Monthly Archives: October 2016

Foodie in the making

As planned, we introduced Austin to solid foods. Was it a success? Is it a complete and utter mess after he’s done eating? Is he upset when it’s gone? The answer to all of those questions is a resounding YES! We’ve … Continue reading

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Fashionably late: The birth of Ashlyn Harper

My excitement began to grow as my due date of April 25 approached. I figured my baby girl would soon be born. I could not wait for my little bean to be welcomed into the world by her awaiting family. Also, … Continue reading

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November 2016—Lassig giveaway

Nine fortunate families will win a set of swaddling and burp blankets from Lassig. Made with 100 percent cotton, they become softer with each wash.

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Let it go

Parenting is a worrisome sport. Caring for a tiny human is stressful. Is he warm enough? Will he starve if I don’t set my alarm to wake him for that 2 a.m. feeding? (Please say no.) But in case those … Continue reading

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Week 36: Packing our bags

I wish that packing our bags referred to prepping for some sort of tropical getaway—or at least an overnight trip somewhere fun. Instead, we are preparing for what might possibly be the most stressful and painful experience of my life. … Continue reading

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Breast milk down the drain

I’m sitting in the airport waiting for my flight home after a week-long business trip. This post was supposed to be submitted yesterday but, as is the case with so much of my life, I’m behind. I have some time … Continue reading

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Comfy cozy: The birth of Vivienne

On January 9 at 9 a.m., Vivienne Lani Dinh was born, weighing in a 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 21.5 inches long. All the anticipation and waiting for nine months, and she was officially here—we couldn’t have been happier or … Continue reading

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Introducing … food!

We haven’t begun giving Austin pureed human food yet, but we will soon. The reason being he’s been less and less tired around his bedtime of 7 o’clock. Linds will feed him, and he sits there, eyes open, staring at … Continue reading

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Stranger danger

I remember feeling slightly offended anytime I would gawk at how cute or sweet a baby was, only to have their parent(s) seem dismissive of my comment or give a passive, “Thanks.” I thought, “How weird! When I have a … Continue reading

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Week 39: False alarm

I think the last week of pregnancy is meant to prepare you mentally for the addition of a new baby—just teetering on the edge of sanity. Every day we wonder if today will be the day that I go into … Continue reading

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The postpartum body dilemma

What should my body look like at four months postpartum? The question had been looming in my mind well throughout my pregnancy, but this was the first time I found myself actually Googling it. My search returned pages and pages … Continue reading

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Week 35: What’s in a name?

In my opinion, giving your child a name is one of the most intimidating parts about being a parent. There are so many things to consider and so many ways things can go terribly wrong. What if my child grows … Continue reading

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Aveeno Giveaway 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 as of … Continue reading

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A kid-free weekend with The Rolling Stones

Last weekend my husband and I took a kid-free trip! Yes, we headed out without any of our children in tow. For an entire weekend! When I say it I still can hardly believe it. My wonderful mother-in-law flew across … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year

It’s October, and that means we’re really close to the time of year every parent steals from his or her children. Yes, of course, it’s Halloween! Kids don’t really need 15 pounds of candy, do they? They don’t even know that … Continue reading

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Worth the waiting: The birth of Maxwell

Anyone who knows me will tell you I am so impatient. It really is one of my worst qualities. I cannot wait patiently for anything. So, after my due date, I just wanted to be induced. I was so ready. The … Continue reading

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Plenty of excuses

Did you ever see the article discussing the infamous “fit mom” and her harsh words on excuses for getting back in shape postpregnancy? Really the message was there is NO excuse to NOT be in shape after you pop that … Continue reading

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Week 38: And now we wait…

With just 10 days to go before my due date arrives, these last few weeks feel like the ultimate test in patience. Knowing our little girl could come at any time—or make us wait a little longer—has us sitting on the edge … Continue reading

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Please don’t touch my baby

There’s so much unchartered territory when it comes to pregnancy and babies. In fact, the word “stranger danger” begins to take on an entirely new meaning when you’re pregnant. You’ve probably heard stories about strangers coming up to pregnant women … Continue reading

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Baby Einstein Neighborhood Symphony Jumper

My 6-month-old son is so interested in new toys at this stage, so I couldn’t wait to let him try out his new Baby Einstein Neighborhood Symphony Activity Jumper. At first I thought I would need my husband to help … Continue reading

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Week 34: Building “big sister” hype

Being pregnant with my second has been different for so many reasons. One of the biggest is the fact that this pregnancy affects more than just me and my husband. It’s not just two adults preparing for a big life … Continue reading

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Ode to the minivan

Growing up my mom drove a minivan. I played traveling soccer, so we spent a lot of time in the car, driving to games and tournaments. I am old, so the minivans of my youth came with wood paneling on … Continue reading

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Quick arrival: The birth of Austin

From the day I heard my due date I had a feeling I was going to go beyond it. I don’t know why, but I just had this feeling. As my due date approached, I did everything I could think … Continue reading

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Thursdays are like …

Let me immediately set the tone with this post—I hate divulging information regarding my finances. I hate talking finances, period! However, financial trial and error is part of growing up. It’s incredibly relatable, too. It goes hand in hand with … Continue reading

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Diaper change or wrestling match?​

He’s just over 5 months old, but every time I change Austin’s diaper it feels like I’m trying to pin one of the Road Warriors—either one, Hawk or Animal. I know it was difficult to pin either of them because I Googled “best … Continue reading

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Week 37: The rough patch

A few days ago I went in for my vaginal exam. Normally, the words “vaginal exam” don’t elicit any sort of excitement from me, but I was very eager to get some insight on how things were progressing with my … Continue reading

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Week 33: Let the nesting begin

This weekend was my baby shower and I am still floating on cloud 9. It was the sweetest and most perfect way to celebrate this baby boy whose due date is rapidly approaching. We ate good food, laughed, played games, … Continue reading

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One story about each kid

As summer winds down, I find myself ready for a change in the weather.  I’m tired of being hot! Fall is my favorite season. Fall means cooler weather, and it also means football. I love both of those! At breakfast … Continue reading

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Best parent

I recently read a comment thread on a previous post I wrote regarding utilizing help with a newborn. In that post I used the word “I” a lot because it’s written from my perspective as a parent. A commenter raised … Continue reading

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Why are baby boogers so sticky?

