Monthly Archives: November 2013

Creating traditions

I had a conversation with my sister-in-law about kids recently. Just sort of a general, quasi-philosophical what-does-it-all-mean kind of thing. She and my brother don’t have, but want kids. But the question on this particular night was why? And are … Continue reading

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BEABA Stockholm Open Bag

When you have a new baby, anything that makes your life easier becomes like a best friend. And, for me, that’s exactly what the BEABA Stockholm Open Bag has been. The first time I ever used the bag was the … Continue reading

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Week 19: Five things to be thankful for during pregnancy

This month, as Thanksgiving approached I had set a personal goal of cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” and to notice each day what I was thankful for, be it my husband or comfy pair of socks. The one thing that … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Brooke Anderson’s Girls’ Night Out

Expectant mama Brooke Anderson enjoyed a girls’ night out and baby celebration on Saturday (November 9) at a friend’s house in Encino, Calif. Hosted by Good Carma Studio, the Entertainment Tonight correspondent had a blast with her closest gal pals just weeks before delivering her … Continue reading

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Cracking the croup

It’s not that I’m a germ-a-phobe. It’s just that I don’t like them crawling all over my baby. Sitting in the tiny bathroom, we both stare at the water pouring out of the shower-head. The Kid stares more out of … Continue reading

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Week 21: I’m too ‘old’ to be a mom, so bring on the tests

Uh oh. According to a Gallup survey, the results of which were released last week, the “ideal” age for women to get pregnant is 25. Since I was pretty much hopping from one horrible Brooklyn apartment to another at that … Continue reading

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Win it: UpSpring Baby Milkscreen Test Strips

Breastfeeding over the holidays is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, you are grateful to be able to celebrate with a glass or two or bubbly, but on the other, you don’t want to drink too much while also … Continue reading

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Help me Help you

When I can remedy my son’s woes, whether it’s a dirty diaper or an empty stomach, I feel a deep sense of accomplishment – more so than I ever felt acing a test or winning a game (this coming from … Continue reading

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Change of plans: The birth of Ariana

This story begins with our family of two adults, a dog and soon-to-be daughter making the move to California from Illinois. I was due August 27, 2013. Our house went under contract on the 4th of July with the closing … Continue reading

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Adelina Madelina Shadow Me Satchel

Welcome to the great baby gear debate. Luckily in my household, my husband pretty much let me do most of the decision-making when it came to researching and buying the many things we brought into our home. However, when it … Continue reading

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Unhappy hour

The forts have all been built, the cups are all stacked. The pictures have all been Crayon-ed, the winks all tiddlied. No, it’s not the start of some third-rate lullaby. It is The Hour. And it is upon us once … Continue reading

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Week 18: Hormones, grief and joy, oh my!

Lately, I have been extremely hormonal. I don’t like it when hormones get blamed for a woman’s slight change of behavior once a month or when a woman, seven months pregnant, cries in the aisle of the grocery store because … Continue reading

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Graco DuetSoothe Swing + Rocker

The Graco DuetSoothe Swing + Rocker has been a great help with our newborn. She is 4 weeks old now, and we have been using it since we got her home from the hospital. It is very calming, with the … Continue reading

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What I’ve learned: Six months

I can’t believe it. Normally, I use that phrase when making more off-handed comments, like acid-washed jeans suddenly make a comeback or Snooki’s novel becomes a New York Times bestseller. Yet today, this phrase has all the weight and meaning … Continue reading

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My extroverted baby

My wife and I have often bragged that Oliver loves everyone. We understand that babies will sometimes develop a subtle guardedness towards others, and we know that this may still come. So far, however, he has an unconditional love for … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Hollywood adoptions

Thanks to A-list couples like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood has put adoption in the spotlight. In celebration of National Adoption Day on November 23, we’re taking a look at 10 high-profile adoptive parents such as Hugh Jackman, Mariska Hargitay and Sandra Bullock. Jillian Michaels: … Continue reading

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Timi and Leslie 2-in-1 Backpack

I love bags. Purses, tote bags, luggage, you name it—but oh, diaper bags. As a new mom, I dreaded this purchase, as it truly was one I thought made me go from trendy professional gal to MOM. The Timi and … Continue reading

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Win it: Diaper Dekor

The holiday season is starting, and if you’re searching for a great gift for a fellow mom pal, we can say with certainty that a Diaper Dekor diaper pail is a fantastic choice. Much more than “just another diaper pail,” … Continue reading

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Week 20: Oh no, the baby in my tummy is kicking A LOT

With the exception of a few areas in life, like work and (sometimes) money, I have a solid Type B personality. I’m also more or less an introvert who finds small talk and overcrowded parties draining. My husband Patrick is … Continue reading

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Fraternal Finn

Before there was Rowan, we had our fur baby Finn. We brought this sweet little cockapoo into our family knowing full well we were hoping to expand it with a baby before long. Even though we picked out a breed … Continue reading

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Not as expected: The birth of Eleanor Rose

Pretty much every day after 37 weeks, I would wake up and wonder if it was going to be the day we would meet our daughter. Then with each passing day, I got more and more nervous, especially as I … Continue reading

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The stutter

“So what do you do, man?” Fairly common question this fine fellow posed to me between squash games. No reason it should cause me such anxiety or even make me think so hard. “Well, I, uh…” But there it was, … Continue reading

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Foxy Vida Chevron Diaper Bag

When I received the Foxy Vida diaper bag in the mail it was love at first sight.  Having a gender neutral (for daddy) diaper bag already, I wanted something fun and girly. The Foxy Vida was right up my alley! … Continue reading

