Monthly Archives: May 2013

Tonguing

So this post is different. More of a series of observations in long question form. It’s about tonguing (as a verb), which I’m not sure is a thing. I don’t really want to google it and wouldn’t know what to … Continue reading

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Skin-to-skin is in

Kangaroo care is a holding technique in which the infant is held in a skin-to-skin fashion. The baby wears only a diaper and is gently pressed against the mother or father’s bare chest. Named after the marsupial known for tucking … Continue reading

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Week 19: Making room

Our baby is on his or her way (and in about a week, I’ll be able to stick with one pronoun!). While Roo is cooking, though, we need to make room. Now it may come as no surprise that my … Continue reading

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6 rad gifts for dad

A dad’s first Father’s Day is a big deal. To help you celebrate the milestone with something sentimental, we’ve rounded up six ideas to get your gift-giving juices flowing. Remember, papa’s special holiday is June 16. 1 / 2 / … Continue reading

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Giuliana Rancic on motherhood, fashion and her favorite diapers

“Being a mother is so much fun—as they get older it gets even better!” gushes Giuliana Rancic, E! News anchor and mom to 7½-month-old son Duke. As a new mother, Rancic opts for a comfortable look that doesn’t sacrifice style. … Continue reading

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Where we work: Shea’s desk

“The mug on my desk (playing the role of pen holder) is from one of my top five fave coffee shops in Atlanta, Land of a Thousand Hills. They have superb locations, a commendable cause (check them out!), and brew … Continue reading

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10 female celebrity breadwinners

A recent survey found that more half of American women were considered the primary breadwinners in the family. So let’s take a look at 10 celebrity moms who cash in at higher levels than their partners, from Jessica Alba, to Julia Roberts, to Gwen Stefani. Jessica Alba … Continue reading

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The hospital against C-sections

The following is a final, focused reflection on our delivery experience. It contains a great deal of mockery and sarcasm. Enjoy. Our hospital hated C-sections. While they certainly would perform the procedure, they made it clear that they wished to … Continue reading

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Sleeping with my husband

Sleeping with my husband is never boring. (Sorry, Dad.) I believe this is because he’s always so on top of keeping our nighttime relationship fresh and exciting. His way of thinking hasn’t stopped even with this bowling ball-like protrusion where … Continue reading

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Win it: $50 gift certificate to Uncommon

  Update: The contest is now closed! Congratulations to the winner: Mark D. of Rock Springs, WY! Dad likes to show off baby’s cute mug just as much as you do. The perfect solution? How about a customized case with … Continue reading

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An adventure from the start: The birth of Gavin

The birth of Gavin was an adventure that started at about 26 weeks pregnant. It was then that I started having preterm labor, which led to a hospital visit almost every week. At 33 weeks I went into actual labor, … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding was hard, but that’s OK

Isaac turns 7 months old tomorrow, and this morning he drank his last breast milk bottle. I shared early on my struggles with nursing. (here and here) I just went back and read those posts, and I have to say, … Continue reading

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Week 23: Pees, please

You know that age old conundrum you hear about pregnant women having to get up a bajillion times in the middle of the night to pee? Well, I wish I had that problem.* Don’t get me wrong. My bladder is … Continue reading

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Sharing Antarctica

When I was a kid, I used to fantasize about being my favorite G.I. Joe, living in an underground hideout with my other favorite Joes, in Antarctica. We were theoretically on patrol, but there was never any action or drama—it … Continue reading

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Week 18: Is that you, Roo?

We’re so close to finding out if Roo will be a boy or a girl. I still don’t have that mother’s intuition telling me one way or the other, although it seems a lot of moms-to-be have a strong feeling … Continue reading

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Boba Carrier 3G

I am currently pregnant with my third child, but before embarking on motherhood I was in retail. I spent my days and most of my paychecks at the mall on shoes, bags, and makeup, and I was so happy to … Continue reading

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Our cover shoot with Kerri Walsh Jennings: A behind the scenes look

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Closet case: Diaper cream

Just 14 of the approximately 3,259,531 tubes of diaper cream we have on hand … Continue reading

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Firsts

In the distant future, little O will take his first steps, speak his first words, and commit his first traffic violation. Most of these will be great moments. In the meantime, I would like to celebrate a few notable first … Continue reading

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Barefoot and pregnant

I am Cinderella’s ugly stepsister. (The pretty one.) It’s not an easy admission to make, but I can’t escape the truth. Since my sixth month of pregnancy, every time I try on my shoes I feel like an evil stepsister … Continue reading

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Win It: Newborn layette and diaper bag from Polarn O. Pyret

Quality craftmanship? Check. Cute colors? Check. Eco-friendly? Check. Polarn O. Pyret has it all when it comes to cute, well-made clothes for your baby’s wardrobe. Their UNI line is perfect for boys or girls, and their attention to being environmentally responsible … Continue reading

