Monthly Archives: July 2013

10 star moms seen breastfeeding in public

Considering their lack of anonymity with paparazzi lurking at every street corner, we salute celebrity moms who breastfeed their babies while out and about! Although it’s still considered taboo in some circles, there’s no shame in nursing your baby in … Continue reading

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My own little celebrity

My little Oliver is a popular guy. People love meeting him, and family members beg to watch him. Even strangers want him. When I unexpectedly encounter old friends, they walk right past my out-stretched hand to get a glimpse of … Continue reading

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The only thing constant is motherhood

The only thing constant is change—and motherhood. I’m astonished to discover that along with my pregnancy weight not magically melting away, I can’t find a single tiny moment that is just me. Even when my husband steps in to relieve … Continue reading

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Doing the splits

Every three months or so, new faces appear in the P&N office, eager to learn about the magazine industry, and let’s face it, the adorable world of babies. I’m the new face for these three months, and if you knew … Continue reading

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Project Nest! A happy front door

Once baby arrives, so do the visitors. While they probably couldn’t care less what your front door looks like—it’s the new addition they really want to see, after all—I always feel like a happy front door makes a great first … Continue reading

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Daddy’s got the touch

I’ve lost my touch. Or, at least it appears that I have. I used to be the one who could get Isaac to sleep without fail. I’d bounce, and “shhh,”and rock until he drifted into dreamland. The technique evolved over … Continue reading

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Better than breakfast: The birth of Emmeline

At 41 weeks pregnant, I was setting small goals. Goals like: Get off the couch and pour a glass of water Stay up past 10 p.m. Blow-dry hair. That last one is of course a joke—I stopped blow-drying my hair … Continue reading

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JJ Cole Medley Baby Carrier

When our baby wants to be close and we need to get something done, we love having the JJ Cole Medley Baby Carrier. Putting it on takes seconds, and it’s easy to place our son in the carrier. We use … Continue reading

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Week 32: Bringing home baby

A couple of weeks back, I was visiting with some gal friends and acquaintances at a friend’s baby shower. During the course of the conversation, we began talking about our kids and their various behavior quirks. One of the girls … Continue reading

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Win It: O. Venture’s The Big O Key Ring

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Congratulations to our winners: Dawn L. of Marquette, MI, and Avia H. of Huntington, WV. We’re not talking about that big O, ladies, but we are talking about something that can bring you great pleasure … Continue reading

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Living the dream

What is THIS? Another sappy post?! Why yes, yes it is. Here goes … I am somewhat of a perfectionist. But I think what I’m much more deeply afflicted with is romantic idealism. To put it simply, I have all … Continue reading

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Lansinoh Affinity Pro

Right off the bat, let me say—I’m no pumping novice. After three kids (the third baby being breastfed through his first birthday while I was working a full-time job), I’ve been around the electric milk collection machine block. So when … Continue reading

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Week 27: Emotional turmoil

Hormones, or “whoremones” (as my knocked-up friend and I like to call them), have certainly taken their toll on my emotional state. I’m normally a sensitive person, and I can easily get choked up or distraught over things that other … Continue reading

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Beat the heat

Pregnancy isn’t without its fair share of discomforts any time of year, but toting a baby bump during the summer months can be especially problematic. Your higher-than-normal body temperature makes the steamy weather seem even hotter, and let’s be honest, … Continue reading

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Beyond the belly

Holding your baby in your arms for the first time is a moment that words simply cannot describe. But what happens after those initial emotionally charged moments following labor and delivery pass? Read up on the first tasks you should … Continue reading

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Can women really have it all?