Apparently it’s cold season here in New England even though fall just began. Either that or it’s Nolan bringing home sick treats from kindergarten and generously sharing them with everyone at home. As for the title? That’s the first thing … Continue reading

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Go with the flow: The birth of Nayara

On December 6, 2014, I had the delightful experience of giving birth to my daughter. I decided to deliver at home, in water and in my daughter’s bedroom. She was born in just under eight hours, from the very first contraction to holding her … Continue reading

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October 2016—AVEENO Baby giveaway

Ten families will win an AVEENO® Baby Essential Daily Care Gift Set, featuring AVEENO® Baby Wash & Shampoo and AVEENO® Baby Daily Moisture Lotion, exclusively formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat to keep baby’s sensitive skin soft, healthy looking and nourished. … Continue reading

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Vilah Bloom Giveaway

This contest has closed. Congratulations to Fay (FL), Louanne (ME) and Kim (IL)! Fall in love with the award winning Sail Away Satchel diaper bag. Hold your youngster’s changing essentials without sacrificing your sense of chic style. Boasting an abundance … Continue reading

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Girly bits cheat sheet

Your female anatomy is, of course, a physical part of you, but you’re probably not as familiar with it as, say, your eyes or your feet. Maybe that’s because it can literally be a pain in the neck to see … Continue reading

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To have and to hold

0+ months In most cases, infants can be worn from birth—just check with your pediatrician to get the green light. Keep your wee one close with a wrap, which allows for a custom fit every time, so even the tiniest … Continue reading

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Getting my groove back

We never planned on having babies 22 months apart, but it happened—and we were thrilled. My mum, however, was concerned. At the time I thought she was being a party pooper. Little did I know, her worry- ing wasn’t unfounded. … Continue reading

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Road Test: Parent-approved highchairs

GIVE ME FIVE Chicco Polly Progres5, $200 “We tend to eat at either our dining table or kitchen island, so we take advantage of the Polly Progres5’s adjustable height daily. The chair also has five different ‘modes’—including an option to … Continue reading

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2016 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 2016 Buyer’s Guide 2016

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Surviving the first six weeks

Remember when you were 38 weeks pregnant and so ready to be done that you were actually anxious to push a 7-pound person out of your lady parts? Because then the pregnancy would be over, and you could relax and … Continue reading

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BOBgear 2016 Revolution PRO

As parents-to-be in the Pacific Northwest, all our friends with kids agreed the biggest must-have was a BOBgear all-terrain stroller. Fast-forward a few months later to when we had our baby in our arms and were offered the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Ask the experts: Budgeting to become a single-income household

Q: My partner and I have agreed that we’d like one of us to stay home with our baby rather than return to work. How can we ensure we’re financially ready to become a single-income household? A: Having a baby brings … Continue reading

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Tip jar: Expert tips for labor & delivery

FROM AN OB Najia Lawrence, MD, FACOG, is a board-certified OB/GYN with North Georgia OB/GYN Specialists in Woodstock, Georgia, and is affiliated with Northside Hospital-Cherokee. She has delivered nearly 2,000 babies over the course of her 12-year career. 1. Trust … Continue reading

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Track star

It’s remarkable how much an infant changes and grows in the first year of life. On day one, you’ll have in your arms a fairly unexpressive, stationary lump of wonder; by day 365, that little one will be smiling, laughing … Continue reading

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Happy 10th birthday, Pregnancy & Newborn!

Our Inaugural issue! Can you believe the wee one in that model’s belly is now in fourth grade? Back then our now editor in chief (a senior editor at the time), Lacey Major, was practically a baby herself. Yes, they’re really … Continue reading

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Not your mama’s pregnancy

My mom is amazing. She delivered five healthy babies, one of them naturally (me!), and breastfed every one of us. She believes that motherhood is a lifelong calling (she’s right), and she continues to be a loving, capable mom and … Continue reading

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Garden view

Sweet Wallis arrived on the scene last December and joined her parents at home in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Her lovely lair hosts plenty of vintage charm thanks to her mom, Tiffany King. “I wanted Wallis’ nursery to feel light and … Continue reading

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October 2016—Babyhome giveaway

One cool crew will win a Babyhome Vida Stroller, a versatile ride featuring an adjustable handlebar, 180-degree reclining seat and generous canopy.

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cee cee & ryan Brook Baby Bag

We were well into life with our second child when the cee cee & ryan Brook Baby Bag arrived at our doorstep. We thought one kid was crazy, but two brought on a whole new dimension of disarray. We needed … Continue reading

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What’s your number?

Once your budding babe is regularly on the move, keep tabs on his kick count to boost bonding and help doc monitor his well-being. 1. Pick a time when your little gymnast is most active (like after a meal), and … Continue reading

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