Monthly Archives: August 2013

The reaction

This is not going to be easy to write, because I usually try to focus on cheap laughs and oddball analogies. But I’m struggling to do that here and now, largely because I feel like a failure of a father. … Continue reading

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Nuna PEPP

Stroller shopping can be a bit intimidating and a lot like car buying—comfort, affordability, ability to maneuver and safety are main concerns. Choices seem to be endless. The Nuna PEPP is a refreshing single-passenger find as it is simple, sleek, … Continue reading

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Week 32: Weight worries

It’s finally happened – my engagement and wedding rings don’t fit as loosely on my ring finger. I thought I’d gotten away without this sign of my body’s engorgement, but alas, the heat of August and my pregnancy-related swelling finally … Continue reading

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Let’s hang on to what we’ve got

A few of our favorite pieces from the sustainable nursery featured in our August issue. Let’s hang on to what we’ve got by pnmag 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

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The kid has hands

My kid has hands. I first spotted them during my 12-week ultrasound, mainly because they were at the end of his arms. “Look! Our kid has hands!” I showed my husband on the black and white monitor. I remember it … Continue reading

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Dad turning 30

Over a year ago, on my 29th birthday, I sat with a close friend and generated a joint 30 by 30 list. For those of my readers who are unfamiliar with the concept, this is a written list of experiences that … Continue reading

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Celebrity grandparents: the joys of generations

Let’s hear it for Grandma and Grandpa! In celebration of National Grandparent’s Day on September 8, we’re taking a look at five famous grandparents and their joys of watching the generations grow. Garth Brooks: Country crooner Garth Brooks recently entered the grandparents … Continue reading

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With this ring

A little over three years ago, when Tom asked me to marry him and slipped my lovely engagement ring on my finger, I imagined I would never ever ever ever (you get the idea) take it off. A few months … Continue reading

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Win It: Novela Organic

UPDATE – this contest has now closed.  Congratulations to Doan B. of Mclain, MS – your prize will be with you soon! As the mercury falls (and soon the leaves will too!) you’ll want to make sure your wee one … Continue reading

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Issac’s day out

Wednesday, Isaac turned 10 months old, and had his first day of Kid’s Day Out. Of course, I had to take his first day of school picture! I can’t get over what a big boy he’s becoming. He is so … Continue reading

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Just our family of three: The birth of Olive Kate

Dear Olive Kate, I can’t believe that it’s already been 8 weeks since you were born.  We are so lucky to be your parents; what did we do before you joined our family? Here is your birth story: We had an … Continue reading

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Peg Perego Viaggio HBB 120

What do you do when you’re on an extended road trip with an exhausted, squirmy and tearful 4-year-old that just can’t get comfortable enough to sleep in her car seat? In the short term, you can grit your teeth, get … Continue reading

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General Tso’s Pregnancy Test

There we were, on one big happy family adventure, piled in the Corrolla, cruising around our new neighborhood. “Exploring” we like to call it; sounds much more invigorating than killing-an-hour-before-dinner/bath/bedtime routine. And my wife comes out with this: “Mmm, Chinese … Continue reading

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Get to know: The founder of Kiinde

What happens when an engineer who studied at MIT becomes a father to two girls? In the case of Kailas Narendran and his business partner (another MIT engineer), it meant developing a revolutionary breast milk storage system and starting their … Continue reading

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Week 31: Great Expectations

As noted before, I’ve been more laid back this pregnancy than anyone really expected of me, myself included! Sure, I’m a little high-strung about the registry and nursery – I’m afraid Roo will come early, and nothing will be ready … Continue reading

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Baby Trend Inertia

Being pregnant with my second child, I was excited to get my hands on Inertia’s new controlled motion base infant car seat by Baby Trend. Having had my first child more than three years ago, I was interested to see … Continue reading

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Daycare fame

This past week, Oliver completed his first full day of daycare. We had been fortunate enough to keep him at home with his mother for the first three and a half months, due to my wife’s teaching schedule. In the … Continue reading

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Natalie Grant opens up about postpartum depression

