Monthly Archives: April 2016

Week 14: Finding my pregnancy zen

As the nausea and exhaustion of the first trimester very slowly creep away, I’ve been feeling a little more like myself again. Of course those nuisances have been replaced by other fun little symptoms, like the aching hollow feeling I … Continue reading

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Adventure awaits

When I was younger and child-free, I would constantly hear adults talk about how fast their kids were growing, how fast time was flying, how they wished they could slow it all down. It was as though they all shared … Continue reading

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Chicco NaturalFit Bottles

With our first three children we used Dr. Brown’s bottles exclusively. There’s no real reason for this except that we registered for them with our first baby, got them, they worked, and so we stuck with them. There are so … Continue reading

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Week 30: Clocking out

Bringing a baby into the world can come with a fair share of things to figure out. Although you can continue to plan on living life as similarly as possible, I think most women would agree they at least entertain … Continue reading

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Kids on planes

Each of our kids has had their first plane ride before they were 6 months old.  With Baby No. 1, we traveled cross-country when she was 5 months old. We left the house looking like we were never returning. We brought just … Continue reading

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Due date approaching

Today is the day. Or was it the day? (I’m writing this prior to the actual due date despite it being published on the due date.) Truth be told, it’s the beginning of what I’m planning on being a hectic, unpredictable … Continue reading

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A beautiful mess: The birth of Hazel

August 10, my due date, came and went. Nothing was happening. I had a few Braxton Hicks contractions up to that point, but nothing serious. And I was getting upset because I believed my baby would be born early. At a … Continue reading

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Week 13: The “is she pregnant, or just overweight” stage

I know that every pregnancy is different, but that doesn’t stop me from making ridiculous comparisons, like Googling belly bump pictures at 13 weeks to see how my body measures up. Like I said, I know that is ridiculous, and … Continue reading

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Can’t stop, won’t stop growing

Oh, man. Could someone please tell me that this first year isn’t as hard as I believe it is sometimes? You’d think that because Akira is our second, we’d have this in the bag, but truth be told, we don’t. … Continue reading

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Week 29: Her name

I’ve surprised myself with how relaxed I have been throughout the past 29 weeks of my first pregnancy. I kept waiting for this intense motherly protectiveness to rear its ugly head when someone coughs too close to me, or I … Continue reading

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Let’s take a drive

I have no ability to comprehend how eight weeks have already gone by. On the one hand it seems like just yesterday I was writing blog posts about how I was going to be pregnant forever. And on the other … Continue reading

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Hold off, just a little longer

T-minus seven days and L feels more pressure and more exhausted by the day. Pregnancy pressure, not pressure to have the baby. We’ve sorted through bin after bin of clothes of 0-6 month and 6-12 month clothing, most all of … Continue reading

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Greentom Upp Reversible

Going for walks with my daughter, spending time together enjoying nature, was one of the things I most looked forward to when I was pregnant and dreaming up our daily activities. My husband and I both grew up in active families, … Continue reading

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Welcome home: The birth of Atlas

I gave birth at home after six hours of active labor, which is relatively short for a first-time mom. I lost a lot of blood—but not enough to warrant hospital transfer. I needed stitches, but I’ve healed well. As far … Continue reading

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Stokke Terms and Conditions

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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Week 12: Making the big announcement

One of the most common pieces of advice you hear in early pregnancy is that you should wait until at least 12 weeks to start telling people that you’re pregnant. Everyone says so; everyone woman who’s been through it all … Continue reading

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Registry Guide 2016 Free Stuff

We have more than $1,000 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs in our Registry Guide! Click on each image to enter for your chance to win that prize. You can enter all contests daily. Contests close July 15, 2016. Stokke grow-with-me giveaway … Continue reading

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2016 April and Registry Guide Free Stuff

We have more than $4,300 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our April issue and Registry Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. April 2016 Registry Guide 2016

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Registry Guide 2016—MAM giveaway

Smiles for miles One happy camper will win a $100 gift package from MAM, featuring an assortment of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items and more.

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Registry Guide 2016—Micuna giveaway

Dream bed One little one will win the Micuna Smart Fresh Bassinet, a mobile sleep station that combines style, safety and function.

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Registry Guide 2016—babybay giveaway

Close friend One co-sleeping crew will win a babybay bedside sleeper, complete with a classic mattress pad with cotton cover and baby nest, all in the stain and color of their choice.

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Registry Guide 2016—The Lovely Wall giveaway

Global design Four fortunate families will win an Interactive World Map wall decal from The Lovely Wall, so they can inspire a love of geography and exploration from a young age.

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Week 40: Five ways to keep your identity (and sanity) as a new mom

In August of 2014, I joined an exclusive club. The initiation period was a lengthy nine(ish) months in which I studied, trained and prepared. I counted down to D-day (delivery day). Yes, I was becoming a mother after many years … Continue reading

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Registry Guide 2016—Chatbooks giveaway

Insta-gratification Ten picture-loving parents will win three Chatbooks photo books, allowing them to print, preserve and peruse the many memories they’ve captured on camera.

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Florida

Remember how last week I plowed through a seemingly endless drive to Florida with the kids? And remember how seamless it was and how well-behaved both of them were? Well, I knew that I couldn’t strike gold twice, and as … Continue reading

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Week 28: Do you catch my drift?