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Week 17 : The Doppler debate

Flub, flub, flub.  Hearing the heartbeat calms my nerves for a few seconds, as the nurse lets the Doppler linger a little longer than what I believe is normal on my small but swollen belly. At 17 weeks I’m at … Continue reading

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Rachel Cashen

Rachel Cashen, a Maryland native, lives with her husband in Baltimore, where she works in marketing communications for a private healthcare system. She and her husband Dan were married in August 2012, and they are thrilled to be expecting their first baby … Continue reading

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Infant’s mother seeking father time

I’m a non-gym-membership-having mother of one who appreciates long walks on the beach (provided I don’t have to walk too far), candle-lit dinners that I can nap through, and reruns of Friends while using my breast pump. You might mistake … Continue reading

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Daycare

My wife and I both work, and we have thus become dependent upon childcare during our weekdays. Throughout the pregnancy, we always knew that this was coming. My wife researched local daycare providers, found one worthy of an interview, and … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Q and A with new mom Holly Madison

New mom Holly Madison is helping women reach their weight loss goals with the Holly Madison Diet. The former Girls Next Door star, 33, has teamed up with eDiets to create a custom diet plan and app for women who want to take control, eat … Continue reading

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The business of breastfeeding

I feel like a boob (and not just because I’m pretty sure that’s all Rowan sees when he looks at me). Breastfeeding is serious business, and I don’t think I fully realized how much of a toll it can take … Continue reading

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Ju-Ju-Be Be Prepared

With my Be Prepared Diaper Bag from Ju-Ju-Be, I feel like we are truly living that old Scouting motto to be prepared for anything. Not only is it stylish, but this bag also carries everything we need, keeps it organized, … Continue reading

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Win it: Naked LalaLounger

Always feel like you have your hands tied with your little one? Try setting them in a LaLaLounger, a smartly designed floor cushion that provides ultimate comfort for baby to play, lounge, and enjoy some tummy time on.   Parents … Continue reading

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A cherubic boy: The birth of Silas

I was 40 weeks and 6 days pregnant when I went into the hospital to be induced. I did not want to be induced, and when I thought about the birth of my baby, induction was never in the picture. … Continue reading

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Job description

I came downstairs the other morning and had a couple of minutes to interact with my wife before she went to work. This is how we chose to spend them: ME: Where’s the coffee pot? WIFE: Probably still in the … Continue reading

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Week 16 – The anxiety during pregnancy after loss

“How are you feeling today?” The nurse asked me this past Wednesday, as she closed the door to the tiny exam room for my 16 week checkup.  Those words apparently were all I needed to hear to release the pent … Continue reading

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Mobi Technologies DXR Touch Baby Monitoring System

Mobi Technologies’ DXR Touch Baby Monitoring System allows us to hear and see our son in his crib during naps and at night. The monitor has a clear, color picture and excellent sound quality. The touchscreen works well. The icons … Continue reading

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First Halloween

Before I started writing this post, my wife reminded me that I had already dedicated TWO posts to my child’s Halloween costumes. If this was a subtle way of saying “you should not write about costumes,” I completely missed it … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Best Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween from Celebrity Baby Scoop! What better way to celebrate the spook-tacular holiday than by looking at our favorite celebrity kids in their boo-tiful costumes! From Neil Patrick Harris‘ festive family-of-four, to Alyson Hannigan‘s colorful crew, to Tori Spelling‘s foodie-themed fun, let’s take … Continue reading

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My Grinch heart

I feel like the Grinch. Not because our protruding bellies match or because I’ve stolen a lot of little kids’ Christmas presents. Nope. It’s because of his heart. Without fail, at the end of that cartoon a cute dog wears … Continue reading

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Third time’s a charm: The birth of Gemma Bird

I have had three completely different birth experiences. I had Julian in the hospital two weeks early when I was twenty-one. I had an epidural after twenty hours of labor, out of fear, when I heard the lady giving birth … Continue reading

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Parental features

Now that Rowan’s here, our family and friends are quick to identify who he takes after in the looks department. I have to confess that I was eager to see what he’d look like after our experience with the 3D … Continue reading

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Pink Lining Wanderlust Rucksack

I’m a fan of bags of all kinds, so I consider my diaper bags a fashion accessory. Right now, I have a major crush on my Pink Lining Wanderlust Rucksack changing bag. The exterior has a lovely cream bow print … Continue reading

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Win it: Nine Naturals Products

UPDATE: This contest is closed.  Are you fed up with all of the beauty products out there that are currently off-limits because you are pregnant? We have a solution! Nine Naturals shampoos, conditioners, and lotions are completely pregnancy-safe, but still … Continue reading

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Take care of me

Does this sound familiar? WIFE: Uhhhh…baby, I don’t feel good. ME: (backing away slowly) What’s wrong? WIFE: I have a sore throat. I’m getting sick, I can feel it. Can you take care of me? ME: (covering mouth and nose … Continue reading

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Rash decisions

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Hang it up

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Count your blessings

Weight You can bet that if you’re eating for more, you’ll gain extra pounds—between 10 and 25 more than a singleton pregnancy. Nutrition  Whether you up your calories or opt for supplements, carrying two-plus little ones calls for higher levels … Continue reading

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Rub it in

Relaxation Rx Prebaby rubdowns are rooted in Swedish massage techniques that boost circulation, relax tense muscles and reduce swelling—just what moms-to-be need. Game plan Browse the American Massage Therapy Association’s online database (amtamassage.org) to find a certified practitioner near you. … Continue reading

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Goodness gracious

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If walls could talk

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True colors

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