Monthly Archives: October 2015

Week 16: Welcome back, maternity clothes!

Well, I did it—this weekend, I carried two tubs of my own maternity clothes, one laundry basket of my sister’s and a tote bag from a friend into our closet. One by one, I pulled normal-sized-me clothes off their hangers, … Continue reading

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On the road

We took a chance on traveling with Akira this past weekend by going on a mini-road trip to Athens, Georgia for a wedding. Granted, it’s only about an hour and 15 minutes from Atlanta, but a road trip is a road … Continue reading

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Safety 1st Step and Go Stroller

Anxiety can be part of the package deal that goes with all the wonder of being a first-time parent. I remember leaving the hospital and feeling like I was looking at the world through new eyes—with your new little person in … Continue reading

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Let the exploring begin

Our little Graham turned 8 months old last week. He gets busier and busier every day, getting more and more interested in exploring his world. Whether he’s pulling all of the clothes out of the laundry basket or lifting up … Continue reading

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Week 24: The one with a lot of parenthesis

Overall, I would have to say that I like being pregnant. (This is probably obvious when you consider that I’ve been pregnant every year since 2009 (except 2012; I wasn’t pregnant AT ALL in 2012: The Year Of the Empty … Continue reading

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Win it: Cloak Collection

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Samantha (Iowa)! New mamas know the struggle of choosing between form and function, but who says you can’t have both? Cloak Collection is a line of contemporary dresses designed by mothers, for mothers! Forget about struggling … Continue reading

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Mama tribe

What’s my best advice for a new mom? I’ve been asked this question a number of times, and I’ve given all kinds of answers: “Buy the Mama Hook, and don’t look back,” “Be pro-active dating your husband,” and “Laugh about the … Continue reading

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Home sweet home: The birth of William

William’s birth story really began three years ago when I started reading Grantly Dick-Read’s Childbirth Without Fear. The main idea of the book is that birth does not have to be painful if a mother is not afraid of childbirth. … Continue reading

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Week 15: For the someday parents

Over the weekend, I heard the same thing twice: I keep forgetting you’re pregnant! The truth is, a lot of the time, I kind of forget, too. It’s easier to forget now–between the doctor’s visits, once the energy level has … Continue reading

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Growth charts and cradle cap

Akira is officially 2 months old, and I still cannot believe how fast the time is flying. We went for his routine check-up at the pediatrician’s office this past week. Every time we see the pediatrician, I get a little nervous. … Continue reading

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Lily Jade Caroline

My step-sister, aka “twin mom extraordinaire,” has paved the way for me in baby-land. She has been through the trial-and-error process in nearly every category of baby items and steers me quickly to the best products. On her last visit, … Continue reading

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Week 23: The one with the bacon

As discussed previously, my husband and I don’t learn the sex of our babies ahead of time. As a result, this leads to 10 months of people, ourselves included, offering up guesses and predictions as to whether the baby is a boy … Continue reading

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Worth waiting for: The birth of Halo

I remember sitting there and thinking, What have I gotten myself into? I can’t do this! I know that women do it every day, but I’m not them! I sat there clutching my best friend Melissa’s hand who, as I … Continue reading

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Win it: Elegant Baby

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Joellen (NC) and Pamela (CT)! Wow any mommy- and daddy-to-be with a Take Me Home Gift Set from Elegant Baby! This adorable collection comes in pink or blue and is perfectly packaged in a keepsake box, making it a … Continue reading

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The path to motherhood

I rolled back, lifted my hips to the sky (old wives tale, but I was doing things by the book) and thought, this is it… hello baby! It was the first time I’d had sex without birth control, and I was … Continue reading

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Week 14: An ode to my husband

As I was sitting down to draft this post, I said to my husband, “I’m not sure what I should write about this week.” He immediately responded, “Probably how great husbands are.” I laughed my obligatory laugh and then started … Continue reading

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Little Unicorn Brookside

Listen up, working moms! If you are looking for a diaper bag that seconds as a gorgeous and professional looking tote, look no further than the vegan leather Little Unicorn Brookside Tote. I’ll be honest, when I first received the … Continue reading

