Monthly Archives: September 2015

I think I can …

My breastfeeding goal has always been to make it to at least one year. Seven months down (Woohoo!), but five long months to go. I’m proud of myself for sticking with it for this long; breastfeeding and pumping are no … Continue reading

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Week 20: The one where you should shut your pie hole

Despite having done this three times before, I am still amazed by the things people feel are appropriate to say to a pregnant person. I know that most people aren’t trying to be hurtful when they point out that my size approximates the … Continue reading

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Win it: Tubby Todd

The bath is a place for good, clean fun (pun fully intended)—watching your wee one splash (or just soak it all in), the softness of new baby skin, the bonding time sans phones or tablets. Just you and your babe and maybe … Continue reading

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Bugaboo Runner

As my husband would say, “The Bugaboo Runner is the BMW of jogging strollers.” It is very well made and has a very sleek look—just like his favorite cars. The Runner is a winner for several seasons, which I’ll get … Continue reading

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What’s best for us

“American girl seeks friend. If interested, please meet at Piazza Della Scalla at 7 p.m.” My hopeful words went onto a Facebook page for au pairs living in Milan, and then I tip-toed downstairs to prepare cappuccino for my employers. … Continue reading

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What a gift: The birth of Leo

It was really hard to believe that we were going to have our second child any day. I was in disbelief; it had gone so fast. I wanted to savor every second I could, have a little bit of a life, … Continue reading

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Week 11: I hear you, baby!

This week, I went into the doctor for my 11-week appointment. (A 12-week appointment makes more numerical sense to me, but I’m no doctor. What do I know?) After asking for a urine sample (an OB/GYN’s way of saying, “Welcome back!”) … Continue reading

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Babyhome Taste

When your little one starts on solid foods, a highchair for feeding time is most definitely in order. But because I was panicking over how fast time was flying by and how quickly my baby was growing up, I almost … Continue reading

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What’s sleep?

I’d forgotten what getting up before the sun does looked like until Akira was born. Anaïs has always been a really long and lazy sleeper, going for 12- or sometimes even 14-hour stretches at a time. By the time she was … Continue reading

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Comings and goings

Baby Graham is 7 months old! And right on schedule, we’re seeing early signs of separation anxiety creeping in. Suddenly little man knows that I exist even when I’m not in his line of sight, and he doesn’t want to miss … Continue reading

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Week 19: The one where everyone does their best

A couple of weeks back I wrote a post about how I think moms do a big disservice to one another by not being honest about how challenging parenting can be. I am not going to take that statement back because … Continue reading

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No, nothing’s perfect

I’m stuck in traffic and crying over spilled-milk. Literally. And you know what? You would cry too if it happened to youuu. ♫ Thing is, I pumped around the clock (sunrise-to-sunset) to create a single and glorious bottle of milky … Continue reading

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Fast and furious: The birth of Lucy

I left work on Friday afternoon excited for the weekend and ready to knock out our giant to -do list of baby preparation. Our due date was July 1, so we thought we had the whole month of June left … Continue reading

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Win it: Healthy Mama

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Lauren (CA), Mary (MN) and Carolann (TN)! When your wee one arrived on the pregnancy scene, she probably brought some unwanted guests with her. Discomforts like heartburn, constipation and nausea are common, but that … Continue reading

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Doona Infant Car Seat

I have to warn you: If you do not want to amaze other parents with your car seat, steer clear of this product. If you are not interested in making each car trip infinitely easier and more efficient, turn back … Continue reading

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Week 10: I’ll never eat another … again

People are constantly asking us pregnant women about our cravings. If it’s not whether I eat pickles with my ice cream, it’s if my husband has had to run out and buy something in the middle of the night. During my first … Continue reading

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And then there were four

A whole month has already passed since Akira was born, and I am still trying to wrap my head around how quickly that happened. In that month, both our moms came to visit, and just as quickly as they came … Continue reading

