Monthly Archives: December 2016
Funny: As I was quickly typo-ing the headline, it autocorrected to “sick of the holidays.” No, I’m not sick of the holidays! I’m just sick of being sick. Last week I came down with the most miserable cold. I mean, … Continue reading
The 2-year-old is at the stage where she repeats herself incessantly. She’ll ask the same question over and over again, even if you answer it every time she asks. Or she’ll make the same statement on repeat, like she’s a … Continue reading
As the holidays roll in, I notice a different joy in my heart that started out small and continues to grow, just like the Grinch. Although I wouldn’t compare myself to him, and I have always loved Christmas, I can … Continue reading
Our due date came and went without so much as an ache or contraction. I’d never felt better! In the words of my doctor at our last appointment our little girl was “comfy cozy” where she was, despite my eating … Continue reading
Since fall, I’ve been working on my domestic skills with my friend Janet who lives around the corner. Janet is around my mom’s age, and she is my role model! The woman can seriously do anything. Besides her full-time career, … Continue reading
We can hardly believe that another year has already come and gone. As we reflect on 2016, we’re happy to share some of the highlights… In February we welcomed our fourth baby. She was born on February 20 at 6:23 a.m. … Continue reading
Written to my love, Alexander “Zander” Calvary Zuperku, who was born on Friday, November 21, 2014. The day started out pretty normal, I woke with contractions, which was nothing serious because I had been having contractions since the last week of … Continue reading
I want to shout from the rooftops of the highest point, because I am so thankful and happy! We seem to have finally transitioned out of the 4-month sleep regression, and I can confidently say we are all sleeping better … Continue reading
I’ve had my eyes opened this week as I’ve been working on an upcoming article for P&N. It’s about prenatal fitness, especially the mental benefits of exercise during pregnancy. This is something I believe in wholeheartedly. I’ve been working out … Continue reading
It’s December, and that means it’s time for Christmas cards. I send Christmas cards. I don’t send holiday cards. You don’t celebrate Christmas? That’s cool. I do. You should send whatever kind of cards you want. I will send Christmas … Continue reading
On August 11, 2016, I had a scheduled OB appointment around 1:30 p.m. I was 39 weeks and five days pregnant. Once I arrived they took my blood pressure, and it was elevated. (It had been the past few visits.) After … Continue reading
Compared to many of my friends’ experiences, my pregnancies are super easy. So I really can’t complain. … Kidding, of course I can complain! I have had the good fortune to reach 11 weeks without once overturning my stomach’s contents, … Continue reading
When I woke up this morning, it dawned on me that I have a 6-month-old. My daughter has been out of the womb for six whole months. We’re HALFWAY to having a 1-year-old! Some days I think to myself, how … Continue reading
For the second year in a row, we loaded into the car and headed to Southern California for Thanksgiving. Our sights were set on Disneyland. The 2-year-old LOVES Minnie Mouse, so we figured this would be a perfect opportunity to … Continue reading
As I sit here typing with my 3-week-old daughter sleeping on my lap, our 32-hour struggle to bring her into this world seems so surreal. As if out of a movie, my contractions started around midnight during the only thunder … Continue reading
A very common question a new mom receives postpartum is, “So, how is it being a mom?” This question mainly comes from people without children because the ones with children know it can be a complex question to ponder, let … Continue reading
Monday’s OB appointment felt so much like my last one, almost a year ago. Both appointments were for a first ultrasound and initial pregnancy exam. Both times, I knew I was well into the first trimester. Both times, I’d experienced … Continue reading
From varieties produced on family-owned farms in Vermont to international picks from as far as Israel, Brent Delman, founder of The Cheese Guy, knows his fromage. So, who better to give you the inside scoop on what pregnancy-safe options are … Continue reading
Road trippers. Creative Thursday VW print, from $45 City smarts. Lolo Print Co. Chicago alphabet print, from $30 Get a head. Fiona Walker England elephant head, $165 Modern history. Parade and Company RAWR canvas art print, $29 Shelf life. Pillowfort … Continue reading
Because her knowledge of children’s books never ceases to amaze you. Out of Print tote, $20 Because no one needs to know whether it’s water or wine inside. Still House bottle, $40 Because it looks festive at home or in … Continue reading
Navigating the seemingly endless do’s and don’ts of pregnancy can sometimes feel like a full-time job, right? No matter what you’re doing or where you’re going, there’s a constant nagging inside that nudges, Is that safe for my baby? Food … Continue reading
Let’s be honest: Being the pregnant lady at the dinner party is not a lot of fun. As everyone else digs into the cheese plate and downs libations, you are likely left searching for a glass of ginger ale and … Continue reading
Q: Do I really have to take my baby’s coat off when she’s riding in her car seat? A: The short answer is: yes! Why is it necessary to take baby’s coat off? If you don’t, the harness might not … Continue reading
Q: My infant seems particularly prone to diaper rash—what could be triggering it, and how should I treat it? A: Most babies will experience a case of diaper rash by age 3. If your baby is particularly prone, it’s important … Continue reading
One music lover will win a Baby Blanket Music gift certificate, so she can download the entire collection of lullaby arrangements of songs from artists like Elton John, The Beatles and Lady Gaga.