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Movin’ and shakin’

Fall in Atlanta has got to be one of my favorite seasons. With the leaves changing and the temperatures dipping, we spend more time outdoors and even leave our windows open during the day. I think the fall season also … Continue reading

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No mom is perfect

Nobody wants to be thought of as flawed, and it can be hard to admit that you’re struggling—but I’ve realized that the struggle for perfection is a lonely and fruitless endeavor. No one’s handing out prizes for appearing to be a … Continue reading

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Week 22: The one with the personal stylist

During my first three pregnancies I basically dressed like a hobo. For some reason I was convinced that it wasn’t worth it to spend money on nice, good-quality maternity clothes. So instead, I wore cheap, ill-fitting maternity clothes that, by … Continue reading

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Second time around: The birth of Isabel

Isabel was born on Black Friday, just five days before my due date! (My firstborn, Daniel, was eight days early.) I had tons of belly ligamentous pain from 38 weeks and onward. I slept and lay in bed for forever! But, it’s … Continue reading

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VTech VM343 Safe&Sound Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Monitor

As a first time mom with a newborn, I consider a video monitor a must-have. My husband took some convincing to stray from the audio-only hand-me-down monitor we already had, but we have both been very impressed with our VTech … Continue reading

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Laugh it up

Are you familiar with the Charlie Chaplin quote, “A day without laughter is a day wasted”? The quote hung on my roommate’s wall during college, and my pre-child-self reflected on the truth of that statement whenever life got too serious. … Continue reading

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Win it: The Yellow Fox

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Jessica (WA), Alana (CA), Katie (NY), Sara (OH) and Kristal (IN)! Have you ever had the perfect idea for a scented candle or body product? With customized gifts from The Yellow Fox, you can … Continue reading

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Week 13: Cross your fingers …

One of the most obvious things that happens during pregnancy is your changing body. It’s obvious—in order to make room for a growing baby, your body has to change. But it’s always kind of surprising/alarming/depressing when your body finally does. … Continue reading

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Juno Blu Calistoga Breast Pump Bag

When I returned to work after having my baby, I needed to look professional and pulled together despite having an adorable, slobbery infant (and all that that entails). While pregnant, I searched high and low for a work-appropriate diaper bag … Continue reading

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Nights off

Before we had the baby, when it was just the three of us, Jesse and I would take turns having nights “off.” Each of us would pick a night during the week where we were free to have time solely … Continue reading

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Remembering Briar

In honor of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we’re sharing one mother’s story of loss and love. February 5, 2015, the day after my 31st birthday, is a day I will never forget for the rest of my life. I … Continue reading

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Halo Giveaway

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Baby days gone by

Gone are the days of leaving Graham contentedly playing on the floor and knowing he’ll be in the same spot when I return. Even though he’s not crawling yet, our little one has discovered how to get around, and he … Continue reading

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Week 21: The one where we don’t find out

A few weeks back, the perinatologist’s office called to tell me the results of my blood work. The woman on the phone reported that all results were good. (Yay!) She continued,  “… and the gender …” “NOOOOOO! No no no no … Continue reading

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Win it: Anna Naturals

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Brianna (IN), Leia (TN), Doris (TX), Susan (FL) and Sandra! Toting around a growing babe-to-be for nine long months is a lot of work, which is exactly why Anna Naturals thinks you deserve some … Continue reading

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Mama Mermaid Basic Linen Sling

Looking for a comfortable and fashionable way to babywear? Let me tell you about my recent experience with the Mama Mermaid Basic Linen Sling. Out of the box the sling took a little homework to understand. I found a few … Continue reading

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A whirlwind delivery: The birth of Giada

As I reached the 36th week, we all had much anticipation that our daughter’s birth could be approaching any day. Because our son was born prematurely, we were prepared this time: a birth plan in place, hospital bag packed, cord blood … Continue reading