New mom Drew Barrymore was recently asked how she does it all, and replied, “I can’t and I don’t.” Celebrity Baby Scoop asked some of our favorite celebrity moms on the concept of having it all. Is it attainable or an illusion? … Continue reading

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Bouncing baby boy

Dear Mother, I hope this letter finds you in good health. I understood that yesterday you were feeling fatigued—as your unkempt hair looked like something out of a Poison music video. But I digress: I’m writing to you today because … Continue reading

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Questions asked by a new father

Why would anyone refer to a pacifier as an “artificial nipple?” When my baby smiles at me, is he smiling because he has a secret? I get the feeling that he knows how to walk and talk, but he just … Continue reading

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Eco-cleaning

If cleanliness is truly next to godliness, parents everywhere are in big trouble. Whether it’s a lack of time and energy or an active tot that has you longing fora visit from the housekeeping fairy, most moms find themselves overwhelmed … Continue reading

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One tiny fighter: The birth of Arthur

When I found out in October of 2012 that I was pregnant, it came as quite a shock to my partner and me. A baby wasn’t something we had planned for, having just got engaged a couple of weeks prior. … Continue reading

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Week 31: Doctor dread

If you are in the “home stretch” of your pregnancy, you know that reaching this final phase brings a wonderful feeling of relief. You also know it brings a bevy of doctor’s appointments, whichare no big deal unless for you, … Continue reading

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Phillips AVENT Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump

When my daughter was born two years ago, I used a mediocre electric pump before discovering the Philips AVENT Comfort Manual Breast Pump, which I loved. Since the Philips AVENT Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump is the electric version of my beloved … Continue reading

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Win It: Charlie Banana $100 gift card + cloth diapers

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Congratulations to our winner: Jessica H. of Marysville, WA! Dying to give cloth diapering a try, but hesitant to take the leap? With six Tango Mango diapers and a $100 gift card to Charlie Banana, … Continue reading

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Through the looking glass

Sometimes you don’t realize what a scrum your daily existence is until you are taken out of your home and asked to perform it on stage, with an audience. That stage for the past couple weeks has been my brother … Continue reading

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Week 26: A Seattle babymoon

Since we married, Arthur and I have made it a goal to travel once a year. We’ve been able to keep up with it three years in. When we found out we’d have a baby by the end of 2013, … Continue reading

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Juju Roo water carrier

When we bought our house three years ago, little did we know that I would be expecting our first child two weeks after we moved in. I spent that first summer pregnant, lazily floating in our neighborhood swimming pool appreciating … Continue reading

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“Don’t go in the water.”

My 7-week-old snuck downstairs to watch TV. There can be no other explanation. One night after my husband and I passed out from the exhaustion of rocking, yoga ball bouncing, and rocking (our baby, not each other), little E must … Continue reading

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10 stars who became new dads at 50+

Daddy or Grandpa? Some of our favorite male celebrities entered the realm of new fatherhood after turning 50. From Alec Baldwin, to Bruce Willis to Steve Martin, let’s take a look at 10 celebrities who became new dads after turning 50. Alec Baldwin … Continue reading

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The disappointed baby

I was recently tasked with holding my newly awakened screaming child for a minute as my wife prepared to feed him. He had been sleeping comfortably all morning, but he suddenly awoke and found that he was starving. He was … Continue reading

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How do you doula?

Labor and delivery is a lot like free-fall parachuting: You take classes to prepare, you file a detailed plan for the (blessed) event, and then you take the leap. Still, jumping into the hurtling wind with only your significant other … Continue reading

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10 ways pregnancy changes your life

Becoming a first-time expectant mom—of twins, no less—has certainly been an eye-opener for me. The realities of pregnancy have regularly caught me by surprise as my amount of responsibility skyrockets and level of energy plummets. The life I had lived … Continue reading

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Little fish

We started swimming lessons this week, and I have to say, Isaac is a little fish. We’ve taken him to the pool a few times this summer, so I knew he liked the water, and he loves splashing around during … Continue reading

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A big deal: The birth of Adalyn

My story starts at 36 weeks. I called midwife that morning after I had bloody show. She showed up at my house to check me and saw that I was dilated to 3 cm. An hour later, I was dilated … Continue reading

