Monthly Archives: December 2013

Strangers

My son is now eight months old, and has many talents. He can crawl, hold his bottle, offer a high-five to his friends, say “mama,” and tolerate weird strangers. Though often overlooked, the last of those talents is a big … Continue reading

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Week 26: Happy pregnant New Year!

It seems like only yesterday I was making plans to attend wild New Year’s Eve parties. Wait. Was that just last year? How can that even be possible? The holidays take on a whole new meaning when you are pregnant. … Continue reading

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Right on time: The birth of Ronan Jon

I was feeling quite discouraged as my due date loomed and my latent labor showed no signs of turning into active labor. I spent each day working out, taking a long power walk, sitting on my birth ball, reading while … Continue reading

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Lucky ’13

Saying goodbye to 2012 wasn’t hard for the North family; after suffering a miscarriage and the unexpected loss of our beloved dog Boz, Arthur and I couldn’t wait to see it end. We had to hope better things were on … Continue reading

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Win it: LifeNest Sleep System

Baby needs to rest comfortably and safely on her back, but you don’t want to risk Flat Head Syndrome … Have you heard of the LifeNest Sleep System? It holds baby in a comfortable posture using the simple properties of … Continue reading

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Built Go-Go Diaper Tote

I hate to kick this off with a terrible pun, but I can’t help myself: I’m simply dotty for my new Built Go-Go diaper tote. (Sorry. I promise not to do that again.) Let’s dig right into the details of … Continue reading

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Thank you, good night

Well, that time has finally come; time to pack up the diaper bag and mosey a little further on down that parenting trail, a bit older, hopefully a bit wiser.   My kids are now three and one, and we’re … Continue reading

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Week 23: Focusing on joy

It has been really difficult to embrace joy in pregnancy No. 2 after the loss of my first child to stillbirth.  Things that once brought delight and pleasure in my last pregnancy now seem dulled by the trauma from the … Continue reading

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Taggies Safari Explorer Deluxe Door Jumper

Though he’s not actually on “safari,” our son is truly an “explorer” when he uses his Taggies Safari Explorer Deluxe Door Jumper. It’s an interactive, lightweight jumper that has lots of colorful Taggies along the edges in true Taggies fashion. … Continue reading

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Helpful holiday tips

These days, things around my house don’t always get done in a timely fashion. Every couple of weeks I am digging through my underwear drawer pulling out my preggo-sized panties because I’ve forgotten that laundry needs to be done. So, … Continue reading

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Win it: Super Baby Food

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED.   When working out those resolutions to eat healthy in the New Year, don’t forget to think about baby! We all know the first years are crucial for your little … Continue reading

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Spectra S2 Double Electric Breast Pump (with 9)

After using several well-known brands of breast pumps, I’ve found the decision regarding which one is best for you is really dependent on mama’s situation. Are you a stay-at-home mom? How often are you away from home? Do you work … Continue reading

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Expecting the unexpected: The birth of Carver

After many years believing it would be really hard to conceive a child due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), my boyfriend, Guy and I had a surprise on a little stick confirming that I was in fact pregnant. I decided … Continue reading

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Week 25: Focusing on health, not heft

It doesn’t matter what you weigh or whether you’re even slightly underweight before you conceive. There comes a time during your pregnancy when you just feel heavy. I know, that sounds obvious and pretty silly considering the fact that you … Continue reading

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Baby’s first Christmas

Last Christmas, when Arthur and I were still trying to conceive, I had hoped we’d have a baby by the next Yuletide season. I imagined how exciting it would be to pick out and decorate our tree with a baby. … Continue reading

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Full service

INT—DINING ROOM TABLE—DINNER TIME Daddy has just given HP her tray, Bub his plate, and put Mommy and Daddy’s plates on the table. BUB: Daddy, can I have more juice, please? ME: Sure, Bub. Where’s your juice cup? BUB: I … Continue reading

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Week 22: Reassurance

This past week was a rough one for me. I had a lot of digestive issues that led to an upset stomach over the past weekend, and then on Tuesday my stomach issues developed into belly cramps. I called the … Continue reading

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The holiday stain

There were things I told myself I would never do as a mom: 1. Never let my baby sleep in the bed with us. Clearly, this would make him want to sleep in our bed until his senior prom, thus … Continue reading

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Mobility

Oliver finally started crawling. Sort of. Maybe. Possibly. I think so. Depending on who you ask, or how you define crawling, my baby is crawling. He pivots, half-rolls, reaches out, drags a few limbs, and somehow moves his body two … Continue reading

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Comfort & Harmony Cradling Bouncer

When a product can be emulate the soothing surround of a mother’s arms, allowing her signature “bounce” to rest, it becomes a mama’s best friend. As such, the Comfort & Harmony Cradling Bouncer is my new BFF. The bouncer came … Continue reading

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Win it: BabySpa gift set

Why should adults be the only ones pampered at this time of year? If your baby is in need of a luxurious bathtime treat, look no further than BabySpa beauty products. They offer some of the softest, gentlest baby shampoos … Continue reading

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Father’s Day present: The birth of Landon Christopher

It was a Friday and I had just finished work. I was due in a week so I was excited to now have this time to rest, relax, get some last minute stuff for the nursery, and spend my last … Continue reading

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Week 24: A week of headaches, crazy cravings and crying

Hold the phone. I thought the second trimester was supposed to be all roses and magic and glowing skin? Is there something about week 24 that someone forgot to share with me? Namely, that it would be a nightmare week … Continue reading

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Buddy system

A common complaint I read about from stay-at-home moms is that they’re lonely. Sure, there’s the baby (and in some cases, the family pet), but their daily interaction with adults is minimal. I’ve unknowingly prepared to adapt to this aspect … Continue reading

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The fast and the furious

My dad used to read this comic book called Groo the Wanderer, which, to the best of my memory, was kind of a send-up of Conan the Barbarian, wherein the title character was as dumb as a bag of staplers.  … Continue reading

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Baby’s Journey Bath Hammock

I was impressed with the Bath Hammock by Baby’s Journey’s lightweight, portable and overall attractive appearance as soon as I pulled it out of the box. In comparison to other baby tubs on the market, the Bath Hammock is a … Continue reading

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Week 21: Planning for a future that’s not guaranteed.

