Monthly Archives: January 2014

Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle n’ Swing

When we had our firstborn two years ago, my hubby and I created an unwritten house rule for baby’s things (or what I refer typically refer to as “kid clutter”): If it isn’t in use at the moment, it gets … Continue reading

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Week 28: To share the name or not share the name

That is the question.  Whether it is nobler in the heart to suffer the harsh words and unwanted critiques of family members and friends, or to take the risk and share the joy you have for naming the little bundle … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Glowing in Gold at The Grammys

Simply stunning! Mom-to-be Ciara debuted her baby bump at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday (January 26).  The singer, 28, radiated the red carpet in a beaded, gold Pucci gown. It took “all kinds of things … Continue reading

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Sleep like a baby

Pre-mom, the phrase, “Sleep like a baby,” convinced me that babies sleep soundly. ALL. THE. TIME. I mean, where’s the lie in the phrase “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Or “Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.” Or … Continue reading

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Baby’s favorite foods

I recently interviewed my baby about his favorite foods. Over a bottle of juice and some plastic keys, we discussed his unique and complex palatet; his likes and dislikes, his ideal meal, and whether he is buying into the whole … Continue reading

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Week 30: Shower, sprinkle, or skip?

I found out this week that my poor mom has been feeling tortured. She’s torn between wanting to throw me a baby shower and wondering if it’s appropriate to do so since this is my second child. When I found … Continue reading

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So blessed: The birth of Maeve Elise

One Friday night in October, I went to bed early feeling exhausted from not sleeping well the prior night. Perhaps my body knew what was ahead and that I would need my rest. I just finished a session of my … Continue reading

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My sanity saver

Parenting brings anxiety, and I would think it takes shape in different forms as the child ages. At the newborn and infant stage, it looks like, “Is my child healthy? Is he on track for his milestones? Will SIDS strike?” … Continue reading

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MOBY Wrap MLB Edition

As a huge Chicago Cubs fan, I’m happy to report I’m also a major fan of the MLB Edition MOBY Wrap, which I recently had the chance to try with my 3-month-old daughter. When I first took the MOBY wrap … Continue reading

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Win it: Squatty Potty Better Bathroom Bundle

Painful bowel movements during and postpregnancy are not the most comfortable topic in the world to discuss, but they are quite common. That’s why a Squatty Potty is such a smart device to keep in your bathroom.   This ergonomic … Continue reading

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Snow White

A light, girly and oh-so-pretty space to brighten up a dreary winter. Snow White by pnmag  print / chandelier / crib / vase / mobile / dresser / rabbit lamp / rug / glider

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Burley Solo Bike Trailer

We were really excited the day our new Solo Bike Trailer arrived from Burley. Because the frame is aluminum, the box was fairly light; however, because it was a large, I needed my husband’s help to move it without nicking … Continue reading

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Week 27: What not to say to a pregnant lady

“Is this your first child?” I know it’s a harmless question. I have even asked it of other pretty pregnant moms in the past. But now, as a mom expecting again after a loss when asked this question I get … Continue reading

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Fear of heights

Oliver began standing up this past week. He absolutely loves standing up on his own. Unfortunately, he has not yet figured out how to sit down. He props himself up, looks around, and then begins to squirm. If neither of … Continue reading

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Baby brain

Before I became a preggo, I remember hearing people talk about it. They explained “baby brain” to me as a forgetful affliction that only affected mommies and mommies-to-be. At the time, being a mom of only furry, big nosed kids … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Star parents at the SAG Awards

It was another big night out for some of our favorite celebrity parents. From Hollywood couple Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves, to new moms Morena Baccarin and Anna Chlumsky, to A-listers like Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Garner, high-profile parents hit … Continue reading

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Win it: Winter skincare solutions

Harsh winter weather can really wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Drinking a lot of water is one solution, but moms might still experience dehydration from nursing and other activities. Luckily, there are a number of beauty products that … Continue reading

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Week 29: Hospital tour

I had the opportunity to tour the hospital in which I’ll be giving birth in just a few months. For anyone who is given the chance to do the same, I highly recommend it. Not only will you be able … Continue reading

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Au naturale: The birth of Jack Bennett

The story of our first born’s birth is one that I will never forget. We were so excited to meet this baby we had so anxiously been waiting for. We opted not to find out what gender we were having—so … Continue reading

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Choosing my choice

Prior to Rowan’s arrival, my game plan was to take a 12-week maternity leave and go back to work part-time in January. My job allowed me to work from home, so Arthur and I (mistakenly) thought I could do it … Continue reading

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Earthy Bliss Kenzie Ring Sling

After using a few different kinds of carriers with my firstborn, I was eagerly agreed to try another kind of carrier with my second born. My 3-month-old and I were offered the chance to test an Earthy Bliss Kenzie Ring … Continue reading

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Week 26: Bonding with baby

“Around other pregnant people I felt, ‘Well I’m not really pregnant the way you are.  I’m sort of pregnant. I might be having a baby.’ ” Is a quote I read by a fellow loss mom reflecting on her past … Continue reading

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Deuter Kid Comfort Air

Living in Colorado, a backpack carrier for our kiddo is a must. We knew we wanted something easy to transport to the mountains for an afternoon jaunt, but it also needed to be sturdy and comfortable enough for long hikes … Continue reading

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Well, poop

The books I read (okay, book) never really mentioned it. Now I know why. You see, once you have the baby, there’s no turning back. We mothers are already totally in love, and suddenly the grossest of things no longer … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Maternity style at the Golden Globes