In case you haven’t had enough of my over-sharing, I thought I would really let you in on my biggest struggle of each day. It trumps the battle of the bladder, the terrible night sleeps and chub rub I have … Continue reading

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Newborns vs. older kids

With each new baby, the newborn phase has gotten less and less terrifying. With Baby No. 1, everything was new. We had no idea what we were doing as we desperately tried to learn how to be parents. The fear … Continue reading

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Ergobaby Four Position 360 Cool Air

For whatever reason, the moms I know seem to be incredibly brand-loyal when it comes to their baby carriers. There are the Tula moms. The BabyBjörn moms. The Moby moms. And the Ergo moms. I am steadfastly in the last … Continue reading

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In the teens

The pregnancy countdown is in the teens. Well, technically it was in the teens last Wednesday. Semantics. He’s in a good downward position, heartbeat sounds good, weight right on par with the first two. When he finally decides he really … Continue reading

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Pushing through: The birth of Carter

It was Wednesday, July 9. Carter’s due date was July 6, so I was already three days overdue. I’d had four acupuncture appointments to try and start labor. We had discussed inducing labor in the 41st week. But if I did it … Continue reading

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Looking back

Wake up and hop around ‘cause I gotta go. It’s 7 a.m., and I’m doing the wiggle dance until I find an ovulation stick and a plastic cup. Doc says the ‘first catch of the day’ is the most reliable, … Continue reading

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Week 39: Second guessing

There are many wonderful things about nearing the end of pregnancy: Those final kicks and jabs. The last-minute preparations in the nursery. The anticipation of a cuddly little bundle arriving. And then there are the not-so-wonderful parts—like the nervousness. Can I … Continue reading

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Spring break

Well, you guys, I did it: I drove from Atlanta to Central Florida with both kids alone. Yes, you read that correctly; I took an almost-8-month-old and a just-turned-4-year-old on a road trip for just under eight hours by myself. … Continue reading

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GB Pockit

All I can say is: wow. GB has a history of making compact strollers, but it seems they have outdone themselves with the Pockit. While it doesn’t quite fit into your jeans pocket, when folded up, this stroller is small. So … Continue reading

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NeilMed Aveeno Gift Package Giveaway!

  Enter here for your chance to win 1 of 3 Aveeno gift packages from our friends at NeilMed!

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Week 27: Pursuing peace

  I love that State Farm commercial for “all the never(s) in life.” In case you haven’t seen it, it’s a collection of a few snapshots from a man’s point of view. It stars with him claiming he will never … Continue reading

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Nursing woes

I hate nursing. Hate it. I am horrible at it, and I hate it. I don’t think I’ve ever tried harder to do something that I suck worse at. Despite the fact that I’ve nursed each of my babies for … Continue reading

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Birthday ball

Chasing a toddler around all day puts me to bed faster than sipping NyQuil and folding socks. The night brings a baby screaming for a) midnight snacks, b) snuggles in my bed and/or c) lost pacifiers. The day-time runaround coupled with the … Continue reading

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Special delivery: The birth of Warren

I will never forget the way my heart skipped beats when I first saw that positive pregnancy test. My husband and I found out we were going to be parents during the week of our first anniversary—there’s no greater gift … Continue reading

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On the registry

As you know, we’re getting closer to welcoming boy No. 3, and the idea of us creating a registry is so far-fetched it’s beyond words. For us, anyway. First child: The registry is all-encompassing. Everything and anything you think you need (plus … Continue reading

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That’s a wrap

As much as you’d love to spend all day, every day snuggling with your little love, the unfortunate reality is that there are meals to cook, bills to pay, a hamper in desperate need of some relief—and maybe even a … Continue reading

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April 2016 Free Stuff

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Lori (VA), Lindsay (FL), Osanna (MI), Rachelle (NY), Coralle (CA), Ashley (FL), Jennifer (VA), Susannah (IL), Catherine (NH), Tavia (GA), Cheri (KY), Natalia (MN), Violet (CA), Michael (PA), Kevin (NY), Brooke (OR), Tamara … Continue reading

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Ladies’ choice: The trailblazer

(Clockwise from top left) Let baby ride high, so he can see the sights, too. Thule Sapling Elite child carrier, $320 Secure pint-sized entertainment in style. Madeline’s Box pacifier clip, $12; Sugar Maple Toys teether, $12 Everything you need for … Continue reading

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Out of office

Before becoming one myself, my experience with stay-at-home moms was limited to watching TV matriarchs like Marge Simpson and Lucy Ricardo. My own mother worked, and I’d always assumed that I would as well. But when I got pregnant with … Continue reading

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Straighten up

The usual suspects “If there ever was a recipe for back pain, it would be pregnancy,” says Todd Sinett, DC, NYC-based chiropractor and author of 3 Weeks to a Better Back (drsinett.com). Your center of gravity changes, your abdominal muscles … Continue reading

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Sticky situations

As a new mom, you’re bound to experience a few tricky interactions. From strangers invading your space to in-laws disregarding your rules, we’ve detailed—and diffused—the most common uncomfortable circumstances. The tough spot: Strangers (or even friends) want to hold your new … Continue reading

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Philips Avent uGrow Smart Baby Monitor

As my husband and I prepared for the birth of our first child, we wanted to make sure we had the best baby gear. Finding a reliable, top-of-the-line baby monitor was very important to us and something we started looking … Continue reading

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Grin and bear it

Earth Cadets bodysuit, $25 If I dressed my courageous babe in this cute outfit, I wouldn’t be able to keep my paws off him. —Tanya, Blogger 3 Sprouts bath storage, $20 Adding this polar pal to our bathroom has kept … Continue reading

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Handy How-to: Treat allergies while expecting

If you find yourself reaching for the tissues when the pollen count soars, you’ll want to think twice before treating your seasonal allergies the same way you did prepregnancy. Alexandra Sowa, MD, clinical instructor at Weill Cornell Medical College and … Continue reading

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Cosatto Supa

When I first laid eyes on the Cosatto Supa Stroller, I absolutely loved the design. I’m not typically a pattern person, and some “baby” patterns are a little much for me, but the firebird design has just the right amount of … Continue reading

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