Monthly Archives: December 2015

So this is the new year

Well, Christmas came and went in the blink of an eye, and we are quite literally right around the corner from 2016. This time last year, I was just over nine weeks pregnant with Akira and was hardly showing at … Continue reading

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Angelcare Near and Dear Bather

The Angelcare Near and Dear bather is incredibly easy to assemble, operate, and transport. Within minutes of the box showing up at my door, the bather was set up and ready for use. The manual included setting up the bather … Continue reading

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Boon Soak

The Boon Soak is a simple, cleverly designed bath for newborns to toddlers. The product is made of molded plastic and comes in white with either orange or blue highlights. The only assembly that was required was the positioning of … Continue reading

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Babymoov Aquanest

Say goodbye to the ol’ cup trick during bathtime! You know the one: Check the water’s temperature, fill the cup, pour over baby’s legs, now her stomach, and her head. The constant battle to keep baby warm and comfy during … Continue reading

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Holiday firsts

The holiday season was so much sweeter with our little one this year. Making Christmas magical for little Graham was the goal, and I think we made it happen. I know the presents shouldn’t matter much, but I’ve always been … Continue reading

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Week 33: The one with the year-end review

2015 Highlights: -Our oldest turned 5 in January. This fall she started kindergarten. She takes dance lessons and earned the role of baby penguin and snow flurry in her dance school’s performance of “The Snowman” this fall. She loves to … Continue reading

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A baby or a kid

“Ummm, sir? He’s a baby.” Max goes starry-eyed whenever a stranger approaches his stroller, and he casts a love spell stronger than Love Potion No. 9 with babbles, coos and wiggling fingers. My bitty boy loves men, women and children … Continue reading

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Lighting it up, Gus and namelessness

Want a quick tip to make nighttime a little easier if your child is a pain in the neck going to sleep? Hang up string lights around their room—out of reach, of course. N was the first to get the … Continue reading

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Summer Infant Right Height Bath Tub

The Summer Infant Right Height Bath Tub is ready to use right out of the box, and assembly takes just a few seconds. The manual is useful and easy to read and understand. The illustrations are simple and make setting … Continue reading

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Taking a chance: The birth of Rylee, Saydee and Liam

This story actually begins years ago in the summer of 2011 when my wife, Ratana, and I got married. After our wedding, we tried right away to have children. Unfortunately, it wasn’t easy. For the next year and a half, we tried every trick … Continue reading

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Week 24: ‘Tis the season to be pregnant

I’ve been waiting to post about Christmas for at least a month now. I’m sitting here on the couch, watching the Saturday Night Live Christmas special and writing while gazing at our beautiful tree. I just love Christmas. I’ve always … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season

It’s Christmas week, you guys! And despite the freakishly warm temperatures, there’s still something magical to me about Christmas and the holiday season in general. Growing up, my mom would put on one of two cassette tapes around this time: … Continue reading

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Week 32: The one with the due date speculation

On the topic of due dates vs. when the baby actually arrives—I know it’s not an exact science but I still think it’s fun to think about. Baby No. 1’s due date: January 10. Every single person I talked to told me … Continue reading

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A new beginning: The birth of Nash

It was a normal checkup on a Friday morning, and my mother was with me. I was due in two weeks. We went into the doctor’s office to have the ultrasound, and he was as healthy as could be. They … Continue reading

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Fisher-Price Rinse ‘N Grow Tub

As a first-time mom, one of my greatest postpartum fears was Ava’s first bath at home. I already had two hand-me-down tubs, but the thought of using either of them made bathtime even more intimidating! When I got the Fisher-Price … Continue reading

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Create

My calligraphy reminds me of my second grade cursive. No matter, listening to Sam Smith sing “stayyyy with me” while inking my pen and practicing my H is quite the party. I’ve signed-up for Calligraphy 101 with my good friend, … Continue reading

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Christmas list: 2015

With the holiday season upon us, the challenge of successful gift-giving is also upon us.  Hanukkah ended, so the shopping is done for that. Festivus is the 23rd, so you’ve got a few days to get your pole ready and … Continue reading