Christian rocker Natalie Grant has sure been having a busy summer! The mom-of-three is getting ready to release a new album in October called Hurricane, which tells the story of how she “found the light” after dealing with postpartum depression. Natalie opens up to Celebrity … Continue reading

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Sway it with Me

If you and I are in the midst of exchanging “Hello, I’ve just met you” pleasantries, your first impression of me might be that I am a performer on a cruise ship. This is not because of the large Vegas … Continue reading

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Win it: Three Bird Nest

This giveaway has now ended.  Congratulations to our winners Larissa of Lexington, KY and Christine of Brockton, MA. The countdown to September and all of the autumnal foliage that comes with it has begun. This week we’re helping your wardrobe … Continue reading

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Babyspace: Calypso Belle’s nursery

Pregnancy & Newborn’s peek into fabulous baby rooms across the country. ________________________________________________________________ Cinda Boomershine is the brains behind the popular cinda b brand, a line of casual-chic handbags, travel bags and accessories made right here in the USA. Today, she takes us on … Continue reading

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Separation Anxiety

A few weeks back, I had a case of the crazies. I was irritable, overwhelmed, and in dire need of some “me” time. I felt behind on everything. The house was a mess, my business was suffering, and I was … Continue reading

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The First Years True Fit SI

One of the most crucial decisions you will make for your baby is which car seat to use. If you spend as much time in the car as I do, it is important not only that your child is safe, … Continue reading

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Au naturale: The birth of Noah Kai

Pregnancy brought out my latent Northern California hippie tendencies.  I have spent my adult life attempting to free myself from a childhood that was awash in pot smoke, unshaven women and drumming circles, but it turns out that you can … Continue reading

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Sleep Bargaining

Fade In:  INT—HOUSE BEDROOM—DAWN Two children’s voices, separate, yet equally annoying, can be heard mumbling, talking, laughing offscreen. It then turns to crying, then screaming, then fever pitch as the paned glass windows start asking for their last rites. Pan … Continue reading

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Babyspace: Evie’s Nursery

P&N’s Nursery Tour: A peek into fabulous baby rooms across the country. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Franchesca Cox is the talented artist and blogger behind Small Bird Studios, as well as the mom to baby Evie in Houston, Texas.  What was your vision … Continue reading

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Week 30: The breast start

Beyond reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting, I hadn’t done too much research into labor, delivery, or parenting. When I was reading about getting pregnant, I learned that too much information could cause more anxiety than provide reassurance – … Continue reading

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Maxi-Cosi Prezi

The world of moms is abuzz with the new Maxi-Cosi Prezi car seat—and for good reason. Maxi-Cosi’s latest and greatest product hit the market last fall, and you know it’s in vogue when stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus are … Continue reading

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Enjoy it

Over the last two months, this particular phrase has been casually bandied* about like someone absent-mindedly reminding me to appreciate my chocolate cake from Claim Jumper. (Like I need a reminder to do that!) Strangers that see me with my … Continue reading

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15 Bikini bumps: Who bared their bellies at the beach?

Bumpin’ and beautiful! Proud of their pregnancy curves, celebrities love to bare their bumps in bikinis. Check out our gallery of high profile moms-to-be – including Megan Fox, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson and Bethenny Frankel – in two-piece swimsuits. Read below and see some of our … Continue reading

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Why My Child Must Share My Interests

This past week, I introduced my young Oliver to one of my favorite songs. Judge me all you want, internet friends, but babies love rhythm, and few songs move like Michael Jackson’s Thriller. As we listened, I found myself nervous and … Continue reading

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Sleep Training

For the last few weeks we’ve been really struggling with sleep. Isaac has gotten to the point that he only wants to sleep while being held. He will fall asleep drinking his bottle and being rocked, then the second you … Continue reading

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Win It: Monkey Mat

UPDATE :  This contest is closed.  Congratulations to Vanessa Dahlburg of Parker, CO, Alexis Sarboukh of Forked River, NJ, and Francine Cohen of Great Neck, NY! This week, we’re giving away three Monkey Mats to a few lucky winners! What’s … Continue reading

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Super dad: The birth of Ethan

