 The past week we had some big changes happening over here. My three-year-old daughter started preschool. I’ve been fortunate enough to have limited child care for Matilda. This will be the first time … Continue reading

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Diono Radian RXT

The Diono Radian RXT (formerly known under the brand Sunshine Kids) is a seat widely talked about in car-riding family circles, specifically because of its narrow base—most vehicles can sport three Radian RXTs in a row in one bench back … Continue reading

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Win It: Apothederm Skin Care System

Written by: P&N August 28 2012 Aging:It happens to the best of us. You eat right and use sunscreen and exercise, but ugh. Seriously, skin?What's with all the wrinkling and spots and ugh? Well, before you go shunning laughter for … Continue reading

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Delightful distractions

Written by: Christopher Spicer August 28 2012 Last weekend, I had a colossal mountain of copy to write, but I also had to look after Everett because Emily had an Australian football game. I wasn’t worried. I had a plan. … Continue reading

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Hey, Ma, your hypochondria is showing!

Written by: Suzanna Palmer August 28 2012 Ever since Jacob was born, I have had a tendency towards second-hand hypochondria. The minute I suspect Jacob feels the least bit out of the ordinary, my imagination begins to run wild. There … Continue reading

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Saving space

Saving space by pnmag A hook-on highchair opens up a world of possibilities, none of which include a crowded kitchen. An easy transition from bouncer to compact swing makes this all-in-one entertainer a winner. Meet the Murphy bed of changing … Continue reading

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Veg out: It’s National Farmers Market Month!

If you’ve been spending more time in the bakery department than the produce section lately, try taking a break from the grocery store this weekend and visit your local farmers market instead. It’s National Farmers Market Month, and there’s no … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Milk banking

For the most fragile babies, those born prematurely before 35 weeks gestation, breastmilk is truly life-saving, says Kim Updegrove, RN, CNM, MSN, MPH,executive director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, and president-elect, board of directors for Human Milk Banking … Continue reading

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Summer Infant Peek Plus

When my son was born, we did not have a baby monitor in our home. In fact, I decided we probably wouldn’t need one. The baby’s room shares a wall with our room, and I was certain I would hear … Continue reading

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Natural nutrients

While prenatal vitamins can provide your daily dose of nutritional building blocks, a balanced diet is still key to gestational health and wellness. Here are some of the foods you can eat to enhance your intake of vital vitamins and … Continue reading

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Moms + sale = crazy

Written by: Hillary Grigonis August 26 2012 There's just something about the words “mom” and “sale” that when used together in the same sentence are usually accompanied by the word “crazy.” Where else would women usually responsible for the sanity … Continue reading

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A father's account: The birth of Riley

Written by: Bill August 26 2012 This is how Riley joined our family (from his father’s point of view). To start, things did not happen WHEN we thought they would and certainly not HOW we thought they would. We (birth) … Continue reading

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Clock work

When you’re planning your nursery, don’t forget about a clock! In the early days, when you’re timing every feeding and measuring input and output, you’ll probably have your phone tied to your hip so you can jot down all the … Continue reading

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Telling one about the other

Written by: Josh Conley August 23 2012 Man, don’t you hate it when parents try to relay stories of their child’s cuteness to you? It always starts the same way, too: ‘OMG, You’ll never guess what my little tiger cub … Continue reading

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Innovative electives: These cool classes step outside the box

Hypnobirthing. A method of relaxed, natural childbirth that teaches self-hypnosis. hypnobirthing.com Orgasmic birth. Embrace a feel-good technique to labor. orgasmicbirth.com Fear to freedom. Take charge of your body and birth with empowerment courses. changethecultureofbirth.com Birthing from within. Explore the mind, … Continue reading

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Getting organized

Written by: Lesley Graham August 22 2012 So, this week it has officially hit me that time is flying by. I am at the 12-week countdown mark. Even though that’s technically three months to get my ducks in a row, … Continue reading

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Electronic obsession

Written by: Suzanna Palmer August 22 2012 Dear Jacob, I have a bone to pick with you, and since it’s about your infatuation with all-things-electronic, I figured that this would be the best way to get my message across. For … Continue reading

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Win It: Pink Lining Poppins Bag

Written by: P&N August 21 2012 With a bouncing baby on your hip, doing something simple like going to the grocery store can feel like you’re packing for a trip to the moon. But have no fear—Pink Lining is here! … Continue reading

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Who is responsible for this baby?

Written by: Christopher Spicer August 21 2012 For the first few months, everyone remarked on how much Everett looked like me. It got to the point I worried for my son’s future (and head of hair). Lately people have been … Continue reading

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New duds

Written by: Suzanna Palmer August 21 2012 After sharing a week or two ago about how Jacob was on the verge of outgrowing every outfit he owns, I decided I had better do something about his state of clotheslessness—and quick! … Continue reading

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A day at the fair

Each month, members of Pregnancy & Newborn’s editorial team pick out some of their favorite products to feature in print. In our August issue, we suggested that while the Tilt-A-Whirl might be off-limits for now, you can still enjoy some … Continue reading

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Look alive! It’s National Eye Health and Safety Month

As you stare into your wee one’s eyes admiring just how much they’re growing, make sure to note one more important change—her vision! August is National Eye Health and Safety Month, so take some time to set your sights on … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Weaning

Joining us today to talk about weaning is Tanya Roberts. Roberts graduated with a degree in Education from Baylor University in 1986. Her 20-year career has taken her from public education to private lactation consulting and nursingwear design. She has … Continue reading

