Monthly Archives: November 2016

WavHello Bellybud Giveaway!

BellyBuds® is a specialized speaker system that gently adheres to your belly and allows you to safely play memory-shaping sound directly to the womb. Whether it’s a soothing tune or a bond-forming voice message. BellyBuds is a safe and effective … Continue reading

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40 weeks in, 40 weeks out

When I started writing these blog posts as a Knocked Up blogger, they were done by which week I was in my pregnancy. And when I started as an Adventures in Motherhood blogger, I thought that it would be easy, … Continue reading

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Easy traditions

I would like to think for many families the topic of family traditions gets brought up regularly around the holidays. This is true for Matt and me, and it has become especially exciting to think about now that we have … Continue reading

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Meant to be: The birth of Rowen

This birth story is for those who are scared of child birth. It’s a relief in the stormy wind of child-bearing hurricanes. Not that I am anything special of a woman—or that any method or way we chose was better—but … Continue reading

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Laundry to infinity

My husband and I have, what I believe to be, a pretty well-balanced approach to household chores. There are certain things that he always does (yard work, as an example), there are things that either one of us does (emptying … Continue reading

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Bellamy’s first blowout

Yes, you read the title correctly. It was THAT memorable for me. I knew from the beginning poop was part of the equation of having a baby, but there’s nothing quite like the first “up the back” poop explosion. Let’s … Continue reading

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Mini miracle: The birth of Sullivan

On Wednesday, November 9, we welcomed our sweet baby boy, Sullivan, into the world. He came a week early, which was a big surprise because his sister was a week late. He came at 7:06 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces and … Continue reading

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The one where the baby’s in the bed. Or is she?

Shortly after Baby No. 1 was born, I started have a recurring dream that—to this day, almost seven years later—still scares me to think about. In this dream, I wake from my peaceful 45-minute slumber and am 100 percent convinced that the baby is in the bed … Continue reading

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Stephen Olson

Stephen is husband to a wife he claims is way out of his league, and they have a baby girl who keeps them laughing every day (with Baby No. 2 on the way!). He watches “Planet Earth” almost every weekend and … Continue reading

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Perfect storm: The birth of Stanley

My son’s birth story does not begin on his birth day, it begins three years prior—two years, 11 months and two days to be exact. That’s when I gave birth to my first born, a beautiful baby girl named Makena. Like many … Continue reading

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Un-tagged

A few months after I found out I was pregnant, my sister got engaged to her longtime boyfriend! My family was so excited to be growing by two in the coming year. I remember thinking, minimally, about being a bridesmaid … Continue reading

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Week 38: Hospital tours and membrane sweeps

These final weeks are whizzing by, but somehow it still feels like I have forever until I get to cuddle my sweet baby. I know all too well that when it comes to the arrival of babies, no amount of … Continue reading

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A shameful story about poop

Now that I’m on my fourth kid, I’m really bad about carrying a diaper bag with us when we go places. I’m lucky if I remember to grab a diaper as we run out the door to whatever event we … Continue reading

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Shock and awe: The birth of Mia

My pregnancy was pretty miserable for me. I think I must have been sick weeks before I even got pregnant, it was that bad. I threw up every morning, and I was sick morning, noon and night—not sure why they … Continue reading

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Looking back

It’s been nearly a year since I began writing about my experiences as an at-home dad expecting a newborn (for the third time) for Pregnancy & Newborn, and it’s been a blast. I’ve tried to enlighten you about life as … Continue reading

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What stress?

I don’t mean to brag, but on good days, I am genuinely impressed with the new me. The “new me” meaning the mom I have become thanks to Bellamy. Whether I like it or not, being a mom doesn’t make … Continue reading

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Introducing my daughter to autism

When I was 10 years old, my younger brother was diagnosed with autism. At the time, I didn’t understand what that meant or just how much autism would affect the lives of everyone in my family. My parents (and grandparents) … Continue reading

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Week 37: Why I’m nervous to breastfeed again

My first experience with breastfeeding was an absolute dream. Well, to be fair we had a rocky first two weeks, but that was only because I was given some terrible advice from my pediatrician. Once I trusted my mama instincts, … Continue reading

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Ready, set, register

1. Start small. The little things add up quickly, so registering for odds and ends like pacifiers and nursing pads will save you in the long run. Plus, these affordable options are ideal for your buds on a budget. 2. … Continue reading

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Ju-Ju-Be Be Right Back

Let’s start with the magic words: “Machine Washable.” I could drop the mic right there, and some of you would already be sold. (I know I was.) This is my first experience with a Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag, and I am … Continue reading

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Storq Carryall

Unenthused by the majority of the diaper bags on the market (most either look, understandably, like diaper bags or closely resemble handbags, which my husband is not especially keen on), we were thrilled to put the Storq Carryall through its … Continue reading

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Pathway Pack

  For working and type-A moms who want to maintain their simplicity and class, the Petunia Pickle Bottom Pathway Pack is the bag for you! I was so excited to receive this bag. As a mother of a 2-month-old boy … Continue reading

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Alternate route

Adrienne Camhi, a mom of one in Evanston, Illinois, planned to deliver her daughter Neva naturally. She hoped to labor at home as long as possible, move around frequently to ease her pains and go epidural-free for the duration. “I … Continue reading

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Formula for success

2.5 ounces The amount of formula per pound of body weight that baby will consume daily. So, if your nugget weighs in at 8 pounds, you’re looking at 20 ounces. 4 hours The typical time between meals for a formula-fed … Continue reading