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Not a newborn anymore

Well, I’m writing this as little Graham is sleeping soundly in his crib. I’m having a glass of wine worry free, sitting next to my husband, winding down the day. It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Less than two … Continue reading

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Week 18: The one with all the puke

Being a mother (or a father or any other variety of parent … because, lord knows, we need to be inclusive) brings with it a lot of things. It means unconditional love—you love them unconditionally, and they love you back. (As … Continue reading

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Exhaustion and perfection

I meant to share my motherhood confessions today (like how my babe will never-ever eat homemade purée), but I’m gonna talk about something so much more important and soulful: meeting your friends wherever they might be in life and/or the … Continue reading

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Chicco Stack

When I received the Chicco Stack highchair, I was very excited to open and assemble this product. I love the challenge of putting things together—big or small, 100 pieces or just 10. I began by laying out all of the … Continue reading

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Win it: PullyPalz

This contest is closed. Congratulations to Sophia (MD)! Ditch the backache of bending over to pick up your tot’s dropped pacifier with a handy helper that’s built to keep it in reach at all times. PullyPalz is here to put an end … Continue reading

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Second time around: The birth of Nolan

At 36 weeks and two days, on December 12, it was like every other day. I was at the table with my son, Josiah (or Little Ox #1, as he’s nicknamed on my blog), having lunch. I was struggling with him, … Continue reading

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Week 9: Is this for real? Like—really?

Here we are—embarking upon week nine of pregnancy No. 2. Other than the fact my pants are starting to feel a wee bit snug (especially jeans—the jeans always go first, don’t they?), I have to say I’m still having a difficult … Continue reading

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A long weekend of sleep training

Well, we did it. We began sleep training little Graham this past Friday based on our pediatrician’s recommendation. As discussed in my last post, co-sleeping was no longer working for our family. We were all running on too little sleep, … Continue reading

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Week 17: The one where I’m honest

I feel like moms do a big disservice to one another by not being honest about what being a mom (or a parent in general) is really like. I mean, maybe there really are people whose kids never lie down in … Continue reading

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Win it: Premama

This contest is closed. Congratulations to Keri (TX)! Attention breastfeeding mamas: Whether you’re trying to build up your milk stash or struggling to meet your babe’s daily demand for the good stuff, insufficient milk supply is a common concern among … Continue reading

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Ingenuity ChairMate High Chair

Upon opening the box for the Ingenuity ChairMate High Chair, I immediately smiled seeing there were only five parts to assemble. First things first, I pulled out the manual, which after the page of warnings, gives helpful and clear step-by-step … Continue reading

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Six weeks of summer: Weeks 5 and 6, my summer of color

Today I’m going to talk about the last two weeks of my six weeks of summer with my little man, which means I’m about to go back to work—and the daycare chapter of our lives begins. As you all know from my previous post, … Continue reading

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Rapid labor: The birth of Josslyn Lenore

I had my weekly checkup on a Wednesday morning before I went into work at the lab. I had had a fun-filled pregnancy thus far, vomiting several times a day well into month nine. I was 2 centimeters dilated at … Continue reading

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Week 39: Time marches on

It’s a little surreal to be writing these words, but the time is nearly here. My life as a single unit, free of anyone else’s say-so, is nearing an end. I’m 39 weeks today—39 big ones! I had my appointment … Continue reading

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GB Qbit Lightweight Stroller

When I opened the GB Qbit Lightweight Stroller box in a bit of a hurry, I was happy to see it was mostly pre-assembled except for the wheels, cup holder and car seat adaptors. Phew! I paged through the user … Continue reading

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Not-so-good night

Well, unfortunately co-sleeping is not working for our family anymore. Our sweet little boy is a wild man at night, kicking and flopping about. He also thinks he should have 24-7 access to the “breastaurant,” which is keeping me up … Continue reading

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Words to live by

Ask for help When your baby needs something, invite your firstborn to help, suggests Laura Markham, PhD, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life. “She needs to know that she has … Continue reading