It is difficult planning for a future with the baby you’re expecting after a loss. The expecting industry, pregnancy magazines (like this one that I am honored to write for and are courageous enough to bring the reality of pregnancy … Continue reading

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Same page parenting

There are more parenting styles out there than there are Reality TV shows on Bravo. Like each stylish Housewife of Wherever, each family has its own particular parenting style that works for them, and each family, mom, dad, and dog … Continue reading

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Seven months and counting

Whenever I tell fellow parents that my child is now 7 months old, I am consistently met with the same response: “Oh, this is when it gets really fun.” These friends will go on to explain that their child finally … Continue reading

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It’s cookie time!

Oh, the holidays—a time for friends, family, and of course, lots of food. Who doesn’t enjoy a sweet treat (or two) with a tall glass of milk by the fire? Here is a round-up of our favorite festive cookie recipes … Continue reading

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Week 23: Talking about tearing

When I paid my monthly visit to the gynecologist this week, I did something out of character and compiled a list of questions for her. For some reason, even though I won’t have to face labor down for another four … Continue reading

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Win it: Mustela Stretch Marks Care Oil

Hoping to prevent or minimize pesky stretch marks? You’ll find that there are a lot of products on the market claiming they can help shrink your stretch. But unfortunately, most of them are full of unnatural ingredients and never seem … Continue reading

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Joovy Spoon

When our daughter turned 6 months, a new era began in our household. She started eating solids and became extremely mobile, crawling and wanting to stand constantly. Gone were the days of low-key playing on her activity mat. Her stationary … Continue reading

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Little Prince: the birth of Noah

It was a chilly Sunday morning and the time change had just sent us falling back an hour. Noah was snug as a bug in my belly and two days past his due date. I was awoken by a tinge … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving dinner for one

I should know better by now than to have expectations for how things should go, especially with a newborn. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so of course I had hopes for how Rowan’s first would go. Not only was it … Continue reading

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The all-nighter

The sun came up finally, woefully, to reveal the crime scene that slightly resembled our bedroom. Sheets and covers everywhere. Clothes lay strewn about like a hamper grenade had detonated in the closet. A crib sheet, half-folded, lay by the … Continue reading

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BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One

As the mom of a 2-year-old and an infant, I have baby items galore tucked away in nearly every corner of my house. Some have never seen the light of day. (Diaper warmer, anyone?) Some I use on a daily … Continue reading

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Week 20: Boy or girl?

“Do you want a boy or girl this time?” I asked my husband about two months into this pregnancy. “I don’t care, as long as it’s healthy,” He replied. Frustrated with his lack of playfulness and a safe response I … Continue reading

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Firsts

From the floor of the kitchen, The Kid sits there smiling like he’s been sitting up on his own for his whole little life. SITTING UP?! I marvel at how it seems like over night his balance has caught up … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Thankful stars

Happy Thanksgiving from Celebrity Baby Scoop! To celebrate the festive season, we asked some of our favorite celebrity parents what they are grateful for. From Holly Madison’s first Thanksgiving with daughter Rainbow and her new husband, to Bethenny Frankel‘s gratitude … Continue reading

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First words

I was recently watching a popular reality TV show, and I heard a middle-aged mom make an interesting observation. She watched as her one-year-old son repeatedly said “dada,” and commented on how he has not yet said “mama.” She acknowledged … Continue reading

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Week 22: Nursery envy

I have nursery envy.  But not for the reasons you may think. Lately, I’ve been using Pinterest like a mom obsessed – pinning everything from chevron orange and gold girl’s rooms to nurseries with floral wall decals (seems so much … Continue reading

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Win it: P.R.K. Products

As a busy new parent, you’ll take any help you can get to get your home organized. Fellow parents understand your plight, which is why the genius team behind P.R.K. Products invented specialty bottle organizers and food jar organizers to … Continue reading

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Lightning Fast: The birth of Olive

Scott and I had talked for a few months about starting a family. We decided we were ready, but we weren’t counting the days or timing things perfectly. If it happened, it happened … and it did happen not long … Continue reading

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Work out woes

At my 6-week postpartum appointment, I got clearance to exercise. This was good and bad news. Good because I could put forth effort towards getting rid of the little deflated tire that has settled around my waist since Rowan’s birth; … Continue reading

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Phat lip

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Winter-proof wellness

Sweet potatoes: Chock-full of vitamin A, sweet potatoes are a natural antiviral because they strengthen the skin’s protective barriers against infection. Garlic: Rich in anti-oxidants, garlic helps combat free radicals that could damage cells and potentially lead to disease. Avoid … Continue reading

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Holiday happiness

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Baby mama drama

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Cause and effect

Walking If a woman is in early labor, walking can help contractions to continue and to be more effective.  Walking in early labor can also decrease the amount of pain she experiences. However, if a mom-to-be is not in labor, … Continue reading

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