Monthly Archives: November 2015

The perfect anniversary present: The birth of Arthur Edward

I thought my eight-year wedding anniversary present was supposed to be pottery, bronze, linens or lace. My husband Jordan and I usually took the day off of work to spend the day together, but because we were due two days … Continue reading

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Mom and pops

“My name is Zoom, and I live on the moon, and I came down to earth just to sing you this tune, ‘Hey, Jennifer, it’s your birthday—today!’” A seriously short diddy from Mr. Zoom, but the custom birthday song was … Continue reading

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Week 20: Get that baby moving!

Confession: I have never been a very enthusiastic exerciser. That’s not to say I haven’t ever exercised. … Of course I have! I danced all the way through school at a local dance studio and on my high school dance … Continue reading

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On the road again

Well, we did it! We survived an actual road trip with both a toddler and an infant in tow. What normally took me around seven hours to complete turned into a nine-hour stretch. While that sounds like an eternity to … Continue reading

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Babymoov City Changing Bag

Attention all mamas who’d like to keep their sense of style after baby: the Babymoov City Changing Bag is where it’s at! When I became pregnant with my baby girl, I was a little worried that I might lose some of … Continue reading

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Finding balance

On my commute to work the other day, freshly showered with makeup on, listening to my favorite playlist, sipping my delicious coffee, I had a realization: I was actually happy to be on my way to work. I almost felt … Continue reading

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Week 28: The one with the bedtime peekaboo

Every night at bedtime, I sit in the rocking chair with my 19-month-old, and we spend a few minutes together, rocking slowly and quietly before I put her in her crib for the night. She spends the time checking out … Continue reading

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Holly jolly

Deck the halls with bells and holly, but make sure you eat your turkey, finish your pumpkin pie and give a whole lotta thanks first. Did your mama demand a clean dinner plate before she served dessert? Mine did. (I … Continue reading

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The big Funfetti reveal

Thanksgiving is almost here despite every single store virtually bypassing it in favor of Christmas decorations and that means one thing: hosting. Since we’ve had G, we’ve made it our pledge (selfishly) to host Thanksgiving every year, so that we … Continue reading

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It’s complicated: The birth of EvieAunna

It all started on October 21, 2014. I was 33 weeks into my pregnancy. I woke up that morning and started getting ready for work. As I was doing my hair, I felt my pants get wet. I quickly pulled … Continue reading

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Week 19: I’m in a glass case of emotion

The first time I watched the movie “Anchorman” (the first of approximately 47 times), I had no idea Ron Burgundy was such a prolific philosopher. I just thought he was funny. But as I was thinking about my past week, … Continue reading

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Taking time

There are days when we all need a break. Whether it’s an overbooked calendar, a pressing deadline or a chaotic household, it isn’t unheard of to feel a little more than overwhelmed. Before having children, I was no stranger to … Continue reading

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Orbit Baby Limited Edition Porter Collection G3 Travel System

It would be hard to overstate the good looks of the Orbit Baby Limited Edition Porter Collection G3 Travel System. It’s a head-turning, compliment-attracting visual treat that, as luck would have it, also has a lot to offer in terms … Continue reading

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Week 27: The one with(out) the names

Choosing a name for a child is a really, really difficult task. Whatever name you give them, they’re going to have forever. So you better not screw it up. That’s a lot of pressure. My husband and I agree that there are certain … Continue reading

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L(N+G+3) = Me

So, when I initially decided to write for Dad’s Eye View, I knew that it’d be tricky for me to provide weekly material for a post—not for lack of material but rather lack of time. (For the sake of maintaining a … Continue reading

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No better reward: The birth of Blakeleigh

On July 2, I went in for our last OB appointment—a bittersweet moment. I hoped it would be my last, but I knew there was a possibility of coming back if baby girl didn’t want to come on time. We … Continue reading

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Learning together

Your bitty tears break my heart. Little puddles form in your hazel eyes, and I want to kiss them away, one by one, until your smile returns. You’re famous for your glittering grin, but when the tears come—those mysterious tears—they … Continue reading

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Week 18: Maternity must-haves