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Baby K’tan Baby Carrier

As a mother of three, I have a lot of experience using different baby carriers, and I have acquired quite a few of them in the past few years. All of the carriers that I own and have used have … Continue reading

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Week 30: One (not) hot mama

Some parts of the country are experiencing record heat waves. Here in Atlanta, we’ve had two weeks of rain and clouds. And this girl couldn’t be happier about it. While lots of my Facebook friends are commiserating about all the … Continue reading

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Win It: Munchkin Swaddle Angel Collection

UPDATE: This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to our winner: Kelsi W. of West Lafayette, IN!You likely know Munchkin for their smart safety products and family-friendly feeding goods, but today we’d like to introduce you to their newest addition: the Swaddle … Continue reading

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Why I love my job

I spend a lot of time griping about parenting. Mostly because by the end of each day, I feel like I’ve just gone another 15 rounds with a two-headed heavyweight with little regard for the below-the-belt rule. And the rematch … Continue reading

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Postbaby plastic surgery: Is it for you?

When the stork delivers your bundle of joy, he often includes a few unwanted bonus gifts: saggy skin, extra padding and a generally unpleasant southward slant. But never fear: You can outwit that tricky bird with a little nip and … Continue reading

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Week 25: Pregnant or disabled?

I’m finally ready to accept that I have a condition—it’s called pregnancy. Much like pregnancy brain, just the act of being pregnant seems to grant women immunity for certain things. So far, I’ve been automatically excused from staying out late, … Continue reading

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The routine

My baby is a machine. He’s like the Terminator. Or like that girl Vicki from Small Wonder, with less creepiness. He eats, he plays, and then he sleeps. No child has ever been programmed this well. Like most babies, this … Continue reading

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Post pardon me

I can’t take it down. It’s been sitting there for months, and I still I can’t do it. Perhaps I need to call in a professional (like my mother) to come in and remove it for me. It’s just that … Continue reading

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First photos: Celebrity babies make their debut

As the world waits for the first images of North West—the newborn daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West—the question remains: to tweet or to make a deal? With rumors swirling that Kim’s momager Kris Jenner will introduce her granddaughter on her new daytime TV show, … Continue reading

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Wanderlust

We rounded up a few of our favorite pieces from the nursery featured in our July issue—pick up a copy of the magazine (on newsstands now!) for the full lineup and lots more loveliness for a tiny adventurer-themed little lady’s … Continue reading

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Bless his little heart: The birth of Asher

Monday, October 1, we called the hospital and they told us to come in at 7:15 p.m. for our scheduled medical inducement. You were originally due on September 24, but there was no sign of you coming! We were anxious … Continue reading

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Naptime breakthrough

More and more often lately, Isaac is taking really good naps. We’re talking 2 to 2.5 hours at a time. I wasn’t sure I’d ever see this day, and I really hope that he keeps it up. This kid has … Continue reading

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Win It: Baby hair care package from Hip Peas

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Congratulations to our winner: Brenda R. of Manassas, VA! Hip Peas is a line of natural baby hair care products created by a mom who was frustrated by not only the limited availability of such … Continue reading

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Week 29: Cry Baby

When you’re pregnant, you know that in less than 40 weeks, there will be a new sweet baby in your arms. A new sweet baby who cries. Frequently. What may come as a surprise, though, is that long before that … Continue reading

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The weaning of life

My wife is done breastfeeding. Let me rephrase: HP is done breastfeeding, ergo, my wife has been relieved of her duties. And as this is our alleged last offspring, this means for good. This has been met with mixed emotions, … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes at a photo shoot: A day in the life of baby

Take a peek at one of our fun photo shoots—a day in the life of baby, appearing in the July 2013 issue!

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Week 24: Slim pickings for the not so slim

Thanks to my growing baby and thus expanding belly, I needed to spice up my wardrobe a bit. I’ve been supplementing my regular clothes with dresses, skirts, and shirts from Target’s maternity department for a while now, but with two … Continue reading

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