Monthly Archives: March 2016

Time well spent

After getting her 4-year vaccinations at her most recent check-up, Anaïs came down with a fever as she typically does. It’s a “normal” reaction to getting shots, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less easy to watch your child suffer … Continue reading

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Week 26: Modesty milestones

Pregnancy is full of milestones charting the progress of a growing baby. There is the “fruit of the week” milestone to show the baby’s size, three trimester milestones every couple of months and new symptoms to go with each one … Continue reading

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28 days

Twenty-eight days. No, not the movie where Sandra Bullock plays a newspaper columnist who enters a drug and alcohol clinic, though L and I will finally be able to partake in a celebratory glass of champagne together. We’re four weeks away … Continue reading

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Mama friends

The more the merrier—solid advice when you’re organizing house parties, making cheese plates and, IMHO, building a mama tribe. We’re hosting a birthday bash for Max next month, so I’m sipping coffee, trolling websites for healthy smash cakes, and feeling … Continue reading

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A long wait: The birth of Catherine

Each of my babies has come later than the one before, so I wasn’t surprised when the 40-week mark came and went with no sign of Baby No. 4. At my 40-week appointment I decided to schedule an induction for … Continue reading

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Wake-up call

At kindergarten drop off this morning, a fellow mom stopped to show me pictures on her phone. “See, I told you my niece looks just like your daughter!” she beamed. I agreed and smiled back whole-heartedly, carefully studying her friendly … Continue reading

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Week 37: Online shopping, how I love thee

I had high hopes that by the time I was ready to write this week’s post the issues I was having with my sciatic nerve and/or muscle would be resolved. Yeah—no. Not so much. Although I’m better off than I was … Continue reading

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Boppy rules – 30 days of giveaways April 2016

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING. Eligibility: Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to those who sign up at the online sweepstakes page and who are 18 years of … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung

Sunny, warmer days are upon us. With that comes the lush greenery that covers the entire city every year at this time. Of Atlanta’s many nicknames, my favorite might have to be “the city among the trees.” I moved to … Continue reading

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Week 25: We all go through it

Ugh. I already feel a little weird bringing up this topic because I do not want to put negativity out there regarding pregnancy. Too many women have problems associated with fertility, so let me preface my perceived “complaints” as actual … Continue reading

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What a workout

Mother Goose played on the stereo while little birds balanced on beams, chased bubbles, and perfected the parent-assisted somersault. Welcome to The Little Gym! It was Max’s first day at the local baby gym, and he joined 17 other ‘birds’—the … Continue reading

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Hospital bag packing list

We’re six weeks out, and I guess technically L can go at any time. While unlikely (N was born a day late, G four days early), you just never know. We live close enough to the hospital that I can make … Continue reading

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Doubly blessed: The birth of Ella and Oliver

I knew I would never make it to 40 weeks because I was pregnant with twins. I made 38 weeks my goal, knowing it would probably happen sooner—but hopefully not much. Yet, at my 35-week appointment, when the doctor said let’s … Continue reading

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Chill out

Prepping a batch of freezer meals during pregnancy can make postpartum dinners less of a headache. Just thaw and bake (or add them to your slow cooker), for a minimal-effort meal. You won’t even have to stand and stir the … Continue reading

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Week 36: A pain in the butt

Last week, my school was on Spring Break. It was glorious! I had all kinds of time to check items off my to-do list, such as getting the baby’s sleeping nook ready, organizing baby clothes (by color, of course), and preparing … Continue reading

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Birthdays, kids and date nights, oh my

This past weekend, we celebrated Anaïs’s fourth trip around the sun. Fourth! It was her first birthday party with friends from school, so it felt really special both for her and for our family. What didn’t feel so special, however, … Continue reading

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Week 24: Who runs the world?

In case you missed it, we recently celebrated International Women’s Day, reminding women everywhere how BA they are for being themselves. It was a unique experience celebrating womanhood knowing I’m pregnant with a girl. I was on cloud nine all … Continue reading

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Ask the experts

A: You’re part of an elite group of moms and dads of multiples—the special forces of parenthood. The intensity of the boot camp period with two babies will leave you with a strength and pride that will spill over into … Continue reading

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Twice the love: The birth of Leo and Becky

My contractions began over spring break. I was at 28 weeks and was pregnant for the first time … with twins! I was admitted to the hospital for pre-term labor and released the next day with anti-contraction medication. The medication was able to prevent … Continue reading

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Getting down to it

We’re roughly seven weeks from becoming a family of five. Seven week from no longer fitting at a square table for four at a restaurant (if we find time to go out to eat as a family). Seven weeks from … Continue reading

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Step by step

Oh, little Max. You keep reaching for my hand—patting my leg and looking up-up-up at your mama—and asking me to walk you around the house. No words, of course, but you want to learn and your pleading eyes say it … Continue reading

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Week 35: The big E

Here I am, approximately one month from my due date, and believe it or not, things are slowly but surely getting checked off my massive to-do list. Of course, this week being Spring Break certainly helps! My hospital bag is … Continue reading

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Flying solo

This past weekend was one for the books. I decided to surprise my sister-in-law Ebony at her baby sprinkle in Florida. With some careful coordination with both my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, Ebony’s mom and my husband, I sneakily booked a flight … Continue reading

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Week 23: Just the two of us

You know the saying, “that’s a good problem to have?” I have one of those. This week I realized (again) how blessed I am to be bringing a baby into my world with the person I love the most. Although … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Organizing paperwork

Q: Our new baby just arrived, and it seems she brought tons of paperwork with her. What records do I need to keep, and what can I pitch? A: High-five to you for considering this question before you end up … Continue reading