I am a big fan of lists. Sure, I make lists of the usual things: Christmas gifts, things I need to do during the day, and books I want to read. But I also make lists of others things, like … Continue reading

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AlmaRose MAXINE

When I pulled the AlmaRose MAXINE bag out of its box, I immediately noticed its stately size, the bold Kelly green leather and the overabundance of pockets that are any type-A mama’s dream-come-true. But let’s be honest: There are a lot of … Continue reading

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Baby sniffles

All of us managed to catch colds last week, so we spent a lot of our time indoors trying to recover. Anaïs was the first to get a case of the sniffles, but after a lot of vitamin C and … Continue reading

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Feeling thankful

I’ve always loved this time of year—seeing the beautiful leaves changing colors to vibrant reds and burnt oranges, enjoying pumpkin everything, bundling up in soft scarves and sweaters, the crisp cool bite in the air that carries the promise of … Continue reading

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Week 26: The one with the books

While I don’t think that toys are important, I do think that books are a great thing to have a lot of. I will warn you … even if you have 4,000 children’s books to pick from, your children will inevitably have their … Continue reading

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ComfortCam Wifi Enabled Baby Monitor

I will admit that I was one of those parents who refused to get a video monitor when my first child was born. I felt like I was surrounded by over-reactive parents and remember seeing too many articles that implied … Continue reading

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C-section reflection: The birth of Claire

We had my C-section scheduled for July 1, the first day that my doctor would be available to do the surgery, even though I could have gone a few days earlier. I love, love, love my doctor—she delivered Eloise as well … Continue reading

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Balance is best

“Oh, how I miss those sweet suckling sounds.” The cold bathroom tiles send shivers up my hands, but I readjust my position in order to see the shoes of the woman speaking. They look like the easy-walking flats that my grandma … Continue reading

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Week 17: To gender reveal or not to gender reveal?

Some of the most exciting appointments in a pregnancy (at least for me!) are the appointments when you have an ultrasound. Knowing the telltale swoosh swoosh of the ultrasound wand (is that what it’s called?) means you are about to … Continue reading

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Baby, you’re a big girl now

We celebrated Halloween over the weekend by dressing the kids up as Sally and Charlie Brown, bingeing on fun-sized chocolates from our trick-or-treating spoils, listening to “The Monster Mash,” introducing Anaïs to “Ghostbusters” (a total bust!) and putting on “The … Continue reading

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Into the gray

The little man didn’t sleep well last night. He had trouble going down, acting restless and fidgety as I tried to rock him in is dark room, squirming and arching his back against my cuddling and “talking” instead of settling … Continue reading

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Week 25: The one with the recommendations

Is anyone else completely overwhelmed by the amount of baby stuff that is available for purchase on the free market? This is my fourth pregnancy, and I still feel an outstanding level of stress when I even contemplate going to Babies R … Continue reading

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Motherhood milestones

“Ahem! Mom? Why isn’t she saying hi?” Max raises his bitty eyebrows and ponders the Target employee ringing up our diapers, string-cheese and Shout! My 2-foot man flirts with abandon, and he welcomes (errr … craves) the attention of neighbors … Continue reading

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Win it: Cake Maternity

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Alyssa (CA), Chris (CO), Sara (CA) and Kristin (OH). Breastfeeding has countless benefits for you and your babe, but let’s face it—it’s hard. Thankfully Cake Maternity is here to make your nursing load … Continue reading

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Mind over matter: The birth of Charlotte

Charlotte Rose Weatherly was born at 3:52 p.m. on April 21 in a bright, sun-filled hospital room—a month early and not in the birth center, as I had planned so carefully. Her birth was preceded by three days without food and two-and-a-half days in … Continue reading

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November 2015—Kiinde giveaway

  In + out One lactating lady will win a Kiinde Twist Gift Set, so she can pump, store, organize, warm and serve her breast milk using a single pouch. The system completely eliminates the need to transfer precious milk … Continue reading

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Can you keep a secret?