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Week 23: The name game

One of the most important tasks of becoming a new parent can also be the most daunting. Choosing a name for your child is such a vital job, and it is one that varies greatly from couple to couple. Some … Continue reading

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Growing on up

Akira had his four-month checkup yesterday. Four months! Is it just me or does it seem like I blinked, and he went from newborn to full-on baby boy? He’s so full of smiles, and I really feel like he’s getting used … Continue reading

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The other parent

This past weekend I left little Graham and his daddy behind as I joined my best girlfriends for an out-of-state bridal shower. I was so excited to have a little getaway with my friends—to eat out sans highchair, have some … Continue reading

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Book Club: Our picks from 2015

Whether you’re seeking an inspiring memoir, practical advice or a side-splitting parenting guide … we’ve got you covered! Check out some of our favorites and find the perfect book to peruse during your (very limited) downtime.  At Least My Belly Hides My Cankles: Mostly-True Tales of an … Continue reading

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Book Club Jr.: This year’s top tales for tiny tots

Teaching shapes and colors? Bringing home a new sibling? Just looking for a cute story to entertain your little one? These books will help you cover all of these and more, with the support of charming characters and touching tales that are sure to entertain … Continue reading

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Week 31: The one with the Christmas list

My Pregnancy Christmas Wishlist: 1. For everyone to stop asking me when I’m due. I know people are just trying to make pleasant conversation, but it’s annoying. I feel like I should wear a sign that says, “I’m due in … Continue reading

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Sleeping soundly

Spooning is my favorite. I’m not that picky about positions, but I generally end up being the little spoon while my husband assumes the position of big. We fall into the arrangement naturally, and it gets us extra cuddles, warmth and white … Continue reading

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Summer Infant Warming Waterfall Bath

When we received the Summer Infant Warming Waterfall Bath our daughter was almost 8 months old. We had been using the Summer Infant Right Height Bath Tub since she was a newborn, so we were very used to the Summer … Continue reading

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Kids: awesome and insane

L and I knew we wanted children—she wanted five, and I was good with two. We settled on three. This past week has once again proven that kids are both awesome and insane. Sometimes at the same time, sometimes on separate … Continue reading

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Finally here: The birth of Neeson

  Neeson Foley, I am your mama, and this is your birth story. I’ve started writing it a million different times and in a million different ways. How do I find the right words to describe such a magical day? … Continue reading

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Week 22: Oops

When you’re pregnant, you’re totally inundated with advice—things you should do while pregnant, things you shouldn’t … things you should do once baby arrives, things you shouldn’t. It’s all a bit overwhelming, especially if it’s your first pregnancy. When I … Continue reading

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Back to sleep

After the rush of Thanksgiving, we are finally settling back into our routines here in Atlanta. However, I decided to change things up a little when it comes to Akira and his sleep. If you remember, Akira has slept in our … Continue reading

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A good team

Oh my goodness, is there anything cuter than a 9-month-old? Every time I start to think Graham can’t get anymore fun, he proves me wrong. Our little boy is crawling and walking around holding on to furniture; he can get … Continue reading

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Week 30: The one with the vaccines

Hey—I made it to the third trimester! (I realize I’m two weeks behind in this recognition, but you may understand why when you read about what I’ve been dealing with in that time.) Two weekends ago, our 5-year-old came home … Continue reading

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Big love grows in small spaces

Twelve of my favorite people gathered in my parents’ 2bd/1ba home for Thanksgiving. No spacious rooms or vaulted ceilings at mama’s, and so we all got sticky as bodies lingered and turkeys cooked. The 2015 feast might be my favorite … Continue reading

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Party of five: The birth of Sebastian

Delima is a Portuguese last name, but the literal Filipino/Tagalog translation of Delima is “of five” (de = of; lima = five). Our family was blessed with our third child’s arrival two weeks early, and now we are a party of five. I … Continue reading

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‘Tis the holiday season

After Hurricane Tom Turkey blew through (hosting 17 people is not for the faint of heart), we cleaned the house and were ready to move on to the next holiday—Christmas. Fortunately, we don’t have a ton of Thanksgiving decor to … Continue reading

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Week 21: Total lack of willpower

Well, it would figure that the week after I blog about making healthy choices, such as exercising while pregnant, I would have to follow it up with a post about my complete and utter lack of willpower as of late. I’d … Continue reading

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Veni, vidi, vici!

