Monthly Archives: March 2014

So thankful: The birth of Sadie Grace

At 28 weeks, I was told that I had vasa previa, which is an abnormality of the placenta and can be life threatening for the baby. This would prevent me from having a natural birth. The news was a shock … Continue reading

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Win it: BubbleBum

BubbleBum inflatable booster seats are the coolest and most stylish way for kids to travel safely and comfy for both short and long distances. The BubbleBum inflatable booster seat is a great alternative to the standard plastic booster seat and is … Continue reading

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Mother’s guilt

My confidence as a mother has wavered and the amount of guilt I feel has increased ever since Rowan’s sleep habits changed. As I know now, I had it easy the first four months. Or in the words of my … Continue reading

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Contours Options LT Tandem Stroller

When I found out I was pregnant, buying a double stroller wasn’t at the top of my to-do list. Being on a tight budget, I figured I could “get along without it” for a while. But, after a couple of … Continue reading

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Week 21: Shopping for baby

Yesterday, I received Target’s Baby Registry Planner in the mail. It reminded me of their bridal registry guidelines, a book I’m sure I still have somewhere, but there was one difference: this baby registry guidebook was about half the size, … Continue reading

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Onya Baby NexStep

Whether a sling, wrap or carrier, every babywearing contraption comes with its own challenges. Comfort of baby and parent, fabric and ease of use are a few major considerations when deciding on baby’s mode of transportation, and I’ve learned that … Continue reading

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Planning a party

My wife and I began planning for my baby’s first birthday party. Yes, this beautiful monster is turning one. I actually laughed when she mentioned that we needed to create party invitations, since I thought she was kidding. It seemed a … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher expecting first child

Congratulations are in order for Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. The That ’70s Show costars are engaged and going to be parents! Kunis, 30, is pregnant with the couple’s first child, E! News reports. The Oz the Great and Powerful star opened up about her plans for motherhood. “The truth … Continue reading

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Week 36: Waiting

The hospital bag is packed, frozen meals are made, all doctors’ appointments have been attended, and the nursery is as complete as it will be until baby arrives. There is nothing left to do but wait. And the “waiting place” … Continue reading

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Letter from a 10-month-old

Dear Tonilyn, Greetings. Since I am now a man of the double-digits, I shall be addressing you by your full name instead of the babyish “ma-ma-ma” to which you have become accustomed. As I am now 10 months old, I … Continue reading

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Win it: Booginhead

Booginhead produces award winning parent-invented products for babies and toddlers. They believe that making things simple is the key to raising a happy, healthy family. You can find Squeez’Ems reusable food pouches and other innovative products at www.booginhead.com. You can also follow them … Continue reading

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Rowan’s closet

“It’s more fun to dress girls,” is something I’ve heard on more than one occasion. When I found out we were having a boy, I was slightly sad I wouldn’t have the chance to dress a mini-me. And I’ll admit, … Continue reading

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Eddie Bauer Endurance Jogging Stroller

The box in which the Eddie Bauer Endurance Jogging Stroller came scared me at first. The size and weight were intimidating; sure, I wouldn’t be lugging it around in the box for long, but how much could the packaging really … Continue reading

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Labor of love: The birth of Auden Isabela

As a first time mother I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from my own body during pregnancy, but surprisingly I was spared the morning sickness, heart burn, and swelling. Even in retrospect, I feel very fortunate to have had a relatively smooth … Continue reading

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Week 20: Halfway there

So, at 20 weeks pregnant, I am officially halfway through my pregnancy. This is mind-boggling. Wasn’t it just last week that I was hugging the toilet everyday around 10:30 a.m.? Didn’t I just start complaining about the three-hour naps in … Continue reading

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More new tricks

Before Oliver was born, I was nervous that I might find him somewhat “boring” as an infant. This sounds cruel, but I truly did think about this. I love interacting with others, and I knew that my newborn would be … Continue reading

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DIY design

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as tackling a good DIY project for your baby’s nursery, but it can sometimes get a little overwhelming. So we rounded up a few simple, finish-it-in-an-afternoon projects that come complete with easy to follow instructions … Continue reading

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Lillebaby COMPLETE Airflow

As a first time mom, I had absolutely no knowledge of baby carriers until the last few months. Even while I was pregnant, I didn’t feel too concerned with the carriers that existed on the market, and to be honest, … Continue reading

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Week 35: Emotions

“Lindsey, you talk a lot about fear, but today I hear sadness in your voice too. Is there sadness there?” Tears flow from my eyes like water from an overflowing well as my therapist asked this question yesterday in session. … Continue reading

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Baby weight

I’m a girl that goes with her gut feeling on things. It’s how I process the world. I’m always keen to check in with my insides before making any big decision outside—like moving into a new house or deciding what … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Savannah Guthrie expecting first child

Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie married Michael Feldman over the weekend and surprised guests with special news. According to People, there were 80 to 90 people who witnessed the couple say their “I do’s” in a secret ceremony in Tucson, Arizona. Among the invited were Jon and … Continue reading

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Summer Infant Baby Touch WiFi Video Monitor and Internet Viewing System

I’ll be honest: Before I received the Baby Touch WiFi, I was a firm believer that video monitors were a little over the top. Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but much like wipes warmers, I walked right past these high-tech … Continue reading

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Sick days

I knew the day would come, and I knew it would be awful. But I still wasn’t prepared for when my sweet, darling boy became sick out of nowhere. At first I didn’t know it was happening. We had been … Continue reading

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Worth the wait: The birth of Madeline Jane