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Bright Starts Big Top Buddies 2 Direction Swing

With our third baby on the way, we were in need of replacing some baby gear that had seen better days. We didn’t want to spend too much money, but wanted something that would withstand daily use for several months, … Continue reading

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Bug off: Safe ways to keep pests at bay

The American Pregnancy Association advises expectant mamas to avoid any type of contact with pesticides during the first trimester when baby’s nervous system is rapidly developing. To banish unwelcome visitors, try these natural remedies instead. DEET decisions Though pregnant women … Continue reading

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Pregnant and roughing it

Written by: Hillary Grigonis August 19 2012 The phrase “roughing it” has a whole new meaning when “roughing it” for two. Last weekend, my husband and I joined my family on one of their annual camping trips. And while I … Continue reading

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Appreciating life: The birth of Austin

Written by: Christa August 19 2012 After three easy and healthy pregnancies, I expected the same for baby number four. At about 30 weeks pregnant I started to become very itchy. I asked my Doctor and he said it was … Continue reading

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It's a boy

Written by: Suzanna Palmer August 19 2012 Houston, we have a penis. To Tom and I, this is old news. We celebrated this fact at our 16-week ultrasound last year. At the time, there was much rejoicing, as we had … Continue reading

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Sexual preference

Written by: Josh Conley August 16 2012 It wasn’t long after my wife found out she was pregnant with Bub that I set out on the campaign trail. Most parents are probably independents; I on the other hand was a … Continue reading

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Biker babe

I’m not an outdoorsy girl. Unfortunately, my kids take after my husband—they’re always up for an impromptu hike down to the creek or a campfire in the backyard. I’d rather be inside reading or sewing, but since I know my … Continue reading

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Project Nest! Colorful cardstock mobile

Today we’re kicking off Project Nest—P&N’s sweet, little handmade haven. So lock and load those glue guns and pull out your popsicle sticks, mamas, it’s about to get crafty in here! Baby mobiles are awesome tools for distracting fussy babies … Continue reading

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You’ve got a friend in me

Many moms tend to drift toward peers who practice similar parenting philosophies, but don’t count someone out as a potential companion simply because you don’t immediately have much in common. Mothering tends to break through barriers and unite folks who … Continue reading

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Best laid plans

Written by: Lesley Graham August 15 2012 Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about choices and making plans, specifically a birth plan. I’ve never really been a big believer in having too much of a plan when it comes to … Continue reading

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JJ Cole Collections Zoey Bag

Growing up, I was baffled by the immense amount of “stuff” my mom carried in her purse. I always wondered: Why? Now that I’m a mom, I know why. As a mother—and even more so as a new mother—you want … Continue reading

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Win it! Aqua Sphere swimsuit

Written by: P&N August 14 2012 Summer may be fading, but the temperatures are holding steady here in the south at HOT degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re pregnant in this heat, the last thing you may want to do is put … Continue reading

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Don't blink, you might miss my son's changes

Written by: Christopher Spicer August 14 2012 I was looking at several pictures of Everett, and I came across photos of the day after he was born. I couldn’t believe this small, shriveled up figure was my son. I could … Continue reading

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Night out

Written by: Suzanna Palmer August 14 2012 Confession: I spend most of my days on the frumpy side of life. As a work-from-home mom, my signature look is a ponytail, jeans and a t-shirt. My makeup is limited to one … Continue reading

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Ladies (and babies) who lunch

Pack midday meals in a manner of which Mother Nature would approve, thanks to these green goods featured in our August issue. Ladies (and babies) who lunch by pnmag 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 … Continue reading

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Hit me with your best shot: National Immunization Awareness Month

Look, we understand—vaccinations are probably the last thing most moms want to think about. After all, who enjoys the thought of a needle getting anywhere near her precious baby? But as difficult as it may be, it’s important to remember … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Nursing bras

Finding a nursing bra can be a trying experience. To help with the process, we’ve asked the team at Leading Lady, one of the country’s oldest and most successful intimate apparel manufacturers who specialize in quality lingerie for mothers-to-be and … Continue reading

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Vicks Starry Night Cool Mist Humidifier

Written by: Tracy August 12 2012 One of the hardest parts about being a parent is knowing that your baby—the sweetest thing in your whole entire world—will likely develop a cold at some point during the first year. Though you … Continue reading

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You (and your milk) are what you eat?

Breastfeeding moms don’t need to follow a special eating regimen. While a healthy diet will keep you energized, boost your resistance to illness, and help you bounce back to your prebaby weight, it has little impact on the quality of … Continue reading

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Ode to pants…that actually button

Written by: Hillary Grigonis August 12 2012 I miss pants that actually button. Trying on maternity clothes early in my pregnancy, I thought it was rather humorous that the store provided a little round pillow that was supposed to add … Continue reading

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Thirteen beautiful weeks: The birth and life of Jaylan

Written by: Tyisha August 12 2012 Several weeks before I delivered my third child, we were told that she had trisomy 13—a chromosome disorder—and that she possibly wouldn't be coming home from the hospital with us. It was definitely a … Continue reading

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Just say no

Written by: Suzanna Palmer August 12 2012 Take a look at the picture below: No, we don’t own a toilet-paper loving dog. Nor do we own a toilet-paper loving cat. We do, however, own a toilet-paper loving child. Most days, … Continue reading

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July Photo of the Month Winner!

These sweet faces are sure to put a smile on yours! July’s photos had sleepy babies, bumptastic moms and everything cute under the summer sun. Press play to check out the adorable action: Video music by Barry G and the … Continue reading

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