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On the road again

“Road-tripping with a newborn? You’re so brave!” Me? Courageous? Perhaps. I believe in being fearless enough to keep my heart open, my work honest, and my future inspired. But these people calling me brave? They know nothing of my thoughts … Continue reading

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Week 12: Sharing our secret

The 12-week mark is kind of a magical time in pregnancy. I’m nearing the end of my first trimester. Those sick feelings of nausea are starting to subside and—dare I say it—my energy level is starting to feel closer to a real … Continue reading

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Sick-as-a-dog days

You’ve heard you should up your calories while pregnant, but downing anything at all sounds like a cruel form of torture right about now. How can you overcome the nonstop nausea and nourish your body and your baby? Begin by … Continue reading

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Sugar, sugar

What does it mean? When a mom-to-be is diagnosed with gestational diabetes, it means she has high blood glucose levels but has never had diabetes prior to pregnancy. Typically, this complication will rear its head late in your 40-week trek, … Continue reading

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2015 October 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 October issue and Buyer’s Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. October 2015 2015 Buyer’s Guide

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Food on your face

Ingredients:  • 2 teaspoons pureed pumpkin (canned is fine, or use your Halloween leftovers) • 1⁄2 teaspoon organic honey • 1 teaspoon organic Greek yogurt (fat-free for oily skin, 2 percent for dry skin) Why you’ll love it: This mask … Continue reading

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Worried sick

I do not consider myself the anxious type. My sister has commented, “You just don’t do stress.” Co-workers have remarked, “You’re unflappable,” and described me as “completely calm.” Naturally, I am a relaxed person. I’m good in a crisis, and … Continue reading

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12 diaper bag essentials

a. Let’s Playground changing mat, $20 Waterproof and wipeable, this micro mat is ideal for diaper changes. b. The Honest Co. hand sanitizer spray, $6 Because messes don’t always occur within soap-and-water access. c. OXO tot wipes case, $8 Grab just … Continue reading

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October 2015—Partyology giveaway

  Celebrate good times One lucky mom will win a $500 credit to Partyology, a new iPhone app that makes party planning a breeze. Download it for free at partyology.com/app, then start shopping for decorations, favors, desserts, invitations and more.

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Sleep tight

Your newest family member will keep you awake long before she makes her grand entrance. For many pregnant women, catching a good night’s sleep can seem utterly unfeasible. Hormones make you hot, getting comfortable is an Olympic feat and just … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Stain removal

Keeping your babe clean is important, but a newborn’s skin is sensitive, so you want to cleanse with care. We talked to laundry expert Mary Leverette of About Laundry to learn how to safely tackle the most common stains new mamas face. … Continue reading

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Party of four

It’s been really dreary and gray over the past few days and through last weekend here in Atlanta. I’m not complaining, though. With the heat starting to look like it’s a thing of the past, I am welcoming the cooler … Continue reading

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Prints charming

1. Animal instincts. The Animal Print Shop, “Baby Zebra Little Darling,” $25* 2. To the point. Children Inspire Design, “Be Brave,” $28 3. Tall tale. Creative Thursday, “Princess and the Pea,” $35* 4. Color me pretty. Chris Loves Julia, “Moody,” $29* 5. Light ’em up. DENY … Continue reading

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October 2015 Free Stuff

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Angela (TX), Catherine (NH), Krystle (NC), Patrice (CA), Joanna (TX), Sunnie (CO), Mil (TN), Jenni (TX), Angela (NY), Carolyn (NJ) and Jessica (WA)! We have more than $2,100 worth of fabulous freebies up … Continue reading

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October 2015—Vionic Shoes giveaway

  Step it up Two smart steppers will win a $150 gift card to use at VionicShoes.com, so they can treat their feet to footwear with patent-pending orthotic technology that looks as good as it feels.

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Sitter jitters

Quality assurance Hire a sitter with solid babysitting experience and excellent references. (Be sure to check them!) Look for someone who is a good listener and communicator. “Her personality and values should be aligned with those of you and your … Continue reading

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