Baby bumps radiate the red carpet! Four of our favorite moms-to-be were in attendance at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday (January 12th). In some of the most glamorous maternity fashions of the year, Kerry … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Q&A with Shameless star Shanola Hampton

Shameless actress Shanola Hampton is returning to the Showtime drama when it premieres on January 12. She’s also expecting her first child with husband Daren Dukes and is due on January 23rd. Shanola – who plays Veronica Fischer alongside Emmy … Continue reading

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Nursing strike

This past week, my son began to eat less. Much less. If you have seen my son, you understand that this is a dramatic change in behavior. For as long as I have known the little monster, he loves to … Continue reading

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Petunia Pickle Bottom City Carryall

The Petunia Pickle Bottom City Carryall is the perfect bag for a new mom like myself who loves to keep everything organized and be prepared for anything that comes up throughout the day. It’s very functional. It has many organizational … Continue reading

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Win it: Ingenuity Baby Base

The folks at Ingenuity by Bright Starts make products that parents love for both their functionality and stylish design. Take a look at the new Baby Base Booster Seat, for example. It has a soft, foam insert that can be … Continue reading

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A change of plans: The birth of Brooks

I woke up on Saturday, March 10th, at 6 a.m. with a different kind of contraction than I had been experiencing. This was a pain in my lower back that took my breath away every ten minutes. There was no … Continue reading

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Sleep regression

I’ve heard a rumor. At least, I hope it’s a rumor. Because if not, then I’m in for a lot less sleep than I’ve grown accustomed to getting. Which, frankly, was a whole lot more than I prepared myself for. … Continue reading

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Week 25: Trust

It took me 30 years to come to terms with my body.  To accept all of her beautiful flaws and revel in her extraordinary womanly wonders, such as being able to create, support, and maintain life, not just my own … Continue reading

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Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double

The Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double is an excellent double jogging stroller that is also great as a primary stroller when expecting rough terrain, such as trips to the park or the zoo. Although a little wider than some other … Continue reading

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Holiday memories

Well, we made it through the holidays! We flew cross country together, braved below-freezing temperatures together, and opened presents together—twice (once at my family’s house and once with my husband’s family). It was our Little One’s first Christmas, and we … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Gwen’s pampered pregnancy

Gwen Stefani went to another acupuncture appointment in Los Angeles, Calif. on Monday (January 6). Last month she also indulged in the de-stressing treatment. The day before the pregnant singer, Gavin Rossdale and their boys Kingston, 7, and Zuma, 5, spent their last day at Mammoth Mountain. … Continue reading

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Getting attached

It is no secret that my baby is friendly, as I have shared about this matter quite often here on this site. Oliver waves at strangers, smiles at all our neighbors, and even laughs at terrible jokes out of pity. … Continue reading

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Motherhood resolutions

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Why wait for a fresh calendar to begin working on things you can accomplish today? It also feels like setting myself up for failure by jumping on the bandwagon just because of a … Continue reading

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Week 27: Planning

When it comes to planning for our babies, I feel like there are many services out there available to help us. I’ve been given the names and phone numbers of not one, but three lactation counselors by friends who have … Continue reading

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Sweet relief: the birth of Luke Rosario

Since trying to conceive, I read every book, magazine, and blog to prepare myself for being happy pregnant and delivering a healthy baby. I exercised and ate clean, all while closely monitoring my Lupus to ensure my baby had the … Continue reading

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Win it: My Chickadee Designs

Is your oldest love ready to be a big sibling? Kids love to be just like you, and with a Mini Carrier from My Chickadee Designs, they can carry their baby doll or stuffed animal on their back—just like mom! … Continue reading

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TWELVElittle Companion Backpack

I love the freedom a backpack diaper bag offers (two free arms!), so I jumped at the chance to try out the TWELVElittle Companion Backpack. It’s a very stylish bag. The color is vibrant, and the material is very fashionable … Continue reading

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Life is precious

I work in hospice. This statement has never been written in either of my blog columns. I checked. I actually just conducted a Google search to confirm it. The omission is likely due to the fact that I write about … Continue reading

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Week 24: Holding space

Sometimes I fear that others will overlook my grief now that I am pregnant again. That the birth of a new child will somehow make people forget about my first daughter.  I worry that sometimes, I do this too.  I … Continue reading

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Baby’s first tooth

To My Baby’s First Tooth, Greetings. I’d like to take this opportunity to formally introduce myself. I am your mother. Well, not so much your mother as I am mother to the mouth in which you are now making an … Continue reading

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Handle with care

Until my 28th week of pregnancy, I had been the ideal prenatal patient: appropriate weight gain, moderate exercise, healthy eating habits, and normal test results. But during my routine checkup that first week of my last trimester, my doctor discovered … Continue reading

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Young scholar: Saving for college

It’s never too early to start saving for college, so do some research and determine which options are best for you. For example, a 529 savings plan allows your investment to grow tax-deferred, and distributions to your child’s college costs … Continue reading

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Hey, little spender

It starts before baby is even born. Your new addition has you in a buying frenzy as you stock up on everything from nursery furniture to diapers to tiny baby clothes—and the costs keep adding up. By the time a … Continue reading

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Book Club: Hands Free Mama

Pregnancy & Newborn’s Book Club is starting the New Year with a new perspective, thanks to one mama’s wake up call. A few years ago, Rachel Macy Stafford was like a lot of mothers; her planner was packed and her … Continue reading

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January 2014 Free Stuff

We have more than $2,300 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our January issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes January 31st, 2014. … Continue reading

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Home stretch

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