Monthly Archives: February 2013

Z’s 37-week baby prep

Since the news of our little guy being footling breech, I’ve had over a week to internalize that a c-section may very well be in my imminent future. In the meantime I’ve been doing the best I can to get … Continue reading

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Mouthing off

Your smile says a lot about you, and we know you take care of it by brushing and flossing regularly. But new research says your mouth can tell you more than you think: studies published by The Journal of the … Continue reading

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JJ Cole Agility

After coming home from the hospital with my newborn, I discovered very quickly that she had a preference for being carried and snuggled close. We had previously purchased a traditional front facing infant carrier that she unfortunately was too small … Continue reading

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Joint delivery rooms

My wife and I have close friends that are expecting a baby three days after our due date. One day, while our wives were discussing ultrasounds, baby showers, and assorted pregnancy experiences, my friend Jimmy privately shared a thought provoking … Continue reading

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Listening

Lately as a mom I’ve been thinking a lot about listening. Such a simple idea. Only problem is that our days are filled with so much noise. There could be a baby crying in the background (sends my hormones into … Continue reading

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Road test: Play with me

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Ask the experts: Sex and labor

Can sex really jumpstart labor? Here are the facts: The claim that sexual intercourse will cause labor contractions is in the same category as other folk remedies (like castor oil, eating spicy foods and taking long walks) passed on through word … Continue reading

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Under pressure: Heart Health Awareness

With all the overwhelming love you already feel for your new child, you may feel like your heart is working overtime. As it turns out, you couldn’t be more right: Your heart is now pumping 30-50% more blood than normal … Continue reading

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Shape up

I’ve been loving geometric prints lately. It seems that triangles are taking over my home (confession: I made something similar to the adorable mobile shown below and hung it over my desk, just for fun), and all the items featured … Continue reading

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Our beautiful new reality: The birth of Fiona

I had imagined and hoped I would labor and give birth to our daughter at night, and that’s exactly the way it happened. Friday night, February 11, my husband and I were just hanging out at home, watching episodes of … Continue reading

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Sleep is my linchpin

This last week has quite possibly been the most challenging week of motherhood I’ve experienced yet. Any one thing doesn’t seem so overwhelming, but things have converged into a perfect storm of sorts as of late. Isaac has been fussier … Continue reading

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Win it: Layette bundle from Cradle&Thread

Children’s clothing company Cradle&Thread is out to prove that for-profit companies can make a huge, positive difference in the world. Not only are the materials for the clothes grown in the U.S., the factories that make the clothes are based here also, meaning more … Continue reading

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Week 10: Spilling the beans

After 10 long weeks—in “excited parent time” that’s about 54 years—of keeping our new baby news under wraps, the word is finally out, and we couldn’t be more excited! For a few weeks, Tom and I volleyed ideas back and … Continue reading

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10 Celebrities who used surrogates

Not everyone can conceive a baby, which makes the option of surrogacy so rewarding. CelebrityBabyScoop is taking a look at 10 celebrities who have used a surrogate mother to expand their families. From Elton John, to Nicole Kidman, to Giuliana Rancic, to Sarah … Continue reading

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Second child syndrome

“HP’s nose is bleeding,” my wife said the other morning. I was working in the front room, really on a roll, too. “Did you hear me?” she asked. “Yeah,” I said. “Well, don’t you think that’s a problem?” “Well…define bleeding.” … Continue reading

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Mothers Earth

In our February issue, we editors shared some of our favorite planet-friendly finds. Check out our picks below. blocks / sleep bag / teething toy / bodysuit / fabric softening spray / tote / book

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Skirt the issue

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Footling breech

It’s a Wednesday and we’re sitting patiently waiting to be called for our 36-week ultrasound. We’re so close to the end, and I’m a little tense. Chad has a show that he has to perform on Roosevelt Island later that … Continue reading

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5 easy ways to be heart healthy

If you think you’re too busy, too pregnant or too tired to focus on living heart healthy, then you’re not alone. New mamas and moms-to-be are often short on time and energy. The good news? You don’t have to spend … Continue reading

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Battling the bulge

So, if you are like me and you’re exclusively breastfeeding your babe and frustrated that the baby weight hasn’t just “flown off” then you may be interested in following me on my baby weight loss journey. I am so tired … Continue reading

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Sharing mistakes

As I await the arrival of my first child, I try to remind myself that new adventures are often filled with failures and lessons learned. Mistakes happen to everyone. When my wife and I first started living together, I accidentally … Continue reading

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ooYoo Christina Hobo Tote

When I first saw the ooYoo Christina Hobo Tote online I fell in love! It was so very stylish, appearing to be more of a large purse than a diaper bag, and had lots of pockets and an amazing leopard print … Continue reading

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The baby food breakdown

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Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

It’s February! We know you’re still smiling about Valentine’s Day with your partner and of course, the arrival of baby. But did you know that February is also International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month? At this point, you’ve probably taken all … Continue reading

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A solid start

Those first bites of “real” food are always memorable. Somewhere around your little one’s sixth month, you’ll likely introduce her to solids. Start with something easily digestible—rice cereal is a common favorite first food, but yellow or orange vegetables also … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Solo napping

My 8-month-old baby typically goes to sleep just fine on his own at night, but won’t take a nap without me rocking him or rubbing his back until he falls asleep. I know he can go to sleep on his … Continue reading