Making a baby has some seriously unsexy side effects—stuff so unpleasant, even your closest girlfriends have probably kept their lips zipped. Celebrity mags have tricked you into thinking pregnancy is definitively glamorous, but the paparazzi aren’t there when celebs are … Continue reading

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November 2015—Babyhome and pediped giveaway

  Walk + rock One lucky little one will win a $250 pediped gift certificate to spend on adorable footwear that promotes healthy, natural development, as well as a Babyhome Wave bounce chair, featuring an innovative and highly functional design.

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Power up

There’s a lot of pressure when you’re eating for two to make sure you’re chomping only on what’s best for baby, and sometimes the advice you hear can be contradictory. Eat more fish, but beware of mercury. Fruits are loaded … Continue reading

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Speedy recovery

a. Support and tone your former bump. The Cinch tummy wrap, $95 b. Spritz on all-natural cooling relief south of the border. Earth Mama Angel Baby bottom spray, $13 c. Keep things clean down below with an easy-squeeze bottle. Fridababy Fridet perineal bottle, … Continue reading

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Foray into food

Is she old enough? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommend introducing solid food at around 6 months of age, informs Lisa Barrangou, PhD, author of The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book. Starting earlier … Continue reading

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November 2015—Wink giveaway

  Slim + trim Two new mamas will win Wink Postpartum Ultra Bikinis, so they can sport seamless support after baby as their tummies return to normal.  

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Taking back your birth

Three years ago, while expecting my first child, I read every pregnancy book I could get my hands on to prepare myself (as much as one can) for a smooth delivery. When I went into labor one day after my … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Postpartum doulas

Some friends have talked about hiring a postpartum doula, but I’m not really sure what that is or how one might help. Can you fill me in? A: Just as a birth doula stays by your side during the course … Continue reading

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November 2015 Free Stuff

We have more than $1,400 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our November issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes November 30, 2015. Wink Postpartum Ultra Bikini Newlie … Continue reading

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Early arrival

Some parents discover while pregnant that their baby will more than likely make an early appearance. Others face preterm birth spontaneously and with-out warning. In both cases, life instantly becomes chaotic and scary. Pleasant daydreams of what those first few … Continue reading

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The mane course

Weird science Having a baby comes with some hairy side effects—some of which are more welcome than others. “Typically, 85-95 percent of a woman’s hair is in the growth (anagen) phase while 5-15 percent is in the resting (telogen) phase,” … Continue reading

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Into the woods

The great outdoors Partner up to glimpse a grizzly. On Macie: Little June Bug Sews bandana bib, $8; Babysoy organic romper, $29; Misha and Puff booties, $68 On Aidan: Le Top jacket, $61; Little Bow and Arrow organic leggings, $38; Livie & Luca shoes, $39 The … Continue reading

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Combi Fold ‘N Go Double

When I first took out the Combi Fold ‘N Go Double, I was happy to see that the stroller design is so straightforward that you hardly need a manual to put it together or operate it! Just in case, though, the manual is very … Continue reading

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Head start

a. Animal magnetism Oeuf, $60 b. Furry friend Appaman, $40 c. Top knot Nature Baby, $20 d. Flower power Kate Quinn Organics, $32 e. Snow bunny 7 A.M. ENFANT, $34 f. Soft surroundings Misha and Puff, $52 g. Beary adorable Carter’s, $12 h. Kissy face TANE organics, $23 … Continue reading

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Valco Baby Snap Duo

My husband and I have three children under the age of 3 who constantly keep us on the move. We realized that we were acquiring quite the collection of strollers that met our various needs and decided it was time to find … Continue reading

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Discovery zone

1. Develop social and language skills through hands-on puppet play. Cate and Levi, $20 2. Promote self-recognition with a pint-size mirror that makes tummy time more tolerable. Bright Starts, $8 3. Go fishing with grip-and-grab sea creatures in a see-through bowl. Lamaze, … Continue reading

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November 2015—LOVE by Little Giraffe giveaway

  Adorable + affordable Three cuddly munchkins will win LOVE by Little Giraffe Gift Sets, including an assortment of knit and satin blankets, ultra soft blankies, adorable plush animals and rattles.

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