Before I had kids, I was pretty sure I knew exactly how to do this parenting thing. While heavily pregnant with my first child, I encountered a rather unhappy toddler and her mother at Target. The child was screaming bloody … Continue reading
We tapped Helen Anderson, MSN, BSN, RN, CLE, founder of Milkies and chief lactation officer at Fairhaven Health, to answer your top questions on pumping breast milk. How soon after baby is born should I start pumping? It depends. Pumping during … Continue reading
Every family has a budget, but sometimes scrimping can cost more in the long run. Save your sanity and skip the hassle by investing in quality products where it counts. 1. Carrier Babywearing can be a serious godsend when it … Continue reading
While expecting her second baby, Courtney Owens of Los Angeles thought long and hard about what her daughter-to-be’s name should be. She wanted a moniker that honored her late grandfather and his adventurous spirit, and she wanted it to fit … Continue reading
Because pulling his weight in the kitchen is one of the many reasons he’s a keeper. Chez M’Lain half apron, $83 Because adventure awaits. Herschel Supply Little America backpack, $100 Because the woodsy, tangy scent of his well-groomed facial hair … Continue reading
This contest is now closed. Congratulations to: Kelly (FL), Julia (TN), Whitney (VA), Heather (OH), David (CO), Will (WI), Katharine (FL), Jennifer (OH), Cierra (GA), Viv (NY), Margaret (MI), Alexis (TX), Stephanie (WI) and Vicki (CA)! We have $2,150 worth … Continue reading
BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK Storq Carryall, $115 “After trying what felt like a zillion diaper bags, I was drawn to the simplicity of this classic backpack. Its understated style fits both my aesthetic and my partner’s, and its smallish … Continue reading
1. What does the name mean? While some people don’t put much stock in meanings, others wouldn’t dream of saddling a kid with a name that means unfortunate (Mallory) or bitter (Molly). 2. What will baby’s initials be? Abbott Sailor … Continue reading
Q: What should I do at the first sign of diaper rash on my infant’s bottom? A: Diaper rashes are common, but they can be one of the most frustrating problems to treat in a pediatrician’s office. That’s because they … Continue reading
When a newborn moves in, it’s a big adjustment for everyone in the family—there are startling sounds, new gadgets and unusual sleeping patterns. It’s a lot for any pup to get used to, which is why Sarah Hodgson, dog trainer … Continue reading
One tiny cutie will win a MAM Infant Basics Gift Set, including anti-colic bottles and more.
One sweet snoozer will win a Naturalmat Spring Mat complete with a removable, washable quilted cotton cover.
Five lucky moms- to-be will win a Pregnancy Prize Pack from The Boppy Company, featuring a full set of Boppy Bloom Skincare and a Total Body Pillow.
Two fashion-conscious moms-to-be will win a $100 gift card to Preggers.com, so they can shop for chic support to wear throughout pregnancy and beyond.
One style-conscious mom will win a PacaPod Firenze leather changing bag in pewter, so she can look good and stay organized wherever she goes.
Like the flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) often begins with symptoms such as cough, fever and runny or stuffy nose. And, like the flu, it’s highly contagious. In fact, nearly all children will have been infected by RSV by the … Continue reading
Three nursing mamas will win a “Hello World” gift set from Cassidy’s Cradle, featuring a nursing pillow and cover, nursing cover-up and two burp cloths.
While expecting, moms-and dads-to-be will need to ask themselves a lot of questions about how they want to bring baby into the world and how to care for her once she’s finally here. Some decisions (like a color for the … Continue reading
A quick look down at your burgeoning belly makes it all too obvious that your body is undergoing some pretty remarkable transformations in preparation for baby’s debut. Although the bump is the most obvious change, what’s going on inside—and out … Continue reading
A healthy diet is a must when you’re trying to get pregnant. “Boosting our fertility is really about boosting our heath overall, so that our bodies—specifically, the uterus, follicles and eggs—are primed and ready for growing a healthy baby,” says … Continue reading
Bumbleride Speed, $549 Speed3 steering allows the front wheel to swivel 360 degrees for everyday errands, be locked into place for long distance runs or swivel just 30 degrees for jogs around the neighborhood that require more twists and turns. … Continue reading
Pockets! The Babymoov Glober Bag has pockets galore! Two pockets on either side—one of them the perfect size for my wallet and phone—and a multi-pocket organizing section on the front, with two outer velcro pockets. I like to keep baby’s … Continue reading
We have more than $5,150 worth of fabulous freebies up for grabs! Click below to view the giveaways for our December issue and Buyer’s Guide. You can enter all contests once daily. December 2016 Buyer’s Guide 2016