Monthly Archives: February 2014

Week 17: Baby brother or sister?

“So you’re finding out what you’re having today, right?” The ultrasound tech asked as she booted up the computer. I settled myself on the chair and smiled. “We are, but my husband couldn’t make this appointment. So I brought an … Continue reading

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Room for two

Primary colors paired with neutrals make your boy/girl nursery twice as nice. Room for Two by pnmag  print / lamp / dresser / shelving unit / clock / storage basket / glider / pillow / rug / wall hook / … Continue reading

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Cool tricks

It would be easy for a stranger to assert that I had a child merely for my own amusement. This person would be wildly incorrect, and pretty brash, but it would be easy to say. I really enjoy watching my … Continue reading

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Chicco Activ3

Chicco’s Activ3 Jogging Stroller is perfect for active families who spend a lot of time outdoors. It can grow with your child from infancy to age 5! We loved using the Activ3 to walk with our newborn son in his … Continue reading

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Nine months: What I didn’t know

I say it every time. Each time we reach the beginning of a new phase in my little one’s life, I am overjoyed, amazed, and closer to a full night’s sleep (in 12 years). But really, the phrase that turns … Continue reading

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Week 32: The courage to celebrate

I have mentioned before that getting excited about this pregnancy is very difficult due to the loss of my last pregnancy.  Every day that we move closer to the date of delivery I actually get more scared than excited. I … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Anna Trebunskaya’s must-have list for a happy and healthy pregnancy

By: CelebrityBabyScoop When Anna Trebunskaya, the fierce, redheaded, professional dancer from Dancing with the Stars, was awaiting the arrival of her daughter, Amalya Millan, she relied on a few key things to keep her in fighting shape. Reality competitions are … Continue reading

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One more already?

We were hardly home from the hospital—our family barely expanded from two people to three—before Arthur and I were asked if we planned on having another baby. Call me crazy, but I wanted to take the time to enjoy my … Continue reading

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Win it: Ah Goo Baby

As a new mom, you’re going to be changing a lot of dirty diapers. Luckily, there’s a way to make those changes a bit easier on both yourself and baby. The solution is in the pad, folks. That’s according to … Continue reading

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True love: The birth of Adelaide

I have been debating whether or not I wanted to share Adelaide’s birth story.  It’s private and intimate.  It’s a love story.  It’s a story between a husband, a wife and their perfect daughter.  It’s ours. Ultimately I decided to … Continue reading

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Beco Soleil

The first time I put my son in the Beco Soleil carrier, he smiled. And so did I, for more reasons than just that. In fact, I don’t think there are enough superlatives in the English dictionary to properly convey … Continue reading

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Week 16: Belly changing invasion

When I was around 8 weeks pregnant, I remember cooking breakfast in the kitchen with the top button of my blue jeans undone. The bloated baby “bump” I read so much about had finally reared its … well … bump. … Continue reading

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New understanding

I once promised some of my friends that I would never be “that dad”. While I was sure of what that meant at the time, I am not so sure anymore. I promised myself and others that I would not … Continue reading

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Chicco Coda

We recently welcomed our second child (and first son) into our family, and although we’re so glad he’s here, my husband and I have found he’s made our household quite busy. Our oldest is 3 and still requires quite a … Continue reading

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Bring on the macaroni necklace

There are things I know I’ll love even before I’ve tried them. Things like: white chocolate cheesecake, swimming in the waters of Fiji, or white chocolate cheesecake. There are things I know I won’t love even before I’ve tried them. … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Simon Cowell Introduces Newborn Son

Meet Eric Cowell. Music mogul Simon Cowell introduced his newborn son with girlfriend Lauren Silverman in a series of snapshots via Twitter Sunday. “Mum, Dad and Eric. Now two days old,” The X Factor judge, 54, captioned the above black and white snapshot of the new family-of-three. “…. now … Continue reading

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Week 31: High risk

“I’m sorry that I’m such a complicated case,” I half teased my doctor as she directed me to lay down on the exam table to measure my stomach.  We listened to the baby’s heartbeat at the clinic, where I came … Continue reading

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OXO Tot Seedling Highchair

When my husband and I set out to find the perfect highchair, our primary concern was finding something modern and sturdy that would survive many years of food-flinging abuse—and for me, I didn’t want something that would simply survive, I … Continue reading

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Win it: Ingenuity sleeper

If you’re constantly looking for creative ways to lull your little one into dreamland each night, you aren’t alone. Luckily, the folks at Ingenuity have a smart solution for sleep-deprived mamas. They call it the Moonlight Rocking Sleeper in Lullaby Lamb, … Continue reading

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My greatest accomplishment: The birth of Patryk

I spent the last 10 weeks of my pregnancy on bed rest due to preterm contractions, and was growing increasingly restless.  I was ready to meet my son, yet knew that it would be best if he cooked a little … Continue reading

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Me time

The new man in my life leaves me with very little time for the one before him—his papa. In fact, I have very little time for myself outside of Rowan. When he’s finally tucked soundly away in his crib at … Continue reading

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Week 15: The sweetest thing

When my husband and I were in those early months of dating, I would often daydream about our future children. He and I would discuss names, talk about how we couldn’t wait to grow our family and imagine if a … Continue reading

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Samantha Darby Sollenberger

Samantha Darby Sollenberger is a freelance writer living in a real-life Mayberry town in Georgia. Married to her husband, David, she is also a stepmama to two incredible children, Chloe and Trey. (Yes, before you ask, Samantha does get along … Continue reading

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Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller

As a first-time mom, I wasn’t quite sure where to begin when it came to choosing a stroller, and as a result, I have ended up with multiple. After reviewing the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller, however, I can … Continue reading