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Officially pregnant

When I announced my second pregnancy at P&N (first to our esteemed editor in chief, Lacey, and then to the rest of the staff), I acquired a special status in the office. All at once, I was blogging at pnmag.com … Continue reading

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September 2015—Sunrun giveaway

It’s easy being green One earth-loving family will win 10 eco-conscious baby registry picks, personally selected by Lynn Jurich, a new mom and the co-founder and CEO of Sunrun, a leading residential solar power company. Her favorites include items from … Continue reading

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Hot rides for small fries

A. Doona, $499 Designed for babes between 4 and 35 pounds, this cutting-edge car seat has a built-in mobility system, meaning it can go from car seat to stroller in a matter of seconds. All we can say is: game changer. … Continue reading

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Week 16: The one where the milk almost killed me

Last week I decided that I had to give up exercising altogether. Until that point, I’d been working out three times a week since I decided to stop being a lazy jerk back in January.  When the SI joint pain started … Continue reading

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September 2015 Free Stuff

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Nathalie (WA), Colleen (NC), Desiree (AK), Larissa (OR), Kimberly (SC), Tina (MN), Marlene (OR) and Natasha (NC)! We have more than $1,700 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our September issue! Click … Continue reading

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September 2015—Jewels and Pinstripes giveaway

Star treatment One lucky little one will win a Jewels and Pinstripes Celebrity “BUMP” Bag, featuring goods and gear from Ana Brandt Photography, Playskool, WubbaNub, Stride Rite and Novena Maternal Skincare.

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2015 September and Buyer’s Guide Free Stuff

We have more than $4,400 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our September issue and Buyer’s Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. September 2015 2015 Buyer’s Guide

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September 2015—Aveeno giveaway

  Spa day Five happy households will win an Aveeno Baby Essential Daily Care Baby & Mommy Gift Set filled with specially formulated washes and lotions to pamper both your newborn’s skin and your own.

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September 2015 Free Stuff

We have more than $1,700 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our September issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes September 30, 2015. Aveeno Baby Essential … Continue reading

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Brow better

Transform your eyebrows into groomed perfection with expert advice from Umbreen Sheikh, founder of Wink Brow Bar in New York City. Follow the rules Have a brow specialist or your favorite gal at the cosmetics counter measure your natural brow, which will act … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Drinking during pregnancy

Q: Is it safe to drink an occasional glass of wine during pregnancy? A: No, says Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD, past president of MotherToBaby, a service of the international nonprofit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), and the world’s leading researcher on … Continue reading

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September 2015—PacaPod + Kushies + MAM giveaway

On-the-go essentials One mommy-and-me pair will win a PacaPod Samui bag, a collection of Kushies bibs, burp pads and snack bags, and a selection of MAM bottles, drinking cups and other feeding essentials.

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Name that grandparent

For Grandma Grams, Gran, Gigi, Nana, Nanny, Mimi, Mimzy, Mami, Maymay, Masey, Mia, Babs For Grandpa Papa, Pops, Gramps, Grampy, Pappy, Paddy, Pop pop, Popo, Peppy, Bubba/Bub, Buster, Buddy/Bud Go global Look to your family heritage, and use the word for “grandmother” or “grandfather” (or a variation of it) in another … Continue reading

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The name game

Some parents have an inkling of what their newbie’s name will be long before they ever stare down at those two pink lines. Others wait until baby is in arms to see what name suits her best. Wherever you fall on … Continue reading

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Root of the problem

Q: Can I dye my hair while expecting? A: I advise my clients to ask their doctor. Usually the reply is not in the first trimester, but other medical professionals suggest using off-scalp color—which translates to highlights. Q: I’m itching to cover … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Prepping for breastfeeding success

Q: I’m expecting for the first time and really hoping to breastfeed my baby. What can I do now to set myself up for success?  A: There are important things that you can do ahead of time to help ensure success … Continue reading

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