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Officially nesting

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard the term ‘nesting’ before. Whether or not you’ve experienced in it firsthand, however, depends on whether or not you’re almost to your due date, are newly pregnant, or have already had the pleasure … Continue reading

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From boob to bottle

Fifty shades of beige. My closet looks like a pop-up Victoria Secret store with every shape and size bra available. One difference? I love wearing white tops—silk, cotton, and wool get equal rotation—and so my closet VS collection contains mostly boring, … Continue reading

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Worth every itch and stitch: The birth of Logan

As a pregnant teacher due at the end of June, I was desperate for the school year to be over. There were four days left of school and only one week until my due date, but when I got out of bed … Continue reading

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Week 34: Tweet, little birdie

The weeks are flying, and as you’ve seen in my previous two weeks’ worth of posts, I’m starting to get a little bit nervous about everything I have yet to do to prepare for Baby P’s arrival. I did successfully … Continue reading

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Movin’ on up

Spring is just around the corner, and I am welcoming the days without coats, breezy nights and lots of outdoor time. Now that two (!!) of Akira’s teeth have finally surfaced, I’m hoping we can all have a little break … Continue reading

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Week 22: Soak, sip and sexual healing

I read something the other day that made me go, “What am I doing with my free time?!” I was reading about French parenting and how pregnancy is portrayed (in writing) as a nine-month retreat to the spa. Expectant moms … Continue reading

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RECARO Easylife

My first impression of the RECARO Easylife stroller was that it boasts a sleek design and it is clearly very well made. Sometimes some of the lightweight strollers can appear “cheap” or flimsy, but not the Easylife! The user manual was easy … Continue reading

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Garment district

Cult classic: Seraphine Parisian-born Cecile Reinaud, founder and director of Seraphine, set out to create fashion-forward selections for expectant and new moms, resulting in a well-rounded clothing line coveted by Gwen Stefani, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and other top … Continue reading

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March 2016—Feltman Brothers giveaway

Dapper darlings Three well-dressed crews will win a $100 gift card to Feltman Brothers in honor of the classic clothing company’s 100-year anniversary. The vintage-inspired fashions have been outfitting babes for generations.

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Ask the Experts: Raising twins

Q: I’m a new mom to twins and have no idea what I’m doing. Have any practical tips? A: You’re part of an elite group of moms and dads of multiples—the special forces of parenthood. The intensity of the boot … Continue reading

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The do’s and don’ts of motherhood

If you’re reading this article, there’s a good chance that we have a common goal: to be the best mothers we can be to our little ones. It’s an overwhelming task, particularly when everyone seems to have an opinion about … Continue reading

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March 2016 Free Stuff

We have more than $3,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our March issue! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contest closes March 31, 2016. Feltman Brothers $100 gift … Continue reading

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A well-oiled machine

“Essential oils can offer gentle and effective treatments for common issues in pregnancy, like morning sickness, muscle aches and pain, and aid in relaxation,” says Demetria Clark, director of Heart of Herbs and author of Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for … Continue reading

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Pedi-cures

Reflexology can help with imbalances in sleep cycles and digestion, as well as encourage caregiver-infant bonding, explains Amy Kreydin, board-certified reflexologist and owner of The Barefoot Dragonfly in Austin, Texas. In addition to seeking professional services, she suggests trying the … Continue reading

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Days away

The only debate that riles up parents more than breast vs. bottle is the good old stay-at-home vs. working mom dispute. Although opinions run rampant, the fact is this: The most recent numbers from Pew Research Center show that only … Continue reading

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How to time contractions

This is it—the moment you’ve been waiting for. Once you’ve felt a few contractions in a row, it’s time to grab your stopwatch and get ready to do some math. Know when they’re real Braxton Hicks contractions help prepare your … Continue reading

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Moby Bamboo Wrap

There are those times when my baby is just not loving life. Often those are the moments I’ve got a bajillion emails in my inbox screaming for attention, my other kiddos are starving for a snack, and I need to … Continue reading

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March 2016—Zoocchini giveaway

Dry humor Eight little ones will win a Zoocchini hooded towel and training pants set of their choice to keep them warm and dry from breakfast to bed.

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March 2016 Free Stuff

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Hulya (NY), Amanda (VA), Rachel (NE), Laura (TX), Donna (NJ), Amanda (GA), Candace (IN), Qiana (GA), Victoria (FL), Barbara (NC), Christina (NY), Dennos (DE), Michelle (VA), Caitlin (VA), Paul (CA), Dabney (TN), Vicki … Continue reading

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Babylonia BB-Slen

What exactly does a mama do with 6-12 feet of cloth? Wrap her baby up and wear her, of course! The Babylonia BB-Slen wrap is one of the many ways to have a hands-free approach to keeping your baby close. And if 12 … Continue reading

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Foreign meal appeal

Serious Eats’ Chinese-Style Hot Pot Feeding a group? This feast offers a fun twist and a lot of choices; plus, it allows everyone to cook their food just the way the like it.   Everyday Dishes’ Chinese Baked Halibut This gluten-free dish comes together in just under … Continue reading

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World fare

Don’t let your prenatal diet bore you—or your taste buds. Sushi and deli meat might be off the menu, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat the same tuna salad every day for lunch. Introducing new dishes can thwart … Continue reading

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Supper powers

A plate, a bowl and a dipping cup—aka the trio that saves the day. Lollaland mealtime set, $20 Keep individual servings safe in freezer-friendly glass. green sprouts glass food storage, $20 Fill your own squeeze pouches for accessible snacks in … Continue reading

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