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Yodeling magic

When I was a kid, before there was Barney, The Wiggles, and Bruno Mars, there was Julie Andrews. This is why I decided to play some classic Mary Poppins tuneage for my 8-month-old—but he was none too impressed. There was … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Gwen Stefani’s Top 10 Maternity Looks

Gwen Stefani’s Top 10 Maternity Looks By: Celebrity Baby Scoop It’s not often that we choose one celebrity to showcase their maternity style. But when it comes to Gwen Stefani, it’s a no-brainer. From chic tunics and leggings, to statement jackets and … Continue reading

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Week 30: Birth planning

To me the idea of birth planning is an oxymoron.  To be honest, we didn’t have any plan going into baby No. 1’s birth and that was probably a good thing, considering her birth did not turn out to be … Continue reading

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Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 Highchair

When I began feeding my daughter solid food, she was roughly four and a half months old. At that time, I really enjoyed using a Bumbo seat for her mealtimes, as opposed to putting her in a highchair. I felt … Continue reading

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Week 32: Moment of truth

Week 32 is a special one. Your gynecologist will likely schedule you to visit a lab for an in-depth ultrasound somewhere between weeks 31 and 33. It’s a scary and amazing time because, if all checks out well, this could … Continue reading

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Win it: Joiful Maternity

This contest is now closed – the winners are Somdad V., CA and Cindy M., NY – congratulations!   Let’s be honest, maternity clothes often are a bit … frumpy. But luckily, companies like Joiful Maternity make beautiful outfits that … Continue reading

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Mommy wars

Any girl who survived middle school and high school knows how mean other girls can be. Which is why it doesn’t surprise me to hear about something known as “Mommy Wars,” in which mothers compare other moms’ parenting choices amongst … Continue reading

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A light in the dark: The birth of Eleanor

The birth of my daughter, Eleanor, was nothing like I expected or planned. With my first labor I had the standard fears and anxieties about how my labor would progress and the pain I would experience. For my second, the … Continue reading

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Week 29: Positive affirmations for pregnancy

Lately my anxiety has been coming back again in full force.  It seems like the closer we get towards delivery day the more worried I get.  This past week I was super on edge and wound up.  I started experiencing … Continue reading

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Boba 4G

A baby carrier. I never in a million years thought I’d be the lady in the store wearing my baby–that’s exactly why I have the best stroller and a great carseat and a cute shopping cart cover. But lo and … Continue reading

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Allergies already

Oliver has my dad’s eyes, my father-in-law’s nose, my wife’s cheeks, and my allergies. Over the past few months, my wife and I have noticed that Oliver’s face breaks out randomly throughout the day. Our doctor asked that we send … Continue reading

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Diaper changing at 32,000 feet

Once you get the hang of it, changing a diaper can be a fast, fun, and easy process! All you need to enjoy this undertaking is a diaper, some wipes, and a baby. And viola! With some practice you too … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Rosie Pope celebrates baby shower

Soon-to-be mom-of-four Rosie Pope kicked up her famous heels and enjoyed a baby shower thrown by Belly Bandit and Hot Moms Club at the trendy new restaurant Herringbone at Mondrian Los Angeles, Calif.“I’m mum’s the word,” the Pregnant in Heels star, 34, … Continue reading

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Instant love: The birth of Camden

I went into preterm labor at 32 weeks and had been on bed rest for almost 6 weeks. Toward the end, I was so tired of being stuck at home that I was ready to try anything to get the … Continue reading

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Win it: Bamboobies

If you are breastfeeding, you know that it’s a beautiful and important experience—but also a challenging one. Between leaks and painful chapped nipples, mamas, you deserve some comfort. Luckily, the products from Bamboobies really help with some of the common … Continue reading

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Let’s hear it for the boy

When I found out I was having a boy, I admit I was scared. I grew up with two younger sisters and was raised by a single mom for half my childhood. I didn’t really have friends who were boys, … Continue reading

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The First Years ATS All-Terrain Stroller

Having a newborn is one of the most exciting experiences imaginable. Getting to know your baby and finding out what products and tools work best for your family truly makes such a difference in daily activities. My husband and I … Continue reading

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Cremes de la crème

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Road Test: Entertainment today

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De-stress in three steps

Worried about giving birth? Being a good mom? Finishing the nursery? Stress relief expert Lauren E. Miller, author of 5 Minutes to Stress Relief, offers these  tips for decompressing  your mind, body and spirit. Mind As a mom, it’s easy … Continue reading

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Shape up

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Breast is best

Every new mom wants to give her babe the best possible start in life. And it turns out, all babe really needs to score a boost is you. Breastfeeding your newborn exclusively offers her numerous benefits, including natural protection against … Continue reading

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Like a virgin

It may seem like forever, but the usual doctor’s recommendation is a six-week sexual hiatus after childbirth. This gives you time to heal from a tear or episiotomy, quit bleeding and distance yourself from the physical trauma of delivery. While … Continue reading

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Go ahead, have a ball

Before Prior to pregnancy, you probably used an exercise ball at the gym or in Pilates class to tone your core. Exercises incorporate these balls because they really engage your abdominal muscles, resulting in a firmer midsection and better posture. … Continue reading

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Under pressure

Feeling achy postpartum? Ask your acupuncturist or massage therapist to focus on these pressure points during your next session. Bai Hui (top of head) Postpartum headaches are a common problem, often due to hormonal changes and a lack of sleep. … Continue reading

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Maternal desires

“Are you hoping for a boy or a girl?” It’s a common question asked of moms-to-be, and we all know the standard response: “It doesn’t matter to me, as long as it’s healthy!” I said it myself a zillion times … Continue reading

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