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iCaved

I did something yesterday that I swore I would never do.  I bought one of those toys that lets you put your iPhone in it and give to your baby. This cuddly, purple, singing monkey will allow me to lock … Continue reading

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Standing as a family for the first time: The birth of Mason

My “labor story” started out with what I thought was the stomach flu.  I couldn’t imagine being in labor even though I was two days past my due date, even though I had read so much about it, EVEN though … Continue reading

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Week 22: Weigh in

Before I found out I was expecting, I had heard all of the warm and fuzzy things you hear about pregnancy — how you’ll glow and how it will be one of the most beautiful and cherished times in your … Continue reading

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Asking for help

I listened to Amanda Palmer’s TED talk a little while ago, about asking for help. Hers was in the context of music and asking fans to pay what they thought was fair for the album, more or less on the … Continue reading

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Week 17: Mother’s day

I do my best to appreciate my mom year round. I also try to make up for the moodiness of my teen years—hey, we’ve all been there—by being a diligent daughter every day. It’s rare to go a day without … Continue reading

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A day in the life: The talking candy jar

Every time you walk buy, it says (loudly), “Eat me! Eat me!” Continue reading

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Letter to my younger self

In moments of profound life change, it can be fun to look back and see just how much we have transformed since adolescence, and consider what we might say to those younger versions of ourselves. I went a little further … Continue reading

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Fixed and dilated

I blame George Clooney. Not for the big things like world hunger, global warming, and acid washed jeans. No. I blame him for E.R. reruns. It’s his fault for making me watch them. If I hadn’t been so intrigued by … Continue reading

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Park it

Parks can be a mom’s best friend. The trees, the benches, the swings … the perfect place to kill a few hours on a pretty afternoon. Before you head out of the house for a day of carefree fun, though, … Continue reading

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Dine and dash: The birth of Alexandra

If you want to kick-start your labor, I highly recommend going to Costco. You can walk your way to a baby and load up on enough toilet paper to last at least six months. Now I know what you must … Continue reading

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Week 21: Labor of love

For 25 years, I observed yesterday’s holiday as not much more than that: a single day to celebrate my mom. It always involved a card with a sweet sentiment and a gift of some sort, but that’s about as far … Continue reading

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Make room for baby

Professional Organizer Amanda LeBlanc has rescued countless clients from perpetual chaos. So we couldn’t wait to ask the entrepreneur, clutter crusader and TV personality (you probably recognize her from Style Network’s hit show The Amandas) to dish about her favorite … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is different this year. Not just for the obvious, that I am a mother this go around, but for many reasons. I see my own mother differently than I have before, and my mother-in-law. I see all mothers … Continue reading

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Philips AVENT SD535 DECT Baby Monitor

“Is it the cat or the baby?” I whisper desperately as I leap out of bed for the 47th time. My husband quietly sighs as he puts the movie on pause again. Being a new mom with a tiny baby … Continue reading

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Win It: Body After Baby Package from Shrinkx Hips and Ms-Panty

  UPDATE: Contest is now closed! Congratulations to the winners, Myriam B. of Windham, ME and Chelsea J. of Alexander, AR! The perfect combination to help you slim down and shape up after baby, Shrinkx Hips postnatal compression belt can … Continue reading

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Ball rolling & the second playground fight

This post is as fractured as my daily existence, and I must confess is only cohesed by the micro-thread that is movement, inertia. One mostly involving an inanimate object, the other involving one or more overly-animate little brats. Let’s start … Continue reading

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Spill it: 10 diaper bag essentials

Are you ready? Here’s the dish on the essential contents for every mom’s diaper bag. (By the way, we love this cherry red number, which boasts extra large grommets that slide easily over umbrella-style stroller handles.) 1. Pacifier pouch. A … Continue reading

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Go Speed Racer!

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And baby makes 3!

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Little Star

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Smoooch!

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sitting back relaxing

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Please Mommy, no more pictures

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Sunday Special

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Townes’ nursery

P&N’s Nursery Tour: A peek into fabulous baby rooms across the country. ________________________________________________________________ Jodi Kendall is a writer living with her husband and toddler son, Townes, in New York City. Her clients include the National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and … Continue reading

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Week 16: Name game

As any parent knows, the task of picking out a name for a new family member is daunting. You want something unique without going overboard. Ideally, the name shouldn’t embarrass your child, cause ridicule, or require several rounds of pronunciation … Continue reading

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Picture perfect

Working at a magazine is just as fun as you would imagine; there are babies and celebrities and fabulous shoes, the models are always gorgeous (P.S. Yeah, they really do look like that) and our bloggers are undeniably cool. But … Continue reading

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We’ve come a long way, baby!

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Where we work: Steph’s desk

“I don’t care that summer’s almost here, these little guys have a home on my desk year-round.” Continue reading

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