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Win it: Fresh Feeding Pack from Munchkin

If you’re planning to go the homemade route when starting your baby on solids, fear not! Munchkin has developed a simple, three-step process to prepare and store baby food, so prep and storage are a breeze for even the busiest … Continue reading

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Week 9: A brother (or sister) for baby

We haven’t broken the news of our impending addition to friends and family just yet (We’re thinking of taking a novel approach and letting the baby break the news himself/herself. Ha ha.), but once we do, I can all but … Continue reading

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Quinny Zapp Xtra

I feel like I should admit from the beginning that my husband’s car is parked in the driveway a good portion of the year because his half of the garage is sheltering two … I mean three … OK, fine, … Continue reading

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Lessons from my baby: The birth of Luca

It all started at Scalini’s, the nearby restaurant that was famous for promising labor within two days of eating their eggplant parmesan. When I arrived I was convinced it would work, after seeing the entrance covered in pictures of babies. … Continue reading

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Lizards are so last year

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Growing and changing

Isaac has been getting cuter and cuter every day. He’s also been getting bigger. Today, I cut the tags from all his 6-month clothes so I could wash them and we can start transitioning his wardrobe. For those of you … Continue reading

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In defense of parents

We’ve all seen the darling at Target going full Chernobyl on his hapless parental unit(s). And we all stand there, looking at the parents like WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR KID?! Discipline that little monster, you epic fail of a … Continue reading

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From bombshell to momshell

Let’s be honest: Becoming a mom affects the way you dress. Whether it’s that you no longer fit into your regular garb (thanks to either bump or postpartum bulge) or that you simply can’t afford to dry clean your silk … Continue reading

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Project Nest! Clothespin chandelier

Who knew clothespins could be so cute? Create a chandelier-type hanging for your little one’s nursery. Cost: Less than $10 Total time: About 2 hours Supplies: Clothespins Embroidery rings Twine The clothespins can be found at any discount or craft … Continue reading

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Easy as pie

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Style your sweetheart

Happy Valentine’s Day! We’ve picked some sweeter-than-candy looks for your little sugar bear.   Warm fuzzies by pnmag 1/2/3/4/5/6 Oh baby, be mine by pnmag  precious peplum/gonna be trouble/Hello,Handsome/ever so sweet/so cute, it hurts

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My last show

It’s finally here—no not my due date. My last puppet show (at least for a while). Chad and I have had it marked out on the calendar for a couple of months now, and suddenly the day has arrived. One … Continue reading

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Comfy Joey Linen Ring Sling

A baby carrier is an absolute must-have for my family. I use one when grocery shopping, running errands, traveling, as a back up for walks when my little one gets tired of the stroller, and most importantly, for getting things … Continue reading

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Win it: Lullabelly Prenatal Music Belt

If there’s one thing that can draw forth memories, calm you down, pump you up or simply just bring a smile to your face, it’s music. Listening to music can also help decrease stress during pregnancy, which can be a … Continue reading

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Go red!

We’re keeping the love alive for heart health. Show your support for heart health awareness by continuing to don red clothes and accessories throughout February. GO RED! by pnmag  sunglasses/brooch*/bib/t-shirt/tote/lipstick/shoes/dress/tumblers *As seen in our February 2013 issue

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I’ll never do that

Alright, major confession time. I thought we’d play a fun game of “What I said I’d never do once I have kids” and the real hard facts. This should make some of you laugh and hopefully not horrify the rest … Continue reading

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Your hardwired baby

Gently press a newborn’s palm, and he’ll wrap his tiny hand around your finger—so tightly, sometimes, it feels like he’ll never let go. That sweet gesture of his is actually an instinctive response known as the palmar grasp reflex, and … Continue reading

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Week 8: Two timer

A blank page. Most times when I stare into its vast, stark-white presence, I feel a tinge of intimidation. Even after nearly a decade as a professional writer (I started when I was 11. Ahem), I still get the same … Continue reading

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In a clutch

Anyone planning on going on a hot date Thursday night? Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to hit the town for a nice baby-free dinner. Ditch the diaper bag and stick your essentials in a stylish clutch—paired with some killer … Continue reading

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Keeping the love alive

Becoming parents is a wonderful, life-changing experience, but it can put strain on a previously well-balanced relationship. As many moms and pops will attest, the new responsibilities and sleepless nights that come with a baby can lead to rocky times … Continue reading

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Crazy blessed: The birth of Evelyn and Elijah

There haven’t been many times in my life where I have been uncertain if I could keep going. Being pregnant with twins and reaching 38 weeks was a huge deal for me, so I couldn’t help but wallow in that … Continue reading

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Graco SnugRider Elite Stroller

I couldn’t wait to use the Graco SnugRider Elite Stroller with my Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 Car Seat. Luckily, assembly was very straightforward and required no tools. The manual includes both illustrations and written instructions. All of the pieces … Continue reading

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Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

By the time you leave the delivery room, you’ll feel like you and your baby have been through every test in the book. But there’s one test that might be missing: the pulse oximetry test, or pulse ox for short. … Continue reading

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Brooke Burke-Charvet: Cancer was “shocking and very scary”

Written by: CelebrityBabyScoop.com February 08 2013 Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke-Charvet shocked fans with her recent cancer scare. The mom-of-four kids – daughters Neriah, 12, Sierra, 10, Rain, 6, and son Shaya, 4 – is sharing her inspirational … Continue reading

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