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Start squirreling

The first couple weeks with a newborn are a lot like a hibernation phase for brand-new parents—except that you’ll be getting next to no sleep. Prep for your days away from the world by squirreling away easy meals and plenty … Continue reading

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Prenatal test prep

If you’re expecting, prepare to be the center of some major medical attention. There willbe lots of tests (more than you took in high school!), and you’ll clock serious face-time with your health care provider. But it doesn’t mean that … Continue reading

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Project Nursery 5-inch HD Video Baby Monitor System with Mini Monitor

Choosing a baby monitor was one of the most difficult choices we had to make when we sat down to register. There are so many options out there, and I am the kind of person who likes to do a … Continue reading

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Bugaboo Donkey

I started researching double strollers about seven months ago when my wife and I found out we were having twins. We had no clue what we wanted or what we needed—especially since we have never purchased a stroller. Finding the … Continue reading

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Rooming in

When the Heiligenthal family found out that a baby boy would be joining 2-year-old Leo in the nursery of their Minneapolis home this December, they made a few simple adjustments to create a space that’s perfect for both the newbie … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Chiropractic care

My sister-in-law is taking her baby to a chiropractor, and I’m intrigued. Is it safe for infants? What are the benefits? A: Chiropractic treatment is absolutely safe for little ones. Because a child’s skeletal system is still developing, there is … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Reading sleep cues

How do I know when my baby is ready for a nap or bed? A: There is an internal rhythm—a sort of biological clock—in babies that parents can learn to recognize and follow to take the guesswork out of knowing … Continue reading

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On a roll

A pregnant woman walks into a sushi bar … and if you’re thinking she can’t eat there, then the joke’s on you. If the craving strikes, it’s safe for moms-to-be to indulge as long as they abide by these rules. … Continue reading

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The best gifts for new moms … that aren’t things

On your first foray into parenthood you usually get a lot of stuff. And while all of those bodysuits and carriers and diapers—and even those tiny newborn washcloths—are useful, sometimes what a new mama needs most can’t be gift-wrapped. So, … Continue reading

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November 2016—Babyhome giveaway

One sweet dreamer will win a Babyhome Air Bassinet. The lightweight cot boasts three leg position options (rocker, stationary and wheels) to meet every need.

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November 2016—ergoPouch giveaway

Five tiny snoozers will win an ergoPouch Winter Baby Sleeping Bag made with natural fibers to improve breathability and temperature regulation.

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Road Test: Parent-approved double strollers

BY YOUR SIDE Cosatto Supa Dupa, $500 “The incredibly cute Supa Dupa delivers in the practicality department. The seats recline almost flat, so they can accommodate newborns, and a ‘multimedia gadget pocket’ in each canopy (plus speakers!) makes it easy … Continue reading

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November 2016—HABA giveaway

Ten cuties will win a Little Town Water Play Mat from HABA. Thanks to a water-filled pad, wee ones can dive into tummy time ready for fun.

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November 2016—Kiinde giveaway

One lucky mom will win a Kiinde Twist Breastfeeding Gift Set, so she can pump, store, organize and feed her breast milk with ease.

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November 2016 Free Stuff

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Lacrecia (TX), Walter (WV), Jamies (OR), Linda (CA), Stephanie (CA), Alexandra (VA), Dawn (FL), Julie (FL), Monica (WY), Marie (SC), Pamela (CT), Ashley (GA), Ephraim (CA), Gloria (CA), Richard (NC), Danielle (WA), Phylicia … Continue reading

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November 2016—Nesting Days giveaway

One new mama will win a Nesting Days skin-to-skin newborn carrier in the color of her choice. The patented design incorporates evidence-based research on postpartum and newborn care to connect caregiver and baby the way nature intended.

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My husband isn’t afraid of the children

I had to travel for work last week, which meant that my husband was home solo with all four kids from late Sunday morning through Friday night. This is the first time either of us has been alone with all … Continue reading

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Stokke grow-with-me giveaway

We’re treating three winners to Pregnancy & Newborn editors’ favorite Stokke® products, so they can foster the parent-child bond with gear designed to bring their families together. Each winner gets to choose one of the following prizes (up to $1,225 … Continue reading

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Inside the NICU

Many moms-to-be dream of the moment they’ll finally hold their newborns in their arms, but for some that joy is short-lived when complications necessitate a detour to the neonatal intensive care unit (more commonly known as the NICU). When Vicki … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Donating breast milk

I have an abundant milk supply—so much so that our freezer is nearly at capacity. I’ve considered donating the milk, but it seems daunting. Where do I even begin? A: What happens when you have an amazing supply and a … Continue reading

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2016 November and Buyer’s Guide Free Stuff

We have more than $4,200 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our November issue and Buyer’s Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. November 2016 Buyer’s Guide 2016

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Party fowl

1. Turkey potpie Why should chicken get all the attention? 2. Turkey gumbo A Cajun kick promises to spice up your surplus. 3. Turkey spring rolls Asian flavors give the old bird new life. 4. Turkey pasties An all-in-one wonder that’ll use up potatoes … Continue reading

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Recipe for rest

Going through your day in a zombie-like state? Well, misery loves company. Roughly 8 out of 10 women report periods of sleep disturbance during pregnancy, citing everything from being uncomfortable at night to feelings of anxiety to restless legs as … Continue reading

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