The last week we spent in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday was spectacular. The weather was really lovely, and our time was so well-spent with friends and family. Both Jesse’s family and mine live in Florida, so we’ve split our time … Continue reading

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Maty’s All Natural Baby Giveaway

Enter here for your chance to win one of two Baby product packs, including our all natural baby chest rub and baby ointments in 3.5 and 10oz sizes & a $25 Gift card!

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November 2015 Free Stuff

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Lenni (LA), Melissa (AL), Lynne (WA), Nancy (IN), Michael (IN), Catherine (NH), Jimi (MI), Meghan (IL) and Ashley (GA)! We have more than $4,100 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our … Continue reading

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What lies ahead

We’ve laid it all out—every step of your 40-week trek, so you can know what’s going on inside your barely there (or hard-to-miss) bump. Wherever you are in your pregnancy, get excited for the many changes to come. Note: Don’t fret … Continue reading

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December 2015—Babyganics giveaway

  This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Kim (IL), Tina (MN) and Valerie (OH)! Shower power Three fortunate families will win a Shower Squad Bundle chock-full of goods from Babyganics, so they can help create a baby-safe household for … Continue reading

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Big foot

Size matters Even if you can’t see your feet way down there, you’ve probably noticed your shoes fitting a little more snugly than usual. It’s not uncommon for women, particularly first-time mamas, to go up an entire shoe size during … Continue reading

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Keep it simple: Want

It’s easy as 1-2-3 … 4! Take the stress out of seasonal shopping by treating everyone in your family to four fabulous gifts: something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. 1. Transform a favorite photo into a stylish wooden wall … Continue reading

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Party poppers

Just like the end-of-year holiday marathon, childbirth is action-packed, labor-intensive and messy. As if planning parties, preparing epic feasts and trekking through crowded shopping centers weren’t enough, some moms-to-be are managing the additional stresses and demands of a third-trimester pregnancy … Continue reading

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December 2015—LIVLY giveaway

Soft surroundings Three little darlings will win a selection of 100 percent pima cotton goodies from LIVLY, including the Newborn Welcome Kit in the color of their choice.  

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Toast of the town

a. Rental property Are you looking for a stylish getup for one-time-only wear? If splurging on a special occasion piece isn’t in the budget, peruse the hefty selection of ensembles for rent at minefornine.com. (Oh, and if you fall in love … Continue reading

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New and noteworthy

A. Urbini Reversi Stroller, $80 Proving budget-friendly doesn’t have to mean bare bones, this easy-on-the-wallet ride sports a reversible seat, extra-large canopy (with a peekaboo window), parent cup holder and one-hand recline. Plus, it’s car seat-compatible—not bad for setting you … Continue reading

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App happy: Our favorites from 2015

Looking for pregnancy advice, support or even just a cute way to track baby’s milestones? There’s an app for that … and for nearly anything else you can think of, too! Here are some of our favorites. Life in the Womb If you … Continue reading

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Birdling Bags Day Tripper

For moms who like to bring along everything but the kitchen sink, the Birdling Bags Day Tripper is a must. It holds whatever you could possibly want for a day at the beach or trip to the zoo. It’s rugged … Continue reading

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Healthy start, healthy life

Moms were made to worry. You spend 40 weeks (give or take) stressing about your pregnancy and hoping baby is developing properly; then with delivery, pregnancy worries dissipate and are immediately replaced with anxiety for baby’s health and continued well-being. … Continue reading

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Photo op

1. See how much has changed in a year with a monthly trip down memory lane. Pinhole Press calendar, $30 2. Mini cards are perfect for gift tags or short and sweet thank you notes. Origrami note cards, $22 for … Continue reading

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