I spent months preparing for the arrival of my little sunshine, reading articles and stories about childbirth. With each story, I became more uncertain of what my own experience would be.  The entire week before I delivered (I was one … Continue reading

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BOB B-SAFE

I didn’t think installing a car seat would be child’s play, but I certainly hoped it would be. As new parents-to-be and first-time car seat installers, my husband and I need all the breaks we can get. The Britax BOB … Continue reading

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Butt Doughnuts

So I debated this week about what to talk about—the big family vacay (we survived), the fact that we’re still homeless, or the way HP is taking to walking the way crows take to lilting. And I came up with … Continue reading

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Baby Jogger City Select Stroller with Second Seat

As a mother of four children under the age of six, I have tried many double strollers. I had all but given up hope of finding one that suited my needs or didn’t have more positive than negative features. The … Continue reading

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Bright Starts Playtime to Bedtime Sleeper

Having been around the new-mom block once before, I know that any product that promises to help your baby get better rest might just become your new best friend once the little bundle arrives. So I was more than a … Continue reading

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Week 29: Hello, third trimester!

So, I’m in my third trimester already. That came up out of nowhere. What’s worse is that my friend had to point it out to me. I’m always a stickler for monitoring time, but somehow, this pregnancy has made me … Continue reading

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Take baby pictures like a pro

Now that your dumpling has made an appearance, you’ll no doubt want to capture every sweet first. Chuck Gloman, chair and associate professor of the TV/film department at DeSales University, takes you through one of his photo shoots offering advice … Continue reading

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10 star moms-to-be: pregnant in heels

With swollen feet, extra weight and achy body parts, it’s rare to see pregnant women wearing heels. But some of our favorite high profile moms-to-be could not give up this wardrobe staple throughout their pregnancies. From Kim Kardashian to Kate Middleton to Jessica Alba, let’s … Continue reading

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The yeast of our worries

I’m obsessed with clean nipples—bottle nipples, not my own. Although, if it helped, I would stick my own nipples into the sterilizer—I think they are numb enough now that they might not notice their boiling hot steam cleaning. Yet, even … Continue reading

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Family Portraits

This past Saturday, my wife informed me that we were scheduled to take family pictures at the local mall. Neither Santa Clause nor the Easter Bunny would be involved.  The first revelation was surprising, and the second was expected but … Continue reading

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Third trimester terror: The birth of Gabriella

The final days of my pregnancy were not filled with joy and excitement as one would expect; they weren’t even filled with the typical anxiety and fear that comes with the thought of labor.  I should have been worried about … Continue reading

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Week 33: Not guilty

Mom guilt. It’s a unique form of mental self-flagellation that you’re guaranteed to get as soon as “mother” becomes your moniker. Being the mom of an almost-two-year-old, I am well-acquainted with the shame game. If I don’t feed Jacob enough … Continue reading

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Graco Head Wise 70

When I purchased my infant car seat/carrier, I thought I’d be able to use it for at least a year. So I was shocked when my daughter started to outgrow it at around 7 months. She likes to hangout at … Continue reading

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Win it: Lansinoh breastfeeding gift package

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Congratulations to our winner: Victoria G. of McPherson, KS! August has arrived … and so has the start of national breastfeeding month! To honor the occasion, we’re giving away one lavish gift package from Lansinoh this … Continue reading

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Book Club: BirthCONTROL: A Husband’s Honest Account of Pregnancy

This month, Pregnancy & Newborn’s Book Club is reading up on one husband’s hilarious recount of becoming dad. BirthCONTROL, by James Vavasour, is a man’s guide to the joys, anxieties and downright absurdities of pregnancy, but you don’t have to … Continue reading

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He’s obsessed

Isaac has all sorts of toys. Animal toys, balls, books, cars, trucks, toys that make noise, toys that sing songs, rattles, mirrors, and blocks. All kinds of fun things, one would think. But what does he want to play with … Continue reading

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Family Vacation: Part One

As I write this, I am currently on vacation. It’s not exactly white sand between the toes and coconut breezes. Nor is it alpine morning mists and Douglas fir shadows. Not quite. It’s more like the weird feeling you get … Continue reading

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