I was just at 37 weeks on a Saturday morning last June, pregnant with our first baby, when the small contractions I had been feeling for the last two days began to feel a little stronger … I was sort … Continue reading

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Win it: Bellabeat

For any new mom-to-be, sitting at the doc’s office and hearing baby’s heartbeat for the first time is a magical experience. And thanks to the smart folks at Bellabeat, you can now listen to that special sound in the comfort … Continue reading

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Week 19: The first kicks

I was sitting cross-legged on the floor, enjoying some plastic apple pound cake and invisible tea with my stepdaughter, who was laughing uproariously at something, when I felt it. One teeny tiny pop in my belly that felt exactly like … Continue reading

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Mamas & Papas Armadillo

I was excited to try the Mamas and Papas Armadillo stroller because, while I’m familiar with Mamas & Papas, this particular brand was not one that I tested when I selected a stroller before my daughter was born. We live … Continue reading

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Travel with a baby

Nearly a year ago, in this very same space, I wrote a column about my desire to travel with my future-child. I wrote about my apprehension concerning his ability to travel with us, and shared about friends that had discouraged … Continue reading

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Week 34: Hope

“Do you think this time it will be different?” I asked in a soft fragile tone to my husband as we sat in the car waiting for the light to turn from red to green. Nick let out a deep … Continue reading

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Thandie Newton welcomes baby No. 3

Congratulations to Thandie Newton and her husband Ol Parker, who welcomed a baby boy on March 3. The actress tweeted the happy news the next day. She wrote: “Our baby boy is finally here! Booker Jombe Parker. Born joyously at … Continue reading

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The great sneeze

All the tension has left his face. His lips spread forward to resemble a tiny Mick Jagger pout. The Kid is finally asleep. Unless … oh no … I can feel it coming … unless I sneeze. Second only to … Continue reading

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Win it: Squeez’Ems

Parents of little eaters understand how important it is to pack healthy snacks when on the go. But single-serving, plastic containers can not only be messy, but are bad for the earth as well. That’s why eco-friendly Squeez’Ems by BooginHead … Continue reading

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Babies and Friends

My nearest and dearest know what a fan I am of the television show, Friends. It may have ended 10 years ago, but I still find it quite relevant and relatable. Rarely does a day go by that Arthur and … Continue reading

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Lucky Baby World SUPPORi Baby Carrier

If you’re looking for a way to keep your baby close without breaking a sweat, you’re in luck: The SUPPORi baby carrier from Lucky Baby World is a dream come true for summertime baby-wearing mamas. It’s made from a triple-stitched, … Continue reading

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A Grand Entrance: The birth of Violet

October 16, was a typical day of being nearly 40 weeks pregnant. Lily had preschool and then we hung out at home doing laundry and a little bit of cleaning. George was off from work.  He and I stayed up … Continue reading

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Week 18: My pregnancy is not your pregnancy

“You haven’t felt her kick yet?” A friend of mine asked me when I revealed that our sweet baby was a little girl. Instinctively, I placed my hands over my belly, and shook my head no.  “Not yet,” I said. … Continue reading

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Sexism and fatherhood

I recently was walking through a department store while holding my baby. As usual, we made faces at one another, shared some high fives, and mumbled back and forth at one another. We smiled often. For anyone that has ever … Continue reading

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Week 33: Pampering pregnancy

 “Oh, you look so much bigger than last week,” a coworker said this to me on a Monday morning after not seeing me over the weekend. “What every pregnant lady wants to hear,” I responded in a playful, yet sarcastic … Continue reading

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Sleep training mom

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Celebrity Baby Scoop: Liz Lange’s 2014 Oscar Recap on Three Pregnant Celebs

Liz Lange – mom of two and founder of Liz Lange Maternity – is giving Celebrity Baby Scoop readers her exclusive maternity style rundown on three pregnant celebrity mamas who showed off their blossoming bumps at the Oscars. Here’s what she had to say … Continue reading

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Sleep training

Remember that sleep regression I was so worried about? I definitely had something to fear, because it is so much worse than I imagined. My darling boy used to sleep for long stretches of time overnight, only waking once or … Continue reading

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Win it: Bundle o’ Fun Gift Set

As much as we love our babies all of the time, we love them even more when they are clean and happy. This week, we’re giving away a Bundle o’ Fun Gift Set, complete with products for bath time, changing time, … Continue reading

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A Miracle: The birth of Victor

What a ride. A joyful and nervous feel-like roller coaster ride. It all started on July 27th. We had a plan: a planned C-section. From having two previous C-section surgeries, I thought this one would be very easy. After all, … Continue reading

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Modern whimsy

A nursery comprised of contemporary basics and fun finishing touches, as featured in our March issue. Modern whimsy by pnmag  lighting / mirror / wall hook / deer bookend / art / sheep rocker / dresser / stool / glider … Continue reading

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Easy does it

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Get along with your MIL

According to Deanna Brann, PhD, a clinical psychotherapist in Knoxville, Tennessee, and author of Reluctantly Related: Secrets to Getting Along with Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law, the MIL/DIL relationship is complicated from the get-go because you didn’t choose each other. You’re … Continue reading

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Something’s fishy

Now that you’re eating for two, you’ve got to up the nutrient intake—and taking a prenatal vitamin is a good place to start. But in addition to one-a-days, healthcare providers often stress the importance of getting enough DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) … Continue reading

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Consistent assistants

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Topeak BabySeat II

As an active family, we’re concerned that all members, large or small, can enjoy our favorite outings. As biking is one of those favorite activities, a good child bike seat is just the ticket to everyone enjoying a leisurely ride. … Continue reading

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Pregnancy problem solver

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